lot was going on this past Labor Day weekend in Newport. Saturday there was all
time surf from late morning until Sunset at a lot of sandbars in Newport. Thank
a steep short interval SSE swell and a lack of wind for it. Sunday, Newport once
again employed horses to patrol the local beaches. Thank The City Of Newport for
the piles of horse crap you might step in. Sunday night a boat carrying about
a dozen people slammed into the Balboa Pier. Thank the fog that rolled in just
before sunset for that one. And Monday afternoon, with fog hugging the coast,
a fresh little tropical swell rolled into town. Thank Kiko for that. And today...
Well today is a wonderful and joyous day in Newport, because they have all gone
home!! Thank you great people of the Inland Empire and beyond for that.
Groms are back in school today, and
get our city back today, because they've all gone home! In Newport.
are getting cleaned. People are going to the mountains, the lake or the river.
Family time is at an all time high. The 2013 August of small surf continues...
you've ever ordered a board from one of the talented shapers at Pure Glass no
doubt this guy has had his hands on your board. Austin G. is one of the most talented
glassers in the business, and easily one of the best longboarders in Newport.
little surf to ride, Austin takes his longboarding skills to the street. Yesterday,
try this again...
Two years ago
I began consulting with the powers that be at Surfline in assisting them in building
a mega surf photo website. A surf photo website unlike anyone has ever attempted.
And believe me, I've seen a lot of people's attempts! It is not my place to say
what Surfline's new mega photo website, called "Local Photos", is or
isn't. That information will be released by Surfline when they are ready, and
their entire site is officially launched. But my take on their huge and extremely
expensive endeavor is that it will change not only how you view and purchase images
of yourself surfing, but it will change the way people check out surf images from
throughout the world.
click the photo below and sign up to follow NewportSurfShots.com's images as they
are posted, as well as others photogs you might like. This "Local Photos"
site is still in the Beta testing phase, but there are a lot photographer's images
local photo. Copyright Cozad
Waiting, Waiting... For Surf!
Welcome to the 2013 Summer Flat Spell...
are resourceful when it comes to finding surf. This spot in Baja last week went
pancake flat during high tide. But then someone noticed that as the swell bounced
off the cliff during high tide it made a little piece of whitewater that ran down
the beach. And the next thing you know they where on it.
Sinclair and Trent C. scramble during the cliff whitewater bounce...
later Dylan Cotton scores a cliff bounce monster... Last week in Baja.
frothing Newport surfers in Baja, and the surf is maxing out at knee high, on
the sets. So the emphasis of the trip changes to exploring and other things.
time, in Baja
case you were wondering if the surf is bigger in Baja this week, than the surf
is in Newport. Here's your answer...
Cole S., yesterday afternoon in Baja...
to Baja. Unfortunately no swell, so no Scorpion Bay, oh well... There is however
all kinds of Newport surfers on the trip. Women, girls, NHHS shortboarders, Blackies
longboarders. Check back this week for a few images of undoubtedly someone you
there's waves, in Baja...
Waiting, Waiting for winter...
Long paddling, Clay Crandel going over with the lip, and Tom C. and XXL Photog
Rob Keith are shooting. Rob got caught by either this set or the next one and
rolled his ski so it was upside down. Luckily he put his camera in his Pelican
case before he got hit. The only damage, besides a dunk in the ocean and a little
embarrassment, was his sack lunch got wet. Rob is a legend. And Clay is on his
way to becoming one!
been down in the Lower Jetties area, except when away at school, for nearly 35
years I've had the opportunity to witness the emergence of a good portion of the
surfers that end up making a name for themselves later in the Upper Jetties. The
Lower Jetties has always been one of the main learning areas and launching
pads for young surfers in Newport, especially during the Summer. And surfing with
and watching these kids year after year has provided a crystal ball into what
the future of Newport's surfing talent looks like. There's dozens and dozens of
kids this year in the Lower Jetties! More than there has been in the past decade.
Surfing seems to have reemerged with kids in the area, and in a big way, especially
with the girls. Having said that, there is one name that can be thrown out there
to keep an eye on. While still in the extremely early stages of her surfing development,
it would be hard to find another grom that puts in as much time, effort and dedication
towards her progression in the sport of surfing. Keep an eye out for this 14 year
old girl as she moves up the jetty ranks, and like those before her, give her
S., Lower Jetties, Newport.
If in the Malibu area this summer, check out Newport's Surf Junkie Jeff at Dukes
Wed. nights as he M.C.'s a surf industry party night with give aways! The event
runs through the end of August with the proceeds going to charity.
M.C., narrator and radio host. One of the best of them all! Jeff M., in Newport.
guy below showed up surfing in the Lower Jetties a lot last week, he was staying
there. People surfing the area thought he was really, really good at longboarding.
Come to find out he was from Florida and said he was here to surf the U.S. Open
Longboard Comp, and we thought he had a good chance of doing well in it. He however
wasn't so sure... Well he did do ok. He won.
Justin Quintal, last week in Newport.
Hein, his creative bride Felicidad, and D. Shea have put together a little surf
Click the image below and check
the 2 minute video out...
and ocean Summer play time... Monday
waves and more waves...
J. rode on top of one, and
rode inside of one. Yesterday in Newport.
weekend in review
More South wind, more
high tide, more South Swell. Ground Hog day continues... Again, interval to long
for that place on south side of pier. Lower jetties had the best shape, but crowd
remains ridiculous. NHHS had their second team tryouts at 61st, and everyone lived,
again. West Newport without a doubt got the blunt of the swell. And word is Hovie
got one of the biggest and deepest barrels of the weekend, on his SUP. And as
Hovie would say, "If I wasn't on my SUP, I'd be getting the biggest and best
set waves on my regular board anyway"...
another South Wind textured swell! Saturday
evening in Newport.
had covered the U.S. Open for Surfline for 6 years in a row in the past, and to
be honest I burned out, and hope to never have to step foot at the event again.
In that time I saw and shot a lot of crazy stuff happening. But there was one
constant, and one comforting thought when I think of the U.S. Open, and that is
the voice of Fig announcing the event. Vans has decided to pull Fig from announcing
this year, which would have been his 20th. And that is a very dumb move!
Davis, loving the weekend crowd in Newport.
that knows him from the water would have to agree. He's one of the funnest guys
in town to surf with...
St Joel" putting his board on full tilt
just wanna have fun, too. Yesterday
from 32nd st to 51st, particularly along Seashore Ave, flattened piles of horse
manure remain from the 4th of July. Why the city didn't scoop up the piles the
next day is puzzling and has upset many of the local residents. It is against
the law in the area to spray down your house with water. The city will write you
a ticket of a $100.00 for it. It is felt the dirt will find it's way into the
bay. But it is ok to leave piles of horse dung laying in the streets?
hired guns, ready to dish out a lot of shit. 4th of July in Newport.
Another 4th of July
is in the books. There were more police horses this year, 20 was the rumor. And
yes, they left their shit everywhere!! It also appeared that there were less arrests,
but more medical runs this year. Banners were hung this year along Balboa Blvd
weeks ago that said "4th of July is for Families". And it was, evident
by the local resident parade and carnival. But once the family activities were
over, it was business as usual, and the mayhem quickly began. They didn't close
Balboa Blvd this year, but left Seashore open, which just drove the sea of people
down that street instead. And the police put a 360 degree camera high up on the
36th lifeguard tower so they could continually survey the area. Very creative!
