Thursday, September 30, 2004

I broke my F'ing surfboard in half. What the F__k. 90 bucks to fix it. This sucks ass
Night climbing the other night was cool. As we all know I hate slab but I managed to get on double dip and without too much bitching I made it. God it felt great to be back on J-Tree rock. First climb I want to do when we go back in daylight is Fun Stuff. When are we going back? I love this surfing stuff, but I love climbing.
So I guess I did pretty well lastnight at sealbeach. I Caught a couple of waves and stayed on them for a while. Well we will see tonight if it was a fluke or not.
I'm posting an article from the Newspaper, you can read it online but need to sign up. Fuego or I can delete it later after everyone has had a chance to read it.

The Orange County Register

SAN CLEMENTE – First, there was a noise. The water beneath him began to swirl.

Then something lifted surfer Spyros Vamvas out of the water.

"I was on the back of a whale," said Vamvas, a 60-year-old San Clemente therapist who has been surfing these waters since he was 12. "It lifted me up, almost gently, and then it lowered me down. And I never changed position on my board."

And this is no fish story; there were witnesses Monday morning at Lasuen Beach.

"We were all screaming, 'Oh, my God!'" Mona Ferner said.

"This is once in a lifetime," said her sister, Wendy Yoder.

Yoder and Ferner were playing volleyball when they noticed a California gray whale heading south in shallow water.

"A pretty odd deal," said Tom Kibblewhite, a San Clemente hotel worker who enjoys walking the beach on his days off. "I've seen some odd things down here at the beach, but not like that."

Three San Clemente lifeguards were watching the whale.

"It scared quite a few surfers out of the water," Marine Safety Capt. Bill Humphreys said.

Vamvas was the only surfer left in the surf line as the whale approached, neither party evidently realizing that the other was there. Vamvas was sitting on his board, looking out to sea in search of a wave to ride.

Instead, he found himself riding something else.

"All of a sudden, I just felt, wow, this huge noise and bump," he said, "and it lifted my board up. I'm looking down, and there's just swirling water, and I see barnacles on the back of the whale. I'm used to dolphins. This was different. It was huge."

Vamvas had no idea how big the whale was. Others' guesses varied from 15 to 30 feet.

One thing everyone agreed on was that once the whale set Vamvas and his surfboard back down onto the water, it turned and made a beeline for the horizon.

"As fast as I've ever seen a marine mammal go," Humphreys said. "It looked like the whale was obviously spooked."

Vamvas said that his 6-foot, 10-inch surfboard didn't suffer a scratch, and he is fine except for the middle finger of his left hand, which got pinched between the whale and his surfboard.

If the whale encounter seems like a fluke, it came as no surprise to Mike Bursk, a marine biologist who skippers the R/V Explorer on daily educational excursions out of the Ocean Institute in Dana Point.

Bursk said this is probably the same juvenile gray whale he saw during a surprise encounter last week in Dana Point Harbor.

Kahuna Zac, on the move! I keep hearing the theme to Hawaii Five-O.

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Zac is a Surfer!
best Dave-ism: I don't eat with my ass!
when Zac asked why dave doesn't use toilet seat covers but does wash his hands.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Quote of the week:

"you got the herp?"
Here's a link to that spot in Baja I keep talking about la salina. Apparently it's gonna be swallowed up by development sometime soon.
The spot we used to camp at was MAL PASO TRAILER PARK
2.5 miles south of La Mision off toll road.
One of the few camping spots actually on the beach.

Monday, September 27, 2004

Welcome back Jenn.
Zac and I had a good Surf Session for about an hour tonight.
I managed to get another pretty good ride.....right in front of Zac.
Zac was doing pretty good after he learned to match the waves speed and the boards. He also got a pretty sweet deal on a wetsuit.

Friday, September 24, 2004

There was a small article in the Local section of the register about a pygmy sperm whale spotted by surfers near seal beach, it also mentions a small gray whale spotted by sailors in Dana Point Harbor.
Apparently during the last 3 weeks several surfers have spotted whales........including Catie's "darling Dave".

Thursday, September 23, 2004

So...we're climbing on Saturday Night, who is up for surfing that morning... Anyone, Buler

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

I had a pretty good surf session tonight after work.
Caught a couple of rides in the mush....managed to ride the last one all the way into the beach.
Paddled out to the lineup and managed to drop in on 2 more.
Ate it immediately on the first one but the second one I stayed on long enough to fall over while starting to "try" to bottom turn.

I may go again tomorrow.....anyone else?

Monday, September 20, 2004

I just thought I'd let you all know I just recived my grey allien in the mail from Moutian Hardware. I now have a peice none of you have...well I have the #5 camalot, but I now have a peice none of you have and I'll use it too. Hey who want's to go surf?
Happy Birthday Fuego

Thursday, September 16, 2004


I just finished reading the supertopo story about the ranger beating up the climber.....what was I supposed to get out of that?

do we know this person???


Wednesday, September 15, 2004

So I just got back from the last 4 shows of Fleetwood and it looks like I'll be in town for a while so lets climb. Oh AZ was awsome. I'd love to get back to the Overlook.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004


Friday, September 10, 2004

Anyone interested in going surfing this weekend at Bolsa?
Mary's at the shorehouse?

Thursday, September 09, 2004

The Pit is Limestone....pockets and overhangs good sport climbing.
Paradise forks is Basalt.....smooth and relatively featureless, routes are stiff for the grade.

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Sooooo... Zac, Art, Jorge... how was the Arizona thing?

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Hey Fuego,
I know what you can test pull/damage next.
A Daisychain webbing! You've got an old one around I'm sure.
This idea brought to you by
"Safety of connecting to belay anchor with a daisy"
That's not an etch-a-sketch... THIS is an etch-a-sketch!