Guest: Terpening

Name: Adam John Terpening
Age: 19
Current Residence: Sucka Free City
Years Shooting: 4 or so
Equipment: Canon 40d, 70-200mm, 28-70mm, Fisheye
Favorite Place to Shoot: Anything really – beach, city, woods & when cream firsts hits coffee.
Inspirations: Ansel Adams, Burkard, Jonesy, traveling
Website: RookiesUSA


It’s never a bad thing when a spot was almost named Skateparks.

The GG doing its impression of Gothem City.

Probably one of the most stylish up and coming Cali dropkneers, Jeff Chaney has been pullin’ in to south side rights even before the Baby Killer.

Undisclosed California wedge.

OB hits every end of the spectrum, from 3 foot slop to 15 foot feathering a-frames. This day happened to be News Years Eve, offshore all day with some tasty inside bars.

Sloated, watch out for the tigers.

Fucking Roldy.

This day was pretty small, but somehow Murdock got The One without his trunks and a slicked back mullet.

If you’ve ever been to Pismo, you know that the wave blows but somehow the only 3 good days of the year come on the holidays, Christmas day ’07.

Yeah it’s cliche to end shit with a sunset but after scrapping a few dumpers, Mother Nature decided to finish off 2007 with a bang.

Spain 2008: Terpening

By Adam Terpening

I’m not quite exactly sure what lured me to Spain, but my little knowledge of its mysto waves, beautiful women and Spanish language was enough for me to embark on my first trip to the Kingdom of Spain. From reading up on the country before leaving, I knew I was going to get a helping of some of the world’s most delicious ham, wine and coffee along with experiencing some of the Spanish quality of life. Arriving in the state of Asturias brought me to mountain engulfed villages, small town atmosphere and remarkable coastal cities. Meeting with some locals allowed me to sample Sidra, Northern Spain’s most renowned fermented beverage. Finishing off a little more than 2 dozen bottles between the locals and myself, led to one Spanish night that I barely remember but will never forget. With just one week spent over there, I encountered more culture than ever expected, saw waves with tons potential and never felt so close to home from so far away. With all this, I’ll definitely be making the move to the K of S some time this fall for school.


North Shore 2008: Pismo Groms

By James Murdock

The North Shore was about to be invaded by 100% scum! I had received word from Franky Robles, a dedicated Pismo grom and cousin of dk ripper Louie Robles, that he and a handful of groms were in route to Hawaii. The crew included no other than Sandy Sphincter, Giraffe Kid, Marky Mark and Hoover aka “Sweet Tooth”. These kids were set up with a pad in Haleiwa and a rental car. Hoover’s mother Brenda, who
would be the official chaperon of the trip, made all this possible. I was stoked to have some Pismo filth coming to assist me in my daily lurk sessions.

After some major airport altercations the groms made it safe and sound to the North Shore. They wasted no time picking me up from my house and beginning the hunt for some waves. The swell was building fast and options were limited but we managed to scrap some waves. I took them to the harbormouth in Haleiwa where we decided to paddle out at the right, which gets pretty sick from what I heard. There was quite a bit of swell in the water and guys were towing into Himalayas, which is an outer reef that breaks about a half mile out directly in front of the harbor. The inside right looked fun and nobody was out which I thought was kind of odd. As we were walking down the beach the lifeguard on duty whistled at us. I ran down to his tower to see what was up. He was stressing on us paddling out and, looking at the groms little white bodies walking down the beach, I could understand his concern. I assured him that all the groms could swim and he wouldn’t have to rescue anybody. He was cool with my reassuring words and we hit the water. There was a large channel and as soon as we hit the channel I noticed there was an intense current! I also noticed that it was like twice as big as I thought it was. I watched three of the groms get sucked into the zone and instantly lit up. They handled the beating but I immediately knew this wave was fucking gnarly. Franky managed to scrap an inside ramp before he received a solid beating. I caught a few waves and was tripping on how gnarly the current was. It seemed like the sets were getting bigger by the minute. I ended up dodging sets for a half hour and managed to catch a wave in before I drowned. All the groms were on the beach when I went in and we were all tripping out on how fucking intense the wave was. Solid fifteen foot faces with a deadly current, which sucked you into the impact zone. I was just amped that nobody drowned. It was a solid eye opener for the groms and myself about how gnarly and unpredictable the North Shore can be!

