Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Almost There

Looks like the sand is coming back to Cowells. The surf has been inconsistent and big at times, flat others. Christmas was nice... saw my family, hung out with my friends. My housemates have been gone, so I have had the house to myself.

I start school in a couple weeks, and I am excited about that. I think I am finally adjusted to my new life in Santa Cruz and am ready to go back to a study mode. One can only hang out and surf so much, right? The winter is also a good time to have other activities, because the weather won't allow for a lot of outside events. May as well be studying. I also have this feeling 2007 is going to be great, so I anxious for this year to be done!

Hope everyone is enjoying the holidays!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

A Little Organization Please



The surf was definitely a bit on the crazy side these last couple weeks. Cowells is still shifting and the sand doesn't quite know where to settle. This occurrence makes it difficult to know where to be and provides a very confusing session. I surfed with Christina yesterday and we were all over the place, from late take off's, to not catching the waves at all. Anyway, hopefully it'll organize soon and give us more consistency.

It's a busy week for everyone I'm sure. Lots of get togethers! My parents are going to FL for xmas, since that was the only time they had off. I'll be going to my aunt's for xmas eve and I am probably surfing (if there's waves) on xmas day.

Hope everyone enjoys their holiday!



The pic at the top: Stormy Cowells.
The next: The other side of the Lane.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Birthday Weekend

This weekend was pretty awesome! I did celebrate my birthday with my friends and family. Saturday, my housemates both gave me wonderful gifts! Journi gave me some fuzzy monkey slippers, along with matching pj's (see Olive in the green bag?):



My other housemate, Aimee, made me a very yummy chocolate cake with a surfer girl on it:



I went to Mary's in the afternoon, and she made me a sweet potato pie! YUM! And then after I spent some time with her, I headed over to Meg's where she had made dinner and margarita's for us (Jen, Maite, and myself). Meg had bought me this awesome hoodie last week and it's super cozy! Juan came by with his son and brought me a tiny glass bottle with sand and shells in it. It said "Beach front property" on it. For some reason, it may have been the margaritas, it was the funniest thing in the world. We had such a good time even though it was pretty windy and rainy out. Which brings me to the surf.

It's been pretty choppy and stormy out. It also has been pretty big. After it being just trash for most of the weekend, yesterday afternoon it started to organize a little bit and show some pretty beefy waves:



The pics were taken from the wharf, where it rarely breaks. It was such a trip to be standing over these big mounds of water pushing through! There were a bunch of shortboarders out at Cowells, which is also another rare sight.


A beautiful sunset on Cowells Beach:



Oh! And my parents came in earlier that day. We spent the afternoon having brunch and walking around downtown and looking at the coast. They bought a new sexy wetsuit (yes another one!) that I seriously needed - one just isn't enough, surfing as much as I do.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Looks a Lot Like...

Yes, here were are in December. A very eventful month it is, including my birthday this coming weekend. I am thinking about having some margaritas with my friends and then roller skating after... Perhaps that would be less painful. Anyway, I got a cute new phone (a motorola pebl- in orange) and have been playing around with the camera on it. Here's my view while I was drinking coffee and eating pumpkin bread from Beckman's:



The same day, later in the evening, Meg, Mary, and I, went down to the harbor to see the Boat Light Parade that happens every year. Every year I had always passed by the sign dying to see the boats decked out in xmas lights. I made it happen this year.

Here's a pic of our sunset, looking towards Westcliff:



A boat coming into the harbor:



Preview of the lights:



The quality of the pics are not that great, but hey, at least I got to capture some lovely moments!

The surf is up for this weekend, with a macking swell coming in! It had been pretty flat these last few days. I went to the Lane one day and caught a few, then paddled over to Cowells for a bit. On Monday, it was total locals day at Cowells. Skindog was out there longboarding and just brought good energy to all the local surfers out there. It was blast, even though it was pretty small. I'll have get pics of the surf again soon.

Hope everyone is enjoying their December!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Holiday, Hooray!

The holidays are approaching. It always amazes me how time flys and how much one can evolve in 12 months. My parents are staying in town for Thanksgiving, and so am I. I was thinking about going down to Irvine to visit Ami and also doing a sort of surf safari to Malibu and San Onofre, but I decided just to save that trip for New Years.

