Murdock Update 2/16/11

Waves have gone a bit scrapper the last week. My body is enjoying the resting time but the mind is not amping on the forecast for the pipe contest. Nothing over 5 feet and alot of north in the forecast. I have to surf in round one heat 3 so there’s a high chance the waves could be pretty dismal. Looking forward to getting it over with and hopefully get some world tour points for the South American leg. Chile,Peru and Mexico should be sick contest with a good chance for guru waves at all three events! I have hundreds of photos to throw up but will just post a few most of them are from the last two months. I will throw a few more updates during contest time to keep everyone posted. All pics by Anna Riedel!! thanks you the best photog ever!!

Murder North Shore 10/11 Update!!!

I’m going to try to make this write up short and sweet and save the novel for the end of the season summary! I’m just saying this because so much has gone down and I have so many photos to post that it is overwhelming! Early season was pumping even though Pipe was in hibernation mode. The mid size NW swells were super consistent lighting up Rocky Point almost everyday since the end of September. Zimbra and myself put some heavy time in out there, going heavy techy mode with small wave riding. Don’t get me wrong Rocky’s gets solid six feet and some of the ramps are freakshow so it wasn’t all small wave riding.

Finally come December time Pipe awoke with a few decent swells, but it wasn’t until late December and January that it started to get good all the time. Keiki has been going pretty good too and with the 662-7d investment, shit has been getting done! Alex Leon has been behind the lens producing some amazing images. Botha has been getting weird behind the lens as well. All out production has been going down this season and I’m super stoked on the positive vibes and hard work by everybody. I will throw some pics up and have another contest update in a few weeks!! Aloha Murder!!! Oh ya, stoked on the Louie and Sandy visit. Good Pismo boys getting a taste of the North Shore – love the Pismo support. I’ve been blessed with a two month Savoji campaign as well. Good times with the Lizard a lot of boogie and minor buzz. Much more to come!

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Holiday Hangover III

Spring has finally sprung here in Cali with a noticeable change in the weather pattern and the first south swells of the year having already marched through our waters. We thought it was high time we paid a final tribute to the best winter season in recent memory. After a couple successful weekend media missions up the coast and a few quality email submissions we constructed this overflowing visual feature that could cure any level of holiday hangover.

Saint Patrick’s Day Pics via Roldan:


Salcido/Autry sightings, Redface’s long lost Trader Sam’s tee, Ralphy assface, and plenty more weirdness in DTSLO.

Roldan’s Birthday Weekend Framegrabs:

Exclusive sequence from the upcoming Werewolves of Roldan prone segment. Naaaahhhh.


Camel closeout, Brett spaghetti-o’s, Empty, Alex view


Louie cruising, Alex backdooring, Empty wedging, Mark gunning


Empty, Alex vs. Brett WWF, Inside out, Lou rail

Roldan’s Birthday Weekend Photos via Brett and Alex:


Carbombs, Budweiser and late night pizza. Chatroulette, city bus rides, and urban surf checks. Birthday punches and wrestling on sacred grounds. This last minute weekend in the city had it all.

Late February Weekend in the 805 framegrabs:

Brett Pico Punt, Cale Creek Cut, French Flippin’ Roy, Jammin’ Brett


Wonka: lines, floats, wings, toobs, and chunks

Random Winter Leftovers:
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A rugged looking Kellen Keene going for broke via Azhiaziam.


Hellmore and Chanus via Sara Williamson. Warning: We are not responsible for any damages caused by the dolphin man sequence on the first GIF.


NorCal pics via Alex.


SD and the CC via Nick and Adam.

Brett Digicam Leftovers:

DTSLO nights.


Ralphy performing.


Random shit.


Burger King mascots, Bozos, mustaches, and Asthmatics.

Murdock North Shore Update

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As we wrap up December and set our sights on January, the North Shore continues to pump! Although it hasn’t been all-time this year the amount of swell has been abundant and with the consistent waves it seems the crowd has been thinned out a bit! I think the struggling economy is also to blame for the lack of people this season as well. Speaking of crowds, I was able to watch the Eddie Aikau go down which was pretty gangster! Traffic was possibly the worst that I have ever seen on the North Shore. Supposedly thirty thousand people came to watch the spectacle unfold! I had to take the two days of the swell off from work cuz the traffic was so Nutzah! I checked the Shorey like twenty times during those days and there was like a two or three hour window where it was firing but the contest was on so no go!

