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Thanks to the power of the surfing community sharing and posting about my missing board, she finally made it home!  Material things don't matter but surfboards are more than material...  Friendships we make and how we treat eachother are what makes life matter.  Thank you friends of the ocean!

Looking for any sort of intel on Barbados.  Don't get to travel much so want to make the most out of this family trip.  Staying near Maycock's Bay Feb 14-23  My son and I want to surf.  The girls want to lay on the beach and be safe.  Any experiences at Maycock's or other Barbados adventures?  Should we be bringing our pintails mid February?  Ever order a new board and have it shipped to a travel destination?  Are there plenty decent shops to get a board there?  Zeds?  Dread or dead? 

Hello all.  This board was taken from my front yard yesterday morning.  Please keep your eyes peeled for it.  Mahalos

Reminiscing of the roping muffly warped gargle of the tube in which i was gliding thru clinging to the wall for deeper cover.... over and over!  Avery takes off behind the peak on a set wave, and finds his first interior view of the curl as well.  Such a proud daddy!   Such a stoked Daddy! Words cant describe the gratitude I have for my life these days.  But I am grateful to everyone I've ever encountered in any way and to those that paved the way to allow for this lifetime...  Tough days for the earth but god i'm proud.  Shared a moment of silence with Avery in the surf today as well, remembering the lost lives of this day in 1941.  In addition to the thousands of Navy Personnel lost, firefighters responding to the aid of the ships were lost as well.  6 of which were the only non military personnel to ever recieve the purple heart!  Indebted

Stories of Stoke: The Aloha Room / Yesterday morning...
« on: April 04, 2007, 03:41:13 PM »
...was one of those mornings that will be shared with the grandchildren.
One of the very few perks of working the bay, is the copious amounts of solo time with nature... Leaving the mooring, I got this feeling, like a stomach felt moment of rememberence. Like I was really missing someone, and that they too were missing me. Maybe it was my Nana, or another love who's mortality has passed. Or maybe my old dog, or an exgirlfriend or something... I don't know, but the feeling was there, and as we rounded the point 4 Great Herons flew across our path. I gave them a silent hoot and watched them work their way north through the grey mist.
Nearing our spot, we began to slow down, while the loons popped out for a bearing and an evasive stroke or two in the right direction. As the boat came down from its plane, and the the throttle clicked into neutral, I looked toward shore and saw that the seals had taken their position on the rocks. I've been watching them for a month, and now know where and when to find them. My deckhand started setting up as I turned off the motor and listened to the sound of the hull slicing the glassy bay. He could tell I was having a moment, and was quick to appreciate the beauty of that place in time. We both stood quiet, as the boat silently drifted closer and closer to the rock that had six seals on it. Other smaller rocks to our south, had just one seal on each, lying on their backs, with their "feet" up.
It was one of those moments, where you could forget to breath. The water was grey, as was the sky, but the wind was flat, and the light fog was just enough to cause the horns of Connecticut and other distant places to sound. The magic of the scene was complimented by the calls of the innocent creatures that share our world but somehow go unnoticed. The calls of the loons from various distances, the pintails errr errr a err... the black backs argh argh argh from beside the boat, the seals were growling their extended belch-like sound, and the foghorns from near and far, all made that moment one worth writing about. All of this topped off by not one but eight Ospreys flying almost in formation, heading east! That was by far the nicest send-off to a tuff winter that I have ever encountered!

So I lost a generous piece of my left pinke toe on that Napali trail, and finished the hike Barefoot. When I got to the clean ocean, I stepped in and cleaned the wound. Bandaged her up with some tripleantibiotic, and surfed away the rest of the trip. Everything stayed good until I got home, but now she's blown up and lookin like a hunk of wood. The doc thinks I have some tropical exotic infection, and prescribed 1500 mg of Kefalexin. So my question is, Is my rotten booty pee collection gonna kill me tomorrow, and if so, how do i seal it off without taping the hell out of it?
I guess I should have posted this on Onefins long and short of it thread.

