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Complaints about Tamarumors.com Dec 17

Tamarindo Rumors Costa RicaA few weeks ago we added what we thought was a interesting site to our blogroll. It is called Tamarumors and is about rumors that are about Tamarindo. Pretty straight forward. We have received many emails from readers saying that the site is documenting rumors that are exactly that “rumors”

In other words, what these readers are saying is that by Surfinjaco.com linking to this site gives that site credibility. Another common complaint was, or it seems coming from Tamarindo residents that our site is only linking up to that site in hopes of making Jaco Beach sound better than Tamarindo. more…

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stare at computer or go outside? Dec 01

The last couple of Thursdays there has been a big beach football game going on out in front of the surf camp.  Nick Holt, Bill Brandenberger, Patrick Brennan, Lock Cooper, quite a few others… it has been super fun.  Everyone I’ve talked to since was super sore after the game.  We are turning into old men.  Not only did I get sore but I pulled my groin the first week and barely made it through the second week.  Pretty much its been ten days without surfing, finally today I felt normal today, even made it through a 3 mile run on the beach.  I’m not sure but I think we’ll be playing football again tomorrow??  Check my facebook page or ping Mike Gerhardt from FT’s or Kelly Zak since they’re the ones who own a football.  And what about that Sunday night game against the Colts??  GO CHARGERS!!!

Waves are flat but they should get a little bigger over the next few days.  Bocas del Toro has been on fire the last two weeks but with the holidays and all of our friends in town we wanted to stay close to home.  Tomorrow I have a 20 minute speech to give at JW Marriott in front of about 200 people.  I spent all day yesterday trying to write it, which I’ve subsequently torn up.  I’m supposed to have visuals to go with it… then on Sunday night the whole event (called Awesomeness Fest) will have a beach party in the new park at WRSC.  I think I’m going to spend the day painting the two surfboards we just glassed, or start glassing the two 8’0s waiting in the shaping room.  The speech will work itself out, just like everything else does, I’m a little burnt out trying to write something I’ll just end up winging anyways, and its not until 6pm so I have all day tomorrow to worry about it…  Shawna asked me to shape a surfboard for her son Lucas, who I’ve known since he was born.  I was honored, its the first surfboard I’ll be making for someone else.  People have asked me to shape them a board at least a dozen times since I started shaping a few months ago, but I’ve declined to take any orders because we still have a lot of refining to do (that feeling will probably never end).  To shape a board for a local grom that I’ll get to watch grow up surfing along with my boys, thats an offer one  just can’t refuse.  Thats what surfing is all about.

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stay out of my shit Nov 28

Run-D.M.C., Silversun Pickups, James Brown, AFI blasting on Witch’s Rock Pirate Radio in my house right now: http://loudcaster.com/channels/381-witch-s-rock-pirate-radio-surf

Ahhhhh……. finally back in Tamarindo and getting back into the groove of things. The town has gotten a lot busier these last couple of weeks. High season officially kicks off with the Christmas / New Years holidays, but even now the place is packed.  This gives me a little pressure because I want to be done with the major work projects for WRSC. With more tourists in town the surf camp needs even more focus on providing our quality services and products.  Never being complacent can be a tough job, but its in our DNA and we take pride in working hard.

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crash landing back on planet EARTH Nov 15

I was very happy to return to Costa Rica, even if it took forever to get back here.  What a contrast this place is to where we just were.  In Peru the waves are excellent and the people are nice, but everything is very raw.  Going to places like that makes one realize how lucky one is.  I guess that’s one of the reasons I keep going back.

I’m thinking that Nick “the Babysitter” Holt wins the mustache contest.  I just can’t compete with his photo, it just kills me it is so funny holy crap.  I still haven’t shaved my stash much to the dismay of my wife, let the 70s live on!

Here’s the old school surfboard I was surfing last week, dimensions: about as tall as me x not sure how wide x pretty damn thick.  It has the template of a thruster, but only 2 fins and no center fin.  The fins are huge, and set up like side fins on a shortboard.  Strange configuration that totally worked for the super-long walls we were surfing.

Peru magic surfboard deck

magic Peru surfboard bottom

magic Peru surfboard rocker

Of course, like every other trip, right before flying out we rolled the rest of the weed we had into a giant doobie, gave our hugs and our goodbyes, and returned from one fantasy to another.

Dutch breakfast before a big day of travel

I think its time I got some smaller pants.

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almost home Nov 12

Lonely road to empty waves

Down a series of long, dusty tracks across an empty desert, nothing to look at but sand and rocks and the frequent empty left point breaks that scatter desolate coastal Peru. This was my 5th trip to this country.  No, I’ve never been to Machu Picchu.  Yes, I’ve been to Chicama, and a ton of other breaks as well.  This surf trip brought the best waves I’ve ever surfed in Peru.

The 2010 Peru crew:

the 2010 Peru crew

Driving through Peru means having to bribe the police every hour or so.  People are driving aggressively, pedestrians walk in the street almost getting hit by cars, and tuk tuks weave in and out of traffic like this is some kind of video game.  Driving along the coast, one feels like they are on the movie set of Black Hawk Down or Mad Max. On our journey, we realize that tourism has yet to make it to most of these places. In a town of 50,000 people we are still the only “out-of-towners”.  The people are incredibly poor, yet so incredibly friendly.  It makes you feel like shit because you own an ipod and an iphone.

a lonely town near a lonely beach

Once you make it a few hours north of Lima, you pull off of the main road and enter a town that looks like this.  You follow the road until it makes its way down to the water’s edge.  Miles from civilization, the only thing on the beach is this little fish camp.

nothing but a couple shacks on the beach...

and an empty point break…

old school longboard cruising on the nose, so stoked

With an empty break and dozens of surfboards, we had the opportunity to ride a different board every day.  Longboard, shortboard, fish board, retro thruster; it never gets old.

Antonio charging the left point

Here is Antonio, one of the first surfers from Peru and a good friend of mine.  He helped put this trip together for us.  Antonio has been charging these waves for the last 40 years.

On this trip I mainly surfed an old school twin fin thruster that Antonio has in his quiver. It was super thick and caught everything, and on the wave it would really tear it up.  Flash and Andres started calling me Joey Lopez on that board, which got me stoked, though Gerry Lopez doesn’t have the giant arms to deal with.  Wanting to give respect to the old school, the Peru crew held the annual mustache contest.  Please give us your feedback so we can decide the winner!

Dirty Mustache Contest

(left to right, starting with the top row)

Amish Chinstrap
Freebird
Frenchie
Bigote Chino
the Milk Man
the Babysitter
Ice Trucker
Got Meth?
Dirty Sanchez

stuck on the edge of the earth

At the edge of the earth, the road ends and it turns into sand.  You need a good crew to help push the bus when you get this far.  Fortunately we had a great group this year.  The trip was just awesome.  So sad to see it end, but I’m definitely excited to get home. It has been 3 weeks since I hung with my wife and boys, much longer than it ever should have been.  pura vida.

PS- The Peru trip for next year will be November 5-12, 2011.

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