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Planet Earth Surfriding Local
"Which posters to alt.surfing have you met, surfed, or tripped
with, where and when?"
Tim Maddux. We met at Malibu. Waves were flat
and we did not surf. There were other times that we were supposed to meet
at Leo but never did hook up. I'm guessing we shared a Leo session or two
at some point.
Jose Borrero and Tower7. We surfed all
the time together. Multiple sessions.
Egosurf and John Ferguson. Fla sessions.
Very small waves. Very cool guys.
Jeff Kaplan. He was visiting LA. Over the
course of two days we surfed County Line, Sunset, Topanga and Bay St. together.
AnkleSlop. Multiple trips, Multiple
destinations. Always fun.
Met and surfed with Carson in San Diego.
August 2001. Surfed Ocean
beach with David Blake, Lloyd, Glenda, Gioni and Jeff Kaplan on
a nice NW swell in August of all months."
August 31, 2002. Met Rico,
Doc, El Roca, DD (Maddux was there too but already knew him!) over Labor
Day Weekend on Cape Cod. [Also see Doc's
Report and the Tim
Maddux Report.] Also see the group
picture marking the occasion.
February 2003 - Rincon
with Surfer Bob. Had a superfun longboard session with Surfer
Bob at Rincon. The story goes something like this:
|I heard the call, "Duke!
You're our superstar salesman <pause> again. Make way to the west coast
training meeting in Santa Barbara immediatly!" the boss cried. "I'll be
damned, bossman. 16th Street is going off but if I have to I'll be
taking my boards and its on Verizon's dime!" I retorted. Next thing you
know I was at http://www.pbia.org/ awaiting a flight away from my beloved
The next thing I know it
was Sunday AM, I hooked up with my boy Brett and the tide was high. We
looked all over the place but the tide was killing it - Ventura Fairgrounds,
Silver Strand, Oxnard Shores, Rincon, <gulp> even Sands! It was weak
but it was good to catch up with Brett. I had e-mail Surferbob (and Surfdope
and Lange too - to no avail) about hooking up and we met mid-afternoon
for a low tide session at Rincon. He rolled up in his VW and was complete
with two logs for the session. I'm not much of a longboarder but the waves
were pretty small. I went out leashless on his 9'4".
It was actually really fun.
I had two boards with me (a 6'4" and a fish) but the longboard session
was totally cool. I'd forgotten how fun Rincon can be. Surferbob was catching
waves and I was too. And they were pretty long, fun rides. I dropped
in on shitload of people (it was 2') too. I saw Surferbob catch one real
nice wave at the peak and then looked waaayyy inside to see him kickout.
It was a good time.
Then it started picking up.
And the crowd increased. There were a few head high sets and when you connected
it was really fun. BUT, at that point I wished I had my shortboard because
it was definetly getting shortboardable. I was also thinking that I might
just kill someone if I lost this mammoth 9'4" with the crowd increasing
like it did... I lost the board once during the whole session - and that
was one the way inside when the wave finally closed out - not bad.
Suferbob and I caught a few
more waves then I told him I was calling it a day. I saw him catch one
all the way in and I shortly followed suit. We bullshitted for a bit and
then I had to take off. SurferBob, it was great to meet ya and thanks
for the use of your board! I plan on working Verizon for everything they
have to get me back to SB for this or that and I'd love to hook up for
another session again.
July 2003. Met and had beers
with Tom Keener. Met up with him once more about a month later in
December 2003. Met and surfed
with Neal "Sponge" Miyake at DHLH. It was totally cool to hook up
with Neal. I was so bummed I got the flu. It was bad too. One of
the worst flu episodes of my life for sure. Ended up in the emergency room
on Sunday. The next morning (after hooking up with you) I was gonna hook
up with Bud and I was just out of my mind sick. I got up and left a message
on his cell at 5:30 sick as a dog. I think back about what that message
must have sounded like - probably pretty funny. I ended up staying an extra
day just laid up in the hotel room. There is nothing like being stuck in
a hotel room for days on end with crystal blue skies and water just outside.
I usually do not get that sick and if I do, I handle it pretty well but
this was bad.
AS: Neal's a true waterman! He does
it all! Hope to get back out there soon and we'll do it all over again.
Here's a pic of G-Duke
December 2003. Met Mike "Sully"
August 2004. I got some water
time and AS points IN SD with Obsurfer at one of his breaks. I
fucking like that guy alot!
Steve "The Mind" Visits OB/San Francisco - Dec 2005. See lp's report.
AS Points Log:
|... met the following ASers
||...surfed with these ASers
||...traveled with these ASers
Glenda "gg" Carroll
Lloyd "lp" Pollock
Mike "Sully" Sullivan
Neal "Sponge" Miyake
|6 x 1 point =
||16 x 2 points =
||1 x 3 points =
Point totals: 41
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