Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Modern Collective DVD & Myrt Shirts

The DVD we have all been waiting for is finally out!  As if the premiere and the countless times I saw this masterpiece on iTunes wasn't enough to satisfy my froth, the Modern Collective DVD comes jam packed with goodies such as a whole picture book documenting the trip, bonus features, and a pretty roots case that reads like a book!  

They've also released 2 styles of exclusive t-shirts (only 50 made) that are looking really sick and hipstery if you're into that kinda thang.  The only catch with the shirts is that they're sellin 'em for 60 bones for some reason?  Yes, I do want to support the Collective and yes, I'm sure I'd get a shit ton of ass for wearing one of these sick shirts but times are tough and I'd much rather spend 60 bux on gas to go on a surf trip than on a myrt shirt, just my 5 cents...   

So check out your local surf shop and get yourself a copy of this year's best surf video before they run out!  Poseidon knows these babies are selling like hot cakes! 
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Monday, December 28, 2009

...Electro Dome... A Bouquet of Rando!

It's been quite sometime since my last Electro Dome post and I'm sure you're all curious as to what I've been listening/first pumping to.  Instead of just dropping one song or one band, I thought I'd give you a little holiday treat and drop a whole playlist on yo ass so that you can pick and choose some of the more recent gems I've been discovering.  So without further adieu, I present you with a bouquet of rando Electro Dome!  Enjoy!

Photo by Po via Kenyadig
Electro Hell:
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Sunday, December 27, 2009

++ Rehab Lab ++ Surf Injuries

Having experienced the challenging and treacherous waves of Hawaii, I came back to Cali more surf stoked than ever and ready to straight up own the beach breaks and eel grass Cali reefs that seemed like a cake walk compared to the live coral and vana filled reefs on Da Rock, boy how wrong I was!  After completely tweaking the shit outa my back from a tail waft attempt gone wrong on a bomb, a long forgotten yet simple lesson that most surfers seldom take for granted came to mind: mother nature is a very unpredictable beast and the second you think you've got her all figured out, she'll slam you on your ass leave you in a hotel room in Chino with a rat trap on yo junk, a catfish stuck up yo ass, and three chains connecting your nipples to your tongue!  Point being, as surfers we all know that the moment our feet step in the water, we risk our body, our lives, and our health.  Even though these risks exist, it's the reward that comes with getting an unforgettable shack, landing a high ass air, or thrashing the shit out of an innocent lip that keeps us going and constantly yearning for more time and time again!         
But what happens when risk meets reality and your board slams you in the face or you air drop onto a pile of fingers at shish kabobs and you end up bruised, cut, strained, sprained, or just completely broken?  After you get serviced by a professional lead pipe cleaner, smoke some beers, or drink some ganj and the pain still persists, then it's time to see a professional and fix your body before it gets too late and you evolve into Quasimoto the Hunchback of Notre Lame!  I did a bit of research and scouring on the net and found some really helpful information on surf injuries and recovery so by the time you guys fuck up yo shit you'll have all the info just a click away for ya right here!  I've narrowed down some of the most common surf-related injuries and useful articles that pertain to such injuries below: 
    

Hit me up if you know of any other good articles that helped you recover from injuries, reef rash, shark bites, sting rays, or a broken heart umm I mean femur?
 
Anyways, as I sit here and watch shitty ass movies with an icy hot patch slapped right above my ass on my lower back wishing I could shred tomorrow, I can't help but think I wish I had written this post yesterday so I'd know in advance how to prepare my body and my shralping for injury and quick recovery.  So remember, don't be a fool, wrap yo tool!     

Big ups to Baby Sado who also suffered the wrath of Black's Beach today and got a broken nose from his board' s rail, hang in their solja boi! 

Disclaimer: Surf Ambassador Hendo is by no means a licensed physician, oracle of faith, or love doctor so don't get your panties in a wad if yo shit never heals!  There are just somethings that are beyond his control!  
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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Calling All Artists!

