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La Jolla-San Diego, CA
"Which posters to alt.surfing have you met, surfed, or tripped
with, where and when?"
My first A.S point came as a total shock.
I was on a motorcycle tour heading up the California coast. I'd gotten
past Santa Cruz and was looking for a place to stay. I saw a sign for a
youth hostel and pulled in. It was the Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel.
After I signed the register, the guy behind the counter said, "Are you
Keensurf?" Huh? It was the first time the cyberworld had intruded into
reality. The guy turned out to be Tim, who used to post to A.S sporadically.
I haven't seen a post from him in a long
time. He gave me some good info about
surf in the area, especially Mavericks.
Since then, I've met and surfed with a
bunch of A.Sers. And despite any satirical trolls to the contrary, they've
ALL been good, fun interactions.
On that same bike trip, I stopped in at
Bodega Bay and met Will Borgeson. He gave me a great tour of the institute
there, then we hit the surf for a chilly session.
Neal Miyake's trips to San Diego were the
incentive to meet some other San Diego A.Sers. I got wet with Tom Tweed,
Neal, Rontiki and met Bill Andrews.
Foon's trip to San Diego instigated a great
day cruising with George Barnes. George has been good about spreading the
points around. He introduced me to Carson and Rod Rodgers, although the
meeting with Rod seemed awfully short. Perhaps we can fix that on his next
JoAnn VanMeter and I had a nice lunch with
tons of gossip at the Brockton Villa, a nice place overlooking La Jolla
There have been a few San Onofre get togethers,
including a couple of Paloozas and the Dale Davis party. I met Neon, Craig,
Dan "Crag T. Bagger" King, John Hermesman, SD Beachguy, Tim Maddox, BK,
Dan'L, Sunash, and Son of Sunash. There were probably another ASer or two
that I don't remember, and I'm not sure how many of us were in the water
together, but I think the list at the bottom is correct. for the latest
Palooza, Ben Rak was in town. i gave him a ride and a tour of the coast.
My trip to Hawaii in November of 2000 was
a great opportunity. Sus, Glenda, Jules, Mr Jules (who i don't think has
ever posted,) & I had a fun session at Sus's home break. later that
week, Bud took me out at Gas Chambers for some fun waves. Later, on Kauai,
I had a nice phone conversation with Denny Waller. It's a shame we couldn't
hook up. (Do phone calls count for 1/2 point? It is a real voice, after
When Andy Woodard came west, I gave him
another guided tour of the North SD County coast.
And Rick Ciaccio has come down to surf
my home break a couple of times.
No overnight trips yet.
Talked to: Denny "River Rat" Waller
-- 1x.5=.5 [AS rules don't count points for email, talking, IM'ing, etc,
but will consider these in the event of a tiebreaker.]
Aug. 29, 2001. Hooked up with Neal
Miyake, Bill Andrews, and Joanne VanMeter for Sushi after their session
at La Jolla Shores (Dan King also surfed but didn't stay for sushi).
Truth be told, J & BA were too chicken, er, had chicken instead of
sushi. (Sheesh. What is it with a little seaweed and eel that turns people
off?) I just hope it was up to Neal's standards. FWIW, Neal drank twice
as much beer as the last time I saw him. The lush. As usual, whenever A.Sers
get together, it's a fun event. Thanks for the laughs, folks.
the Lap of America... The Four Points Bike Tour of the Contiguous USA.
In the immortal words of
Dennis Miller, I Am Outta Here! FWIW, I'll be living at : firstname.lastname@example.org
for a while.
Aug 13, 2001. I'm bored. It's time
for me to see some new places, meet some new faces. I've got itchy feet
and a fast motorcycle. The Silver Surfer (my trusty Honda) is tuned and
ready to ride. I'll be leaving soon to see how many miles I can put on
it in an all-too-short vacation. So, if any of you are desperate to score
another point on the A.S spreadsheet of camaraderie, drop me a line and
we'll see what my itinerary looks like.
Sorry, Havard and Alex, you guys will have
to wait til next year. This is strictly on the North American continent.
Sept. 3, 2001. Agent Utah
reports meeting Keener with typical PNW hospitality.
Sept. 3, 2001. Lemmings relates
stiffing Keener with a PNW-sized bill.
Sept. 5, 2001. Greg Wolf
tells about Keener's visit: TK blasted in quickly, and left almost
as fast. We went to the Point, but there were no waves at the Point; nor,
apparently, was there any point to the waves. He said the waves Tuesday
were as big as the ones Monday that had Johnny U. drooling. I guess he
had a longboard that needed to see some action..... Tk is a funny guy,
good stories to tell, and an inquiring mind. Since surfing wasn't going
to happen, we took a nature walk through my private
forest, BSed about computers, and threw
dirt on folks in the newsgroup. And he wouldn't fess up to
the truth about Glenda's bed. [See
GregWolf's story and pics: The
Swell That Santa Killed.]
