Sea Notes

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? […]

Treasures from the sea

Treasures from the sea

There’s nothing like a walk by the sea at dawn. 

‘Bird’ house is place for surf wonders

‘Bird’ house is place for surf wonders

It’s just occurred to me that I don’t know Bird Huffman’s real first name. I have no idea what his parents called him, but I’ve always known him as “Bird” and that’s what everyone I know has called him for more than 30 years now.I first met him either at Windansea through some of the […]

Saying ‘Aloha’ to a waterman

Saying ‘Aloha’ to a waterman

I first became aware of Howard Benedict in the mid 1970s. He was a dentist and I heard that he surfed a little. Later I found that he surfed more than a little and was a phenomenal big-wave rider that would fly to Puerto Escondido during the summer’s biggest swells to ride the famed Mexican […]

Waves of love on Valentine’s Day

Perfect weather and good surf have blessed our coast for the past few months. No matter what you ride, it’s a great time to be a surfer, watching rippers on boards from five to 10 feet. Five fins on one. Our beaches provide quite a show of talent. And while we often praise the artist […]

Branches on the Burch family tree

Branches on the Burch family tree

My dad surfed a little in the early ‘40s. He mostly bodysurfed, however, and played around occasionally on wooden planks at Santa Monica Pier.  Nonetheless, his stories and his encouragement in my early years were the primary stimulus in getting me to ride waves.