Friday, May 29,
NewportSurfShots.com's little brother,
"newportsurfunderground", is now on Instagram,
check it out. It's debatable if the kid will live however.
A charity organization contacted me last
year about shooting a model surfing in a wedding dress. The
charity collected donated wedding dresses and shipped them to
impoverished Third World countries. The year before they had
shot someone snowboarding in a dress. And for their current
year advertising campaign they wanted someone surfing in a wedding
dress. So I donated my time, and met up with them. If they wanted
to ruin an $800.00 wedding dress, so I could get photos of it,
I was all for it.
The problem with the shoot however was
that once the dress got wet, it weighed around 30 pounds, and
the model, who surfed, didn't have the strength to stand up
in it. Non-the-less, we did get some interesting images, and
I'm told the advertising campaign was a succe
In Love with Surfline...
One of the nicest guys to surf with,
Jordy Smith's all time best friend, and past Newport resident,
Damien Fahrenfort, in Newport.
"Who put those rocks there!?"
eout, or a well exacuted Yoga move.
Clay Crandel. "The Spiderman".
Some of the Blackies Crew, excited
about the Ducks! Saturday, in Newport.
If you want to make surf photography
a career. Forget about that Lamborghini that you were hoping
to purchase one day. But don't completely give up on the idea
of a lucrative career in photography yet. The Columbia Garden's
School Fundraising Center has out a great list of the vast array
of different types of photography that exist today.
Click the image below to check it
Follow the money into fashion photography!Photo
Wipeout Wednesday. Cameron Faris.
Intelligent, humble and will throw himself over the ledge of
massive waves at will. This is one however he wish he hadn't...
Todos. Photo Tom Cozad..
Our neighbors to the North, in Sunset
Beach, have sharks. And we, we have Dolphins. And that's the
way we'd like to keep it.
Photo Copyright Tom Cozad
The 16th Annual Newport Classic went
down at 54th St. last weekend in chunky, contestable, combo
swell. Taking the covered "King Of The Peak" Graduate
division was longtime Newport's Daniel Shea...
Daniel Shea didn't start doing airs
yesterday. D. Shea, Age 13, Oct. 2003 Photo Tom Cozad
Flash Back Friday
In the winter of 2009 I got home from
work around midnight as a massive lightening storm was moving
in off the ocean. By the time I'd set my camera up on the deck
to capture it. The lightening had moved a bit inland. And as
I pushed the exposure button, 2 giant bolts of lightening hit.
One next to Hoag, and one over by Lido. I posted the photo the
next day on NeportSurfShots.com with the exact time of the strike.
And I got two emails. One from someone saying that the Lido
bolt of lightning had struck the mast of their sailboat, damaging
it. And another from a woman explaining that at the precise
time the lightening bolt struck up at Hoag, her dad had passed
away there. Her and her family asked if they could purchase
the photo. And needless to say, I sent them the entire photo
file with my condolences.
Newport, always full of beautiful
You can see from this image, where
the Malibu creek flows out, makes all the difference in the
world to the surf. Photo Tom Cozad
The Wedge. It's got it all, almost.
Bodysurfers, Bodyboarders, Skimboarders, Surfy Boards, SUP's
and yes, now Soft Boards. And to the list, add that two groms
that are known for charging Wedge, have bought a blow up alligators,
and are planning on tandem surfing the poor animal there. Yes
the Wedge now has it all, almost. Someone wake me up when Kaliegh
Word is this guy broke an SUP on Monday.
And while many in town are not a big fan of SUP's in the line-up.
This guy was surfing with us a few days before the swell, and
was actually pretty cool, and easy to deal with. Props to him
for charging Wedge on his SUP.
Well, any guesses? Monday.
There's here's plenty of time to talk
about the swell. In fact it's still booming out there now...
But today we celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
Viva Mexico. Viva Todos! Photo Cozad...
Everyone needs at least one legitimate
big wave board, like this, in their quiver. Wedge Sunday Evening.
It's On! No, not the Chili big wave
event. There's no online feed for that anywhere! But the WSL
XXL Big Wave Awards are tonight at the Anaheim Grove. Watch
it live! Watch it on the web!.. Just watch it! And make William
Sharp, and the whole WSL team that worked hard to bring it to
you, really happy...
Click the image below for the XXL
San Clemente's Greg Long, going XXL,
and Healy paddling up the face, a few years ago. This year however
no O.C. surfers are nominated for any XXL awards.
300mm Lens Review... While I've accumulated
a few telephoto lenses over the years. My workhorse is the Canon
300mm 2.8. Last week Canon CPS allowed me to try the new version
of the lens for a day. And while I found it to be faster at
spot focusing, and it seemed to produce sharper images in low
light situations. I don't think it's worth the $6000 to upgrade
to the newer lens. If you're thinking of getting the newer version,
you might want to try it before you buy it.
RVCA's Colin Moran, throwing caution
to the wind. . Last week with the 300mm 2.8 version II lens.
Photo Tom Cozad
Wipeout Wednesday. At Maverick's,
it's always going to hurt. Photo Cozad
The Oakley Pro at Lowers starts today.
Click the image above for the link to the event.
Yes, here we go again. May looks like
it's going to start off with a bang. Last month's banger.
She has won a National Surfing Title
and has remained one of the very best female surfers in town
for over a decade, while at the same time pursuing her passion
to achieve Olympic Gold. Newport's Kaleigh Gilchrist left for
New Zealand last night. She's off to compete in an Intercontinetal
Water Polo tournament with Team U.S.A.. After which she will
be traveling the New Zealand coast for a week to surf.
And once Kaleigh gains that Gold
medal in the next Olympics, look for her to gain a spot on the
Women's WSL tour. Because she's as good as the other women on
tour, and she can out paddle and out swim them in big surf,
like they're sitting still.
Kaliegh. Yesterday. Newport
Years ago people were so inspired
by brilliant surf photographer Tom Carey that everyone jumped
on the synchronized flash band wagon. A local photog and I pooled
our money together and went out and
bought a waterhousing, a large flash to go in it, and 2 remote
controls. And our first time shooting with it, we flooded the
housing. Something about we forgot to screw down the handle's
bolts or something. Idiots! This image is one of the best flash
shots I've ever gotten. And the flash malfunctioned and didn't
even go off! That was the cool thing about shooting flash back
then, you never know what you were going to get. This is Hoyer
wondering why the heck he hasn't been blinded by the flash yet...
If you haven't heard some of the best
news in town this year, Get Ready! NHHS alumni, Newport Lifeguard,
CDM Women's waterpolor coach, Pro Waterpolo Player, Legendary
Lower Jetty surfer, and all around nice guy, Ross Sinclair,
has been hired for an extremely prestigious position in town.
NHHS's Men's Water Polo coach! Congrats!!
Listen up NHHS Water Polo. Your new
coach is not only a better Water Polo player than you, but he
can surf circles around you! So get on it!
You'd think that I would have learned
by now that it's easier to just paddleout to the end of the
jetty! Saturday. Newport
Photo by @newportjames
Another fun run of combo swell in
town this weekend. Word North of Point Conception however was
that they got solid Swell. With the Harvest Buoy looking like
it topped out at 9ft @ 14 secs Saturday.
Without a doubt it's time to say good-bye
XXL Winter Ground Swells though. Hopefully next year, Todos!
Flash Back Friday...
TBFriday. Toxic Gas,1970's. One sunny
summer day in the early 1970's the Newport Beach Lifeguard Department
drove up to the bayfront beach where we lived and ordered everyone
to evacuate. They warned that a large toxic cloud of gas was
possibly heading towards Newport. The beach was pretty full
that day, and people were freaked out to say the least!
My parents did what they always seemed
to do, immediately helped out. They opened up our home and started
inviting families into our house, to get away from the reported
cloud of toxic gas. And once our house was filled with families,
my dad shut all the windows, wetted towels and lined the bottom
of our outside doors. And we waited, for what we did not know.
Now my dad was big time into gambling
back then. He regularly had card games that would start mid
day at a table in our sandy yard, and continue late into the
evening at our kitchen table. So when all the families were
settled in the house that day, it was only natural for my dad
to break out the cards and gambling chips, and go to work.
For hours us kids ran wildly around
the house, while the women chatted in the living room, and the
men gambled their family's beach vacation money away at our
kitchen table. And late in the afternoon, when it was obvious
that the toxic gas cloud was not to be, and the radio announced
I was all clear, we said our good-byes to the families. My mom
exchanged phone numbers with the other ladies, I said good-bye
to my new found friends, and my dad smiled wide, and counted
his large pile of money. And unfortunately for my dad, there
has never been another toxic gas scare again in Newport.
Yea you've heard stories of how good
The Channel Islands gets... But have you ever wondered how crowded
Crowded! Newport's Joey Head, dealing
with a pack of hard core locals. San Nicholas Island.
Newport Alumni Rick Downs was honored
and looking forward to getting runover by the champ... Photo
Those who saw it are calling it the
best Upper Jetties barrel of early April's 4 day swell.
For a sequence of it, check @newportsurfundergound
on Instagram... I was able to put it, and to music.
Erik H. about to be seriously barreled
and blown out... in front of his home, in Newport.
This is one of the most important
photos I've ever taken. And if you look near the middle, you'll
see Ben Carlson's wreath and board. That it somehow ended up
near front and center in the lens, while randomly shooting out
of a very bumpy, moving helicopter, is a miracle. If you haven't
yet, please visit the Ben Carlson Foundation website, and help
keep Ben's legacy alive... Click the photo above for the website.
Don't like the little waves we had
in town yesterday? Well get used to it. While the Springtime
sandbars might be there, for the next few days significant swell
won't be. Grant Noble doesn't
care, and will stylishly glide around on anything.... Yesterday,
Newport's Blackball Working Group
will present to the city's Recreation Council tonight, their
Blackball recommendations. The meeting takes place at 6pm at
Newport's Civic Center. 100 Civic Center Drive. Newport's Surfing
Council, made of a group of politically astute local surfers,
were hoping for the City's Blackball Working Group to recommend
a designated surfing area during the Summer within out city.
It appears that recommendation will not happen, at least not
at this time. The City's Blackball Working group is however
recommending that 40th-44th st Blackball be rolled back to 10am-5pm,
between Memorial Day and Labor Day. This is a far cry from the
current allowed surfing usage there. Please come to the meeting
tonight and show your support and hear what the city's Blackball
Working Group has to say. The more seats occupied by us local
surfers the better!
If the city of Newport had it's way,
surfing would only be allowed at night. D. Hein. Newport.
From those of us that now feel like
fools, for weeping in sorrow at his phony announcement of retirement.
It's payback time...
Along with Newport's Casey Higdon,
he has seen El Morro at it's absolute best, and has charged
some massive waves in Mainland Mex over the years. Make no mistake
about it. 50 is the new 30. Craig Long. Monday Newport.
Yes, the SUP World Championships flyer
posted yesterday, was an April Fools joke. For the past 11 years
one has been done here. Last year I claimed Ghetto Juice and
NewportSurfShots.com was sponsoring a surf contest at Wedge.
The Wedge crew went a bit nuts on social media about it. And
when I tried to calm the escalating rage and admit it was a
joke, one guy told me it was no joke and that I didn't know
what I was talking about. Ha, ok... Also last year the director
of Parks and Recreation for the City of Newport came after Skip
Snead and I with all kinds of threats for promoting and planning
to run the event. The SUP joke was aimed at pissing him and
the City off again. Hopefully it worked. Mikey at Paddle Surf
did get one really long threatening letter from guy, who I'm
sure feels like a fool now.... A huge thanks to Lorin Ely-McGregor
of LE-Creative for always putting together insanely well crafted
flyers!! And Paddle Surf Warehouse for going along with the
This wave is no joke!
