Happiness and solitude can be found in the busiest of places. All it takes is an open mind to get away. Go Explore. -Cory
Last Friday South Coast Shop Rider Cory Edging and friends Louis White and Trevor Wageman took an adventure kayak day mission towards the boarder. They brought along Cory’s new GoPro with ultra high tech hat mount to capture the action. Here is what entailed on their journey to no mans land.
Music by Sage
Ol’ Franky Two Times
Part 1: Rio De Janeiro
The days are already beginning to blend together. Talks of going to Brasil and meeting up with friends have become a reality. Its all coming at me so fast and I know that even though I’ve only been here for a week and a half the whole trip is going to go by like the blink of an eye. I started out my journey in Rio De Janeiro where I met up with my friend Bruno Dana. Bruno lives in Ipanema and treated me like a king! We ate fresh acai, surfed some of the fine beach breaks and wedges of Rio and had a great time, even though it was short lived. After only a day and a half, I flew into Florianopolis, not knowing if anyone was going to pick me up from the airport or what my plan exactly was. I was greeted at the entrance of the airport by Caue Wood and Pedro Husadel…Thank God! The next couple of days we surfed some insane waves at breaks called Matadeiro and Lagoinha, both wedgy a-framing beach breaks. The 5 star WQS contest at Atlantida Beach in Xangri-la was the next day so we headed down to be greeted with shitty weather and even worse waves. About this time is when Lele Usua popped his head inside our hotel room! The Grinch! Caue and I lost first heat so we took off back up to Florianopolis after a couple days of hanging out. Lele continued making heats so he stayed. Back in Florianopolis, we scored some insane waves at a place called Campeche. Triple barrels were going down and we truly had some insane sessions! The wind switched, the swell died and the surfing stopped as of this afternoon. Lele ended up making finals and getting 3rd overall, so now it’s time to party!
Part 2: Floripa
Back in Florianopolis, we we’re instantly greeted by perfect waves. Caue and I surfed an insane sand bottom right point called Campeche where we were getting double barrels regularly. We got two other great wedgy barreling beach breaks called Matadeiro and Lagoinha and had a great time just cruising and relaxing. We hung out with beautiful women, got good waves and got to chill with our friends Elohe and Felipe as well!
Good times in Floripa… I’m headed back in October and can’t wait!
Part 3: Argentina
With the contest in Chile coming up, Lele and I decided to go hang out in Argentina for 10 days before heading over there. Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, we were notified that the contest in Chile was cancelled, so we were left wondering what to do. We decided to hang out for my birthday which happened to be on Argentina’s Independence day and to say the least, Argentina rages! Nights generally don’t start out until 2AM in Argentina and usually end at around 7 in the morning. The Usuna’s are celebrities in Mar Del Plata and we were VIP at some of the biggest and best clubs in all of Argentina.
Everything about Argentina was absolutely amazing. The meat is the juiciest sweetest meat that you’ve ever tasted. The people are nice. The women- oh my God the women. The most beautiful women that I’ve ever laid my eyes on. Most foreign countries I joke around about falling in love, particularly because of the broken English that they seduce me with, but here there’s an exception. Not are the women breathtakingly beautiful but they are kind, sincere and very intelligent people! After this trip, I’m 99% sure that I will marry an Argentinian woman…
Although we didn’t get great waves, we got some fun little beach breaks and to be honest, I could care less about surfing in Argentina next time I go. I just want to find my future wife!
Words: John Noris
Photos: Michael Barrus www.michaelbarrus.com
With bad weather forecasted in Southern California for a couple of days, Michael Barrus and I decided to make our way up to Santa Cruz for a couple of days to try and score some waves and visit some friends.
Day One: We decided that with a little bit of south in the water we’d try and score The Wedge in Newport Beach but with unfavorable winds, Ended up surfing 54th street. I struggled to even catch a wave, but Daniel Shea here found some big ramps and took advantage. I had to stop at the Brazilian Consulate in Los Angeles to try and get my visa for an upcoming trip and from there we drove up to Michael’s parents house in San Mateo County for the night.
Day Two: We met up with our good friends Matt Myers and Noah Wegrich at a wedgy wave in the Santa Cruz area for some punt ramps and sharky vibes! Although none of us said anything in the water, when we got out we all mentioned that we had seen shadows in the waves but didn’t want to scare each other by saying so. I guess it’s just part of surfing up here. We ended the day with a quick session at pleasure point followed by Matt Myers’ hot tub just blocks away.
And finally getting to surf it for the first time since October!