Sept. 13, 2001. DeeDee bubblelates,
"...But, I am at least glad that Santa got to witness first hand,
a New England Beach going off, even if
from shore!....and it was so great to be there by his side, as he observed
it with much stoke and interest, & as he asked questions of some NE
surfers walking by after their sesh, with boards in hand.
I knew every
second of our visit, that I was a lucky New England gal, to get to spend
a few hours talking story & hearing the knowledgeable, indepth stories
& observations about surfing, life & this amazing planet that we
all reside on, that Santa most generously shared with every question I
asked. It was equally so great to hear more about growing up & surfing
in San Diego!
It was really
inspirational watching him take off from our drive way....in full rain
gear, with the rain pouring down ....on his Righteous, Rumbling Motor Bike,
'The Silver Surfer', heading for I-95!!!!!! Talk About Pure Adventurous
Sept. 14, 2001. Rico, Doc
and El Roca. A _very_ good time was had by all. And we didn't
have to fish anybody out of the fireplace this time......
Sept. 15, 2001. John Webster
of Providence, RI, comments, "I heard a little about his trip, and man
does that guy know how to miss waves. I hear he missed them in the PNW,
he missed them on Cape Cod, and now he missed them in Rhode Island.
Never take a surf trip with this guy! :-) "
Sept. 15, 2001. Mark push
started Tom on his way out this a.m. Mon.....He really didn't want to leave
after we turned him onto some of Jerseys finest pizza,chicks and waves
and other things I won't mention.. =) (SurfSarge)
Sept. 17, 2001. Santa visits
his elves in Baltimore, drinks way too many porters, discovers true crab
cakes and declares peace with all of the world except for Flek (despite
our efforts). Scott Woodling, Bruce Gabrielson, Neal Carver, my wife
Beth and I (Rod) share dinner at a local Baltimore Pub. (And he calls
it the 4-points tour -- Santa added 3 points just in Baltimore!)
Sept. 19, 2001. Keener in
the Triangle. Yes indeed, after a session at Hatteras and Frisco,
Keener appeared in Cary (Concentrated Area of Relocated Yankees) to visit
a friend. This being done, he was welcomed at a local beanery by the AS
delegations from UNC (Catherine Elkins) and Duke (neither being a hip school,
this amounted to exactly one person from each university). By virtue
of a secret token, we made him an honorary local for Nags Head. He now
enjoys the protection of the First Street crew, and the right to drink
beer at Eve's in wet trunks without being called a poser. When last
seen he was headed west, toward the mountains, on a fine fall day. [by
March 30, 2002. Steve 'the
Mind" Marshall's Visit to San Diego. Did not surf but did get together
with Bill Andrews, Joanne VanMeter, SteveM, Dan King and Terry Hendricks
at Joanne's place (see
Tom Keener Visits Oahu - 2003.
AS Party at My House - March 2003. "That's
right - it's party time. Alt.surfing's Drew and Glenda are visiting SoCal,
so we've got to have a party." ~TK. Pic posted at Joanne's site:
Yellow Bamboo Power in San Diego - July
2004. The evidence is pictured
August 2004. Bodysurfed with
August 2004 - SurferBob. Turby
responds to SurferBob's storyline, "Bullshit. It's all lies. Every last
one of them. Well, except for the surf-riding. We did bodysurf the smallest
rideable waves on the planet
that day. Where're our points? (Didn't
you sign the non-disclosure agreement that was posted upstairs?)"
[See SurferBob's story
Yooper Comes to Dinner
- June 2005. Read the reports and see the pics here.
Assorted Land Encounters:
Gamivia Duke - met him both in SD & SF.
LP - met him at Ocean Beach in SF.
Gioni Pasquinelli - on his trip to SD.
Various Water Encounters:
Dave Blake and I shared waves at Black's.
Mike Gemelli and I had a couple of sessions. One of the few who's had fun at my home break (April 2004).
LJS and I did a small day of bodyboarding in Solana Beach, when she came to SD County.
Turby the Turbosurfer
AS Points Log:
|... met the following ASers
||...surfed with these ASers
||...traveled with these ASers
Son of Sunash
Steve "the Mind" Marshall
SurfSarge (Paul DiSarno)
|30 x 1 point =
||25 x 2 points =
||0 x 3 points =
Point totals: 80
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