April 1st, 2015
Well get ready for a Summer full of
SUP's practicing for this fricken thing!
Please contact Paddle Surf Warehouse
to object to this event!!
Flyer crafted by Lorin Ely-McGregor of
The "Cyclone Pam Swell"
peaked Sunday, but there were still a few little waves left
on Monday... In Newport.
Yes, Wedge was bombing yesterday.
And you're going to be subjected to so many images of the place
on the internet over the coming days, your head is going to
spin. So whatever... Saturday evening, as I was literally getting
into my wetsuit, I switched gears and decided to trade my board
for my camera, and I'm glad I did. I was in West Newport...
When Kaleigh, Canon Call, Bones, and Jarred Cassidy all walked
down from a friend's house to say hello. And even after surfing
all day, they all agreed to another surf. The wind then laid
down, the swell started pulsing, and Newport actually got really
good. Even though they have grown out of gromhood, and are all
off doing different things in life, it was so great to get the
gang back together and shoot. Their generation of Newport surfers
is the single most reason I got into surf photography, by making
shooting surfing fun, and really interesting in Newport...
Canon Call. Saturday evening, Newport
Southern focused sandbars in town come alive this time of year,
and all kinds of cameras and people show up for it. And at 1000th
of a second the cameras make Newport look really good. Being
new to Instagram, I had not idea of all the people and publications
that run line-up shots of Newport. My counterpart in HB, Sardelis,
tells me it's the new world order now, and to get used to it.
And while I don't plan on shitting line-up shots anytime soon.
I do feel that each jetty crew in Newport can take care of themselves.
Nobody is coming into town and paddling to the inside of Clay
or Brophy and the Lower jetty crew and calling them off. Nobody
is paddling inside of Lorin or Justin and the 44th st crew and
going. And nobody is paddling around Kolina, Brillo or Ronnie
and the 56th crew at that jetty. And so on and so forth.. In
essence, with the scary amount of cameras that appear to be
showing up this South swell season. And the hype currently generated
by the impending swell. Be confident that Newport can, has,
and always will provide for its own. Now bring on the Southern
Hemi, and try and not run anyone over...
If you grew up in Newport, or in any
Southern California beach city for that matter during the 70's
or 80', and you surfed, you will remember Dr George Fishbeck.
Dr George worked for KABC News, and with his hand over his heart,
gave the weather everyday. But what Dr. George did that other
weathermen in the area did not do back then, was talk at length
anytime a tropical storm or hurricane appeared off Baja. And
frequently he threw a little prehistoric surf forecast in for
good measure. Back in the day, after one of his late afternoon
tropical forecasts, us groms would race on our bikes to The
Point to see it there was any signs of his swell prediction
yet. And it was pretty funny to watch the entire street immediately
fill up with cars, and guys running out of their cars to look
at the surf. Yes, before there was Sean Collins, there was Dr.
George. And sadly he passed away yesterday at 93, R.I.P...
On Newport Surf Shot's trial Instagram
excursion, @newportsurfunderground. Newport Surf Underground
doesn't have the 100's of photos of guys boosting airs and of
Wedge, like other surf Instagrams do. So here they go... Spencer
Pirdy doing a SuperMan Air, at you know where...
Photo Tom Cozad
"Now, and Then"... When
I picked up Clay Crandal and his friend to take them down to
meet up with Clay's father in Baja, and they started loading
guns and tow boards to the top of my car. I just laughed and
shook my head. I thought there's no way these 14 year old kids
are going out there. When we got out to the break the next morning
and I saw little Clay catch his first wave, I wasn't laughing
anymore. Clay Crandal, 2007, Todos
Yes, word is already leaking out that
Cyclone Pam that wreaked havoc in the South Pacific has reformed
and will be sending swell up and down the coast for the end
of the week. And while it could be pretty solid, it won't be
anything like this!
Frequent Newport surfer Clay Crandal
called me when it was still dark the morning of this swell,
and said they were paddling out.. Paddling out in the dark,
I thought, it must not be really big. I was wrong!
Massive slab hunter Clay Crandal...
Not Puerto and not Pascuales, just Orange County.
So much for El Nino this year, and
so much for March being one of the wettest months of the year...
Paddle Board Warehouse's Mikey G., back when it used to rain
Nearly seven years ago premier Newport
photographer Dale Kobetich bought a shark from a Dory Fisherman,
stuck a few pencils in it's mouth to keep it open, swam it out
towards the end of the Newport Pier, and photographed it. Dale
wasn't trying to create panic or initiate a hoax when he released
the image onto the World Wide Web. He was just trying to create
a really interesting and compelling photo. But Dale's image
got away from him, and his attempt at artistic expression soon
became a top news story. One that he didn't bother to keep tract
of. Soon people started to question the photo. "Mako sharks
don't come that close to shore." "When sharks open
their mouth, their eyes close." "Why weren't the people
on the pier panicking as they watched a shark accost a photographer?",
were but a few of the questions that surfaced. Surfline ran
the photo, and soon after, thought it best to bring in a shark
expert to assess it's validity. I tracked Dale down first and
he readily admitted that he "created" the photo, and
was surprised by all of the fuss about it. Surfline then wrote
an article about Dale and his perceived hoax. And were gracious
enough to cover it as a humorous and amusing story, and not
one that set out to crucify Dale. With his creative "over
and under" shots Dale's photography was blowing up at the
time, and sadly the fiasco really took a toll on of his upward
trajectory... For decades Dale has remained one of the most
creative photographers and camera waterhouse designers in the
world. And for the Newport has been fortunate to call him one
of it's own. We just need to keep his camera away from dead
fish in the water.
The Shark seen round the world...
People at times are just as interested
in knowing how epic a sunset was in town, as the surf. The past
3 evenings the high pressure that Newport has been sweating
under has produced the most epic sunrises of the year. But the
sun has been buried in the unusual high pressure cloud cover
each evening, producing dirty looking sunsets. And that's your
Sunset report for Newport over the past few days. Now back to
M. Bonds, bathes in dirty light. Monday
Surfline showcases great people, who
are great surfers that fly below the radar. In Newport there
is not a better person that fits that bill than
Spencer Pirdy. Click the image below
for a Surfline feature on a true Newport waterman...
Throw your hands in the air, like
you just don't care! Pirdy, Orange County.
I've had the unique opportunity to
cover the Maverick's Contest over the past 9 years, and sadly,
as the waiting period draws closer to an end, March 31st, it
doesn't look like the event will go this year. Click the photo
below for a pretty cool feature that gives a bit of history
on the majestic wave. And thanks to the local photogs that have
put up with me coming up there once a year...
Did someone yell outside?
Offshore yes... But don't be fooled
by it. What looks like a 100 yard long left, is actually a 200
yard long wall. This morning, in Newport.
Newport longboarder, photographer
and shaper, Todd Messick, giving thanks to the sunset gods.
What's the opposite of the buoy readings
for Newport today of 1.2ft @ 13 seconds.
The buoy reading this day of 20 Ft
@ 20 Seconds. Brad Gerlach. Baja.
Our front yard and
our playground. In Newport
Last weekend after Newport Beach Lifeguard
tryouts, a ceremony was held to honor Newport Lifeguard Ben
The recently renovated Lifeguard Headquarters has a well deserved
new naame. The Benjamin M. Carlson Lifeguard Headquaters!
Click the image below to read more
about the exceptional ceremony.
XXL Mastermind Bill Sharp had it all
figured out. Newport had some fun waves yesterday. The sky was
clear. The wind was light offshore. The Southern Hemi had only
dropped a notch on the buoys. And while the previous day's windswell
was nil, the shape was respectful at certain spots. All Sharp
needed was the tide to drop a bit, and those certain places
in Newport would be pretty fun. So at 10:30am Sharp paddled
out and took his spot in the line-up... And the onshore wind
immediately came up, and the lull from hell ensued, and the
surf went to total crap. And poor Bill paddled in with his hair
still dry, shook his head in disgust, and went home. Serves
Sharp right for all the epic surf he's gotten throughout the
world over the years...
Backwash sucks. But it's kinda cool
to look at. Yesterday, in Newport.
Regardless of the photos made to look
like Newport was all time yesterday, during the first Southern
Hemi combo swell of the year, it was marginal in town at best.
It was high tide and wonky, with a few brief moments of brillance,
a lot of waiting between sets, and wind on it by noon. As the
bottom tries to figure out what to do with swell now from the
south, today might be better. But the crowd sure won't be!
This was the biggest set, and actually
the best made barrel of the morning. Yesterday,
Simon says "You'll be lucky to
see a day like this in town ever again!" Hurricane Simon.
Surfline's South Side HD webcam. Yesterday
Chris Ward, hanging around Newport...
Why are all those container
ships sitting off the coast, to the North of Newport?
The International Longshore and Warehouse
Union (ILWU) represents 20,000 dockworkers, who spend years
earning full membership and whose current contract pays $26
to $41 an hour, with free healthcare for members, want more
money. Some earn six figures with overtime. The Pacific Maritime
Association (PMA), which represents shipping companies, does
not want to pay more. Thus, the L.A./Long Beach Port is shut
down. And this is affecting the entire country with billions
of dollars of commerce on the line.
The Docks of Long Beach
Photo Copyright Tom Cozad
What the heck?
Click the photo below...
Saturday in Newport.
Not Newport. Baja. yesterday...
Although I have all the gear I stopped
shooting water years ago. If I'm going in the water, I'd rather
surf. But you can only get so many land shots in Newport before
everything starts looking the same. So the NewportSurfShots
camera will probably start going back in the water. Please try
and not run it over.
Chris C.. Sunday. Newport.
NHHS is off on their annual surf team
trip to Nicaragua. Word is there's waves, but also a lot of
wind. No matter, without a doubt the groms are having the times
of their lives! The trip to Nicaragua is two fold. Not only
are they gaining surf experience and making memories, but Newport
Beach based Huevos Wax has donated water filters which the groms
are passing out in nearby towns. Coach Burns, Vallely and Tim
and Amy Reda leading the charge!
Newport's Micheal Bonds.
Yesterday in Nicarugua...
Pat T., always smiling, always
ripping. Yesterday in Newport...
I've been so busy trying
to put my life bac
C. Moran. Newport.____________________
It's one of the ugliest waves
I know of to shoot! And even though I live down the street from
it, I dread shooting it and very rarely do. But when the swell
of the winter arrives, it does have it's moments. But again,
it sure isn't photogenic!
Tuesday, in Newport...
One look around town yesterday, during the largest swell so
far this winter season, is a strong argument against last months
HB vs NB feature. In that online feature it was stated that
HB had a wider variety of waves than Newport. You be the judge...
Yesterday there were fun little lefts next to the pier, so soft
and easy that my wife and daughter longboarded it with little
to no consequence for hours. A quick jetty away there were thumping
overhead lefts. Thumping so hard that Newport's Kaleigh Gilchrist
ended up with 10 staples in her head. And two jetties away,
there were the occasional top to bottom throaty running barrels.
So hollow and throaty that Newport's Spencer Pirdy says he got
one of the barrels of his life. And then in the far end of town
there were head high playful rights peeling 100 yards down the
beach. So good that famed surf film maker Jack Coleman showed
up to film it. And in the far other end of town there were thick
overhead rights, barreling for blocks down the beach. So good
that famed pro Jordy Smith showed up and got what was called
a quadruple barrel. Basically there was something for everyone
in Newport yesterday. And yes folks, that's called variety.
And a whole lot of it!
Nick K., Cordell And Unknown.
One day, three different
spots. Name em. Yesterday in Newport.
Today, Tuesday, there is
the largest swell so far of the Winter season! So please turn
off the computer, and Go Surf!
Photo Cozad. In H.B.
Where was it good this weekend
in town with the short interval winter swell. Just about everywhere!
