Welcome to a Day with BA - Entries for Month: May
"Yesterday is History - Tomorrow is a Mystery - And Today is a Gift..."
PM 1 Grom Ian NEVER drops in on anyone! |BA
PM 3 Matty sez: "How big is this whomper?"
AM Action Starring: Chris Bonner | Shane Bonner | Bobby Bonner, err Plumber Bob | Jay | Jeff | Tad and a cast of 10,001BA
All Photos by Mike Bonner
AM 6 - Better run - a rare Tsunami hits The Arena
Ship Of Fools 1 -
As it was [Same As It Ever Was] when I was a kid: The Cool One [calling 911] | The Instigator[s] | The InstigatedAttention surf parents: I DID NOT encourage this behavior [no animals were harmed in the filming of this adventure]
Ship Of Fools 2 -
Nick sez: "Chicks dig me 'cause I surf!" | Surf dog got left behind | Mark sez: "I gotta deal with kooks AND boats in the line-up?" | Instigated sez: "Nick, gimme my boat back!"
Arena 1 - Did we have fun today!BAWe started by helping Lucy and Petey chase squirrels | We looked at Mikey's boo-boo | Snead even got stuck in a global warming / global cooling induced snow storm | Don't Hack [under penalty of severe pounding] Jay demonstrated true longboard style | BA sez: "Hey Jay, better look out for the guy on the blue board - he ran me over about 30 minutes ago!" | Linda sez: "Hey Booger, I'm going left!" [actually she's way too nice to say anything - she leaves that to her mean err, very kind to boogers husband]Arena 2 - The fun continued with:Rescue 911 | A cool '51 Ford | Retiree - Double Dipper - Pete with time for a left | A Tail Slide by Grom LucasArena 3 - More fun in the fog:Lucas sez: "Hey BA - did ya get that last wave?" | This was not a good ideaArena 4 - Zac joins the funGrom Jacob sez: "Chicks dig me 'cause I surf!" | Even the best fall off, occasionallyArena 5 - Grom Brad joins the fun
Grom Erik sez: "If BA can do it, so can I!" | Ian Rotgans NEVER has any fun | Grom Nick sez: "How's this for a cutty?"Arena 6 - Hang 5 [well not quite] joins, err, ruins the fun?
BA sez: "Hey Larry, maybe you oughta look where you're going!" | Surf Hottie sez: "Hey BA, you left your pillow out in the line-up | If Larry had turned around, he would have seen Jeremy in a in a bit of a tangleArena 7 - Welcome to Zac'sGrom Jacob sez: "The bigger they are, the harder they fall!" | Jeremy sez: "BA, I hope you got a photo of this wave, the largest I've EVER ridden - Arena waves make Macaronis look like Tourmaline!"PM Arena 1 -BA sez: "Welcome to Better Turn Around Reef" | BA sez: "Welcome to This Is Gonna Hurt Reef!" | BA sez: "Hey Johnny, Welcome to Gumby Tryouts Reef!"
Hey Snead - Some Boogers are people too | Is it Bub or Tony Staples? | Surfing can't be this easy - "Hey BA - Maybe it's the singer and not the song!"BA
Arena 1 - MBA Mikey streaks into The Arena at 5:30 AMBA
Arena 2 - Grom Brady's Wave Claim | Grom Brady sez: "BA, [please] don't post this photo!"
Just in - One - Dateline The Arena:BA's Liner Notes:
Grom Joey took it for the team on his leg! A rabid Morey Eel came out of his cave deep within the bowels of Slip and Slides. The eel took dead aim on Grom Bub, but Grom Joey to the rescue.
He [Joey] offered his leg to the the toothy critter, and the eel took the bait [a dead eel washed up this morning near Slip and Slides - a visiting veterinarian said it appeared the eel died from the ingestion of Grom Skin].
All the groms owe Joey a big Thank You for his bravery! This photo of Joey's leg is only for those with a strong constitution, an iron stomach, and better yet, poor eyesight.======Just in - Two - Dateline The spacious offices of A Day With BA dot Com:
I used to wish that I had the balance to take-off on FoamBalls and stand-up. Well, I never achieved the required balance, so I kindda gave up on BallingFoam, err, FoamBalling.
- BUT -Now that I have joined the ranks of Half Men [at least I'm not a Flat Man] balance, at least in my case, is not as important as the ability to laugh at danger.
This morning I caught the FoamBall of a lifetime.
Naturally, Matt from SurfInside did not capture the moment on film, but someone actually witnessed the event - He or she sent my crack publishing team this email - Please bear in mind, we did not make-up the following email - we're not that clever - proving again that fact is stranger than fiction!
