Thursday, May 31, 2012

Spring Blows

Sweet mother of God, how much has this spring sucked?
Who knows to what extent poet Mary Darby Robinson was deluded when she penned the lines in her Ode to Spring,
Ev'ry little flow'r
Seems to exult in thee, delicious Spring,
Luxuriant nurse of nature!
but she definitely wasn’t on the same allergy medication as me. The only nursing I’ve experienced these last few weeks was sucking on bottles of Lagunitas IPA while keeping tabs on a new sinus infection. Turns out my new sinus infection doesn’t love Lagunitas IPA. Turns out I don’t give a shit.
Remember fall? Sweet, sweet fall?
Some folks call it autumn. I have no idea what Mary Darby Robinson called it, but if she wrote anything less-than transcendent about it I’m burning my membership card to The Wearisome Poet’s Society For Those Who Use Exclamation Marks Whilst Describing A Season. If that society even exists. And if it did, why would I have joined in the first place? And what, exactly, does one have to do to get a membership? What were we talking about again?
Speaking of fall, this one snuck by last fall, as boards do when the surf is the clean and the sinuses clear.
Note how the board's color palette stimulates a conversation with autumnal leaf background. Waveglider took this photograph.

Notice how this picture was taken in a Costco parking lot. I took this picture. Clearly, one of us is the better photographer, and it ain't me.
Waveglider has been around for a while—surfed with the heavies on Oahu back in the day when mens’ heads featured a bit more hair in the aft sections, and shorts featured a bit less fabric in the leg sections. He has a penchant for beak-nosed single fins and rippable 2+1 longboards.

WG is also no stranger to the vast expanse of the California coastline, and knows what he wants in a surfboard. It was a fun challenge trying to meet his, um, suggestions. For one of my shapes to be resting alongside the others in his quiver is indeed an honor.

This particular 9'6 has been joining WG in his jaunts into our cool, dark, watery offerings up here on the Northcoast.
Remember those?
Ahhhh, fall.

Abstract bottom by resin Maestro Tony Mikus


e. said...

Ah yes, I remember spring. I loathed the season and always counted down the days until it and summer were over. Oddly enough though, I've surfed more this spring than I have all of last winter. Under any other circumstance, I'd be very sad about that little fact. However, the kid's riding the 6'10 and I'm stoked with her progression.

But seriously...

How many days until autumn?

Nice board. Bummer about the sinuses.

Anonymous said...

Clean shape. Nice resin swirl. Sorry about your spring--the East Coast has been firing!

brent said...

Spring has been so bad up here that the locals don't want to mutter either of the "S" words.. 'spring', or 'surf', lessen course we wanna instigate a fist fight with what would normally be a mellow dude. And then there is allergies for the even less fortunate. Remedy for all of the above; iced bourbon beverages! I am ready to grovel some crap on the magicical Murray 10-4 Pegasus glider, because that board will make even he "crap" seem like "fun". Be strong, you will be in Baja soon!

BD said...

I love spring wind swells. Not! Another sweet looking board you got there!