Obviously the word is out,
there's more on the way. With a possible offshore event on Tuesday...
So plan your week accordingly.
V. Done and Hoyer. This weekend
"Over the falls you
go." At the place that nobody knows about, in Newport.
Surfing Sunset. Friday night,
Surfline was bound to do
Newport vs Huntington, spot
Click the image below...
Huntington Beach is a far
better wave than Newport!! If planning a surf trip to Southern
California... Without a doubt, concentrate your trip on surfing
Remember the shark attack
in the South Bay last year, next to the Manhattan Beach Pier?
Going for a swim 1/2 mile
offshore, in the South Bay!
There's so many building
projects going on in the beach area of Newport it's crazy. HB
also has a huge one, which looks to turn it into Miami.
If you were wondering what
was behind those fences on PCH and 1st in HB, this will give
you an idea of what they're up to.
Pacific City... in HB
On Saturday after getting
blown out of the skies in the Malibu mountains, on our way to
Oxnard in a heli... We decided to cancel our surf shoot mission,
and head to HB to try and get a few pictures. The best surf
on the coast while heading back was easily Lunada Bay, and we
buzzed it for a while. Which I'm sure the locals were not happy
about! But those images, like my Ranch photos, will never get
released. Unless the Bay Boys piss me off.
In North HB we saw perfect
surf from the air. And once we landed at Long Beach Airport,
I hauled ass to it. The thing was there was nobody really out,
and you can only shoot line-up shots so long before it gets
boring. So I raced back to Newport, and grabbed two groms that
I knew would pull into the double overhead barrels that I'd
found. Because they had'nt seen the extent of the swell in Newport,
Michael Bonds and Dylan Cotton figured they were just going
for a surf at ok Huntington. But I kept frothing to them how
good it was going to be, and just hoped it didn't turn onshore
until they got a few out there.
When we pulled up and saw
bombing sets out the back, I think they knew that this was going
to be the real deal. And when they paddled out and a 3 wave
double overhead offshore set broke on their heads. I'm pretty
sure they realized that this was going to be a memorable session,
and it was on. The guys stayed out for nearly 3 hours, and then
spent the last half hour sitting on the beach watching perfect
wave after wave peel off as the sun went down. A pretty amazing
day for sure.
M. Bonds is 6'2". So
we figure this is about an 8ft Californian wave, or maybe 2
ft Hawaiian. Saturday, north of Newport.
HB from above...
And that exact same spot
that's above, photographed later from below... Saturday.
Hopefully coming to a beach
near you soon....
The "Jaws" event
might go Thursday. With swell booming into the West Coast on
Prepare to surf! Dusty Payne,
The City of Newport is at
it again. They're come up with a another really dumb idea. In
summary, this time around they are talking about having a total
of 60 wood burning firepits in the city. 9 of those firepits
at Blackies. Plus there's talk of them putting one firepit on
the beach at the end of every street in Newport, all the way
up to River Jetties.
First off, an ERI (Environmental
assessment report) would show that the crap that is in the fire
rings at Blackies, would get washed out during high tide and
into the water. And that is a health hazard and a city liability,
as it is no bueno for swimmers! And some of the richest and
most influental people in this city, are those that own oceanfront
homes. And there is no way they are ever going to let fire rings
be dumped in front of the multimillion dollar beach palaces.
They collectively will be lawyered up before you know it.
Anyway, please keep your
ears open for additional info on the firepit issue. And if anything
drastic happens, I'll try and get info about up here.
"Let's put the firepit
here!" Brophy and crew, in Newport.
You'd think it was a left
Everyone's happy there's
waves again! Last night in Newport.
Surfline's Best Bet for the
month of January, is always a good bet...
Click the image below...
Greg Long went for this barrel
knowing he probably wasn't coming out. He came up after getting
totally worked saying, "I just took off and headed right
for you for the shot". And sacrificed his board on this
one... Not Todos. Somewhere else, in Bajaha.
Well... do you miss Summer yet?
Yes it was a year of epic Hurricane
swell in Newport in 2014. And we had a rare 3 day stent of epic
offshores in the Spring. But without a doubt the biggest story
of 2014 in our little beach community was the sad and untimely
death of legendary Newport surfer and lifeguard, Ben Carlson.
The Ben Carlson Foundation is
now in full swing, and a memorial statue is in the works. So
Ben will live on in the hearts and minds of all. Hats and shirts
to support Ben's Foundation are now available at Hobie Surf
Shop in CDM
Here's to 2015. Have a very
Happy New Year!
This morning's surf check, at Blackies...
An extremely friendly retired gentleman
we call "The Sweeper" lives on 32nd st. He has an
interesting past. He used to be the assistant to an Arab prince
for many decades. A few years ago he and his wife started a
tradition of putting a Christmas Tree in the sand at 32nd st,
that also had battery powered lights on it. It was something
he, his wife of over 30 years, and his family loved to do. Sadly
his wife passed away recently, and when neighbors saw the tree
go up this year, they began calling it "Jane's Tree",
after his late wife. Hope you got a picture with it...
From our family to you and yours.
We'd like to wish you a very merry Christmas, and a happy and
prosperous New Year!
Lots and lots of people in town got
sick from the water during the last storm. Sore Throat was the
most common symptom.
Click below for a story about surfing
in dirty water...
Hurray for clean water... In Newport...
Newport On Fire!
The end of the Newport Harbor Christmas
Boat Parade Fireworks show. Last night in Balboa.
He still has the smoothest surfing
style in Newport, even when in the air. Canon C., Wed, Newport.
Biggum surf. It's coming. Just not
This did not end well!... Cameron
Ferris, not in Newport.
(Photo copyright cozad)
This is SNN
Because there was no
surf in Newport yesterday.
Man argues with cabby. Cabby stops
in middle of the street and demands man to get out. Man attacks
cabby. Cabby Maces man. A lot of police arrive. Both man and
Cabby are forced to ground... Cabby let go. And man goes to
Moral of story. Don't screw with Cabbys!
Last night, in Newport.
Clear mid-day glass, yesterday
There's a lot
of people that are thankful for Newport...
This is the guy that's quietly grabbing
all the great waves during a swell on the inside, and tearing
them to pieces. He is also the guy that's unassumingly surfing
the empty waves down the beach, while the frothing pack of surfers
are paddling over each other at the main peak. Jon Perino, below,
is one of the most low profile and best underground rippers
around. And surfs both longboard and retro shortboards equally
well. And no matter the size or conditions of the surf, he always
seems to be having the time of his life...
Jon Perino. Yesterday
The 3rd day of Hurricane Simone, when
The Point began returning back to just an average beach break
again, one of the Upper Jetties turned on, and was pretty all
time. Word that morning was that had Bethany Hamilton had just
paddled out, so my wife and I went up to check the surf, and
see what she was up to in the water. But the crowd was in full
froth mode! And every little bump of swell had people crawling
all over, and unfortunately nobody gave her a break in the line-up
at all. Oh well, welcome to Newport...
Bethany on a tear! In
The one thing the Fall season has
been missing this year... The Wind. In Newport.
Yeah, Alex and I always travel together...
Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa. 2012
Perfect conditions, but no surf. Somebody
has to be getting waves somewhere in town though, right?
makes the most of next to nothing. Yesterday
The two photogs that I have the most
respect for out at big Todos are Jason Murry and Rob Keith.
They've been shooting there forever, and their photos are iconic.
This was taken two seasons ago. Jason thought shooting with
a wide angle lens, and sticking himself as close to the bowl
as possible would get him some exclusive images. Personally
I didn't think the risk is worth it, as you're risking your
ski and all your gear for an ok photo. But he's a legend, and
he pulled it off without an mishaps, and the photos did get
Jason Murry, really up close, at Todos.
I used to shoot the Surfrider Celebrity
surf contest every year. I felt like an idiot running around
playing paparazzi, especially when I didn't really know any
of the stars. This is Minnie Driver, who actually surfed pretty
good and was extremely nice. I shot some stuff of her surfing,
and a couple years later, The View had her on their show, and
they contacted me, and surprised her with photos of her riding
her longboard. Anyway, as you can see in this photo, I suck
as a paparazzi!
Happy Birthday to one of the most
frothing surfers in town! Susan C., XXS in Newport.
Click the photo below for a big batch
of images from the day. . And click here for a Solspot
Slideshow of the event.
Peace! and Boo!
The Blackies Halloween Costume
Check back later this week
for a link to Surf Forecasting site SolSpot.com that is hosting
a slideshow of the event.
Grom Trick or Treat Newport style,
And sorry Kim Kardashian, but the
ugly... Last weekend at the Blackies Costume Surf Event.
The O.C. Register's Laylan Connelly
is one of the premier members of not only Newport's, but Orange
County's surf community. And she has done more for it than anybody
I know. Last weekend Laylan married her sole mate, Jon Perino
at Doho. Jon is basically one of the nicest guys you could meet,
and also one of the best longboarders around! A huge congrats
to them both! And now it's off to Panama for a long deserved
honeymoon they go.
The North Pacific continues
to heat up!
This was taken the first year I went
up to Maverick's, in 2005. I got so psyched to shoot big waves
up there and at Dodoes that I
bought a ski and sled. The next year
when I was amping to go north, they outlawed skis in the Monterey
Bay area, in the name of Wildlife
Preservation? So I don't go up anymore,
except for the Mav's contest, because shooting from the beach
is boring. I planned to sell the ski last
Summer, but then was told that this
might be an El Nino Winter filled with giant surf. So I've hung
onto the ski for another year... Hopefully this
winter really will go XXL on the California
Greg Long Mavericks.
Photo Copyright Cozad
The Southern Hemisphere is
quiet. The Northern Hemisphere is starting to heat up. So things
are normal for this time of year in Newport.
Or are they?
Duddy, on a longboard, switchfoot,
and skinning it in 70+ degree water in mid October? Yesterday
Mixed in The Point crowd earlier this
week was a Newport legend that goes completely unnoticed in
the local surfing community. Forty years ago Mike Hall charged
The Point on the biggest of days like no one else. There's stories
of him too, surfing the place on Styrofoam "Blackball Beaters"
and getting absolutely pummeled on huge waves. Pulling up in
his Porsche with a bright red gun on top, a lot of of us kids
had a huge amount of respect for his surfing when The Point
got giant. And while still surfing Blackies every so often,
it was great to see him once again take his place in the line-up
during Hurricane Simon.
Michael Hall's surfing comes alive
once again. Monday in Newport.
Good swell... Good Surfline swell
Click the photo below.
Newport's secret spot?
Solid yes, but Simon won't be no Marie...
Post Marie... The surf ran up the
now steep beach, hit the newly formed berm, and quickly ran
down, and out to sea. Resulting in lots of this.
The Back Wash Boogie. A. Flores, in
Check out this months Bliss Magazine,
out now, for images of Hurricane Marie.
I Love Marie!
Knost, interested in anything that
has between 1 and 5. In
Get my board, I'm going
Baja surf convertible.
Don't try making one of these
in the United States!
"Locals of Interest"
What has Newport local Rexford Adams
been up to? Read his story below...
About a year ago a series of events
took place that inspired my girlfriend Carolin and I to start
planning a trip of a lifetime. Within a two week period my girlfriend
got let go from her job of 8 years and lost her mother to breast
cancer. When such events happen, life really stops you in your
tracks. We decided to finally live out our dream of traveling
around the world and taking multiple months to do it. We took
our life savings and off we went. Our travels took us across
the Inca trail in Peru to Machu Picchu, to the fjords and mountains
of Patagonia. Remote surfing towns in Chile. Wave pools and
indoor ski resorts in Dubai. All through Australia-Asia including
Sumatra, Thailand, and Vietnam. We even got stuck in a snowstorm
after hiking 12 days to Mount Everest base camp. We picked up
a rental car and a tent and spent 3 months in Europe exploring
the coast line from Spain to Sweden and surfing everything in
between. I managed to get myself engaged in a cave on a beach
in Portugal and we even surfed a river wave in the heart of
We've spent the last 9 months traveling the globe and are finally
back home in Newport and after seeing much of the good and the
bad in this world we realize how extremely fortunate we are
to live in this beautiful city. We started a blog at the beginning
of the trip called justclex.com,
where some pictures and stories mold out the last 9 months a
little better. All in all we still have some traveling in us
but for now it's nice to be back in Newport and we're looking
forward to seeing some familiar faces and surfing some familiar
Welcome home Rex!
