Welcome to a Day with BA
"Yesterday is history - Tomorrow is a mystery - And today is a gift..."
I was crying 'cause I was too far from the action to get good photos of a real Bride and Groom [and] Photographers Shower a couple of days agoAnd a cast of thousands: Photo Album 1 - Photo Album 2
so - Jason Stewart's [shameless plug -and I don't even know the guy] friend brought the action a bit closer to home - I'm sure, perhaps, a bit too close for comfort
Anyway - prior to all The Arena excrement - The Shores was an early morning playground the usual gang of suspects;
Tommy - Big Shot Contractor - Ortner
Larry - Cowboy Henderson - Crow and his fellow Team USA Basketball star, Twin Tower Dale
Hotties Jen and Sam
Jack - Faceplant - Cassidy
Michelle - I surf better than my husband does - Connelly
My hair never gets wet Deborah - Plus I surf a lot better than my boyfriend Richard does!
I received my usual "Welcome To Wind**Sea" this afternoon from my friends in The ArenaBA
I knew I shouldda stayed at The Shores - It was pretty good this morning!
"Hey BA - this is Miss Sunshine Surfer - I saw the photos of you in Surfer Mag and in the Ron Stoner Book.While I was listening to the message, I was doing the unthinkable [which is not unusual for me]
I've been trying to find a "mature" surfer to hang around with.
I didn't realize you were THAT mature, but what the heck, since you are an ICON, I'll give it / you a chance, so if you're interested call me at ......."
When I heard the message I ran into a telephone pole - yeah - ALL the utilities in Barrio La Jolla are NOT underground -Well, the connection - at her end - dropped, and the incoming phone number was blocked -
I spilled coffee on my lap - it's a good thing I was still in my wetsuit - the coffee was hot and I might have had to sue McDonald's or Boz wetsuits"And it burns - burns - burns, the ring of fire - The ring of fire"
How 'bout that wind today - even the most vicious of all the seagulls looked for a port in this storm.BA
"Hey BA, from what part of your body are you pulling out all the weird names for your surf spots? We all know that you only surf between Bla**'s and maybe Sou** Bi*d - and these places are in La Jolla. Have you been slugging-down a few gallons of Adults Only Eggnog the past few days?"BA sez:
* Latin for "full of Bacchus," blazing drunk. Bacchus, also known as Dionysus, was the ancient Greek and Roman god of wine and orgiastic drunkeness.
BA Disclaimer #1: I know that I've looked at my photos more than 1 million times this month- which means that there must be at least a couple of others out there, lurking in the cyber-state of Nullibicity.
BA Disclaimer #2: My mom sez she's hit the site more than 450,000 times this month
You know who you are - and you must be getting terrible headaches from looking at the photosor you're reading the dribble I've written [no one in their right or wrong mind would look at the photos AND read the crapola]
[3-D Corrective Glasses soon to be available at LaJollaClassics.com]
Your know who you are - and you're either totally bored, institutionalized, or you're in the process of testing your longanimityAnyway, for next year - my photos ain't gonna get no better, even though the subjects certainly will be [getting better]
[Dysphoria Medication soon to be available at LaJollaClassics.com]
I've been making this walk since about 1959 or 60 or 61 or ??BA
You know what has changed with the waves - NOTHING -
The crowds - WHEW - but -
The local guys - most of whom weren't even BORN when we started surfing Bla**'s - seem to be a pretty darn good group of guys -
In my opinion - whatever that's worth - the waves and the "local vibes" are in good hands -
It's your turn now to keep Blac*'s as one of the premier surfing places between The Boat Launch and Indian Bath Rock.
How cool is it when DAD gets a new board for Christmas - and -BAMom [who surfs better than most of the La Jolla Males] takes the time to photo her kids:Team Yellow Board featured Frontside Saxon - Backside Saxon - Frontside FrappyJunior -
Not so Junior -
And the Little Dude who ain't pequeno no mas
I've warned you kids about trying to catch the first wave of a set - especially when you're surfing by yourself -
If you lose, you just might find yourself just a bit inside - ready for an early morning bomb on one's head?
As always, my surfing Christmas consisted of:Terrible Waves -Some guy at The Shores appeared to be walking on water - could it be the second coming of ... ??