Seeing as though my last so called "quiver" was viciously swallowed alive by the beast that is the North Shore, I've taken it upon myself to buy a new board and keep the stoke alive.  With much help from my Ohana I'll be walking outa da shop tomorrow with a brand new shred sled that will hopefully be having me boosting, tweaking, and larrying in no time!  So where do you come into play?  Well, I'm kinda bored (no pun intended) with having completely white boards like everyone else in the water and I figure it's about time I start getting some classic custom ink done to my boards again. So I'm calling out all artists far and wide to submit their sketches for what could be the next possible piece that goes on the Surf Ambassador Shred Stick!  This is Surf Ambassador Hendo's Art Romp Comp! 

For those of you familiar with my lifestyle, humor, art sense, and all around vibe I'm sure you'll have no problem coming up with some lewd genius shit that I'd be more than stoked to slap on my board.  For those of you not so familiar with the above mentioned, snoop around the blog a bit and try to grasp the essence of The Ambassador and give it a shot.  All submissions whether drawn like shit or baller will be posted on the blog and the final winner will receive not only a western grip hand job from Margo but also one of the first copies of the latest CD I've been compiling that has over 100 of the best songs featured in classic surf videos as well as some beer and a gift card for me to edit a video segment of your footage!  Now that's what I call a hell of a deal!     
Submissions can range in theme and can pretty much be of anything you freaking want!  Of course I have a bit of a bias towards submissions involving: ElectroHell, Myrles, Poseidon, Waves, California, Surf Ambassador Hendo, Skeletons, Old Skool Photography, Italian Neorealism, 57 Chevy Bel Airs, La Dolce Vita, and of course Count Chocula but do as you will for you are the artist!  Once the winner has been picked, the art shall be transfered onto da shred sled and the prize pack shall be frothed to da victor!

Send all submissions to SurfAmbassadorHendo@gmail.com and put email subject as "ART ROMP COMP"
May the best man or myrt win!  
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The Calm After The Storm

A wise man once said "don't know what you've got till it's gone..." an even wiser man once said "abstinence ummm I mean absence makes the heart grow fonder..." but the wisest man of all once said "I want my baby back baby back baby back Chili's baby back riiiiibbbbssssss...".  You get the point.  I was gone on a rock for a good 2 months and now I'm back stronger than ever and ready to provide you all with some weird ass stories, some epic photos, and some more videos for you to froth out on!  

I learned a lot after my 2 month stint on the North Shore but more importantly I think I have finally become what people would call (don't say it!) "A Man".  Whether it was the wake up call that Pipe gave me as it devoured my board into pieces and left me walking in with my tail between my legs or the 300 lb adult entertainer Coby found on craigslist who fed us pumpkin pie and talked about post modernism; did these events contribute to my evolution?  I couldn't tell ya.   But one thing is for certain, the Ambassador is back and ready to froth, shralp, foam, root, fidlar, and myrt all over yo face!  I couldn't be any more surf stoked right now and I can't wait to pass the stoke on to each of you!    
What remains of The Ambassador Quiver after the North Shore made me drop the soap, bent me over, and slapped me silly with pickle juice!

My blinders are off and my eyes have been opened so stay tuned for some bizarre yet rad surfing news along with some classic ass music that will surely make you wana shake that thang!  
For now, get weird on this Metric 12s Remix:

Froth on!
-Surf Ambassador Hendo 

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Greg Long Wins The Eddie!

San Clemente big wave charger Greg Long took the bull by the horns today, sacked up, and charged some huge death bombs at Waimea and took the gold for the Eddie Aikau comp today!
Props to all the other boyz charging and everyone who made the comp possible on such a glorious day!
More updates coming later...
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The Eddie IS On!

The Quicksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau is on and the live webcast is up and running!
Some of the World's best surfers are charging da Bay! Just saw Slater's 9.8 go down, quite the site to see!
Check out the Quiksilver site to watch it live. It's definitely something you won't wanna miss!

