Sea Notes

My new $100 quiver

My new $100 quiver

  I think you will all agree with me that surfing is still the best thrill ride, ever. From waves barely big enough to propel a surfboard forward, to waves so big and powerful the beach actually quakes as they break, riding waves runs the gamut from peaceful cruise to life threatening rush.Even so, sometimes […]

My new $100 quiver

I think you will all agree with me that surfing is still the best thrill ride, ever. From waves barely big enough to propel a surfboard forward, to waves so big and powerful the beach actually quakes as they break, riding waves runs the gamut from peaceful cruise to life threatening rush.

Stoking the nutritional fires

Stoking the nutritional fires

I first met Suzanne Beckstrom in 1979 when we worked together at Cardiff Surf and Sport on Coast Highway in Cardiff.

Pool surfing

Pool surfing

Jay Adams, David Hackett and Christian Hosoi, three of skateboarding’s top legends, were in my backyard a few months ago. Initially the skaters had gathered to talk about the Hosoi biography that I was co-writing. Priorities quickly shifted, however, when they noticed that I had a swimming pool in my backyard. I think it was […]

Pool surfing

Pool surfing

Jay Adams, David Hackett and Christian Hosoi, three of skateboarding’s top legends, were in my backyard a few months ago. Initially the skaters had gathered to talk about the Hosoi biography that I was co-writing. Priorities quickly shifted, however, when they noticed that I had a swimming pool in my backyard. I think it was […]

Looking back on fallen friends

Looking back on fallen friends

I first met Pat Flecky at a house I shared in Encinitas with him and Texas transplant turned Sunset Superman, Ken Bradshaw. Flecky and I became close right away, building surfboards in our garage while our roommates gagged on the fumes and, eventually made us quit spattering resin everywhere. Once the resin had dried, it […]

50 Years of surfing North County

50 Years of surfing North County

By Rob Morton, Guest columnist

An Evening in the Haunted Museum

An Evening in the Haunted Museum

The idea of a surf museum had never really occurred to me when my friend Jane Schamauss started collecting classic surfboards and other surf memorabilia nearly 20 years ago at George’s, the restaurant she owned in Encinitas. Once a week I’d sit down for eggs and toast and look around to see a classic surfboard […]

Typos are more bane than boon

I’ve been aware of him as a craftsman and designer for half a century. I’ve known him personally for more than 40 years, ridden some of the boards he shaped, rode his skateboards and used his fins and fin boxes for decades. So, how is it that I misspelled Bill Bahne’s name in print recently? […]

Shifting sands and changing tides bring unstable bluffs

Shifting sands and changing tides bring unstable bluffs

I don’t remember when I first became aware that the beach was not a stable place.