I have plans go to Big Sur with Mary, but our plans have been in flux lately, changing minute to minute, so I am not sure. It's hard sometimes, getting used to other people's way of doing things. Trying my best to be understanding and just "go with it".

The surf has been fun and I am having a great time, and enjoying seeing my skills improve session to session. I do plan on surfing this 4 day weekend! Hope everyone has a great TG!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Keeping Up, Keeping Quiet

Here's to Miz B, Cooper, Shayna, and Bee... my loyal and lovely readers of this blog. I can't say honestly why I haven't written. Life isn't any busier than usual... perhaps I just needed some time to reflect and move on from some of the events that have happened. I'll try to get in more posts. I really should keep a better journal for myself.

Things are going quite well here. Surfing has been a blast. I am working with a photographer on a project that involves women surfing. She is trying to get them published in Women's Surfing Style Magazine. We haven't found a good day yet to get out and shoot. The swell just died down, but will be picking up again this week. Work has been fine. I am purchasing a new Tacoma Pickup this weekend! It's red and super cute! Perfect to throw boards in the back!

My friends are all good. Still learning to watch what I say in front of people in this small town. People seem to want to spread information, in a quick manner at that!

"Gossip needn't be false to be evil - there's a lot of truth that shouldn't be passed around. " ~Frank A. Clark

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Cold Water Classic '06

Thanks Cooper, Bee, and Miz B for your supportive words and luv :) Things are better today, and I am feeling optimistic again. I had a good surf session last night and found another cutie to talk to ;)

Here some photos my housemate, Journi, took from last Monday at the Cold Water Classic. The first is of Steamer Lane, the second is the massive structure they built along my bike path to house the judges and other peoples, the third is of myself and some of my crew (I'm 2nd from the left, in case you didn't know) :




Monday, October 23, 2006

A Bit of a Mess

Yeah Yeah Yeah... I know, I've been gone for awhile, but a LOT has happened. I wish I had better news to update, but the cutie ran back to her ex, my car broke down, I got sick, and I was told by a friend of Hannah's that she doesn't want to talk to me. So, with that, I am actually relieved to be at work right now.

Through all this, I have been surfing quite a bit and it's been good. The day my car broke down, my housemate and I drove over to the Lane to catch The Cold Water Classic. Super awesome surfing going on....world class. I met Erica Hosseini and Karina Petroni, Vans Team riders and models and just all around cute chicks. They were going to go surfing at Ano Nuevo. I saw Peter Mel talking some guy and a handful of other famous surfers.

My housemate took a few pics that I need to download and post. Anyway... I am going to get through the day and hope to find something in it to make it good.

Monday, October 09, 2006

The Crew Unleashed!


What a great weekend! God, it's been a long time since I have had one of the like. It all started Friday. Yes, the much talked about Luna Run. It started off cloudy and as the twilight crept in, the moon peaked out. The surf was very small, but the water was clear and glassy and I had Jen, Mary, Meg and Juan out with me. Later on, we all went to Meg's for some drinks, food, and good company.

The next morning, Todd, Jen, and I, headed to the eastside to catch some more waves. We paddled out to 2nd peak, but there was a chilly breeze coming through there. I was getting very cold sitting there (I had to put on a wet wetsuit, so I started off cold) so I decided to paddle over to 38th, leaving Todd and Jen to 2nd Peak. There was no wind there, as the cliff seemed to block the breeze. I had a fun time on the small scale waves. The people who were there were mostly beginners, so my wave count was high. After the session we went to Beckman's for breakfast. Our friend, and newest crew member, Mary, works there and it was her 21st birthday. We made a card for her and brought it over and she sat with us and had some coffee. Later on that night Jen and I went to her party and had a blast. My best friend Ami came into town and joined us. It was great seeing Mary with her family and friends, and was wonderful to be a part of that.

On Sunday, around 6pm, we all got in the water again. Jen, Mary, and I went without leashes, since it was so small. What a liberating feeling, not being attached to the board! Although, you have remember that, be extra carefully not to loose your stick and kill someone. It took a while, but the crowd dwindled and it was just several people and "The Crew" - Meg, Rick, Todd, Drew, Juan, Jen, Mary, and myself, left in the evening water. It's been months since we've all sat in a line up together. We just had a blast goofing off and being silly. Classic night. We all paddled in after dark, making plans to do all again later this evening.

That's what it's all about. Weekends like that make life so sweet.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Falling Back to Routine

Fall is officially here. I celebrated the equinox with cocktails and something that tasted like alcoholic chai. My one housemate and I were interviewing people, well because our other housemate has moved out. It's been interesting the range of people we've been getting. Although, the one we had on Saturday took the cake. This woman, came walking up like she was queen of the land, as my housemate and I were talking to the neighbors. They were having a HUGE party that night and asked if the woman if she was one of the dancers for the evening (you can imagine how she was dressed for us to assume she was entertainment). Anyway, we soon realized she was our 1pm interview. Well...she definitely was not a match, being that she was pretty needy and demanding. She also asked if she did move in, if she could lay naked in the back. I of course said yes, and that underneath my window provided the most sunlight for proper sunbathing. We later come to find that she is a stripper/realtor. Hmmmm... it all made sense. My take on it was this: She could lay naked anywhere she wanted, but she ain't livin' with us.

Anyway... the SW swell died, but I have been surfing in the small stuff with my friends. Got to surf with a cutie the other day. We'll see how that goes! It's been a blast seeing everyone in the evening, and watching the sun set and the water glass off. No more early mornings until spring. Ah well, I have my classes to attend anyway and swimming in the evenings. It's just as well.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Paddle Out Pics



Here a few pics from the Surfrider paddle out, Sept.9, 2006. It was National Paddle for Clean Water Day. There were about 40 of us out there. A totally that was!


You can see me, in the orange cap, and Alison next to me, with the purple on the wetsuit.





Again, me in the orange cap, arms folded, Ryan on the table getting his bones cracked, and Cowells in the background.



Circle Statement




Not sure who took all these, but thanks to those who did!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Morning Fun For Everyone


Sorry for my absence... I didn't realize coming back from vacation was going to be so much work! Things are moving and changing right now, for the better I am sure. I am coming to terms with some relationships that are changing for better or worse, you really have no choice but to take that ride.

As far as the surf reports goes, I did get in an evening glass-off and came in with the night last week. Hope to get in more days like that. This morning was absolutely fun! A SW swell came in, providing lots of waves and opportunities for some awesome rides. I got in when it was still dark, and there was no fog. As I got out, the sun was rising and the fog started to roll in as you can see from the above pic. There were some good sets, but the tide was coming up and shutting it down fast. It made for a pretty pic though!

Monday I start classes. I've got a philosophy course and am taking swimming to keep in shape for the winter swell. I am very exciting and happy to start school again. In a few days it'll be officially Autumn... happy fall everyone!

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Surfest 2006



Obviously I am back in Cali, and glad to be! It's been insanely busy since I came home and for some reason I am finding comfort here at work. Perhaps because it's the rountine and the familiar.

I did participate in the 2006 NorCal Women's Surfest. Alison and I were in the same division. We both did extremely well, although there were only 3 of us in the divsion, Alison took 2nd place, and came in at 1st place! Hopefully there will be some pics from the event... especially of us surfing! The conditions were fairly small during our first heat, but were getting closed out and gnarly by the second. The sun never came out that day, and it was pretty cold. Ryan, Alison's boyfriend, and I had to seriously talk Alison into getting back into her wet wetsuit for our 2nd heat. It was that cold.

It was a extremely long, but fun, day! Now that my vacation and the contest are over, it's time for an energy shift and to welcome the fall transition. I am very much looking forward to this!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

And More Pics...

What a contrast from yesterday and today! It was flat with a strong beach break. Today, stormy conditions with boogie boarders and a kite surfer out! Same beach!

Yesterday:


Today:










I am headed back home tomorrow, so write you all from home :)
Signing off from Florida...

Monday, August 28, 2006

Ernesto & More Pics

Tropical Storm/ Hurrincane Ernesto is heading right for us! This will be my first hurricane! I am going to get supplies with my dad tonight and help him put the storm shutters on the house. Anyway, we got a beach day in today, but no good surf. It was great to just get into the water and float around on the rental board. It was very clear out and no clouds.

Here are a few more pics of my FL experience (all pics taken today):

Today's Sucky Pseudo-Surf Sesh








Various Creautres That Are Around:







Another pic from the Kennedy Space Center from Saturday (I have more, but they are refusing to upload):

Saturday, August 26, 2006

The FL Scene

First, let just say that this is my 100th post! I wondered how long it was going to take me! Now, let's get on to what's going on here in the sunshine state...

It's been fun so far, but the weather is a bit funky. We've got nice sunny mornings, followed by late afternoon clouds, rain,lightening and thunder:




(This was taken was taken by my dad, who was very patient to get this shot!)




It amazes me how flat the surf has been here, in spite of the crazy weather. So, I haven't been out in any waves... yet. My family and I went to the Kennedy Space Center this afternoon as a pre-tour before the launch of space shuttle Atlantis tomorrow. Well, we have entry to view the launch, but they scrubbed it until Monday. Hopefully I'll have pics up of that, and of me rippin' by Tuesday. But here are a few pics from today's encounters:








Well, I had more pics, but they aren't loading! Anyway, I am having a great time and still have about 5 more days here in Florida. I'll keep you all posted!

Monday, August 21, 2006

Near the Beginning

The crew and myself got some surfing in this weekend. It was small scale, but fun. I have a surfing competition that I am now committed to for Sept. 3! Alison and I are in the same division, and we have a good cheerleading section we have attending, so I can't wait! It'll for sure be a great beach day! Hopefully the surf will pick up. I have been so tempted to go to Eastside and surf. On Saturday, I ran into Hannah while rollerblading along the coastline, and we talked for a bit and watched waves at 2nd Peak. It looked super fun! I had already gone out earlier, and tried to get her to go surf, but it was too nippy out for her tastes, and I don't blame her. Fall is definitely in the air. She mentioned a Luna Run... you all know how I love surfing until the full moon comes out! Some else was talking about surfing a full moon... guess everyone is ready for a few evening glass off's. Getting up at 4:30am is really getting old for me, so I too am awaiting for the good tides to be awesome in the evening.

Yesterday I was pretty productive after an hour nap. Meg and I were working on some stepping stone mosaics and I finally grouted mine. They look awesome! Anyway, I will be going to FL tomorrow and will take plenty of pics and report my travels to you all! Have a great week!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

BUSTED!

This morning I totally caught the deer in our garden! Sorry the pics are so fuzzy but I had to keep super still and not use a flash. Plus these were taken inside from the window.



GUILTY! What shameless creatures!



Oh well, not much you can do :) Here's a view into my place:

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Moving Update

I am finally all moved in to my new place. It's been just great! I've been putting everything in place and yesterday I went into the backyard and picked some pear-apples, plums, pears, and a yellow squash. Love that garden! As I was driving out on to Branciforte, I saw two cottontails scurry across the street. Nice and serene, with the ocean less than ten minutes away. Meg and I have been riding bikes along Westcliff, and today I have been making a little flyer for the Surfrider Foundation. Alison has been very active with the group and I finally donated some time. Lucky for me the surf has been flat, otherwise I wouldn't be able to get anything done! The Princess Cruiser is in the shop, getting repaired. Hopefully she'll be ready for the contest on the 3rd!

I do have some pics I took, but honestly, I am not quite sure where my digicam is. Soon as I find it I will post the pics. Take care all!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Moving and Mayhem

I really hate moving. The process is going slow and steady and I will have all my bigger stuff in Santa Cruz by Sunday. I painted my room yesterday. One of the walls was a deep mustardy yellow, and that is just not allowed. I painted the wall white to match the others and to go with all my stuff. I did manage a few pics yesterday, but some didn't turn out. Here's a good one of the view from the family room:



I'll take more on Friday...the creek, the garden, the kitty. After I painted yesterday, I headed into town to check out the surf. It was pulsing, but it was very high tide. Meg and I decided to paddle out anyway, since it was freakishly hot in Santa Cruz. It was fun, but VERY bumpy....we called it "The Wild Buckin' Bronco Rodeo", cuz that's what it felt like.

