North Shore 2007/2008

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March 22nd, 2008
As we head into the end of March the decent late season that was unfolding has come to a halt. The past four or five days have been flat. This could be an indicator that Winter is over. There could be a couple little pulses next month but it’s looking like it will be pretty slow. You can actually tell that a lot of people have left the North Shore in the past two weeks which is nice to see, especially after the most crowded Winter ever had just taken place. On a sad note: A bodyboarder was killed at Pipe about a week ago. I think it was a local guy, kind of underground. I don’t know the exact details but I heard he got caught by the lip! That’s the thing about Pipe that is so gnarly, it will only be six feet and still claim your life. I’ve had a four or five footer land on me and drive me straight to the bottom, fins ripped off, leash completely stretched – I meean Fuck! Pipe constantly has a way of reminding you that it will turn your colon inside out. I’m going to do a recap write up on the 2007/2008 season. Should be up in a few days!

Mahalo, Murdock

March 8th, 2008
Yes I know I have been lagging hard on the updates! The winter season is coming to an end but the waves are still pumping. There has been clean overhead waves for the last couple of weeks with an occasional bigger swell hitting! I was lucky enough to get a visit from some Pismo scum in February. Well actually Statom is far from scum but Kellen and Roy define the word scum. Had some good times with the Pismo posse! I’m sure you heard about my little run in with Johnny Law which was minor but a major buzz kill. Thanks to Statom and caby driver Lindsey my time in jail was limited to about ten hours! I haven’t been surfing too much due to an annoying knee injury that just won’t seem to get better. I came up on a automobile – 96 Toyota Corolla so that’s a big step up for North Shore life. Thing is sick, I bought it off some old Asian dude who kept it in mint condition! I’ll try to keep the updates coming a bit more often so keep checking the site. Statom is working on a little North Shore edit that will be up shortly so keep your eyes peeled! Mahalo. “Ho Lanis.” “Bodyboarder get out of the water.”

Mahalo, Murdock

January 30th, 2008
Already a month into the new year and the North Shore continues to have a slow winter. There has been a few days but not the consistentsy that you come to expect during winter time on the North Shore. The best day of the season went down at Pipe a few weeks ago but it has been sleeping since then. Off the Wall has had a couple days of fun ramps and a few barrels but nothing to write home about. The Monster Pipe Contest is running as we speak in two foot crap so hopefully they can get that shit over with while it’s shitty! The bodyboarding contest is approaching in a few weeks and lets keep our fingers crossed that the waves will come. Other than that typical North Shore life has been in full swing. Lurking, training, and eating have consumed the waveless days with the occasional perv sesh from my porch. Oh ya congrats to my Pismo dkers who kept their belt in the Seaside Best in the West dk contest, hope all those guys recieved some ATP for their hard work! Let’s keep are fingers crossed that the Pipe contest will be bombing!

Mahalo, Murdock

January 3rd, 2008
The New Year has come and the wave shortage on the North Shore continues. People have been claiming the slowest winter in twenty years. I have surfed Pipe like six times and that has been over the last two months. Fuck, all that can be hoped for is an epic late season. The only positive thing about the lack of waves is the fact that everyone has been leaving and if the waves ever do get good the crowd should be mellow. Aside from the small waves there is not too much going on except for an exceptionally high lurk status. Oh ya, Tyler Wiemann is in town and hopefully I have a chance to pound some booze with him or surf. My roommate just got a camera the other day so hopefully on the next post there will be some photos of something! Happy New Year and hopefully everyone back home survived the New Years festivities!

