Join Early Retirement Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Re: Cowabunga.
Old 10-06-2005, 12:48 PM   #21
Full time employment: Posting here.
TargaDave's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 588
Re: Cowabunga.

Originally Posted by ronin
No strings required!
Distance to good waves for me (2350 miles). Just adapting. I did take surfing lessons in Santa Cruz with my then 13yr old last year. Tons of fun.

Originally Posted by TromboneAl
Great shot, TargaDave! I was big into windsurfing -- several times a week in the Bay Area, but stopped right around the time the kite sailing was coming it.

When the wind dies how hard is it to get self-rescue?
Actually not a very good shot but not bad for a video cam frame capture. Windsurfing since '79 as well. Sort of semi quit like you until this new fangled thing came along. Longest self rescue about 30 minutes due to gear breaking but off shore winds a no-no.

Bay area is great. I kite at Third Ave, Alameda and the Delta when I'm in town on business. Way too chicken for the ocean out there.

Why did you quit?

TargaDave is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Re: Cowabunga.
Old 10-06-2005, 03:59 PM   #22
Moderator Emeritus
Nords's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Oahu
Posts: 26,564
Re: Cowabunga.

Originally Posted by ronin
No strings required!
Great photo, but I'd like to see what happened to the subject of it in the subsequent 15 seconds... and if he wasn't wearing a leash, how far did he have to chase that board?

Much better today.* Clean 8-10 footers, peeling off into left & right breaks with only occasional closeouts.* The waves were big enough that I saw a couple guys trying for tube rides (ouch).* Boogie boarders were getting tubed less than 25 yards from the beach.* There weren't many rips or side roads or breaks today; we had to paddle out through all the mess and it was darn near endless.* I'd spend 15-20 minutes getting to a good spot and I'd sit up to try to catch my breath and enjoy the view of Diamond Head when suddenly aiiieeeeeeeee... a no-paddle takeoff.* It doesn't get any better than this.

The epoxy board is a hit.* Very responsive and easy to steer.* I thought I'd miss the thrusters but I'm having too much fun to notice.* It weighs a bit more than our 9'2" foam/fiberglas longboard but it seems to have more buoyancy, and it does have a wider profile near the tail.* I also think it's easier to paddle out but I might be prejudiced.

I saw a kid (age 12? 13?)* paddling out on the same board (he was surfing with his dad) and when I when I came in I walked past them.* They were eyeballing my board so I asked the kid how he likes it.* His dad said "It's great!"* I asked the kid how long he's owned it.* His dad said "A couple years, and we really like it a lot!"* I said to the kid "Your dad hardly ever lets you use that board, does he?" and he finally got a word in edgewise:* "Nope."

I met C.J. the USMC colonel in the parking lot as I was unloading.* He healed up fine and he doen't bear any ill will.* He did say that he'd gone off the lip this morning and found the bottom, which is not easily done at White Plains beach, so I think he's one of those thrill-seeking high-risk Marines who's always getting dinged up.* (I know, Jarhead, all those modifiers to the word "Marine" are just redundant...)

800 mg of ibuprofen, an afternoon nap plus a good night's sleep, and I'll be ready for tomorrow!

School has a day off next Monday and in a stunning surprise, my daughter asked if I could drive her posse to the beach.* We'll be taking four 12- & 13-year old grrrrls, three surfboards, four boogie boards, a couple cameras, and plenty of food & frosty beverages.* They'll probably want me to rent my own pavilion so that they don't have to be seen with me, but I'll be spending the day on the waves anyhow.* Is this a great country or what?!?


The book written on, "The Military Guide to Financial Independence and Retirement", on sale now! For more info see "About Me" in my profile.
I don't spend much time here anymore, so please send me a PM. Thanks.
Nords is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:52 PM.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.