Respected Newport Local and Wedge
Legend Tim Burnham was bounced hard late yesterday afternoon
at Wedge. Word is he was helped to the sand by those in the
water, groms on the beach helped out, and then medical assistance
was rendered by Newport's finest. Luckily initial x-rays showed
that he's ok! Feel better soon Tim, and everyone be safe.
Tim Burnham and members of Newport's
Tribe. Always there for each other to lend a helping hand.
cozad/ Top: Sonny Kumukoa
Do you think you have what it takes??
NHHS Surf Team tryouts are scheduled for Saturday, June 8th.
So start completing those roundhouses
and sticking those airs, and show up ready to perform.
Coaching the future of Newport...
(photo copyright cozad)
So you think you're a good surf photographer?
Click the photo below...
Another perfect tack sharp photo...
Back in the day what is now City Hall
on 32nd St. used to be the police station. I know because at
14 years old I got thrown into a cell there with my wetsuit
for not getting out of the water at Blackball. Anyway the building
was later taken over by Newport's City government when the police
station on Jamboree Blvd was built. Recently Newport completed
it's new City Hall located near Fashion Island. And nobody is
quite sure exactly what the land the old City Hall on 32nd St
will be used for. This week the Newport Police Department has
been using the building for tactical training purposes. So if
you're driving by, and see Police and SWAT storming the old
City Hall building, don't panic...
Newport's new parking meter enforcement
team?? Yesterday outside the old City Hall..
This is what the beach looks like
when a big set comes in at Wedge...
Photo by HB surf photog Daniel L Patten
Ghetto Juice #20 is
now at your favorite surf shop!
Lost's Joe Alani & Arnette's "Bean-Dip",
stoked on the juice... In Newport.
Nobody does it like the Volcom Crew
Saturday @ the Volcom World Championships
A Swell means one thing... A Surfline
Click the foto below.
The comedy duo of Chad & Brophy,
excited about the feature.
"Ah, honey, the money we've been
saving to buy new furniture soon, may have to go elsewhere"...
Dale Kobetich is at it again! Again
Really?? First time around he created a remote control heli.
Then he put a camera on it. Then he put 2 cameras on it. And
this time around... he's put a couple small spot lights on the
heli to light the ground up with.
Not many people can get me up after
just 3 1/2 hours sleep. But when Dale says grab your camera
and be on the beach at 5:00am, you don't ask questions, you
show up so you can see what he's up to now.
Dale preparing his lit up heli and
a UFO is spotted hovering over the
Wedge. Last Friday @ Sunrise...
If you weren't in town to see the
surf in Newport in all its splendor yesterday, Thursday... You
didn't miss much. Yeah there was swell. But it was lully, drained
out and had a good amount of NW wind on pretty early.
Why is it the
forecasted and hyped Good surf days end up being just Fair.
And the forecasted Fair surf days that nobody gets excited about
often end up being really good? Weird...
Newport below the lip and
Yesterday was May 1st, and that day
sucks in Newport every year! The boogie jetty, that always appears
to have the best damn surf in Newport when sitting off the 44th
st jetty, is no closed for the season. And The Wedge is now
Blackballed from 10am - 5pm to boogie boarders and surfers..
swell today, go surf...
This is a Doctor from Carlsbad that
showed up late one afternoon after a big storm out at Todos.
There wasn't anyone else out there but our small group towing,
and Parsons and Greg Long paddling. The doctor wanted to tow
for his first time, but everyone's tow boards were set up for
Regular Foots, and he was Goofy. He had never had a photo of
himself surfing, and really really wanted one, so he decided
to strap in and try and catch a little wave and try and ride
swtichfoot. Somehow though he got whipped into this beast and
rode it all the way to the inside. And he got a pretty good
photo out of it. In fact he was so excited about it, that he
somehow got it run on the front page of his home town's magazine.
Really nice guy, but never saw him again out there.
(photo copyright cozad)
Newport Elementary's Trent C. has
got this surfboard riding thing all backwards.
All types of families enjoy being
in the water together on the weekends... Yesterday,
Sunday, at Bolsa Chica Wetlands.
you should know...
For a 14 year old grom, you don't
get much more talented than this kid. He goes by the name of
"Kid Creature". But friends and neighbors know him
as Calvin, Calvin Saxton. Calvin has a gift. An extremely creative
mind that produces exceptional art which rivals those twice
his age. And if his art isn't impressive enough, he also shapes
his own boards, plays the piano, and has a line of t-shirts
through Volcom... All that and he surfs, a lot! Calvin is a
surf stoked grom that can be found on anything from a tiny ripple
to a bombing swell everyday around the Lower Jetties area, where
he lives. So keep your eyes on this kid! His creative mind,
his artistic talent, and his polite demeanor is going to take
him amazing places in life... NewportSurfShots.com will definitely
keep you posted.
Calvin scoring perfect Pavones,
Last week in Costa Rica...
One salt water enema, coming right
Newport Surf Photog Onslaught
There's about to be an onslaught of
surf photographers crawling all over Newport. You can feel it
coming. It's been about 5 years since the last photog invasion,
so it's about time, I guess. Caught
You Ripping is one great new surf photo website that has
recently launched locally, And I've consulted on another.
NewportSurfShots.com however isn't
in the business of selling photos! Gave up on it years ago.
This site's just here to present info that might on occasion
be of importance to the Newport surf community. But on a larger
visual and editorial scale than Facebook or Instagram offers.
At times over the past decade this site has tried to support
itself by selling images. But found it impossible. The 3 main
reasons. One, within 6 months the surf photos will have saturated
the market. Two, people will steal the photos off the internet.
And three, the margin of profit per photo is extremely small
and editing and uploading them takes too much time.
What NewportSurfShots.com would like
to present however is 5 things that it's learned to live by
when shooting Newport. Yes there's more, but these are the primarily
ones new photogs should try and follow, when they can...
Wedge: Unless it's a big swell event. Don't post photos
of the Wedge the same day they are taken.
School Yards: When shooting "School Yards"
don't name it. And never show the playground in the foreground
of the image.
River Jetties: You say you got an insane shot of River
Jetties! No you didn't, it was taken somewhere else!
The Point: It should really only be featured when everyone
shows up for big Souths. Don't ruin the place for the crew that
checks the fickle place everyday.
Newport Channel: Don't ever, ever release photos of the
Channel during a big winter swell! Ever!
As far as The North Harbor entrance
to El Mo, it's no man's land. The area takes care of itself.
Shoot at your own risk.
NewportSurfShots.com would like to
wish all the photogs about to desend on Newport this summer
the best of luck. Happy shooting...
Go get em...
Where else can you get a boob job,
a butt lift, and see a juggling act while driving home, all
in the same day? Saturday afternoon, Baja.
Not real hollow, but real fun none
the less. Yesterday, Thursday, in Baja.
Wed. April 17th
Newport's Summer C., Kate G., &
Spain's Marta T. above. And Newport's Levi Prarie below. Tuesday
The NewportSurfShots.com cameras have
gone to Baja for the week.
Check back for the lame photos you've
come to expect when the cameras leave Newport. -
Newport's Mona Webster, always surrounded
by friends. Friday in Newport.
surfers Clay Crandal and Cameron Faris, among others, had quite
an interesting trip to Baja last week. Read their story below,
one of the best written about a run in with the Police while
click one of the photos below to see a great short video of
and video by Gage Fisher.
we hear a Mexican vendor yell as we sit in the borderline. He
runs up to the window of Clays Suburban. No gracias,
says Clay, thinking the man is just trying to sell him another
porcelain turtle. No, no. Your amigos...policia! policia!,
the man yells as he tries to find the words in English. Hes
pointing to the back of the borderline. The three of us in the
car look at each other in confusion. The Mexican is still gesturing
at us to look. Sitting shotgun, I stick my head out the window
and see a white and green Federale truck parked on the side
of the road, its blue lights flashing indicating some
disturbance of Mexican law. There are two policemen handling
the situation and they proceed to load someone into the bed
of the truck. To my surprise, instead of seeing brown skin and
dark hair, I see a gringo. Holy shit! Dude! They have
Jachin! I yell as Clay and Cameron turn to look. Our luck
had finally run out.
Im not gonna say
it was sheer ignorance that got us into trouble on this trip,
but we had definitely started to get a little too comfortable
down there. After all, we certainly have some experience going
south of the border, and though were a young group of
18, 19 and 20 year olds, weve been doing these missions
since we were little. Travel wise, Mexico has a terrible reputation
but when you start going south of the border as consistently
as we do, and nothing goes wrong, you definitely start to develop
a level of comfort down there. Anyhow, this trip was to be like
any other and the goal was simple: surf, eat, sleep and come
home with footage to show for it. What could go wrong?
?In a couple of trips
prior, we had stumbled upon a couple of new waves, which just
happened to be pristine locations to pitch a tent and camp it
out. Wed surf all-day and camp at night, while I documented
the whole thing on camera. Our days under the Mexican sun had
consisted of nothing more than surfing, siestas, and cervezas.
The sun was hot and vibrant each day and the southern combo
swell had blessed us with perfect surf each day. After three
days of the dream-life it was time to pack up camp and return
to reality. I had gotten a solid amount of footage and the boys
were all psyched on how hard we had just scored. Salty, smelly
and sun burnt, the six of us piled into the two cars; Christian
and Jachin in one car, and Clay, Cameron, Gianni and myself
in the other. It was a Sunday and we were expecting the borderline
to be hell but to our surprise, the line wasnt nearly
as long as we thought. Wed be across the border in an
We were sitting in the
borderline no more than 10 minutes when Jachin jumps out of
Christians truck to go piss. Gianni decided to tag along.
Neither Clay, Cameron, nor I thought twice about it, like, whatever,
go piss in a bush and come back. No big deal. I started
feeling pretty hungry by then. Wheres the tamale
lady? Im totally gonna buy a tamale, I say to no
one in particular as I watch the countless food vendors pass
by. A young Mexican man walks up to Clays window, Hey
man, you wanta turtle, he says in a hard vato type accent
as he holds up a green and gold porcelain turtle. No gracias,
responds Clay as he rolls up his window leaving it cracked at
the top. I notice poor old ladies and teen moms holding up their
Styrofoam cups for any leftover change. I watch 4 and 5-year-old
kids standing on each others shoulders, juggling their
beanbags for any spare pesos we may have. There are beggars
and merchants of all sorts and all I can do is watch their sad
faces roll by my window and out of sight. It had been about
five minutes since Gianni and Jachin had left. Thats when
the young, poor Mexican man from the beginning of this tale
ran up to Clays window, the language barrier making it a struggle
to understand what he was saying. I looked back and saw Jachin
and Gianni standing in the bed of the police truck. The two
cops got in the truck started speeding towards the front of
the line. With my phone dead, I grabbed Clays and took a snapshot
of the two handcuffed to each other in the bed of the truck
with the rest of the criminals. As they passed by, both of them
were screaming Help! Do something! Help! Though
it was a serious situation, Clay, Cameron, and I couldnt
help but laugh at the fact that the two goofballs of our group
had gotten arrested for pissing in public. The truck pulled
over about 50 yards ahead of us. Oh shit, what should
we do? says Cameron half giggling, half serious. Fuck,
I dont know, go run over there! Bring some money!
says Clay frantically as we crawl closer and closer to the truck.
Cameron, shirtless and barefooted, jumps out of the car and
runs over to the police truck to try and bribe the cops to let
our friends go. While Cam is dealing with the cops, I pull out
the camera and start recording the situation while Clay talks
to Christian on the phone, who is behind us in his truck, now
alone, letting him know whats going down. Were now
side by side with the police truck, watching the boys plea for
freedom while Cam continues his efforts to pay the cops off.
Im still recording when I see a dark-colored SUV pass
by on the opposite side of the police truck. As it passes, the
skin-headed Mexican driver rolls down his window and yells Take
them to fuckin prison! Then, one of the policemen
points at me after noticing the camera and shouts at me to stop.
Thats where the video ends.
At this point, the line
had kept moving and the truck was now out of sight. Cameron
runs back to the suburban with an uncomforting look and asks,
Where are Giannis shoes? Why,
Clay responds. Dude, theyre taking them to jail.
So there we were, Cameron,
Clay and I trapped in a hot mess of cars and people in the borderline,
with no idea where the Federales were taking our friends. Clay
instantly calls his dad, Corky, who has years of Baja experience
under his belt for assistance. Cameron does the same. With their
parents unable to offer much support, we began asking all the
people working at the border if they knew where the Tijuana
jail was. One guy knew exactly where it was, but with a look
of dread said Oh shit mang, they don wanna be there. You
guys better hurry. Then Camerons phone rings. Its
Gianni. Gianni, where are you guys! says Cam. Dude,
were at the Tijuana Jail, but you guys gotta hurry. They
say theyre gonna transport us to the Tijuana prison if
you guys dont get here quick enough, responds Gianni
in a sickening tone. Alright, well be there soon.
Just stall them, and with that the clock was ticking.
Our simple, carefree
surf trip had now turned into a full-blown rescue mission. We
decided it would be best to take Christians truck back over
the border since Clays suburban was towing the trailer and ski.
We piled into Christians truck, leaving the suburban and the
ski at a friends house in San Diego. After a quick stop by Chevron
to use the ATM, Operation: Save Jachin and Gianni was a go.
Cameron and I had pulled out $400 each, because we had no clue
how much it would cost to bail them out, if we even could. After
all, in Mexico youre guilty until youre proven innocent
or until you pay the fine. From what Gianni had told us, it
looked like we were going to have to talk to the judge to negotiate
their release by means of a cash transaction. With over $1000
in bail money at the ready, we crossed back into the Mexican
After zigzagging through
the streets of Tijuana, we finally found the jail where the
Mexican merchant had said it was--right off the Tijuana/Rosarita
1 highway. It was a sketchy little building surrounded by police
cruisers, cops and a collection of random civilians. It was
decided that Clay and Cameron would deal with the judge while
Christian and I stayed in the car. They walked into the building
and ten minutes later returned with info from inside. Did
you guys see them in there? I ask. Oh, theyre
in there alright. Its like a movie in there, with all
the criminals crammed in a jail cell; arms hanging out and what
not, says Cameron. Smells like shit too, adds
Clay. We later learned that most of the people in the cell with
Gianni and Jachin were crack-heads, conmen, or drug-runners.
It would be at least an hour before Clay and Cam would even
see the judge. Christian and I, still waiting outside, survey
truckload after truckload of criminals being brought to the
jail. After about an hour of waiting and watching the chaos
of the jailhouse, we see Clay and Cameron come walking through
the entry way of the building, smiles ear to ear, followed by
Jachin and Gianni. Mission success. All four sprint over to
the truck and pile in. Thank God, lets get the fuck outta
here, says Jachin in a sigh of relief as he climbs in
the cab. How much did you have to pay, Christian
asks. 970 pesos. Only eighty dollars, shouts clay.
With everyone in the truck, they both instantly start describing
the tiny Tijuana Jail cell:
Jachin: We walked into
the jailhouse and the first thing I saw was, what I believed
to be, a Mexican prostitute. Handcuffed to a jail cell she screams
stuff like You know you want this chico! to a man
in another cell across from her. Getting a glimpse of my pale
skin, she demanded my name. I did by best to keep my distance
and act like I didnt hear her. Then she started freaking
out, and started banging her handcuffs on the bars of the cell.
I watched a guard come up to her cell and literally roundhouse
the cell bars.
Gianni: We marched into
our already overpopulated cell in a single file line. The first
thing I thought when I walked in there was Thank God Im
not stoned. Each person in there had this weird, hungry
look in their eye as they watched Jachin and I enter, almost
like they wanted to rape us or something. It reeked of straight
shit and piss. Thats when I noticed that same shit and
piss was smeared on the floor and walls. It was almost unbearable.
They locked the door behind us and me and Jachin made a pact
that we would have each others back if anything went down.
Jachin: On the way there,
we sat squished between fifteen criminals in the back of a white
pick up truck. I felt so out of place. Every pair of eyes was
transfixed upon us, as we made our way through the dense crowd
of the market place. There was this one crack head, who was
being pretty cool, and was saying, dont trip dudes,
it will be alright. When he said we might have to stay
overnight, Gianni and I really started trippin out though.
That same guy ended up having a mix between a seizure and an
asthma attack once we were locked up, so the guards gave him
a cigarette, which somehow helped him. Then he just passed out.
Gianni: There was another
guy punching the wall over and over again like a machine in
the corner of our little cage. He just kept hitting it, left-right
left-right left-right. Another drug addict, with a white beard
lied down in the corner of the jail cell. He would randomly
start laughing at nothing and he kept smiling at Jachin and
I. Thats when I noticed his hand was in his pants, and
it was apparent that he was viciously rubbing himself off.
Jachin: Minutes before
we were released, the guys in our cell showed their excitement
for our liberation, in the forms of broken English and hand
shakes. One little guy told me that we all learn from these
experiences, and gave me Gods blessing. As they unlocked
the cell door, I realized I had forged a bond with my newfound
Mexican friends, and dreamed of being able to pay their bail
along with mine. We were taken thirty feet away, were Cam and
Clay awaited us in a small room. The judge accompanied them;
an average looking man in civilians clothing, who sat
behind a desk. He confirmed our misdemeanor of urinating in
public and pointed to a piece of laminated paper hanging on
the wall, which read our fine. We handed over the eighty bucks
and with that we were free.