Mahalo, Murdock

December 21st, 2007
The North Shore has been a bit slow for the last week. A little unusual for this time of the year to see flat surf for so long. The Pipe Masters has been running in 2-3 foot crap and the forecast is predicting more crap for the week to come. Passing time on the North Shore when it’s flat can be a hard thing to do. Shells and Bells are always an option when it’s flat but even that can get a bit old. Drinking mass amounts of Steinlager is about the only thing that doesn’t get old but can be hard on the pocket book. I received a brand new Toobs board that I’m dying to test out but there are no waves to do it with. My roommate is getting a sick camera for Christmas so hopefully I can get some pictures up to run with these updates. The only thing worthy to really talk about is Occy’s singing/dancing skills at the Lifeguard Party – pretty all time. Hopefully the next update will involve stories of Pipe barrels and some photos to back it up!

Mahalo, Murdock

December 2nd, 2007
December time is in full bloom with back to back swells pounding the North Shore! The last week in November had some consistent swell accompanied by some quality weather. I was lucky enough to get a two day visit by long time DK charger Willie Richerson. I guess he hooked up a job at the airport so he can score tickets for super cheap. Willie showed up at a perfect time for the swell and weather. We scored some fun waves at a couple different spots. Just getting to watch Pipe when its good is worth coming to the North Shore, but getting to surf it is all-time. Long surf seshes were followed by a healthy dosage of Stan and Stienlager. It was sick to have one of my hommies from the 805 to share my daily surf/lurk seshes. Willie managed to score a rental car so we had some trany to get around. My normal means of transportation consist of my feet and a vert dog skate board that is my roommates’. It was nice to be able to make some vulgar Pismo comments and have them fully appreciated. I’m sure I will be seeing some more of Willie now that he has the hookup on tickets!

The weather is going to be bad for the next week which means alot more lurking and less surfing, maybe time to booze it up a bit! There’s a sick new skate park right behind Rock Piles that I might have to go check, do some slashes and maybe brake my neck! When the waves are shitty the time slows down but you just have to keep yourself busy. A lot of people make it seem like all there is to do on the North Shore is surf but there are many other activities that you can do when living somewhere with warm clear water. Still in shock over all the chicks lurking the beaches, bike trail and grocery store. I went to Haleiwa a few nights ago to hit the bar and there were so many breezys from all over the place. Hopefully the weather will calm down at the end of the week and let the trades return. I had a Jeremy Wright sighting, actually multiple sightings so that pretty much made my winter already! More to come next week and hopefully get some photos up!

Mahalo, Murdock

November 16th, 2007
I’m currently residing on the North Shore of Oahu now. Coming from the ghetto of Grover to the mecca of bodyboarding and surfing is overwhelming. I have an upstairs loft that I call home that overlooks Backyards and Sunset. I have wanted to live in Hawaii ever since I started laying on a boogie and after many years of struggling with Cali’s harsh laws, inconsistent surf, and abundant supply of slammies and slammers, I’ve broke away to one of the sickest places on the planet.

Its been a real slow November as far as swell and the only thing keeping all the travelers sane is the abundant supply of nasties flocking the beach daily. I’m telling you there is so much ass on the North Shore it’s disturbing! The Banzaii hasn’t shown its true colors yet but I’m staying optimistic knowing that it is inevitable for it to get big. I’ve always been confined to a few mainstream spots every year I have come to Hawaii but lately I have been surfing a bunch of different spots that are relatively uncrowded. I’m going to make it a priority to invest in some camera gear so eventually I can flood the site with photos and document the North Shore Winter for everybody’s viewing enjoyment.

The Triple Crown of surfing is in full effect right now, kind of a scene but that’s part of Hawaii. Impressive to watch some of the pro stand-ups rip the world’s most famous waves. I watched 18-year-old Mason Ho put on a show at the Excel Sunset Pro, dominating surfers twice his age. None of the bodyboarders have really showed up yet which is weird for me to see the lineup boogie free. I’ve had a couple Hubb sightings at Off the Wall ripping the shit out of every wave no matter how big it is. Stay tuned to the Rookies site for many more North Shore updates to come including some pics to scope.