I was able to boost a couple but my homie Matt Myers showed me how to really surf the wave… here are some pictures of him BOOSTING some sick airs!
Day Three: Noah and Matt had obligations for the day so it was just Michael and I on a mission to score a couple of waves. The swell had dropped a lot but we were still able to get a couple of fun waves in Mid-town, Santa Cruz.
The Rivermouth.Day Four: With Michael having to get to LAX tomorrow evening, we decided to start making our way back down to SoCal, but not before hitting up one of San Mateo County’s fine skate parks. We had a fun skate session with some of the locals and made our way down to San Luis Obispo to visit some friends for the evening.
Day Five: Hung out at the house in SLO on Kentucky street with the homies, dropped off Michael at LAX for his flight over to Bali, and just got home a couple of minutes ago. It was definitely a fun weekend with some fun waves and good times with friends!
Words: John Noris
Photos: Michael Barrus www.michaelbarrus.com
It’s as though the trip never even happened. I’m back home. Scratch that. The past two weeks were by far some of the best two weeks of my life. Fragments of time were frozen and are now embedded into the virtual camera in my head. Memories of barreling French beach breaks, baguettes, beautiful women, Caprice Des Dieux cheese, wine by the bottle and kebabs run through my head just about every second of the day. The rumors are true. Everybody needs a little bit of France in them.
By my side for the two week adventure were two of my good friends Michael Barrus and Marty Weinstein, both fairly experienced travelers. The only problem at this point in time was that none of us spoke French. Our journey began in Paris, where we suddenly realized that we had absolutely no clue what our plans were. Luckily during our layover in Phoenix, Marty decided to email his friend Martin who had spent a couple of summers as an exchange student with his family in Orange County. When Marty checked his email upon our arrival at the Charles De Galle airport, there was a response from Martin saying “I’m in Biarritz…come hang out with me and my friends for a week!”. We had a destination. Three wrong train stations and three hours later running amok the underground subway system of Paris, we finally found the correct terminal to purchase our train tickets to Biarritz. Now for the six hour train ride. I guess they call it a hop, skip and a jump or whatever…anyways.
We get settled into our place (Martin Dupont’s house)in Biarritz and finally more than a day later, we get to sleep. We wake up, hop into Martin’s car( imagine Jason Bourne driving through the streets) and sketchily work our way up through the tiny streets of Biarritz, Anglet, and Capbreton to Hossegor. We take a casual stroll to the beach to be welcomed by perfect six-to-eight foot right handers and all of the sudden it hits us. We’re in France. Suit up, wax up, run to the beach and jump in the water. I manage to get barreled on my first wave and, well, every single wave after that. Perfection like i’ve never seen before. About an hour into the session I snap my leash, get caught in a current for 15 minutes and decide to call it quits. Marty, after getting barreled every wave as well, sees me on the beach and paddles in. Now is about the time that I inform whoever may be reading this that there are too many Marty’s to keep track of (4 of them to be exact) so good luck. Our host Martin Dupont (Martin’s friend that lives in Biarritz) comes to meet up with us while he’s on his lunch break and tells us he got word that a wave called La Piste is going off so away we go. We show up to La Piste and when we see the waves start freaking out. Four-to-six foot right hand barrels. Six hours and about one hundred barrels later Martin comes back to pick us up. Anyways, the next four days we surfed about six hours each day in some of the most rippable waves one could imagine. One more thing- we got to snowboard in fresh powder in St. Lary on our last day there. Sounds too dreamy doesn’t it?
South Coast thanks Johnny for the travel update! We look forward to hearing more from him and his travels in the coming months. For more on his trip to France and more photos by Michael Barrus check out Johnny’s travel blog:
Nearly all dings and cracks to your surfboards likely happen in transport, especially if your the type that throws a bare board in the back of your pickup truck. Protect your investment and save money on repairs by using a surfboard bag! Whether your heading down Voltaire street to sneak a barrel in OB or your planning a trip to Indo, South Coast has your board bag needs covered.
Day Trip Surfboard Bag:
When a quick coastal day trip is in order, the day bag has you covered. Coming in at a more affordable price than the world travel bags, day bags offer around 3-6mm of foam padding and sometimes a reflective side to keep your board from cooking in the sun and melting all your wax (hint: Don’t leave your boards cooking in the sun). Most day bags come in either single or double board capacities and are very lightweight and easy to fold up and stuff in the truck while you rip it up at that secret point break just south of the border. Padded adjustable shoulder straps are standard and a definite must for long hikes. Day bags are a needed step up from the board sock for everyday surf trips to your local break, as the added protection will keep unnecessary dings at bay and your rip stick in prime working order!