Confrontations with Hostile Locals -
The only early morning redemption I could find were some packages I grabbed from the surfettes -
The fire ring sez it all about the Shores Surf Babes: Caution - HOT!!
After dealing with lousy waves at Fishpoker's and New Jersey Reef - I thought I'd head more south and see how George Bush's Global Cooling Conspiracy was affecting the unfortunate prisoners in The Arena's Penalty Box
It seemed to be getting a little more chilly - are these snowflakes -
Flat Rock Glacier was starting to grow -
Even Garfield, Iditarod's most famous sled dog, had to wear some headgear - garnering a few quizzical looks from his peers -
Not surprisingly, the local[s] welcomed me - as usual -
Grom Hunter and I surfed the Shallow End [almost] by ourselves for a while - he [Grom Hunter] shredded - I got drilledBA
The big kids - including Doctor Karl, Artist George, Brian Boaz and friends were dominating the Deep End of the pool.
Now that I have finally achieved "Local" status in La Jolla [I've been hanging out in the parking lots at The Shores and Wind**Sea for almost 3 months] I agree unequivocally with the local party line that:BAThe Surf's ALWAYS terrible around Christmas - [Evidenced by the photos below]Speaking for myself - how's that for redundancy - I ain't gonna spend another lousy late December in Barrio La Jolla - I'm moving to Buffalo Breath, New York - I know I'll love the mild Mediterranean Climate there.
The Water's ALWAYS Polluted -
The Locals are ALWAYS Hostile -
One of the "things" I try to accomplish on my web pages, is to practice INCLUSION -BA[Maybe I'm still feeling sorry for myself 'cause I could never get tan and look like a real surfer - the only team I got to be a part of was Team Melanoma]More than one or two or three people [the pioneers] contributed to the rich La Jolla history of WindanSea, Mac Meda, The Pumphouse, The Red Mountain Inn, etc.
Likewise, more than one or two or three people have tales to tell about those days.
I guess it kind of bothers me that the one or two or three "Go To" La Jolla Historians, seem to consistently talk about the same people as if they [the pioneers] were the only ones who participated in all of the antics.
The Warden - 22 December 2006 - sent me a list of names to include in THE History Book - I guess I should make sure it is okay with her [The Warden] to submit the names to the public -
Speaking for myself - I can hardly wait to start naming names and taking notes!
By the way - there were MORE waves today - and - GASP - I did not hurt anybody or anything - so far [today]
Late Afternoon Notes:
I heard about the fantastic waves at a secret spot in Minnesota - so I made a speed trip to:Lake Superior's famous North ShoreIt must not be much of a secret, 'cause Kyle Miller was already out in the line-up
I couldn't even get down to the water's edge 'cause of all the ice and snow -
I let Aussie Melinda take two photos with my big shot camera -
In the first photo she tried to highlight my beer belly - but if one looks closely, it's obvious that I have hyper-extended my back, accentuating serious spinal curvature and naturally, gut grossness - BUT - since I am the director and editor of this dribble, I insisted she take one more photo - this time accentuating my Gun[s] of Navarone!
The Corner People were in wonderful form [as always] - taking advantage of the Solstice Sunset and Fine Wine Tasting Party.
AM Notes Hey Mark -
I've been thinking about my collision with you this morning -
It was all Jeff's fault - or maybe it was Snead's fault!
Snead fessed up and said that he encouraged Jeff to take off on the wave -
Maybe if I had looked before taking off I could have avoided ramming you, or if Snead had kept quite, or... ??
Anyway - in the big picture - better your NEW board than your head!
By the way: My new 50 foot Tow-In Professional Model Kook Kord from Wilbur's Kook Shop worked great today - [but not so great for Mark]
Additional AM Notes:
DJ - President of Team Devo Blue Hats as well as being a Big Shot Engineer -
haired out of a baby wave, then stepped up to play Follow Me.
Team Helium played which way is the wind blowing?
Album One [Arena Surfing]BASeven Groms - Seven Little Dudes - all paddle-battling - their total ages add up to less than my age - OUCH -
Sterling practices his walking on water technique for the solstice party tomorrow
Album Two [Arena Surfing]Album Three [Sand In - Sand Out / Rock Climbing Adventures]
Bird Rockers Brotherly Love?