Mahalo, Murdock

Glock on the Rock

James Murdock: sunset inside bowl is firing looks like backdoor
Camel: wow
Camel: you score some pipe the last couple days?
James Murdock: Na been surfing some underground spots the swell shifted real north no bueno for pipe Been getting barreled though
Camel: sick
Camel: miller was telling me about your water blaster
Camel: said it’ll rip your face off
James Murdock: Way heavy man 4500 psi of water thats near boiling temperature POWER
Camel: washing the scum off the streets
Camel: that’s epic
James Murdock: ya I do 23 foodlands on the island 12 hour nights so heavy with all the ice heads in town and on the west side
James Murdock: Just stoke to have a job over here kinda hard to come by
Camel: ya man that’s sick
Camel: you ever blast the iceheads
James Murdock: Fuck if I need to I will I got a phat knife that I role with as funny as it sounds you need that shit. Its like San Fran in those certain areas after a certain time white people just dont belong
Camel: hahaha man that’s so heavy
James Murdock: Im going to go hit the water Ill be keeping in touch see whats up about a password or whatever for the rookies sight got so much time on my hands want to update soo bad Thanks Brew
Camel: sounds good man
Camel: get some waves

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hawaii.jpgAs evidenced by the above AIM conversation with Camel, Murdock is as vile as ever and has been posted on the North Shore now for a solid four weeks. He’ll be posting news under the lovely alias ‘cumdump’ and he’ll also be keeping a running blog of all the latest North Shore happenings here (sorry for the delay Murder). Willie Richerson and Ross McBride have landed on Oahu as well and will be feasting on the series of large NW swells that have already begun to erupt.

The past month or so has witnessed a series of decent surf in Cali and our email reservoirs were filled with a steady stream of goodies. Here’s a small sample:

SF Love: Wilbur 1 2, Empty 1 2
Central: Louie, Murdock 1 2 3, Koa, Jonesyness
5-South Wedge Edit
PezPix Wedge Galleries 1 2
ZenFilms BIA Seaside Edit
Uprising Films Wedge Edit

Stay tuned we’ve got pics from the recent premiere of The Dawn along with a mini-review, a North Shore preview, pics from Kellen and Cale’s most recent Mexico adventure, and more updates from James in Hawaii.

Link of the Week: Wilbur got on his horse and overhauled the Chula Vista Media site. Juan’s got a few interesting reads up on the new site already.

The Dawn Premiere

The Dawn Review – By Jeff Chaney
The evening after Thanksgiving Zach Nicholas and Kellen Keene premiered their first bodyboarding film, The Dawn, to a stoked community of bodyboarders from all over the state. Thanks to the holiday all the boys were in town, well at least the ones who aren’t married yet. At a sweet little outdoor patio zone the Pismo boys were popping Steinlagers and catching up with each other and it was evident that everyone was glad to be home, or glad to see their friends home in the Filthy-Mo. Soon 60 heads would be fixated on the virtual trip projected up onto the side of the local post-surf eatery. From the first 30 seconds of the intro everyone could tell we were in for a psychedelic bodyboarding experience, and for sure a killer soundtrack. The movie was great. The usual American suspects like Ross, Skip and Hubb had full sections killing it at some not-so-usual spots. Zach also traveled to Western Australia and there is sick footage of some of the Solana boys, Sebastian Slovin, and Tyler Weiman. Of course there is insane shots of Hardy and Wedge head Jason Rhodes even stops in for a Box keg or two. I will have to say that the highlight for me was local dropkneer Cale Moore’s segment. Cale was rushing heavy reef slabs out at a zone usually dominated by tow teams, a couple of his waves made the crowd go wild. After the show, beers were had in celebration at The Den, a Grover City rental that is going down in Pismo bodyboarding history as we speak. Good times.