"Dear adaywithba.com publishers,
You write a lot about Foam-Ball riding and I have been working hard on it, but today I saw a master Foam-Ball rider catch arguably the best Foam-Ball wave I have ever seen.
The ride revealed the essential nature of what makes a great Foam-Ball ride and compelled me to write.
The Rider (4 key personality traits): patience, seasoned wave experience, unbridled stoke and, above all, no shame.
Wave selection: Waves cannot be breaking top to bottom - must pick a roller with maximum foam depth. Best waves break midway down the face.
The Setup (critical): line up slightly inside everyone else and paddle like a little-girl.
The Ride: Hold on and make it out the bottom.
Today the undeniable Foam-Ball Master of Southern California showed how it was down. Planting himself squarely in the way of the pack, he turned too late to get into the wave swelling behind him, so the wave pitched and
rolled weakly just underneath his position.
His half-hearted paddle left him trailing behind the ball, but with a surge in the wave, the foam ball thickened propelling him deep into the ball from behind the peak. Most onlookers assumed he would pop-up flailing, board flopping and screaming for rescue as usual.
But he preserved.
Moments later he was squeezed out the bottom of the ball like a pimple, arms raised in a triumphant claim of victory.
daywithba.com readers, if you ever get a chance to watch this Foam-Ball Master, William Andrews of La Jolla
DO NOT pass it up."
AM 1 The Arena, AKA Teddy's Reef and AeroSpace Technology meets Shores Technicians [Mad Jack, Tim Bessell, Josh Hall, Terry Goldsmith, South Coast John, Hangar 94 Milo, Deborah, Richard and a cast of thousands including Booger Babes and A Cat In The HatBA
PM 1 The Arena, AKA Harley's Reef
PM 2 The Arena, AKA Balance Beams AKA Randy's Reef
PM 3 The Arena, AKA Lobster Doug's Reef
PM 4 The Arena, AKA Dips and Squats AKA Josh's Place
AM Drama provided by a stingrayBA
PM Drama provided by Groms - Far From Home - Gone Wild
PM Drama averted by the lifeguards who kept beginners out of the rip - a thankless - but necessary job!
[The groms assured me that the location of this afternoon's great surf would remain Top Secret]
South Wind - North Wind Swell: Album 1
South Wind - North Wind Swell: Album 2
AM The Shores and the day after the Children's, err, the Seal Pool Cleanup EffortsBA
- PLUS -
I owe the volunteers who spent hours on Saturday cleaning-up crapola at Seal Crapola Pool a big apology - and I have another of my lame excuses:
I took about 200 digital photos of your clean-up efforts at the Seal Pool on Saturday. The last photo I took was of the Harpy who, I guess, is one of many who are responsible for the change of Children's Pool to the Seal Crapola Pool - Maybe if hadn't taken her photo, my photo card would not have self destructed - Anyway - you guys did a great job - Thank you for all of your efforts - and I hope you took long hot showers and doused yourselves with disinfectant after you left the party - by the way - who won the award for finding the largest, most fossilized seal t**d?It's pretty hard to argue facts against emotions - good luck - and I hope Debbie's Plan works out as some sort of compromise.
Anyway - back to the fun stuff:Sebi's B-Day 1
Sebi's B-Day 2
Sebi's B-Day 3
Sebi's B-Day 4
Sebi's B-Day 5
Sebi's B-Day 6
Sebi's B-Day 7
Album 1: Mickey sez: "Welcome to LJ Shores"BA
Album 2: Brady sez: "Why is everybody always pickin' on me?"
Album 3: Jimmy sez: "Hey BA, is this the biggest wave EVER ridden in The Arena?"
Album 4: Tomas sez: "Hey BA, watch this!"
Album 5: Brady sez: "Hey BA I grew a moustache, now I can switchfoot better than you!"
Tryouts For Team Gumby
[Team Director Chip would not even let me attempt to give it a go - he said that I would get stuck somewhere with my head up my *** and never be able to move again]
Otter Rocks 1
Otter Rocks 2
Just In: Team Fuji Disposable Camera photos from 15 May 2007BA
Today's Photos: Wildlife at La Jolla Shores
Photos Include [among others] Arena Stars:BA
Joey | Johnny | Sebi | Lucas | Zac | Patrick - Sebi - Taylor - Brendo | Way Cool Surf Mom
A. You are not ready to mix it up with the guys on the outside.1. If you do choose to sit inside, you gotta be prepared to stay out of the way of surfers sitting outside of you. They will be catching bigger, and perhaps, much more critical waves than you will on the inside. It doesn't matter if you're sitting inside or attempting to get out of the way of the surfers already riding the wave...you're just an obstacle [speed bump / buoy] to the completion of their ride.
