Board Bandit" @ Blackies
Geoff Moysa, known for being one of the first ones
in the water most mornings, pulls one of the first airs of the
Morning... in Newport
Volcom Pro surfer Roger E., pulling big snaps behind the
board cam... @ 32nd
A couple that surfs together
Mike M. & Sunshine, together
you'd forgotten what a toastie warm surf session looks like....
here's a reminder.
bartender, R. P.. Slicing through warm Newport.
A Little bit of Trestles Love... @ Lowers
Driving through the second
base bowl... @ 5-6.
There's no money or point involved, but
it's serious non the less...
@ The Newport Recreational
in the Dark"... @
OK, so Newport does get good...
J., dead set on destroying 54th... in
Five girls under 8 years
old. Two boys under 6. Four dads, and a huge stack of boards.
A few of us Newport fathers took our kids last a while back
on their first ever surf camping trip. As luck would have it
the camp ground had wireless internet access, and one of the
guys on the trip was Newport legend, and former Surfing Magazine
editor, Skip Snead... who's graciously agreed to write a little
"Hotshot" for that day.
I tell you, this Tom Cat is one funny dog. First he invites
a slew of us to go on a little surf camping trip, then he asks
me to write the Hot Shot for the day. Gnarls fer sure 'cause
I really don't know what to write ... other than this is the
best surf trip I've ever been on and I haven't even caught a
wave by myself. See, we're camping with the kids... we've got
a few 12-foot surfboards, a few pig boards, a couple boxes of
Pop Tarts, a case of Newcastle and plenty of firewood. And like
the fire, we're stoked. I 'spoze what it all comes down to is
passing the stoke of surfing on to the next generation... and
we're doing that this weekend ... tonight, under the stars ..
to the crackling sounds of the fire and that damn generator
over in Campsite #128. Thanks Tom for bringing us along... hopefully
the next camp out's going to be next summer at Scorpion Bay!
This time we're leaving the kids at home.... wait, did I say
still able to squeeze a little life out of this 10 year old
We had offshore winds a couple
weeks ago, if we only had surf to go along with them...
September, 2004... in Newport
You do not want to drop in
on this guy!
Darth Vader... @ Blackies
Dillon, sliding down a textured wall... @
you Vote on Election Day?
to pull in, and...
M. elected to throw big fans of spray...
52nd St. kingpin Tim M., coming back from the
Catalina Tiki Fest
R.S. ... Excited about Quiksilver's
summer movie nights at the Balboa Pier!
Summer in Newport
4th of July in Newport
The groms are out of school and the
surf is going to be far more crowded now. So a few of us came
up with an idea of keeping the groms out of the water and on
the beach when the surf gets good in Newport this summer. We're
just not sure how legal it is...
One of the greatest things
about being a dad is sharing the beauty of the ocean with your
Summer & Trent C... @
around in the white water @
Big Hit on
a Big Board...
@ Little Blackies
about Quik's Movie Night.
neglected to teach this girl learning to surf is...
...how to get out of a wetsuit.
The next Surf Champ??
Everyone has to start somewhere... @
Pirates passing by Newport...
Everyone needs a little love... in Newport.
(Photo courtesy of "Spides")
Adam P. "Speed blur"...
A few feet overhead... @
After being away at college
for the past few years, Billabong's
Pat T. has moved back to Newport..
T., soaring back over familiar territory... in Newport.
Will A., one of the new team
members of AtWater.
What's AtWater you
ask? It's something you, your friends, and the surf industry
will be talking about very soon.
Sector 9's Super rep. laying out a Super Serious gouge...
This kid has gone from lower jetty beginner,
to upper jetty standout in just a few years.
Factor 5-4 team member
Regan R., carving up 5-4.
Worshipping Cordell Surfboard
Art... @ 5-4
Thickness... in Newport.
he made it... @ The Wedge
Editor Joey M., happy to be pulling into waves like this,
snapped 2 boards doing it...
I'm adamant about not
shooting on cloudy days, but after a week of overcast morning
skies, and firing combo swells in Newport, I ignored the poor
lighting recently and shot what I could.
to call him Chad Hobgood...
Chad L., Front
foot firmly planted, and driving through yet another barrel...
Yeah people come to The Wedge
hoping to see someone make the drop on a big bomb... but what
they really want to see is this...
making the drop on a big bomb...
Local longboard surf star
Alex K. getting a helping hand with his nose riding... @ Blackies.
Even small wave surfing
requires concentration... @
The road to becoming a surfer...
starts @ Blackies
Knees level with shoulders,
front foot firmly planted, weight shifted to back leg, eyes
focused down the line...
Possible World Champ in training...
Groms will do anything to
win free stuff...
guy @ 5-4.
Photo by Kiefer.
out the beer and champagne... It's time to celebrate!
has surf again!... @ 5-6.
Your going to need a lot
...if you plan on trying
to surf a lot of these.... @
This guy was charging down the line
on the Northside of 56th, boosted an air over the rocks, and
landed on the south side of the jetty!... or
Early August 2003...
Early August 2004
Early August 2005...
Reason #401 of why last summer
Sports team manager, and forever grom... Hoyer @ 50th.
finds a bowl amongst the slop, and drives through it...@ 56th.
Imagine having this thing drop in on you...
(Photo by Kiefer)
Who says the surf doesn't
get crowded on weekdays?
a Crowd... @ 5-4
Many in town have just about given up on
the clouds and murky water ever clearing, and the surf ever
getting really good again. Wishing, hoping, and praying for
the warm summer surf season to kick into high gear just has
As a last resort, we now call on
Please bring us a hurricane swell, and make
the clouds and murky water go away!
of July with no surf...
Another quiet 4th
of July in Newport.
Mothers' Day was the one day of the year
you shouldn't have dropped in on your mom
Rusty & Candi S. Sharing,
on Mothers' Day. @ 32nd
"Alley Opp", "Air
Reverse", "Hang Ten"...
A couple of the local longboard rippers appear to be working
on a new surf maneuver of their own...
"The Running Man"
This wave was made possible
by a large storm in the southern hemisphere,
and not by a large boat.
Last week I posted the below
Hotshot, and got a lot of emails asking
me if that boat really made that wave. Sorry it's not true,
just a poor attempt at humor. How cool would it be if it was
possible though. For one the NSSA, WQS and WCT contests circuits
would never have to deal with holding their events in small
surf again! The locals at Rincon could use a boat to produce
surf during the flat summer months, the locals at Malibu could
use a boat to produce surf during the small winter months. And
yes those that surf Newport could coax some affluent Newport
yacht owner into helping us produce waves like this at the Wedge...
Fed up with Newport's recent
lack of surf, a couple of guys that are out of school for Spring
Break this week came up with a pretty good idea. They coaxed
one of their dads into motoring his boat back and forth off
of 18th St yesterday. Surprisingly it made for a pretty good
team rider "Bones", wake surfing @ "The Point"
& Upside Down...
The NewportSurfShots.com guy, serious
about Newport surfing.
taken by Dick McCoy...and shot with film!)
It's one thing when
your mom surfs as good as you do...
It's another when your mom
surfs better than you do.
Contender and Pipeline Longboard Champ. Kim H.
5'11 Wing Fish, 6'6 Retro
5 Fin, 9'0 Triple Asymetrical Hydro Hill, 4'7" Canoe...
If it floats, you can be
sure someone is trying to ride a wave on it at Blackies.
charging on his 12ft shortboard.
One of the
few places in town they can't nail you for speeding...