Recent Rants

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I remember someone saying they had a site where people can post boards they would be willing to lend out to travelers. I'm going to Costa Rica in January and I'm not going to pay the $150 fee to bring my board. Does anyone know the website?

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Surfers in the Rip Curl Pro Search surfing contest scheduled for Ocean Beach in November will have to paddle out and catch waves just like the Kelly’s Cove locals, as the National Park Service has decided to prohibit all personal watercraft except for those used by lifeguards at the event. Thanks to @OBBulletin for the tweet.

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The age of having an arsenal of 6’1″ thrusters has gone the way of the beta tape. In its place, the modern surfer has stacked their quiver with a range of boards that suit nearly every occasion. From a fish to a hybrid thruster to a step-up and everything in between, if you want to make the most of the conditions year round, you’re going to need the proper equipment under your feet.

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Somewhere this afternoon on the California coast, a great white shark has crossed paths with a swimmer or a surfer—while shark attacks are very rare, shark expert Patric Douglas told Patch that we share nearby waters with sharks every single day.

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Dear September,
What happened? You came on so strong and now you hardly ever call, except to tell us what a great time you're having back East. You were drunk, weren't you? And you think we're just going to wait here by the phone? Huh?

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For the last ten years, a small group of skilled watermen has been chasing big swells around the world. Jason Murray, Quiksilver’s Director of Photography, followed along on their journey, documenting the madness as the surfers challenged nature, themselves, and big wave surfing’s limitations.

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Rant - The Ostrich
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Mike Smolowe grew up outside of Philadelphia, where the nearest ocean is an hour away and across another state.He didn’t surf until he was 16 years old, but like so many, he has welcomed the ocean into his life as an equal. After moving to Santa Barbara, he went to Brooks Institute of Photography and graduated just over a year ago.

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Samoa Beach -- On September 11, 2011 Benjie Rose was surfing 40 yards from shore at Samoa Beach at the Power Poles break just across the bridge from Eureka. There were several surfers in close proximity to Rose with one surfer, David, only a few feet away. It was 12:20 PM and he had been on the water about 45 minutes.

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As Playland’s fun house, giant slides, pie shop and Kookie Kabob restaurant were torn down in the fall of 1972, a mysterious brick structure facing the Great Highway was fully revealed.

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