|Welcome to a Day with BA - July 2010|
"Yesterday is History - Tomorrow is a Mystery - And Today is a Gift..."
Even I, a proud dues paying member of Team Melanoma, like to see the sun, occasionally.BA
This summer - finally - some sun in the afternoon and a Penalty Box sunset.
This is the 10th year of Scot Cherry's dream of teaching Special Surfers how to Ride The Wild Surf.BA
The WindanSea Surf Club has been involved since the first event and today we had our largest turnout - EVER - of Special Surfers and volunteers.
It's pretty amazing to watch the Club Members, Volunteers, and the Special Surfers all enjoying a wonderful day of surfing and friendship.
One can see a tear or two [sometimes] on even the most "hard core" of our surfers when they see the joy on the faces of our Special Surfers!
I can only speak for myself - thank you - thank you - club members, volunteers, the Special Surfers and their families!
I have been warning surfers for years that the La Jolla Shores Stingrays are getting more and more bold - AND - the venom on their barbs has become lethal - yesterday's news - and I'm paraphrasing it a bit:BA
More Than 160 La Jolla Shores Surfers Stung By Stingrays - 25 Sting Victims Taken To Hospital and later died.
I, for one, will not be surfing The Shores until the stingray spawn is over, sometime in September. In the mean time, I'll stay at Tourmaline or Poche.
AM Photos at Death by Stingrays Beach Featuring: Worldwide Attention | This person was attacked by a Flying Stingray | Hostile Local Cody | Most Hostile Local
The smart ones took the experts' advice: "Leave The Shores - Go to Tourmaline!"
AM Photos Tourmaline 1 | AM Photos Tourmaline 2 | PM Photos Tourmaline
A virtual who's who of legendary La Jolla Shores Locals who now call Tourmaline home: Scot | Jeremy | JP
This photo [if one has a vivid imagination] actually shows how uneven the bottom is at The Shores.BA
Pretty unusual for this time of year - PLUS - even with the surf this small, there is a very strong south to north current - way weird...
AND - 58 degree water!
Gotta be Bush's fault - I think he must be in the wetsuit business along with Cheney - gotta love petroleum based businesses!
Typical BA photos - Out of focus, grainy, eyeball killing: Macadamia Neal | Unix Doug | Jeff at the only speed he knows - High Speed | Rorschach TestBA
Escapee from Scripps [Pier, not Hospital]BA
Today's main topic of conversation in the line-up:BA
Guest Instructors should have been:
Butch Van Artsdalen
It's always a pleasure to witness a true La Jolla Shores local, shed, tear and lacerate the biggest The Shores can serve up.BA
Phil only surfs The Shores, and it's easy to see that the kid sure has it wired!
Yesterday, I posted the photo below on my Facebook page -BA
John is one of my favorite surf buds and I was hoping that he just might see some humor in my tasteless comments.
I have to be careful what I say about The Snead - he's young, tough, and could squash me like a bug -
Here's a photo illustrating the true size of The Snead.
Anyway, the comments I received on Facebook have ignited the fire in me, again.
New calling: Applying for tax exempt status for my Church of The Open Sky and Surf Rabble Rousing - Doctrine to follow
I'm sure I'll be able to focus more clearly on The Doctrine after I surf with 6,000,098,123.5 of my best friends today -
Lottsa hostile locals today - two months of south wind and overcast conditions are making them more than a bit restless.
Hostile | Very Hostile | Most Hostile
Another history making day for me -BA
I've always wondered when THE man among men would step up and dare to go RIGHT at Crow-Dog's Lefts.
A visitor from Toad Land asked me if it were possible to survive if one went right at CDL's.
I'm always willing to share my local knowledge with visiting surfers, so I said of course.
The sting ray spawn is over, and the fire coral reef was recently destroyed by the latest oil leak in the gulf. I encouraged the visitor, Harold Reid, I believe is his name, to give it a shot - and - if he would sign my model release - I'd battle thru the locals - all of whom were chanting "NO PHOTOS - LOCALS ONLY" and attempt to photograph the effort.
As luck would have it, considering I barely had time to unsheathe my big lens - Harold took off, cross stepped to the sweet spot of his board, and conquered CDL's. Harold rode the wave all the way to the Rich Kids' Beach and Tennis Club.
I only had time for one photo before the locals chased me into the parking lot - but at least one is better than none!
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