If you live at the Point, you’re likely to hear the sound of a surf contest horn every weekend from spring through fall. In addition to spending a little time planning where you’re going to surf, it also means there’s a constant source of entertainment.
This past weekend was probably my most favorite contest: The Logjam! put on by the Big Stick Surfing Association. Here’s why:
- pre-1970 old boards only
- no leashes (aka kook cords)
- first day is Aloha day where everyone surfs twice in mixed heats (men, women, and abilities)
- Aloha Team competition: 2 surfers on 2 old boards riding the same wave together
- probably the best T-shirt designs
And no, I didn’t compete. But my friend and surfboard shaper, Ashley Lloyd Thompson, suggested I get out there in 2014. We shall see!
The photos really say it all so here are some links to the best I’ve seen so far. Enjoy!:
Big Stick Surfing Association
Howard “Boots” McGhee
But darn it! Am under the weather so can’t get out there. It’s killing me.
I wasn’t going to compete. Why?
- Surfing competitions make me nervous
- I’m “a bit” competitive
- I don’t like the idea of people I know seeing me do a bonehead move
- If I can help it, I don’t go out of my way to embarrass myself
However, a good friend pointed out that Women on Waves is a FESTIVAL. It’s about celebrating women and surfing, setting a good example for young women and girls who are interested in the sport, and the money goes to charity. It’s really NOT a competition. Although the vibe is a little different when you’re out in the line up with a jersey on and watching the time clock to make sure you get your wave count.
In any case, I swallowed my pride and participated. It also helped that about 15 of my closest women surf buddies were also part of the festivities. By my second heat I had relaxed enough to where I can say I had a great time and glad I did it.
Video and Photos
- This short video captures the essence of the Surf Fest
- Mike Murray’s got some amazing photos
- Photo in this post by Douglass Weymouth
Event Info.: Women on Waves Facebook Page
So, plan on seeing me next year – hopefully not doing a bonehead move!
Today’s a special day for the legendary surfer and surfboard shaper, Johnny Rice. Not only is it his 75th birthday but Santa Cruz Mayor, Hilary Bryant, issued a proclamation that April 21, 2013 is Johnny Rice Day. But if you know Johnny and his positive outlook on life, then you’d know that he considers every day to be special.
I’ve known Johnny and his wife Rosemari for quite a while and he’s shaped a number of boards for me, 2 of which are my absolute favorites: a 9’3″ pintail and an 8’3″ quad piglet.
To learn more about Johnny, check out this old story by Nina Wu.
Happy Birthday to my good friend and favorite shaper!
Here they come! The foamies (or sponges, if you prefer). Lined up like little soldiers at Costco, now in various sizes and colors.
Summer surfing in Santa Cruz can be a ton of fun albeit with hazards: newbies on their foamies and/or aggro surfers who just can’t stand the newbies in the line up.
However, as of the past year or so, there seems to be more foamies in the line up and guess who’s surfing them? Some of the reallllly good surfers at Pleasure Point. Seriously. A good friend of mine has gone as far to say that she’s going to ask her shaper to make her a board modeled after her 8′ Costco board. I think she’s kidding but she actually has a lot of fun on her Costco board. Here’s why and perhaps the reason we’re starting to see more veterans leave their precious glass boards at home:
- no worries about getting a ding
- relatively no worries about hurting anyone if you run into them (again, those summer crowds can be brutal)
- lightweight so easy to carry (a nice benefit after a marathon session in the hot sun)
- super floaty so easy to paddle and catch waves (helpful when you’re battling it out with the crowds)
- inexpensive so more palatable to just go buy a new one when it gets waterlogged
So, you may want to go to the dark side and check these boards out. I have yet to add one to my quiver but never say never! 2013 may be the year as I’ve been eyeballing the foamie Fish!
Side note: my husband saw a similar photo on http://santacruzboardbuildersguild.blogspot.com and that inspired me to write this post.