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Thank you Salish Salt. I appreciate the facts based on years of research. I understand a little more about coastal armoring now.   

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I do think you and your work is valuable and rewarding. Educating our youth is critical to bettering our future. I live two blocks from the ocean and walk along it almost everyday. I've lived here for 50 years. I seen the changes. Where we used to play volleyball on the beach, the courts and beach are gone. There are no homes where I walk at Doheny, just the eroding beach, disappearing parking lot, rail road tracks and coast hwy beyond that. I have a picture on the wall next to my desk of that beach in 1950's where the beach is about 50 yds wider. Groups played volleyball there till the early 2000's. The courts are now disappearing at San Onofre too. My issue is how one area is targeted for enforcement or restricted, where others will go without mention. The Dana Point harbor was man made and constructed of large rocks. It's created a safe harbor for boaters and a money maker for the county. One of the newest structure built right next to the beach and protected by a bunch of rocks is the Ocean Institute. If they remove the rocks at San Onofre and other State Park locations, maybe they should look at removing the rocks at the harbor too. Or is that particular area okay to have rocks?
BTW, there are no walls or structures or seawalls from Trestles all the way down to trail 6. From trail 1 to about trail 4 the sand has been gone for about 4 years now. It's just rocks. The sand may return or not, but left to mother nature the sand is disappearing. So the argument that owners of private property with seawalls are causing the sand to disappear doesn't seem to have as much the absolute cause that everyone is so absolutely believing.   

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General Discussion / Re: Encinitas- Day One and Two
« on: February 16, 2019, 08:25:06 PM »
I'm looking forward to surfing with you in the near future Creek. Hopefully late this summer.

Here's a little video I threw together showing my SanO session with Cookie (and others) from my vantage point.





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Sea walls kill beaches & our surf spots, no 2 ways around it. I can't speak to any non-specific European examples, but here in CA they are built by private property owners to protect their properties from natural coastal erosion and sea level rise. There is definitely a lack of awareness, as many causal beachgoers assume (as I once did) that they exist to protect the public. 99.9% of the time, nope.

It works like this - when you armor the coast, you create a barrier to natural erosion processes and essentially set a hard back to the beach. As sea levels rise, we'll lose that beach. We'll also lose surf breaks, as the "new normal" higher tides won't have anywhere to go + refraction from walls sucks for waves + less accessible beaches.

This is a very contentious issue for Surfrider, as we (yes I work for Surfrider SD County) go up against wealthy, powerful homeowners and developers who have endless funds to malign us and spread misinformation. I'm in no way anti-coastal homeowner, either, and I have empathy for property owners whose coastal homes are put in jeopardy by extremely alarming sea level rise projections. There ARE protections put in place for sea walls built prior to the CA Coastal Act (1972).

That said, Surfrider is in essence fighting for what the CA Coastal Act enshrined - the beach belongs to all Californians, not just those wealthy or fortunate enough to own beachfront properties. We will keep fighting this fight for the greater good of all surfers, beachgoers, our coastal heritage, and our coastal environment.
I'm mostly just an observer but I do what I can do. I pickup just about every plastic bag I see when I'm out surf or paddling distance. I don't wait for that once a month or year scheduled weekend morning beach / harbor cleanup to meet with a bunch of people that want to do their part for a couple of hours and then go to Starbucks. They pose for pictures and get a write up in the local paper. They talk about the organization and all the sponsors of the event and how great they are about everything. Once the cameras and reporters leave, the county, city and State parks have a paid crews that do the cleanup weekly by hand and with machines. When they finish, the beach is all cleaned up. I'm there on a regular basis and I see them do it. That's the way it is here, I don't imagine that's the case everywhere.
I'm just leery of those who cloak themselves as the best and coolest thing to be apart of, yet fill their non-profit pockets. I want to listen to a scientist who has collected data, done real life simulations of practical solutions, and presents it in a logical manner. I don't want to listen to an ideological group of non-scientists who think they know everything. I want to find a solution too. Letting homes get destroyed and watch them wash out into the ocean is not a solution, it's the result of politic's. 
I don't work for a political organization, and have no affiliation to any cool or popular groups. I stand to have no financial gain from my position as a citizen and outdoor enthusiast. I just don't like candy coated BS.   
Working for the Surfrider Foundation sounds like a good job. Everyone wants a good job.

