Saturday, March 22, 2008


Starting at the bottom left is the new Taj model Firewire. This super stick ranging in sizes from 5'10'' to 6'4'' has adjusted rail volumes, bottom contours and a bigger rocker. Designed by Taj himself, this board is super fast and has an ultra tight turning radius.

So whats up with that big wood thing in the middle? No, Firewire has not given in to using a stringer, this feature is designed with the purpose to create more side to side flex and give the board more of a pumping action. So theoretically, anyone can get on this board and do all of Taj Burrow's off the lip moves!!

Moving on in the most organized fashion to the middle is the WRV S-Coil. This great East Coast company has created another great East Coast ripper. This stringerless, epoxy board is designed with the intention of having maximum flex every which way providing the rider with an extremely fast and manueverable board. Anyone can visit WRV's website or stop in the shop and order a custom board. The S-Coil comes in all shapes and sizes with any type of tail imaginable. There is no short cuts with were the fins go either. Go order a five fin moontail right now, not because it might be a sweet board, but because you can.

The JS carbon rail is a sweet board, but is more than just eye candy. The idea behind the carbon fiber rail system is incorporating the stregnth and flex quality of a carbon fiber board to an epoxy board. If you like a super flexy board, there is alot of homework for you. This board in particular is 6'1''x18 3/8''x2 3/16''. Like said before, it is epoxy and also has future fins with a squash tail

If for some circumstance, you feel like following the footsteps of Laird Hamilton and want to become a world class paddle board surfer, then feel free to check out the Southpoint paddle board at the end of the long board rack. K-Coast displayed this ten foot wonder so elegently that I could not pull myself to take it off the rack for a picture... it was not because I was too lazy to take a 10'x27''x4 1/8'' board down.

Do not ever, and I mean ever forget the stuff that is on sale. There are tons of boards on sale including Perfections, Avisos, and Sharp Eyes.

Also to go on the list of things to do are rubbers. There are a few Rip Curl Fanning model suits that come in a very pretty blue and are chest zip. O'Neill has a sweet Jon Jon Florence model Mutant with pinstripes.

There is a large plethora of goodies to come check out for the spring and summer, so do not delay, come down today!

Guys Stuff

The guys clothing does not fall anywere near short of color either.

Last summer skulls and sykadelic images were the winners of style, but now it is full print T's and more color with a slimmer fit.

As for shorts and pants, the straight leg walk short is still in abundance. Colored denim is starting to come into the picture as well- red jeans...hmmmmm.

35th street K-Coast is doing a bit of rearanging and moving the entire shoe department up to 78th street for more space.

As you can probably see there is some "experimental" items such as a shirt bigger than my house, and those pants with a birds eye veiw of Hawaii. There is also a huge selection of trunks with tons of pro models and color combos with all brand names including O'Neill, Billabong, Quiksilver, and alot more I just don't want to name anything that is not actually there.

Girls Stuff

It looks as if colors are the name of the game with the new spring product line.

Since it's always ladys first, lets begin with what K-Coast Surf Shop of Ocean City, Maryland has to offer for the girls clothing line. "It's all about bright colors," said Lauren, a manager at K-Coast. All of the girls clothing is colorful and bright to say the least. There are tons of clothes that have pinks, yellows, oranges, and bright greens.

Billabong takes the win when it comes to dresses, all though Volcom and Obey also have many popular T-shirts for girls. For all the ladys out there definatly check out these brands to update your spring and summer wardrobe

Even girls swimsuits are taking after the crazy color combos inspired by that flamboyant 80's generation we all love so much. There is not one suit in the entire store that was one solid color.
If I wore girls clothing I would absolutly get some of this stuff.


This past thursday ended up being a super fun South Souteast swell with hard West winds. Barrels was the name of the game. There were alot of rights that pitted real deep and had clean shoulders. However, that wind was brutal. Twenty five knot winds gusting to well over thirty knots made these waves spit in your face if you could not make the chest to shouler high drop.

There was a strong rip current due to the harsh West winds, so getting caught in a deep spot would suck you out- Mike and I got caught in one of these and debated whether or not to move to England. Since niether of us is a fan of tea time, no offense to tea I like tea, we paddled in closer.

Later in the day we headed down to the Inlet, which ended up being a shallow and really hollow peaking break. Mike stole the spot in the sun as he dropped into a well overhead right and was eaten by this monster.

The water is definatly getting warmer, so burn an old board and do a dance around the fire to get the wave gods to keep giving us this weather. Until next time, keep shreding, and READING MY BLOG!!!!

Monday, March 17, 2008

March Madness

After painstakingly flopping out of bed at the not so bright hour of 4 a.m. to go get some shred time in, I meet Austin in the parking lot behind Seton Court. I hop in his Civic coupe and we drive down Cold Spring and park across the street from the Tacoma. After loading the sticks and rubbers into the bed of my truck we are on our way.

The stoke factor as we are leaving Baltimore is at an all time high as our last session together two weeks ago ended in leaving the water after bobbing around in the fridgid ocean for two hours because there was nothing else to do except bob- there were no waves.

The two and a half hour trip went by extremely fast as it normally does. We stopped at Dunkin' Donuts to get two medium coffees with three sugars and cream and two donuts (its a combo meal for a little over two bucks). We arrived at the inlet in a stylish manner to a bright, brisk, and beautiful six thirty a.m. sunrise. It had not fully risen yet, but you get the point.

"So uhh, where's those waist high waves," said Austin.

"Ha," said myself in response.

We waited a few more minutes and saw a few sets that could have been waist high roll in, but had a feeling that a west wind might do more good up north.

"Fags go back to Rayhobeyth," shouted some female voice from the distance. O the feeling of being welcomed by living trash cans.

We beem up north a little bit stoping at eighteenth street and see some nice sets. Sneaking into a secret heated bathroom to change, we suit up and skimmy back outside to grab the boards and throw a little spray. After face planting the sand because of tripping on my leash, I see Austin ahead of me paddling through some nice almost chest sized glassy sets. There is also no one to be seen, except for the two or three scavengers down south.

The morning session lasts for about three hours. After not dropping in on a solid clean wave in almost a month, letting these conditions bleed through my veins was the only thing I had left to do to satisfy my addiciton. The feeling of watching a perfect, glassy, waist high left come to me instantly warmed me up in the brisk march morning. I heard Austin shout, "outside!" and paddled out and left to get the shoulder. I dropped in and pumped off the bottom turn into a few more carving turns, and swung my hips and shoulders around into a cut back. Austin can attest to the amount of spray the cut back threw.

I see Austin bang out a few DK's and three sixty's and even catch a small barrel. There is nothing like being in the water one a nice day with your bud surfing fun waves. I would start to reflect and talk about the importance of this, but there is more to the story!

With the tide coming in we go for our last wave, which always ends up being last five waves until that air reverse is landed an hour later. The secret heated changing spot is again misused as water and sand is violently flung amongst the stalls. Austin and I scurry on out as not to be seen and we pile in the truck and head on over to K-Coast. While he tries to wheel a deal with Hairball, which is not going to work by the way for future reference, I check out all the boards that have been in the shop since summer and are on clearance sale. Not really needing a board at all I still find a 5'10'' Sharp Eye fish that strikes my fancy. Sadly I don't get it, however, I do get Single Fin: Yellow, which is highly recommended to all people who like surfing and chill stuff.

After getting the stoke level through the roof again from being in the shop we head north because there was some St. Patty's Day parade that made us not want to go south. There was no actual thought that we would find waves, but after checking a few spots we end up at Southside. People don't really surf here, its a bodyboard spot because of its wedge-like breaks. With this bit of knowledge to the reader it is now a fact that I do not know what to expect, only a dumping heavy wave... sounds like fun!

We see a local guy out there and decide to put back on the sobbing wet, cold rubbers that we cherish so dearly. We both rush into the water... Austin rushes into the water, I take my time because I have know idea what is going on right now. I paddle close to the jetty of the inlet and am waiting for an outside left which never comes. Austin shouts over to me to scoot on over and take a smaller one. Seeing how shallow the breakzone was I was hesitant to drop in. I took a nice little left which ended up being a very powerful waist high wave, this doesn't sound right, but the wave bowled up and had a strong air section at the end. Southside is an amazing wave.

After about an hour I became more daring and taking larger set waves. A good chest or head high set came in and I went to paddle for the left shoulder. I still can picture Austin cheering for me as I go to drop in. Even before the bottom turn I picked up so much speed and made it into the gut of the wave. I continued to carve and pick up more speed in an attempt to air off the shoulder. As soon as I saw the wave bowl up I turn to the top and ollied off the lip. It took a few tries to land it, but this waist high day turned out to be alot of fun

My mood was the best its been in a long time.

This is a perfect example of getting a well deserved session after paying your respect to the wave gods. The surf report can only say so much, you need to get out there and experience all different kinds of conditions at different spots. There has been many times when the reports have said waist high and I show up and its not waist high. The radar doesnt show how deep the water is going to be at certain spots, you need to look at the tide charts and see how deep low tide is going to be. Thats my advice- go shred.