If you were here undoubtedly you saw a lot of crazy stuff going on, and if you
weren't, then you must have enjoyed a 4th of July somewhere that was much more
A few images from the
4th of July in Newport
America is here to save you!
girls for every boy!
police do not discriminate...
arrest women too..
And the Ugly
please don't touch it!
It doesn't get any uglier than that!
a Safe and Sane 4th of July! In Newport
Tomorrow, July 4th 2013,
is the "Daily Hotshot's" 10 year anniversary. It's been an interesting
run. Below is the first shot of Wedge that ever appeared here, many many South
someone lose something?
loved Cosme, but Im ready to move onto Dalila"
story the past weekend was the first Hurricane swell of the season! Filling in
Friday Hurricane Cosme was accompanied by clear skies, fog, clear skies, fog and
then more fog. It was nice to have somewhere but Da Wedge for everyone in town
to focus on during a bombing swell for once. The short interval was doing what
short intervals do in the underwater canyon south of the pier and there was moments
of brilliance throughout the weekend there. The Lower Jetties while obviously
smaller, actually had some of the best shape seen all year. And you could get
good runners in the mid and upper jetties if you didn't mind paddling your ass
off to stay in one place. Because of the 150 degree temperatures inland, Newport
had the pleasure of hosting the entire Inland Empire, and Blackball went up way
to early at a lot of spots for how good the surf was. And because of the inland
high pressure and all the moisture in the air off the coast, Saturday night's
sunset was one of the best of the year.
of July is up next, with an outside chance of Hurricane Dalila coming for it.
Hopefully this is the beginning of a Summer that is something special!
always Bobby O. got his share. Photo by Thomas Green and
secret spot in south Newport isn't so secret when hurricane swells arrive (Chad
T. ) and
of the most hard charging women's surfers in town, Devyn H., sliced more than
overhead faces on her single fin during the swell.
riding whitewater... In Newport.
blood today because you never know when you might need some...
Summer School's have begun. Yesterday in
big news along the coast over the past weekend, besides the never ending South
Wind, was the "Super Moon" on Saturday and Sunday, which caused super
high tides. Along with the super high tides in Newport was a crazy amount of people
walking up and down the beach with flashlights, as the grunion were also running
And for those that planned on
surfing in the super full moon's light, they were skunked. Clouds rolled in just
as darkness fell in the evenings.
is a photo taken last night from Sano looking up towards Churches. Clouds are
moving in as the sun has set, and the tide is so high that the beach is gone,
and the water is all the way up to the campground road.
to all the CDMHS/NHHS Seniors, Ensign 8th graders and Newport El 6th graders on
their graduations this week!
out for Summer!!
Mike Estrada the new National Senior Men's Surf Champion!
Kaleigh Gilchrist the new National Collegiate Women's Champion!
to take up the entire boardwalk... In Newport.
another video??? Yep!
Click the image
below to check out Newport photog Thomas Green's latest local video creation!
Newport's Skip Snead & T. C.'s mini-mes, excited about
the movie! circa 2005
you caught some of the best waves you've ever surfed at Lowers?... But got frustrated
with the crowd?
Click the image below
to see a 3 minute short film by Norwell!
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly"
typical weekend crowd walking down the trail to Lowers...
2013 June Gloom Southern Hemi Swell
The Wedge went XL. And
FB and Instagram had 1000's of photos of it.
Okvist got one of the
biggest waves of the swell. Pirdy ruled as usual.
Packs of Hurley
Rob Machado caught a few waves at 32nd st
NHHS held their surf team tryouts at 61st during the mega swell. And everyone
Friday from below. Photo
Friday morning from Above (photo Dale K.)
Red: South Ground Swell Watch 2013
coming, and it's going to swallow you up!!
groms "Kid Creature" and friend took drastic measures to stop the never
ending morning South Wind that Newport's been dealing with for the past few weeks!
sacrificed a board on Monday! And.... it didn't work.
is the owner of Russell Surfboards, J.P., is a huge Sharks hockey fan, huge! Well
the Sharks were knocked out of the Stanley Cup Finals by the Kings last night!
This is a photo sent over by rabid King's fan Scott Roth for J.P. today. NewportSurfShots
is just the messenger J.P.! Enjoy...
you've been up at the crack of dawn, you have never seen how good this guy surfs!
Originally from Catalina, Casey is usually in and out of the water somewhere between
the Newport and Balboa Pier, before you've even rolled over in bed and checked
your first surf cam in the morning. Then he's off to his job on the Catalina Flyer,
and on with his day...
late morning session. 8:15am yesterday. In Newport.
for good photos of the recent run of Southern Hemi swell in Newport. Good luck.
The extreme tides, the long interval lulls, the 205+ walled angle, and the damn
South Wind has wrecked havic in the area. If you found really good surf in town
during this swell, you scored. Otherwise you were at Lowers with the rest of Southern
You're at Wedge. Monday
Sonny Kumukoa Monioz
Newport Local and Wedge Legend Tim Burnham was bounced hard late yesterday afternoon
at Wedge. Word is he was helped to the sand by those in the water, groms on the
beach helped out, and then medical assistance was rendered by Newport's finest.
Luckily initial x-rays showed that he's ok! Feel better soon Tim, and everyone
Burnham and members of Newport's Tribe. Always there for each other to lend a
bottom: cozad/ Top: Sonny Kumukoa
the future of Newport...
you think you're a good surf photographer? Ha!Guess again!
the photo below...
perfect tack sharp photo... From NewportSurfShots.com
in the day what is now City Hall on 32nd St. used to be the police station. I
know because at 14 years old I got thrown into a cell there with my wetsuit for
not getting out of the water at Blackball. Anyway the building was later taken
over by Newport's City government when the police station on Jamboree Blvd was
built. Recently Newport completed it's new City Hall located near Fashion Island.
And nobody is quite sure exactly what the land the old City Hall on 32nd St will
be used for. This week the Newport Police Department has been using the building
for tactical training purposes. So if you're driving by, and see Police and SWAT
storming the old City Hall building, don't panic...
new parking meter enforcement team?? Yesterday outside the old
is what the beach looks like when a big set comes in at Wedge...
by HB surf photog Daniel L Patten
A Swell means one thing... A Surfline swell Feature.
the foto below.
comedy duo of Chad & Brophy, excited about the feature.
honey, the money we've been saving to buy new furniture soon, may have to go elsewhere"...
Last week, in Newport.
Kobetich is at it again! Again Really?? First time around he created a remote
control heli. Then he put a camera on it. Then he put 2 cameras on it. And this
time around... he's put a couple small spot lights on the heli to light the ground
many people can get me up after just 3 1/2 hours sleep. But when Dale says grab
your camera and be on the beach at 5:00am, you don't ask questions, you show up
so you can see what he's up to now.
preparing his lit up heli and then...
UFO is spotted hovering over the Wedge. Last Friday @ Sunrise...
was May 1st, and that day sucks in Newport every year! The boogie jetty, that
always appears to have the best damn surf in Newport when sitting off the 44th
st jetty, is no closed for the season. And The Wedge is now Blackballed from 10am
- 5pm to boogie boarders and surfers..
swell today, go surf...
is a Doctor from Carlsbad that showed up late one afternoon after a big storm
out at Todos. There wasn't anyone else out there but our small group towing, and
Parsons and Greg Long paddling. The doctor wanted to tow for his first time, but
everyone's tow boards were set up for Regular Foots, and he was Goofy. He had
never had a photo of himself surfing, and really really wanted one, so he decided
to strap in and try and catch a little wave and try and ride swtichfoot. Somehow
though he got whipped into this beast and rode it all the way to the inside. And
he got a pretty good photo out of it. In fact he was so excited about it, that
he somehow got it run on the front page of his home town's magazine. Really nice
guy, but never saw him again out there.
