Monday, June 2, 2014

Dusk Go-Outs



"After that ride, I kind of wish I had my longboard." - anonymous sweeper to me after a really nice right on the Hot Generation

Last night was good.

The past six months have almost made up for last year.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Mung Sessions



Saturday saw me up really early to meet up with a couple of the dudes down in RI. I was about to go in at the first spot, when Jay texted me and compelled me to move to the second. Ed showed while I was suiting up. I kind of wish I had just stayed where I was.

It was funky out there. I was on the HG at first and took off on a great right hander early in the sesh. That would be my best wave until my last wave of the day. I made a couple of legit drops on two different lefts and they both went the same way. Good drop, good turn...nothing. Not even a close out, they just flattened out. It was weird. Basically, it looked better than it was.

That coupled with a definite lack of etiquette in the water(I'm looking squarely at you, aggro dude in the blue wetsuit snaking people left and right and hooting for your own rides. You're wack.), the requisite Newport mung and the day left me hungry.

In terms of positives, I wore a 4/3 with boots, gloves and a squid lid and felt just fine. Looking forward to warmer days and water.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sprung

I'm awake! Hibernation is just about done, although the past two days have been a bit chilly just to remind all of us in the Northeast that...this is the Northeast.

That was five months of winter, essentially. It was a bad one. I'm knocking on wood but it looks like we made it out the other side. Now if the water can warm up, I'll be all set.

2014 has already shown a lot more promise than 2013 did. Last Wednesday, I jammed to The Local after work(I jammed a little early to avoid traffic)and had an extremely fun session with the crew. Sadly, Tony took a shot to the ribs and had to depart early but Jay, Ed and I took full advantage of some punchy, decent-sized waves.

I wound up on the Sam and rode a lot of lefts. The board is big fun. You can whip it from the tail but I also did some quick hops to the middle off of the drop and rail carved it. That worked real well.

Looking forward to more.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Friday Freak Out(not really)

I've been busy.

In addition to parenting, work and all of the other associated trappings of adulthood, I'm also taking a graduate course this term. That's entertainment.

I got out there last week. Weird day for it. It wasn't overwhelmingly cold but it was cold and it was snowing. Surfing + snow = trippy. Even if you've done it before, it's still weird. Waves were alright. I played on the HG. Still fun. It's been frigid lately(single digits)so depending on how it all shakes down, I may start my February lay off early. Then again, Jay will probably question my manhood again and I'll find myself back out there. The good thing is that waves have been semi-consistent in the new year. After this past year's absolute head scratcher, I'm hopeful for good things in 2014.

I hauled out The La's again and recently picked up their BBC In Session album. Great stuff.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Cold Water and More Tunes

I'm alive.

Thanksgiving brought waves and wind. Too much wind. I went out the next day. Breaking news...winter rubber still sucks and the HG is still fun even in small waves.

Tunes.

Sister Surround may be one of the best Who songs not recorded by The Who. Additionally, Thing One and Thing Two have declared from their critic posts in the backseat that it rocks. Who am I to argue?

Monday, November 4, 2013

Finally

Saturday AM, I got to take advantage of the by now, de rigeur New England pop up swell. Waves were on the small side, mostly knee to thigh with occasional waist-ish but clean and peeling nicely. If you know where to go at the local(and I do), there's a spot that gives with a bit more oomph.

I rode the Andreini Sam. Great board. If the parking lot wasn't still closed(no, I'm not letting that go until it's reopened for good), I would have also brought the Hot Gen to trade off with. \

I caught a few waves on Tony's new Stoker Vee Machine. Interesting board. I probably need a few more waves on it to give with a fair assessment, though. Sample size was too small.

In other news, heavier rubber was required. I still haven't busted out the 5/4/3 but boots, gloves and squid lid were rocked with a 4/3. Here's to hoping for a quick winter.

Thursday, October 31, 2013