World Travel Surfboard Bag:
When it comes to packing your precious boards away to hand over to the airline luggage destroyers, you have to have ample padding and rugged construction. A good world travel surfboard bag will have at least 10mm padding and some extra bulk in the nose and tail. Many of the larger “coffin” type bags that carry 3 or more boards will also come with padded dividers and internal tie downs so everything stays exactly the way you put it when you arrive at your tropical destination. For the minimalists out there, single board travel bags are available, but chances are you’ll hit a point in your trip when you wish you had extra boards when your single stick snaps on a reef or a possessive local. One of the greatest options available on the world travel bags is the rollerblade wheels making for super easy transport around the airport. Combine this with upgraded padded adjustable straps and you have one super mobile, ultra protective board traveling machine. (hint: A wheelie travel surfboard bag tends to be more reinforced in the tail section to support the rolling feature, offering your boards a much greater level of tail protection)
Packing your surfboard travel bag is an art. I’m not really sure how airlines manage to ding boards the way they do, but I’m pretty sure the ground crew gets pay raises for jamming blunt objects into surfer’s boardbags. Getting on the plane with the unknown of whether or not you’ll open your travel bag to freshly dinged boards is an unavoidable thought process for every traveling surfer.
Add in the ridiculous baggage fees airlines are imposing these days, along with the tanking American dollar that declines in value as it’s sitting in your wallet, and you’re arriving to your favorite surf destination with a sour taste in your mouth… And you’re not even out of the airport yet!
Not a good way to start a surf trip. The last thing you wanna do is spend time fixing dings in your board when you know you could have packed your boardbag better.
Reference the opening scene of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective for a visual of the way your boards will probably get treated once you check them in. (general idea)
Have no fear, South Coast has your back. Now view how we can all pack our surfboards for maximum protection against Ace and his co-workers:
Surfing South Korea
Words: Shayne McIntyre
Photos: Shannon and Shayne McIntyre
Shayne on the search surfing South Korea
Asia has long been on the surfer’s map when it comes to finding epic waves. From Indonesia’s machine-like barrels, to the Phillipines remote coral reefs, to even a decent sandbar in Japan on its day, collectively the “Far East” has the best surf in the world. However being surfed and photographed consistently for the last 40 years these spots have become widely known and when you show up to one of these perfect waves and 50 of your best friends are already there – to me the sense of adventure and discovery is left lacking. It’s this dilemma that’s inspired us to be more creative, take some calculated risks, and go somewhere that’s not known for surf at all…at least we’d have it to ourselves. And surprisingly there are still places on the planet, in this case- Asia, that have amazing waves with hardly a soul to ride them…which brought us to the seldom visited country of Korea.
Historically dubbed the “Hermit Kingdom” by surrounding nations – we were unable to explore North Korea because of their strict communist ideals where they believe keeping foreigners out and Koreans in the best policy- and most of it’s citizens have no idea of the outside world other than what their government tells them. South Korea on the other hand has opened it’s doors cautiously to the world and were more than welcoming to a couple of curious surfers – most just wondered why we were there…
Hanging with the local crew
We met up with supersized Korean-American Derek Sung, who is the unofficial diplomat of surfing South Korea. Derek, along with his girlfriend Youna, and around 40 other Koreans make up the entire surfing contingent in the country and they all know each other. Growing up surfing in Los Angeles, Derek has experienced the best and worst parts of an established surf culture and has concern for Koreas future surfers- that they learn the best parts, and leave out the other bits – like localism, greediness, and bad vibes.
Shannon with a Haenyo diver
The Haenyo are an amazing group of spearfishing water women in South Korea
With no waves in sight we had been closely tracking the swell reports to see what day the surf would arrive – when out of no where a large purple blob appeared on the screen one morning. This was a serious typhoon- 30 foot swells had formed overnight in the Pacific letting us know we were going to get some pumping surf for the next week- and when we ran down the street to check the waves, it was already going off – We all felt the same way – coming all the way to Korea for a unique surfing experience was well worth it.
Beautiful typhoon rights
What was a shot in the dark had become one of the best surf trips we had ever been on. To travel in a land as beautiful and intriguing as Korea is one thing, it’s another to score real waves, and this trip had become unreal…to good to be true – but there it was… right behind a squid shack.
Korea never ceased to fascinate us. How could a place so cool be so little visited and understood. This trip inspired me about so many other places out there that I don’t know, that I’ve never given thought to visit or learn about. So before you book your next trip to Costa Rica or Indo, check the swell charts, see where a typhoon’s heading and go somewhere without a surf map.
