Welcome to a Day with BA - Month: April
"Yesterday is History - Tomorrow is a Mystery - And Today is a Gift..."
Note 1. Otter Rocks:BAThere is a world of difference between kids who grow up around the surf - kids who surf and swim regularly in fairly dangerous waters - kids whose water skills are sharpened by the type of play the La Jolla Otters are exhibiting at Otter Rocks today; and those kids who may have never even been in the ocean in their lives.Note 2. The Arena - can't remember a couple of the other stars' names - that's why I gotta start a Wind**Sea High School Annual.
I can speak from my own experiences growing up around the ocean - before we were 14 years old, we knew every rock, reef, tidepool, within bicycle range of our houses - we understood the tides, currents, wave action. If we had lived in the desert, or mountains, we would have been doing the same type of exploring, different geography, but our adventures would have been equally as exciting.Album 1 - Starring: Ian | Jacob | Mikey | Andrew | Zac | Will
Album 2 - Starring: Zac | Mikey | Battling Groms [Warren & Jacob] | Lucas
Album 3 - Starring: Ian | Andrew | Zac |
Otter Rocks - Starring: Warren | Jacob | Lucas
The AM Fiasco Starring: John Snead | Hey, Bobby, better turn aroundBA
By the way - I gotta confess, as usual I did get caught inside today - and I did ditch my board -
I got dragged backwards all the way to where Snead was paddling out - Snead sez: "BA, you see that guy out there ditch his board?"
BA sez: "That guy was me, and yes, I am starting to cry like a little gi, errrr, a little baby!"Dudes - the wave that broke on my head was at least a 300 foot [BA Scale] wave, [Hawaiian Scale, probably closer to a 3 foot wave]Luckily for me, Matt, the big shot from Surf Inside dot Com, told me the ONLY photo he took of me this morning was the one where I was ditching my board - and he assured me that he would not post the photo - WHEW - thanks, Matt!
 Beach [Slavin Photo] Marshalling for La Jolla Shores Surfing Association's Menehune Surfing Contest - Not many photos, photo card is somewhere in The Arena - John Slavin will have some great photos of the event these are just a preview: 1 2 3BA
 85th Anniversary Celebration at La Jolla High School - No photos, card is somewhere in The Arena
 Almost ANOTHER tragedy at Flat Rock:
After I left the Big Shot Celebration at LJHS, I went to The Arena for another adventure [every day I surf is an adventure either for me or those who dare to get close to me] The waves were pretty good too, so after my Rescue Dash: Arena Surfing Starring: Team Headhunter | Team Indy
First stop was The Penalty Box, and I could not believe that some dad had taken his two kids out on to Flat Rock -
There was a bit of surf and the tide was coming in -
Dad allows one kid to go out on the ledge above the Native American Totem
Wave washes the kid off the ledge
I threw my camera down, emptied my pockets of the EIGHT gig card and a spare Canon battery, and I was ready to jump into the water
The kid got washed all the way around the rock and climbed back up on top of the rock.
Naturally, I couldn't see the kid from where I was, but others did, and there were suddenly a lot of potential rescuers, including the lifeguard all the way from The Shack.
Final Result[s](a) The kid was okay, (b) I got more photos of parental idiocy, (c) and all it cost me was my 8 gig card and battery - I mustta given them [the pocket contents] quite a toss in my dash to the kid [if anyone finds an 8 gig card and a Canon battery, please return them, I'm pretty easy to find]
PM Album 1 - Starring:
PM Album 2 - Starring:
PM Album 3 - Starring: Waterfall Follies
"This bull does straight-out murder," said Keary Sorenson of Sebastopol, a former surfer who volunteers for government and nonprofit agencies in Sonoma County. "A week ago, I saw him chase down a female harbor seal, use chest blows to crush her, then bare his upper canine teeth and drive them down onto her head and back."All I can say is if animals [non-human] can be charged with murder, you're gonna need a lot more jails.
