My sweet new #marmot tent. Blaze orange and cozy but not nearly as comfy as my friend’s bed!
Mt Tam rules this time of year. Still too hot though. Wake up old man winter, time to sit on El nino
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My sweet new #marmot tent. Blaze orange and cozy but not nearly as comfy as my friend’s bed!
I have been meaning to post this pic for awhile. I went on vacation to Oahu and stayed in this amazing pad in Wailupe just east of Waikiki. Place had a dock and a deep water channel for a boat and also a surf break 300 yards away. Pretty amazing.
I windsurfed one day in Kailua, long boarded waikiki, and SUP’d wailupe and Tongs the other days. However the highlight of my trip was getting hooked up with Sunny Garcia. I was pretty intimidated at first but he really could not be any nicer. He picked me up at 6:30am and we drove over to the North Shore where the 1st of the Triple Crown was on at Haleiwa. He was entered in the contest so we stopped by the beach to talk with the contest director and up walked Rob Machado, and Taylor Knox to say hello to Sunny. Pretty sweet. The waves were small so we drove along the North Shore while Sunny showed me all the spots and told me some sweet stories about Waimea and other contests. We stopped across from Pipeline and did a crossfit work out with the Volcom, Billabong team. It kicked my ass. I slacked this summer. Then we got a snack and went and talked to his buddy Uncle about a board for me. Uncle wanted to wrestle me but he looked strong even though he was 70. You could tell he had that old man strength. I declined. We picked up a board and headed to Chuns. Waves were perfect for me. 3-5 feet, luckily. I caught 5 out of 7 waves even though I could not even muster a push-up after crossfit. I tend to drop straight in b/c of my slow snap and Sunny was trying to help me by using ski lingo. He kept saying , you have to “traverse” on the wave. Brilliant and true. Of course Sunny was ripping it up and chatting with the crew.
Sunny did an interview on the beach and I had to bounce after that to get back to my family and Sunny drove me home after we stopped to pound a shave ice at Matsumotos. I loved hearing all about his life. I snapped an interview for my radio show on XM which I will post at some point.
Hi ex-wife Anela manages the house and she hooked me up. She also hooked me up with Kainoa McGee, reknown pro body boarder and SUP boarder. He took 4 four yr old son Jack, my mother-in-law and my wife and I surfing in Waikiki which was fantastic. Jack was fully standing up on the shore break with Kainoa’s help. He did eat hard into the beach one time, but is was a good ride.
Getting the backstage north shore tour from Sunny and having Kainoa help us navigate Waikiki was amazing. I felt like a local getting hooked up everywhere and put into all the right spots. Epic.
Here is a link to the house:
here is pic of the place from the dock:
Took a ride on Jeff Ecklund’s Melges 32 (STAR) today while they prepare for Big boat series and World Championships. I was not the only Olympic medallist on board. Check out this crew I sailed with.
Nathan Wilmont, Gold 2008 Olympics 470
Espen Stokkeland bronze 2000 Olympics, Soling
Harry Melges multiple world championships in multiple classes, CEO Melges Performance boats
Emma Creighton Shorthanded/singlehanded racer about to embark on 2011 Mini Transat Campaign.
Jeff Ecklund Melges 32 National Champ
It was totally awesome. That boat rules. It was nuking by the afternoon so it was quite a ride. Enjoyed hanging in the back and shooting some pics and vid. I will attach some soon.
Thanks for the ride guys.
Up at CMH right now shooting a segment for Warren Miller. Been snowy so been skiing a lot of pow in the trees. This is a shot of Andy Mahre in front of the heli and the fire that our pilot Roger builds for us everyday during lunch. Yes, this place is awesome. Be here til Sunday then headed straight to Vancouver for the Olympics to commentate on Freestyle for NBC. Bummed that Daron Rahlves got hurt at X games. Have not heard the final prognosis.
I always liked “Loveline” when it was on MTV. Dr. Drew was cool and provides a great service to people. It was very hard to try to be entertaining while dealing with peoples’ messed up situations. I learned a lot. I could ask Dr. Drew questions all day. He skis so we will get him out there one of these days. Here is a link to a small clip of us on the show: Loveline
Check out this pic of a bench in front of “The Grove” cafe in SF Marina District. Billy Kidd still being represented with a pair of his signature Hart skis. Billy Kidd and Jimmie Huega (son of lift op in Squaw Valley) were the first American men to win medals in the Olympics in skiing (1964). Four years after the first televised games in Squaw Valley which celebrates the 50yr anniversary of those games this year. Ski history is cool. Read “Skiing Heritage” my favorite ski mag. You can check in out on Google books.
Since I talked to you last wednesday I have been on the road.