As we continue talking
about what just happened, we make our way back into the borderline
where it all started. Jachin and Gianni were even able to point
out the same cops that caught them. Fuck those guys,
says Jachin as we pass by them.
This trip was definitely
an eye opener. We had developed a level of confidence south
of the border, and had started taking our safety for granted.
We were well overdue for something to go wrong. Looking back,
Im glad it was a run in with the law rather than a confrontation
with the cartel. We finally pulled up to the window and showed
the border patrol officer our passports. He waved us through,
and we escaped the Mexican madness. Thank God.
Another shot from a really
tall ladder? Newport, from Above....
Without a doubt yesterday, Monday,
morning between 7:30 - 8:30 saw some of the strongest gusts
of NW winds in town over the past year. By a long shot. And
while the ocean was a mess... Solid windswell and better conditions
will hopefully be right behind it...
Yesterday in Newport
Photo by Robert Stubby Tierney.
NHHS Surf Classic went down last weekend
in solid combo swell surf.
here for local surf photogs Dave Mannings images of the event.
(Photos by Dave Manning)
He surfs everywhere from River Jetties
to spots in Baja that you probably shouldn't talk about. And
surfs them all really well!
Alex Freyre. In Newport,
at a place that you probably shouldn't talk about.
Four local Newport surfers have reported
contacting severe ear, nose or throat infections from surfing
the shitpipe near 61st over the past week. And now the city
of Newport in a move to derail any potential lawsuits from allowing
the shit pipe to spew harmful bacteria into the local waters
has halted their dredging project. Also as of late yesterday,
and for the next 72 hours, the city has closed the water from
61st north to River Jetties. And from 61St. south to the 39th
St jetty. A few signs were posted on the beach and lifeguard
towers yesterday afternoon, and this morning the lifeguard surf
report is reporting they will closely be patrolling the area.
Those that were against this dredging project from the start
knew this was bound to happen...
City sign posted yesterday afternoon
at 45th St.
Local Newport surfer Ryan Price can
usually be found surfing the streets north of 56th st most days.
During the recent run of combo swells Ryan has been surfing
next to the dredge pipe, that is spewing sludge from the Newport
Shores canal. Ryan now reports that he has come down with a
severe ear infection. After seeing his physician yesterday he
was prescribed an antibiotic (to battle the bacteria) and a
steroid (to reduce the painful inflammation that the bacteria
is causing). If you or friends come down with similar infections
from surfing near the shitpipe, please send over an email...
Good Newport, minus the bacteria.
Last weekend, south of the "Sludge Bar".
Sunday was Funday. In
Seals seem to be everywhere in town
lately. On the jetties, in the surf, in the Bay. Researchers
aren't exactly sure why a larger than normal percentage of the
seal population are being found sick along our coast. But for
you, the local surfer, know that seals are a California protected
species. And it is against the law to touch or hinder their
movement in any way.
Sunday this little guy was posted
on the 52nd st jetty. He was cut about his face, and on the
back of the head. The Seal Rescue organization in Laguna Canyon
called the Pacific Marine Mammal Center was contacted, and they
said they were full. If you have kids, it is a great place to
take them to learn about these pretty cool creatures.... When
Monday morning dawned, this little guy was gone.
Spring is in the air in Newport when...
Lots of bathing suits show up on the
Lots of combo swell boosting goes
lots of photogs show up to capture
it all... Last weekend in Newport.
Negotiating obstacles. @ 56th.
(Photo Copyright T. Cozad)
Flash Back Thursday.
Or whatever you want to call it...
Matt Doheny (Andrew's big brother),
Sept. 2004. In Newport.
Newport Shore's residences were told
last week at their association meeting that the West Newport
Dredging Project was coming to a halt before the project was
done. The Army Corps cited that it was soon to be nesting season
for the California Lest Tern, an endangered bird, they say,
the dredging project is trying to protect. It is now being reported
however, that the city has decided to allow the Army Corps of
Engineers to continue with the dredge project until March 31st.
What does that mean to you, the local Newport surfer? You get
to enjoy 2 more weeks of sludge being dumped off your coast!
Click the photo if you'd like to read
Laylan Connelly's story about the project extension...
The 5 Million dollar bird. The California
Combo season is right around the corner...
"Thanks for that"In
Today Newport Elementary starts their
online charity auction. Local restaurant's, bars, businesses
and services are on offer. Click the photo below and check out
the goods. And help Newport's local elementary school out.
Pure Glass's Jim C. went all out again
this year for Newport Elementary. He built a board for his daughter's
classroom, and a board for the school's live auction to raise
money for the Newport school.
In case you forgot...
Pure Glass, Newport's one stop board
shop.... Yesterday in Newport.
A few of the Tribe. Saturday
Last weekend NHHS placed 3rd in the
California State Surfing Championships held in H.B., behind
San Clemente and Edison H.S. respectively. And Newport's Colin
Moran captured the Men's State Championship Title.
12 year old Colin M,
(Photo copyright Cozad)
The story in Newport last weekend
was the windswell. Most windswells that filter into town peak
in the dark of the night and are on a severe decline through
the early morning hours. Saturday's windswell instead peaked
around dawn, 8ft @ 8 seconds, which makes for solid mixed up
surf in the areas north and south of Newport's underwater canyon.
If you got some you were stoked. If you didn't, you missed a
really fun paddle...
Newport's Justin Anthony.
Saturday in Newport.
I get offered to do projects.
Most of which I turn down, because family time is what's important
to me right now. One project I do hope to complete one day in
the future however is a book on California piers. I have heli
images of every pier from Point Conception to San Diego Harbor.
And there's been a long standing offer to do a book with the
photos, along with a write up on the history of each pier. Maybe
one day... but for now the images just sit idol on a hard drive,
or occasionally get thrown up here.
Nicolai G. carving through the first
round of SW swells this season. Friday in Newport.
He's back! At least back in the state.
And the next groom macking swell, he's coming to Newport...
Check out former preimeir surf movie
maker Norwell's lastest creation of a recent swell in California.
Turn up your speakers and click the
by Cozad 2012. Video by Norwell 2013
A week ago Sunday an 82 year old man
was found dead around 2:30 in the afternoon near the rocks at
40th st. Early yesterday morning a woman in her 20's was found
dead near the water's edge of 71st St. Autopies are pending
Friday, along the beaches of
One of the stories last weekend in
town was the surf. Combo swell, plus pristine conditions, equals
good surf. I didn't shoot, but everyone else did! Without a
doubt the photos will be flying all over Facebook, and Surfline.
The other story last weekend was the
Arnette contest at Blackies. Yea, word was it was small. But
Blackies is contestable when it's small, really. The Pro/Am
was won by Cory Arrambide from Ventura. The 16 and under boys
was won by Griffin Foy.
Tyler Gunter is coming off an ACL
injury that occurred during this Hawaii winter. He's been out
of the water rehabbing for the past 1 1/2 months, and is currently
surfing in a knee brace. Having just got the ok to go back in
the water, Sunday he surfed in the Arnette, and brought home
a 3rd place finish in the Boys under 16.
Tyler, looking fit. Friday, in Newport.
The Southern Hemisphere is starting
to come back to life...
D. Shea getting ready for combo season...
Yesterday in Newport.
How did NHHS pull off a trip to Nicaragua
last week? And did they score?
Click the photo below and find out.
NHHS's Kate G, in action..
Innovative, creative, out side the
box ingenuity! The thing is a really cool idea! But with all
due respect. Why?
Packing it in. In
Jeff Malanca is one
of the local guys in Newport that's on it everyday. Small, large,
stormy, glassy, perfect or complete and utter crap. Jeff is
in tune on what the swell, wind and tide are doing, where the
best place is to paddleout, and what the crowd is like at most
every spot in the area. He's also one of the nicest guys you
could ever surf with. Those in the know have him on their speed
dial, and just hope he's not already in the water when they
call him for a complete and accurate surf report in the morning.
Well, lucky for everyone
else. "Surf Junky Jeff" is on the air waves, and is
giving detailed surf reports to the masses. Check him out! He
can be heard now on 98.7 FM radio Monday through Friday mornings!
This was undoubtedly the best place
to be on this particular day. Jeff, In Newport.
Photo by Rick Chatillon
Newport River surf grom Zach Granoff
awaits the sunrise and his morning surf, and...
Newport surf grom Barron Banta reflects
on his full day of surf at sunset... Yesterday in Costa Rica
Saw a few familiar Newport
NHHS surf team on their way
to Nica. late Sunday night @ LAX
"Ski Week" starts tomorrow
for the local schools kids. And instead of them heading off
to the snow. A lot of them usually head off to warm water. NHHS
surf team students are off to Nicaragua. The NewportSurfShots.com
camera is going to Costa Rica. So check back here next week
for a few of the out of focus images you've come to expect from
the Daily Hotshot.