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Da North Shore Adventure So Far

Shoots mates,
been working my lil keester off on all of da comps and the weirdness going down out here on the North Shore. But alas, I finally have a lil second to breath and I thought I'd leave you all with some updates of the haps out here on da rock.

photo cred: the talented Camilo Gabriel Lara Jr. @ Rebel Army Productions

Surf:
Aside from non stop work, the occasional lead pipe cleaning, and a few weird beers, I've been trying to take advantage of the non stop waves here and surf my freaking brains out! Da waves have been pretty fun the whole time I've been here and when I'm fortunate enough to get a chance to surf, I've really developed a liking to the challenge and the strength that Poseidon puts forth out here in these Hawaiian waters. I've pretty much just stuck to surfing the elegant waves that grace their presence with the 7 mile miracle. Pretty much anywhere from Cammieland to an accidental quick run in with Pipe has been frothed by SAH and his crew. However, after all of the spots I've shralped this past month, even though it's a treadmill and crowded with pros who big shot me left and right, I'd still have to say Rocky Point is one of my favorite waves out here. Not that I get uber fanned out easily or anything like that, but it's pretty clear that Rocky's holds an arsenal of pro shralpers that would easily put the good average surfer (like yours truly) to shame any day with only one wave!

Comps:

Haleiwa
The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing has produced some stellar performances in a varying degree of waves. Haleiwa's first couple of rounds saw meager surf that gradually picked up and produced some sick ass pits for guys like Parko, Tanner Gudauskas, and event winner Joel Centeio to get their froth on! By the end of the comp, the final was stacked and the dudes were shacked! It was pretty sick seeing the final go down right before my red eyes and truly realize how talented the guys out here are as they boosted mental tail wafts, floater tweaks galore, round house slap arounds, and wooping crane carves.


Sunset
The O'Neill World Cup of Surfing is seeing its last few days, and let me just say the waves are fuckin crazy! I was surfing Cammieland for a quick second yesterday and what started as 3ft fun rippable waves quickly turned into 10ft shallow ass death bombs! I almost shat myself several times as freak sets would gyrate over the horizon and would leave the line up scattering for the nearest oxygen bubble or channel that wasn't closing out. Needless to say, Sunset has been producing monster drops, mental pits, and some burly rights that will either eat you alive or give you one of the rides of your life, if you survive. Tomorrow should be the Final day of the Sunset comp filled with some of the best and bravest surfing in the world! Good luck fellas!

Pros:
With some of the World's best waves and best contests going down on a 7 mile miracle stretch of beach, it's kinda inevitable that you see a familiar face every now and then. It just so happens that these faces have graced all the surf vids, mags, and sites that we all grew up frothing over as groms! So far I've pretty much seen every one who's anyone (except for Chicken Willy and Chris Brown) in the surf world all jam packed out here on da rock. Whether it was shredding in the water, lurking on the land, or myrting at the bar, I seen da following rippers tearing apart pretty much whatever they could get their hands on:

The Gudauskas bros never cease to amaze me with their frothing and shralping skillz!

Nate Fletcher was charging death shacks at Off The Wall like a freaking mad man with Danny Fuller

Sean Moody and Mikey B were up in the mix ripping da left at Monster Mush

Eric Geiselman was making some rad beats on Garage Band at the Fox house and throwing down sick ass Kerrupt flips at Rocky's

Jordy Smith was up in da mix kicking ass at Ehukai and taking names at the PJ Bud Light party

Jay Bottle Thompson was throwing down sick ass larrys at Cammieland along with Hawaii rippa Torrey Meister

Girl rippas Coco Ho, Steph Gilmore, and Paige Hareb were shreddin me outa da water like you wouldn't believe

The list goes on but I'll stop here until more mad shiz pops up!

Bros:

Po Po of The Ampal Creative frothed out here for a few weeks and was a definite asset to what will surely be a rad 2009 Triple Crown TV Show.

Local boy Kelly was nice enough to take us haole boys in and show us the true loc experience as we surfed the best sports, ate the best poke, and experienced a truly unforgettable story time experience as North Shore legend by the name of "Hail Yeah" dropped knowledge on us about his time spent shaping with Dick Brewer and surfing the North Shore before we were even mega groms.

Chuck McMoses was in full force out here on da rock and was helping the Fox team push things to the limit and take their shralping skills to the next level.

Myrtles:

It's freaking Hawaii, nuff said...

Stay tuned for more updates once I escape my ape cage. Until then my friends, keep it sleezy...
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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Wizard Smoke

Happy Thanksgiving Shralpers!
Roots!
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Monday, November 23, 2009

...Electro Dome... Holy Ghost!

Props to local boy Joel Centeio for dominating Haleiwa's gnarlz waters and taking home the gold! Reef Hawaiian Pro post coming soon...
I was hangin in the nerdbot cave today with Poleanz while the whole rest of the North Shore was frothing over the Reef Hawaiian Pro final going down...

While event winner Joel Centeio was getting school bus shacks, CJ Hobgood was doing mental ass backside floaters, Jay Bottle Thompson was frothing mental larrys, and Alain Riou was taking off on desperation death bombs, I was sitting in crane position watching paint dry as render bars moved across my screen. Alas, do not despair, because there were two golden nuggets of joy that kept me sane and entertained. No, it wasn't the time I spent pretending to play Streets of Rage, it was the sick webcast put together by da WINDOWSEAT boyz and a few electro hell tunes by Holy Ghost! that got me stomping and rocking in the trailer!
Holy Ghost! has a sick disco electro hell vibe that pretty much just makes me want to throw on a leather jacket, grow out my mustache, grab a cognac, throw on my Craps, and just post up in the corner of a bar shirtless throwing out the vibe. You may remember one of their songs featured in my homey Kenya's Mix Tape, and you also might notice one of their remixes from one of Dion's Webisodes. Other than those appearances, the New York duo is slowly but surely coming up in the scene and big things are expected when their album drops later this year. Until then my friends, here's a bit of tunes for you to froth on, just don't be crampin my style when I see you posted up in the bar lurking like myself...





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Friday, November 20, 2009

Haterade, Cervesa For The Soul!

The day has finally come when people have stopped stroking me off, people have stopped being polite, and people have started getting real. Thats right my friends, I have received my first hater ever! And to be honest, I couldn't be more stoked!
State of the art dude

A while back, I wrote a post about Dane Reynolds and the state of surfing. If it wasn't made clear by previous posts, Dane is one of my favorite surfers of all time and I have nothing but complete respect for him, his surfing, and his outlook on life. Not gonna lie, I had originally intended to just write about his blog, but that night I got to thinking and my mind and hand began ranting and raving about the state of things faster than an ostritch poking his head in the sand for a quick shneeker bomb...
If you couldn't tell by now, I'm a VERY serious guy and I most certainly NEVER have room for jokes in my life, especially when it comes to my motherfucking uber serious blog! With that being said, I will tell you one thing for certain, I will never take back a single fackin word I ever write up on this thing (unless for some reason I was blacked out and decided to let my alter ego Rodolpho Slauson write a post about why Kojo the bear was one of the best barrell riders of all time). What I write is what I write cause it's my mind, my opinion, my blog, and not yours. If you've got an opinion, feel free to let it be voiced and start a blog or better yet post a comment on my blog, the people will not be silenced! The proof in the pudding may be seen below by this beautifully scripted comment:
But uh back to the lecture at hand (perfection is perfected so I'm a let em understand from a young G's perspective). My friend above is the first to step up to the plate and let the World know how he/she feels about my post, my hometown, and my apparent sexual preference. It's a cryin shame he/she didn't leave a name with the writing on the wall for some god damn street cred, the proof that real humans actually read my blog, and the custom t-shirt I had screen printed years ago awaiting this glorious day! Anyways, thank you for the post good sir, you are a scholar and a gentleman for letting me know that I have finally actually engaged someone enough to elicit such a strong and passionate response, lets me know I'm doing my job right. Well folks, according to lil buddy anonymous I've got some growing up to do so I'm gonna go grab a good book, my corncob pipe, my colostomy bag, my geriatric goblet filled with metamucil, and of course my trusty rascal bearing Cali plates that read "I Put The Agro In Viagra!"
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Monday, November 16, 2009