The Dawn Songlist (Note: The dvd has a complete Dark Side of the Moon version.)
Intro #1: Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit
Intro #2: Minor threat – Seeing Red
Cale Moore: Hank Williams III – Crazed Country Rebel
Tyler Weimann: The Band – To Kingdom Come
Andre Botha/Mike Stewart: The Adolescents – No Way
Spencer Skipper/Jeff Hubbard: The Talking Heads – Burning Down the House
Ross McBride: The Beatles – Dear Prudence
Everyone in Hawaii: George Thorogood – Who Do You Love
Australians in Hawaii: Bob Dylan – Tombstone Blues
Australia: Led Zeppelin – What is and What Should Never Be
Mexico: Santana – Black Magic Woman


The Dawn Pismo Beach Premiere

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Nothing like 25.4 ounces of cold Steiny and a quality surf flick. Nice v-neck Willis.

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Willie, Emo, Cudworth, and Steiner. Insert awkward silence.

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Cale and Marcos are about to reenact their handoff scene from the movie.

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The scene at Hoagies beforehand. I wish I would have taken more photos during the actual movie. This little area was packed with like 50+ heads.

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Ugh Danny B’s pancho. Check redface Zach daydreaming of Dying Pig.

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Not a true Pismo premiere without a derelict or two.

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Mark and Weasel post-beer bong before the premiere. “Schnarf schnarf.”

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The Dawn, The Den, it’s all the same to Kellen and Louie.

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There were even waves before the premiere too.

North Shore Update

northshorebra.jpgIt’s starting to look like wintertime on the North Shore. Things got off to a slow start for the month of November but it looks like the cycle has arrived. Waimea showed herself yesterday with some solid 20 footers rolling in. Pipe had a couple barrels but still needs a westy to clear the sand off the reef. The best, most consistent wave so far has been Sunset. Unfortunately it’s not your ideal bodyboarding wave, but I found out that the left off the main peak can offer a boosty ramp sometimes, dumping you off in waist deep water. The forecast for the next few weeks is claiming that the surf is not going to go below the 10 foot range. The waves aren’t the only thing that have been up. The nasty factor is at an all time high with everything from out-of-towners to your local pro hos/sticker sluts! Right in front of my house there seems to be a major nasty hangout zone. Butt floss, boobs, I see it all everyday from my porch. The pictures will be coming soon once I can score a quality digital camera! Stay tuned to the continuing saga of the North Shore where I will try to keep the updates coming weekly! Mahalo, Murdock.

Happy Birthday to Us and lackofsleep805

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We’re officially six months old and it just so happens to coincide with Mark Miller’s 27th birthday! With a bodyboarding career plagued by injury, difficult living situations, and a run of problems with The Man, Wilbur hasn’t gotten the watertime that he’d like in recent years. But believe me his love for the sport remains steadfast as debated in many late-night, alcohol-induced conversations. And who knows, maybe his new big time job and makeshift boogie crew in the big city will be just the anecdote for flipping the script and making a comeback to the sport he loves. Either way his unyielding loyalty toward friends and brash optimism in the most dire of situations remains something for all to admire. I’m sure he’s going XXL at 3 Inches of Blood as this is being posted.

Delmore sent us a note after having just finished up his time along the Sonoma coast. He’s not sure whether he’ll be in Oregon or Central this winter but he is definitely fiending a late night run at his favorite Orcutt hotspot. While he only surfed six times during his three month span in the 707, he did come across some nice setups and found a chance to nail down some guitar skills as evidenced in the following two clips from Wes Box’s recent birthday festivities:

“All the Soft Places to Fall”
“I’ll be Here in the Morning”

Can you say Santa Barbara Asthmatic show on the horizon?

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Kellen Keene, Chad Jackson, and brothers Cale and Ryan Moore are just finishing up their Mainland mission as we speak. There has been no word from the crew thus far but chances are they’re scoring with the little late season pulses that have been swinging through of late. The Dawn project is still a go and filmer/editor Zach Nicholas forwarded me the flyer. The unveiling will be going down at Hoagies at 580 Cypress Street in Pismo Beach on Friday, November 23rd at 8 pm. Here’s a couple trailor links if you haven’t seen them yet:

Dawn Trailor #1
Dawn Trailor #2

Link of the Week: A-Frame gets a facelift.