Not Brotherly Love!
The Megalithics dance around THE Alter - tomorrow's their big day!
The Arenians have their own alters -
It pays to be a Joe College Rock Climber if you wanna surf here in the winter
My favorite Rock Stars - Peter and Paul [no Mary] were ripping - John was there tooBA
My favorite Goofy-Foots - Micah and Drew were backsiding as if they were at Backdoor!
My favorite Team Insaners - CJ and Junior - were in and out, up and down!
Big Daddy George was way out there -
North Shore veteran and yet still only a Middle Schooler - Brad had his way with the bombs away
The Mother and Child Reunion was way cool - Debbie and Alex
Tommy Wolfe is a dork Reef was the host to Archie's Lefts Come to The Arena
My favorite student / surfer Carsten was playing hide and seek all afternoon
Sea Bass and Minnow were part of the late afternoon action
Don't feed the flying rats - anywhere - you may become a Rod Taylor and / or Tippi Hedren -
If you've never visited The Arena in the winter, you've never climbed on these rocks -
If you see this line-up in the line-up head for shore!
Shoe fetching at the foot of the stairs - that's gotta be almost a 20 foot drop in - compared 1 foot drop in on the 16th of August
"Now what, BA, the fishwrapper known as the LA JOLLA LIGHT won't publish your letters to Ed - who is Ed by the way - there ain't no Ed shown on their masthead?"BA
Team Nashville is back in town - where is Nashville anyway?
PCH got the wave of his life - well not quite - this wave wasn't too bad from a few days ago at Robertson's - Sorry Paul - Bird Butt Blockage - Save the Sharks - Nuke the Birds - Cut the Kook Cords -
1. More out of focus early morning photos - I'm actually attempting to use more than just the AUTO mode on my cameraBA
2. These guys paddled-out at the storm drain - dudes say: "We ain't afraid of no stinkin' runoff, this is La Jolla, where no one's **** stinks!"
I took one on the head today when I got stuck inside at the Boat Launch, Jackson, WyomingBA
I got pinned - on top of my board - right on the Fire Coral Reef -
It's a good thing I can hold my breath - under stress - for more than 3 minutes
I took a hint from "Jaws" [Hooper sez: "We are going to need a bigger boat"]
I think I need a longer leash
I went to Wilbur's Board House and got a new leash - The Lake Shasta Tow-In Model from Kook Kords International -
The leash has a 48" velcro belt that goes around [barely] my waist - the cord itself is 1.5" in diameter and is 35 feet long!
I ain't never, ever, gonna get held down at the Boat Launch again!
Maybe if you'd wear your 3-D glasses...BA"BA are you still living in some sort of parallel universe? 3-D glasses haven't been popular since the 3-D Decade of 1950 - 1960!"...the photos I took this afternoon might look a bit more in focus - err - better still - don't waste your time! They [the photos, not the surfers] are underexposed and way out of focus!
By the way:
1. Eric, if there is any redemption with a broken board, maybe it's because you were way deep when you took off - Butch and Brud would have been envious of your take off [I've NEVER been that deep]"Hey BA, the photo that Moranville took can't be of you! That guy looks like he actually knows, err, knew, how to surf!"2. The Little Dudes are getting better every day - pretty soon [if not already] they'll be moving up one tier - from annoying [in the lineup] to competitive [with me, for waves]
LJ Shores today
A perfect - I know "perfect" is relative, but I don't ask for much - left comes to me -
On no, a longboard kook on the shoulder I say to myself: "Naw the guy won't go!" Eddie Would Go!! Kook Will Go?? He goes He gets pitched I go below him on the wave Thankfully, his leash was more than 50 feet long His board goes over my head - whew - missed me! I'm stuck inside, maybe I oughta go back out and say a few words of encouragement to shoulder hopping kook
- BUT -
It's time to go in anyway, and it's Christmas time, Peace on Earth, Good Will to All, even kooks - I'm ready to go to work - guy comes in - and apologizes - with the best excuse yet:
"I'm left handed, and I only look to my left when I take off.
I don't look to my right to see if anyone is there." [on his right]
That excuse beats the "Dude, I didn't see you" excuse from here to Tavarua and back!
South End AlbumBA
North End - Middle Grounds - Sunset Album
There were a few Groms Gone Wild at Testosterone's - the perfect place for adolescent males!
