If it swells, ride it / Si se hincha, móntalo

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THE SURF AND WIND ARE calm (so far) today and there’s actually quite a lot of blue sky (again, so far). Saturday was another story. Great for surfing, kayaking, and group lessons. One instructor in particular caught my attention. Most of his students had success on their boards. As you’ll see below, he had a gift for getting them up and keeping them up. Mostly. Did you know Sticky Johnson is a brand of surf wax?

Today’s sunrise was the first with any color in a long time. I caught the tail end of it. I’m going to head out and enjoy the sunshine while it lasts. The wind is picking up and I see rain clouds coming around our way from the mountains.

Dudo has discovered the selfie. Unfortunately, vain as he is, he’s too busy admiring himself to look into the lens.


EL SURF Y EL VIENTO ESTÁN tranquilos (hasta ahora) hoy y en realidad hay bastante cielo azul (nuevamente, hasta ahora). El sábado fue otra historia. Ideal para practicar surf, kayak, y lecciones grupales. Un instructor en particular me llamó la atención. La mayoría de sus estudiantes tuvieron éxito en sus tableros. Como verá a continuación, tenía el don de levantarlos y mantenerlos despiertos. Principalmente. ¿Sabías que Sticky Johnson es una marca de cera para surfear? Johnson es un apodo americano para un pene, entonces significa “pegajoso pene”.

El amanecer de hoy fue el primero con cualquier color en mucho tiempo. Cogí el final de la misma. Voy a salir y disfrutar del sol mientras dure. El viento se está levantando y veo nubes de lluvia viniendo alrededor de nuestro camino desde las montañas.

Dudo ha descubierto la selfie. Desafortunadamente, a pesar de lo vanidoso que es, está demasiado ocupado admirándose a sí mismo como para mirar a la lente.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

28 thoughts on “If it swells, ride it / Si se hincha, móntalo”

  1. Great ‘learn to surf’ shots! Always fun to watch these beginners and their determination to stay on the board. Our ‘learn to surf’ season will start in a couple months….the North Atlantic tends to remain COLD till May.
    Hope you enjoyed the little sun you got today.

    1. Jim:
      We’ve had more sun than predicted these past two days. Of course the forecast changes as the day progresses. I think they just look out the window!

  2. Gorgeous sunrise shots.

    Hmm, my one and only attempt at surfing was in 1968 on a long board (twice my height). I briefly caught a wave and actually stood up (for maybe 1-2 seconds) before the board flipped out from under me, sailed straight up in the air and came down directly in front of me–missed splitting my skull in half by about six inches before it fortunately bounced away. Decided body-surfing was more my speed, even if I did get a few scrapes along the way.

    1. Mary:
      Wow. That was close! I used to love body surfing when I was a kid. And, yes, there some times where I was seriously scraped. I was too much of a chicken as an adult to try surfing. I DO wish I hadn’t been so afraid. But, now, thanks to your reminder of the other dangers of surfing, I’ll just take pictures.

  3. A couple of things that take my breath away today. Maybe you can volunteer as the office surf club photographer. Just ask the guys in green,

    1. David:
      The lead instructor got an awful lot of attention from everyone else on the beach. And he was well aware of it.

    1. Debra:
      Yep. It started and just wouldn’t stop. I actually reigned it in a bit!

    1. Bob:
      Are you sure you’re not thinking of Mega Johnson? (their other line)

  4. “he had a gift for getting them up and keeping them up” – heh heh heh.

    “Did you know Sticky Johnson is a brand of surf wax?” – no, but I know how to make a johnson sticky.

    1. anne marie:
      I could have really gotten carried away with this one. I held back.

  5. I used to transpose the words to “Little Surfer Girl” to “Little Surfer Boy” back when I was young and infatuated with the Beach Boys…still like those Surfer Boys.

    1. Frank:
      I never did those kinds of lyrics changes when I was a kid. It would have made a lot happier some days. I was never infactuated with the Beach Boys, but I wanted to BE them.

  6. Great photos potential with this group for sure. Surfing terms tend to go that route it seems, double entendre to the nth degree. LOL

  7. You are in top form today, Mitchell! Such action! Dudo looks so sophisticated.

    P.S. – my ankle is much better. Was able to do 2 miles of dog walking this morning. Maybe tomorrow I can do the usual 3+ miles.

    1. Wilma:
      Oh, I’m so glad about your ankle! As for the post, I really had to stop myself from getting carried away. I think I needed to be juvenile.

  8. I was askeered to come here because of that title. I’m trying so hard to be good! Phew! I was holding it together until that gratuitous pussy money shot. You will notice that I stayed away from the Sticky Johnson. I’m trying to live down my “off color” reputation 🙂

    1. Deedles:
      I had to look back at the pictures to figure out what pussy money shot I myself missed. Was so disappointed when I realized what you meant. I understand you avoiding the Sticky Johnson, but if you visit their site you’ll find there’s also Mega Johnson… if that’s what you’d prefer.

      1. Going by my experience with dealing with a semi-mega, I don’t find the things to be mutually exclusive 😉

    1. Steve:
      Sometimes I just can’t help myself. That instructor was a major hunk. I DID behave myself with photos. Dudo is the center of the Universe (just don’t tell Moose).

  9. I can see why he caught your eye. Now I’ve got “I know an old woman who swallowed a fly” in my head.

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      Oh crap! Now I’VE got that song in my head. And it won’t get out until I run through the entire thing!

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