Not sure how to get the details but I just heard on the news that there is a tsunami warning in effect for indo and thailand.  Have there been any improvemnets in the warning system over there yet?  Know how to find out where the warning is for?  Where's Toby right now?

My mom's goin on a cruise and asked me if i knew of any sort of a water tight container that she could put a cc, her liscense, etc., in and keep on her person while snorkeling. Anyone ever hear of anything like this?

When I first started lobster fishing, I worked with a guy that had read about this as a great thing, and decided to dump tires all over the grounds that he fished.  Turns out that wasn't such a good idea...

"Tire Reef Off Florida Proves to Be a Disaster
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Feb. 18) - A mile offshore from this city's high-rise condos and beachside bars, where glitz and glamour mix with spring break revelry, lies an underwater dump - up to 2 million old tires strewn across the ocean floor.

'They're a Destruction Machine'

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A well-intentioned attempt in 1972 to create what was touted as the world's largest artificial reef made of tires has become an ecological disaster.

The idea was simple: Create new marine habitat and alternate dive sites to relieve pressure on natural reefs, while disposing of tires that were clogging landfills.

Decades later it's clear the plan failed miserably.

Little sea life has formed on the tires. Some of the bundles bound together with nylon and steel have broken loose and are scouring the ocean floor across a swath the size of 31 football fields. Tires are washing up on beaches. Thousands have wedged up against the nearby natural reef some 70 feet below the sea surface, blocking coral growth and devastating marine life. Similar problems have been reported at tire reefs worldwide.

"They're a constantly killing coral destruction machine," said William Nuckols, coordinator for Coastal America, a federal group involved in organizing a cleanup effort that includes Broward County biologists, state scientists and Army and Navy salvage divers.

Gov. Charlie Crist's proposed budget includes $2 million to help to dispose of the tires. Broward County will manage the work onsite, and military divers will use the effort as part of their annual training missions at no cost to Florida.

A monthlong pilot project is set for June. The full-scale salvage operation is expected to run through 2010 at a cost to the state of about $3.4 million.

"The size of the salvage job has just been way too massive and expensive for county and state government to handle alone," Nuckols said.

Ray McAllister, a professor of ocean engineering at Florida Atlantic University, was instrumental in organizing the 1970s tire reef project with the approval of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

McAllister helped found Broward Artificial Reef Inc., which got tires from Goodyear and organized hundreds of volunteers with boats and barges. A Goodyear blimp even dropped a gold-painted tire into the ocean at the site to commemorate the start. It's unclear how much it cost to build the reef, but McAllister said his group raised several thousand dollars. The county also chipped in, and Goodyear donated equipment to bind and compress the tires.

A 1972 Goodyear news release proclaimed the reef would "provide a haven for fish and other aquatic species," and noted the "excellent properties of scrap tires as reef material."

"The really good idea was to provide habitat for marine critters so we could double or triple marine life in the area," McAllister said. "It just didn't work that way. I look back now and see it was a bad idea."

Deep Sea Life Discovered

In decades past, tire reefs were created off coastal states and around the world from Australia to Africa.

"We've literally dumped millions of tires in our oceans," said Jack Sobel, a senior Ocean Conservancy scientist. "I believe that people who were behind the artificial tire reef promotions actually were well intentioned and thought they were doing the right thing. In hindsight, we now realize that we made a mistake."

No one can say with certainty why the idea doesn't work, but one problem is that, unlike large ships that have been sunk for reefs, tires are too light. They can be swept away with tides and currents from powerful storms, and marine life doesn't have a chance to attach. Some scientists also believe the rubber leeches toxins.

Virginia tried it several decades ago but Hurricane Bonnie, which hit the coast as a Category 3 storm in 1998, ripped the tires loose, sending them on a slow march south. They eventually littered some North Carolina beaches.

New Jersey scientists thought they had a solution to the weight problem - in 1986, the state began a small reef project with about 1,000 tires split in half, bound together and weighted with concrete.

It didn't work. Pieces of rubber broke loose and floated free.

"We had to go up and down the coast of New Jersey and collect 50 to 100 of those pieces that were all along the beaches," said Hugh Carberry of New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection.

