In Southern California we are blessed with beautiful weather year round . We don’t get the super cold Winters, below 0 temperatures or even that much rain, but come March there is always some South swell in the water and beautiful sunsets.
I love to run down to the beach after work with my dog “Wade”; my 3 year old Newfoundland. the beach is still uncrowded and always the best place to watch a sunset.
I just got my new 9’9 and 10’2 CP Stinger signature SUP surf boards in from Hobie. I did a lot of R&D with a couple different shapes and finally came up with something that has the drive and manuverability of a short board and the glide and stability of a high performance longboard. I like speed and the ability to turn on a dime and the confidence to hit a section as hard as possible and ride away from it and that is what my new boards are all about..
Dimensions: 10’2 x 28.875″ wide x 4.65″ thick. 9’9 x 28″ wide x 4.5″ thick
You can test drive these boards at the Hobie surf shop or log onto Hobie.com
When you don’t get the big waves at home, you have to go find them. Anytime the buoys are showing 15′ ft or bigger with light to offshore winds, I’m out the door on a mission.
my phone is ringing off the hook and I’m glued to my laptop studying weather and wave models on the internet to make sure I know where to go to get the best conditions and the best waves. Sometimes it’s a gamble, but that’s what makes it an adventure.
On this particular swell, we had a ton of wind and rain moving down the coast, but there was a small window showing a break in the weather with promising conditions. My partner in crime, Eric from Towsurfer.com and photographer Fred Pompermyer.
We left at 3 am in poring rain and wind all the way up the coast and about an hour from our final destination the weather broke and everything got super calm. We had our sights on a mini slab that always gets super good with a West swell.
We got to the boat ramp, set up the skis with rescue sleds and packed our tow boards and my SUP surf board and paddle, suited up and off we went. Conditions were so perfect, we couldn’t believe it. We got to the off shore slab wave and I will let the pictures show the rest of the adventure and yes, I took a good couple beatings this day; making it that much better.
Living in Southern California; we really don’t get the huge Winter swells like up North, but we always get a couple fun glassy days here at my local break. There’s nothing like getting good waves at home and running down the street for a couple hours of paddling.
Today I hooked up with my good friend and pro surfer KC Curtis for a little glassy SUP session.
Having a sponsor like Hobie surfboards has been really fun because I live just up the street and when I want to do some R&D or try out some new designs or even shape something new and exciting to try in the waves, it’s all at my finger tips.
So today, I met up with Hobie shaper, “Mark Johnson” to cut and shape a new 8’6 shorter version of my 9’9 CP Stinger model. I love being able to see a board go through all the stages of being shaped, to glassing and then sanding etc. I really get to appreciate the board once i am in the water riding my new creation.
I always make a couple trips to Hawaii to chase swell, wind and hang with good friends and get as much water time in as possible.
One of my good friends and long time shaper, Sean Jensen, has a great dream place on the North Shore with a killer family and super talented kids that I love to visit. Here are a couple fun shots of one of my many trips this last Winter.