Wednesday, October 30, 2013

World Record 100 Foot Wave

Nazaré Blow Up from SURFPortugal Mag on Vimeo.

Definitely a full screen vid.

Less than a year after Hawaii native Garrett McNamara set what many believed to be an impossibly high bar in big wave surfing, Brazilian surfer Carlos Burle may have topped it.

On Monday, Burle took off on a mountain of a wave off the now-famous big wave spot of Nazare on Portugal's central coast. Initial estimates of the wave's height put it taller than the record set by McNamara in January, which was estimated to be around 100 feet tall.

McNamara holds the certified record for tow-in surfing a wave, also set at Nazare, for riding a 78-foot behemoth in 2011.

Whatever the final, official height of Burle's wave, it was a monster. Burle's ride also happened shortly after he rescued his friend and fellow big wave surfer Maya Gabriel, who nearly drowned trying to catch a wave.

Burle told Surfer Today: "It was luck. We never know when we will be catching the wave. I still hadn't surfed any wave and everyone had already had their rides. Maya almost died. For me, it was a big adrenaline moment to get back there after what happened."

Cowabunga, Dude!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Loving Life in Another Country

Have you ever dreamed of moving to a remote place and taking up residence in another country?  I found a You Tube channel where dozens of folks have done it and it has transformed their lives.  Here is a unique story of man and his family who built a cat and sailed off the the US Virgin Islands.  He charters his yacht on a daily basis, has an all female crew and even though he works very hard, his life is deeply satisfying.   Check it out!

Cool Vids

Found some cool stuff on YouTube.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Kona is 5 years young!

If ever a sailor was to own a dog to go sailing with, it would be Kona.  He had his first adventure on the boat at 12 weeks.  From there he has gone on countless day sails, many 5 day trips all over the bay, and is the coolest dog I have ever had the privilege of owning.   Sierra was amazing and I loved him with all my heart.  Along comes Kona from a top breeder up north and I am blown away.  He has been out sailing 50 times already this year and loves it.   Here is a pic from a recent voyage on the bay.  He usually picks one crewman each trip and follows and lounges all over that crewman.  I could not have asked for a better First Mate than Kona!  And did I mention he is an amazing swimmer?  Some of our best times have been swimming over to the beaches on the bay.  Love you Boy!

Click the pic to make it bigger.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Nice Surf Film

This film created quite a stir and won some awards when it was released a few years ago.  Beautiful photography and timeless images will have you longing for the perfect tube.  Enjoy!

Awesome Telekinetic Prank (must see)

Foiling Fanatics

I was out at Crissy Field yesterday and saw some light wind kite foiling.  A few weeks ago they had the Foilboard Championships here and here is some footage from it.  Now that foiling is all the rage with boats, surfboards and now kites, what could possibly be next??

Friday, October 18, 2013

Love Trouble in Paradise

Twentysomething Liz Clark has been cruising the South Pacific for the last 5 or so years and she has seen her share of trouble.  A broken neck, boat problems, T-Boned by a cat while she was anchored and now love trouble.  So much so that she was fearing for her life.  Her Tahitian boyfriend treated her very badly and she was no longer enjoying her relationship when she had to slip the lines and escape from his jealous rage. 
Read her story of terror and abuse here.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Jamming on the SF Bay

Headed up to the boat on a beautiful fall day on the bay.  Wind was light and out of the north when I hit the end of the channel in Emeryville.  All the sails went up and with the wind direction, heading north and towards Berkeley.  Made it to Richmond with the wind at 8kts.  Tack and the wind changes direction and now a bit westerly so I am heading towards Angel.  The conditions are perfect, its warm and the sailing is sublime.  Looked like a chance for a green flash so I kept sailing till sunset.  No flash but a very memorable single hand, barefoot cruise.  Thanks boat!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Where to Sail in NZ

With nearly 10,000 miles of coastline to explore, it's almost impossible not to experience a day at sea while you're New Zealand. So, where is the best place to sail when you're in New Zealand? Who better to ask than the members of this award-winning sailing team.
Here's what crew members of Emirates Team NZ had to say when asked, What's your favorite place to go sailing in New Zealand?
Adam Beashel, Strategist: "My favorite place is the Whangaruru Harbour, on Northland's east coast. I love the isolation of it, the greenery and the white sand beaches. It's a great place to go kite surfing, starting off the back of a boat. It's hard to believe that you can anchor there and be all on your own.
Ray Davies, Tactician: "It has to be the Hauraki Gulf - including Kawau Island, Great Barrier Island and even around Waiheke Island. It's so accessible to Auckland city, that you can really make the most of a weekend break. We've got a launch and we get out a couple of times a month in summer.
Dean Barker, Skipper/helm: "It would have to be the Bay of Islands; it's just stunning. I've sailed in a couple of Bay of Islands Regattas, where you race through all of the islands, and it is amazing - beautiful water, nice breezes, gorgeous white sand beaches. I've tried fishing there, but without much success. I'd like to blame the equipment, but it's more about the fisherman I think... It's definitely a place I would love to spend more time with my family. "
Richard Meacham, Utility: "There are two places in New Zealand that are on a par for me. The first is the Akaroa Harbour, on the coast out of Christchurch. It's a stunning place; when you drive there by land and drop down into the harbour, its beauty is so unexpected, it takes your breath away. My other favourite is the Karikari Peninsula in the Far North, especially Matai Bay. You can just slip into the water and pick out a crayfish, or pull paua from the rocks. It's magical."

Let's go to all these spots on our 2018 expedition to NZ!  Our plan is to buy a 42' yacht and sail her to Sydney via NZ.  1.5 years and way too much fun!!

Bonehead Move of the Week

Monday, October 07, 2013

It Does Not Get Any Better Than This

We have had some wonderful sails aboard our boat "Addiction" over the last 13 years on the San Francisco Bay.  At the end of these awesome sails, we usually exclaim, "It does not get any better than this".  Yesterdays sail was one of those days.  John, Marc, Larry, Mike and Kona joined me at 11 for what was forecasted as a 5 knot breeze.  We hit the end of the channel and we had a good 10 knots from the north.  This allowed us to make one tack and then hit the central bay.  The temps were reasonable and we were loving the scenery and fresh air.  A couple tacks later, we grabbed a mooring
ball at Ayala Cove at Angel Island.  A nice lunch followed along with some Sonoma Champagne.  Kona and I went for a quick swim but it was a bit too cold to enjoy.  Back towards the barn, we decide to hoist the spinnaker.  The wind is 10-12 and building a little.  We have an extraordinary run down the bay.  We approach the bay bridge and drop the spin with our very nice sock and what a perfect run.  Back at the dock we have lots of empty bottles of this and that for the recycle.  What a day on our fab bay!  Will post a spin vid a little later today.