go for the drugs, stay for the tarp surfing. but seriously, wind surfing on a big stakedoarb on the playa is good fun. when the gusts come, hold on tight!!! anybody need fifty extra tickets?
the only thing more played out than tarp surfing is Burning man....But whatever keeps kooks away from the surf is OK by me.How much did those burning man tickets cost? and why?
Burning man, where kooks go to dork off among friends and join together in celebrating just how crazy, cool, creative, and counter-culture they are - even if it has become as mainstream yuppie as well - surfing.
Oh it's counter culture alright. Anybody trying to sell me a $390 ticket for that BS is counter to my culture. Has LiveNation or BudLight taken it over yet?
the only thing lamer than sf surf locals to whom being local is really important, are sf burningman locals to whom being a burningman local from "the city" is really important.
What a ripoff. What's with these concert/fest/artsy "cult" gatherings getting insanely expensive lately? Outside Lands is another example of an overpriced ripoff... Yuppification indeed! And shitty economy be damned.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass hasn't sold out!
kok more importantly, "is that location turtle?"
Haters. We clocked someone going 50mph on a skateboard with a windsurf rig on the playa. Hows that for a stoke.
A ten day fest for $300 is dirt cheap.
Landsailing the last week has been awesome, and to come home to epic waves in far west marin made it better.
To all you close minded jerks
Burning man sucks don't try it!
excellent land sailing aside...for $300 were you successful in your self expression?
not to incite a riot, but i'm gonna go with mvrpsqd on this one. if you have been to burning man you will be hard pressed not to admit the infrastructure they develop ###### of nowhere is truly staggering, and $300 seems cheap in the grand scheme.
sure, )*( may be getting a bit "pop" these days, but if you haven't attended the event, your opinion has limited relevance in my book. go - then talk shit.
+1 Zappalives and Mvrpsqd. There's lots of reasons not to go to Burning Man, and lord knows I'm thankful not everyone goes, but the expensive ticket price is the lamest of them. But then if I'd never gone I'd probably also be looking for ways to rationalize it too.
i did 35 mph on a windsurf rig and then tried to go fakey and faceplanted. it was awesome tohugh! The natural beauty of brc is amazing. i had great times out there and never bought a ticket. its legal to camp for free out there a mile away from the event. its public land after all. i always figured if rich hippies can afford to drop that kind of cake why not? its over priced its played out, hard core BM networkers with nothing else going on in their lives are pathetic but as far as festivals go its pretty cool. i havent been for a long time though. i heard there were a lot of drugged out over priveldged west marinites there now.
Really Fullybrah, you got that close and didn't go in, but camped on the outskirts? Awesome! You saved some $$ and showed them!
And definitely don't go, it sucks and you'll hate it.
It gets so boring be far out in west marin.....always good to get out of the comfort zone and be far out somewhere else.
no wrybread you got it all wrong. every year i have gone i have set up art installations and burned them inside the perimeter. once the media mecca caught fire but that wasnt my fault. we set up camp a mile out and make snowcones for the the ultralight aircraft pilots and windsailers. then we hike into blackrock city. sometimes the guys on motorbikes give us rides. sometimes we'd hike back out to our tent at 4am and hang out for the sunrise. you'd be amazed at how many people hike out onto the playa ###### of the night. theres hotsprings a couple miles away as well. good fun. theres no border patrol in brc and the park rangers like treats.. but you should stay in the confines of the city wrybread you dont want to go beyond any fences or manmade structures. you'll hate it.
@fullybrah: going to the Black Rock during Burning Man and camping just outside the city because you want isolation strikes me as silly but hey what do I know. I've been going to the Black Rock Desert (not Burning Man) since '96, and lord knows I love me some hotsprings, have camped at all them, mostly around the 4th of July. Its a shame how thrashed they tend to get around Bman by the way.
> theres no border patrol in brc
Been a while since you've gone I'm guessing? There's been trucks patrolling the perimiter with actual radar for years... Hell I think the border patrol in BRC rivals North Korea's...
But I'm surprised as someone who's gone and presumably talked to people you still call the attendees "rich hippies". For my part I think most of them are pretty broke. My main Burning Man project is a mobile photobooth that drives around taking people's pictures so I get to interact with lots of folks, and "rich" is definitely not a defining trait overall, though of course there's exception, especially if you want to call working computer programmers "rich".
But we're in serious danger of becoming two idiots arguing on the internet here...
And @Sharkturd: I guess I'm more of a stereotype than I think because I love me some West Marin. I thought all surfers do? What's not to love about Dillon Beach, Marshal, Bolinas, Dogtown, Bodega (not Bay), Point Reyes Station, etc?
@wrybread, you forgot to mention Nick's Cove and their great BBQ'd oysters!
@WG: I love Nick's Cove, but its a big shame about the recent change of ownership. The original owners were forced to sell because of fines imposed by the Coastal Commission (sometimes I find it hard to be as grateful as I should be to them), and some corporate owners took over and the food and vibe have gone way downhill. Its still fun to sit at the bar and eat those bbq'd oysters though...
@wry...I like West Marin. I like East Marin too. I like Marin.
.i didnt campe there for isolation, i camped there for burningman. (we used to call it burmingham)
i just didnt have the money and a short hike to the event was no biggie. im sure it still has great aspect to it and have friends that have gone religiously for 20 yrs. but it was doomed to eat itself from the start. plus the limiting of ticket sales this year have made it an aentirely different animal. i think nick cave should play nicks cove. marshall is a great town. as much as i bag on west marin i love it. in closing, i have not been to bm since my twenties. this time of year brings up fond memories as well as hope for a revolution where the proletariat rises up against the bourgeois... so i posted the tarp surfing vid. i should have known it would stir stuff up.
QUESTION: Does Vinod drop acid in the playa?
photobooth project looks very cool btw, wry.