Click the photo above for Rex's round the world blog!
How to turn a head high wave, into
double overhead. Thanks Marie!
Backwash Tuesday, in Newport
Huntington wishes it
had one of these! In Newport.
Saturday. Sherwood's Swell...
Where's the Goods!?
During last week's Mega Marie swell
I shot 21 hours over 2 days, in and around Newport. A file of
nearly 200 photos went to Surfline for their Swell Feature.
And then a few days after their Swell Feature was presented,
I realized the file I had sent them for it was of all of my
reject images! Whatever, no sleep for 3 days will do that to
you I guess. The emails keep coming in from people asking if
I have photos of them on Big Wednesday. Ha, I am still trying
to the find the time to go through all the images properly.
This I do know about my photos of
everyone. Images of Newport will be in Ghetto Juice Magazine,
coming out soon. And I'm told in Bliss Magazine next month too.
Also Hurley is rumored to be having a swell feature slideshow
next week with some of my stuff, that I'm sure you'll hear about.
And Surfline is said to be releasing a feature with additional
Newport photos of mine from the mega swell. Additionally I'll
work on getting up an album of people's photos too.
Newport... Like Nambi, like Pipe,
and like Indo too. Last week.
Like a hurricane that
hits land and alters the landscape. The surf of Hurricane Marie
has changed the beaches and surf of Newport. From the Wedge
to River there are deep holes in the sandbars, causing flat
spots in the surf in Newport. Most of the jetties lost the sand
that is typically piled up at the end of them. Sand has been
swept away at the base of most of the jetties, and many more
rocks are now exposed. Newport's
sandy beaches now have steep berms, similar to those which occur
after a large and violent mid winter storm.
And those berms are causing backwashe.
And on the North and South side of the Newport Pier, there is
more sand piled up near the shore than anyone can ever remember!
In fact it is so shallow that the Lifeguard dock beneath the
end of the Newport Pier, is now in only 5ft of water! And over
the past few days large clumps of seaweed and kelp have started
to drift in and litter Newport's line-up. Presumably ripped
from Laguna and other points south by Marie's large swells.
This photo was taken Monday morning
at a exactly +2.46 tide. Notice the increased width of the beach,
and the curve of the shore. It would take the Army Corps of
Engineers 6 months and two million dollars to do what Mother
Nature did in 3 days.
After. Yesterday in Newport.
NHHS surf team member Luke Ellis and
friends close out the summer by finding a new and creative way
to use ding tape. Yesterday in Newport
Click below for a short Surfline feature
of the recent mega swell. A larger feature from Surfline should
be up later tonight...
All eyes on Bob O. the day before.
The Great Debate...
Having surfed Newport for over 40
years, I think yesterday was the biggest and most unruliest
day going all the way back to the 70's at The Point. Others
that have also been around for decades may say others swells
were perhaps bigger. But perhaps that's because we were just
younger and more in awe of those swells back then. And as for
the debate that the "Pipeline Comes to Newport" swell
of 73' was bigger. No way! I was one of the few arrested during
that swell for not getting out of the water, and remember it
all too well. Hurricane Marie might not have been as finally
groomed and well shaped, but she was much bigger! Yes, Marie
lived up to all her hype, and was definitely one for the books!
And many of us in town may never see another one like her in
our lifetime again.
Some of the sets yesterday were fun
makable peaks... And
some were not... And
some of the set waves
were pretty solid... A few from yesterday in
And Then Go Surf...
Waiting, Waiting, Waiting, for Marie...
JOB might be there! Will you?
Not a lot of effort went into shooting
last weekend's swell. Instead all the photographic love is be
going to Marie. A name that we will probably remember forever...
Check out the 5 featured editorial
photos below from last weekend's swell.
Estrada showed up and put his Indo
inspired surfing into action. He had a double page spread very
similar to this photo in one of the mags many years ago. Obviously
hasn't lost any of his style or grace in solid surf through
Tom Rezvan is a surf animal! He's
respected as a regular in HB, Newport and at Lowers. And after
surfing his brains out for 3 days straight, when the wind wreaked
havoc on the surf Saturday afternoon. He hauled ass up to Malibu,
and scored there too.
That place that everyone treats as
a secret spot in town, but everyone in the Western Hemisphere
knows about, was obviously breaking last weekend. And the crowd
was ridiculous. Newport's Clay Smith (Richie Collins's uncle)
has been surfing the wave longer than most surfers in town have
been alive. And when Chiron mistakenly dropped in on him Saturday,
Chiron was greeted with a collision, a broken fin, and a swim
to the beach. Clay doesn't forget things like this!! But then
again, Chiron shapes his boards.
When the swell drifted extremely SW
mid Saturday morning, other spots in Newport really came to
life. And a few places resmebled left point breaks. Adam Popp
off the bottom on his shortboard inside. And Brophy on a gun
log styling on the outside. Both going nearly jetty to jetty.
Start practicing holding your breath,
Hurricane Marie will be arriving soon.
Solid short interval Tropical
Swell, check. Big name surfer in Newport, check. NW wind that
screws up what could have been an epic day of surf, check...
Friday, in Newport.
Because of all the road work going
on it took 22 hours of driving to get to this wave. And at about
hour 18 I was over it, and saying there's no way this drive
could be worth it! But damn if I was wrong. This place is pretty
magic and having surfed everywhere from The Super Bank in Oz
to the Maldives, and HT's in Sumatra. And Jeffrey's Bay and
Cape Saint Francis in South Africa to pumping San Blas and La
Salidita on Mainland. This wave is probably the most easily
rippable of the bunch.
If you know you know... Chest to head
high thanks to Tropical Storm Karina. Last Monday in Baja.
All roads lead to somewhere. In Baja...
So you've driven by it on your way
to Point or Wedge over the past few months, and always wondered
"what's going on behind that sidewalk scaffolding and wall?"
Well here it is...
In progress. In Newport.
This was either the Maverick's event
or the last Todos event 4 years years ago. This photog was minding
his own business shooting from his ski when he got caught caught
by a set that swung wide, and in the water he went, camera and
all. No matter what you've heard about sticking it in rice or
using a hair dryer, once a camera or lens is dunked in the water,
it's dead forever!
It happens. You just got to try and
make sure it doesn't happen to you... Say good-bye to $5,000.
Not only does he own
River when he's out there, he does one of the best and fastest
ding repairs in Newport. And he surfs like a mad man when he's
in the water. Brain H. Yesterday in Newport.
Click the photo below
for the Surfline wrap-up...
Yesterday was Newport
Junior Lifeguard's "Monster Mile".
And this year's theme
was American Heroes.
A few True American Heroes showed
up to cheer the groms on as they ran and swam a mile.
A lot of groms dressed up as a True
American Local Hero, Ben Carlson.
And then the groms put away their
costumes, and ran to 8th st., entered the water, and swam back
to Balboa Pier. Yesterday in
Throw Back Thursday.
In 2005 the City of Newport was going
to fill in the jetties with sand! All of the jetties. The City
was set to turn the surf of Newport into that of Balboa Pier.
The media showed up for the battles and people rallied at City
Council Meetings. A group of citizens fought the proposal. In
the end we stopped the city from filling in the jetties by getting
an Environment Attorney. He proved that the sediment that they
were going to fill the jetties in with contained greater than
the State's alotted 15% metals. So then the city decided instead
to pump an enormous amount of sand from the River, offshore.
And the Army Corps of Engineers gave them millions of dollars
to do it. And then this vessel, the dredgers boat, ran aground
while they were in the process of moving the sand. And it took
nearly a week to get the vessel off the beach. And in the process
they used up most of the dredging money doing it. To say the
least the project was a complete failure! So now anytime there's
word that Newport is moving sand. There are those of us in town
that want to know everything about it!!
Beached... In Newport.
Photo Tom Cozad
From people at my work that know nothing
about surfing to hardcore groms in the neighborhood. People
assume, like all photogs that shoot surfing, I'll be all over
the U.S. Open with a camera this week! But after having single
handily shot the event at one time for Surfline for 7 years
straight, I am completely over going anywhere near the event!
Good luck to all the photogs that end up there. And check back
here for a few images from local photogs.
I've found that one of the best photos
to get is a great U.S. Open Women's Champion image. I always
tried to get the best one possible. As not a lot of photogs
went all out to nail the Womens' Champion. And often times a
good one the sponsors would run everywhere.
Two different women, two different
years. Women's winners at the U.S. Open
Warning: This is one of the quickest
ways to get a ticket or arrested in Newport.
"The 909 Boardwalk Bartender"
If you've surfed Newport over the
past week you've seen it. A bright red 2 story tug pulling a
large sand filled barge. The sand is being scooped up from the
bay at what is to one day be Newport's new Marina, at 18th st.,
just south of the American Legion. And the sand is being dumped
offshore of the 44th - 48th st jetties. It's not the cleanest
sand being dumped out there, but then again it's certainly not
Heading back for more...
Every decade there's always distinct
packs of groms that hang out together and surf throughout
Newport until they graduate from NHHS, and then many of them
seem to go on to do other things and surf other places. This
is one of those crews...
Happy Groms. Circa 2007
This past 4th of July the
most popular people in all of Newport were these guys. The
Domino Pizza crew. They walked the boardwalk. They walked
the beaches. They walked the alleys. They sold $8.00 pizzas
everywhere!! Local Jetty's Kid Creature bought one and shared.
And while the pizza was not all that hot and fresh, it was
pretty tasty. Without a doubt these guys made a killing! And
I'm sure broke a ton of Newport business ordinances in the
It's pretty damn clever!
Just not sure how legal it is...
Last week. In Newport.
You might have recently seen the images
of the giant black school of fish in the La Jolla area. The
giant bait ball looked like a churning black oil slick in the
video. Yesterday in the Lower Jetties area of Newport, 20 or
so dolphins leaped into the air and chased large schools of
black bait fish very close to shore. The dolphins raced under,
around and through the surfers for nearly 20 minutes. Something
that none of us out had seen before.
This is an aerial shot I took last Sunday off of Warner St.
in HB. From the air it looked like an animated black ink spot
that was constantly expanding and contracting, and moving about.
What it is in actuality is a large swarm of fish. Warm water,
unlimited water visibility, and the ocean alive with unbundant
life near the shore... So far it's shaping up to be an interesting
If you haven't seen the Surfline slideshow
of the very special tribute for Ben Carlson. Please click the
by Bobby Currie
2500 people in the water. 5000 people
on the beach. For one Epic Tribute.
Ben's board with wreath, surrounded
by friends. Yesterday, in Newport.
Look for a Surfline Tribute to Ben
Big swell. Big Swell Feature...
Click the image below.
"Oh well... I didn't really like
that board anyway". Sunday @ Wedge.
The first solid Southern Hemi of the
year has faded, and things are getting back to normal...
Summertime crowd. In Newport.
There will be two services in honor
of Ben Carlson on Sunday, July 13.
A Memorial Paddle Out will be held at 9 a.m. at the Newport
Beach Pier. A Paddle Out is a way of honoring the fallen who
had deep ties to the ocean. The ceremony will consist of a gathering
on the beach before participants take to the water, paddling
out beyond the break, and forming a circle as a sign of union
with each other and with Ben. Conditions permitting, the Paddle
Out will be close enough to the end pier that non-surfers can
gather there to watch and participate.
