We were blessed with beautiful weather over the weekend here in Southern California, along with another NW swell, although tides played a huge factor. An abnormally high tide of almost 7 feet swamped out most spots in the mornings when the conditions were the best, but there were still plenty of waves to be had. It looks like Pacific Northwest is staying quite busy and should send more swell our way this week with chest to head high waves filling in to So Cal midweek, followed by another larger swell for the weekend. The tides should even out a bit as well so lets hope conditions can cooperate…
Early morning at the beaches in town before the tide got too high.
5`1 Cole BD3 and the brand new 5`5 Cole Fireblade.
Taro showing off the 5`5 Fireblade.
Naki and crew checking out the mid morning high tide.
Grab a copy of the new Wavelength Magazine and check out the profile on slab hunter Ian Battrick. Ian is a well grounded, hard charging nomad from Jersey (UK), and it is great to see him getting some love in the mags these days. I do not have a copy of the article yet but I will be back with the full story as soon as I do. For now here are a few shots of Ian, as well as a link to some of the extras that did not make the article…
Grab yourself a copy of the new Wavelength today!
Ian below sea level on his 5`11 Doc Aviso!
Ian slab hunting in Canada with Timmy Turner a few months ago. How is that section he is about to backdoor!
Check out this article from Phil Goodrich`s trip to Haiti a few months ago…
Phil Goodrich, style master!
“Haiti has been many things in its long history as a nation occupying the western third of Hispaniola Island, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. From the halcyon French days of Saint Domingue, the most lucrative foreign colony ever founded by a European nation in the New World, to becoming the first black republic after a bloody slave revolt under Toussaint l’Overture; “The Black Napoleon”, to a refuge for German Jews fleeing the Nazi extermination policies, to a sinister redoubt of voodoo under the charismatic Dr Françoise Duvalier, to a non-entity on the itinerary of massive Caribbean cruise ships, Haiti has been through many changes in its long history.”
Phil gouging on his trusty 6`1 JJ Aviso
“More recently, Haiti has become a synonym for hardship and tragedy. The recent earthquake will compound the difficulties of ordinary Haitians. If anywhere did not need a catastrophic natural disaster, it would have to be Haiti. The one thing Haitians have going in their favor in this situation is: Haitians are tough. They have to be. The average Haitian doesn’t have a soft life, and the people are resilient and inventive. With the help of the world community, they can recover and build a better nation than what was before.”
Phil and crew walking out to surf the right
“Our intention in presenting this material from our recent surfing project on the south coast of Haiti, from Jacmel in the east to Les Anglais in the west, is to highlight the outstanding surfing conditions and the color, vibrance, and life of the Haitian people. Haiti is a special place, and for Haiti to recover from this huge earthquake, it will need the assistance of the world and surfers can play their part by donation to a reputable charity and perhaps by planning a future trip to the country. The waves will be there, unridden and empty; the waters of the Caribbean will be as warm and welcoming as the enduring spirit of the Haitian people.”
Another amazing portrait from Phil during his downtime from surfing!
All photos by John S. Callahan
Same board still going strong after all these years! Phil has had his 6`1 Jeff Johnston Aviso for almost three years now and it still performs like the day he got it. The only difference is that now he has the thing completely wired! Great job Phil, thanks for everything you have done, you are a gentleman and a true ambassador for our sport…
Check out the shots of Naki riding his 5`0 Cole/Aviso BD3 in Hawaii. These shots were taken during those last two swells we got this past week. Definitely some of the biggest waves that I have seen the 5`0 surfed in. Very impressive Naki-san…
Check out the Aviso in the Captains Log of the Pohnpei Surf Club website. My Friend Ian has been over there for the last few weeks helping drive boats and getting shacked out of his mind I would imagine. Check back soon for more…
Our good friend Dave Moeller is featured on the front page as well riding his 6`8 DJ Aviso!
5`5 Aviso at P-Pass
Ian getting shacked on his silver 5`5 Aviso down in Mexico.
Here are a few more pictures I snapped off around town today. Looks like things should clear up for the weekend, and with plenty of swell left in the water it could get really good. Keep your eyes peeled as there could be small windows of amazing conditions depending on the winds…