Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Falling into place....

Hola Amigos, the fall season is undoubtedly coming to a close as we all wait anxiously for the evident decision to be made as to whether we will be heavily weathered or not from the El Nino.
We got the roof fixed at the shop in anticipation for months of soggy splendor. Tuned up the garden real nice with some solid rations and stocked the cabinet full of coffee. As I said last post all of our new winter neoprene and geoprene has arrived and though we may see warmer than normal mid winter temps you will undeniably be in a wetsuit, why not be in a lightweight freshy that makes these possible epic winter sessions that much more enjoyable. New 101 fins are here, if you haven't seen, held, or surfed these things let me tell you what. Eliminating fin weight on any board is progressive, especially on a quad, adding flex to a fin can change your idea of a turn entirely. On the flip side keeping stiffness can be a crucial demand for quad and thruster sets in which bamboo has proven viable. These new longboard fins are built to last and are much more environmentally sound than others. 101 bamboo fins are surely to be a staple in the surfriding world from here on out. Flexy, strong, Stiff, Lightweight and Nice Looking. Find the characteristics you need for your steed. Blab atcha soon, Kenny B

2nd Annual Zombie surf session at George's Beach Friday Oct. 31st!!! Keep your eyes out for slow crossing pedestrians on the coast hwy. There should be some creepy trim figures gliding through the water and a whole lotta coffin rides for certain. This is sure to be a hell of a time! Don't kill yourself! Go grab some old cryptic rags throw em over your wetsuit, maybe dash yourself with corn syrup and white zinc and go shred dead! All dead and undead invited, zombie garb be delighted.

Oceanside doing it's magical fall dance here, one of the best places to be on the coast in the fall if you can just so happen to fall into place here at the right time. Often one of the most tubular of breaks around during it's showing times and with enough punch to give you a nice pummeling, which can be really refreshing after a summer of riding north county slup banks.

The garden was fully exasperated by the end of September with only a few haggard tomaters hanging on. Our amazing build something outta nothing, plant a forest outta dirt green thumb all pro shop guy Billy has replanted a splendiferous assortment for the winter. Broccoli, Red onion, Carrot, Garlic, and Romaine Lechuga will hopefully give us shop kids some wholesome natural nourishment to keep our carcasses scrambling for those hefty winter bombs.
Got some bamboo skegs sprouting in the succulents, looking pristine and healthy. This here an integral part to any bonzer surf shape. 6.5" 101 Bamboo Bonzer template $99
8.5" Longboard Wide Template nicely developed for those slightly shorter logs with 2+1 setups for big guys looking for hold or lighter pilots looking for an all around single. $109
9" Flex could be quintessential for one's adored hull or singlefin. Virtually no fin weight in the tail and a snaptastic flexibility range will make your old fin feel tired. $109 ( note: below is 9" flex and above is 9" Narrow. sorry bout that.)
9" Longboard Narrow. Ample flex and uber light. Less tip volume and rake make this a really maneuverable diverse choice those surfing mostly tail to center in 2-5' longboard surf. $109
9" Longboard has a fuller body throughout, a wider tip and more sweep. Great all around fin for surfsters who surf off the tail and get to the front to dangle piggies. Will work great in steeper and faster surf as well. $109

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Bloggins back to work.....

New 09 Matuse Fullsuits have arrived and have been renovated with some new design work and re-enforcement areas to make a great suit even better. These suits don't hold water like their predecessors ensuring your catlike reflexes will not be bogged down, these are closed cell limestone based rubber armor suits that are proven toasty warm, ultra flexy and bad to the bone. Available 3/2, 4/3 at the shop and 5/4 hooded upon request. This 5/4 Tuma is proven efficient in Alaska, Canada, and other really cold places.

New boots for them shiverin little flanges that need some quality coverage, after all dem little buddies are your control units that help execute those hot moves.
Brian Hilbers brought down some really neat Finelines for us on his way to Sacred Craft. All of which are full bellied thin rail hulls that ensure incredible lift and states of trim that can be so foreign and euphoric and so enjoyably unpredictable that they may cause quiver abandonment. Here is a 6'4" MP purple tint square tail and a 6'1 GB. Both come equipped with custom foiled and designed side bites to give you a little extra control and hold for those roundy rails.
The MP will surf better off the tail as far as agility and quicker maneuvering adjustments where the GB will offer a larger planing area throughout provoking more drawn straighter lines.

5'11 p-38 Hull fish, I mean what can you say that hull fish doesn't. Turns like a Suzuki Samurai off the tail glides like a Towncar in trim. This is the swallow tail model known as the Dirty Sanchez.

5'9" P-38. Glass on 101 Bamboo Fins. Custard nasal region with burnt orange back end.
All of the Finelines have really fine price points, all these boards are in the six hundred range which as you know is less than most these days. The price tags say nothing about the quality, craftsmanship and design integrity of these sticks. Do yourself a favor.

Whoa.........It's been awhile since my last posting, sorry about that there eh. Well you know those things in life that you hear about and think "how could that have happened to them," or "that would never happen to me," the bizarre mind glitching stories about crazy and rotten things happening to the least expecting of people. Well, I've had the inconceivable awakening to be one of those people and it's opened some mental doors that could and probably would have stayed locked for a very long time if not otherwise been put in this situation. The reality that real life twists can wake a person up really f@#!in fast from the daily innocent ignorance of the good life has come into full wide screen view in the past couple weeks. Unfortunately I have had to move my Bloggins headquarters out of state and I now officially have my own oncologist. Let's just leave it at that, explaining the three week delay on an update for you folks. My surf life at this point feels like a little kid peering into a snow globe dreaming of the magical winter wonderland, only my globe is a computer screen with surf report photos and swell charts. This ramble is not unlike the other hundred million stories written with the message of taking life day by day and living every moment to the fullest and it feels a bit self righteous and awkward as I plunk on these keys but when your in a situation like this, as so many others have been in, it feels like it's your duty to remind people to open up and take a hard look at the things we take for granted every day, especially getting to enter the ocean as a playground. What we surfers get to do is so unique and utterly organic it really epitomizes the theme of be here now, on the other hand it's so easily lost in ego trips, paddle battles and lineup crowding that sometimes the whole thing feels like driving in traffic. Well, the waves in my life don't involve any water these days and it hasn't been calm and glassy here for quite awhile, so the next time you feel like you're sitting in traffic wherever you are, remember there's a lot of people out there just like me who would give anything to be sitting right there with you. Thanks for listening, Kenny B