A Memorial Service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on the beach
at Orange Street in Newport Beach. Casual or "Aloha"
attire is requested.
Walk, run, swim, paddle or just SUP
to the Paddleout to honor one of Newport's finest! Well, ok
Taken last Sunday @ Wedge.
The first major South of year arrived
in Newport over weekend. It was pretty dismal in the morning,
with NW and walls everywhere. And yes places South of the Peninsula
were pretty fun if you knew where to look. And the Wedge was
solid in the afternoon with a guy on an SUP getting some bombs,
before he broke his board. And Tyler Gunter grabbed the wave
of the afternoon. But while I have pictures of all the above...
This swell's hype pales in comparison to the sad fact that the
Newport Beach Lifeguard's lost one of it own while making a
rescue from their Lifeguard boat yesterday afternoon. All of
Newport sadly mourns...
BEN CARLSON. R.I.P.
July 4th, 2014
The crowd this year seemed younger, which meant in the
afternoon there were more paramedic runs to assist passed out
partiers. And because it was a Friday, those parties went later
into the night. There was more firework shows in the air than
years before. There were far less arrests it appeared. The ponies
returned. And one pony rider was spotted actually picking up
his pony's crap this year. And the newest 4th of July gimmick
of 2014, the Domino's Pizza crew was walking around absolutely
everywhere selling $8.00 pizzas. More photos and captions to
follow in the weeks ahead.
The Bad... And
The Ugly. Yesterday in Newport
You've seen the flags around town,
and read about it in Newspapers... 4th Of July is For Families
While the families that live her wish
that. The reality is it is for families, unitl around noon.
Then all hell breaks loose...
Have a Safe
& Sane 4th of July. And check back here for photos of who
knows what of the day...
for the 4th of July. Are you?
Two classic people, and legendary
local surfers. Jared Mel and Clay Smith. Happy to be in Newport.
July is here!
And July 4th is right
around the corner...
Mr. Bill Spurgeon is a Newport surfing
icon. Having surfed the waters of Newport since the 1950's he
is one of the most respected surfers in the water in the Blackies
surfing area. And he is affectionately refereed to by many,
old and young alike, as the Kahuna. Saturday at NAC a surprise
birthday party was held for The Kahuna, and a large crowd of
local surfers showed to wish him a happy 70th birthday. Much
love and respect to the Kahuna!
The Kahuna and one part of his vast
surfing crew. The women of Blackies surfing.
Photo by Dave Manning
Newport Beach Lifeguards are only
allowed to 4 Bud Lites per day. And just cans, no bottles.
Newport Beach Lifeguards are always
throwing someone else's garbage away...
With a solid South Hemi swell, and
a similar size wind swell in the water the last few days in
Newport... Everywhere from the Newport Pier to River Jetties
has had really good surf. Just pick your jetty or sandbar and
have at it. But with the fog and haze each morning, the local
surf photogs I spoke with have been surfing it and not shooting
it. If you got some of the recent surf, you're smiling right
from ear to ear, and if you didn't, while a bit smaller and
a bit more walled today, there is still surf out there.
Epic combo with epic conditions. Spring
Some of you will miss surfing with
him at 28th. And some of you will miss surfing with him at 56th.
And yes, some of you won't miss surfing
with him and his SUP at all.
Long time Newport legend "Hovie"
has left town and relocated to Florida to pursue his passion
Wishing you the best Brian.
Now days, everybody surfs...
Photo copyright cozad
Happy Father's Day!
Newport Dads Rule!
Long ago Bud Light really wanted this
photo!... And then they didn't.
Taj Burrow... Sailing.
Yes, there were waves in
town this past weekend...
But when is this going to
Waiting for Summer. In
Way Back Wednesday
She rode around town on her Hog from
Spring until Fall, in some pretty crazy outfits and jewelry.
And she enjoyed laying out on her bike in the Blackies parking
lot, while a parade of cars passed her by, wondering what the
hell was up with her. And while a few people claim of the occasional
sighting, she sorta disappeared and hasn't really been around
for a few years.
Newport's Motorcycle Mama... Hanging
on her Hog, @ Blackies...
This is the time of year some people
from Newport start venturing up to Malibu and the points beyond.
And if you ever wondered what it is that's behind those large
private gated drive ways heading up PCH, here it is...
A little Malibu Beach Cottage
Photo T. Cozad
Yes there was surf yesterday. But
Hurricane Amanda was a bust, and it was primarily Southern Hemi
swell. This being the biggest Hurricane on record for the month
of May however, maybe Newport really is in for a season of El
Nino generated swells...
Throw Back Thursday. Hurricane swell
and Red Tide, 2005
Matt Binswanger was a local surfer
for as long as people in the area can remember. Growing up and
attending CDMHS, he surfed both the nooks and crannies of the
CDM coastline, as well as throughout Newport. Over the past
decade Matt could be found teaching private surf lessons at
Blackies with his Newport Surf School. In fact Matt was
one of the first independently operated surf schools in the
Matt was a Newport local through and
through. He was also a good surfer, he cherished the Point when
it broke, and he was a bit of a character at times in the water.
Sadly Matt passed away last week.
A Memorial service will be held for him by his brother Danny
at LookOut Point in CDM, this Sunday, June 1st, from 6-8pm.
If you knew Matt, please try and attend.
You can't yell fire in a
And you can't yell
shark in a Beach City of 100,000 people.
Yesterday the below official appearing
Coast Guard notice began circulating the internet. It started
out quietly, and began to gain momentum throughout the morning.
And as soon as the Newport Lifeguard Department got wind of
it, and clarified that the report was false, the word spread
pretty quick that it was a hoax. And by noon the shark hype
had quickly died off.
You can maybe get away with distributing
something like the notice below on April Fools Day. This site
has done similar things for the past 11 years. But while the
City of Newport has a lot of ridiculous rules and regulations.
There is, and has always been one constant in Newport, and that
is that the Newport Beach Lifeguard Department takes all aspects
of ocean safety extremely seriously! And putting something like
this out for whatever reason is no joke to them.
So, have a fun and safe Memorial Day
weekend. Ride some waves. And don't worry about being eaten...
Every Wednesday local surfers Tim
and Amy Reda walk a group of frothing young groms down the Board
Walk from Newport Elementary to Blackies for their weekly surf
lesson. Once there some of the best surfers from Newport and
NHHS help teach the excited kids to surf. Endless Sun Surf School
is the premier surf school in Newport, taught by Newport surfers!
Summer camps start June 16th and private lessons are always
available. Click the image below for more info.
Preparing for instruction. The real
future of Newport surfing. Yesterday, in Newport.
How many great Newport surfers are
in the photo below? Too many to count...
Newport Harbor High Surf Team. Circa
If you know her, odds are you know
what's happening in her life right now. Jill Hansen, originally
from Hawaii, used to live in Southern California years ago when
attending a Fashion Institute. She was also a frequent surfer
around town, longboarding Blackies and shortboarding the Upper
Jetties. My family really liked surfing and talking with her.
But while Jill had an inviting and colorful personality, it
was also obvious that she had some issues.
Last week Jill tried to run a women
in her 70's over with her car. And she is currently in jail
in Honolulu on attempted second degree murder charges. Undoubtedly
Newport surfers that knew her hope that she now gets, and accepts,
the help that for a long time she has needed.
Click below for more info... And CNN
is thinking of doing something about it tonight at 6pm.
"Pinky" in action...
Photo copyright Cozad
There's been nearly a weeks worth
of offshore groomed Southern Hemi swell over the past month.
That's possible in the Fall, but in the Spring? Pretty unheard
of! It seemed at one time or another every sandbar in Newport
has been going off. Recently Surfline hit me up to do a local
photo feature with H.B.'s Chris Sardelis. And to the shock and
dismay of Surfline, and for sure Sardelis, I declined and asked
not to be involved. My reasoning, there's way too many epic
Newport line-up shots currently floating around the internet
right nows. And you have to give huge props to Surfline, while
they could have easily found other images, they dropped the
project. A big thanks to them for that...
Just pick a sandbar. And if you were
patient, there were still a few to be had... Yesterday
The Volcom Crew, all revved up. Yesterday,
at the VQS World Championships.
Image by Photographer Thomas
Throw Back Thursday
They were following schools of fish
along the coast, and somehow chased them right onto the shore.
In 2006, the Emerald Sea landed at 34th st., and spent the next
48 hours hoping for a tide high enought to lift her off the
sandbar. Finally, sometime after midnight, with the beach lit
up like Dodger Stadium and a tug offshore, she floated off the
sandbar and was pulled back out to sea.
Newport mad scientist Dale Kobetich
filmed last week's offshore swell down at Wedge. While not huge
it was a rare glimpse at what the Wedge bowl looks like with
Santa Ana's blowing into it. Click below for Dale's 2 minute
Note: No Go Pros were used in the
making of this film...
Stiff offshores, last week in Newport.
NHHS's surf team has been busy lately.
Saturday they competed in the highly competitive Oakley High
School Surf Challenge at Lowers. They made it to the finals,
taking home 4th place overall. And Saturday night the team attended
the CCSA high school surf team challenge award banquet. After
a series of weekend surf contests over the past few months,
NHHS's teams took it all, both 1st and 2nd place...
Click the image below for a Surfline
feature from this week's swell. And look for photos from the
swell in the upcoming Ghetto Juice Magazine. Additionally, a
link to view and download photos of people from the days will
eventually be found here.
From Up Close to...
Far Away. The surf looked pretty
good this week, in Newport
This pretty much sums up the crowd
on the left on Tuesday.
The Newport Epic Meter...
How good was Wed.?
Fireswell" was a 10 on the Newport Epic meter. Maxing
lined- up South Swell, and 2 straight days of offshore winds.
The October 5th,
"Good to Epic swell" was a 9.0 on the Newport
Epic meter. Not as large as the 2007 swell, and offshore for
only an afternoon, and half a day.
And Tuesday's "Good
to Really Good" swell is getting an 8.5. Offshore
from morning to sunset but not as big, lined-up or consistent
as previous offshore swells. Although it did have great shape
due to the combo nature of it.
Note: If the offshore event would
have happened a day earlier, during Monday's maxing swell, the
Newport Epic Meter would have registered an 11.
A few quick images of the rights up
the beach. Kyle, Jared & Alex.
It's pretty obvious that Newport Beach
Lifeguard Department is now under the umbrella of the Newport
Beach Fire Department..
Do you remember
the yellow ones? Newport Lifeguard Department's new Jeep. Yesterday
People you should know...
He was the premier local surf photographer
back in the day and has worked with, and is respected by, every
photographer in the surf industry. He was instrumental in introducing
Richie Collins to the world via his camera. And today he is
the premier photographic framer to the entire surf industry.
If I were asked who was one of my biggest inspirations in photography
when I first picked up a camera. It would be this guy, hands
down. Heaps of respect to this true legend.
Newport's Dick McCoy. Yesterday
Going on it's 11th year of existence,
NewportSurfShots.com has an archive of close to 3100 Hotshot
photos. And there's a lot of history in that large file of images!
Ships that ran a ground, floods in Newport, giant swells, young
groms that you'd now recognize today as young men, and a number
of historical images.
Today, Thursday, starts a new frequent
The Daily Hotshot's "Throw Back
Thursday"... This should be interesting.
For Al to be the great longboarder
he is today took a lot of hard
work. Here he is 8 years ago with his coach learning to ride
the nose of his board.
March 3rd, 2006
Tyler Gunter, Wedge, Yesterday, Easter
Not another internet photo of the
While it looks like it was shot with
a cell phone from out of a car window. It was instead taken with
a Canon Mark 3 camera, 300 2.8 lens, a cable release, and tripod.