Giraffe and Hoover had a nice week long campaign during Thanksgiving. They were the first of the Pismo folk to make a campaign this season. Chris had a sick camera and Ryan was on video support so we were able to get some production done during their visit! The month of November was a little bit weird so no all-time Pipe when the crew was here but good Rockies!!!! I’ll post a few pics and framies that they captured during their campaign!

The IBA website has some info posted on the Pipe event! Looks like Miller Lite is sponsoring it, so I’m hoping that there are loads of free booz!!! Props to Bitzer for lining that shit up! I’ve been resting up the last week due to an unfortunate Pipe facial. It had the potential to be a career maker or career breaker! I free fell a good twenty feet into the flats and tried to penetrate through the back of the wave. Unfortunately the thing grabbed a hold of me and sucked me over real good! Hit the bottom instantly and while I was pinned on the bottom a large surge of white water ripped my arm back behind my head. I think I strained a muscle or ligament but all that I know is the shit hurt so bad! Gimped it to the beach and had to retire my campaign early!!! I think it is somewhat minor and I should be back in the water in a few weeks. I’ll post a shot of that wipeout along with some other random Pipe shots!

That about wraps things up for the first half of the 09/10 season. The swells are lining up for January and if the winds and weather cooperate, we could be in store for some high quality action for the New Year! I’m going to try to bust some interviews for the site in my next update! A possible Murph and Skipp short question interview is in the making! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Everybody try to stay alive and out of jail! Aloha Murder!

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Summertime Sizzle

By James Murdock

First off, I must apologize for the lag factor on the updates; I plan on getting back on track soon! I had knee surgery a few months ago and haven’t really had much to update, besides the daily lurk missions. I haven’t worked or boogied in almost three months. I have been rehabbing my knee and laying low waiting for the day I can put a fin on and get weird again. This is actually the longest I’ve gone without bodyboarding in my life so I’m kind of tripping, but staying positive and looking forward to wintertime. I was supposed to head to mainland Mexico for a couple months but had to abort due to the knee injury.

The southern hemi swells have been pumping over here! Saw the South Shore the biggest I’ve ever seen it, solid 6 foot plus. I made an appearance at the Sandy’s Beach Pro a few weeks ago. It was sick to watch the contest and see some of Hawaii’s best talent from all the islands. Hubb dominated hard but that’s a given, especially at Half Point – he gets really weird out there!!! Surprisingly the North Shore has even seen a couple head high summer swells. I was tripping watching 3-4 foot Sunset in the dead of July. The North Shore never ceases to amaze me with the abundance of swell. I’ve said this before but if you want to be able to bodyboard everyday of the year than Hawaii is one of the only places you can do it. Besides about 60-90 days it would be possible to surf year round on the North Shore alone! If there are any Cali kids who are ready to step it up and make a name for themselves then this is the place! The crowd is annoying at standout spots but if you’re willing to take some scuds on the head the waves are abundant. I know the right at Backyards will never get crowded when its solid six feet and I know Gas Chambers/Rocky Rights will never get crowded when its pushing 6-8 feet!

I’ve heard a lot of people claiming the El Nino deal for this winter. I’m a skeptic, but we are due for one and the satellite pictures of the warm water are looking legit. I’m sure everyone remembers the 98-99 El Nino action in Cali. Fuck there was tons of swell and tons of rain! I know one spot that will go richter if that’s the case and if you’re from the 805, especially the southern borders, then you know where I’m talking about. I also remember seeing good old “piss hole” Pismo Beach goin’ ricta and that’s something you don’t see too often. It was good for weeks, actually maybe even months. Oh yes my fondest moment of all was when Arroyo Grande High School was closed for a few days due too flooding! The waves where bombing too and no school! If I ever had a serious thought that there was a god it was on that day!

That’s about all I can ramble about for the time being. I promise all the super techy guru bodyboarders who live for new updates and media that I will be on them more than in the past! I should be back in the water in a little over a month so hopefully I can get some fresh shots for all your viewing eyes. Oh ya, one last thing, kind of stupid but if anyone saw my 25 question thing in the new Bodyboarder my nickname was supposed to say “Murder” but they put “Murph’ instead. I could careless about nicknames anyways but that’s what me and everyone else call Michael Murphy! Super stoked on the mag and everyone involved with helping it stay alive but just had to mention the nickname typo! Roger, Cheers, Aloha and a big phat mahalos to everyone who is reading this or spending money and time to help boost the struggling American bodyboard industry!!!!! Got some random pics below to keep the froth alive!
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