16 Jan 2008 13:45:00
Captain Fantastic
My Mavericks visit

I went to the contest the last time it was held and swore I'd go this
year and observe the contest in the water. I went. My experience is
here: http://elcajonjetty.blogspot.com/2008/01/mavericks-surf-contest-i-went-i-paddled.html

Enjoy!

d. (Cap.)
--
Daniel Hinojosa - http://www.rndh.org/surf
Jesus Saves! But, Gretzky gets the rebound. He shoots. He SCOOORES!!!


16 Jan 2008 14:15:40
Andy
Re: My Mavericks visit

On Jan 16, 3:45=A0pm, Captain Fantastic <chat...@gmail.com > wrote:
> I went to the contest the last time it was held and swore I'd go this
> year and observe the contest in the water. I went. My experience is
> here:http://elcajonjetty.blogspot.com/2008/01/mavericks-surf-contest-i-wen=
...
>
> Enjoy!
>
> d. (Cap.)
> --
> Daniel Hinojosa -http://www.rndh.org/surf
> Jesus Saves! But, Gretzky gets the rebound. He shoots. He SCOOORES!!!

Very cool write-up.


Andy


16 Jan 2008 17:33:15
Dennis
Re: My Mavericks visit

On Jan 16, 2:15 pm, Andy <anegative_entr...@hotmail.com > wrote:
> On Jan 16, 3:45 pm, Captain Fantastic <chat...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > I went to the contest the last time it was held and swore I'd go this
> > year and observe the contest in the water. I went. My experience is
> > here:http://elcajonjetty.blogspot.com/2008/01/mavericks-surf-contest-i-wen...
>
> > Enjoy!
>
> > d. (Cap.)
> > --
> > Daniel Hinojosa -http://www.rndh.org/surf
> > Jesus Saves! But, Gretzky gets the rebound. He shoots. He SCOOORES!!!
>
> Very cool write-up.
>
> Andy

Nice Cap. Hope you had on a thick suit.


16 Jan 2008 21:24:43
Captain Fantastic
Re: My Mavericks visit

On Jan 16, 5:33 pm, Dennis <jdmcqu...@msn.com > wrote:
> On Jan 16, 2:15 pm, Andy <anegative_entr...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> > On Jan 16, 3:45 pm, Captain Fantastic <chat...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > > ... I went. My experience is
> > > here:http://elcajonjetty.blogspot.com/2008/01/mavericks-surf-contest-i-wen...
> > Very cool write-up.
> > Andy
> Nice Cap. Hope you had on a thick suit.

Just a 3/4. That of course, would be why I didn't last longer. It
would of course also be one reason I was actually able to get out at
all... Glad you liked it.

d. (Cap.)
--
Daniel Hinojosa - http://www.rndh.org/surf
Jesus Saves! But, Gretzky gets the rebound. He shoots. He SCOOORES!!!


16 Jan 2008 23:10:59
lp
Re: My Mavericks visit

On Jan 16, 1:45 pm, Captain Fantastic <chat...@gmail.com > wrote:
> I went to the contest the last time it was held and swore I'd go this
> year and observe the contest in the water. I went. My experience is
> here:http://elcajonjetty.blogspot.com/2008/01/mavericks-surf-contest-i-wen...


excellent story and presentation.
right on for paddling out there.
that's a gutsy when you don't know the locals or the break. it's a
long paddle out.

lp




17 Jan 2008 14:26:09
jw
Re: My Mavericks visit

In article
<b7bc1cf4-273b-4af1-a50a-6343dd17a216@s19g2000prg.googlegroups.com >,
Captain Fantastic <chato.d@gmail.com > wrote:

> I went to the contest the last time it was held and swore I'd go this
> year and observe the contest in the water. I went. My experience is
> here:
> http://elcajonjetty.blogspot.com/2008/01/mavericks-surf-contest-i-went-i-paddl
> ed.html
>
> Enjoy!
>
> d. (Cap.)

Now *that's* a great blog entry!