Newport artist Mike Frank, with a
picture of what NHHS students can expect to find in Nicaragua...
Love is in the air...
What it should be called
The Shores Channel &
Banning Ranch's Mud Disposal Beautification Project
Because it's doubtful that someone
initiated a 5 million dollar project just for the birds.
Today the City of Newport's "Sand
Replenishment" project is about to begin. And while the
sediment that they are dumping offshore just north of the 56th
jetty can potentially be unhealthily, within the Newport surf
community there does not seem to be much of an outcry. Sand
means a sandbar, right? Although with only 20,000 cubic yards
of it being dumped, which isn't a lot, don't get your hopes
Either way the crap coming out of the pipe is going to be highly
questionable to say the least. And as a health care provider
for over 25 years, I'd recommend not surfing the area as the
pipe is actively spewing the marsh sediment. And if you do,
shower afterward. Get to your doctor if you experience sinus,
ear or urinary tract infection, or have nausea and vomiting.
And most important. Clean all your open cuts with hydrogen peroxide
after your surf. Necrotizing Fasciitis (flesh eating bacteria)
can be found anywhere there are a mixture of unique pathogens.
Click the photo below for Laylan Connelly's excellent O.C. Register
article on the Dumping Project.
Pipeline... comes to Newport
City of Newport Beach's Sand Replenishment project.
The City of Newport Beach is about to undertake what they are
calling a Sand Replenishment Project, again. But to be honest
what they actually appear to be doing is clearing the area around
the Newport Shores channel, which the resident there have rightly
been asking the city to do for some time. And then trucking
the contaminated sediment to a landfill in Orange. And dumping
the rest of the sludge, or that which they deem suitable for
human contact, 1000 feet offshore at 60th St. Don't get too
excited however. They aren't pumping a lot of "sand"
offshore. They are pumping it for less than a week. So in no
way will there be the sandbar we got at River Jetties in the
summer of 1992 from that sand project.
We've dealt with projects like this
in the past in Newport. Going so far as to having to hire an
environmental attorney in 2004 to prevent the city from filling
in the jetties. Personally, I have a bit of reservations about
this project, now that I know the scope of it. Because the goal
really isn't to replenish the beach. It's just a way for the
city to get rid of the sediment in the Marsh. Possibly at the
expense of the surf community's health. But this website isn't
about what I think. It's here to present info. Below are a few
of the facts about the project as they are now known. Laylan
Connelly from the O.C. Register is researching the project further.
Her story will be in a forethcoming article, and the surfing
community will then have a better understanding of what the
Army Corps of Engineers is exactly doing beginning Thursday.
Until then, here are 2 sides of this project's story.
City of Newport Beach's stated project...
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District (Corps),
has hired a contractor to remove sediment along the channels
in the Santa Ana River Marsh (Marsh). The project will restore
design channel depths to improve circulation and tidal flushing
- both necessary to maintain the salt marsh habitat which includes
many endangered species.
The Corps' project also includes a
beach sand replenishment component. Good quality sand will be
pumped through a pipeline to the nearshore, located 1,000 feet
offshore from 60th Street. The sands have been thoroughly tested
and approved by EPA for placement in the nearshore environment.
Area residents and beach visitors will see that a temporary
pipeline is in place and runs from the Marsh parallel to the
Santa Ana River, then down along the beach and through the surf
zone to the approved nearshore disposal location. Sand pumping
will begin February 11 (now said to be Feb 13th) and continue
for about two weeks. The temporary pipe is expected to be removed
during the week of February 25.
Sediment not compatible for beach
replenishment will be excavated and disposed of at an upland
landfill. The California least tern island within the Marsh
will also be cleared of weedy vegetation to improve the nesting
habitat of this endangered species.
The proposed dredging and excavation
is scheduled to be completed by the end of March 2013.
The Opposition to the project.
Written by longtime resident Barbara De La Pena.
I've read (states Barbara De La Pena)
the EA, and the samples for bacterial contamination and toxic
chemicals was done in 2010 and 11. The bacterial contaminates
only measured enterococcus. A two year old and 3 year old clean
bill of health is not okay. I (Barbara) spoke with a vet with
a masters in public health and she said there was a plethora
or other bacterial and viral pathogens that could come from
this. The EA said that none of the dredged material was suitable
for direct beach replenishments and only 2 areas out of the
7 sampled 3 years ago were even suitable for offshore deposit.
I'm not convinced (says Barbara)
that the dredge operator will delineate between the 7 areas
with precision. When I (Barabra) spoke with the director of
public works today he told me that they would "average"
the dredging areas! Which was not reassuring. He also said if
I was that concerned, to "go swim in another beach".
Which I found personally offensive and not reassuring. The stated
daily quality control sample is not enough, especially considering
the high bird population in the least tern nesting area. Additionally,
the homeowners were supposed to have been notified 14 days prior
to the commencement of work. None of the beachfront residents
in the area knew anything but this project however.
Please look for the O.C. Register
article with more detail about this project. Check back here
for more info. about the project. Stay informed as best you
can about this project. And please spread the word!
Santa Ana River Marsh Project History
The 92-acre salt marsh restoration
is located near the mouth of the Santa Ana River in Newport
Beach, just upstream of Pacific Coast Highway and east of the
Greenville-Banning Channel levee.
The marsh restoration was completed
in 1991, providing eight acres of mitigation for project construction
on the Lower Santa Ana River and creating new and improved habitat
for wetland-dependent species. The restoration included grading
and installation of tide gates to improve tidal flushing and
create habitat for the endangered light-footed clapper rail
and Beldings Savannah sparrow. Since initial construction
and the present, about 60,000 cubic yards of sedimentation has
occurred within the lower marsh. This sedimentation reduces
the tidal prism and reduces tidal circulation. The re-dredging
of the lower parcel, part of the 2013 marsh restoration, will
remove the sedimentation and restore tidal circulation.
What a differnce a day makes...
Eric V. carving stormy bowls on
Jared F. carving sunny glass on
Saturday. In Newport.
After being out of
the water for quite a while recently with an injury. I decided
to give Dr. Tim Brown's Intelliskin shirt a try. It's a posture
performance enhancement garment. And I can't say enough good
things about what the shirt has done for my shoulders, and more
importantly what it has done to promote proper spinal alignment
and posture. Below is a few key things I've discovered after
living in the shirt for the past month.
The shirts promotes good posture, pulls back your shoulders,
and really opens up your chest, and that stretch feels really
The shirt doesn't
feel like a straight jacket, but is extremely light, and is
easy to move in.
The shirts come in V-neck, short-sleeve, long sleeve and tank
top. With each type of shirt offering a slightly different benefit.
The V-neck actually
looks pretty cool under a collared shirt.
If you wear the shirt
out to a club however, people will laugh at you and wonder why
you're wearing a rash guard.
It's waterproof. And
it appears to add to wetsuit insulation.
The fabric also breathes,
so when you work out in it, it keeps you cool.
It prevents you from
slouching, and the rolling forward of your shoulders.
Your improved posture helps to align your vertebrae, and stacks
them neatly on top of each other.
It retains your muscles to move and contract the way they were
meant to. So that when you aren't wearing the shirt. Your posture
remains much improved.
After wearing the shirt for a month. I stand up straighter.
And people have actually commented I look taller.
It feels really good
to work out in. Muscles seems to glide more easily through the
full range of motion.
I was a bit sore in the shoulders for the first few days after
wearing it. That's an indication that the shirt is doing it's
job, retraining, stretching and firing infrequently used muscles.
I've found the shirts
are a bit uncomfortable to sleep in. But then there's no recommendation
to sleep in them anyway.
You can throw them
in the washer, no problem. But don't throw them in the dryer.
Wearing one is cheaper
than chiropractor visits, and a lot less expensive and invasive
than having surgery.
Wearing one now, will
prevent you from being hunchback later.
Dr. Tim Brown researched,
designed and developed the shirts. And Dr.Tim Brown is a legend
in the field of Sports Medicine, and off the North Side of 56th.
And.... The company
is from Newport. And everything that comes from Newport is good
Click the photo
below for the Intelliskin website.
Dr. Tim Brown. Straight and upright. 56th St.
Back in the 60's and 70's all along
the beach of Newport, stretching from the Wedge to River, there
were these really really tall poles positioned every one mile
in the sand. And on top of these really tall poles were yellow
diamond shaped reflective signs pointed towards the ocean. These
were "Mile Markers", that boaters could use offshore
to gauge a traveled distance. And then sometime in the late
70's they were removed from the beach. The "Mile Markers"
were kinda of cool to have for us kids, because we could figure
out how far we rode our bike, walked, or ran along the beach.
