It looks like summer has finally arrived with a good south swell hitting over the July 4th weekend, air temperatures in the 70’s at the beach and June gloom reduced to a faded memory. Hope everyone had a great July 4th and had a chance to catch some of the swell from the Baja hurricane. Speaking of good swell, looks like the OLSC competition team is in store for some classic Malibu surf next weekend at the Call to the Wall contest sponsored by the Malibu Boardriders. Best of luck to all our team members in our continuing quest to win the Coalition championship for the third straight year.
As most of you are aware, the next contest in the Coalition series will be OLSC’s contest and beach festival August 13-15. Planning for the event is moving along nicely, but keep in mind the need for assistance from the OLSC membership is required to make our event a huge success. Historically, volunteers are needed to run the club booth, serve food prepared by Hunter Steak House at the Saturday night luau, serve beer in the beer garden, erect and tear down the judging platform, clean up the beach each evening, break down our booth and move other equipment to our club storage at the conclusion of the event. And these are just few of the areas requiring volunteers, so please plan to volunteer a few hours over the weekend and be part of producing the best Coalition contest in the series.
In conjunction with the OLSC Coalition contest, Guy Takayama will conduct his 10th annual pro noseriding/pro-open events on Friday and Saturday. In addition to Guy’s event, surfing’s best 20 and under females will be under the spotlight when the Supergirl Pro Junior contest takes place on Saturday August 14. A grade-4 event on the ASP’s North America Pr Junior Series, the Supergirl Pro Junior attracts the sport’s most talented stars including Malia Manuel (2008 U.S. Open Champ), Coco Ho (2009 Women’s World Tour Rookie of the Year) and Carissa Moore (youngest surfer to win the 2008 Triple Crown event at Haleiwa). As you can see, we’ll have a full program again this year, so plan to attend and participate.
While trying to think of what to write about for this month's newsletter it struck me that I have been doing this in some form- treasurer, VP, President. and VP again for over 10 years. The thought crept into my brain that I could just spit out a few paragraphs on something lame like this summer's crummy weather; technology; and our up coming surf
contest. Or, I could be "green" and without anyone finding out, review some old "Dropping In" newsletter's and just recycle an old but good gem that I had previously written (so many to chose from!)-or use one written by Tim or George for that matter. What with new members constantly coming in to the Club, would anyone know? Would anyone care? Would George, as he is reviewing this VP report note he was having a "deja vu" moment? Having said the above, does anyone wonder if I have ever recycled/plagiarized a Newsletter Report in the past? Am I doing it now? I suspect that only someone like Mr. Tamarack himself (John has advised me that he looks forward to my reports and has kept and cherished every one of them) would know for sure. And he would never give me up! Or would
he..."Deja Vu" yet anyone?
In another doomed effort to get more articles for the newsletter, I will remind all of you once again that anyone in the club can put together an article (you can tell us about your surf related vacations, memorable sessions, etc.-add pictures to boot!) and submit it to Alisa for most probable publishing! If you are young and heading to college, you can claim on your application that you have published articles in a scholarly environmental, charity related publication. What College would know that you are stretching the truth? What admissions executive at these colleges hasn't done the same thing? I won't tell, in fact I'll back you up. So young and old, get your articles in to Alisa so we have something to read when the Newsletter comes out-instead of some lame recycled junk on reports, weather, technology and our contest.
Back to the lame.
Summer Weather- Well we finally had some real summer weather here on the coast for a short spell. We actually woke up to sunny skies that lasted the entire day. I had to search for my sun glasses to ward off the blinding light and actually began to see color again. Sure enough, with the change in weather that feeling of not wanting to go into work, stay at work, or think of work while at work, or not at work, began to creep into my brain (truth be told, this happens daily no matter what the weather).
So, with the sun shining I stopped off in Cardiff (still polluted, please watch your health and stay away) on my way back down the coast from Court in Vista and chatted with some of my retired brothers who were happy (finally) with the weather change. Seems this has been a boring summer for them with crummy weather and crummy blown out wind-swell starting around 7:00 AM every morning. It has just ruined their long tiresome days at the beach. Having to go out in crud and all-well you can relate. Yep, it was then that I realized how blessed I was to have been busy and stressed out working during all that time that the weather and surf had been crummy. Being bored out of my mind and hanging at the beach is not something I would wish to experience anytime soon. Unless it was tomorrow. But then I would get used to it and
begin complaining also.