Thanks, very enjoyable read and photos. I like the shots with the guys
sitting on their boards in the foreground.

How'd they take to the Captain Fantastic wetsuit out there? Probably
gave you plenty of space. :)

-jw


17 Jan 2008 07:36:57
Captain Fantastic
Re: My Mavericks visit

On Jan 17, 6:26 am, jw <vzefourg...@vorezin.next > wrote:
> In article
> <b7bc1cf4-273b-4af1-a50a-6343dd17a...@s19g2000prg.googlegroups.com>,
> Captain Fantastic <chat...@gmail.com> wrote:
> My experience is here:
> >http://elcajonjetty.blogspot.com/2008/01/mavericks-surf-contest-i-wen...

> Now *that's* a great blog entry!

wow. thank you.

> Thanks, very enjoyable read and photos. I like the shots with the guys
> sitting on their boards in the foreground.

cool - i liked it too. i wanted the perspective perspective.

> How'd they take to the Captain Fantastic wetsuit out there? Probably
> gave you plenty of space. :)

what's interesting is that in general, i get 3 reactions; "hey! - cool
wetsuit", no comment, and 1 guy in san diego that was calling me santa
claus (it was over christmas break). he went on about it for a bit. i
finally decided he was just a little jealous. i could be wrong, he
mighta just been a dick.

anyway, there was no comment from the mavs locals. again, they
accepted me as i was, a surfer watching some other surfers and digging
the stoke. as surfers, you all know what it's like to see someone make
a great wave. and that's the rub in this case - it's like the perfect
peanut and butter sandwich, pb& j all the way out to the edges in
perfect quantities in each bite - no disappointment. well, except of
course the unridden waves... but, even that was cool - like the last
picture in the entry, what a perfect shaped wave.

again, thank you for the feedback.

d.


18 Jan 2008 18:27:17
ljswahine
Re: My Mavericks visit

On Jan 17, 10:36=A0am, Captain Fantastic <chat...@gmail.com > wrote:

> anyway, there was no comment from the mavs locals. again, they
> accepted me as i was, a surfer watching some other surfers and digging
> the stoke. as surfers, you all know what it's like to see someone make
> a great wave. and that's the rub in this case - it's like the perfect
> peanut and butter sandwich, pb& j all the way out to the edges in
> perfect quantities in each bite - no disappointment. well, except of
> course the unridden waves... but, even that was cool - like the last
> picture in the entry, what a perfect shaped wave.
>
> again, thank you for the feedback.
>
> d.

Nice adventure, and thanks for the pictures with it! Makes you really
appreciate those close ups all the surf photographers get with the
break so far out. But I enjoy seeing your photos and reading about
working to get out there to the front row and sitting in the local
box. Not passive viewing by any means.

Funny pb&j analogy. This year my son's preschool class banned peanut
butter due to another kids allergy. Last year there was an allergy and
no ban, the kids don't share food . We have been a very sad home. Soy
butter doesn't cut it. Just spoke with the new teacher and director
about trying to lift the ban today. Don't want another kid to suffer,
but don't think it's all that likely. Anyway, timely analogy...

Perfect 50th birthday present to yourself to do it again. Life is good
when we achieve special goals and anything to do with surf is great.

ljs


20 Jan 2008 14:30:31
jw
Re: My Mavericks visit

In article
<54e724a1-cfaf-4728-9aea-3311ec6dae49@e10g2000prf.googlegroups.com >,
Captain Fantastic <chato.d@gmail.com > wrote:

> On Jan 17, 6:26 am, jw <vzefourg...@vorezin.next> wrote:
> > In article
> > <b7bc1cf4-273b-4af1-a50a-6343dd17a...@s19g2000prg.googlegroups.com>,
> > Captain Fantastic <chat...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > My experience is here:
> > >http://elcajonjetty.blogspot.com/2008/01/mavericks-surf-contest-i-wen...
>
> > Now *that's* a great blog entry!
>
> wow. thank you.