Newport Surf Photog Onslaught
about to be an onslaught of surf photographers crawling all over Newport. You
can feel it coming. It's been about 5 years since the last photog invasion, so
it's about time, I guess. Caught You Ripping
is one great new surf photo website that has recently launched locally, And I've
consulted on another.
however isn't in the business of selling photos! Gave up on it years ago. This
site's just here to present info that might on occasion be of importance to the
Newport surf community. But on a larger visual and editorial scale than Facebook
or Instagram offers. At times over the past decade this site has tried to support
itself by selling images. But found it impossible. The 3 main reasons. One, within
6 months the surf photos will have saturated the market. Two, people will steal
the photos off the internet. And three, the margin of profit per photo is extremely
small and editing and uploading them takes too much time.
NewportSurfShots.com would like to present however is 5 things that it's learned
to live by when shooting Newport. Yes there's more, but these are the primarily
ones new photogs should try and follow, when they can...
Wedge: Unless it's a big swell event. Don't post photos of the Wedge the
same day they are taken.
School Yards: When shooting "School Yards" don't name it. And
never show the playground in the foreground of the image.
River Jetties: You say you got an insane shot of River Jetties! No you
didn't, it was taken somewhere else!
The Point: It should really only be featured when everyone shows up for
big Souths. Don't ruin the place for the crew that checks the fickle place everyday.
The Newport Channel: Don't ever, ever release photos
of the Channel during a big winter swell! Ever!
far as The North Harbor entrance to El Mo, it's no man's land. The area takes
care of itself. Shoot at your own risk.
would like to wish all the photogs about to desend on Newport this summer the
best of luck. Happy shooting...
else can you get a boob job, a butt lift, and see a juggling act while driving
home, all in the same day? Saturday afternoon, Baja.
real hollow, but real fun none the less. Yesterday, Thursday, in Baja.
Summer C., Kate G., & Spain's Marta T. above. And Newport's Levi Prarie below.
Tuesday in Baja...
Four local Newport surfers
have reported contacting severe ear, nose or throat infections from surfing the
shitpipe near 61st over the past week. And now the city of Newport in a move to
derail any potential lawsuits from allowing the shit pipe to spew harmful bacteria
into the local waters has halted their dredging project. Also as of late yesterday,
and for the next 72 hours, the city has closed the water from 61st north to River
Jetties. And from 61St. south to the 39th St jetty. A few signs were posted on
the beach and lifeguard towers yesterday afternoon, and this morning the lifeguard
surf report is reporting they will closely be patrolling the area. Those that
were against this dredging project from the start knew this was bound to happen...
City sign posted yesterday afternoon at 45th St.
Newport surfer Ryan Price can usually be found surfing the streets north of 56th
st most days. During the recent run of combo swells Ryan has been surfing next
to the dredge pipe, that is spewing sludge from the Newport Shores canal. Ryan
now reports that he has come down with a severe ear infection. After seeing his
physician yesterday he was prescribed an antibiotic (to battle the bacteria) and
a steroid (to reduce the painful inflammation that the bacteria is causing). If
you or friends come down with similar infections from surfing near the shitpipe,
please send over an email...
Newport, minus the bacteria. Last weekend, south of the "Sludge Bar".
seem to be everywhere in town lately. On the jetties, in the surf, in the Bay.
Researchers aren't exactly sure why a larger than normal percentage of the seal
population are being found sick along our coast. But for you, the local surfer,
know that seals are a California protected species. And it is against the law
to touch or hinder their movement in any way.
Sunday this little guy was posted on the 52nd
st jetty. He was cut about his face, and on the back of the head. The Seal Rescue
organization in Laguna Canyon called the Pacific Marine Mammal Center was contacted,
and they said they were full. If you have kids, it is a great place to take them
to learn about these pretty cool creatures.... When Monday morning dawned, this
little guy was gone.
obstacles. @ 56th.
Copyright T. Cozad)
Shore's residences were told last week at their association meeting that the West
Newport Dredging Project was coming to a halt before the project was done. The
Army Corps cited that it was soon to be nesting season for the California Lest
Tern, an endangered bird, they say, the dredging project is trying to protect.
It is now being reported however, that the city has decided to allow the Army
Corps of Engineers to continue with the dredge project until March 31st. What
does that mean to you, the local Newport surfer? You get to enjoy 2 more weeks
of sludge being dumped off your coast!
the photo if you'd like to read Laylan Connelly's story about the project extension...
5 Million dollar bird. The California Lest Tern....
season is right around the corner... In
for that"In Newport.
Newport Elementary starts their online charity auction. Local restaurant's, bars,
businesses and services are on offer. Click the photo below and check out the
goods. And help Newport's local elementary school out.
Glass's Jim C. went all out again this year for Newport Elementary. He built a
board for his daughter's classroom, and a board for the school's live auction
to raise money for the Newport school.
get offered to do projects. Most of which I turn down, because family time is
what's important to me right now. One project I do hope to complete one day in
the future however is a book on California piers. I have heli images of every
pier from Point Conception to San Diego Harbor. And there's been a long standing
offer to do a book with the photos, along with a write up on the history of each
pier. Maybe one day... but for now the images just sit idol on a hard drive, or
occasionally get thrown up here.
week ago Sunday an 82 year old man was found dead around 2:30 in the afternoon
near the rocks at 40th st. Early yesterday morning a woman in her 20's was found
dead near the water's edge of 71st St. Autopies are pending on both.
along the beaches of Newport.
of the stories last weekend in town was the surf. Combo swell, plus pristine conditions,
equals good surf. I didn't shoot, but everyone else did! Without a doubt the photos
will be flying all over Facebook, and Surfline.
other story last weekend was the Arnette contest at Blackies. Yea, word was it
was small. But Blackies is contestable when it's small, really. The Pro/Am was
won by Cory Arrambide from Ventura. The 16 and under boys was won by Griffin Foy.
Gunter is coming off an ACL injury that occurred during this Hawaii winter. He's
been out of the water rehabbing for the past 1 1/2 months, and is currently surfing
in a knee brace. Having just got the ok to go back in the water, Sunday he surfed
in the Arnette, and brought home a 3rd place finish in the Boys under 16.
looking fit. Friday, in Newport.
creative, out side the box ingenuity! The thing is a really cool idea! But with
all due respect. Why?
in. In Newport.
River surf grom Zach Granoff awaits the sunrise and his morning surf, and...
surf grom Barron Banta reflects on his full day of surf at sunset... Yesterday
in Costa Rica
Week" starts tomorrow for the local schools kids. And instead of them heading
off to the snow. A lot of them usually head off to warm water. NHHS surf team
students are off to Nicaragua. The NewportSurfShots.com camera is going to Costa
Rica. So check back here next week for a few of the out of focus images you've
come to expect from the Daily Hotshot.
artist Mike Frank, with a picture of what NHHS students can expect to find in
It's Valentine's Day
is in the air... In Newport.
it should be called
Channel & Banning Ranch's Mud Disposal Beautification Project
it's doubtful that someone initiated a 5 million dollar project just for the birds.
Today the City of Newport's "Sand Replenishment"
project is about to begin. And while the sediment that they are dumping offshore
just north of the 56th jetty can potentially be unhealthily, within the Newport
surf community there does not seem to be much of an outcry. Sand means a sandbar,
right? Although with only 20,000 cubic yards of it being dumped, which isn't a
lot, don't get your hopes too high.
Either way the crap coming out of the pipe is going to be highly questionable
to say the least. And as a health care provider for over 25 years, I'd recommend
not surfing the area as the pipe is actively spewing the marsh sediment. And if
you do, shower afterward. Get to your doctor if you experience sinus, ear or urinary
tract infection, or have nausea and vomiting. And most important. Clean all your
open cuts with hydrogen peroxide after your surf. Necrotizing Fasciitis (flesh
eating bacteria) can be found anywhere there are a mixture of unique pathogens.
Click the photo below for Laylan
Connelly's excellent O.C. Register article on the Dumping Project.
Pipeline... comes to Newport
City of Newport Beach's Sand Replenishment project.
The City of Newport Beach is about to undertake what they are calling a Sand Replenishment
Project, again. But to be honest what they actually appear to be doing is clearing
the area around the Newport Shores channel, which the resident there have rightly
been asking the city to do for some time. And then trucking the contaminated sediment
to a landfill in Orange. And dumping the rest of the sludge, or that which they
deem suitable for human contact, 1000 feet offshore at 60th St. Don't get too
excited however. They aren't pumping a lot of "sand" offshore. They
are pumping it for less than a week. So in no way will there be the sandbar we
got at River Jetties in the summer of 1992 from that sand project.
dealt with projects like this in the past in Newport. Going so far as to having
to hire an environmental attorney in 2004 to prevent the city from filling in
the jetties. Personally, I have a bit of reservations about this project, now
that I know the scope of it. Because the goal really isn't to replenish the beach.
It's just a way for the city to get rid of the sediment in the Marsh. Possibly
at the expense of the surf community's health. But this website isn't about what
I think. It's here to present info. Below are a few of the facts about the project
as they are now known. Laylan Connelly from the O.C. Register is researching the
project further. Her story will be in a forethcoming article, and the surfing
community will then have a better understanding of what the Army Corps of Engineers
is exactly doing beginning Thursday. Until then, here are 2 sides of this project's
City of Newport Beach's stated project...
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District (Corps), has hired a contractor
to remove sediment along the channels in the Santa Ana River Marsh (Marsh). The
project will restore design channel depths to improve circulation and tidal flushing
- both necessary to maintain the salt marsh habitat which includes many endangered
The Corps' project
also includes a beach sand replenishment component. Good quality sand will be
pumped through a pipeline to the nearshore, located 1,000 feet offshore from 60th
Street. The sands have been thoroughly tested and approved by EPA for placement
in the nearshore environment. Area residents and beach visitors will see that
a temporary pipeline is in place and runs from the Marsh parallel to the Santa
Ana River, then down along the beach and through the surf zone to the approved
nearshore disposal location. Sand pumping will begin February 11 (now said to
be Feb 13th) and continue for about two weeks. The temporary pipe is expected
to be removed during the week of February 25.
not compatible for beach replenishment will be excavated and disposed of at an
upland landfill. The California least tern island within the Marsh will also be
cleared of weedy vegetation to improve the nesting habitat of this endangered
The proposed dredging
and excavation is scheduled to be completed by the end of March 2013.
The Opposition to the project. Written by longtime
resident Barbara De La Pena.
read (states Barbara De La Pena) the EA, and the samples for bacterial contamination
and toxic chemicals was done in 2010 and 11. The bacterial contaminates only measured
enterococcus. A two year old and 3 year old clean bill of health is not okay.
I (Barbara) spoke with a vet with a masters in public health and she said there
was a plethora or other bacterial and viral pathogens that could come from this.
The EA said that none of the dredged material was suitable for direct beach replenishments
and only 2 areas out of the 7 sampled 3 years ago were even suitable for offshore
I'm not convinced
(says Barbara) that the dredge operator will delineate between the 7 areas with
precision. When I (Barabra) spoke with the director of public works today he told
me that they would "average" the dredging areas! Which was not reassuring.
He also said if I was that concerned, to "go swim in another beach".
Which I found personally offensive and not reassuring. The stated daily quality
control sample is not enough, especially considering the high bird population
in the least tern nesting area. Additionally, the homeowners were supposed to
have been notified 14 days prior to the commencement of work. None of the beachfront
residents in the area knew anything but this project however.
Please look for the O.C. Register article with
more detail about this project. Check back here for more info. about the project.
Stay informed as best you can about this project. And please spread the word!
Ana River Marsh Project History
92-acre salt marsh restoration is located near the mouth of the Santa Ana River
in Newport Beach, just upstream of Pacific Coast Highway and east of the Greenville-Banning
The marsh restoration
was completed in 1991, providing eight acres of mitigation for project construction
on the Lower Santa Ana River and creating new and improved habitat for wetland-dependent
species. The restoration included grading and installation of tide gates to improve
tidal flushing and create habitat for the endangered light-footed clapper rail
and Beldings Savannah sparrow. Since initial construction and the present,
about 60,000 cubic yards of sedimentation has occurred within the lower marsh.
This sedimentation reduces the tidal prism and reduces tidal circulation. The
re-dredging of the lower parcel, part of the 2013 marsh restoration, will remove
the sedimentation and restore tidal circulation.
in the 60's and 70's all along the beach of Newport, stretching from the Wedge
to River, there were these really really tall poles positioned every one mile
in the sand. And on top of these really tall poles were yellow diamond shaped
reflective signs pointed towards the ocean. These were "Mile Markers",
that boaters could use offshore to gauge a traveled distance. And then sometime
in the late 70's they were removed from the beach. The "Mile Markers"
were kinda of cool to have for us kids, because we could figure out how far we
rode our bike, walked, or ran along the beach. Or determine how far away something
sure how far the Wedge is from here, but whatever it is, the wave still looks
Shot from the
month Hurley ran a 10 page ad in one of the surf magazines!
Their in house photogs are obviously happy about that! In Newport.
"Best Bet" this month is Baja. Good call! It's also sorta the best bet
for March, April, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov...
you haven't seen the Baja feature, click the photo below.
breks a little in December too... Rusty Long,
actually pretty fun and glassy little afternoon surf. Newport's Micheal Bond won
both the NSSA Jr. Middle School and NSSA Jr. High School Longboard divisions last
Saturday at 54th...
M. Bond, and the fruit of his labors... Saturday
had to pull out some images for a Baja feature someone is putting together, and
I came across the image below. This was taken in 2005, and was the first time
I'd been out to Todos to shoot. The swell was the biggest anyone could remember.
20ft @ 20 seconds. Everywhere was huge!! I called Corky Crandel up not knowing
him, and asked if I could get on his boat. Surprisingly he said yes, and we've
been good friends since. We left Todos after a few hours, and I was kinda bummed
about it, and we headed to this place. It was one of the best decisions I've seen
Corky make! This place was incredible! The waves were so big and perfect, they
didn't seem real. 20ft bombs outside, and waves going inside out on the inside.