"Nuke the harbor seals, save Nibbles, save the sharks!"BA
Photos By Jacky 1BA
Photos By Jacky 2
Photos By BA 1
Photos By BA 2
Photos By BA 3
Photos By BA 4 - Starring: Lucas at Boat Wakes
Album 1 Starring: Jacob's Dad | Teddy - Why did I drink all that coffee this morning - CBA
Album 2 Starring: Taylor's Dad
Album 3 Starring: Birth Control Reef Claims Another Victim | Ian | Air Grom Lucas | Air Emery | Air Ian
Album 4 Starring: Another Lousy Bird Rock Sunset | Wave Claim at The Lounge
Starring: Ian | Peter Wave Loch | Eric | Josh and a supporting cast of thousandsBA
Starring: Proud Surf Dad Patrick | Team JackieBA
Not Starring: My camera - the "Auto Focus" motor went out on either my lens or camera - now what?
I need all the "Auto" stuff possible for my photo-ing - maybe I'll just go back to Waterproof Fuji Disposables [cameras that is]
La Jolla Shores in the morning - Starring:BADJ and Go Go Gomez [Go-Go Demonstrates the Classic Velzy Nose Tweak]Sand In Sand Out in The Arena - Starring:The results of Global Warming or maybe Global Cooling or maybe 'cause of the swamp gas [victim] expelled by all the rescued Harbor Seals?Surfing at South Otters - Starring: Eric and friends
The Groms were bank sliding at Otters - These are the same rocks that I played on more than 50 years ago -Otters 1Some of son Eric's baseball students were dueling at La Jolla High's Baseball Field.
Otters 2Jimmy Filter is a heck of surfer and baseballer | Jimmy's mom [Cecilia] and Eric | Shameless Pimpage: Shop Cecilia's Bird Rock BikiniMore afternoon surf at South Otters - Starring:
A whale was just outside the line-up - pretty rare sight.
Peter Wave Loch
Not bad surf this morning - the crack photo journalists from SurfInside.com were on the spot - luckily Lake Murray doesn't get this good very often.BA
AM LJ Shores
Album 1 Sand In - Sand Out Starring: Timmy and his new friendsBA
Album 2 Starring: Ian Vs The Grand Canyon | Welcome to Wind**Sea
Album 3 Starring: Ian's Remarkable Recovery from a Near Death Experience on Censored Reef
Album 4 Starring: Mutant Bird Rock Pelican
Album 1 - Starring: Sand In - Sand Out | Grom Skippy Vs Mutant Pelican | Grom Jacob
Album 2 - Starring: Grom - I made this wave - Lucas | Mini Bulky Boy | Large Grom Brad | Adam | El Cajon Surf Spy
Album 3 - All Photos By Celebrity Surf Photographer Grom Joey - Starring:
Grom Erik | Grom Skip's Wave Claim | Grom Bub | Grom Big Bad Brad
Album 4 - All Photos By Celebrity Surf Photographer Grom Joey - Starring:
Grom Lucas | Grom - lend me a hand - Jacob | Grom Lucas [again] | Grom Skip
Album 5 - All Photos By Celebrity Surf Photographer Grom Joey - Starring: Grom Jacob | Grom Patrick
Album 6 - Starring:
Grom Abuse | Minnesota - the great lakes rule - Mark | Peter Wave Loch | Tony Surfs the Hard Rock Barrel | Grom Patrick
Album 1 - Starring: Early AM drama at The Cove | Jacob | Ian | Sand In Sand Out | Polliwogs, err, GromiwogsBA
Album 2 - Starring: Tyler | Jacob | Dancing with A Star | Brady - BEFORE - Getting Rammed
Album 3 - Starring: Brady - AFTER - Getting Rammed | Mike | Peter Wave Loch | Zac | Rasta John
Album 4 - Starring:
Mini Bulky Boy | Peter Wave Loch | Matty sez: "Hey Ryan, follow me - as long as you're with me, the locals won't pick on you!"