Anyway, the crummy weather and blown out surf has returned here to Seattle Diego but a bright spot called a southern hemi is filling in as I write and has possible changed the picture for the weather again. Plus, the MBC contest is this upcoming weekend and it is supposed to be chest high! Malibu always has sunny clear weather with waves, right?
Technology: Watching the south swell fill in on the surf cams and at the same time getting word from people at the beach via FB and email of the swell is kind of neat. It makes you feel that you are almost right there, except your not. But it is cool, except "knowing before you go" brings huge crowds when its good, so its not cool.
Since we can't go back to the old days (sans nuclear war or some other catastrophe) the only thing neater would be to live in a house on the beach in Del Mar and observe the swell coming in while surfing just in front of my house and running in to tweet, FB, email and tell all of my "friends" of the swell coming in as I continue to observe same from the balcony of my house
over looking the Ocean in Del Mar-well you get the point.
Technology has its place but it ain't as good as the real thing; except when it is.
Our Contest- It is going to be hard work but will once again be a great contest. We will need all of your help but look to the new members to step up and be there to help set up, attend and assist while at the contest and support the club. I promise you that not only will you enjoy the contest more if you put some effort into assisting "the directorship", but you will also meet and get to know your other club members and will be proud of OLSC. We put on a great contest!
PS: There is nothing like a Sunday Group Contest Tear-down that pulls a
group together. Be a part of it!
See you all at the next GM meeting!
Team Captains Report
Well, we went to Malibu this weekend, so the full report will be told at the July 28th OLSC meeting
. I am really hoping to see lots of members and friends, including all you surf competitors, at the meeting. We really need folks to sign up to help at our contest August 13-15th! We have a great headline band, The West Coast Rockers, playing from 6:30 to 8:30 Saturday night after the Hunter Steakhouse dinner, please plan on attending and supporting your club!!!!
I have had lots of OLSC members signing up to surf our event which is great!! We should have an excellent team. Anyone wanting to surf just needs to call or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org). Guy Takayama will be having his Pro Noseriding and Pro Open contest on Friday the 13th of August and this event is open to everyone, but space is limited so get your entries in
Hope to see you on the 28th at 7PM at Larry's!
The first thing that might come to mind when thinking about the making of the Waterman’s award is pretty but trust me the whole process isn’t “Pretty.”
The Waterman’s or Water woman’s award is for a person who cares for mother earth and its ocean, and guess who makes it…. That’s right my Dad. I guess you could say that’s cool and well you have to learn something; does a lot of profanity count?
I’ve seen the board made for 3 years plus this one and I’m usually the first one to see it finished but quite a lot goes into the part you don’t see the behind the scenes.
Really before anything is done wood has to be chosen and some of the wood I’ve never heard of before and to be honest can’t say I’m surprised. This year the board is made of Santos Mahogany, maple, and black walnut
The wood is then all put together with is really effective but really messy stuff called gorilla glue; don’t touch it, trust me unless you like having sticky black fingers for a couple of weeks.
If you may have noticed in years before the board is usually not that thick, well when it’s started the wood is super thick and has to be put through a table saw and a plainer.
When I first saw my dad making the award, it was a whole bunch of wood and dried yellow glue and claps I looked at him and said that’s a surfboard, really, I don’t think they’re going to be satisfied!
Once again though the same thing happened and again I was surprised at the amazing outcome. Anyways back to the making of the board, now he cuts it, there is a template that is roughly followed but each award differs slightly.
This year’s award has a square tail similar to your typical surf board. After its all cut out, I stay inside because that is when the lacquer comes out.
The reason I go inside is because it smells and if the board is messed up at this point well, you probably don’t want to be there.
If the finish doesn’t go right you have to sand it all off and start over, pretty bad right so I choose to be gone.
After the whole thing is done it really looks nice, then he has to go give it away why can’t be keep it and put it in our house?
Every year though I witness the board being handed to the winner and again I understand why my dad does this year after year.
This is last year’s winner because we don’t have a 2010 winner yet!
Written by: Madison Ross :D
Results Malibu Call to the Wall:
Click here for results!
Congratulations to Stacy Willis for finally hanging 5 in a contest!!!! Your Rock!!
Skydog (AKA Dan Highland), long time OLSC member, surfer, past Waterman's award recipient, shaper extraordinaire and all around great guy is currently in the hospital recovering from a nasty brain tumor.
He'll be undergoing some major therapy to get back to his rippin' self. We also want to extend our love and support to Tara, his wife - ALSO a long time OLSC member and Waterman's award recipient. The entire OLSC family wishes Skydog a speedy recovery, strength and much aloha for him and his family. Check out Skydogs Bio here
Get well soon!