Monday, August 25, 2014

Welcome Waters (and company)

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I met a dog named after a Grateful Dead song at our community art and music festival this weekend. She was called Maggie, but her full name was Maggie's Farm: Flower of the Sea. 

It was nice having Scott's youngest sister Lindsey and her boyfriend Mike in town for a neighborhood event, but we really spent most of our time at the beach. We haven't had many south swells this summer. San Diego, due to the bend of its coast, gets better, bigger waves in the winter, while swells that come out of the south in the summer have to make an extra effort to come to our shore. But we finally got a bit of SSW swell thanks to a hurricane in Mexico named Lowell. 

Sometimes I wonder if my boards get excited about a new swell too. Like they're all out in the garage listening to me get ready, hoping I'll pick them to bring along for the ride. No one can be sure if that's true or not, but I did make an effort to ride a different board each session since Lowell's waves arrived. I rode my 5'6" squash tail my neighbor shaped for me on Friday, my 5'2" Firewire 'Dominator' model Saturday morning, my 5'0" twin fin Scott shaped Saturday afternoon and my Nezzy quad Sunday morning. Maybe I'll have to give the other boards a chance to feel the summer water later this week when the next big swell arrives. People in the lineup like my friend Todd and all his Finnish snowboard friends were already buzzing about it this morning. Someone said to me "Get stoked! Get freaked out!" Maybe I'll have to ride my 5'10" big wave board. It's been a while.

To wrap up the subject of surfing, one nice thing about this weekend was that pretty much everybody went out and tried it. Lindsey's boyfriend is from New Jersey and hadn't had the chance to surf before and Danielle, my middle sister, and her boyfriend Matt both paddled out Saturday to join Kevin, my dad, me and Scott. It was fun talking about our session together when we got out.

Today I'm icing my shoulders, putting away air mattresses, missing company and looking for my Sonicare toothbrush that I somehow lost in my room. Hope you had a good weekend, too. 


p.s. thank you for all your sweet thoughts for my friend. I am lucky to have this community of kind hearted people who will think happy thoughts for a stranger.
{surfing photos taken by my dad}

11 comments:

  1. #poorscott that your toothbrush is missing. Love this post but so sad I couldn't join in the festivities! Looks like a great weekend. Love you sister

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    1. lol...and poor you on Sunday cuz I still haven't found it! Missed you too!

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  2. I chuckled when I read that your big wave board is a 5'10" because that seems minuscule to me! So glad that you're getting a nice swell. Those photos are gorgeous! PS I've missed reading your posts (who said summer was slow?!) and look forward to catching up!

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    1. Hey! Heard you guys have been getting some nice waves on the right coast too. Hope you've had a good summer Christine!

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  3. I loved this post, I like to hear tales of squash tails and nezzy quads. No idea what they are, but I can imagine them quite well. The light is good in your sunset photos, it says late summer to me. Tomatoes and basil, festivals and pink skies. Wonderful. I shall come and surf with you the very next time I am in California. CJ xx

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    1. I hope that you will and I hope I can be your teacher :)

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  4. Oh my gosh your photographs are breathtaking!!! It looks like you had such an amazing time. I personally have never surfed...I would love to try it someday...unfortunately living in a state like Minnesota really doesn't offer many opportunities to go!
    ~ Samantha
    samsamcherie.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Samantha! :) Not sure about surf in Minnesota, but there is surf in Wisconsin I hear. Hopefully you'll have a chance to try it sometime.

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  5. Beautiful photos. Enjoy the swells!

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  6. Looks like such a fun weekend! Hope the purple and red board got some love ;o)

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