William and I had a great day out in the woods. After that I took care of my boat and got it all done for winter. I ended the day with a night paddle in the lake.
During the Christmas holiday the ice set at Vassbotten in Vänersborg. Thanks to strong wind a couple of degrees warmer weather we got some open water. During the afternoon on January second the wind was good enough for Lars and I to jump in the water to get the first surf of 2015. The water temperature was about one degree Celsius and the air was about the same. Even though we put on the winter suits it was pretty could and hard to hold on to the sail when the wind picked up. Lars seems to be chilling in the water on one of the photos, but I can tell you that my toes was pretty cold and my index fingers was frozen hard.
The surf wasn’t perfect but it felt good to be in the water again after a kind of slow fall. Thanks IH for taking the photos!
This past week I started working at my new job. This means a more interesting job, but also more freedom as I wrote in the last post. Me and Lasse my surf buddy who is the guy I developing Hapfind with, worked on Monday and a couple of hours the next day before it was time for the first lunch break surf session. We went to a place called Oljehamnen just outside Vänersborg. We have surfed there a couple of times before and the wind direction was pretty good.
Later on this past week we the wind picked up again and we where able to long board at another spot in Lake Vänern. Really good week!!
Today is the last day of the trip all the bags are packed, the board I rapped in bubble plastic and we are ready to go. We are going to driveng up to Ryan’s mom tonight and spend the night there and then she be driving us to the airport from there. The flight departs at 3pm.
We didn´t want to finish the trip without scoring some good waves here in San Diego, so we did a last desperate surf yesterday and we scored big time.
We went to a super localized spot were all the older people thought that the wave belonged to theme. A lot of trash talk from them, but that didn´t stop us….
Thanks Erica for taking all the photos during this trip!!!
See you guys in Sweden!!
When we were up in Santa Barbara we went back to all the spots we used to go to; Mesa Ln, super Cucas, our old house, Ledbetter and so on. One day Andie brought us to a place just outside Santa Barbara up in the mountains. It was a fresh water spring with a lot of cool rock that we could climb and jump from. It was awesome to be back in SB and I miss it a lot but I also realized how much things I done since I was there studying.
After spending three days up in Santa Barbara Erica Ryan and I drove down the coast. We stopped and meet up with Spencer in Laguna, Ryan´s and my old roommate. We had lunch with Spencer and then drove down to a beach just south from there. Ryan went out surfing and Spencer went skim boarding. Erica and I stayed on the beach and snapped some photos instead.
BTW this is going to be a photo bomb this time 😉
At the moment we are down in San Diego agian and Ryan and I hade a booomb surf session this morning. Photos will be here the next couple of days…
A couple days ago we left the pacific side for at short trip over to a last stop at sea of Cortez. We went to a place a couple of hour south from San Felipe. We drove on a road were Baja 1000 takes place. It´s a pretty dry out there. Erica and I thought that we would stay in a smaller village. When we showed up it turned out to be a campground on a beach with a couple of cabins.
The restaurant was closed but Dylan had some rice and beans that we cooked in the back of his truck. After the sunset we had a couple of Cuba Libres. Dylan told me about shooting at night and how he had done that the last time he was there, it wasn´t hard to talk me into a night session. The tripods came out and this is the result:
What you see in the forth photo is the milky way. The milky way is our galaxy and what you can see in the photo is the spiral of hour galaxy that can only been seen when its very dark. It also helps to leave the shutter open for a long time. The camera will then pick up lights from stars that we cant see with our own eyes.
Tomorrow we leaving Mexico behind us for San Diego
After spending a couple of perfect days in La Paz Erica, Dylan and I headed north. If I didn´t mention we bumped in to Dylan at the ferry and decided to tag along to Loreto. After talking for a while it turned out that we were going to the same places and had about the same amount of time doing it. Instead of traveling together only to Loreto the new plan is to travel together all the way to Ensenadas.
We spent the night in Loreto and had breakfast with when of Dylan´s friends he met on the way down here. We hit the road again, but only drove for about one hour before we found this beautiful beach with now people and warm water. After one hour or so at the beach it was time to start putting some km behind us.
We drove through mountains, dessert and a fog dessert the stretched for hours. Finally we showed up on the pacific side again at a place called Bahia Asuncion. We staying at a place called Bufdor Inn which is owned by a Canadian called Shari.
That’s it for now and hopefully there will be some waves here tomorrow ….
Tonight we are going to try out some Mexican microbrewery beer. Later
From Puerto Escondido Erica and I travelled four hours north to place called Ixtapa. We found out that Ixtapa is more like a resort town and we had some hard time finding a reasonable priced hotel. After a while we ended up paying 400 pesos a night. We spent my 26th birthday on Isla the Ixtapa. Erica hand planned everything and the snorkeling there was amazing.
After a couple of days a big swell hit the whole coast and all the beaches were closing out. After studying the map and forecast I found a place that might work on that kind of swell and boy it did. This is just a couple of photos from there. The movie will be up in a day or so.
Later tonight we going to jump on a 16 hour buss to Mazatlan. We going to spend one night there before catching the ferry over to Baja California and La Paz.
Finally we arrived to Puerto Escondido even though the buss from Tapachula ended up taking 12 hours instead of 8. We got here at noon, and then spent the rest of the day waling around to get to now the place a bit. The next day we figured out what beaches that had any waves and then walked to one of the smaller once since the main beach “aka” Mexican Pipline were suppose to be huge. We got the a beach called Carizarillo. It is probably one of the cleanest and most beautiful beaches I ever seen. Especially after all the dirty and almost black beaches in Guatemala. To bad the waves wasn´t as good as the beach was clean. In the afternoon the wind picked up a lot since a smaller Hurricane hit south of here, and I didn´t go out at all. We can defiantly feel that it´s hurricane season now.
Tomorrow we are planning to wake up earlie and try out “La Punta” or the point down at Zicatela.