September 2nd, 2015
Here’s a short reel I put together from this past weekend. The water was warm, surf was pumping and the sun was out. Couldn’t ask for more really. My brother and I decided to mount the GoPro / Contour on wooden dowels and record some womping at a local reefbreak. Once the black ball went up we shed our boards, grabbed our stakes, and paddled out awkward as hell with our makeshift contraptions. Aside from nearly knocking out our teeth and shattering our cameras on the rocks, my brother and I were able to score some shaky, but one of a kind footage.
Overall the Contour shots turned out much better and so 95% of the video is from the Contour GPS. However all the pics including the one above were taken from the GoPro HD Hero.
Wooden dowel, zip ties, and a leash from my dive light.
Wanted to take our cameras to some of the more legendary local shore pound breaks, but didn’t want to impale some helpless tourist with a splintery dowel. Bottom line the beach was crowded and we were lazy. Next time well have to take em out early morning hopefully for some brian conley-esque footy minus any collisions. Stay tuned…
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This little clip seemed appropriate for today since it’s International Go Skateboarding day (and the first day of summer! Woo Hoo!)
Watch the video and listen carefully:
“I don’t want to hit you with the skateboard” -me
“I’ll move.. I’ll move” -my brother
He didn’t move. Luckily for us the GoPro is tough as nails. In the year or so I’ve had the little camera it’s been tossed around in the back of my car, drop kicked and even puked on. While there were a couple of minor scuffs on the outer case, the lens is still intact and the camera works as if I never lent it to my brother… So if you are tough on electronics this camera can handle the worst!
It’s that time of year again! Yeah we’re all fired up for longer days, southern hemi’s and shedding our rubber, but summer also means the beginning of the Black Ball at most of our local beaches. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, the Black Ball is a flag raised by the lifeguards to help designate certain areas as swimming or surfing only. While many surfers irritably regard it as a blue ball, the flags are raised to help reduce injuries between hard boards and swimmers in the surf line.
Regulations change from day to day and beach to beach, so the best way to avoid a heckling (or a possible ticket from the smurfs) is to ask the lifeguard where you can surf before you paddle out. In general, body boards are permitted in the swim area, but surfboards, skimboards, and other hardboards (doyl’s considered hardboards) must stay in the designated areas.
It’s easy to get upset at the lifeguard yelling at you for crossing an imaginary line when the surf is pumping, but in reality the flag is only up for 3 month out of the year. Those of us accustomed to the early morn dawn patrols or post-work sessions will barely notice it’s there. For those of you still upset, you can always grab a beater or a pair of fins and have just as much fun at the beach. With that said.. I’ll still be counting down the days until that damn flag goes down!!!
Below is a black ball list for Orange County – Check with local LGs for more details:
Huntington Beach Black Ball Times & Areas:
Black Ball determined by how many people are in the water at City Beaches. Usually it will be on the South Side of the Pier from 11:00am – 5:00pm during the summer months.
At State Beaches Black Ball is up from June 14 to Labor Day starting at 11am until the Lifeguard leaves. Weekdays at Newland St. Tower 9 to Tower 11 is not blackballed. Everything south of Tower 2 is never blackballed. On Weekends everything north of Tower 2 is Blackballed.
Newport Beach Black Ball Times & Areas:
From May 1 – Oct. 31, 10:00am -5:00pm the Black Ball is up in Newport. That means no boards at the Wedge and 40-44th Streets, and just about every spot except River Jetties. River Jetties is open to surfing all day. There is NO Stand Up Surfing until Oct. 31.
Laguna Beach Black Ball Times & Areas:
Black Ball is up June 15 – Sept. 15 on all city beaches. There are only 3 areas where surfing is permitted all day: Rockpile, Thalia Street, and Brooks Street. Other small skim areas are posted at Crescent Bay, Lagunita and TI. Times are subject to change but are generally open from 10:00am – 4:00pm Mon through Fri. However the lifeguard may close these down at any time. Black Ball is enforced only while the lifeguard is on duty. This is anywhere from 9 – 7 (most towers are 10-6) depending on the beach.
Aliso has a skim zone that’s enforced from June 15 to Labor Day. Subject to change by surf, crowd, and weather conditions.
Dana Point (Salt Creek / Strands) Black Ball Times & Areas:
Black Ball starts Memorial day and is enforced every weekend until June 25th. On the 25th the Black Ball is in effect every day until Labor Day. Enforced while the lifeguards are on duty. Check posted Flags/signs for locations of surf/swim zones.
San Clemente Black Ball Times & Areas:
Black Ball is enforced from Memorial Day to Labor Day. T-Street to the South Side of the pier is Blackballed from 11:00am – 6:00pm on weekdays and 10:00am – 6:00pm on weekends. Surfing allowed all day from the Pier to the Clock Tower/HQ and Mariposa point to 204s. Trestles is open all year round, but good luck finding a parking sport during the summer.
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