No problem, I've seen a few really lame personal blogs, which have kind
of colored my opinion of them in general. But this was a great entry,
and made me want to read more of yours.

> > How'd they take to the Captain Fantastic wetsuit out there? Probably
> > gave you plenty of space. :)
>
> what's interesting is that in general, i get 3 reactions; "hey! - cool
> wetsuit", no comment, and 1 guy in san diego that was calling me santa
> claus (it was over christmas break). he went on about it for a bit. i
> finally decided he was just a little jealous. i could be wrong, he
> mighta just been a dick.

I was actually kidding about the wetsuit, because I thought you didn't
wear that one for your Mavericks paddle. Did you? That's awesome! Cool
that that crowd was accepting of it. Do you have any shots of you riding
a wave wearing that suit?

-jw


21 Jan 2008 06:53:35
Captain Fantastic
Re: My Mavericks visit

On Jan 20, 6:30 am, jw <vzefourg...@vorezin.next > wrote:

> I was actually kidding about the wetsuit, because I thought you didn't
> wear that one for your Mavericks paddle. Did you? That's awesome! Cool
> that that crowd was accepting of it. Do you have any shots of you riding
> a wave wearing that suit?

well, as i'm not a sponsored surfer, ya, that's the only wettie i
have. the old one, the original has since been framed in a
hermetically sealed in a display case for posterity. this particular
suit, imo, is the formers' inferior.

and no, i have not yet achieved that which we all really want as a
surfer, a really good picture of myself surfing. it's on my list of
things to do, but, i don't have funds to get a photographer to go w/me
on my surf outings... maybe the next time i'm in san diego, i'll let
obsurfr know and if he's willing, perhaps...

d.


28 Jan 2008 15:43:05
Surfer Bob
Re: My Mavericks visit

Captain Fantastic <chat...@gmail.com > wrote:
> http://elcajonjetty.blogspot.com/2008/01/mavericks-surf-contest-i-wen...

Wow. Surfcaps off to you, Cap'n. Inspired notion, and a nice account.
I guess I figured even the shorepound and the entry/exit might be
beyond the means of an ordinary 50 year old.

You're not the first guy to paddle out at Mavs with a superhero
wetsuit. Doesn't/ didn't Barny (used to) decorate his wetsuits
similarly?

Man, that one picture (of the wide wave that got you paddling) is of a
really friggin' big wave.

Never heard anyone directly describe the ecological impact of this
contest, though with all the petro-powered watercraft it's kind of a
no-brainer that the effect is considerable. Most discussions of it
focus on the noise impacts, not the water pollution and erosion
impacts you mentioned. Yikes...

Rock on,
Surfer Bob


28 Jan 2008 20:06:10
lp
Re: My Mavericks visit

On Jan 28, 3:43 pm, Surfer Bob <surferb...@hotmail.com > wrote:

>
> Never heard anyone directly describe the ecological impact of this
> contest, though with all the petro-powered watercraft it's kind of a
> no-brainer that the effect is considerable. Most discussions of it
> focus on the noise impacts, not the water pollution and erosion
> impacts you mentioned. Yikes...
>
locally it's one of the main topics of conversation.
the contest is touting its green-ness by buying carbon credits and
most of the booths at the contest are for ecological concerns. as i
arrived before dawn, i had to tell people not to tromp through the
wetlands area. people are what they are and large crowds can certainly
have an impact on the area. this was one of the reasons behind having
spectators go to a stadium 20 miles away to watch the contest (and pay
~$25 for entry).

most who surf mavs have a love hate relationship with the skis. love
em when they get in a fix or are being towed and hate them if they are
paddling in as the skis change the ambience with smoke and noise. you
can read much of the protests of doc when the skis first started
coming out and they had many public hearings about whether to allow
them.
then multiply that with the loads of other craft (primarily fishing
vessels) that are out there taking tourist and press out, trying to
earn a few greenbacks and make up for dwindling crab and salmon
seasons. it's a fine line they tow.

lp