Grom Taylor got a jolt of juice at Outside Roseman's
Paul [PCH] got a cliff hanger at Cliff Robertson's
Minnesota Mark sez: "Dude BA, I've ridden gnarlier waves that these in Lake Ontario!"
This morning, in the line-up at The Shores, a La Jolla Grom asks BA a few questions about when he [BA] was a grom, err, a gremmie
BA sez: "Let's start here:"
|BA La Jolla Shores Gremmie @ age 14||Almost any La Jolla Grom @ age 14|
|Item||Date: Dec 1958||Date: Dec 2006|
|Surfboard Length||~ 9'6"||Less than 6'|
|Surfboard Weight||~ 50 pounds||~ 6 pounds|
|Surfboard Core||Balsa Wood||Foam or maybe even just air|
|Wetsuit||None||4/3 SuperStretch Full Suit, Booties|
|Parents' Surf Car||1953 Austin [42 MPG, gas = ~ 25 cents / gallon||2007 SUV [15 MPG, gas = ~ $2.50 / gallon]|
|Surf Leash||None||Comp Model|
|Surf Wax||Parowax - suitable for canning and for male surfers nip*le abrasions||Sticky Bumps / Sex Wax / etc ... suitable for ??|
|Surf Photographers on the beach||None||Always at least 5|
|Surf videos to watch and learn||What's a video?||Endless|
|Cable TV Channels||What's cable TV?||Endless|
|Surf Forecasts via the WWW||You gotta be kidding - Do you mean World War Won?||Endless|
|Surf shops in La Jolla||None||4 at La Jolla Shores alone|
Couldn't do the double session today - daylight hours are a bit too short to surf [1.5 hours] / work [8 hours] / surf [1.5 hours]BA
- SO -
I went to the West End after the sunset today - my first time there -
I wanted to see some of the Mac Meda memorabilia - including the garage sale bomb hanging from the ceiling
I heard that the remainder of Macpherson's ashes were gonna find their final resting place inside the bomb -
I don't know if that's true or not, but from what I know of Macpherson and the rest of the surviving Mac Meda Gang, it sure sounds appropriate.
In order to get to these waves, the easy way, you gotta start here [top secret access]
THEN:You just might get chased by a mutant Harbor SealAll for the fun?? of getting caught inside
And - you may help build Castles in the Sand
Way back, then, the mid fifties to the early sixties, the gulf between the WindanSea "Tribe"Here are some photos from today - Liner Notes, more photos, etc., will be here as I think about 'em.
[I know, it's (Tribe) is way overused, but there is a wonderful simplicity there]and the Shores Tribe seemed as wide as The Grand Canyon [or so it appeared to me]
My goals as a Shores gremmie were:1. Long Term - become a good enough surfer to surf WindanSea without getting beat-up, stuffed into trash cans, etc.There was no way I was gonna EVER be one of them - they were way too cool, too tough, too rough - PLUS - my mother would never have allowed it!
2. Short Term - avoid the WindanSea guys [this was pretty difficult, 'cause La Jolla High School was 7 - 12 grade] at all costs, and most importantly, stay away, way away, from Butch, Tiny Brains, Macpherson, and Rakestraw.
I know that if things today, were as they were about 50 years ago, I would still be uncomfortable around the MacMeda Destruction Company crew -
BUT - I'll bet you that if Macpherson and Rakestraw could have gone back in time to Dodge City in the 1800's they would have fit right in.
I guess in the big picture, Macpherson and the rest of the early WindanSea / MacMeda crew were pioneers -
I, as a Shores gremmie was more like a settler.
Those guys [the pioneers] carved the trails and set the bar [and the bar tabs] very high -
I was lucky enough to be able to go down some of the trails they made - for that, I thank Mac and his band of merry pioneers.
The Seal Crapola Pool Gift Shoppe - BA sez: "I wanna sell t-shirts there too!"Photos for 09 December 2006: The Shaws One The Shaws Two Uptown PM
The tidal wave that almost swallowed a fishing boat - AND - gasp, Mitch
1. We were ready - we got the tow-in stuffBA
2. We felt the Thrill Of Victory!
3. We felt the Agony Of The Feet!
4. We got a few big ones
5. We got a few little ones - even though we had a broken mug -
6. The little ones got some big ones
7. We were offered the traditional "Welcome to La Jolla"
8. We saw waves breaking on reefs that had never - EVER - seen a breaking wave, much less surfed by the brave Lake Erie daredevils!
