It’s been awhile…

Hey guys,

A lot has happened in the last 2 months since coming back from Bali. I’ve moved to Los Angeles to live out a dream! I guess you can say, I’m livin’ the dream. I think the older you get, the more initiative you have to do what you’ve always wanted to do before it’s too late and life passes you by. Why did I move to Los Angeles? I think I’ll save that story for another blog.

I’ve created some new videos of my experience in Bali and I have to say, Bali is magical!

Here are some past photos I’ve been posting on Instagram. My bad I haven’t been blogging! But I will pick it back up within the next couple of weeks. Be sure to subscribe and follow me on Instagram for the latest.

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Rise and Shine: Exploring Lake Tahoe 

Lake Tahoe is an adventure bordering California and Nevada state lines. I never really got a chance to explore it, so this time after snowboarding I made it a point to explore the lake and it’s many local corridors.

Here’s snap shot of my route which only took 4 hours to complete. My favorite site was Emerald Bay and Sand Harbor Beach (seen below). I haven’t uploaded to my Instagram so you get exclusive content here on My Surf Blog. Make sure you subscribe.

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The Kingdom of Siam, Thailand (chapter legend)

Yesterday is but today’s memory, and tomorrow is today’s dream. Khalil Gibran

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One of the most epic trips I’ve had that pretty much got this blog started. Last year, I traveled to Thailand with a friend for NYE and attended the Full Moon Party. I backpacked through Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore. To begin my Thailand series here’s an 8 minute video I created which I will blog in sections. Here are the highlights click below.

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There’s so much to do, see and explore. If you’re interested in visiting Thailand I will provide details on my experience and insight on activities, where and when to surf and what to look for.

*This is essentially my Thailand series book legend where I will revert and link back all my blogs to each bullet number below. Be sure to come back once I update and release each new blog.

The Itinerary: Places to Visit in Thailand

  1. Bangkok, Thailand
    • Red Light District
    • Wat Arun
    • Chao Phraya River
    • Floating Market
    • Sky Bar at Lebua, State Tower (The Hangover)
  2. Koh Samui
    • Muay Thai Fight
    • Jungle Tour & ATV’ing
    • Na Muang Safari Park
    • Na Mueang-1/2 Waterfall
  3. Koh Phi Phi
    • Monkey Island
    • Phi Phi Islands
  4. Krabi
    • Railay Beach
    • Lang Rongrian Cave
    • Motorbiking through Krabi
  5. Koh Pangan
    • Full Moon Party

I can’t wait to finally document my trip and boy, do I have a lot to show you. Stay tuned.

To be continued…

Evolution of a Surfer

I’ve been surfing for close to 2 years now. Yes, yes, you’re probably shocked. Whenever I tell people the duration of my surf life, people look surprised and then begin to tell me they are shocked like I lost all credibility of who I am.


It’s not about how long you’ve been surfing, it’s about how often you surf. Someone that surfs 3-5 times per week vs 1-2 times per week will obviously progress a lot faster. I get about 12 hours per week, that’s about an hour per day, before sunrise and sometimes after I get off work. Not only, I surf with friends, guys that have been surfing for more than 10+ years. Thank you for the feedback and help guys!  I consider myself an intermediate surfer and I have a long way to go to get to where  I want to be. However, I am excited to see what I become.

Can you believe it’s been less than 2 years?  (1 year and 8 months to be exact)

This my experience progressively riding shorter boards from the time I started until today. This is my journey discovering the type of surfer I will become.

First Surfboard: The Mini Mal

Specifications

Style: Surftech Wood Grain Mini Malibu

Length: 8’1″

Width: 22″

Thickness: 2.9″

Volume: 63.4

Style: Thruster

Material: Epoxy

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Yes, yes, you’re probably shocked.

The Mal was a difficult surfboard to learn on. But it gave me a lot of volume to paddle past the white water and into the lineup. This surfboard gave me a great foundation to build upon the basics. After learning on The Mal for 6 months, I transitioned immediately to a shorter board.

One piece of advice, once you learn the basics listen to what your body is telling you. Only you know what you’re comfortable with, but always start off with a longboard and transition from there.

The Mal was too long for me and I didn’t like all the weight it carried with it. I knew immediately my personal style was speed and maneuverability.

Second Surfboard: The Fish

Specifications

Style: Kane Garden Classic Twinzer Fish 

Length: 6’6″

Width: 21.25″

Thickness: 2.7″

Volume: 63.4

Style: Quad

Material: Epoxy

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This is my favorite surfboard and the most valued in my quiver. This baby goes. I immediately knew that a shortboard was going to be my style. Every set that came in, I caught and in some instances while surfing at my local break, longboarders would give me shit because I would out paddle them and catch their wave. If other surfers are “hating” I guess you’re doing something right. But that was when I didn’t know surf etiquette. I wish someone told me the rules. If you’re starting out make sure you read my blog, The Untold Rules of Surfing.

I love how The Fish does well in all types of conditions. It’s a solid board.

Third Surfboard: The Lazy Toy

Specifications

Style: LOST Mahem Lazy Toy

Length: 6’3″

Width: 22.5″

Thickness: 2.75″

Volume: 43.10

Style: Thruster

Material: Polystyrene Foam

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This is definitely a reliable surfboard in all types of conditions. This is a really fun surfboard where you can really excel with your pop-up and paddling. I love this surfboard and it’s taken care of me for the past year.

Only you know what you’re comfortable with, but always start off with a longboard and transition from there.

Fourth Surfboard: Tomo Vanguard

Specifications

Style: FireWire Tomo Vanguard

Length: 5’9″

Width: 19.25″

Thickness: 2.68″

Volume: 35.6″

Style: Quad

Material: Polystyrene Foam

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This is a serious board with lots of speed. This surfboard does well medium sized wave heights where I can maneuver quickly. I am beginning to focus on my turning where in the next 3 months you will see me cut in and out of waves. This is the type of surfboard I’ve been working hard to ride.

Here are a couple clips of my transition from The Lazy Toy to Tomo Vanguard. Can you believe it’s been less than 2 years (1 year and 8 months to be exact)?

Exploring The Pacific Northwest in 5 days

It’s been awhile and I can’t wait to tell you all about my recent adventure. Being a adventurer and a surfer at the same time attracts me to some of the most beautiful destinations that offer scenic views and a lot of nature. If you follow my Instagram, you’ll see where I’ve been and where I’ve surfed. There will be many more destinations I will travel to in search of the perfect wave.

In my recent travels, I decided to explore somewhere close to home. The idea came from reading a book called, The Golden Shore by David Helzvarg. The California Coastal Trail spans 1,200 miles along California into Oregon and  The Pacific Crest Trail spans 2,650 miles from Canada, Washington, Oregon, California and Mexico and living along the coastline in San Francisco Bay Area I am familiar with many of its local coastal trails. Locally, I’ve hiked many of them and plan to discover more view points and local state parks in my hometown. I’ve even ventured to Big Sur in search of hidden surf gems on the trail. But living in Northern California, I decide to take a peek at what its like in northern states to gain a better understanding of California and why San Francisco Bay Area is so special.

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I decide to drive to Oregon to visit Multnomah Falls and then surf Westport, WA while stopping at various sites along the way. I’ve listed my entire route that I completed in 5 days from San Francisco. I will also be breaking out each site into their own separate blog for more viewable content (click on each of the links below for my experience at each site).

  1. Mount Shasta, California
  2. Klamath National Forest, California
  3. Klamath National Forest, Oregon
  4. Portland, Oregon
  5. Multnomah Falls, Oregon
  6. Cascades Locks, Oregon – Klickitat Legend Bridge of the Gods 
  7. Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
  8. Mount Hood, Oregon
  9. Space Needle, Seattle, Washington
  10. Westhaven State Park, Westport, Washington
  11. Yaquina Light House, Oregon
  12. South Beach, Oregon
  13. Newport South Jetty
  14. Ecola State Park, Oregon
  15. Seal Rock, Oregon
  16. Oregon National Dunes

Friday December 30, 2016

4:00am I leave from San Francisco

11:00am I arrive at Mount Shasta where I stop and enjoy the scenery for a few hours.

1:30pm After Mount Shasta, I stopped at Klamath National Forest before crossing into Oregon to explore the railway system and observe the environment, a dry desert that looks something out of a wild west film.

2:00pm As I continue my drive crossing into Oregon, I catch the sunset in the snow at Klamath National Forest. One of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve seen on this trip.

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8:00pm I make a pit stop and stay overnight in Portland.

Saturday December 31, 2016 

10:00am In the morning I explore Oregon’s  Multnomah Falls.

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1:00pm After lunch I proceed to Mt. Hood and catch a sunset at a local view point.

8:00pm I continue to drive to Seattle and stay overnight and celebrate NYE at the Space Needle.dsc_0167

Sunday January 1, 2016 

I explore the Seattle’s urban jungle, Pike Place, founding Starbucks store, Capitol Hill and the Space Needle. After resting another night in Seattle, I leave to Westport.

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Monday, January 2, 2016

8:00am I leave for Westport, WA

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10:00am I arrive at Westhaven State Park and surf. My first time surfing a new beach break in the Pacific Northwest.

4:00pm I arrive at Ecola State Park

8:00pm I arrive at Newport and stay the night

Tuesday, January 3, 2016

8:00am I arrive and surf South Beach, Oregon

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11:00am  I arrive at Seal Rock

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1:00pm I check out Oregon Dunes National Recreational Area before crossing into California.

10:00pm I make it home to San Francisco.

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Overall the experience was pretty amazing. It offered a lot of insight into California’s history and how its connected with neighboring states. Exploring Washington and Oregon validated some of the cultural similarities and values found in San Francisco such as dog friendly establishments, nature and conservationism along coastlines and trails, the importance of harbors, port cities and best of all, friendly people living green lives. I love the Pacific Coast and I fell in love with both Oregon, Washington which also strengthened my bond for my home state, California.

I can’t wait to give you details on my experience on each leg of my trip. Stay tuned and make sure you subscribe to my newsletter to get updates on my next blog about surfing the Pacific Northwest with video, information on where to surf and what to be prepared for. Also, follow on Instagram if you haven’t done so already.

See you soon!