Or determine how far away something was.
Not sure how far the Wedge is from
here, but whatever it is, the wave still looks really hollow.
Shot from the Newport Pier.
This month Hurley ran a 10 page
ad in one of the surf magazines!
Their in house photogs are obviously
happy about that! In Newport.
Surfllne's "Best Bet" this
month is Baja. Good call! It's also sorta the best bet for March,
April, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov...
If you haven't seen the Baja feature,
click the photo below.
a little in December too... Rusty Long, Baja.
In actually pretty fun and glassy
little afternoon surf. Newport's Micheal Bond won both the NSSA
Jr. Middle School and NSSA Jr. High School Longboard divisions
last Saturday at 54th...
Newport's M. Bond, and the fruit of
his labors... Saturday
I had to pull out some images for
a Baja feature someone is putting together, and I came across
the image below. This was taken in 2005, and was the first time
I'd been out to Todos to shoot. The swell was the biggest anyone
could remember. 20ft @ 20 seconds. Everywhere was huge!! I called
Corky Crandel up not knowing him, and asked if I could get on
his boat. Surprisingly he said yes, and we've been good friends
since. We left Todos after a few hours, and I was kinda bummed
about it, and we headed to this place. It was one of the best
decisions I've seen Corky make! This place was incredible! The
waves were so big and perfect, they didn't seem real. 20ft bombs
outside, and waves going inside out on the inside. This is Damien
Hobgood, nabbing one of the inside bubbles. Surprisingly it
ended up being a center spread in Surfer magazine, which is
pretty unheard of for my junk. The main reason I've saved all
my photo dollars over the years and bought a ski and sled, is
so I can be ready when a day like this happens again at this
spot. If and when if does happen again, I really hope I'm there.
D. Hobgood. Baja...
It's never to early to start teaching
The thing about shooting Geoff Moysa
is he throws so much water with each turn you can never get
the whole big fan of spray in the frame.
So you gotta move way back!
Moysa at 27th st. on Monday, doing
one of his firehose imitations. Shot from PCH.
The Pirdy Maverick's video during
the contest weekend is out. If you haven't seen it yet....
Click the photo below.
5:50am. Half Moon Bay. Spencer P.
Prepares for action...
Video by Daniel Shea. Shorescrew.com
Up and coming young standout Newport
longboarder Micheal B. "Reflecting".
One of the bigger waves surfed
over the past few days.
Surf Check. Yesterday morning in Newport
Spencer Pirdy goes Big! And lives
to surf another day.
Click the photo below for Maverick's
Video by Newport's Daneil Shea. Shorescrew.com
There was a couple hour window yesterday
morning, when the wind laid down enough to make the accompanying
windswell, kinda ridable. And if you didn't mind the cold water
and chill in the air, it was actually kinda fun. By mid morning
however the wind cranked back up, and Newport went back to being
a winter time mess.
Boosting before the midmorning mess.
Yesterday in Newport.
Norwell (Motorcycle Dave)
About 7 years ago a mysterious guy
showed up in Newport. He moved to the Oceanfront at 54th st,
and spent his days filming surfing out front of his house, and
nights editing the footage into surf videos. He would hunker
down low in the sand far down the beach, with his headphones
and a hoody on when shooting. And would pretend he couldn't
hear anyone when people came up to him, or mumble that he didn't
speak English when people tried to talk to him. He was as reclusive
as a person can get.
Eventually this guy started submitting
surf videos to NewportSurfShots.com. And we became friends.
He was one of the most creative people I've ever met, and although
he called himself "Dave Smith", and I got bits and
pieces of his life story, I'm still not sure if much of it was
true, and doubt that Dave was really his name. My take on him...
He was a very intelligent entrepreneur that made a lot of money
during the internet boom, and for totally legitimate personal
reasons, decided to flush his old life away, head out West,
and quietly disappear in California. But after a while, "Dave"
and his surf videos started to gain notoriety, which he didn't
want. And he turned his energy to shooting Formula One racing.
And moved out of the state, and has been traveling the world
for the past few years making racing videos.
The last time I saw him... In the
Fall of 2007, forecast charts looked like there was going to
be solid combo swells and howling offshore winds! I contacted
Dave, and he drove his motorcycle, with his camera gear, 6 hours
to Newport from his new out of state home. He then posted up
on my couch and shot for 3 days straight. The video that he
produced of that swell was one of the best. And will long represent
Newport surfing at it's finest. Click the photo below to relive
Well, word is Norwell is back! Not
in this area. But at another high octane surf city on the West
Coast. And hopefully he'll visit, and document Newport again
one day when it turns on.
Norwell, undercover, as always...
Trying to think back on the year 2012.
What is one of the most significant things that happened in
the Newport surf community during the year? Is it the bombing
summer swell where Newport's own ruled the Wedge over Jamie
OBrien's publicity stunt? Is it that the Fall season never really
produced even one offshore day? Is it the Go Pro mania that
continues to grip the Wedge? After much thought NewportSurfShots.com
believes that the year 2012 was significantly and sadly marked
by the numerous amount of great people we lost not just over
the past 12 but over the past 18 months.. Russell, Carlos, B.G.,
M.A., Joe, Whitney,Tim... these are just a few of the local
surf community heroes that have sadly passed away. With that...
Good-bye to 2012. Bring on 2013, and bring on the waves!!! A
Happy and Prosperous New Year to all.
The Sun Sets on 2012...
Last weekend in Newport
On 19th St. near the Bay there's a
few very large 3 story homes. They are probably some of the
tallest residents in Newport, as you cannot build anything near
that height anymore. In one of those homes is a gentlemen by
the name of Tom H. Tom has a long history in Newport. He and
his wife raised a great son that I grew up with, Steve. Tom
was a respected Newport Realtor for decades. And Tom was president
of a Peninsula Home Owners Association for many years.
When Tom was a young boy he used to
travel from his home inland to Newport on the bus. He would
come to Newport often, as he really enjoyed fishing on the public
dock that's located on the bay at 19th street. During that time
Tom became good friends with a local man who owned a home in
the area. Tom and the man spent many a day on the dock, fishing
poles in hand, waiting for a bite.
Sadly one day the man died. And Tom,
who was a teenager at the time, was sad that he had lost his
fishing friend. And very surprised to learn that the man had
left Tom his house in his Will! The tall house on 19th St.,
that Tom has now lived in for most of his life.
Moral of the story. Be kind to your
elders. They may give you a house... Yesterday
Surf Photographer Mike Moir. An absolute
fricken legend!! In Newport
Yeah, there was some surf this pre-Holiday
weekend. But the big story in town was Friday's Sunset, and
Saturday morning's Sunrise. Both of which many have said were
some of the best the year. But the best part about the weekend,
was that the world didn't end.
Friday's Sunset from above and...
Saturday's Sunrise from below...
For as long as anyone can remember.
The Newport Beach Police Dept. flew Santa to local schools for
a visit every year. This tradition went back many, many decades!
For the past 2 years however, this has not been the case, no
Santa visit! Why you ask? The City of Newport got rid of their
helicopter a few years ago. Obviously in an attempt to save
money. And now pull Huntington's heli into the area when needed.
Gone but not forgotten. Santa &
Miss Claus... In Newport.
Between storms. Yesterday,
Newport was under water yesterday!
Well sort of... 20th St. and Bay was pretty submerged, and was
being pumped out by the city. And 26th and Balboa was about
the deepest. Beyond that it was all media hype as 3 news helicopters
buzzed the area yesterday morning looking for flooding from
the highest tide of the year. A 7.2.
It's not the Wedge, but at least the
city doesn't BlackBall it, yet. Yesterday
It's available now! Just
in time for Christmas.
The NHHS 2013 Surf
Team Calendar. Buy one now at SurfSide Sports!
Colin Moran, NHHS Class of 2013.
J + L + B = 3
She's the queen of surf media for
Orange County. And if you don't know her, or recognize her
name, Laylan Connelly, without a doubt you've read her informative
surf related articles on the O.C. Register website, on OrangeCounty.com,
or in the O.C. Register Newspaper. Or maybe you've heard her
on a local radio show, or caught a glimpse of her on a local
cable news channel. Laylan produces surf and local beach related
content that rivals Surfline, everyday. And she does it alone.
And does it extremely well!
NewportSurfShots.com doesn't get
many scoops, in fact it gets none! But Laylan has humored
me, and given me this one. Laylan Connelly and her beau, standout
local longboarder Jon Perino, are expecting a baby! And word
is it's a boy! Congratulations to them both!!
Jon + Laylan + Baby makes 3....
Airing, over Newport...