Today's Stars Include:BA
Hostile Locals - The Shros and Pittsburgh John
PM - Starring: Mini Bulky Boy | Brian Boaz | Minnesota Mark | Rasta John | Tim and Kyle KesslerBA
AM - La Jolla Shores Starring: The EM & TG Dance | Sam | Jack Cassidy | JP | Matt - and a support cast of thousands
AM Starring: Keil MBA
PM 1 Starring: Jacob - Welcome to Wind**Sea - Andrew W - Brad and Friend
PM 2 Starring: Ryan B - Emery
PM 3 Starring: Peter WaveLoch - Tim Graham - Emery - John and Linda
PM 4 Starring: Ryan B - Zac - Colburn - Skippy - Chicks Dig Me ['cause I Surf] Wave Claim - Mickey
PM 5 Starring: Welcome to Wind**Sea - George
PM 6 Starring: Ryan B - Rasta John -
I could not afford the initial investment in training and equipment.Case in point:
I couldn't take the pressure of not having the photos meet the expectations of the client.
1. Pretty blown-out this afternoon - so I figger I'd snap a few photos and then go to my palace in Bird Rock and try for the 10,123,179th time to organize the photos in this lousy website.I offered to do a re-shoot, but I don't think that's gonna happen.
2. Just as I'm leaving The Lot I start to watch a surf babe set-up shop under The Shack - she got my attention
3. Turns out, Simone is from Brazil, and she wants to shoot a mini video of her visit to Wind**Sea and upload it [the video] to YouTube.
4. Being the nice guy I am, I offer to help - I'll shoot the video with her camera [of course I've never shot video before, much less with a point and shoot camera]
5. Anyway, CB wanted to help, too - CB took this photo of Simone and me - she [Simone] tried to escape like this one and her friend, but couldn't break away.
6. To make a long story short - I thought I did a pretty good job of videoing - we actually did 3 takes
7. CB the Roadie
8. Turns out I didn't do a very good job - the gentle part of the email from Simone:
BILL!!! YOU DIDN'T RECORD THE MOVIE!!!
I wanted to spend some quality time with my surf buds in The Lot - SO - I loaned my camera to Jackie, err, Jacke, err, Jacque, err, Jacky.More of my out of focus - under exposed - over exposed photos:
She wanted to take a few photos of her surfing schoolmates at The Rock. She started with a few Arena photos and then she headed south.
Summer, err, Somer, err, Sumer was Jacky's very capable assistant.
Note on J's Photos:
1. I told J that I would not delete any photos she took - so being true to my word - I didn't even the delete the photos of ME - ouch - I never shouldda given her shutter control.J1 Starring: Joe Roper - Dan Ryan -
J2 Starring: Grom Ian - Not Where You Want To Be -
A 1 Starring: The Shores - The Fishery - South ForbiddensBA
A 2 Starring: Grom Hunter - Tommy Wolfe is a dork Reef Bombs
A 3 Starring: Tom
"Hey BA - we didn't see you out in the water today, were you too scared to paddle-out? Are you turning into one of those Bench of Despair / 10,000 Reasons Why I Didn't Surf Today babies?"
I said in my big shot TV Interview that when I feel that I'm in the way, or if I'm a hazard to the good surfers in the water, I'm staying on shore.
Today was one of those days -
By the time I got there [the place north of Seaweed Gulch] late in the afternoon, I didn't want any part of it!
I was very content to stay safe and dry on the bluff and watch the La Jolla surfers perform like I only wish I could have when I was their age!
Even Groms were pulling into some bombs - and I think that Groms Patrick and Taylor caught some of the biggest waves I saw there.