9. The Surf Wives were praying that their husbands would return from the sea - ALIVE - their solemn faces echoed the fear they felt in their hearts
10. Luckily, the line-up was uncrowded
11. Jake wore his camouflage wetsuit for stealth surfing - Jake sez: "No one will DARE hack me, if I'm wearing my Hurley Stealthsuit!"
The Seal Crapola Pool Gift Shoppe - BA sez: "I wanna sell t-shirts there too!"
The tidal wave that almost swallowed a fishing boat - AND - gasp, Mitch
The Gulch only breaks one or two times per year - one can never prepare for this type of extreme surfingBA
The Gulch is located between The Lounge and Sandy's - very difficult to even paddle-out there
Nick feels the pain when The Gulch squashed him like a bug
JoJo sez: "Chicks dig me 'cause I surf!"
Patrick back doors the front door - Nick is bent over in pain -
Ian's out to show Laird that Ian doesn't even need a board to hydro-plane on the open ocean patent pending: Ian's HandroPlaning
Eric and Lucas skate across the sea snake breeding grounds
Eric encourages a co-risk taker to try to ride a Gulch close-out
The Groms - of all sizes - are preparing for the 30.2' waves that are expected to hit Lake Cascade, Idaho on Saturday at 1:05 PMBA
But first - all groms must go thru a rigorous screening and training program:1. They gotta be this tallThis is why I never throw a party - nobody EVER attends 'em - I spent the big $$ on furniture rentals
2. They gotta wait in line at the shallow end
3. The gotta learn about sharing waves with women
4. They can't drink the water - if they do so, they lose their legs, or develop feet so large they can walk on water
5. They gotta learn how to perform the one handed butt slide dismount
6. The gotta learn how to smile for the camera
7. They ARE NOT supposed to make fun of old photos of ME!
The Green Flash is as mythical as a Unicorn or a Snipe Hunt
Hanging-on to avoid the Fire Coral encrusted reef at Tommy Wolfe's
Escaping from the Penalty Box
Banned from the Penalty Box
Dressed for success in the Penalty Box
Saluting another day of good surf in Boise - and hoping that someday the view of the sunset will be clear of smokestacks and oil rigs.
Team Hurley introduced the newest Hurley Boy Model / look for Spring '07 - much to the appreciation of The Lot PeopleBA
Lucas discovered a new surfing spot as he navigated thru the tide pools in Alaska
Lucas was joined by a Tide Pool-ette, braving the mid winter big chill
Tyler has become one of THEM
Timmy Bessell styled his way to the beach at sunset
BA lost another one to the new Arena Alpha Male
Another flat day, as always, at New Jersey Reef.
My day started with a visual comparison of Wind**Sea versus The Shor*s [applicable today only]BA
A lost board at Wind**Sea may end-up here - at The S*ores, it goes here
Forester Thom defies death on this take-off, Jenn scoffs at danger of this nasty wipe-out
Forester Thom challenges the surf gods with a back door barrel ride, and in a foam storm tube - A Shore* girl strikes the perfect noseriding pose
Sho*es Boy BA feels very safe on the beach - dressed for success or lack thereof [Photo by Speed of Light Comstock]
I ended my day by attending another great Wind**Sea Surf Club event - our 2006 Christmas Party.
If someone had told me - back in 1962 - that Club members [and Club officers] would include families, responsible adult - and not so adult - males, and beautiful / responsible women I probably would have put that idea into my "yeah, sure list"
Things have changed for The Club - for the better - I think - over the past 44 years or so.
- AND -
I just gotta say - for approximately the 6,789,061.059387612344556 time - how proud I am to still be a [dues paid up] member, to be a living ex-president, and to still be surfing at Wind**Sea without getting picked-on [too often]!
My lack of photo taking / editing skills is legendary, so any photos that you don't like, please let me know, I'll take it / them out of the album before I put the album on the Club's site.
These photos were the pick of the litter - you shoulda seen the 456.0821 others that didn't make the cut.
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