In honor of Recycling, Reducing and Reusing on Earthday, we recognize Flying Dutchman Handplane founder Josh Huffman for re-purposing skate-decks into handplanes. Josh explains his passion for giving his skates a second life as a hand-shaped wave slider. Check out the original sleds at SWELL (more…)
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After a long week at the contest, we headed down the coast to explore some beautiful beaches and surf spots. Driving along the Ecuadorian coastline is like nothing I have ever done before. All the homes are made mostly of bamboo and every home has at least one hammock hanging out front. When we reached our destination, Montañita, I fell in love with everything around me. The dirt roads are lined with bamboo beach shacks complete with surfboards and hammocks out front. There were about five different fruit stands selling fresh cut coconuts and every restaurant had bamboo benches and big bohemian pillows – it was beautiful! Not only was the town heavenly, but the surf was amazing and the beach was perfect.
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After class on Thursday, April 3, 2014, the waves were pretty flat, so I went for a paddle at Campus Point, not expecting the experience of a lifetime. I was just cruising, paddling and catching some baby waves when this California Sea Lion pup decided to come say hello! I first noticed her swimming along, and took a couple pictures, feeling lucky to be able to see such a beautiful creature in its natural habitat. When she came up to the nose of my board, I was surprised that she was so brave. The moment she clambered aboard, my mind was blown! I knew she must have been unwell, because she was quite a young pup to be away from her mother, but she didn’t seem injured or sick! I coaxed her back into the water but she hopped right back onto my board, cuddling and nuzzling up to me, as if I was her mother. A young boy and his father saw me, and paddled out. They too were excited, and the boy even asked me, “are you a mermaid?!” They were also kind enough to use my camera to take a picture of me with the pup (my selfie attempts weren’t working out so well)! When the young boy paddled up to my board, approaching the pup, she growled at him, and waddled over to me for safety. The boy and his father went in to look for help, but no one of authority was around!