Eye Candy

I think Island Fever is starting to kick in and I'm starting to lose my mind. I think I've also realized that I've been uber surf heavy on the content on here lately, which is never a bad thing, but I just wanted to take a step back and take a deep breast ummm I mean breathe ahhhh enjoy...
Cutes are better than hots RJ

Too hot = too cool JP
Definition hipster myrt Zooey Deschanel
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Marine Layer Productions

The man, the myth, the legend, Dane Reynolds is not only an innovator and creative genius in the water, he also flourishes in these departments on dry land. With surfing becoming remotely stale and surfers beginning to funnel into a conveyer belt chalk filled with corporate flannel and mainstream wanabe vulcanized shoes, it's surfers like Dane that shatter such said molds and give some life to a rather snoozy culture/art/sport/whatever label it has now achieved. I've been completely amazed at Dane's creative talents not only in the water but also with his various land mediums and creative talents including: board art, super 8 filming, music, and photography. Thanks to intern grom Totes McGrotes I now am pretty much addicted to Dane's blog entitled Marine Layer Productions and frequent there quite often to see what the dice will land on next; a video of Dane busting bafling airs? a bizarre yet intriguing music video? or an artistic vision from the man behind the lens? Hopefully the answer is (D), all of the above!
It's cool to see guys who let surfing enrich their lives but don't let surfing solely define them as an individual. Behind every person there is something more than meets the eye, a simple fact that many people take for granted. I do see how it would be hard to break out of just being known as a "professional surfer". Ultimately, a lot of times, it's the corporations paying the rent and writing the checks who frequently don't like to see their team riders venture into other endeavors and possibly jeopardize their "public image". On top of that head ache, there's other exterior pressures, especially on the CT, from other people who have dreams for you and do everything in their power to make sure you meet those dreams but won't let you follow your own dreams.
Dane getting weird while doing a "busted wing layback"

The all too familiar scenario happens every 3 years or so; a new wonder kid pops up and gets a stellar video part that blows peoples minds, then the masses get to talking and start making comparisons to "a young Kelly Slater", more people talk and talk and soon enough a bar is set so high for this new wonder kid that anything below said bar or failed attempts to obtaining this standard are soon seen as the end of the world and the hopes of others slowly trickle down the drain and end up at Shit Pipes.
Sure this scenario seemed evident to happen to Dane in his freshman years of big time exposure. When he came out and blew up, the rumor mill started running its mouth and Dane was already coined as the next World Champ without even having made the CT yet. You can imagine it would be a little difficult to fill such shoes and even more difficult to satisfy the wants of others. But Dane, Dane was different. Dane flourished on his own without having to rack up a stellar QS batting average. He flourished through his unique perspective on surfing. A surfing perspective that could be compared to an art form where he is the painter and the ocean is his canvas to sometimes depict with style and grace and other times give a more aggressive abstract meaning to it with crazy yet flawless airs.
Dane likes art, therefore art likes Dane

I originally wasn't planning on ranting this long, just wanted the post to be about Dane's blog but I hope you get what I'm sayin here. Just sayin that it's cool to see people break out of the mold and be who they want to be and do what they want to do even if it's not what's expected of them. I sure wish more pros out there took a quick step back to look at how much professional surfing has engulfed their lives and just realize that life is about the pursuit of happiness. Happiness is not always achieved through success and success does not define an individual. If your dream is to be a pro surfer, live out your dream, but do it for you. Much respect to Dane Reynolds for bringing a whole lot more to the table than just a bag full of tricks! Who's to say surfers have to be more than normal anyways?
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