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

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!


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.

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!

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!


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.


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!
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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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Saturday, November 14, 2009

FOX Surfing

Fox team rider and fellow electro beat maker Eric Geiselman

Went over to the Fox house last night to catch up with my homey Chuck and met a few of the Fox riders at their baller North Shore palace. Everybody was super nice and just relaxin and takin it easy from a long day's surf. I was privileged enough to watch some of their dailys as their filmer Mike logged some clips of the boyz shredding at Off The Wall and Rocky Point. Needless to say these guys were fuckin killing it!
Fox team rider Jarrad Sullivan

After surfing Monster Mush yesterday and pretty much getting eaten alive by freak sets and almost getting blown off every wave by the ferocious winds, I was completely awe struck when I saw how insane these guys surfed in the same exact waves I struggled so hard just to get a front side snap on. Up in the mix of the MENTAL footy I watched go down were Fox riders Eric Geiselman, Jarrad Sullivan, Tanner Hendrickson, Jesse Merle-Jones, Perth Standlick, and Cahil Bell-Warren.Align Center
Fox team rider Perth Standlick shralping in Bali

If you haven't been to the Fox site yet you should definitely drag your lazy ass over there and check it out. Their riders are kicking ass and taking names and they've got some sick ass threads on there as well that will have you steezin and breezin and pickin up myrts in no time! And oh yea, check out some of their vids below that will surely make you soil yourself with disbelief!

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

The 2009 Reef Hawaiian Pro @ Haleiwa

The 2009 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing hit the ground running today when The Reef Hawaiian Pro got under way at Haleiwa with a less than epic start due to an ocean filled with less than epic waves. The venue was looking stellar, the cast & crew were as hungry as ever, but unfortunately Poseidon had other plans for us all today...
As I drove up the coast from Sunset to Haleiwa this morning and peaked out my baller rental car (Ford focus I think?), the 8 Mile strip was filled with what looked like mixed up, stormy, yet sizable waves. For some reason this swell hit all the other spots a lil better and some of the World's greatest were forced to battle it out in choppy, waist to chest high, dribblers. But that by no means stopped the local boyz from dominating the first couple of rounds and yet again proving that local knowledge triumphs over CT carnage and a board full of stickers.
Domo Arigato Mr. Joboto! Local boy Joel Centeio showin em how it's done after his heat win!

Been super busy lately helping out with the shows so until I have more time to contribute to more elaborate and entertaining posts, I will leave yall with soem quick breakdowns to get yo boogie on with! So check out the breakdown below and check back for more vids, pics, and weirdness as I start to evolve from naive albino Haole to tattered brown(er) Haole, and then some...
Day 1 Breakdown:
Waves: Poor to fair 3 to 4 ft.
Weather: Sunny, hot, humid, with slight morning drizlers every now n then
Women: All over the place getting their tan on. Ready to strike at the drop of an air reverse.
Shralpage: Local boyz cleaning up shop (in particular: Moody, Joel Centeio, Kamalei Alexander, Hank Gaskell, Gavin Gillette, TJ Barron).
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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

What is "Surfing"? & Who are "Surfers"?

My homie Po over at The Ampal Creative has been taking the World by storm with his creative designs, unique artistic visions, and high sense of fashion, art, great music, and all the finer things in life. I'm not gonna lie, I'm kinda shitting my pants right now because Po is now about to take over the writing World and is about to shatter my so arduously developed surf blog castle while doing so, solely based on one blog post! If you haven't checked out the Ampal blog already, get your ace over there.. There is definitely some great reads and fantastic photographs to be had.
Most recently Po wrote a post about a subject which I'm sure has been on everyone's mind since the conception of Blue Crush and the influx of surf attention, corporate interference, and crowded muddy waters. In this post he writes about the evolution of surfing culture, lifestyle, fashion, and etiquette along with certain stereotypes, cliches, and fads that follow with being a "surfer". Don't let me spoil the rest of this highly intriguing and insightful post, go see for yourself as he drops some knowledge and tells it like it really is!

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Who Is J.O.B. Trailer

Absolutely amping after watching the new Jamie O'Brien teaser on Surfline!

The version that Surfline has up is absolutely stunning. The visuals are breathtaking, the tricks are baffling, and the electro hell song gets me freaking wired after listening to 4 seconds of it!

Below are a couple alternative versions of the trailer I found. These ones are pretty sick as well but they're not nearly as INSANE as the one up on Surfline which will seriously make you want to rip off your suit and tie, grab your board, and head straight to the nearest body of water with the slightest ripple in it!

Alternative Versions:

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

North Shore-The First Daze

Well, I made it safe and sound to my new humble abode for the next 2 months, the North Shore of Oahu. So far I've surfed twice and have pretty much been put in my place by Poseidon's lethal strength out here. Paddled my ass off at Tredmillani's aka Rocky Lefts today for a solid 2 hours and caught about 5 waves. Lets just say I've got some catching up to do, that's for sure.
Anyways, I filmed a little bit of weirdness on my journey from the airport to Sunset, check out this quick vid that could potentially flip yo lid!

Until next time, keep frothing

Neeja brah
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Friday, November 6, 2009

2009 North Shore Winter

Boards? Check
Boardshorts? Check
Slippas? Checka
Nerdbot skillz? Check
AMPAL Myrt Caps? Checkelz
Extra small condoms? Check ummm uhhh I mean umm magnums? CHECK!
Crap shades? Checkerooskie
Pipe Dreams? Uhhh the book or for reals? Check check!
She packed my bags last night, free flight
Zero hour nine a.m...

As I sit and listen to Annie Mac's Mash Up,  a sense of anticipation and adventure runs through my bones and I'm not so sure if sleep will come easily tonight (a lot of which probably has to do with the non stop electro hell ringing in my ears).  Why you ask?  Cause tomorrow morning, bright and early, I'm off to the North Shore of Oahu for the Triple Crown winter!  That's right, 2 Months of filthy pits, nerd bot edits, and the hollywood surf circus on water wings!  
I've been to Hawaii a few times and have scored super good Kauai as well as south shore Oahu (where I was denied service and then furiously chased out of a store by livid asians cause the indian dude on my fake ID apparently didn't have hazel eyes),  but last year was my first time ever venturing to the North Shore.  My journey out there was sick!  It was pretty much filled with a lot of rain, super fun Rocky left's sessions, myrt filled surf parties, the Slater vs. Wardo Pipe final, and a nice sneak peak to the end of the chaos that is the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing.  
6 Weeks filled with some of the best surfers on the planet competing at 3 of the best waves in the World for a title that is desired by all but only achieved by few.  The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing starts in Haleiwa on November 12th, moves over to Sunset November 24th, and will end at the CT event with the World Title on the line at Pipe on December 8th.  I'll be there in the thick of it all helping out with the TV shows, making sure everybody's frothing at the mouth, and keeping all of my loyal readers/viewers in the know of what it's truly like to spend the winter on The Rock.     
Gotta get back to packin my shiznit, so for now, keep yourselves entertained with this sickie Rocky's edit by Devo at WINDOWSEATpictures:

and get yo partay started with this electro hell mixtape by Alexandre:

Next time we speak, I'll be frothing on the North Shore.  Until then my friends...

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