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While they stayed in place, scientists soon learned it was cheaper and more effective to make the reefs out of concrete balls because the tires didn't have enough surface area for marine life to attach.

Indonesia and Malaysia mounted enormous tire reef programs back in the 1980s and are just now seeing the ramifications from littered beaches to reef destruction, Sobel said.

Most states have since stopped using tires to create reefs but they continue to wash up worldwide. In 2005, volunteers for the Ocean Conservancy's annual international coastal cleanup removed more than 11,000 tires from beaches.

The tires retrieved from the waters off Fort Lauderdale will be chipped for use in road projects and burned for fuel, among other reuses, as part of Florida's overall aggressive tire disposal program, said Michael Sole, chief of the state's Department of Environmental Protection.

"It's going to be a huge job bringing them all up," Sole said. "It's vigorous work. You have to dig the tires out of the sand."

Broward County marine biologist Kenneth Banks said the tires have degraded little, still bearing raised writing and whitewalls. They were dumped on sandy bottom between two natural reefs running parallel to shore. The biggest problem now is the loose tires gathered along the backside of the inner reef.

"If you look there now on the lower reef face there's two or three tires deep and nothing under it. Things just can't live there," Banks said. "It's hard to dive anywhere out there without seeing tires. It's really overwhelming ... like a landfill." "

Not sure of the dims exactly, right now, but it's a 6'2 singlefin with a cool browny purple acid splash resin tint.  Never dinged, ridden only a coupla times, a couple of pressure dings on it, but in excellent condition.  $500
pm me an email address for pics

Buy and Sell: The Surfboard Exchange on / rhino chaser anyone?
« on: February 16, 2007, 02:48:15 PM »
Lookin at the swell thats modeled for PR, I thought I'd put this out there.
I have 2 guns and will sell one. 
I have a stunningly beautiful 10'0 surfboardshawaii single fin box, shaped by Mike Casey, glassed by Jack Reeves.  Volan with laplines and a fin patch.  Rode only a handful of times, only a few very minor pressure dings on the deck.  Mustard color, absolute beauty!
The other one is the only 9'6 strong current gun in the world.  It was shaped by Mike Casey, glassed by Larry Petersen and airbrushed incredibly well by airworks hawaii yellow fades to puprle tail with an orange sunburst.  Its got glassons and is a thruster set up. 
These boards aren't going cheap, but if anyone might be interested drop me a pm.

A link to my shaper

Forest Green, 4 wheel drive, original owner, XLT. Synthetic oil since day one. Transmission was rebuilt at 100,000 miles. Truck has 130,000 miles on it, but those are mostly from running back and forth to Mtk. The bed is in kinda bad shape and I have a new bumper for the rear. Will sell it for the KBB trade in value, if cash sale before 2/20. $6,600. Truck is very reliable and in good shape, aside from the bed which is functional but needs bodywork.

So, I tried,
I'm sure most of us have issues w/our other half when we choose to leave em for surf therapy.  Well in my case, she left me over the trip that brought the swell in November, so...
I cancelled that trip, won her back, and vowed to give up surf travel for her.
That was a huge mistake.
I almost made it, but I also almost ran out of hair to pull out and in a last minute impulse, I just booked my flights to Oahu and beyond!

Oh, I'm gonna pay for this.
Oh well, done deal!
Escaping to the rootland and beyond!

Just went lookin through an old sac that i had some stuff in from last winters Hawaii trip.  Found 3 sealed bags of Kava.  Last time I had it, the bone carver from behind the shrimp trucks hooked me up.  This stuff is great for back pain and definately did me good.  So now to turn it into tea.
I suppose I just put it in terri cloth and soak and massage it into hot water.
Any knowlege?

I put my head thru the hood of my year old 6'4 ultimate elasto.  Unreal!  Used like 30 times at most, must have dried out big time.  So now I have a 6 inch gash in the back, upper neck region, of the suit that i'll be wearing this week. 
Got some seam sealer, but what can I use as a backing plate to stitch in there?
 Inner tube? 

Mahalo in adavance,

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