B. You like the inside because maybe you can catch more waves.
Arena Surfing 1BA
Arena Surfing 2
Arena Surfing 3
Slip and Slides 1
Slip and Slides 2
Non-Local Groms attempt to come ashoreBA
They [the NLGs] get:Pelted with Elephant Seal DungWay Cool Groms cool the hazingThey [NLGs] try to fight backBut they are still pushed
King Grom Welcomes All To Wind**Sea for more of the same
The NLGs finally make it [safely?] ashore
Whew -Grom Acceptance - It may not be easy, but it's the way it has always been and at least for my lifetime [I hope] will always be.
Album 1 - Grom ErikBA
Album 2 - Hunter | Brian | Battling B's [Brad- Brian]
Album 3 - Grom Vs Grom
Album 4 - Jacob's calling for a DQ | Grom Dunk [apparently Might does make Right]
Album 5 - Welcome to Wind**Sea | Grom Alex
Album 6 - Grom Lucas
Album 7 - Grom Johnny
Published by: Groms Gone Wild dot Com Press
Publisher: Grom Ian
Photos By: Grom Ian [using the BA Super Camera - Manual Focus - No Zoom]
Art Director: Grom Ian
Creative Director: Grom Ian
Editor: Grom Ian
Semi Alert Censor: Grom BA
Intern: Grom BA
Volume 1 Number 1
Volume 1 Number 2
A1 Starring: Forester Thom | Limo Peter - Limo Ricky [these guys can drive AND surf, good guys to have on your side]
A2 Starring: The Ship of Fools | Salvage Master
Arena 1 - Starring: Grom Sebi | Grom Jacob
Arena 2 -
Peru Grom | Grom Sebi | Grom Patrick | Grom Joey | Peru Grom 2 | Semi Wave Claim | Sebi's Sponsor Pimpage
Arena 3 -
The No-No Sign | No-No Sign Enforcement | Grom Jacob | Grom Tyler | Arena Dog vs Brazil Boys | Welcome to KerryLand | Team Peru
Taylor's Photos - The only "Deleted" photos in Taylor's Album were a few of ME offending, err, offering the traditional "Welcome To Wind**Sea!"BA
Starring: Wave Claim | Grom Ian | Grom BA | Grom Skippy | Groms Warren and Jacob
In defense of Taylor's [and my] photo skills, or lack thereof - The "Auto-Focus" gizmo in my camera and / or lens, is not working - so one has gotta manually focus the stupid camera - it ain't easy.BA's Photos Album 1 - Starring: Sunrise - The Arena | Sunrise - The Shores
Additionally, Taylor is 16 years old, and obviously, his interests, unlike mine, have a tendency to drift away from the task at hand - The TASK: Taking thousands of out of focus and under / overexposed surfing [ONLY] photos -I guess the ability to stay [manually] focused is what separates the true pros [like I am] from the amateurs [like Taylor is]?
BA's Photos Album 2 - Starring: Rescue 911 | Team Bulky Boy
Album 1 Starring: Carter | BrianBA
Album 2 Starring:
Album 3 Starring:
Album 4 Starring:
Album 5 Starring:
Album 6 Starring:
Album 7 Starring:
Album 8 Starring:
Starring: A mutant Kelp Ball [another reason not to drink the water]
REMOVE the worst from the worst, upload the balance - this BA method of editing is far easier than trying to KEEP the best of the worst - after all, photo storage is cheap, and I've learned how to pad my hit count [as if the hit count were important]Buried somewhere in the photos below, is a way far from home member of the Pittsburgh Hells Angels and the injury of the day - waaa, another near death experience for BA.
John Noris took some of the photos in Album 1, so blame him not me!
By the way - one -I ran into Retiree Mike and I discussed my timeline with him. My dates are totally dorked, so I gotta start taking notes again of names, faces, and dates.Great to see you in the Arena Line-up Reed!
[I thought, almost 50 years ago, that an El Spantaneo, Quasimoto, Dead Cockroach, Reverse Coffin, Hang Ten, Drop-Knee Turn, were the apex surfing maneuvers - today's Arena surfers are performing maneuvers that I couldn't have even imagined, much less drawn with my primitive stick figures when I was day dreaming away my days at La Jolla Junior Senior High School]I'm sure that anyone who suffers thru the experience of reading my daily dribble about how proud and honored I am to still be even a minor part of La Jolla Surfing Community, must be ready to jump off the cliff at Black's, but I just gotta say it - WHEW - glad I'm still doing it, considering some of the other, more long term, options.
Album 1 - Starring: Locals - and Reed -BA
Album 2 - Starring: Locals
Album 3 - Starring: Locals - and Reed -
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