If you are ever by our office you will see in the center of our conference table all sorts of surf and office papers, pens, pencils, all that sort of ‘office stuff’, it changes daily, sometimes hourly, but two things are ALWAYS there…Sticky Bumps surf wax and Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Bars, but only one is for eating!
We used Sticky Bumps for years, their wax keeps us stuck to our boards, even when we are doing some moves that we didn’t even know we could do! They also make some cool T-shirts, stickers and hats, but it is the wax we love, what the Boss likes about it most, it doesn’t take a lot to work great! Pita also likes it but for other reasons than we do, I must admit though, it is tough to get out of Office/Surf Dog’s (Pita) teeth, I think her favorite ‘Cold 60F/15C & Below’, it has a fantastic blueberry scent! www.stickybumps.com Check there site out, it is fun!
Last week was the first week of surf camp and we had a blast, we surfed, boogie-boarded, body-surfed, learned about currents, wave position, why it is important to not set your sandwich down on the sand at lunch! It was great! The sun hide from us most of the week but its all good, we even had our new rash guards delivered to on the beach from Patti at Coolie Surf, how’s that for service and…they look really cool! Check her out at: www.cooliesurf.com
I decided to honor the Pioneer Surfriders in each post by featuring two of the Surfers that helped change and shape our lives in the water…so…here goes…
Duke Kahanamoku a true gentlemen, Hawai’ian Duke embodied the ‘Aloha Spirit’, he was a real ‘Waterman’, he loved surfing, canoe’s and bodysurfing. After returning from the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden, Duke introduced surfriding to America and later Australia. His skills lead him to riding bigger waves off Waikiki, Oahu with longer boards. Duke road the fabled ‘Kings Surf’, a huge wave off Diamond Head, all the way to the beach at the Royal Hawai’ian Hotel. Duke Kahanamoku is truly The Father of Surfing.
Charles ‘Snow’ McAlister was 10-years old when he saw Duke Kahanamoku surf Manly Beach in Australia. By 1926 he was making a run for the Australian National Titles, he took three, the last one riding a wave to the beach with a headstand! Recognized as The Father of Australian Surfing, ‘Snow’ was born in 1904 and in 1985 was inducted into The Australian Surfing Hall of Fame, after 78-years of surfing!