Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Same As It Ever Was

I'll be glad when this week is over. Last night I didn't set my alarm. Usually, I don't need one and can get up on my own. Not this morning. One of those days I wish I could just crawl back into bed.

This past weekend I drove up to Pacifica to join the NorCal Women's Surf Club in a friendly scrimmage. It was freezing, but we all put on jerseys and did mock heats as if we were in a contest. It was great meeting the different women in the club and just the diversity of surfers was amazing to see. Going up to Linda Mar and surfing a beach break really makes me appreciate the wonderful point breaks we have in Santa Cruz. Spoiled!

Last night a couple friends and I went to the Pacific Rim Film Festival at the Rio. It was free yesterday and there were two features. The first was called "Dance into Bali", which was a documentary about Balinese dance. Very mesmerizing! At the end of the short film, the creator of the film did a live performance of a traditional dance. I was just in a trance watching it the whole time! It was great!

The second film was called "Out of the Blue". This was a looking into the begining of surfing in Santa Cruz, and really featured a spot dear to my heart: Cowells. Local legends were in the theater, including Harry Mayo. It was great seeing footage of surfings riding waves at Cowells in 1940's on wood paddleboard... no wetsuits! When I see historic surfing materials of Santa Cruz, it makes my experience living and surfing here so very special. I think that's why I enjoy being in the Longboard Union... it makes me feel like I am carrying on a long tradition.

You can always find this photo in any surf-themed shop in this town. Original Santa Cruz Surf Club in the 1940's, with my homebreak as the back drop, Cowells.

The Oneill Cold Water Classic is going on this week at the Lane. The scaffolding went up this past weekend, and local trials were yesterday. I managed to ride my bike over there and got some vidoe of practice sessions for the next days heats. There's a bit of swell in the water, so there were some nice rides. I haven't extracted the footage from my camera yet, but I'll post what have later this week.

Hopefully I'll be having my own sessions and nice rides later this week as the tides drop.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Less People, More Waves

What a cold morning! It is definitely October. Yesterday afternoon when I went surfing, the water had a bit of a bite to it... the waves were VERY small, but I needed to get in. I had one girl run over my arm while paddling in for a wave and one guy almost nail me in the head with his board as he was goofing around. No apologies, just "Almost got ya". *sigh* Yes, it's October... evening tides and 100 people wanting your waves.

Anyway, this past weekend was my niece's birthday. My family and I went up to San Francisco to check out the newly remodeled Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. I must say, I expected a lot more. Everything seemed to be in a bigger scale, but that's it. They took out all the space stuff and made a state of the art planetarium. The aquarium seemed less, but they put in a huge kelp forest tank and another amazon exhibit. The facility was so crowded and didn't seem adequate for such a crowd. So, I was a little disappointed.

There was a white alligator however:


It looked unreal as it sat lethargically on the rock. It had spatters of blood all over it, hopefully from a live meal. The only way you can accept it's authenticity of a living creature, is by watching its eyes... the lids would move. I always feel bad for creatures in captivity, although this one probably would not be alive in the wild, having no camo to disguise it from it's prey.

After we left Golden Gate Park, we drove towards the piers. It was fleet week and you could see the Blue Angels flying overhead. It was super crowded and we just ended up driving through. From the streets you could see the floating city of one of the cruise ships. They are just so massive!!



We got home pretty late. Sunday I decided to basically just do stuff for me, since the last couple of weeks have been in the service of others. I worked on my new laptop and was having trouble with a driver for my DVD burner. The laptop was second had and has Vista on it. So, navigating has been a bit of a bitch. I did a bit of yard work and visited my friend Meg.

Hopefully today the waves will pickup. It was pretty ugly out there with so many people and so few waves. I believe it's a full moon tonight. Perhaps a Luna Run? We'll see!