For the past 6 years I've tried
to be down at Todos Santos off Ensenada with Corky Crandal
for the biggest swell of each year. And while I knew last
weekend's swell wasn't going to be the monster I was looking
for, I wanted to go and rinse the cobwebs off my ski, and
get Bobby Okvist down there so he could get used to the wave.
Friday arrived, and we set off to meet Corky and his crew
of 5. The plan was to tow a beach break in the morning, and
hit Todos in the afternoon, when the tide dropped and the
Saturday morning dawned and Todos
charger Clay Crandal awoke with a fever, and sick as a dog.
Big wave charger Cameron Faris awoke with a sore knee from
towing the day before. And the waves, while giant at the beachbreaks,
were walled, and on the verge of being blown out. So while
everyone was up for going home, I pushed on with the fact
that we were down there and we should go out to the island
The plan was to have a nice bunch
at the Harbor, and then head off to the island with the boat
and 2 skis. Soon after lunch is when things fell apart! Cameron
was out, his knee was even more of a wreck now. And although
I tried to pump Clay with Advil all morning, he was feeling
no better. They headed home. The rest of the crew humored
me by going through the motions of launching the boat, although
nobody thought it was a good idea. By now the ocean surface
was whitecapped. Regardless when everything was in the water,
and we were about to leave... All the guys I needed to shoot
came in! Greg Long was first, and said it was a waste of time
out there. "Had been blown since morning". Next
up was the god of big wave surfing photography, Rob Brown,
and his super photo boat. Rob always travels with a crew of
big wave stars. This time there was around 9 of of them which
included Peter Mel and a Hawaiian crew. He smirked, and said
it was now worthless out there. Regardless I pushed the issue.
"Let's press on"! And as we headed out of the harbor
into what now seemed like crazy white capping gale force winds,
my heart sank. Waves started crashing over the bow of the
boat, trying to flood it... We had to turn back, Todos, or
anywhere else for that matter, was not to be. I was skunked!
And while I was bummed, I knew it was bound to happen one
day. I get the occasional big wave photo, but I'm no Rob Brown.
Look for photo guru Rob Brown's
images soon. I'm sure they'll end up somewhere on Surfline.
Bobby O went to get a few bombs
in Baja, and all he got were these blankets.
There's swell. Go Surf!!
With a solid late season SW and
an overhead NW swell there was good surf everywhere in Newport
Bobby O. boosting one of the biggest
airs ever photographed in the history of surfing... Saturday
morning, in the fog of Newport.
Was it really as good as you heard
it was Monday? Yea, it was...
Ghetto Juice Magazine is flying
into local core surf shops today and tomorrow! Get one!
Ratty, Brophy, Jared (who has a
shot in this month's issue) & Tanner. Waiting for the
It's been a while since NewportSurfShots.com
has upset somebody..
So here goes....
Da Kine Newport charger, Richard,
Skip Snead, directing grom traffic.
All retirees eventually
end up at Blackies. The Ex-Presidents
Ensign Middle School 8th grader,
Upside Down and Backwards.
Saturday in Newport
Last night's URT Spook Session at
Newport lifeguard and surfer Ross
Sinclair and freinds, trying to scare you!
Blackies Annual Surf Costume event
went off again this year, and was bigger and better than ever.
Great costumes showed up in the water, great free food was
served, and great trophies were awarded. A huge thanks to
Blackies Surf Classics that supplies the awards, shirts and
judges. Art In Motion Surfboards that supplied the food, Bill
Spurgeon that coordinated everyone's efforts, and all the
volunteers that made the event happen.
Click the photo below for more info
on the event...
Good luck dropping in on Chief Pedlow...
And Beetle Juice were happy to be
there... Saturday, in Newport
Something in Newport was missing
yesterday. NW swell, present. SW swell, present. SSE swell....
SSE swell! A no show! Late morning the SE Tropical Swell did
start to slowly creep in however, but by then the wind was
on it, and everyone was already more than satisfied with their
morning combo swell session. After 9 years of shooting, I've
found September and October are pretty much the only time
of year worth shooting surf photos in Newport. So expect a
lot more images to come in the weeks ahead.
Waiting for Miriam...
Riley Peterson waits for her above
The Albums section makes a return...
Newport surf photog Thomas Green
has been shooting around town quite a bit lately. Check out
his portfolio of images in the Albums section. Because one
of the photos might be you!
Green, focused on Newport.
It was supposed
It was supposed to show! The Shuttle
Endeavor! Some of the news channels had on their websites
the Shuttle's flight path, which took it over Disneyland,
and then had it heading a little south, over Newport. A local
paper had the Shuttle going over Huntington for sure. And
an hour before the shuttle flew over Disneyland, KCBS News
had live on tv their Exclusive updated route, which showed
it going over Irvine and then traveling up the coast right
past Newport. So there we stood waiting for it to go by, Bill
Sharp and myself, with enough camera equipment to cover a
Space Shuttle liftoff. And then we saw it! Flying high and
proud. Only thing, it was a spec in the sky, about 5 miles
north of Newport. And unless you had binoculars, or a giant
camera lens, people in Newport, and Huntington for that matter,
missed seeing it! Oh well, maybe next time...
The Shuttle, as seen from Newport,
with superman vision...
Ghetto Juice 15
Today it gets released
to the masses. Look for it in a hard core surf shop near you.
Newport's Bobby O. is on a roll.
He's on this month's Ghetto Juice magazine cover. There's
a feature coming out on him in Blisss magazine soon. He leaves
for Bali in a few weeks to surf the Oakley Surf Shop Challenge
finals... And he's on the Daily Hotshot. Well the last thing
is pretty lame, but the rest are huge!! Congrats!
Bobby, all smiles... At Todos.
Jared Mel caught more waves than
just about anyone else out the other day, with the exception
of maybe Tanner P.... And Jared loved this board! In fact
he had just glassed over the side bite FCS plugs, so that
he could ride it in an upcoming Joel Tudor single fin event.
Soon after this wave, he had to leave, so caught one more
wave in, and unfortunately broke it. Who the
heck breaks super thick and heavily glassed old school boards?
Jared does... Last Monday.
Warning: Don't run on it, don't
walk on it, don't dive off of it, don't jump off of it, in
fact don't even touch it.. If your a fisherman
however, feel free to climb all over it and cast your hooks
towards the surfers.
Lower Jetties, Newport.
Girls just wanna have
fun.... Mother and Daughter - Sano
If you were at Wedge
last weekend, you saw it. A remote control helicopter with a
what looked like a 5D camera on board. Some where waiting for
Newport master mind Dale Kobetich to show up with his camera
heli, and shoot this one out of the sky! Word is the remote
control heli went down in the line-up late last weekend, floated
for a minute on it's little pontoons, while those in the line-up
looked on. And then sunk to the ocean floor... Ouch!
R.I.P. little heli...
To The People Of The Great Inland
Empires. Summer Is Over. You Will Be Missed!
A Local Legend sighting,
and a Baby!
Newport regular Jon Perino, dodging
the afternoon North wind... Sunday, South County
Fall begins September 23rd
wake me up when it gets here.... In Newport.
If you have kids, you've been through
easy way out. In Newport
Last week Womens' XXL winner and
ex-WCT surfer Keala Kennelly dropped by Newport to catch some
hurricane surf and get a few photos. And OC Register's Laylan
Connelly, as always, was on it with an interview and story.
Click the image below to see what Keala's take is on the current
state of women's surfing.
Keala, out of Hawaiian
waters and into Newport.
Summerime is fun time. Yesterday
afternoon @ Doho.
Some people experienced this in
town the last few days! But..
most people experienced this...
Hurricane Fat B.O., July 2012
You're gonna hear about it... but
don't get too excited. Because while there were waves yesterday
at that one break in town... There was also a large crowd,
a good deal of north current, lots of closed out set waves
and except for the 20 minutes when the wind turned SE, which
forced me to show up with my camera... There was a good deal
of unfavorable wind on it. Photo wise, I got nothing too exciting.
But after having not shot in nearly a month, it did feel good
to clear the cobwebs off the gear. Hopefully these little
bumps of Hurricane swells, are nothing more than an appetizer
for bigger and better things to come this summer.
Aaron Cervantes going long...
Clay Crandal going short... Yesterday
Saturday morning Newport
local Marc Kaiser was sitting in his city trash truck at the
stop light at 32nd and Balboa Blvd when his city vehicle was
hit. A car ran into the truck and instead of stopping, sped
off down 32nd, a one-way street. The thing is, when the car
struck the truck, the hit and run car's license plate fell
off. And when they tore off down the one way street, they
were met by a Newport Beaach Police car. You know it's Summer
in Newport when
stupid people show up in town and do stupid things.