Traveling family style. Shannon, Banyan, & Shayne
Check out Shayne and Shannon’s surf travel show “On Surfari” on Fuel TV. Also, Shannon is a featured artist in the South Coast Art & Culture section of the site.
Surfing South Korea
By Robb Bailey
Every surfer dreams of waking up in the morning to tropical breezes, perfect waves, and an empty lineup. Every surfer also has the task of choosing the perfect destination to fulfill their idea of surfing perfection.
In recent years the Mentawai region of the Indonesian island chain has become the ultimate proving grounds for both top pros and amateurs alike. Almost a rite of passage in the surfing world, this island-checkered paradise is only accessible by boat for most.
The majority of Americans making the journey choose to book a two week boat trip to accommodate their travel and comfort needs, ranging from affordable to outrageous. Heck, these days some luxury catamarans and yachts even book surf trips to the Mentawai’s.
Southern California FCS rep Jeremy Shields ventured on his first Indonesia trip in September of last year. He took his fiancee, South Coast’s own Heather Lamb, on a boat trip organized by Steve Arms, “Big Wave” Dave Semen, Pete Sterling, and a few other Southern Californians.
What would you have planned differently on your travels to or from the boat?
Yeah, our itinerary was pretty brutal. From the moment we walked out our front door to the moment I stroked into my first wave, it took 56 hours. Four layovers, one of which lasted eight hours in an empty, sleeping Singapore airport definitely made our group pretty travel worn. If your itinerary is shaping up to look like you signed up for the gold ticket south-east Asia tour, go a day early and spend some time in Singapore. It’s really impressive how clean that city is run.
How long did it take to get from the mainland to surfable spots?
Our Crossing took us ten hours during the middle of the night. I took top bunk and about 4 Dramamine pills. I almost rolled off that bunk 20 times that night! I’d wake up mid-flight and grab the metal bed post just before crashing to the ground. All part of the experience (laughs)…
What type of gear do you recommend taking to protect from the elements?
I’ve found that Head Hunters (sunscreen) with the brown tint has offered up the most sun protection on my trips. I’ve seen guys get burned through their sunscreen with other brands. A couple guys made mince meat out of their feet on the surgeon’s table (reef) at Lance’s. I don’t like wearing them but if you can’t keep off the reef, booties will save your precious little piggies.
When you took your boards out of the bag for the first time in Indo, were any of them dinged?
It’s pretty much the luck of the draw and someone always pulls the short straw. Luckily, this trip my gear made it unscathed. I even threw in my Firewire with no extra padding and that board made it over just fine.
Best wave you caught in Indo? Describe where, how it happened.
Macaroni’s is the wave were goofy footers can really get their groove on.
We had it 2 to 3 foot overhead on the sets and Brad Gerlach and Dane Ward were out there giving an absolute clinic! Trading off waves with the Ger was pretty surreal. He’d paddle past the guys who were already sitting deep and go sit way up the point. I’d turn on one and ask, “Brad you going on this one?” and he’d say “No, you’ve been waiting, it’s your turn.” He was a total gentleman. As for a specific wave, I think it’s time I go refresh my memory!
Worst injury on your boat while you were there?
I’d have to say it was my good friend Dave Semen from Huntington Beach. I think because it’s so crowded in HB, he likes to catch all the inside ones that everyone lets go. He loves sitting on the inside and he just can’t stand wearing booties.
Man… that combination does not bode well in Indo. His feet were annihilated! Every session we went out he came in with a few more cuts. It looked like Edward Scissor-hands was trying to put on his socks. By the end of the trip he could hardly walk and he had wads of toilet paper wrapped with duck tape about 2 inches thick on both feet, but he just kept charging.
What type of shape were you in when you left for your trip? Did this help/harm you?
I was in the best shape of my life….I had been on a strict diet of Hodad’s burgers and grilled cheese sandwiches for a solid year in preparation for this trip. (laughs) You just kind of rise to the occasion when you get to a place where the waves are perfect.
You’re about to get married. Will you charge as hard on your next trip now that you’re about to tie the knot?
All this talk about surfing Indo again, now I’m ready to book my next trip… so I’ll let you know when I get back!
How did your fiancee Heather surf while you were there?
Heather never ceases to amaze me. She has got more courage than a lot of guys who venture out there. Green Bush has got to be one of the most critical waves down there and even knowing that, it still didn’t deter her from paddling out. It’s always great being with her no matter where we’re at but to see her surf places where some people wouldn’t dare is totally impressive.
Thinking of booking an Indo trip? Great articles you should read before you go: