San Diego's Finest responded to a complaint that "Those kids on the beach are too loud, they're probably drinking alcoholic beverages, and they don't pay nearly the taxes that I do!"The Groms conquer Back Flip Beach - All Grom Back Flip photos were taken by Grom Nick -
Brian and Josh conquered Jenny Hill Reef
The Brazil Babes remained the center of attention
It [the day] got much better as I approached Hollywood Beach -BA
The Big Dogs were out with the Big Lenses
The locals attempted to shred -
The movie stars did shred on boards with lottsa wax and no wax
William and Mikey [no, not William and Mary College, or Hail Mary] proved that more than one star can ride a wave simultaneously -
Skimmers??? Yeah, they were back -
Groms Gone Wild - naw - our Groms are nice little kids!
The Best Boy [movie lingo] just might be a Best Babe
The sunset from my front porch was obscured, as always, by smoke stacks and missile silos -
All I said, as I walked thru the set, was: "Dude, I would be the perfect STUNT DOUBLE for you"
Maybe The Steck would be a better stunt double?By the way - it was pretty darn tranquil this morning in The Arena!
JP - I'm sorry that my crude comment to the Fat Producer resulted with him calling the cops - I really thought it would help the film if a real man - BA - was making it with the babe, instead of some pretty boy.
Who cares, I, along with Team Coke, Grom Colburn and Grom Jake, wanna be in pictures!
I surrender - finally, we get a touch a south swell, I snap about 400 photos with my NEW Digital Rebel, and most of the photos I've taken, at least in my opinion - ain't too bad.- SO -
Adults, Groms, Skimmers, all ripping the waves in The Arena - Tattooed Brazil Babes on the beach - Tourists getting high-tided [oops, that was from yesterday] way too many photos - way too little time for me to lift and separate -
So rather than cull the Groms Gone Wild from the Adults Gone Wild surfing, and the Skimmers Gone Wild from the total, etc., I've divided the total by three - three albums [A B C]
UCSD Longboard Invitational and Luau - Legends Expression Session - there are about 2,000,706,987.56023 Photos in this album - good luck!!
Yeah, yeah, I know - there are some mis-titles, duplicates, etc. What do you expect when I was attempting to Multi-Task while surrounded by:
Check-In Desk Babes,
high-tech hotties, with
Judges that are judging everybody,
Surf Stars yelling at me?
I don't know how much better one can feel after volunteering for an event like this one!BA - Sunset Photos at Liberty Point, El Salvador 19 August 2006
I took a few hundred additional photos of the kids surfing, but some of the kids cannot be photographed -
I'll try to separate those photos from the rest
Doesn't that just rip your heart out?
No photos of kids because they are literally being hidden from those who may harm them.
Our kids are little photo magnets - how lucky are they - how lucky are we?
BA sez: "I ain't much of a photographer - I simply take a lot of photos."
Melinda Reynolds sez she, too, isn't much of a photographer.
Melinda sent me the Pipe photo below - Melinda doesn't surf but she certainly has the eye to capture the essence of the Pipe surfing experience.
The locals were as hostile as ever.BA
The ocean water was, as always, polluted and the color - a paler shade of gray.
The Arena Women never smile - and no one in their right mind would think The Arena would be a decent place to take a photo of an Arena Woman.
Naturally, La Jolla's semi-permanent fog and smog bank was obscuring the sunset.
"Adult-like behavior, musings??
BA, you're the most un-adult senior citizen who's ever been on the AARP mailing list!
You don't even know what a musing is, and do you think you're some sort of tragic hero in a Shakespearian Play?
Maybe your fatal flaw is that you're still trying to compete for waves, work, and women with men 1/2 your age!"
So - I muse - before I embark on my weekend of ... I just have to process, effectively, some double messages that are floating around in my universe:
I'm trying to make sense of the lyrical quote - from many artists - that "only the good die young."
About 30 years ago or so, I had a good case of melanoma, and the docs gave me about 3 - 6 months to live. I didn't croak, and as I remember, I was young then, now I'm not [young] ... does the fact that I didn't die mean that I wasn't "good" back then, when I was young[er]?
Additionally, even before the melanoma scare, I was in a few serious motorcycle and auto accidents - I survived them too.
Perhaps I am a survivor - is there a reason I'm still around - or, if in fact, "only the good die young" could I have been the the opposite of good, i.e., bad??