Marc Kaiser and his hit
and run souvenir...Saturday in Newport.
Somewhere in this barrel are 8 GoPros,
3 SPL Waterhousings, and one Sony waterproof digi cam all
trying to get the tube shot...
You know we're in the flat spell
from hell, when lame photos like this start getting postted...
A girl and
her dog... In Newport.
The Newport Pier is one
of the most challenging piers to shoot when surfing. The pilings
have the standard sharp barnacles hanging from them, but those
pilings are spaced extremely close together and in very narrow
rows. Plus the pilings are drilled into a deep spot in the
ocean floor. So that although it looks like you're going to
have a good run through the pier, the wave hits that deep
spot and often disappears, leaving you with little forward
momentum to carry you all the through the pier.
Newport Pier regular Aaron Cervantes
prepares for a possible piling impact!
Waiting, Waiting, Waiting,
for the swells of Summer.... In Newport
For the past year I've sat on the
fence about the Go Pro. Don't own one. Never even touched
or picked one up. But after meeting up with Master Mind Dale
Kobetich yesterday and frothing over his latest creation,
I too am now jumping into the game. The Follow the Surfer
photos that I've messed around shooting for years, just got
a huge shot of adrenaline in the arm!!!
Decades ago Master Dale Kobetich
developed the Pistol Grip for waterhousings. It only makes
sense that he's now come up with one for the Go Pro. Get a
hold of Dale and get one! email@example.com
Click the photo below and get a
little insight into what the swell forecast for Summer looks
This is not what you want to see
in the Summer. In Newport.
Texting & Driving don't mix...
2:05am, yesterday morning, in Newport.
An idea from our nieghbors...
Last weekend HB had their annual
Duck-A-Thon. People bought little rubber ducks starting at
just $10.00, and then the thousands of duckies were dropped
over the side of the pier. With the first 60 making it to
the beach winning a prize. The First Place Prize, $1,000.
The proceeds of this fundraiser goes to the Huntington Beach
Community Clinic. Over the years this event has raised millions
of dollars. Now heck Newport has 2 piers! There's got be something
we can throw over the side of one of our piers to raise a
little money for a local cause too...
And you thought those things you
step on and then you feel them slither away under your feet
were just little tiny sandsharks... Last
week, in Newport.
On Wednesday morning the restaurant
at the end of the Newport Pier was giving away free bottles
of tanning oil and beer! And once word got out every surfer
in town showed up!
Or maybe this is a photo of the
168 Newport Fire Fighter candidates walking to the end of
the pier to take their swim test... Either
way, this was Wednesday . in Newport.
Give Me Some Free Stuff!!!
Luanada Bay, Fort Point
S.F., Seaside Oregon...
locals wouldn't be so tough if you rolled up in this rig.
Hanging with the fuzz on
the West Coast....
Today is a sad day. Today, May 1st,
is a day of morning for many in Newport. It is the day that
hard and soft boards are banned from the Wedge between 10am
and 5pm. And it is the day that 40th to 44th is now off limits
to surfing. Yes, today, BlackBall season has begun.
You will be missed 40th St... And
we will be awaiting your return.
This guy is the Navy Seal of "Meter
Maids". He's been around for years and is super stealth!
His specialty is cruising around on his bike, sneaking up
on your car, writing you a parking ticket, and quietly slithering
away, before you even know what happened. He's really good
at his job! And that unfortunately is really bad for you!
This South Swell season, people that pull up to check the
surf at 46th. Watch for him!
Just because these guys are now
all dolled up in sleek new Hawaiian shirts, doesn't mean they're
going to be any nicer when it comes to writing you a ticket.
Their Aloha Spirit, will ruin your day. 46h St. in Newport
They've been battling in the water
Colin Moran and Nick Fowler. NHHS
Newport Surf Classic. 2005.
A Whale of a good time....
There was a bit of activity off
the waters of Newport yesterday. Whales, and many of them.
Around mid morning it seemed like there was a steady stream
of the beasts slowly heading north, right off the coast. The
interesting thing however was how close they were to shore.
Much closer than many had ever seen before.
While this photo will never make
the cover of National Geographic, it does give you an idea
of how close offshore the whales were on Tuesday.
Ok, so not everyone is
at risk. Yesterday afternoon in Baja...
Dano, making the world a happier
place. One surfboard at a time. In Newport....
To Heli or not to Heli
Last weekend we were busy planning
a heli mission for Orange County. We've been wanting to capture
solid combo lines filling in up and down the coast for years.
And all indications were that Monday, April 2nd, was going
to be the day. So after 3 days of planning, new equipment
bought and rented. And one very long sleepless night... We
were greeted Monday morning with far less Southern Hemi in
the water than we had hoped for. And after looking at it,
and getting all the intel I possible could... We chose to
pull the plug on the project just as I was getting off the
freeway to the airport. Word is there was someone however
buzzing around the Orange County coast shooting from a heli
that day. It wasn't me. But good luck with that....
Kirk Blackman always knows where
to go, and what to do when he gets there. Monday,
April 1st of last year
on NewportSurfShots.com people were told that they could buy
ad space on the new trash cans that were just placed on the
beaches of Newport. Dozens of companies contacted the e-mail
account that was set up for them to obtain an application.
The year before that, on April 1st, it was noted that 28th
St. had a world class sandbar from all the new sand the city
had just dumped. The Newport Lifeguard Dept. then described
how good the new sandbar was on their morning surf report.
Loads of people fell for it.
For the past 7 years NewportSurfShots.com has done an April
Fools joke. This year the below flyer was developed. And because
of it. The Wedge crew went pretty ballistic. So much so that
I had to let them in on the joke Sunday afternoon, as some
of their essays about the contest on Facebook were beginning
to take on a bit of a hostile tone. The Newport Lifeguard
Dept. received an e-mail from a concerned resident inquiring
about the contest early Sunday morning, and unfortunately
figured it out it was an April Fools joke pretty quickly,
damn . And the City of Newport... Well Newport's Recreation
Supervisor sent an email to Skip Snead and myself, which was
also CC'd to 5 heads of the city. It stated that.."We
have had some concerned residents asking if the City has approved
this event", and "the event being advertised is
not authorized and will not be allowed to occur should it
So this year, as in years past, the April Fools joke did its
job. If you were one of them that fell for it, sorry, you
should have learned. This will however be the last year that
any type of April Fools joke will take place on NewportSurfShots.com,
so just don't be expecting one next year...
Thanks to Analog's Geoff
Moysa, Ghetto Juice's Skip Snead. And
Lorin Ely-McGregor, who put the flyer together.
It wasn't easy, but after much planning, Orange County's first
big wave surf event is a go A huge thanks to the Peninsula
Point Residential Planning Committee for helping to make this
extraordinary event possible. Event entry forms will be available
here, this Tuesday. Or in the next issue of Ghetto Juice Magazine.
Yesterday around 7:45am a pretty
spectacular rainbow appeared. It's bright colors appeared
to begin directly off the coast of Newport, and the arch of
it very faintly sank towards the shores of Huntington. And
in a little over 10 minutes, it was all but gone...
No pot of gold here... just a lumpy
Calm before the storm!
If you like drained out, mixed up,
low tide combo swell, with the occasional gem slipping through...
Then you liked yesterday.
Every surf spot has it's dedicated
crew... This is part of Blackies.
off-road surf vehicle! Yesterday
The Story: A gentleman from Oregon,
and his horse, came to visit his daughter, and decided to
go for a ride on the beach...
Surprisingly yesterday morning,
the windswell came up. The tide didn't bury it. The wind clocked
pretty solid offshore. And it was actually pretty fun in certain
spots around town. If you didn't mind frigid water and Red
Tide. But by noon the surf vanished with the tide, onshore
wind tore what was left to pieces, and Newport went back,
to being Newport.
Happy Faces... Yesterday,
Newport's Daniel Shea, far from
home. Winter 2012
And they say Kobe Bryant broke his
nose on the court playing against Miami on Sunday...
Some are excited to surf Newport!
And some dread the thought, and bury their head in the sand...
Iconic figure Sean Collin's Memorial
Paddleout was going to be extremely well attended. So the
morning of it I got up early and dropped my ski in the Harbor,
and planned on driving it up to H.B. to shoot it. Shooting
a Paddleout from a ski isn't ideal, but I was told Sean would
have appreciated having a photographer on one there, so I
was really determined.
The morning of Sean's Paddleout
the weather was really bizarre. Offshore winds, and a thick
layer of fog hugged the coast. So I called the Newport Harbor
Sheriff's Dept. and asked if I could follow their boat through
the fog up to the Memorial. No go, they didn't think they
were going to be able to make it.
