Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Today I had a random craving for some Japanese food. My office is in Kearny Mesa... yes, Asian food central! Chopstix Too was the call. Why? Their food is so ono and best of all, CHEAP!
Chicken Katsu and Spicy Tuna roll combo was the choice! 6 pieces of Spicy Tuna goodness, about 10 pieces of panko covered chicken (with Katsu sauce) and choke rice... all for under $7. It actually comes with salad, but I had to go straight Hawaiian style and request "all rice".
If you're in the area, check it out:
Chopstix Too Sushi & Teriyaki
4380 Kearny Mesa Road
San Diego, CA 92111-3786
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Woke up to some smoking south winds this morning. There's only a handful of spots that handle south winds, so that's where I went.
The paddle out was fricken brutal! Major current and no lulls in the sets meant that getting your ass kicked in the shorebreak wasn't a matter of if, but when. I ended up drifting about 75 yards before I made it out and just as I made it out, I spotted a set swinging wide with all the laydown surfers scrambling. Scratched over the first wave and spun around for the second, which ended up being a roping, grinding right. On my paddle back out, I was in a little incident which ended up giving me some sashimi fingers.
Well, at least it's my fingers and not my head. Long story short, my board ended up flipping on me and my fins decided that I had some skin on my fingers that I didn't really need. Let me remind you that this was after my FIRST wave. Going in wasn't an option... not after I got beatdown in the shorebreak. haha!
I got to meet a cool local braddah named Chris. Sorry Chris, I didn't get your last name. We talked stories and saw him catch a few roping waves. It's definitely fun to watch an experienced surfer/SUP'er rip and I wish I still had my Go Pro to get some footage. Maybe next time bah!
I also got to catch up Nelz in the parking lot. I spotted him early this morning at the main peak catching some bombs. He said Manny Vargas was out shooting water shots of him. Got to meet Manny and see some shots he took today and it looked killer!
Check out Manny's website: http://www.mannyvphoto.com/
Manny's shots from today: http://www.mannyvphoto.com/Surf-Photography/Surf-Sessions/May-22-2010/12272626_qhnfd#875269158_WJytD
Overall, good day with some good people! Aurrrryte!!!
Friday, May 14, 2010
Ok, so if you've ever seen a live Tahitian performance before, you've probably never noticed the people drumming the beats, right??? C'mon, admit it... HAHA!!!
Well, in my free time, I do Tahitian drumming. There are several different instruments in a Tahitian drumming group and I play the tō'ere. Here's a quick tō'ere crash course...
The tō'ere in all of these pictures is my new drum. It was made by a family friend in Kea'au, Hawai'i. It was made from Hawaiian milo and the carvings at the top and bottom of the tō'ere are called the hei, or the lei around the head of the tō'ere. The plant leaves carved above the tō'ere opening represents the kou tree.
Here's a few of my favorite tō'ere videos. See if you can hear the different pehe's... good luck!
good example of different pehe's at 5:14 (in order: mua, ropu, muri)
One of the craziest 'oro'oro's I've heard:
Monday, May 10, 2010
Sorry guys, things are getting busy, especially with our wedding coming up in a couple months (July 24 on the Big Island)! Invitations, reservations, deposits, photographers, flowers... you name it, we're doing it. A wedding planner would be fricken awesome, but we can't afford that luxury. Luckily, we have family helping us out big time, so if any of you guys are reading this: mahalo nui loa!
After some thought, I think I'm going to start blogging about some non-surf related activities in addition to my stand up paddle surf ramblings/rants/useless info. I know, I know... Cubicle Surfer, let's talk surf dammit!! Well, that would be awesome if I was traveling the world and SUPing insane spots in Indo, French Polynesia, Mexico, Australia, Hawai'i... but there's a lot more to me than just surfing. The ocean is a big part of my life, but so is spending time with my better half and having fun doing non-surf stuff. It's time to expand the horizons!
I'm sure I'll have more to say regarding our upcoming wedding, our honeymoon trip to Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora and my other non-surf hobbies. Thanks for bearing with me guys!!!