I was in LA for Levis for the 3rd annual Powersliders competition. That’s right powersliders. You’ve heard of it right? Probably not but you have done though in its beginner form. Sliding on your ass down railings is what you have done. Powersliding is what you have not done. Extreme ass sliding is what powersliding is. Levi’s built a massive powersliding terrain park at the Santa Monica pier in LA. They had a full on contest. The course was pretty gnarly. Huge and difficult with regards to sliding, plus there was a brisk wind. The powersliders went for it and it was sick! Check it online. I was judging with Kendra from the “Girls Next door” and Wee Man who I am convinced is the same volume as Kendra’s boobs. The band that played was this two man, actually one woman one man band called Matt and Kim. Matt plays keyboard and Kim plays drums and smiles a lot. I like them here they are on the Faction:
Matt and Kim
She is a pretty and punky chick who is super fit and wails on a modified small drum kit . She sings at the top of her longs in sync with Matt but she does not use a mic. At one point she stood on her base drum singing and pumping up the crowd. I loved her. Matt is tall and skinny and leads the band with the singing from behind the keyboard. He keeps the crowd fired up with his music and his story telling. In this particular show he explained how he had just gotten scabies. Crude but it was entertaining especially because it embarrassed Kim. I guess they are a couple. Bottom line is I had never heard of them or seen them and I was impressed. Great live show. Here is another band along those lines, with a song you may have heard:
MGMT song called kids.
My whole trip was a celebrity fest. I hung with Wee man who I had never met and is cool as shit. In my hotel I got a picture with Rachel Hunter who I always liked as kid. She is older now but still way hot. She looked like she was just running some errands but when I got the picture with here you could tell why she is a super model. Her face pops on camera of course. Later that day I was having lunch on the third st. promenade and I got a picture with Audrina from The Hills. She was cool, and looked the same as she did on TV. She was having lunch next to us with her sister or something. Then of course I spent the rest of the day with Kendra from “The Girls Next Door” where she played one of Hef’s girlfriends. I actually watched that show a bit back in the day and I liked her the best I guess because she was sporty. She is now engaged to a football player and has left the mansion . I asked her immediately if she banged Hef, but I never really got an answer. Wee Man was super cool and entertaining and the crowd loved him. He says he is rolling out some show right now but couldn’t tell what so stay tuned I guess. And to top it off on way home to the hotel I look over and it was none other than Jason Ellis. Ellismate was having some family time at a Mexican joint on the promenade. I rushed over to get my picture. He said no at first but eventually I convinced him by telling him I had a show on Faction which he was surprised to hear.
I did a bit of surfing in LA which was nice, even though I was smoked after a half hour. My upper body is so out of shape, and the period of waves was super tight in Venice beach but at least I got er done. I was jonesing to play golf after watching the masters last weekend. Did you see that. poor guy choke. Kenny Perry was winning that thing. But that is golf for you. It has to be one the hardest sports to compete in because as you start to get on top you want to overanalyze everything. Here is a small analogy. The other day I had a really early flight and I had to make it because had a paid gig on the other end. When I got home the night before I was going through my plan. Wake up call from the hotel at 4:20 am and the alarm on my phone. Of course I get my phone and set the alarm and double check everything. Long story short I wake up and its light out and I know I am screwed. Miss my flight and everything. I did not get a wake up call which is lame but not my fault. But with regards to the alarm on the phone, I had reset the time an hour behind somehow. The clincher here is that I had been using that phone and the alarm everyday flawlessly until that point.
Or how about the two foot put in golf? Normally an easier shot but when the pressure is on you look at the put twice as hard as normal and grip that putter and sometimes hose yourself. I think it is mainly because you want to be able to look back and say “I did everything I could”, but in the end that doesn’t really matter when you lose unless you count your mental sanity as important which you probably should.
Right, ok, here are
Ok, so the rest of my trip. I flew from LA to San Diego, which took twice as long as if I would have driven with all the transitions etc. I was in SD in order to host ALT games. Essentially it is the College Action Sports Championships. College kids competing in Wakeboarding, Snowboarding, Skiing, Beach Volleyball, Eating, and the signature sport Flowboarding. I have talked about Flowboarding before when I tried it back in the day and got my ass handed to me. Serious whiplash. I have never seen a sport that looks so easy that is so hard. Basically, it is a standing wave created by shooting water out of jets at a padded structure shaped like a wave. It is called a “waveloch Flowbarrel” in case you want to look it up. It is located in San Diego at an outdoor bar on mission beach called the wavehouse. It is a great spot and it was packed all weekend. Spring break and the beach was just slammed. Shoulder to shoulder. Great people watching. Of course there were all the girls in bikinis, but my favorites were bodybuilders and their chicks. Bulging out everywhere and the best part was they never sat down on the beach. I was hosting the show doing a bunch of stand-ups with my co-host Adrianna costa, so we watched these weightlifters for awhile and they never sat down. In the evening, the flowboard finals were closed out with a show by Rebelution, a reggaeish band that has a incredibly large draw. People were packed out onto the beach where they could barely see the band. The cops were freaking out about it all. San Diego is pretty rowdy. Here is that band Rebelution:
That flight that I missed earlier was supposed to get me to Squaw for a party for all the passholders. I made it somehow and it was a perfect day at the top of the mountain by the pool. Hot and sunny. At the end of the day I skied down and had some beers at the Chamois. Skiing is still great up there right now and San Diego is nice but it is hard to beat a nice warm day skiing followed by some beers. Although the other day I did have at day the beach in Bolinas, here in Northern, and that was pretty sweet. 88 degrees, Not crowded, good little waves for long boarding, great scenery, crispy cold water and did not see any sharks. I bought a beach tent like sun shade, that I highly recommend. Especially if you have a kid, its like having a cabana at the beach.
Later everyone, here is some Michael Franti: