Porridge 03 Feb 10
Well at last there are some waves around and with them a few words come to mind: slop, mush, onshore, lumpy and messy. It looks like a bowl of porridge out there.
But...In between it all there is some brown sugar to go on top of your porridge. A few sneaky ones, a couple that hold up and a few with punchy sections. Go hunting people.
Portrait: This week meet Ken Horton. Ken is a Hoven selling, story telling, Dad of 3 great kids (Jamie, Lucy and Chopper), kneeboarding legend from Mona. Surfing World mag recently put together a list of Australia's 300 most influential surfing icons. Ken came in at a very respectable 199th but plays down this achievement. (I know he is proud though.) Ken was out at Mona for the famous 'Monawatu' day (article by Waves) in 1990 with Tom Carroll and Mike Newling. His most memorable surfs were 'big glassy outside corner at Ulu's with Al Byrne in 1982' and 'Bingin in 1981 with Vic Levett from Manly.' Ken's all time break is Mona (second boil.) He is adamant that the best two surfers of all time are Simon Anderson and Ron Ford. Ken's most common quote: "You don't even know..." Ken has been a Bluesnapper subscriber from the start and has two of my canvases up on his walls, so thats another couple of ticks from me.
Aurelie and Fred Branger: I met this friendly Tandem Surfing French couple while holidaying in Bali. Aurelie and Fred are really nice guys who teamed up for some tandem surfing then got married and have been touring the world living the dream ever since. They run a website Nalu-Surf with the goal of showcasing and promoting the joy and grace of traditionnal hawaiian surfing to the public at large ? especially tandem surfing. I got to watch these guys over in Bali and they absolutely rip. Check their site, check some images of them in the snapshow.
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What is on the way? Here is a rundown from Ben Macartney at Coastalwatch.com. Thursday: E swell 4 - 6ft exposed beaches increasing to 5 - 8ft during the afternoon. WIND: Early E/NE 10 - 15 knots tending NE 15 - 20 knots. Friday: E swell 5 - 6ft+ exposed open beaches. WIND: Early light N/NE tending NE 10 - 15 knots. Saturday: ENE swell 4 - 6ft exposed open beaches. WIND: Early light and variable ahead of a S/SE change mid morning 10 - 20 knots.
In brief, it's looking like we are in for some size and some wind.
Have a great week, see you in the surf.