And it was taken from the 32nd street lifeguard tower @ 12:55am
early yesterday morning by this clueless night photographer.
Frequesnt Newport surfer Erin Ashley
has been invited to the invitation only surf contest "9ft
and Single" in Bali. She needs a bit of help getting
there however as she has no major sponosors to pay her way.
So if you have a few spare dollars to donate, please click
the image below. No gift is too small or too large. Any and
everything helps! Please also share the link. And thank you!
Click the image below to see Erin
in action, and/or to help her compete in Bali.
Erin swtichfoot with style. In Newport.
IT'S TAX DAY!
Pay the man!
The photo below was shot during the
Offshore October swell of 2013. It ran in Ghetto Juice Magazine,
where they identified the surfer as Chase Wilson. However it
wasn't. It might have ran on a Surfline photo feature also.
Anyway, it just came out on the cover of a local Real Estate
Magazine that seems to end up all over town. I can't tell exactly
who it is, so if it's you, or you know who it is, make sure
to grab a copy of the mag.
? in Deep. In Newport
Susan C. (NHHS's Summer Cozad's mom).
Posed on Pink. Yesterday, in Baja.
Eat Healthy. In Newport.
I blame Kelly Slater for making the
surfing world aware that it was April Fools yesterday! Normally
your average surfer has little clue what the exact date is.
But when Slater released his departure announcement from Quik
a few minutes after midnight on April 1st, and people started
questioning the truth of it based on it being April Fools Day.
Every surfer suddenly knew what day it was. And good luck trying
to pull off an April Fools joke on them. Damn that Kelly Slater!
Bill Sharp... April Fools!
New Blackball regulations
set Monday evening by Newport City Council.
From Bill Sharp, President of Newport
As you may have heard, after months
of discussion and work by the Newport Surf Council (NSC) and
the Blackball Working Group (BWG), a number of modifications
to the existing surfing regulations were presented to the Newport
Beach City Council for a vote last night. The new proposed rules
called for the creation of several all day surfing areas in
West Newport and seemed to be moving toward routine Council
However, toward the end of the meeting
City Attorney James Rabbitt read from a recent State Supreme
Court ruling that found municipalities liable when so-called
"dangerous sports" are allowed to be practiced within
the city limits. And that surfboards, with their sharp fins,
could be grouped into this category. Based on this new ruling
and the potential for lawsuits, the City Attorney recommended
that the city limit the practice of board surfing for the coming
months while a study on the city's liability be assessed. A
number of potential regulations were quickly discussed, including
one that essentially expanded the existing no-surfing area of
40th to 44th Street by two jetties to the south and three jetties
to the north. This would effectively ban surfing from May 1
to October 31 from 28th Street to 56th Street during daylight
hours. To the NSC's complete shock, a vote was taken and with
zero public comment it was passed by a 4-3 margin. The new law
will become effective in 30 days, just in time for summer.
Newport's surfing community will need
to organize in the coming days to fight this ban on surfing
through public protests and possibly the filing of an injunction
to stop implementation of this ban on surfing. If you participate
in any form of hardboard surfing activities in the Newport area,
please spread the word on this new regulation, and keep up to
date on further developments here, and on the NSC Facebook page.
NSC's president Bill Sharp trying
to reason with the Newport City Council last night at City Hall.
Local NB/HB surfer Clay Crandal probably
logged more water time chasing swells this winter than anyone
in Orange County. Towing Baja beach breaks, Charging solid Todos,
pulling into Ocean Beach death pits, surfing maxed out Silver
Strand and Torrance Beach, and paddling into huge Hawaiian outer
Clay takes time out from his busy
winter, to toss a few up. Last month in Newport.
The City of Newport unveils the trees
that will line Balboa Blvd to give it a fresh, new and exciting
coastal look and feel...
Let the good shaped Southern Hemi
swells begin, in Newport.
Life long Newport local Rod, owner
of Fry's Market on 15th st, has been mowing foam like crazy
over the past year and is about to take the next step in getting
his boards out to the masses. Rod surfs all over town as much
as anyone, and through his market does an enomorus amount of
charity work for the city of Newport and beyond. Keep your eyes
open for Rod's boards, at a local surf break near you.
With all the talk of the missing airline.
An airplane photo..
I didn't think you were allowed
to fly over a busy airport in a helicopter. But somehow we did.
LAX From Above...
Mark Weiss is the unofficial mayor
of surfing at HB Pier. If you see him in Newport, you know either
the tide is to high or the surf is too walled at Huntington.
Mark is also a master craftsman, having constructed the piece
of art below for his house in only 3 weeks..
Not sure how many laws you would be
breaking if you had this on your house in Newport. But knowing
this city, it's probably a few. Art work by Mark Weiss.
NSS.COM's Throw Back Thursday...
12 year old Victor Done. 2003, 36th
Another heli image...
No front yard and no back yard. But
one hell of a view! Unique Central Cal home overlooking the
Erin Ashley, Newport.
Rock and Rolling over a section on
Saturday, in Newport.
Last weekend in Newport. Not as monstrous
and thick as the rest of the coast, but still plenty fun...
An album of unedited photos from the
weekend will be up tomorrow...
I live a few blocks from this guy
and his family and we always seem to be in the water at the
same time, and I've never really seen or shot him when he was
surfing. This past weekend's swell was without a doubt the highlight
of the winter, if not the last several winters. And after watching
him you had to be really impressed with his surfing.
Vestal's Johnny G at "the other
jetty". Yesterday afternoon,
in Newport. And
Chris Waring, Yesterday. Not Newport.
Click the photo below for a story
and photo feature about covering the Central and Southern California
Coast all in one day.
If only this was Newport...
NHHS Junior student Preston
D.. Last week in Newport.
Interesting useless info from NewportsurfShots.com
The city of Newport has been working
all along Balboa Blvd the past month, and it's supposed to last
many more weeks. What are they doing you ask?
On the beach side, on the sidewalk,
they are going to put in large trees, and large rectangle planters.
Dumb idea, as late night party goers coming home from the bars
will rip out the plants plus leave their alcohol bottles and
trash in them. On the inland side of the street, they are going
to drape ivy plants over all the walls that separate the sidewalk
from people's home. Strange.
To scale artist rendering.
Want to know everything there is to
know about the recent "Maverick's Swell"?
Click the photo below...
Somewhere North of River Jetties....
It's been pretty amazing to have watched
this guy grow up. He was about 9 when I first started shooting
him. He was just a polite and really quiet kid that surfed from
sun up to sun down back then. And he had no reservations to
paddle into a frothing crowd of older Newport surfers, grab
every wave he could and make them take notice. Well today everyone
in Newport's surf community does take notice when he's he the
water, and does know who he is. Yesterday, as another fun day
of surf rolled into town, there were 3 cameras, one videographer,
and one water photographer all trying to nail photos of him
surfing. And I realized then that he had become the great surfer
that as a little kid he had envisioned and had worked so hard
F54 then to Rip Curl and now to RVCA
Clothing. Colin Moran has a new home. Yesterday,
you've got to have a photo of a longboarder
from the South Side to represent here... Yesterday
More fun surf in Newport yesterday.
And more solid surfing by Lower Jetties standout Michael B.
This kid is getting ridiculously good! And while not officially
sponsored by anyone currently, when he starts looking for one,
a company would be nuts not to sponsor him!
Michael B. going long, and going short.
And yes he rode out both waves to the beach. Yesterday
It's Valentine's Day and love is in
the air... At Blackies.
That's one way of doing it. Levi P.
South African Grant "Twiggy"
Baker is a legend! Twiggy won for the second time the Mav's
event last month. Even though the event brought tens of thousands
of dollars to the Half Moon Bay community, will be televised
in an up coming TV special, and was a major media event in the
surf industry... Twiggy's 1st place prize this year, $12,000.
Click the photo below for a full profile
on Grant "Twiggy" Baker
Photo Copyright Tom Cozad.
From Mav's event 2006
Because people keep asking where the
heck is the stuff we shot up and down the coast last week?!
Below is an ok example of the kind
of stuff we got. This one actually has too much glare in it.
Look for a Surfline slide show in
the coming weeks...
The Queen of
the Coast... In California.
The morning of the Mav's event we
awoke before dawn at a hotel in Salinas and hauled tail to the
airport to get up in the air before sunrise, Suited up for the
flight in winter gear, 3 cameras and 6 lenses strategically
placed, and the heli fueled up. We were seat belted in the copter
and ready to fly the rest of the way to contest. And when we
turned the key to the heli, nothing happened. Again... and nothing.
Shit! The copter was dead. Numerous calls went out in the dark
of the morning to ultra qualified mechanics that could help
us troubleshoot the problem. In the end it was suggested that
due to our tight schedule we jump start the copter. Perhaps
if we got it running it would recharge the battery. And that's
what we did. My last transmission to shocked Surfline editor
Dave Gilovich as dawn broke, "F*#K yea it worked, we are
in the air"!
The 1 hour flight to Mavs along the
coast was exceptionally beautiful with waves peeling long and
powerful down each of the Santa Cruz points.. Yea it was cloudy.
But you just don't get to see that big of a swell from the air.
Arriving at Mav's it was... Well it's was what it is when shooting
the event from the water. A well orchestrated circus showcasing
big wave bravado.. And we spent a good amount of time buzzing
the break in circles shooting it.
Around noon we landed at Half Moon
Bay airport behind the event to pick up a San Francisco based
photog. Our gear was stacked in his truck, another door was
taken off, we were fueled and strapped in, and ready to go.
All instruments looked good. But once we tried to start the
copter. Again... nothing! This time we called an expert copter
mechanic 45 minutes away in Wattsonville. He could maybe fix
it but it would take him hours to get to us. So the decision
was made to jump start the copter again and fly straight to
him. The only problem was the Half Moon Bay airport mechanic
didn't want to crawl under our copter and help jump start it.
To great of a liability was his excuse. So, I somehow was volunteered
to do it. As I crawled under the heli and looked up into the
dark engine shaft, they just kept saying over and over, "make
sure you pull the black plug first. "make sure you pull
the black plug off first"!! Something about it could cause
a giant spark and maybe a fire! The black jumper cable came
off easily after ignition. But sticking my hand into the dark
engine case of the whirling copter and trying to feel around
for the red cable to release.... Scary shit! Once in the air,
we blew past Mav's as the semi final was entering the water.
A slew of mechanics ran out as we
landed on Wattsonville's airport tarmac. They were all wondering
what the hell was up with our copter. The problem was diagnosed
pretty quickly. The battery had died of old age. We had jumped
started it, twice, which you aren't supposed to do. The battery
had then cracked. And acid was now leaking all over the engine
case and terminals. I was ok with that explanation. Until the
chief mechanic told us we were really lucky the battery didn't
blow up when we were in the air. The take home message to all.
Don't jump start your helicopter battery. Within hours the copter
was fixed and we were up again. But as for covering the rest
of the Mav's event that day. I watched the finals of the big
wave event on a computer in the mechanic's office. Welcome to
"I'm not crawling under there!"
Airport mechanic, Half Moon Bay
Getting to the beach is a lot easier
in So. Cal. Saturday Nor Cal.
Trying to save at least one parcel
of drought stricken farmland. In California
Sitting in the cockpit of the Robsinson
44 heli as helicopter owner and pilot Howard Hamlin was doing
his ground check, I got a call from forecaster Jonathan Warren.
It would be our last correspondence with Surfline before takeoff..
The question on everyone's mind was if the forecasted clouds
the next day for the Mav's would stay offshore. And would the
high pressure build in Friday night and give us clear skies
for our photo mission down the coast on Saturday. Nothing in
life is certain, and we have canceled two heli missions within
an hour of takeoff before. But all the intel this time pointed
to a high probability that we should go. And off we flew
On the way up it was too hazy to shoot
much along the Southern California coast. And once we saw Santa
Barbara completely wind blown, we made a right hook over the
mountains. And flew along Hwy 101 and through the Valley And
what we saw was staggering! Where should have been lush green
farmland, was now nothing more than patches of brown dry dirt.