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So it's SOL to anyone who has a home on ocean front property? They're rich anyway? It's going to be SLO to the Amtrak train service to San Diego soon too. Back to Greyhound buses for a your economy trip to SD. Just to show how convoluted this perceived position of being an environmental do-gooder is, the Ocean Institute in Dana point is built in the harbor right where the famous Killer Dana break use to be. The Surfrider's Foundation is partnered in some way with the Ocean Institute. They are all about giving back the the community....right?

https://www.ocean-institute.org/article/ocean-institute-kicks-11th-annual-laguna-beach-million-dollar-home-raffle

https://www.ocean-institute.org/announcements

There is something very exclusive and secret about the Ocean Institute and the very very rich involved with it.

http://www.danapointtimes.com/recent-rains-ocean-institute-scientists-test-water-quality/

from this article...

"While samples take at least a day before results are ready, Wong says that at this point the task force can analyze trends and make predictions to better serve the community. Due to the wait in getting results and the costliness of test taking, real-time data is not yet available to the public.

“Through citizen science initiatives, classroom tours and advocacy, we want to at least get people to think about working toward solutions,” Chuc said. “If our work can inspire a child to ask questions about how to reduce pollution, then we’ve done our jobs.”

Water testing demonstrations are not yet open to the public, but the public programs department at Ocean Institute aims to make them available by this summer. To monitor the institute’s water quality findings, visit surfrider.org."


So the Ocean Institute doesn't provide testing to the public because of the of "the wait in getting results and the costliness of test taking"????? Mumbo Jumbo.....

I couldn't find the water testing data on their site? Doesn't mean it's not there, just that I couldn't find it.

https://www.surfrider.org/pages/surfrider-legal

I'm not buying a lot of it.

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General Discussion / Re: Encinitas- Day One and Two
« on: February 16, 2019, 01:01:51 PM »
Thanks Cookie! That was a fun session. Glad you got to meet most of the SanO crew Zoners. I know there are a few Zoner's that frequent SanO, that I still haven't personally met. I hadn't surfed my 11'6 Nalu in a long time. I forgot how fun it was in those knee to waist waves. Looks like that 10' Icon was working for perfect for you on those slopey SanO waves. I'll have to do an east coast surf hook-up. My daughters going to college in Connecticut, so maybe on her semester move-in trip I can catch some surf north or south?

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https://southoc.surfrider.org/2017/08/18/seawalls-kill-beaches/

I noticed all through Europe they have built large concrete seawalls that protect the citizens, community, and property from rising tides while maintaining access to beaches and surf spots. In my opinion they are beautiful places partly because of the walls. Without them properties are lost, access is reduced, and some surf communities will be only in the history books.
There is big money in environmental lawsuits, but unfortunately no money in protecting surfing. 

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General Discussion / Re: Creek in Portugal - a travelogue in Vids and pics
« on: February 15, 2019, 11:51:40 AM »
I love the Get Up Stand Up.... Bob Marley reference in that name. No surprise seeing Manuel is from Puerto Rico. Love that guy's spirit and stoke :)
Meeting all the great people you met in Cascais is what makes the most memorable trips. Stoked for you Creek.

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General Discussion / Re: Creek in Portugal - a travelogue in Vids and pics
« on: February 14, 2019, 10:16:11 PM »
Not sure why Rick didn't post this yet, but I just came across it on YouTube?



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Gear Talk / Re: Help deciding which wetsuit?
« on: February 14, 2019, 06:13:56 PM »
Another player in the wetsuit field is Janga. http://janga.pt/en/category/1/guys.html

Timmy Patterson sells these at his shop, but nothing in my size. I would have rather buy from him because he's a friend and it's a local shop. These Janga look more fitting for the pros and groms. Crazy colors and patterns. They use Japanese limestone neoprene as well.

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Technique / Re: getting back on the pad
« on: February 14, 2019, 05:22:41 PM »
Almost 3 years now on my 10' Coreban Icon and I'm really comfortable stepping back as needed. I've been surfing better and better just sticking with this one board. My old 9' green machine turned on a dime. I could just think about turning front side or back and it would go. Like Creek said my back toe was dragging right at the side bite and that's as far as I would ever need to go back. I actually don't know how far back on the tail pad (if any) that I ever was. I could feel the ridge under my heel, and that was the spot. My 9' green machine is all but retired now. Mold growing down the stringer. Still surfs, but too heavy, with too many repairs. I think if you keep switching boards, you never get a chance to really see what you can get out of the board you have. I wouldn't make a good board salesman. "You should just stick it out with your old board before you go buying a new one."  ::)

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Gear Talk / Re: Help deciding which wetsuit?
« on: February 14, 2019, 04:48:58 PM »
Material quality is everything in a heavy wetsuit. I prefer the O'Neil Technobutter stuff, mostly for flexibility. Cheaper neoprene feels so much stiffer, especially if you're using your arms as you will for paddling.
The Xcel was a 4/3 like the QS, but it felt stiffer. I could really feel the material fold in my arm pits. Like my RipCurl, the Quicksilver has a lot more curving seams with different materials at the areas that need to allow for movement. The Xcel seemed a more basic seam pattern with less flex panels.

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Gear Talk / Re: Help deciding which wetsuit?
« on: February 14, 2019, 01:37:56 PM »
Well I put on 4/3 QS and walked around with it on for about 20 min. It was comfortable and warm. Then I put on my RipCurl E-bomb which is not completely dry from yesterday, and compared the two. I can definitely feel the thickness and warmth difference. My RipCurl feels like a 2/2 in comparison, but very similar in fit.

I cut the tags off the Quicksilver 4/3, so I'm committed now. The fit and the total cost of $120. out the door made it a keeper. If I have any problems with wear and tear or performance comments, I post about it.   

Thanks for your suggestions and recommendations. I think I need a Frog House shirt, and pickup some wax and a leash.

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Gear Talk / Re: Help deciding which wetsuit?
« on: February 14, 2019, 09:36:34 AM »
I'm a like-to-try-on before I buy person, so I'm less inclined to online shop for something like a wetsuit (unless it's a re-buy). Jack's outlet policy is that they don't give refunds, only store credit. There wetsuits are 40% to 60% off and of the 4 stores I went to, they were the only one to have a selection of 3XL's in stock. So my only two options at this point are:

Keep the Quicksilver Blue/Grey Syncro or pony up another $100 bucks for the Xcel Infiniti.

The QS is more fitting and has better stretch. It feels very similar to my RipCurl E bomb. For those SoCal mornings where the water is cold but the sun comes out and makes you want the peel your wetsuit down to your waist, the blue top helps reduce the overheating. The seams are only partially sealed too. It is a jump to 4/3 so I'm sure it will be warmer then any suit I've ever own.

The Xcel is less fitting like a ski jacket, but much warmer feeling with the micro-fiber liner. It might be how their sizing works, but I need the 6' 7 length, but the 235 lbs fit. This would probably fit a guy up to 260 range. It still fits pretty good. They claim the zipper is waterproof, and all the seams are sealed and taped. If I lived on the East Coast or up North this would be my choice for sure. 

Still on the fence???, but leaning towards staying with the QS. 

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Gear Talk / Re: Help deciding which wetsuit?
« on: February 14, 2019, 08:49:04 AM »
1) Go to Frog House
2) try on everything, even Oniels which I've gotten my last 3 from them
3) tell them what you really want and they will find it for you even XXXL's
4) Enjoy a good price, they usually discount their suits as long as it's not this years newest/hottest etc.
5) Smile and enjoy
The guys at Frog House are the essence of roots surfing. When I was a grom I would hang out at Rick James surf shop in San Clemente. Midget Smith shaped there. We would kick back in the chairs they had, reading surfer mags, smelling the resin and wax, and bug them for stickers. It was on the way home form school, so it was part of our routine. My older brother ordered a custom board from Brotherhood boards / Russel in Newport. I went there with him and picked it up. That was about 1972. They along with almost every old name surf shop are commercialized now. Frog House is still a holdout core roots surf shop. I always sort of cringe buying from Jack's surf shop, knowing the owners are the furthest thing from surf minded people. It's almost refined swap meet shopping, but cheap. One of my best friends owns a surf shop, he only shapes, glasses, and sells boards. I'll spend my board money at his shop, but for a wetsuit that will only get used maybe 20 or 30 times thru winter, I want a great price with a decent fit and more warmth than my current 3/2.

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