This time of year is always great here in San Diego because there's a steady influx of friends that come to visit. This was the final log session I documented this summer; blanketed under cloudy skies, immersed in warm water and alongside some of my favorite humans.
Just before cold water upwelling dropped the local water temperature down drastically, we were fortunate enough to have a fun beach day up in Cardiff-by-the-Sea.
Surfers: Kahana Kalama & Ryan Burch.
The photogenic qualities of this stretch of Oahu's North Shore has led to its fitting nickname, "Kodak Reef". This short evening compilation was pretty fun to watch before dinner yesterday.
Surfers : Josh Kerr, Charly Martin, Nathan Florence, Jack Robinson, Koa Smith, Seth Moniz, & Evan Valiere.
Music: DIIV- "Mire (Grant's Song)"
It's the first week of November and the ocean temperature is still unusually warm. Last Monday, our buddy's from Slowtide paid us a visit during a significant pulse in swell that was seen all over the county. So, we went for a splash in the near tropical waters and washed off the Monday blues with them. After the session we put their new, art-inspired towels to the test. I highly recommend getting your hands on one or all eight of them ASAP.
Warm water, record breaking heat, and motion in the ocean is the perfect recipe for early morning antics with the crew. Here are some images to prove how spoiled we are here in San Diego.
Over the last five years I've become extremely familiar with the drive from Southern California to the Bay Area. It used to be a pain because it meant I was headed back to school for a new quarter, but now I can take my time and experience some of California's most interesting spots. During my last road trip up the coast I took an alternative route and drove north on Highway 1. Having only driven it a couple times in my life, I found it to be extremely relaxing and almost meditative this time around.
It's rare to have a sense of seclusion and independence from the outside world when you live in Southern California. Connection to the grid is unavoidable and being surrounded by an outrageous amount of people becomes way too familiar. Slowly weaving up and down the steep coastal cliffs put a lot into perspective for me. I had hours to collect my thoughts and think back on fond memories spent living only two hours from Big Sur. It's amazing how raw and almost completely untouched the coastline is in Big Sur. It's hard to describe it to someone whose never been because there is nothing to compare it to in California.
I ended up spending two nights in Northern Big Sur, during my week long road trip, and they ended being the best two nights of sleep I had.
Earlier this month I ordered a new waterproof film camera to use during the copious amounts of time I spend in the water this time of year. My friends, Taylor & Eveline, came down to San Diego for a quick weekend jaunt and I snapped these photos of them with my new Minolta Weathermatic DL 35. The camera's lens versatility was its main selling point. You can switch between a 35mm and 50mm with the click of a button.
This is the second roll I have developed and I cannot wait to log some more hours in the water with this bugger.
Film: Kodak UltraMax 400.
I messed around with a Nikon AW-1 yesterday in Cardiff. It's a pretty nifty little camera, especially when the water's warm and there are waves.
Surfer: Caleb Roe.