Rolling green hills were now nothing more than lumps of dry
brush. And wide expansive flowing rivers were now thin strands
of trickling water. It was devastating! A crop duster at the
airport we stayed in Salinas that night told us they should
have fourteen inches of rain by now this winter. They barely
have a single one. When food prices rise and next Fall's fire
season arrives the people of California are going to realize
the severity of the drought in the State of California..
Part III "So you jump started
your helicopter!". coming soon.
For nearly 5 years we have
been planning a helicopter photo shoot that would cover the
entire coast. San Francisco to Long Beach, in one day. What
was needed was a day when the swell, weather, and wind conditions
would all align and be ideal to shoot the entire 420 miles of
coastline. Weeks ago we saw the models like everyone else. A
giant storm coming off Japan that was forecast to grow like
few before it as it moved East. This monster of a storm looked
to produce giant waves all along the West Coast. And the big
fat high pressure over California looked like it wasn't going
anywhere, and would give us the weather and wind conditions
we needed. Last Saturday we felt was going to be the day we'd
waited 5 years for.
Preparations for the shoot
began last Monday, and when Wednesday came along and they called
for the Mavericks Event, we decided to throw that into the shoot
too. But nothing in life runs smoothly, at least not in my life
anyway. And the high pressure seemed like it was breaking down
as the week went on. Which would have resulted in poor lighting
conditions for the Maverick's. And for Saturday the weather
forecast was becoming highly uncertain. Deciding to put a million
dollar gas guzzling piece of machinery up into the air for 3
days was becoming more and more questionable, and trying to
make that ultimate decision was stressful. Thank God for Surfline!
They pulled out all the stops on this one for us. The best surf
forecasters in the world continuously consulted with us. Along
with one of the best meteorologist in the business. And on top
of that we had legendary surf media guru Dave Gilovich to bounce
ideas off of during the decision process.
In the end, we decided to
go for it. So Thursday I showed up at Long Beach airport in
the warmest ski wear I could find, and the door to the helicopter
was taken off. And we headed north on a 3 day photo mission.
To say the least the entire trip was surreal. And while we had
some mechanical problems with the helicopter on Friday while
trying to cover the Mavericks, by Saturday morning, we were
in perfect mechanical shape and amped for the mission. And I
think we captured images of Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, Big Sur,
Morro Bay and Point Conception, to name just a few, that are
geographically significant, and perhaps one of a kind. Plus
some of the images we shot Friday going up through the valley
I believe are historical in the sense that they demonstrate
the severity of the current California drought. And oh yea,
and we got some cool surf photos too! In summary, for me it
was one of the greatest things I have ever done, and not only
did I get to check it off my "bucket list". After
the unique adventure, I'm willing to throw the "bucket
list" away. Thanks to Howard Hamlin, pilot and helicopter
extraordinaire, for everything!
Part II. The Ride Up,
coming soon... Because now there are 11,000+ photos to look
The reason why Southern California
doesn't receive swell greater than 300 degrees in direction?
It can't get around this huge land
mass. Point Conception. Saturday
Expression session winner: Hunter
Ellis Longboard Division: 1. Seth Parry 2. Hunter Ellis 3. Luna
Reyna 4. Mick Quindazzi Shortboard Division: 1. Hunter Ellis
2. Mick Quindazzi 3. Luna Reyna 4. Seth Parry
Which is why it's a good
idea to get out of Newport to surf in the Winter... Yesterday
The hype for the possible January
19th swell has already begun, and the storm that might produce
the surf hasn't even formed yet. Regardless people are wondering
will the Mav's event go? Will Todos be 150ft? Will Newport finally
break this winter? Or will the swell be a bust? Who knows...
Keep an eye on your favorite surf forecast website over the
next week to find out.
Sitting inside here, might not be
a good idea... @ Maverick's
Copyright T. Cozad.
A perfect wave doesn't always
lead to a perfect ride... In
A decade ago in Newport there was
Nick Johnson, shown below. He was without a doubt one of the
best surfers in Newport at the time. In High School he won every
surf event that came his way, and after graduating he was picked
up by Oneill. Oneill then sent him to compete throughout Europe
and Nick was on his way to being the next big thing in surfing
from this area. Unfortunately however, Nick injured his knee
early in his career to the point that he was in chronic pain
whenever he surfed. And rather abruptly Nick walked away from
surfing. Nick's still around the area now days, and for many
is still missed in the water.
2005, in Newport.
Inspired by photographic boredom.
This images was taken Saturday afternoon by climbing to the
highest point possible above the hills of Newport.
In the top photo, to the right are
the Balboa and Newport Piers and the Newport Bay. The bottom
photo was shot by pointing a telephoto lens straight ahead.
Those palm trees are at the Wedge, and in the background is
Catalina's highest peak. Yea whatever, we need some real waves...
No heli was used in the making
of these photos. In Newport
Time to put away the lights, the Holiday
season is over. In Newport.
A lot of building going on in town.
The residents in the bay front trailer park on 16th St. have
all been evicted and the park is currently being demolished.
And if you were wondering what was in store for the bay front
area where both Russell Surfboards and Newport Surf & Sport
used to be back in the day, those plans are below...
The Year in Review... 2013
2013 was not a stellar year for surf
in Newport. We had a good run in the Spring, Summer had a few
moments of brilliance, but not many. And Fall was all about
just one day, October 5th. And the Winter so far.. Well, don't
No large ships ran aground this year
in Newport, fortunately no one drowned while surfing, and the
city didn't move around the sand of our beaches. 2013 was one
of the quieter years within the surf community of Newport. And
that's a good thing...
2014 is shaping up be an interesting
one. There's no telling if the surf will come. But there might
be a few changes as to where and when you surf in the City of
Newport. Keep up to date on what's happening with Newport's
Surf Council and BlackBall regulations throughout the year...
Have a great 2014!
October 5, 2013.
Not as good as the "2009 Fire
Swell". If it had stayed offshore as the tide dropped throughout
the day however. It would have been better!
Recently I was in Baja and this stretch
of road, located about 8 miles north of the Ensenada Toll Booth,
was being heavily worked on. They had both directions down to
just one lane. Word was there were cracks in the pavement, perhaps
due to the rains that occurred earlier that week. Days later
a 4.6 earthquake centered South of Ensenada occurred which no
doubt extended those cracks and ultimately lead to what you
see here. Plan those Baja trips accordingly...
An extremely friendly retired gentleman
we call the "Sweeper" lives on 32nd st. He has an
interesting past. He used to be the assistant for an Arab prince
for many decades. Last year his son came to visit him on Christmas
Eve and they set up a Christmas tree on the sand at 32nd st.
They put lights on it that were powered by a small battery.
And left it up for a few hours.
This year however the "Sweeper's" family went all
out. They picked up a tree on Christmas Eve from a closing lot.
And stuck it on the sand, decorated it with solar powered lights,
lots of Christmas ornaments, and left it there all night and
throughout Christmas Day. To say the least, there was a parade
of people walking out to the tree from the boardwalk, scratching
their heads wondering were it came from, and taking photos with
it. And when night came, they removed it. And the city never
had their chance to fine them for whatever silly law that it
was that they had surely broken. And next year? There's an even
The most photographed Christmas tree
From our family to you and
A very Merry Christmas and
a Happy and Prosperous New Year!
Wednesday of last week the Newport
Harbor Boat Parade opened with fireworks off the Newport Pier.
When was the last time fireworks were shot off that pier?? And
Sunday the parade ended, and the city did their best not to
blow up the Balboa Pier.
Finally the city does something kinda
cool with your money...
Newport's Chiron Stewart and "Lugo".
Post evening surf session. Yesterday in Newport.
The Weekend in Review
The story this weekend in town, outside
of the DUI checkpoint at 32nd st, was there was no story, surf
wise anyway. A bump in South, a tad of NW, yea whatever. What
the surf community did care about was what was happening on
the North Shore. The Pipe Masters appeared on computer, TV and
iphone screens, and the local waters were pretty cleared out
by then because of it.
Lower Jetty groms gather to watch
drama and carage at Pipe.
Saturday in Newport.
Remember, this Holiday Season, drinking
and driving don't mix...
The death of the 24th St. Bus Stop...
Wednesday In Newport
The 2013-14 NW Swell Season so
far this year.
Lots of great
Sunrises & Sunsets... but not a lot of surf.
December, 2013. In
one's the Dano?
to it's typical winter self...
Almond's Gully A. making the most
of high tide crumble. Yesterday in Newport...
With 5 foot of swell on the buoys,
Newport got it's share of surf late last week. Although going
south was a better call. If you stayed in town and had patience
you got a few. Click the photo below for images from last Friday
from photog Dave Manning.
After the flat spell from hell, Jamie
Reidling finally gets to put his new Estrada to the test...Friday
Photo by Dave Manning
While you're waiting for the upcoming
swells. Click the photo below and check out the Billabong Awards
XXL Event site that was just launched.
Greg Long on a late afternoon XXL
hump., South Of The Border.
I don't mean to be a wetsuit snob,
but guys should not wear Roxy wetsuits. Saturday
Once again... If you see an image
like this here. You know the surf in Newport has been garbage...
Two of the very best shapers in town.
Doing two very similar turns... In Newport.
Do you have a few boards that you
want to get rid of? Well Sakal Surfboards in H.B. is offering
cash for used boards!
Check them out at the address below
or click the image for a link to their website.
201A Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Not every board has resale value...
Tosh & Lanae. At home in Newport..
Passing on your love
for the ocean , is what it's all about...
Dale Kobetich's custom built
RC camera carrying helicopters are legendary! But there are
other small time manufactures making somewhat similar inexpensive
machines. And now Shores Crew Kingpin Lugo has one. Undoubtedly
look for some amazing video and frame grabs from Lugo in the
near future. And don't be surprised if Dale now arms his Heli...
After 3 excruciating months
out of the water. Word is this Blackies local's doctors might
let her back in the water in a few weeks!
Summer... In Newport
The Last word, for a while,
on the Newport Surf Council's Blackball Battle.
her to see the recent Surfline feature on the Newport Surf Council.
Click here to see
the Newport Surf Council's website
here to join the Newport Surf Council's Facebook Page.
And thanks for everyones support!
If you'd like to contact the Newport
Surf Council with your general thoughts you can email:
To stay informed of the Newport Surf
Council's progress with the City
click here, fill out form, and you'll be added to our contact
For more background info on Newport's Blackball laws and the
surfing zones recommended to the City in 1995, click
Newport Surf Council petitions Newport Beach's BlackBall Working
Last month the
City of Newport Beach held an open forum to discuss the City's
A wide range of suggestions by a number of people were presented
to the City's newly formed BlackBall Working Group.
After the open forum it was decided
by a group of Newport residents that the Newport Surf Council,
under the direction of it's Chair, Bill Sharp, should regroup,
retool and reconvene. The Council's
initial objective has been to draft one clear and concise proposal
and present it to the City's Blackball Working Group.
The letter below is that final proposal,
and it was been sent to the City's Blackball Working Group
Thursday morning. If you surf Newport it is important that you
take a few minutes and read the proposal now. And if you agree
with the Newport Surf Council's recommendations, it is
urgent that you email the City's BlackBall Working Group
today and show your support. Their email is below.
Thank You, and Happy Surfing in Newport...
It's out! And
you need one! The NHHS Surf Team 2014 Calendar has hit the streets.
Over the next month students will be canvassing the area selling
them. Or you can get one at Surf Side Sports! For $15.00 you
get a calendar with tide charts, some pictures of local rippers,
and you're able to help out a local high school!
NHHS Surf Team
Calendar cover boy Norton Chandler. In Newport.
In Newport there are laws for everything!
If can you think of it, chances are you can't do it in this
city. Surprisingly in Newport however there is no law against
riding a horse around town! As long as you clean up the poop,
it is legal! Pretty cool...
Long time family friend Gina R. and
friend bar hopping in costume, and on horse! Yesterday
@ 23rd st in Newport.
Click the image below for a slideshow
of last weeks Blackies Halloween Surf.
click here for many more images of the event.
Low clouds, a dropping tide, a small
windswell swell and a touch of fog didn't deter anyone from
showing up for the Blackies Halloween Surf last Saturday. This
year was as big as ever! Check back as it gets closer to Halloween
this week for a slideshow of the event!
Photos from Sept. 5th again? Click
the photo below for the Surfline feature..
You think you're going to be the only
one out on one the best days of surf in Newport in years. Think
again! There's 50 frothing surfers behind this wave, all stink
eyeing each other and wondering who the hell's to blame for
letting this wave go by with nobody on it!
If you have something you would like
to say to Newport's newly formed BlackBall Working Group. Please
send it to..
A little History of 40 -
44th St. no surfing ordinance
the Summer of 1979 our little crew of surfers hung out at Ted
Demond's house on the beach at 43rd St., and 40 - 44th St. was
our local surf spot. In July of that year a small crew of us
went to San Blas, Mexico on a little surf trip. The morning
after we returned we were surfing out front of Ted's house,
as usual, when the yellow lifeguard jeep pulled up and told
us that the area was Blackballed to surfing and was now a Boogie
Board only spot! We were in utter shock! How could this have
happened without some kind of notice. No one in our crew had
heard anything about it!!
There were two rumors of
how it did come about floating around back then. One was that
a Council Women's son was a Boogie Boarder and during a late
night City Council meeting she introduced and got passed the
no surfboard Blackball ordinance. The second rumor was that
two City Councilmen owned rental units in the area, and felt
their weekly rental property would be more valuable if surfers
were abolished from the area. Weeklies prefer to walk out front
of their beach house and play in the water without the worry
of getting run over by someone on a surfboard.
Yes we were mad as hell and
felt it was unfair. But we were young, stupid and clueless and
instead of trying to fight City Hall over the new ordinance,
our little crew instead spread out and moved over to the 44th
jetty to surf, and walked down to 36th St. when necessary. To
be honest 40- 44th didn't have all that great of surf anyway
back then. But over the years the place has developed into a
pretty good surf spot when the conditions are right. In fact
it's now a wave that most surfers in the area feel is frequently
better than 36th or 44th St. jetties. And it's probably time
that the surf community of Newport take a look at asking for
the surf spot back from the City. Or at least making the times
that it is off limit to us a little more fair and tolerable.
There hasn't been this much hype about
an issue that effects Newport's surf community since the city
had planned on filling in all the jetties in Newport with sand
a decade ago. The Great BlackBall debate has begun. And every
surfer in town wants something out of it or has an opinion about
it. Separated surf and swim zones, the Wedge blackball ordinances
altered, the 40th to 44th St. Boggie zone repealed, and even
cries of doing away with BlackBall entirely in the City of Newport
have been suggested.
The word is Councilwoman Nancy Gardener
wanted to look at the BlackBall regulations for her district
in CDM. Now Nancy is fair and very knowledgeable about the ocean.
In fact she used to be president of the local Surfrider Foundation
Chapter before she got into local politics. So Nancy figured
the city should have a forum about BlackBall issues in CDM and
get the community's input. And then she thought, heck why not
go ahead and get input from citizens about all the BlackBall
There is no way the city will even consider doing away with
all local BlackBall ordinances, and those that are planning
on suggesting it are going to be seriously disappointed. What
it sounds like the city might be willing to do though is extending
the time of BlackBall here and there, perhaps moving around
the current dates by a month or two, or maybe even allowing
greater access to surfing in an area of Newport during the Summer
months. But nothing in Newport's City government happens quickly,
ever! And this pubic outreach is but the first in a very long
5 or so step process of getting a proposal to the City Council.
Where it can be opened up to public discussion and voted on.
A few proposals for the committee
to strongly consider... Opening the Wedge to tow surfing between
the hours of 10am - 5pm. Make The Point off limits to anyone
without a Newport-Costa Mesa zip code. Make Blackies an SUP
and kayak only surf zone. Make 28th St for only Boogie Boarding
in the Summer and 40th St for only surfing. And allow everyone
between 52nd - 56th St jetties to do whatever they want.
Newport's future Summer Surf Zone??
Don't bet on it.
There's no one in Newport whose opinion
I value more about dealing with our city than this guy, Bill
Read below an article that Sharp appeared
in for Surfer Magazine in 1995 pertaining to how he went about
changing Newport's previous BlackBall ordinance.
The BlackBall Story revisited...
Blackball & Jail!
By T. Cozad
the Summer of 1972 one of the best hurricane swells ever hit
"The Newport Point", and everyone was out. Lenny Foster,
Jackie Dunn, Jack Briggs, Billy Pells, John Van Ornum... These
guys were barrel specialist and charged everything from Pipe
to huge Mainland Mex. and they were all on it.
Back then the lifeguards
used to throw up Blackball at noon like clockwork. And if it
was crowded with bodysurfers, sooner. On this particular day
they raised the dreaded Blackball flag at 10am, and everyone
was mad as hell! I was one of the groms in the water that day,
and along with a few other older surfers, decided to ignore
the police and lifeguards, stay in the water, and keep surfing.
This did not sit well
with the local authorities, and the lifeguards soon brought
in the Fire Boat from the Harbor, cranked up the high pressure
hose, and fired it at us, hoping to force us out of the water.
I have to admit that thing hurt! And it wasn't long before I,
along with the few others still out, headed in. I paddled up
to 19th St. and caught a left that took me around "The
Point", and far down by the Newport Pier, hoping no one
would see me coming in. As I hit the sand this big guy in wet
shorts and a tank top grabbed me by the arm. I had no idea who
he was and started swinging my board and swearing at him. Bad
move, come to find out he was an off duty Orange County Sheriff,
and he easily over powered me and drug me to the police postioned
at 19th street.
By now people were
beginning to throw sand at the authorities, and it appeared
a full scale riot would break out. They quickly tossed me and
another guy in the back of a police jeep, and whisked us away
to Blackies parking lot. Once in the lot they transferred us
to a police car for the ride to the police station. In the car
was this older surfer I'd never seen before. He was a complete
wacko! He began trying to kick out the windows, while yelling
obscenities at the officers. This went on all the way to the
police station, and I did all I could to let them know that
I was in no way associated him.
Once at the police
station, the station located where City Hall was on 32nd st,
they put me into a little room that contained only one wooden
chair and a small window. And that's when their fun began. They
tired to scare me shitless! Telling me I was going to be locked
up for a long time for disorderly conduct, unruly behavior,
assaulting a police officer, ignoring Blackball... They even
told me I had broken some law about screaming obscenities in
public! And when I began shivering in my dripping wet springsuit,
and I asked for a towel. They got a good laugh by tossing me
a little wash rag. After a couple hours they called my dad,
and he and a neighbor rode down on their bikes and got me out.
No charges were filed, but needless to say when Blackball goes
up now days, I'm usually the first one to the beach.
And years later, when
I sat down in my seat for the first day of high school driver
education class. Guess who walks in as the instructor? The off
duty Orange County Sheriff who dragged me off the beach that
day! Damn I thought, that guy is everywhere!
Locked in a little Brown Barrel...
Surfline has a new feature on it,
Local Photos. Photogs from around the world are picked to
have their images in galleries, and people can download them.
I helped develop this feature from day one, so instead of sending
my images out to those that wanted to look at them, I've instead
put them all up in the Local Photos section. Dumb maybe, but
we'll see how it goes. There's no line-up shots but there's
nearly 300 photos of local surfers on the recent epic Newport
day. Thanks for everyone's patience while I tried to figure
out the technology of working with Surfline's new site.
Click the photo below...
Every once in a while, Newport actually
gets pretty good...
Offshore winds are also good for flying
a kite... Saturday in Newport.
You can be pretty darn sure, he did
not make it out. In Newport.
A Surfline photo Feature?! Click the
He can hide behind the sun screen
mask. And the rock jetty.. But the camera is still gonna find
him! Pat T., Saturday in Newport.
The Weekend in Review?... Are you
A link here to an album of people's
photos utilizing Surfline's new Local Photos feature,
later this week.
"Spides" ruled the morning.
Chase ruled the afternoon,
The Board Alley
If you surf Newport on a regular basis,
you undoubtedly know who these guys are...
Click the image below for images from
last weekend's Newport Surf City Championships, taken by local
surf photo Dave Manning.
The sponsors behind last weekend's
Lost's.. Joe Alani & Arnette's
Everything you always wanted to know
about the Wedge from Spencer and Bobby, and more...
Click the photo below...
Big and Powerful but not the best
shaped wave in the world! Da Wedge.
One of the best days Newport has ever
Tyler Hosseini in the barrel, and
Spencer Pirdy with arms raised in celebration!
The Fireswell. Oct. 2007
Who the heck has the energy to play
freshman quarterback for NHHS and surf both long and shortboard
divisions for the NHHS surf team??
Newport's Michael Bonds does.
Yesterday in Newport.
weekend in review.
A really fun combo swell, fog that
drifted in and out, a knock down drag out fight at the Upper
Jetties, a Rave Music Fest at Brookhurst where you could hear
the music all the way to the Newport Pier and a very somber
remembrance throughout town of a legendary local...
Don't you miss them??
Last Week in Newport.
Under the direction of legendary surf
coach Scott Morlan, NHHS used to hold there morning team practice
at 54th St. This went on for as far back as anyone can remember.
Morlan however used to get crap about the couple days of practice
each week from a few that surfed there however. And then the
City started responding to those people's gripes, and the surf
team practice was moved down to 61 St. to keep the peace.
On a side note Morlan recently retired
after over 3 decades at NHHS. And on the first day of school
this year he was seen paddling out by himself to super fun shoulder
high peaks south of the pier. "I feel like I should be
checking students in to class this morning" said Morlan,,
"but none the less it feels good to be in the water"
One of NHHS's top women surf team
members, Tehya. Wednesday
When my daughter was far too young
we took her in the ocean, stood her on a surfboard, and shoved
her towards the beach. She has uncanny balance, and rode it
all the way to the sand, walked out of the water and asked if
she could now go back to her dolls. Not interested. Over the
years however we spent most weekends and vacations as a family
surfing. And by 6th grade she had fallen in love with surfing
longboards. And now at 14 she's actually getting really good.
From a father's point of view I could care less if she rode
every wave to the beach, or fell off on every one of them. What
I've found is that surfing with my daughter for me has been
the ultimate parent/child bonding ritual. Since I can remember
when something was really bothering her we'd head out on boards
where inbetween waves we'd just talk things out. And while pulling
info out of her about her school day has always been near impossible!
Paddle out with her after school, and she discusses everything
down to what she had for lunch.
Recently my daughter had surgery,
and is out of the water for a few months, and it's driving her
crazy! So to keep her in tune with the surf, and to do her part
for the NHHS surf team while healing. I've stuck a camera in
her hand and had her point it towards the ocean. And yesterday
she took her very first surf photo. And while standing next
to her sounded like a rapid fire machine gun, and a lot of the
photos were blurry images of the sky and water, there were a
few gems. Look for more images here over the next month by Newport's
newest surf shooter.
First day of NHHS surf team practice.
Yesterday in Newport
Photo by Summer Cozad. Cropping,
Color Correcting and Sharpening by Tom Cozad