Monthly Archives: January 2013

Local Surfer Ian Crane wins Hawaii Event

Article Tab: San Clemente's Ian Crane wins his first pro junior event at Sunset Beach in Hawaii.

San Clemente’s Ian Crane wins his first pro junior event at Sunset Beach in Hawaii

It was a big win for the 19-year-old surfer, who not only won $15,000 but hopes to receive enough points for the World Juniors at the end of the year. It is the last year Crane qualifies to surf in the pro junior circuit.

Crane has spent about six seasons in Hawaii and is staying with fellow San Clemente surfer and friend Kolohe Andino, the youngest surfer on the ASP World Tour, which is made up of the best 34 surfers in the world.

“I hadn’t made a final before, so I felt like I already won,” he said. “The waves were just getting better and better all day. The final before us, the girls had such good waves. I was so excited to get out there.”

“It was awesome, I was so stoked,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it was real.”

See you at the beach!

underwater leg


Thursday Lingering Look at Windows: Week 3

Thursday’s Lingering Look at Windows photo challenge Week 3

Thursday’s Lingering Look at Windows: Week 3

You can check out this photo challenge: Thursday’s Lingering Look at Windows Week 3 right here  Lingering Visions.

I rode my bike around the neighborhood for windows.


This house is down by the pier.  I was drawn to this house because of the rectangular shaped windows and their random placements.


This building is our community center on Del Mar street.  I just like how the windows are wrapped around the building.  The amateur photographer that I am did not see the flaw in the center window when I took the picture.

Beginning Photography can only get better.  I learn from every photo.

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Garrett McNamara Wave reached 111.5 feet.


Scientists from a Portuguese university say that the 2013 Nazaré wave by Garrett McNamara has reached 111.5 feet (34 meters).

The first analysis of the wave ridden by Garrett McNamara was made by researchers at the Faculty of Human Kinetics of the Technical University of Lisbon.

The initial measurement is believed to set the wave at 34 meters (111.5 feet), which would definitely improve the record set in November 2011.

These scientists have used a specific software that uses Garrett McNamara’s surfboard as a reference to the whole wave face. Back in 2011, the same approach has set the record wave at 101.7 feet (31 meters).

Controversy, lobbies and personal opinions will always be heating up the debate for two reasons: there is no perfect method of measuring waves and there aren’t 360-degree images and videos of the McNamara’s drop.

The Nazaré authorities have already asked a panel of international experts for an impartial judgment. What is almost sure is that Garrett McNamara will improve the Guinness World Record set in 2011, at 78 feet (23,7 meters).

I do not care what anybody says that is one monster wave!

See you at the beach!


The Cleaver as a Quad

Here is another new Model by Eric Mitchell: Oliver Surfboards: Enjoy

Rad model called The Cleaver. 5’8″x21″x2 1/2″ quad fin.


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Garrett Mcnamara’s 100 foot wave at Nazare, Portugal


Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara wowed the surfing community Monday January 28, 2013  as he apparently broke his own Guinness World Record for largest wave ever surfed when he caught what most news sources have said is a 100-foot wave off the coast of Nazare, Portugal.

“It’s a complex region with a submarine canyon—when waves propagate over the canyon at different speeds, they start to converge near the shore,” he says. “This increases the height of waves in the area.”

The canyon is particularly special because it occurs just a few hundred feet off shore. Though the canyon can reach depths of a mile further offshore, it is closer to 500 feet deep near the coast. As additional waves start closer to shore, Vitorino says there is a “second amplification” of the wave, which can double its size.

“They’re capable of promoting some conditions which lead to very big waves there,” he says.

According to Vitorino, who McNamara consulted with this week, as well last year when he surfed a 78-foot wave, local wind conditions were very calm and there was no storm in the area.

McNamara, 45, took the big ride Monday at Praia do Norte, in Nazaré, Portugal.

“Today was an awesome day and so fun to be out there,” he tweeted.

“I feel very blessed, and I feel that we’ve achieved everything we wanted to do with Portugal and Nazaré, especially,” he told Surfer Today (not affiliated with USA TODAY). “We were surfing in zones we haven’t surfed, so it was a little overwhelming. … [W]e could easily ended up on the rocks. In one wave, I almost got sucked over.”

A photo captures McNamara descending the face of the wave, plus there’s video from a Portuguese news channel. Surfer Today has more photos of Monday’s swell conditions, which it described as “heavenly perfect.”

Stay tuned for the confirmation of this possible record breaking wave!!

See you at the beach!