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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Jun 3, 2014
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San Carlos Son Mexico Climber: Olaf Mitchell Photo...
San Carlos Son Mexico
Climber: Olaf Mitchell
Photo: Matt

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Jun 4, 2014
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Cabo Pulmo Baja Sur Climber: Olaf Mitchell Photo: ...
Cabo Pulmo Baja Sur
Climber: Olaf Mitchell
Photo: Mike

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Jun 5, 2014
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Bouldering at Waimea Bay on the north shore of Oah...
Bouldering at Waimea Bay on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii September 1980
Climber: Olaf Mitchell
Photo from Olaf Mitchell collection

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By EricF
From San Francisco
Jun 6, 2014
This thread is getting me psyched!! It's crazy to think it has been 17+ years since I've been surfing. I was learning as a child (Dad was a surfer) when I was 9 we moved to the Middle of Virginia, I'm 26 now.

As a kid growing up in Santa Ynez we went to the beach almost every weekend, in Virginia we went twice in the next 8 years. I'm glad to say I've finally made my way back out to the West coast and would love to get out in the ocean, feel the waves, and give surfing another go. I was hoping someone would point me in the direction of a good beach/break to learn in Northern California? I.E. Safe break, not too many rocks, rip tides, where I won;t be fucking up the lineup or in peoples way learning.

Had heard the main beach in Santa Cruz was a decent place and had also read some about Bolinas? Ocean beach in San Fran seems a little strong at times to be going out to learn on my own. I have been looking for a board on Craigslist, and was planning on spending the money for my own wet suit (second hand piss isn't my jam), does this sound like a reasonable way to get started again?

Thanks in advance for any info you can provided, and if you feel like mocking some east coast west coast transplant or telling me to stay off your breaks, well fuck it I ain't gunna stop ya, have fun

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Jun 7, 2014
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Eric sounds like you're on the right track. Stay with it mate! Half the fun is just being on your board out in the ocean. Getting a wave is a bonus. Bra, check in often we can use your brand of energy on this thread!

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Jun 8, 2014
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Olaf Mitchell in the Columbia River Gorge  in the ...
Olaf Mitchell in the Columbia River Gorge in the late eighties.
Photo: Brian Miquilan

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Jun 9, 2014
rockerwaves
I had a fun longboard session at 1000 Peaks on the west side yesterday.
That's what summer around here is all about IMO.


 Outer Banks Of North Carolina mid 70's Photo from...
Outer Banks Of North Carolina mid 70's Photo from Olaf Mitchell collection

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By Christian
From Casa do Cacete
Jun 9, 2014
Coup
Eric Fernandez wrote:
I.E. Safe break, not too many rocks, rip tides, where I won;t be fucking up the lineup or in peoples way learning. Had heard the main beach in Santa Cruz was a decent place and had also read some about Bolinas? Ocean beach in San Fran seems a little strong at times to be going out to learn on my own. I have been looking for a board on Craigslist, and was planning on spending the money for my own wet suit (second hand piss isn't my jam), does this sound like a reasonable way to get started again? Thanks in advance for any info you can provided, and if you feel like mocking some east coast west coast transplant or telling me to stay off your breaks, well fuck it I ain't gunna stop ya, have fun


OB would be fine if it's small, it's a huge beach and you could find your own little peak. Not recommended if it's 5 ft + and you're not super comfortable with rips, etc..Get a solid leash if you venture out in larger surf there, a lot easier to not drown with even half a surfboard to hang on to.

Not really too familiar w wetsuit technology and price differentials these days, but this site looks like a good place to start. All I learned from trying on the newer suits in the store is that wetsuits without a back zip are a pain in the ass to get in and out of

wetsuitwearhouse.com/wetsuits/...

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By NorCalNomad
From San Francisco
Jun 9, 2014
Christian wrote:
OB would be fine if it's small, it's a huge beach and you could find your own little peak. Not recommended if it's 5 ft + and you're not super comfortable with rips, etc..Get a solid leash if you venture out in larger surf there, a lot easier to not drown with even half a surfboard to hang on to. Not really too familiar w wetsuit technology and price differentials these days, but this site looks like a good place to start. All I learned from trying on the newer suits in the store is that wetsuits without a back zip are a pain in the ass to get in and out of wetsuitwearhouse.com/wetsuits/...


Don't go out to OB if you want to learn.

Linda Mar at Pacifica is the beach to learn at. No rips, easy swim, and plenty of other kooks around :P

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By EricF
From San Francisco
Jun 9, 2014
Thanks NorCal, tryin to get that kook on

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Jun 10, 2014
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This is a worthy read for more reasons than one IM...
This is a worthy read for more reasons than one IMO

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Jun 11, 2014
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Shane Dorian paddling into Jaws 11/12/13 Photo: Ol...
Shane Dorian paddling into Jaws 11/12/13
Photo: Olaf Mitchell

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By Paul Hunnicutt
From Boulder, CO
Jun 11, 2014
Half Dome
Are there still tow-in days at Jaws? Those waves seems gigantic and they are paddling in. Amazing.

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Jun 11, 2014
rockerwaves
Paul there are still tow-in days at Peahi but much less since the paddle-in craze caught on.
When it's big enough for Jaws to brake there numerous other peaks on the outside reef on the north shore of Maui.
Here are some more photos that I took of Shane Dorian{blue board) and Mark Healey{yellow board) and a number of other Maui guys.This was the heaviest day to be paddled up till that date. Maybe even so far. I shot quite a few sessions from the bluff last winter when it was just too big for me to surf my self.
Mark Healey paddling in at "Peahi "aka &...
Mark Healey paddling in at "Peahi "aka "Jaws" 11/12/13
Photo: Olaf Mitchell

rockerwaves.blogspot.com/2013/...

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Jun 12, 2014
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We have a nice head to a little more south swell hitting our south and west sides.I went over there yesterday and scored a few nuggets. The tide was a bit high but it was fun.
Art by Goldie
Art by Goldie

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Jun 13, 2014
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From Kuau Mart Photo: Olaf Mitchell
From Kuau Mart
Photo: Olaf Mitchell

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Jun 14, 2014
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"Soul Surfer" Photo: Olaf Mitchell
"Soul Surfer"
Photo: Olaf Mitchell

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Jun 15, 2014
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West Side Photo: Olaf Mitchell
West Side
Photo: Olaf Mitchell

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Jun 16, 2014
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Summer long boarding on the west side of Maui. Pho...
Summer long boarding on the west side of Maui.
Photo: Olaf Mitchell

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Jun 17, 2014
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Hookipa Photo: Olaf Mitchell
Hookipa
Photo: Olaf Mitchell

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Jun 18, 2014
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John John Florence at Lanes 1/14 Photo" Olaf ...
John John Florence at Lanes 1/14
Photo" Olaf Mitchell

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Jun 19, 2014
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Bernd Roediger at "Lanes" north shore Ma...
Bernd Roediger at "Lanes" north shore Maui,winter 2014
Photo: Olaf Mitchell

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Jun 20, 2014
rockerwaves
Happy International Surfing Day!
Photo from MWT
Photo from MWT

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Jun 21, 2014
rockerwaves
Happy Solstice
Happy Solstice

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Jun 22, 2014
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Kai @ Jaws
Kai @ Jaws

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