BA's Liner Notes:
PM 1 Starring: Was the pleasure worth the pain? - Grom Ian? - Grom Joey - And MoreBA
PM 2 Starring: Grom Patrick? - Gulch Mush - Booger Salad - And More
PM 3 Starring: Grom Taylor - And More
PM 4 Starring: More and More
PM 5 Starring: More and More
PM 1 - Starring: LJ Shores Wave Claim - Lifeguard Mark - Grom Gathering - Teddy - I ain't no Shores Guy - CassidyBA
PM 2 - Starring: Lifeguard Mark - Grom Nick - Grom Erik
PM 3 - Starring: Grom Nick - Peter Wave Loch - Lifeguard Mark - Harley
PM 4 - Starring: Zac - K i before e or is it e before i except after c l Miller - Grom Jon
PM 5 - Starring: Grom Jon - Joe, err, Marco, College - Dad Andrew
AM South Wind Shores Starring: Jack - Mad Jack - Tommy OrtnerBA
PM Reef Bombs
More Waves - AND -
Surf Stars Included: Team Bessell - Jon - Marco sez: "This is how I surf at The Lane" - Bird Rock Mutant Pelican
Among Today's Action: Arthritic Point Ripper - Dale - Eddie - Teddy - Boards break/ The stoke doesn'tBA
AM - Starring: MBA Mike - Bird - Devon - JeffBA
AM 1 Starring: Devon - Scot - Phil - Kit -BA
PM 1 Starring: Roger - Ian - The Artist Known as E-Rock - John Slavin -
PM 2 Starring: Erik - Ian - Derek - Roger - Scot B - Kevin - Joey - Teddy Cassidy - Junior - Warren & Lucas - Lifeguard Mark
PM 3 Starring: Shorebreak Bomb - Alex - Deborah - Deborah - Matty sez: "Chicks Dig Me 'Cause I Surf!" - Lucas sez: "Chicks Dig Me 'Cause I Surf!"
PM 4 Starring: E-Rock - George & Derek - Kevin -
PM 5 Starring: Mark Ruhle - Roger - Flying Fish - Joey
PM 6 Starring: Roger - Aaron - Kit - Mickey
PM 7 Starring: Escapee From CMH - Andrew - Mark Ruhle - JPM - Teddy Cassidy - John - Judge B - Joey - Ian - Jason
AM 1 - Starring: John Snead | Rabid LJ Shores DolphinGroms Joey and his friend were surfing Groms Gone Wild Reef today, [AKA Ratland] and they get IT and they're not even teenagers yet:
PM 1 - Starring: Andrew A
PM 2 - Starring: Jon Roseman
PM 3 - Starring: Nine Tried for this wave
PM 4 - Starring: Scot Boaz and his message to his [potential] rescuers
PM 5 - Starring: Joe Roper
I saw them get caught inside a couple of times -BA
Instead of behaving like some, err, most of the caught insiders, they took the waves on their heads!
They didn't paddle for the shoulder and get in anyone's way!
They took it [the wave] like everyone stuck inside should do - hang on - stay off the shoulder -
It's like this:The surfer who is riding the wave towards the inside is riding the UNBROKEN part of the wave - the exciting part of the ride - not the foamball [only beginners and I ride foamballs]If you're stuck inside, take it [the wave] on the head so the surfer on the wave doesn't have to worry about avoiding a shoulder paddling kook!
Stay of of their way -
Let them ride the wave - you'll get your turn - maybe - someday -
PM 1 Starring: Teddy Cassidy - and a cast of thousands, including...BA
PM 1 Starring: Joey - Lucas - Raw Skinner - Timmy Bessell - JPBA
PM 2 Starring: Andrew - Ricky and a Raw Skinner - Raw Skin Hotties
AM 1 Starring: Welcome to The Shores - Heidi sez: "I NEVER have any fun!" - Mitch"Hey BA, we heard your name - Bill Andrews - ranks Number One in Google Search. How can that possibly be - there's a Bill Andrews dot com and you're beating him - and he's got a real business!"BA sez: "It's simple when you know how to play the game - If you're as kind to all living things as I am - you get these guys on your team!"
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