In between surfing and lurking at Rockpiles we hit up Foodland about five times a day where Sandy Sphincter took the scrapping to a whole new level. The kid was taking down tall cans in the bathroom like the world was coming to an end and that was his last opportunity to get booze! Aside from the tall can consumption there was a solid sushi/potato wedge consumption along with whatever snack was in reaching distance. By the end of the trip I thought for sure they were going to have our faces on a wanted list in the entrance of the store.

The peak days of the swell we posted up at pipe and watched the Backdoor Shootout, which seemed more like all the boys free surfing the best Pipe of the season! I swear that contest is a crock of shit and the only good thing about it was the high percentage of nasty packs that it attracted. It was shitty because Pipe was like the only wave for a few days and those fuckers horded it while we consumed Steinys on the beach and made fun of as many people as possible. I was able to scrap a couple of sessions in the evening after the contest was finished but it was a little too big for first reef to be cracking!

We only went big one night due to the fact the groms had a rental car and had to be home at a reasonable hour. That night pretty much consisted of lurking at Rockpiles for five hours, mass consumption of Steinys, Jim Beam, and a fatty blunt. We actually had some ladies that we met up with but we scared them off quickly with our foul Pismo ways. Sandy Sphincter definitely was the standout that night getting so fucked up that he was collapsing in the middle of the street at like eight o’clock! I guess later when the groms got home they lit Sandy up and gave him the standard sharpie treatment!

With the swell maxing pretty hard we decided to make a few missions to the west side of the island where the groms got to see “ice central”, which is home to about ten thousand ice heads living in colonies on the beach. There was some major potential over there but every one including myself was too scared to park our rental car in the middle of a colony and go surf with five really white kids! West side is intense and even though we didn’t surf it was quite interesting to check out the most ice-infested area of the island.

The groms’ trip was coming to an end so we took a little tour around the island checking out the hot spots like the Pali Lookout and downtown Honolulu. Brenda and myself were able to enjoy a few cocktails at the famous bar and restaurant called “Dukes” while the groms lurked around trying to get there hands on booze any possible way!

I had an epic time hanging out and showing the Pismo groms the North Shore. Being as young as they are and having an opportunity to come to the North Shore is pretty sick and I’m sure none of them will ever forget it just like Foodland will never forget them!


Triple Whammy

Yes that’s right, we’re locked and loaded with 3 new features this week. First off we’ve got a pair of travel recaps from Adam Terpening and James Murdock. Terps got a little cultural on his Spanish adventure and sent us all the goods. The thin mustache and unibrow is already starting to fill in as he prepares for an autumn return. Murdo got paid a visit on Oahu by some dirty Pismo kids with a host of nicknames too lengthy to mention here. Their story with accompanying framegrabs from Ryan Hoover is linked here.

Speaking of Hawaii, the best waves of the season went down last week as chronicled by Mr. McFly. Hopefully this is a sign for a promising late season as the Pipeline Pro has now gone official for February 17th-24th with entry forms now available from the IBA site. Rookies will be on hand for the duration of the event with daily updates of all the latest dirt so stay tuned right here for all the contest hoopla.

Can’t get enough Only Child? Our final feature is another guest edition of etcetera with some of Adam’s behind-the-lens pursuits. He’s been filling our inbox with a steady stream of photos since his move up to the Bay Area and, at only 19 years of age, the kids got some serious talent. Upon arrival back into the States from Euroland he was greeted with some goodies as well. Camel unleashed a mini NorCal vault of his own recently in the gallery with photos of the recent swell here, here, here, and here.

And yet some more Linkage…
Get your ASR on this weekend
Smokey to X, Lester to Morey
Stalk 2 Teaser
This site’s crawling with content

Link of the Week: 5-South remixes the BITW comp with some De La…


img_5647x.jpgThe results are in from the 2008 Best in the West competition and the Rookies have retained their spot on top of Cali’s dk food chain for yet another year. Thanks to sponsors Surfride, Custom-X, Morey, Toobs, Esteem and 5-South for making this event happen. Overall it was a great event with fun waves, quality riding, and a chill vibe. We’ve got some pictures and a write-up posted in our newest version of etcetera.

Here are some recent links worth mentioning:
The Pipe contest is slated for Feb. 17-24th. View past results here.
The tour is on hold, but the production keeps coming from Asthmatic
Grant Malony takes home the DKS world title
5-South kicks in with a groovy new site
Dr. Pezman invades Hawaii
Chargers are killing it brah

Link of the Week: Chad Stickney’s Wedge ’07 edit has all the right angles. PS if you haven’t seen it yet, pick up the new Transworld and check out our boy Chad Jackson’s macking Central spread.