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  1. There's really no way to know this far out but I...

    There's really no way to know this far out but I think travel between the U.S. and Japan will open up in early 2022. Whether that's by January...it's hard to tell how slowly the government will...
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    Honshu '20-21

    Anyone else fortunate enough to be in Japan this season? I'm on the edge of the Kanto plain but willing to drive for the right conditions anywhere in Nagano, Niigata, or Gunma.
  3. You'll still have the opportunity to get...

    You'll still have the opportunity to get sunburned. Just plan on rain at least once a day. Sometimes it's a monsoon for much of the day, otherwise it may just rain for 20 minutes and move on. ...
  4. I'd recommend getting a car. If time is more...

    I'd recommend getting a car. If time is more important than money you'll be able to see a lot more and won't be waiting on public transportation. In order to take advantage of the area you'll need...
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    You should probably be asking yourself if you...

    You should probably be asking yourself if you feel comfortable moving from being the wave pool champion to tackling the breaks of the North Shore!
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    Not only is it gonna be big but it looks like the...

    Not only is it gonna be big but it looks like the weather's gonna be just about perfect down here in SD. We're not going to get the direct energy of that storm but it should be really fun. Calling...
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    Playing Doc's Games

    In the latest TSJ there is a profile on William Finnegan, who wrote an article in 1992 in the New Yorker on surfing Ocean Beach in San Francisco back in the 80's. I dug up the article and it's a...
  8. Best scrambles near SLC and Colorado Springs

    I did a quick search on this and didn't find much so I apologize if this has been addressed before...

    I just found out I'm going to be spending a couple days for work in SLC and Colorado Springs...
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    http://www.kamera.co.uk/images/pointbreak.jpg ...

    http://www.kamera.co.uk/images/pointbreak.jpg

    Okay, so this is where you tell me all about how locals rule and pie insects like me shouldn't surfing your break and all that, right?
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    Not to divert this thread too much but besides...

    Not to divert this thread too much but besides the cold water, how much good surfing was there in Scotland? The magazines make it seem like it's great except the cold water but how many days does...
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    This is kind of one of the points in the article....

    This is kind of one of the points in the article. Every summer you have NFL/NBA/NHL 'stars' bitching that training camp sucks and how hard it is to gear up for another season. I think it's a valid...
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    Is Kelly Slater the best athlete ever?

    In order to facilitate more discussion in the Surf Forum, I'll address this question to all 7 of us who visit here.

    Kelly Slater has been surfing for 20 years at the top of the world tour. He's...
  13. This topic has been addressed repeatedly but I'll...

    This topic has been addressed repeatedly but I'll play. Costa Rica. Done.
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    I've never been but Biarritz looks fun. Plus,...

    I've never been but Biarritz looks fun. Plus, I've always wanted to surf next to a castle.

    http://www.surfline.com/travel/surfmaps/europe/sw_france/images/07_chauche_cotodebasgue.jpg

    As far...
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    I think it will be. With four events to go it...

    I think it will be. With four events to go it seems like the locations favor him over Jordy, especially at Pipe. Barring a meltdown I think he's got it.



    The easiest way to understand it is...
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    2010 Trestles Hurley Pro

    5 days out. Waiting period is September 12-18th. The forecast for next weekend doesn't look too promising but according to Wetsand there's something brewing that could arrive the 16th or 17th.
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    Bali Strickland Show Reel

    Nothing too groundbreaking in here but I saw this on Surfline and it's a pretty cool video. Plus, it helps fill the stoke level after what's been a long flat stretch here in San Diego.

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    The locals continue to wreck havoc. Jordy is out...

    The locals continue to wreck havoc. Jordy is out in round 3, opening the door for #1 once again.
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    Taj and Bede are the first big names to make a...

    Taj and Bede are the first big names to make a quick exit. Nice looking waves but it certainly doesn't look like the usual Teahupoo.
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    Dark Side of the Lens

    Pretty cool video out of Ireland.

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    I can't think of any condition where I'd want to...

    I can't think of any condition where I'd want to wear a 4/3 shortie but IMO I'd never use it in SD. Buy a 3/2 when you arrive and that'll work all year except for the coldest winter mornings. Then...
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    San O sharks

    There have been numerous shark sightings at San Onofre of White sharks but it's still a little different to get video footage. Or perhaps this is just a well edited video to help cut down on the...
  23. I finally broke down and shelled out the $30 for...

    I finally broke down and shelled out the $30 for the DVD. Here's what I thought.

    If you liked Sipping Jetstreams you'll like Castles in the Sky. It's essentially just a continuation of the movie...
  24. http://www.geekosystem.com/wp-content/uploads/2010...

    http://www.geekosystem.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/chewy-nazi-squirrel1-e1280266068995.jpeg
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    The swell has died and it's back to flat. Some...

    The swell has died and it's back to flat.

    Some memories of the past week, plus other highlights
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    I had to be at work at 730 but managed to sneak...

    I had to be at work at 730 but managed to sneak in a dawn patrol session. Sunset Cliffs in SD was good but would have done better on a lower tide, plus there was a bit of a south wind on it this...
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    Four days of epic J-bay conditions result in...