- BUT -
Message Dos - the flipside of Message Uno:
At least in my opinion, good things continue to happen to me - so maybe another quote is applicable, thanks to Earl. I've twisted his notion about Karma to read something like this: "Good things happen to good people, it's all about this Karma thing."
I've got a great job, my kids are doing better than ever, granddaughter Paige doesn't object too loudly when I hold her, and I have met some incredible people in the past year or so.
Last weekend, I was paying, a barely affordable - to me - $300.00 charge, in order to get my first generation Digital Rebel out of the camera repair shop. [new shutter, good for at least another 10 million shutterings]
I was using 3 different credit cards to pay the bill, when a friend saw me at the counter of the photo place, walked up to me and said something like: "My kids and I love your website, especially the photos of the Groms Gone Wild. Please let me help you to maintain, and hopefully increase, the quality of content of your site. I'd like to donate a new Digital Rebel XT to the effort."
After I picked my chin up off the floor, I took a number of deep breaths and gave him a quick sobriety test - he passed [the sobriety test], and I almost passed out.
He didn't bat an eye at the cost of the camera, his credit card went thru without a hiccup, and now I was the proud owner of a new Digital Rebel XT.
I gave him the repaired Digital Rebel for his kids to use, thanked him profusely, and I ran out of the store like an Adult Grom with a new Adult Toy.
- OUCH -
No mas musings, maybe there is a reason for my life being the way it is -
What's it's all about, I certainly don't know - so I figger, whatever I've been doing for the past few years, maybe I oughta keep doing it [whatever "it" is]
Now that I've unwrapped my musings from around my axle, I ain't gonna worry about behavior modification - I think I'll continue to maintain my place on life's stage as the world's oldest gremmie, err, grom.
Grom BA hopes to see you at The Day At The Beach on Saturday at La Jolla Shores - Ill be running around snapping photos; and on Sunday, for the UCSD Luau at Scripps Pier - I'm manning the Check-In Desk.
Maybe, what I've discovered during this rambling entry, is something that I already knew:
I don't have a lot of $$, and I certainly don't have a lot of time, so I better ensure that I never stop trying to be the best I can be at all times, and that I live each hour of each day to its maximum.
** BA's Liner Notes Two:
The surf has been pretty small for the past couple of days - so I consulted a real surf expert, Al Gore, to get his opinions on the reason[s] for this current run of small surf - and Albert said: "Because of George Bush and his Global Warming Policies, there will NEVER be any surf again, EVER, plus the wind will eternally blow onshore! In fact, you may never even hear surf music again - it's all George Bush's fault!"
Onshore winds and rundown shacks
Tattooed and bulked-up bikers posing as surfers
Beds of lava, making the beach unusable - not fit for man nor beast
Oil tankers destroying the kelp beds
Navy warship's wake, ruining the surf
Fog shrouded sunsets
Nothing blocks traffic better than a 20' long boat broadside on a 15' wide road.BA
A bit of beachfront Beta Testing - The beer's free, now you gotta buy the hangover cure
No wonder the Shores Guys are such good surfers - we start 'em early!
The permanent Mid August thru Mid November fog bank has rolled in, and, for the next 3 months, the sunset will be fog shrouded - who sez there ain't no change of seasons in SoCal?BA
By FAR, the hottest babe on the beach!
I used to climb on these same rocks when I was their age [30000 years ago]
BZ should sponsor Quiggs - I figger when the surf's small, he gets about 1 wave per minute, and I think his average go-out is about 2 hours long -
[I can't decide if Quiggs is emulating Dora or Johnny Fain]
Team AM dominated -
Team AM got it good -BA
Mitch wowed 'em at The Shores -
Note Blond Grom Head - Notice Grom Head going over the falls - Grom gets slammed - Grom gets encouragement from Grom Hunter - Grom goes back out - Groms gotta be tuff around Barrio La Jolla - I gotta give it to the kid - he took a lickin' and kept on tickin'
Voo is as stoked as ever
Some guys have all the luck, CB sez: "Wanna see my artwork?"
I told these hotties I was a professional [photographer] - "Trust Me, I'm a pro!"BA
A beer drinking, football throwing babe - it can't get much better for her boyfriend!
"Sorry Dude, I didn't see you!"
UFOs were buzzing the beach - CB grabbed one, he almost became an abductee -
The locals were hostile, as usual - and the Wind**Sea Tow-In Team was getting ready for a trip to The Cortez.
This guy learned how "Hurts So Good Reef" got its name.
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