This is Damien Hobgood, nabbing one of the inside bubbles. Surprisingly it ended
up being a center spread in Surfer magazine, which is pretty unheard of for my
junk. The main reason I've saved all my photo dollars over the years and bought
a ski and sled, is so I can be ready when a day like this happens again at this
spot. If and when if does happen again, I really hope I'm there.
never to early to start teaching them? In
thing about shooting Geoff Moysa is he throws so much water with each turn you
can never get the whole big fan of spray in the frame.
you gotta move way back!
at 27th st. on Monday, doing one of his firehose imitations. Shot
Pirdy Maverick's video during the contest weekend is out. If you haven't seen
Click the photo below.
Half Moon Bay. Spencer P. Prepares for action...
by Daniel Shea. Shorescrew.com
of the bigger waves surfed over the past few days.
Check. Yesterday morning in Newport
was a couple hour window yesterday morning, when the wind laid down enough to
make the accompanying windswell, kinda ridable. And if you didn't mind the cold
water and chill in the air, it was actually kinda fun. By mid morning however
the wind cranked back up, and Newport went back to being a winter time mess.
before the midmorning mess. Yesterday in Newport.
About 7 years ago
a mysterious guy showed up in Newport. He moved to the Oceanfront at 54th st,
and spent his days filming surfing out front of his house, and nights editing
the footage into surf videos. He would hunker down low in the sand far down the
beach, with his headphones and a hoody on when shooting. And would pretend he
couldn't hear anyone when people came up to him, or mumble that he didn't speak
English when people tried to talk to him. He was as reclusive as a person can
Eventually this guy started submitting
surf videos to NewportSurfShots.com. And we became friends. He was one of the
most creative people I've ever met, and although he called himself "Dave
Smith", and I got bits and pieces of his life story, I'm still not sure if
much of it was true, and doubt that Dave was really his name. My take on him...
He was a very intelligent entrepreneur that made a lot of money during the internet
boom, and for totally legitimate personal reasons, decided to flush his old life
away, head out West, and quietly disappear in California. But after a while, "Dave"
and his surf videos started to gain notoriety, which he didn't want. And he turned
his energy to shooting Formula One racing. And moved out of the state, and has
been traveling the world for the past few years making racing videos.
last time I saw him... In the Fall of 2007, forecast charts looked like there
was going to be solid combo swells and howling offshore winds! I contacted Dave,
and he drove his motorcycle, with his camera gear, 6 hours to Newport from his
new out of state home. He then posted up on my couch and shot for 3 days straight.
The video that he produced of that swell was one of the best. And will long represent
Newport surfing at it's finest. Click the photo below to relive those days.
word is Norwell is back! Not in this area. But at another high octane surf city
on the West Coast. And hopefully he'll visit, and document Newport again one day
when it turns on.
to think back on the year 2012. What is one of the most significant things that
happened in the Newport surf community during the year? Is it the bombing summer
swell where Newport's own ruled the Wedge over Jamie OBrien's publicity stunt?
Is it that the Fall season never really produced even one offshore day? Is it
the Go Pro mania that continues to grip the Wedge? After much thought NewportSurfShots.com
believes that the year 2012 was significantly and sadly marked by the numerous
amount of great people we lost not just over the past 12 but over the past 18
months.. Russell, Carlos, B.G., M.A., Joe, Whitney,Tim... these are just a few
of the local surf community heroes that have sadly passed away. With that... Good-bye
to 2012. Bring on 2013, and bring on the waves!!! A Happy and Prosperous New Year
Sun Sets on 2012... Last weekend in Newport
On 19th St. near the Bay there's
a few very large 3 story homes. They are probably some of the tallest residents
in Newport, as you cannot build anything near that height anymore. In one of those
homes is a gentlemen by the name of Tom H. Tom has a long history in Newport.
He and his wife raised a great son that I grew up with, Steve. Tom was a respected
Newport Realtor for decades. And Tom was president of a Peninsula Home Owners
Association for many years.
was a young boy he used to travel from his home inland to Newport on the bus.
He would come to Newport often, as he really enjoyed fishing on the public dock
that's located on the bay at 19th street. During that time Tom became good friends
with a local man who owned a home in the area. Tom and the man spent many a day
on the dock, fishing poles in hand, waiting for a bite.
one day the man died. And Tom, who was a teenager at the time, was sad that he
had lost his fishing friend. And very surprised to learn that the man had left
Tom his house in his Will! The tall house on 19th St., that Tom has now lived
in for most of his life.
of the story. Be kind to your elders. They may give you a house...
Yesterday in Newport.
Photographer Mike Moir. An absolute fricken legend!! In Newport
there was some surf this pre-Holiday weekend. But the big story in town was Friday's
Sunset, and Saturday morning's Sunrise. Both of which many have said were some
of the best the year. But the best part about the weekend, was that the world
Sunset from above and...
Sunrise from below... In Newport.
as long as anyone can remember. The Newport Beach Police Dept. flew Santa to local
schools for a visit every year. This tradition went back many, many decades! For
the past 2 years however, this has not been the case, no Santa visit! Why you
ask? The City of Newport got rid of their helicopter a few years ago. Obviously
in an attempt to save money. And now pull Huntington's heli into the area when
but not forgotten. Santa & Miss Claus... In Newport.
storms. Yesterday, off Newport.
was under water yesterday! Well sort of... 20th St. and Bay was pretty submerged,
and was being pumped out by the city. And 26th and Balboa was about the deepest.
Beyond that it was all media hype as 3 news helicopters buzzed the area yesterday
morning looking for flooding from the highest tide of the year. A 7.2.
not the Wedge, but at least the city doesn't BlackBall it, yet.
Yesterday in Newport...
+ L + B = 3
She's the queen of
surf media for Orange County. And if you don't know her, or recognize her name,
Laylan Connelly, without a doubt you've read her informative surf related articles
on the O.C. Register website, on OrangeCounty.com, or in the O.C. Register Newspaper.
Or maybe you've heard her on a local radio show, or caught a glimpse of her on
a local cable news channel. Laylan produces surf and local beach related content
that rivals Surfline, everyday. And she does it alone. And does it extremely well!
NewportSurfShots.com doesn't get many
scoops, in fact it gets none! But Laylan has humored me, and given me this one.
Laylan Connelly and her beau, standout local longboarder Jon Perino, are expecting
a baby! And word is it's a boy! Congratulations to them both!!
+ Laylan + Baby makes 3.... In Newport.
For the past 6 years I've tried to be down at
Todos Santos off Ensenada with Corky Crandal for the biggest swell of each year.
And while I knew last weekend's swell wasn't going to be the monster I was looking
for, I wanted to go and rinse the cobwebs off my ski, and get Bobby Okvist down
there so he could get used to the wave. Friday arrived, and we set off to meet
Corky and his crew of 5. The plan was to tow a beach break in the morning, and
hit Todos in the afternoon, when the tide dropped and the swell peaked.
morning dawned and Todos charger Clay Crandal awoke with a fever, and sick as
a dog. Big wave charger Cameron Faris awoke with a sore knee from towing the day
before. And the waves, while giant at the beachbreaks, were walled, and on the
verge of being blown out. So while everyone was up for going home, I pushed on
with the fact that we were down there and we should go out to the island regardless.
plan was to have a nice bunch at the Harbor, and then head off to the island with
the boat and 2 skis. Soon after lunch is when things fell apart! Cameron was out,
his knee was even more of a wreck now. And although I tried to pump Clay with
Advil all morning, he was feeling no better. They headed home. The rest of the
crew humored me by going through the motions of launching the boat, although nobody
thought it was a good idea. By now the ocean surface was whitecapped. Regardless
when everything was in the water, and we were about to leave... All the guys I
needed to shoot came in! Greg Long was first, and said it was a waste of time
out there. "Had been blown since morning". Next up was the god of big
wave surfing photography, Rob Brown, and his super photo boat. Rob always travels
with a crew of big wave stars. This time there was around 9 of of them which included
Peter Mel and a Hawaiian crew. He smirked, and said it was now worthless out there.
