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I was thumbing through one of my old 1980 Skateboarder mags and came across this plug for the Roller Skating magazine. Who knows, rollerblades or ice skates?

General Discussion / Good NorWester rolling through SoCal
« on: December 15, 2020, 12:48:34 PM »
Had fun this morning. It was standing up quick. I was on my toes on a few drops. Just me Dave Daum and a friend of his out. Caught this pic of Dave.

Environment / Building up my ocean Karma points:)
« on: November 22, 2020, 02:50:01 PM »
I used to paddle distance like I was training for a race. Head down, watch the GPS, focus on every stroke, and power it out start to finish. Now I paddle with more efficiency, with my head up, taking in life. I also will stop, change course, and even turn around to grab any piece of floating trash I see. If I see it, it gets picked up. I'm keeping the place I love clean. I believe I build Karma points and get randomly rewarded with up close whale sightings or great outside waves. If you see trash while you're surfing or paddling, slow down and pick it up.

Foil SUP / We had a Pono sighting at SanO.
« on: November 19, 2020, 08:50:58 PM »
Looking good 8)

Random / The super techies saved my crashed drive:)
« on: November 17, 2020, 03:01:16 PM »
Being a video and photo junkie, I amass Gigs of fun. I have an SSD in my workstation which is my CAD work lifeline. My external drives handle terabytes of family and fun. I had bought an external 4TB as a back-up, but ended up using for all my current videos and photos. Two weeks ago it crashed. There was no back-up, because it was my back-up ...... had become my current storage. Nooooooo! Sloppy me.
The local computer repair shop runs diagnostic's and Spinrite which I used to use, but that was a no go. They referred me to '$300 Data Recovery' in Studio City, Ca. Frik'n awesome people. They opened my HD and found the heads stuck on one side. Un-stuck them and BINGO! I got everything back today on a new back-up drive. These people have quite an operation.
Computer nerds only watch..

Sessions / Perfect Fall surf session at Church
« on: November 06, 2020, 12:39:09 AM »
What a great morning 8)

Foil SUP / Talldude behind the lens -Foil surfing
« on: October 03, 2020, 11:21:42 AM »
I want to be inclusive ;D You foilers....

Sessions / Talldude behind the lens
« on: October 02, 2020, 05:09:20 PM »
I purchased a nice zoom lens to take surfing pictures and for other family related things. I decided to shoot a bunch of friends before I got wet yesterday. Thanks to hurricane Marie off the coast, we've had some great surf. Here's some of the Local SanO crew.

So it was a great session this evening. It was dark walking back to my car. Problem.. not enough light to see the combination on my lockbox. So I ask some kid if he could shine his phone light on my combi-lock. So he's shining the light his light but I still couldn't read the numbers without my glasses. So I told him the combo and he opened it for this old man. :-\
Next time I'll leave a pair of glasses and a flashlight on my tire......OMG!

SUP General / Did a header on the sand bar and survived...
« on: September 08, 2020, 09:19:51 AM »
My bad. I picked the wrong day to surf, but we finally got some waves. Yes it was Labor day weekend. Yes is was crazy crowded. Yes I was taking more risks than usually. On a bigger outside set wave that I dropped in on, it wasn't about surfing the wave or making a section, it was about trying not to run over people. A lot of people on Wavestorms in over their heads. As soon as they realized that I was actually surfing the wave and not going straight like everyone else out there, you see their eye balls grow. I stayed high on the face over the first two, then dropped into a long drawn-out bottom turn to split two more people bottom turn around two more. Back up the face and cleared the last one......I thought!

By this time I'm nearing the sand bar close-out where I usually kick out at the last moment. What I didn't realize until the last moment was a bunch of little kids on boogie boards right there. I couldn't kick out without hitting them because I had too much speed. So I pointed my board to the shore away from them, leaned back and got suck over the falls onto the sand bar. The last thing I saw was my fins right in front of my face. I covered my face, did a quick rinse cycle and then SLAM! Heard the vertebrae crackle as head snapped back. I came up a little dazed, with sand in my mouth and everywhere else. I was amazed I was still conscious. I rolled my neck around and there wasn't any immediate pain, but I had taken some Advil just before I went out. I paddled back out cautiously and told a friend of mine what happened just in case I pass out.   

This morning I'm feeling a little whiplash, and when I brushed my hair I could feel the impact spot. Probably an abrasion. I drove my car this morning and it's hard to look over my shoulder. Could have been much worse. There are even better waves this morning with almost no one out. Should have waited one day...... I'll be out there tomorrow, with an extra Advil. 

Random / Skateboard nostalgia
« on: September 03, 2020, 02:57:26 PM »
I saw this posted on CL. Selling the whole vintage skateboard collection. Popsicle Box Top mail in era.

I had a Hobie Super Surfer Skateboard.

Sessions / Dawn Patrol at Doheny
« on: August 30, 2020, 06:15:08 PM »
Not much surf this past few days, but it's still been fun. Two days before, the water temp was 76 deg, Air temp 80 deg. So I go trunk'n it, and both the water and air temp had dropped 10 degrees. So it was a brisk session. Felt good. Here's a little recap.

Random / Where did all the bikes go?
« on: June 27, 2020, 12:59:41 PM »
Last Fall I broke my bike frame pulled my derailleur into my back wheel. That bike was 18 years old and had had the forks broken twice by me. So I thought this year I'd get myself a new or newer mountain bike. Not an e-MTB, just standard human power. A hard tail .. 29r. WELL... good luck with that!

ALMOST ALL THE BIKES IN THE US ARE SOLD OUT! I'm not kidding. I need an XL frame. None! Not Amazon, Dick's, or any bike stores. I found a full suspension carbon XL for $9,000. I'll let someone else have that one. Next shipments due Sept or January. Probably won't make it for X-mas. I have two friends who own bike shops. They are doing trade-ins, because that's the only thing they can get. Their racks are empty. Just bike repairs from here on out. Christmas is going to suck for them if they don't get something in stock.

This was part of my futile search yesterday..

Foil SUP / Zoner injured on foil sup.
« on: June 12, 2020, 10:31:00 PM »
I was told this morning by another SanO local that SanoSlatchSup (Dave) was injured when his board hit him in the chest. Apparently, he tried to shake it off and continue foiling but turn for the worst and was taken away in a ambulance. I'll try texting him tomorrow or maybe StandingDan knows how he's doing? Thinking about you buddy...

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