    Four days of epic J-bay conditions result in Jordy's first WCT win. Pretty cool he won on Mandela Day. It will be interesting to see how Jordy performs as the new #1.
    Jordy Smith wins J-Bay
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  28. Did anyone see this film? Sipping Jetstreams is...

    Did anyone see this film? Sipping Jetstreams is one of my favorite surf movies and I'm wondering if the sequel is as good as the original.
  29. This thread needs more Alana Blanchard. ...

    This thread needs more Alana Blanchard.

    http://surferpix.com/albums/gws1-alana/lg/GWS-S-1145.jpg

    http://jamieatlas.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/surferchick1.jpg
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    Massive cut is an understatement. He's lucky...

    Massive cut is an understatement. He's lucky that thing is still attached.

    http://static.grindtv.com/images/1/00/31/49/40/314940.jpg
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    I went to Western a while ago (grad 2001) but...

    I went to Western a while ago (grad 2001) but there's no shortage of cheap rental options. B'ham is pretty inexpensive, at least compared to most west coast cities. If you're trying to avoid the...
  32. Upon further review, I think that blurring the...

    Upon further review, I think that blurring the helo blades would enhance the pictures. However, it seems that since the helo is also moving around, wouldn't the edges of the helo also appear blurry...
  33. A couple more w/ some helo shots from last...

    A couple more w/ some helo shots from last weekend.

    http://lh5.ggpht.com/__4uwCdRcgac/SX0yLKZLENI/AAAAAAAABB8/zKvV-BOvoHM/s720/IMG_0718.JPG
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  34. Random photos from a rookie DSLR user

    Saw there's about three of these on the main photo page alone but why not add to the chaos...

    San Diego County sunrise...
  35. Surfing's not great on the Gulf coast but this...

    Surfing's not great on the Gulf coast but this time of year is when it's best. The hurricane swells in the fall are the best size but less consistent. You can usually get waist-chest high waves 2...
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    I don't think this is true anymore. When I was...

    I don't think this is true anymore. When I was there in summer of 2007 it seemed like a tourist trap. People that had traveled there 5-10 years ago complained that the great deals they'd gotten in...
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    That's a pretty interesting website, I've been...

    That's a pretty interesting website, I've been reading it since the GW attack in Solana Beach last spring. This was the weirdest/scariest story that I found; it features a kayaker standing on a...
  38. Thanks for all the replies and advice, I...

    Thanks for all the replies and advice, I appreciate it and have started to learn quite a bit about photography in the past week or so.

    Here's what I'm considering pulling the trigger on, hopefully...
  39. That's usually my philosophy on gear purchases...

    That's usually my philosophy on gear purchases and I'm really leaning towards getting a Canon 40D. So far I haven't really seen anything negative about it and it seems like something that would fit...
  40. Thanks for the replies so far, lots of good info....

    Thanks for the replies so far, lots of good info. That dpreview website looks solid so far.

    Gunder, while that looks like a hell of a deal I don't think I'm gonna spend quite that much money...
  41. Best camera setup for high speed photography

    Tried searching through the archive but maybe I didn't use the right terms. Anyway,

    I'm pretty much a photography jong but I'd like to drop some money and get a nice digital SLR that would allow...
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    PM Brocktoon, he loves that shit. Maybe even...

    PM Brocktoon, he loves that shit. Maybe even more than Sam George does.
  43. Nice photos of boat life, the Lincoln just got...

    Nice photos of boat life, the Lincoln just got back from another WESTPAC last month. Boat life sucks but the flying is pretty cool sometimes.
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    Plum Crazy in P.B. Known for being an eagles...

    Plum Crazy in P.B.

    Known for being an eagles bar but I'm sure that crowd will show up to support the Phillies.
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    Nuevo Vallarta beta

    I've got an offer for a free place to stay for a week in Nuevo Vallarta this October. Anyone surfed near there? Looks like it's just north of Puerto Vallarta on the Bahia de Banderas, on the border...
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    That's Yancy Spencer, the owner of the surfshop...

    That's Yancy Spencer, the owner of the surfshop that the video is hosted by. One of his sons is on the WQS.

    There aren't many jetties up on the panhandle, it's not Orange Beach so it's probably...
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    When the surf is firing on the Gulf Coast, it's...

    When the surf is firing on the Gulf Coast, it's pretty fun. I spent an autumn, winter, and spring in P'cola and surfed everywhere between Jacksonville and Alabama. There's surfable windswell quite...
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    If there's cool stuff to do up near Hill, we...

    If there's cool stuff to do up near Hill, we don't need to hit SLC. However, driving an hour or so isn't a big deal. I don't feel like hanging out at a hotel so I'd like to check out SLC.
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    Half day to spend in SLC

    There's probably threads like this one but a quick search proved futile.

    Flying into SLC tomorrow (Friday) and will have the afternoon and evening to enjoy the town with a group from work until...
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    Never been there but always wanted to, be sure...

    Never been there but always wanted to, be sure and post a TR.

    http://www.montereymedia.com/images/featured_titles/peel.jpg

    It's an okay movie but it covers several areas in Peru and might be...
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