Regardless I pushed the issue. "Let's press on"! And as we headed out
of the harbor into what now seemed like crazy white capping gale force winds,
my heart sank. Waves started crashing over the bow of the boat, trying to flood
it... We had to turn back, Todos, or anywhere else for that matter, was not to
be. I was skunked! And while I was bummed, I knew it was bound to happen one day.
I get the occasional big wave photo, but I'm no Rob Brown.
for photo guru Rob Brown's images soon. I'm sure they'll end up somewhere on Surfline.
O went to get a few bombs in Baja, and all he got were these blankets.
swell. Go Surf!!
it really as good as you heard it was Monday? Yea, it was...
Juice Magazine is flying into local core surf shops today and tomorrow! Get one!
Brophy, Jared (who has a shot in this month's issue) & Tanner. Waiting for
been a while since NewportSurfShots.com has upset somebody..
Kine Newport charger, Richard, charging Newport...
Snead, directing grom traffic. In Newport.
retirees eventually end up at Blackies. The Ex-Presidents
night's URT Spook Session at Blackies....
lifeguard and surfer Ross Sinclair and freinds, trying to scare you!
Annual Surf Costume event went off again this year, and was bigger and better
than ever. Great costumes showed up in the water, great free food was served,
and great trophies were awarded. A huge thanks to Blackies Surf Classics that
supplies the awards, shirts and judges. Art In Motion Surfboards that supplied
the food, Bill Spurgeon that coordinated everyone's efforts, and all the volunteers
that made the event happen.
photo below for more info on the event...
luck dropping in on Chief Pedlow...
Beetle Juice were happy to be there... Saturday, in Newport
in Newport was missing yesterday. NW swell, present. SW swell, present. SSE swell....
SSE swell! A no show! Late morning the SE Tropical Swell did start to slowly creep
in however, but by then the wind was on it, and everyone was already more than
satisfied with their morning combo swell session. After 9 years of shooting, I've
found September and October are pretty much the only time of year worth shooting
surf photos in Newport. So expect a lot more images to come in the weeks ahead.
Waiting for Miriam...
Peterson waits for her above the lip_____________________________
was supposed to show
was supposed to show! The Shuttle Endeavor! Some of the news channels had on their
websites the Shuttle's flight path, which took it over Disneyland, and then had
it heading a little south, over Newport. A local paper had the Shuttle going over
Huntington for sure. And an hour before the shuttle flew over Disneyland, KCBS
News had live on tv their Exclusive updated route, which showed it going over
Irvine and then traveling up the coast right past Newport. So there we stood waiting
for it to go by, Bill Sharp and myself, with enough camera equipment to cover
a Space Shuttle liftoff. And then we saw it! Flying high and proud. Only thing,
it was a spec in the sky, about 5 miles north of Newport. And unless you had binoculars,
or a giant camera lens, people in Newport, and Huntington for that matter, missed
seeing it! Oh well, maybe next time...
Shuttle, as seen from Newport, with superman vision...
Today it gets released
to the masses. Look for it in a hard core surf shop near you.
Bobby O. is on a roll. He's on this month's Ghetto Juice magazine cover. There's
a feature coming out on him in Blisss magazine soon. He leaves for Bali in a few
weeks to surf the Oakley Surf Shop Challenge finals... And he's on the Daily Hotshot.
Well the last thing is pretty lame, but the rest are huge!! Congrats!
all smiles... At Todos.
Mel caught more waves than just about anyone else out the other day, with the
exception of maybe Tanner P.... And Jared loved this board! In fact he had just
glassed over the side bite FCS plugs, so that he could ride it in an upcoming
Joel Tudor single fin event. Soon after this wave, he had to leave, so caught
one more wave in, and unfortunately broke it. Who the heck breaks
super thick and heavily glassed old school boards? Jared does... Last
Don't run on it, don't walk on it, don't dive off of it, don't jump off of it,
in fact don't even touch it.. If your a fisherman however, feel
free to climb all over it and cast your hooks towards the surfers.
Lower Jetties, Newport.
just wanna have fun.... Mother and Daughter - Sano
you were at Wedge last weekend, you saw it. A remote control helicopter with a
what looked like a 5D camera on board. Some where waiting for Newport master mind
Dale Kobetich to show up with his camera heli, and shoot this one out of the sky!
Word is the remote control heli went down in the line-up late last weekend, floated
for a minute on it's little pontoons, while those in the line-up looked on. And
then sunk to the ocean floor... Ouch!
To The People Of The Great
Inland Empires. Summer Is Over. You Will Be Missed!
regular Jon Perino, dodging the afternoon North wind... Sunday,
begins September 23rd
wake me up when it gets here.... In Newport.
you have kids, you've been through this!
no easy way out. In Newport
is fun time. Yesterday afternoon @ Doho.
morning Newport local Marc Kaiser was sitting in his city trash truck at the stop
light at 32nd and Balboa Blvd when his city vehicle was hit. A car ran into the
truck and instead of stopping, sped off down 32nd, a one-way street. The thing
is, when the car struck the truck, the hit and run car's license plate fell off.
And when they tore off down the one way street, they were met by a Newport Beaach
Police car. You know it's Summer in Newport when
stupid people show up in town and do stupid things.
Kaiser and his hit and run souvenir...Saturday in Newport.
in this barrel are 8 GoPros, 3 SPL Waterhousings, and one Sony waterproof digi
cam all trying to get the tube shot...
know we're in the flat spell from hell, when lame photos like this start getting
girl and her dog... In Newport.
The Newport Pier is one of the most challenging piers to shoot when surfing. The
pilings have the standard sharp barnacles hanging from them, but those pilings
are spaced extremely close together and in very narrow rows. Plus the pilings
are drilled into a deep spot in the ocean floor. So that although it looks like
you're going to have a good run through the pier, the wave hits that deep spot
and often disappears, leaving you with little forward momentum to carry you all
the through the pier.
Pier regular Aaron Cervantes prepares for a possible piling impact!
Waiting, Waiting, for the swells of Summer....
the past year I've sat on the fence about the Go Pro. Don't own one. Never even
touched or picked one up. But after meeting up with Master Mind Dale Kobetich
yesterday and frothing over his latest creation, I too am now jumping into the
game. The Follow the Surfer photos that I've messed around shooting for
years, just got a huge shot of adrenaline in the arm!!!
ago Master Dale Kobetich developed the Pistol Grip for waterhousings. It only
makes sense that he's now come up with one for the Go Pro. Get a hold of Dale
and get one! email@example.com 1-714-554-0648
the photo below and get a little insight into what the swell forecast for Summer
is not what you want to see in the Summer. In Newport.
& Driving don't mix...
yesterday morning, in Newport.
idea from our nieghbors...
weekend HB had their annual Duck-A-Thon. People bought little rubber ducks starting
at just $10.00, and then the thousands of duckies were dropped over the side of
the pier. With the first 60 making it to the beach winning a prize. The First
Place Prize, $1,000. The proceeds of this fundraiser goes to the Huntington Beach
Community Clinic. Over the years this event has raised millions of dollars. Now
heck Newport has 2 piers! There's got be something we can throw over the side
of one of our piers to raise a little money for a local cause too...
you thought those things you step on and then you feel them slither away under
your feet were just little tiny sandsharks... Last week, in
Wednesday morning the restaurant at the end of the Newport Pier was giving away
free bottles of tanning oil and beer! And once word got out every surfer in town
maybe this is a photo of the 168 Newport Fire Fighter candidates walking to the
end of the pier to take their swim test... Either way, this was
Wednesday . in Newport.
Me Some Free Stuff!!!
Bay, Fort Point S.F., Seaside Oregon...
notorious locals wouldn't be so tough if you rolled up in this rig.
with the fuzz on the West Coast....
guy is the Navy Seal of "Meter Maids". He's been around for years and
is super stealth! His specialty is cruising around on his bike, sneaking up on
your car, writing you a parking ticket, and quietly slithering away, before you
even know what happened. He's really good at his job! And that unfortunately is
really bad for you! This South Swell season, people that pull up to check the
surf at 46th. Watch for him!
because these guys are now all dolled up in sleek new Hawaiian shirts, doesn't
mean they're going to be any nicer when it comes to writing you a ticket. Their
Aloha Spirit, will ruin your day. 46h St. in Newport
been battling in the water for years....
Whale of a good time....
a bit of activity off the waters of Newport yesterday. Whales, and many of them.
Around mid morning it seemed like there was a steady stream of the beasts slowly
heading north, right off the coast. The interesting thing however was how close
they were to shore. Much closer than many had ever seen before.
this photo will never make the cover of National Geographic, it does give you
an idea of how close offshore the whales were on Tuesday.
so not everyone is at risk. Yesterday afternoon in Baja...
making the world a happier place. One surfboard at a time. In Newport....
Heli or not to Heli
Last weekend we
were busy planning a heli mission for Orange County. We've been wanting to capture
solid combo lines filling in up and down the coast for years. And all indications
were that Monday, April 2nd, was going to be the day. So after 3 days of planning,
new equipment bought and rented. And one very long sleepless night... We were
greeted Monday morning with far less Southern Hemi in the water than we had hoped
for. And after looking at it, and getting all the intel I possible could... We
chose to pull the plug on the project just as I was getting off the freeway to
the airport. Word is there was someone however buzzing around the Orange County
coast shooting from a heli that day. It wasn't me. But good luck with that....
Blackman always knows where to go, and what to do when he gets there. Monday,
April 1st of
last year on NewportSurfShots.com people were told that they could buy ad space
on the new trash cans that were just placed on the beaches of Newport. Dozens
of companies contacted the e-mail account that was set up for them to obtain an
application. The year before that, on April 1st, it was noted that 28th St. had
a world class sandbar from all the new sand the city had just dumped. The Newport
Lifeguard Dept. then described how good the new sandbar was on their morning surf
report. Loads of people fell for it.
For the past 7 years NewportSurfShots.com
has done an April Fools joke. This year the below flyer was developed. And because
of it. The Wedge crew went pretty ballistic. So much so that I had to let them
in on the joke Sunday afternoon, as some of their essays about the contest on
Facebook were beginning to take on a bit of a hostile tone. The Newport Lifeguard
Dept. received an e-mail from a concerned resident inquiring about the contest
early Sunday morning, and unfortunately figured it out it was an April Fools joke
pretty quickly, damn . And the City of Newport... Well Newport's Recreation Supervisor
sent an email to Skip Snead and myself, which was also CC'd to 5 heads of the
city. It stated that.."We have had some concerned residents asking if the
City has approved this event", and "the event being advertised is not
authorized and will not be allowed to occur should it be attempted".
So this year, as in years past, the April Fools joke did its job. If you
were one of them that fell for it, sorry, you should have learned. This will however
be the last year that any type of April Fools joke will take place on NewportSurfShots.com,
so just don't be expecting one next year...
to Analog's Geoff Moysa, Ghetto Juice's Skip Snead. And
Board Recycler's Lorin Ely-McGregor,
who put the flyer together.
It wasn't easy, but after much planning, Orange County's first big wave surf event
is a go A huge thanks to the Peninsula Point Residential Planning Committee for
helping to make this extraordinary event possible. Event entry forms will be available
here, this Tuesday. Or in the next issue of Ghetto Juice Magazine.
around 7:45am a pretty spectacular rainbow appeared. It's bright colors appeared
to begin directly off the coast of Newport, and the arch of it very faintly sank
towards the shores of Huntington. And in a little over 10 minutes, it was all
pot of gold here... just a lumpy little windswell.
Yesterday morning n Newport
you like drained out, mixed up, low tide combo swell, with the occasional gem
slipping through... Then you liked yesterday.
surf spot has it's dedicated crew... This is part of Blackies.
ultimate off-road surf vehicle! Yesterday
The Story: A gentleman
from Oregon, and his horse, came to visit his daughter, and decided to go for
a ride on the beach...
yesterday morning, the windswell came up. The tide didn't bury it. The wind clocked
pretty solid offshore. And it was actually pretty fun in certain spots around
town. If you didn't mind frigid water and Red Tide. But by noon the surf vanished
with the tide, onshore wind tore what was left to pieces, and Newport went back,
to being Newport.
Faces... Yesterday, in Newport...
Daniel Shea, far from home. Winter 2012
they say Kobe Bryant broke his nose on the court playing against Miami on Sunday...
are excited to surf Newport! And some dread the thought, and bury their head in
figure Sean Collin's Memorial Paddleout was going to be extremely well attended.
So the morning of it I got up early and dropped my ski in the Harbor, and planned
on driving it up to H.B. to shoot it. Shooting a Paddleout from a ski isn't ideal,
but I was told Sean would have appreciated having a photographer on one there,
so I was really determined.
of Sean's Paddleout the weather was really bizarre. Offshore winds, and a thick
layer of fog hugged the coast. So I called the Newport Harbor Sheriff's Dept.
and asked if I could follow their boat through the fog up to the Memorial. No
go, they didn't think they were going to be able to make it.
Crandal was already going on the ski with me. So with my GPS, and Clay's ability
to easily navigate his way through a typhoon, a hurricane, and a tsunami, all
in the dark of night, I figured the fog wouldn't be a problem. Funny thing was,
when we got to the Paddleout, the L.A. County Sheriff's boat was ready to kick
us out of the area, asking Clay sternly, "How many times have you actually
driven a ski with 500 people in the water"? Clay's response, "Never,
but I've driven one in 60 ft waves". That quieted the Sheriffs pretty quickly.
afternoon when we got back to Newport, Clay headed home, and I started unloading.
For some reason I took my lenses out of the waterproof case and just set them
on the dock. Hell, I'd been chasing a swell up and down the coast and hadn't slept
much in days, so I wasn't thinking I guess... Anyway, as I stepped onto the dock,
I heard 2 small thuds, and turned just in time to watch both of the lenses fall
over, and roll straight into the bay. Of coarse I dove in after them, but it was
fruitless. $3000.00 in lenses, destroyed. No doubt Sean was looking down from
the heavens, getting a good chuckle out of that one. But at least I got some good
photos for Surfline, right? Well it took me longer than I had expected to put
the ski away, and I missed the photo deadline... Sometimes, you just have one
of those days.
most expensive fish bowl you'll ever see. Please don't try this at home...
you were on the beach yesterday around 8am, you were probably shocked to see two
quads racing the entire length of Newport Beach at about 40mph! What the heck!?
There has been an increase in human and drug smuggling Panga boats along California's
coast in recent months, and word is that the Border Patrol was surveying the area.
are cool, but face it this is what the Border Patrol would rather drive along
the beach in....
swell peaked overnight. Or maybe it didn't. The current swell is too West and
it will be walled. Or maybe it won't. The fog will move back in this morning.
Or maybe not.
There will be fog for
Friday's swell... Or it might be clear. There will be south wind Friday morning.
Or there might be no wind at all.
knew lit Christmas Tress grew on the beaches of Newport...
night... In Newport
evening, at the end of the 2011 Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade, the city
had a brief yet pretty spectacular fireworks show, which
fired off the end of the Balboa Pier... Not sure how the city afforded
such a thing, but it was pretty cool none the less...
fire down on the Balboa Pavilion @ The 2011 Christmas Boat
Kobetich is at it again... Then again he's always at it, pushing the envelope
to get images that no one else would even think of getting.
out his recent UAC (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) shoot as it takes flight over Laguna.
Click the photo below.
even think of getting that UAC thing in my way"
almost December right? Yet 80 degree weather and combo surf which included a bit
of hurricane swell lit up the coast the past
days. A lot of people were out of town, and those that weren't were undoubtedly
in the water, somewhere. Someone counted 138 people in
surf between the pier and 28th St. on Thursday!
It you got some you scored, if not, supposedly there's more on the way...
& Hoyer squeeze one more in before the end of a long holiday weekend...
Yesterday in Newport.
Surfing can be hazardous... to your teeth!
Saturday in Newport.
Russell Surfshop is currently in it's final phases of escrow and J.P. here, will
soon become it's new proprietor, and undoubtly carry on it's legacy. On this day
of Thanks J.P would like to take the time and acknowledge how grateful he is for
the support, advice and encouragement that the Newport surf community has shown
him and the entire Russell family.
sending out a shaka to all...
successfully dodges the Beast... In
it gets good".
Cam, Pole Cam, Board Cam...
Cam... Sunday in Newport.
Morning Glare... Yesterday in Newport
nothing better than the weekend crowd at Blackies.... Last
weekend, in Newport
by Laylan Connelly)
guess who needs another photo, of another pro, doing another air?" In
For years my wife and kids
have asked when they'll have a photo up on the HotShot. "One day" is
all I can come up with. Well my wife has been surfing now for a little over 4
years, and is a frothing grom. She surfs just about every day, and loves it. And
we often surf together, even the really small horrible days when no ones out.
And we have the time of our lives. As long as I don't drop in on her, it's all
Well, today is my wife's birthday...
So I snapped a photo of her and am putting it up here. Not just as a little birthday
present to her, but because she's truly become a legitimate local waverider...
Plus it's a lot cheaper than buying her jewelry for her birthday.
Happy Birthday, Booh!
weekend legendary surf photographer Art Brewer held photo seminars in both Huntington
and Oceanside, and each event was well attended. I chose to get out of town and
drove down to the Oceanside event. Once there, Canon loaned us the most expensive
camera equipment they have, and we all shot a crew from San Clemente High School
Surf Team. With 20 people pointing cameras at the water, people kept coming up
asking "who the heck is out there"! "Obama bodysurfing" was
all I could come up with.
Mr. Brewer is the
master of the surf portrait, so I spent most of the day trying to set up shots
of people as they exited the water, something you might see more of at times here...
And if you do see your portrait here, please feel free to grab it off the page
and do what you want with it.
in the water...
to the eye of the storm.. In Newport
to the sport of surfing!
Doho Longboard crew in training...
try this at home... Sunday in South County
so stoked to be surfing for Newport Harbor!"...
Yesterday in Newport
Hurricane Hilary Mega Swell Hype has begun...
please remember, when someone from out of town asks...
never breaks on the other side of the pier".
Cancer survivor Jack Shimko did it again! Last year he paddled on his paddleboard
150 miles in the name of Cancer Research. This past week over 10 days he paddled
260 miles. Jack arrived to a cheering crowd on the beach at Blackies Saturday
morning and an SUP racing event was held to benefit his cause...
the image below for Laylan's O.C. Register article of the event. Pretty amazing...
Saturday at Blackies...
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Wedge, taking the term "Big Peak" to a whole different level.
Last week in Newport.
little sun, a little surf, a little warm water... and a lot of people.
long Newport local Clay Smith, enjoying the crowd in front of his house. Yesterday,
2008, when this photo was taken, people were talking about having seen a lot of
Rays out towards the end of the pier in the weeks leading up to the U.S. Open
Of Surfing in H.B... Running through the images for Surfline's Women's feature
of the event, I came across this... Kinda strange.
around... All kinds of creatures surf Newport.
would ride it...
Board: Dewey Dumpster
Driver 5'2" X 28" X 28" X 28".
you walked down the street with it in a Red Cup! In Newport.
could be a bumpy landing
May 11th, 2011
Click the photo below for Ghetto
Juice's high tech live feed of the action!
Josh Hoyer preparing for action...
of the kids in the area thought this window display was funny.
Some of the parents though, maybe not so much.
Off in Newport
everyone in town dislikes the new parking meters at Blackies.
local bees love them... Yesterday.
My real dad was married 9
times. He would have been married many more, however he died pretty young, 46.
Before he married each wife he had them sign a prenuptial agreement. And in that
agreement it stated that his wife could not touch his car collection if they divorced.
So guess what, he put any and all asserts he accumulated during the marriage into
his car collection. So when they did divorce, she received virtually nothing.
Sad yes, but pretty clever.
After seeing the
chaos my dad went through, obviously I never wanted to marry. But then I meet
my wife. And to this day marrying her has ended up being the single best decision
that I've ever made. We've been married for 20 years. And I'm grateful that my
life did not mimic my father's.
At my work
I often come in contact with couples that have been married over 50 years. And
I always ask, "What's the secret to a long marriage?" The most common
answers are... Don't go to bed mad at your spouse. Get used to the fact that you
are not always right. Don't always put yourself first. And laugh a lot together.
Wise advice to be sure.
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 success.
love with surfing...in
Tags and $8,000 Fines: Newport Beach Considering Partying Ordinance
on Newport's proposed new ordinance, aimed at taming the city's 4th of July mayhem,
is being spread all over the internet. And people all around town are talking
about it. Has the city actually come up with an idea to control the mayhem. Don't
hold your breath.
Click the image below
for info on the possible ordinance.
the new ordinance, this is really going to cost you!
may hurt a little...Yesterday in Newport
Day (Don't forget)
a special sunset, with someone special... Yesterday in Newport.
Feb. 7th, 2011
About 5 years
ago there was a swell... A swell with conditions like no other. Conditions that
made Newport all time.
A swell that everyone will always remember .
A video of that swell has been quietly sitting around for years. Until Now...
Click the image below.
A Legendary Norwell Production.
Time in Newport...
Dec. 18th, 2010
Fowler, grabbing one more before dark...
Cousteau filming for "Animal Planet" behind him, seals playing in front
of him, and sharks lurking somewhere below...
Joey Head handles it all with style...
a short walk to the pier... The
"Board Cam" @ Blackies.
did Grant "Twiggy" Baker win The Maverick's Surf Contest in 2006? By
throwing himself over the ledge of beasts like this time after time...
good-bye to the surf of December, 2005...@ Todos
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