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Sessions / New Jersey Heat
« on: July 24, 2019, 12:56:54 PM »
Finally some decent swell here in NJ this summer.
Enjoy Zoners and stay stoked!
surfercook  8)
(Cross posted in General Discussion)

General Discussion / New Jersey Heat
« on: July 24, 2019, 12:56:11 PM »
Finally some decent swell here in NJ this summer.
Enjoy Zoners and stay stoked!
surfercook  8)
(Cross posted in sessions)

General Discussion / Yummy
« on: July 19, 2019, 02:53:04 PM »
Found another one! No reply yet after 24 hrs though.  ??? If I land it this will be my fourth PSH Ripper, fifth to ride since I did demo an 8'6" Bamboo back in 2012.

General Discussion / Surf Lessons
« on: July 08, 2019, 08:42:31 PM »
I've been fortunate enough this summer to have been offered a surf instructor position. Been at it two weeks now. It's mostly beginners w/the occasional student that has surfed once or twice before or maybe did some snowboarding. Lotta pushing people into waves. Had to do an online CPR test to work at the surf shop giving lessons.

 I hadn't sup surfed in almost two weeks and today I finally jumped in w/it for a few waves and scored a nice fin cut. And tomorrow I have back to back lessons for four hours!

Random / What's Wrong With This Picture? (Wetstuff)!
« on: June 25, 2019, 04:54:09 PM »
Had these leashes from Wetstuff for a while now and just noticed the mixup!

General Discussion / Shoulder Rehab
« on: June 23, 2019, 04:56:59 PM »
My shoulder is starting to feel a bit better after 15 weeks. Definitely the best session yet post injury. This sesh is eight days after the sonogram guided cortisone injection. Still taking it slow and hoping to ride the next lowest volume sup by months end.
Thanx Zoners!
surfercook  8)

Caught a bunch! Not sure if all can access the SOLOSHOT hosting site. Fingers crossed.

Funny, ya ever feel like you've emulate another surfers style?! My first wave felt like a casual Digger stance!

General Discussion / Things Ain't What They Used To Be
« on: May 29, 2019, 07:41:46 AM »
 No excuse for my total lack of absence here on forum. Might have something to do w/me trying my hardest not to slip into a state of depression. Haven't surfed since 3/4/19 when I hurt my right shoulder. Longest ever for me outa the water since my early teens. Too painful and after two sets of x-rays from two different orthopedics I've been diagnosed w/advanced arthritis in right shoulder. Rotator cuff damage has been ruled out thanx to an MRI (I was diagnosed w/an underlying tear in July, 2008). So I go in for a sonogram guided cortisone shot this Friday (5/30). Had em before and once there was such a bad reaction in 2008 I had to check into the ER the pain was so bad. Cortisone flair up was so extreme I was given a shot of dilaudid in the butt. Put me right out for like 5 hrs and upon awaking the pain was totally gone. Should mention I was in a total state of narcosis and had to have someone come get me and drive me home. That shoulder injection is WAY scary and not looking forward to getting another one. Hopefully it'll relieve the pain I've been hunkering through for weeks and weeks now. Looks like shoulder replacement might be in my future.
   And to make matters worse I walked into the nozzle wand of my power washer and my ankle has been effed up for like a week now. Mighta fractured it. Then while operating said power washer a female carpenter bee stung me right effin' directly on the swollen bit of the ankle and got me good. Needless to say that was a few steps in the wrong direction to healing up.
  May is my busiest month for landscaping when I have to get all my accounts ready by Memorial day and I've been trudging through the work tirelessly, rarely even checking the surf. At least it's been keeping me busy.
So things definitely ain't what they used to be.
Stay stoked cuz I sure have lost mine.
Thax Zoners

X-Ray image w/arrow pointing to shoulder joint worn down to bone.

General Discussion / Spot Check PT2, California 2019
« on: April 01, 2019, 07:24:48 PM »
Sorry for my recent absentee-ism. Been benched for four weeks now w/a bum shoulder. Longest stretch in a while.
But the video edit from the last three days of my Feb CA trip is in the can now.
Hope ya like, Zoners.

General Discussion / The Pain And The Pleasure
« on: March 04, 2019, 08:05:36 PM »
Hit the perfect surf on my longboard and the first stroke out to the lineup was really painful on my shoulder (right one). Rotator cuff was diagnosed in 2008 as an underlying tear. One of the main reasons I took up sup full time in 2011. Was a miracle I was able to prone surf today around the pain, estimate it around a 4-5. I think I mighta aggravated it sleeping on my easy chair and also my couch. I got a new cat and he yowls in the middle of the night so I've been going out and sleeping w/him. My bed is WAY more comfortable!

I really wanted to get back on the longboard today since it was just the right conditions for it. Beautiful late winter day. This spot hadn't broke in quite a while and was seriously picking up the swell so perfect. It was bigger here than anywhere else on the island.

Harry The Cat

Sessions / Spot Check, California 2019
« on: February 19, 2019, 12:32:48 PM »
Little by little I got er done. And this is only half of my raw footage! Still have three more spots to edit.
Thanx for the stoke, Zoners!
Cross posted in General Discussion.

General Discussion / Spot Check, California 2019
« on: February 19, 2019, 12:31:43 PM »
Little by little I got er done. And this is only half of my raw footage! Still have three more spots to go!
Thanx for the stoke, Zoners!
Cross posted in Sessions.

General Discussion / Encinitas- Day One and Two
« on: February 05, 2019, 12:10:58 PM »
Been a challenge to dodge the rain squalls but me and the wife are making the best of it. Surf should be a go manana!

Cali Vaca- Day 1 & 2

Travel, Trips, Destinations / Headin' out....
« on: February 02, 2019, 09:26:54 AM » Encinitas. Been three yrs since my last visit. Was gonna follow Creek's lead to Portugal but there were factors holding me back. Namely the chill there this time of year.....and board bag fees. I'd have been ok w/it but my wife gets cold REALLY easily. So I set my sights on Encinitas, mainly because United Airlines is only charging $40 ea/way for board bags to celebrate surfing becoming the official state sport of CA.
Encinitas here I come. Booked my first Airbnb and it's actually a block closer to the beach than our last stay. 8'0'' Assassin is all bagged, tagged, racked, and ready!

Sessions / Winter Sessions- January 2019
« on: January 30, 2019, 04:08:26 PM »
Not a bad start to 2019! Only a broken leash so far. My winter suit is an O'Neil Pyro-Tech 5.5/4 hooded full. It was sent back after two seasons to have the fws reglued. This is the fourth season for it and it's starting to leak just a bit. Still pretty warm when I'm not gettin' flushed in 40F water on bigger days!
  Sooo afraid for my Hull Ripper that it's gonna break again! It's way more fragile than the bamboo construction.
Stay stoked , Zoners!......and warm! Polar vortex just arrived here in NJ!

Random / Owl Hunting In the Reserve
« on: January 29, 2019, 08:04:43 AM »
First hike into our precious wildlife reserve was quite rewarding.  Sadly there is alot of trash out there. I pick up all I can hiking in and half way in here's just no more I can do by myself so I leave it all at one of the reserve's signs and drag it all back on the hike out. The bayside overwash areas have SO much garbage washed up, almost all of it plastic. We need a team to go in one day and do a cleanup.

Holgate Hike- 1/27/2019

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