We went surfing again this morning and I had a few really good rides. It was small scale, but very fun. Towards the end of my session, someone collided into my board, tearing about a 3" gouge into the side:







This is not a light ding! I have to get this repaired professionally. What a bummer for the Princess Cruiser! At least it was the board and not me that took the beating. Good thing I have another board to surf on while this one is in the shop. Oh well... the liabilities of surfing.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Almost Autumn

Can't believe it's August again. Guess it's all true, time flying, having fun and all that jazz. Since I've converted fully to the Santa Cruz lifestyle, life has been an absolute blast. The surf was fun on Sunday and but it was getting a little crowded. Won't have to worry about that much longer. The tourists will all go home and leave us to our waves and quiet streets. God, I don't even live in SC yet (tomorrow is my official move in) and I am tired of the all the non-locals.

Anyway, I am moving this weekend and hope to get some pics of the new place. It'll be nice only being 10 minutes from the ocean, and super peaceful being away from the suburbs. I'll keep you all posted!

Oh, and a year ago, to the day, I did a post on the upcoming Wonder Woman movie and my feelings on Eva Mendez being Diana Prince is still top choice. Anyone who begs to differ, please state your case and suggestion ;)

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Too Hot 2 Handle!

It was 104F today! It didn't matter that I spend the majority of the weekend at the coast...it was 94F there. I went surfing at 5am both yesterday and today, so we got out at around 7:30am. Still plenty of daylight to do whatever and sure makes for a long day. I rode my bike around the westside of Santa Cruz and as I was coming down Main St. towards the wharf, there was a horde of runners getting ready to do the Wharf to Wharf run. That race gets so packed, you can just forget about crossing the street if it's in their path.




I took the pic as I was about to ride downhill... you can see the wharf and the shores of Monterey Bay. I surf just on the other side of the wharf along westcliff.

So, my Blogavisary was a couple days ago. One full year of blogging! WOO! Interesting to look back on some of those posts and reflect on the past year. Although, it's wonderful to see that I still have the same enthusiasm and love for surfing. 3 years, and I still get excited just before paddling out.

Not a whole lot going on except the normal summer activities. I'll be going on vacation next month to FL to visit my parents. When I get back, I plan to enter the NorCal Women's Surfest Contest. School doesn't start up until late September. Sorry I haven't had any girl stories to tell, but I have some prospects out in the water...some QT Surfergirls (as they are referred too). I'll keep you all posted....

Again...beat the heat, and stay cool!

Monday, July 17, 2006

So Metropolitan

Geesh, it's super hot today! I came in from lunch and felt like my shirt was drenched. I am working here in downtown San Jose this steamy afternoon. It's "Spare the Air Day" and the lightrail, and other public transit modes, are free. As I was crossing one of the city streets, I notice the city is getting ready for it's 2nd annual Grand Prix. It's a fairly new event and was extremely successful last year.



It will be weird not living in a suburban/semi-urban area, as I have been raised and lived in SJ most my life. I do love coming downtown to work. In spite of what most people think of this city, it's very quiant and has an old world feel. It reminds me of Madrid in way. It's small and easy to get around.

Anyway, I went surfing 5 of the 7 days last week and decided to give it a rest before I became "surfed out". Yes, it is possible to get tired of surfing. I am planning on paddling out tomorrow, so hopefully it won't get too crowded and there will be some waves.

Stay cool....

Monday, July 10, 2006

Making the Move


I found a place in Santa Cruz! It's on a huge property with some acreage and the surroundings are just beautiful! It's 10 minutes away from downtown and from my surf spot. My housemates seem pretty awesome and have good energy... I am very excited about this move! It will be wonderful to be with my friends and all the activities I enjoy. I'll post some pics soon after I move in. The pic seen here is what the drive to my new place looks like... woodland type scenery.

So I tried taking some summer courses, but my brain has refused to think about midterms or tests. No more classes until September. That's fine, since I have a move to start preparing for, and a vacation to look forward to. I think I deserve a break. I met all the goals I setup for myself last year.

The surf has been pretty small lately, but we've managed some good sessions in. Hopefully there will be a swell in for the weekend!