Clay Crandal was already going on
the ski with me. So with my GPS, and Clay's ability to easily
navigate his way through a typhoon, a hurricane, and a tsunami,
all in the dark of night, I figured the fog wouldn't be a
problem. Funny thing was, when we got to the Paddleout, the
L.A. County Sheriff's boat was ready to kick us out of the
area, asking Clay sternly, "How many times have you actually
driven a ski with 500 people in the water"? Clay's response,
"Never, but I've driven one in 60 ft waves". That
quieted the Sheriffs pretty quickly.
That afternoon when we got back
to Newport, Clay headed home, and I started unloading. For
some reason I took my lenses out of the waterproof case and
just set them on the dock. Hell, I'd been chasing a swell
up and down the coast and hadn't slept much in days, so I
wasn't thinking I guess... Anyway, as I stepped onto the dock,
I heard 2 small thuds, and turned just in time to watch both
of the lenses fall over, and roll straight into the bay. Of
coarse I dove in after them, but it was fruitless. $3000.00
in lenses, destroyed. No doubt Sean was looking down from
the heavens, getting a good chuckle out of that one. But at
least I got some good photos for Surfline, right? Well it
took me longer than I had expected to put the ski away, and
I missed the photo deadline... Sometimes, you just have one
of those days.
The most expensive fish bowl you'll
ever see. Please don't try this at home...
If you were on the beach yesterday
around 8am, you were probably shocked to see two quads racing
the entire length of Newport Beach at about 40mph! What the
heck!? There has been an increase in human and drug smuggling
Panga boats along California's coast in recent months, and
word is that the Border Patrol was surveying the area.
Quads are cool, but face
it this is what the Border Patrol would rather drive along
the beach in....
The current swell peaked overnight.
Or maybe it didn't. The current swell is too West and it will
be walled. Or maybe it won't. The fog will move back in this
morning. Or maybe not.
There will be fog for Friday's swell...
Or it might be clear. There will be south wind Friday morning.
Or there might be no wind at all.
Just go surf!
Who knew lit Christmas Tress grew
on the beaches of Newport...
Last night... In
Sunday evening, at the end of the
2011 Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade, the city had a
brief yet pretty spectacular fireworks show, which
off the end of the Balboa Pier... Not sure how the
city afforded such a thing, but it was pretty cool none the
Raining fire down on the Balboa
Pavilion @ The 2011 Christmas Boat Parade.
(Photos Copyright Cozad)
Dale Kobetich is at it again...
Then again he's always at it, pushing the envelope to get
images that no one else would even think of getting.
Check out his recent UAC (Unmanned
Aerial Vehicle) shoot as it takes flight over Laguna. Click
the photo below.
"Don't even think of getting
that UAC thing in my way"
It's almost December right? Yet
80 degree weather and combo surf which included a bit of hurricane
swell lit up the coast the past
4 days. A lot of people were out
of town, and those that weren't were undoubtedly in the water,
somewhere. Someone counted 138 people in
between the pier and 28th St. on Thursday! It you got some
you scored, if not, supposedly there's more on the way...
Fowler & Hoyer squeeze one more
in before the end of a long holiday weekend...
Yesterday in Newport.
Surfing can be hazardous... to
your teeth! Saturday
The legendary Russell Surfshop is
currently in it's final phases of escrow and J.P. here, will
soon become it's new proprietor, and undoubtly carry on it's
legacy. On this day of Thanks J.P would like to take the time
and acknowledge how grateful he is for the support, advice
and encouragement that the Newport surf community has shown
him and the entire Russell family.
J.P. sending out a shaka to all...
dodges the Beast... In
"Sometimes it gets
Helmet Cam, Pole Cam, Board Cam...
Oral Cam... Sunday
Glare... Yesterday in Newport
There's nothing better than the
weekend crowd at Blackies.... Last
weekend, in Newport
(Photo by Laylan Connelly)
"I guess who needs another
photo, of another pro, doing another air?" In
For years my wife and kids have
asked when they'll have a photo up on the HotShot. "One
day" is all I can come up with. Well my wife has been
surfing now for a little over 4 years, and is a frothing grom.
She surfs just about every day, and loves it. And we often
surf together, even the really small horrible days when no
ones out. And we have the time of our lives. As long as I
don't drop in on her, it's all good.
Well, today is my wife's birthday...
So I snapped a photo of her and am putting it up here. Not
just as a little birthday present to her, but because she's
truly become a legitimate local waverider... Plus it's a lot
cheaper than buying her jewelry for her birthday.
Last weekend legendary surf photographer
Art Brewer held photo seminars in both Huntington and Oceanside,
and each event was well attended. I chose to get out of town
and drove down to the Oceanside event. Once there, Canon loaned
us the most expensive camera equipment they have, and we all
shot a crew from San Clemente High School Surf Team. With
20 people pointing cameras at the water, people kept coming
up asking "who the heck is out there"! "Obama
bodysurfing" was all I could come up with.
Mr. Brewer is the master of the surf
portrait, so I spent most of the day trying to set up shots
of people as they exited the water, something you might see
more of at times here... And if you do see your portrait here,
please feel free to grab it off the page and do what you want
SCHS in the water...
Close to the eye of the storm.. In
Dedicated to the sport of surfing!
The Doho Longboard crew in training...
Don't try this at home...
Sunday in South County
"I'm so stoked to be surfing
for Newport Harbor!"...
Yesterday in Newport
The Hurricane Hilary
Mega Swell Hype has begun...
And please remember, when someone
from out of town asks...
"It never breaks on the other
side of the pier".
Newport Cancer survivor Jack Shimko
did it again! Last year he paddled on his paddleboard 150
miles in the name of Cancer Research. This past week over
10 days he paddled 260 miles. Jack arrived to a cheering crowd
on the beach at Blackies Saturday morning and an SUP racing
event was held to benefit his cause...
Click the image below for Laylan's
O.C. Register article of the event. Pretty amazing...
Not Saturday at Blackies...
(photo copyright T. Cozad)
The Wedge, taking the term "Big
Peak" to a whole different level.
Last week in Newport.
A little sun, a little surf, a little
warm water... and a lot of people.
Life long Newport local Clay Smith,
enjoying the crowd in front of his house. Yesterday,
In 2008, when this photo was taken,
people were talking about having seen a lot of Rays out towards
the end of the pier in the weeks leading up to the U.S. Open
Of Surfing in H.B... Running through the images for Surfline's
Women's feature of the event, I came across this... Kinda
Look around... All kinds of creatures
Alex would ride it...
Summertime Blackies Locals....
Board: Dewey Dumpster Driver 5'2"
X 28" X 28" X 28".
Really, you walked down the street
with it in a Red Cup! In Newport.
could be a bumpy landing
.Wed., May 11th, 2011
It's Airshow day!
Click the photo below for Ghetto
Juice's high tech live feed of the action!
Newport's Josh Hoyer preparing for
Some of the kids in the area thought
this window display was funny.
Some of the parents though, maybe
not so much.
1/2 Off in Newport
Not everyone in town dislikes the
new parking meters at Blackies.
The local bees love them...
The Wedding Blog...
My real dad was married 9 times. He
would have been married many more, however he died pretty
young, 46. Before he married each wife he had them sign a
prenuptial agreement. And in that agreement it stated that
his wife could not touch his car collection if they divorced.
So guess what, he put any and all asserts he accumulated during
the marriage into his car collection. So when they did divorce,
she received virtually nothing. Sad yes, but pretty clever.
After seeing the chaos my dad went
through, obviously I never wanted to marry. But then I meet
my wife. And to this day marrying her has ended up being the
single best decision that I've ever made. We've been married
for 20 years. And I'm grateful that my life did not mimic
At my work I often come in contact
with couples that have been married over 50 years. And I always
ask, "What's the secret to a long marriage?" The
most common answers are... Don't go to bed mad at your spouse.
Get used to the fact that you are not always right. Don't
always put yourself first. And laugh a lot together. Wise
advice to be sure.
A charity organization contacted me
last year about shooting a model surfing in a wedding dress.
The charity collected donated wedding dresses and shipped
them to impoverished Third World countries. The year before
they had shot someone snowboarding in a dress. And for their
current year advertising campaign they wanted someone surfing
in a wedding dress. So I donated my time, and met up with
them. If they wanted to ruin an $800.00 wedding dress, so
I could get photos of it, I was all for it.
The problem with the shoot however
was that once the dress got wet, it weighed around 30 pounds,
and the model, who surfed, didn't have the strength to stand
up in it. Non-the-less, we did get some interesting images,
and I'm told the advertising campaign was a success.
love with surfing...in
Red Tags and $8,000 Fines:
Newport Beach Considering Partying Ordinance
Info on Newport's proposed new ordinance,
aimed at taming the city's 4th of July mayhem, is being spread
all over the internet. And people all around town are talking
about it. Has the city actually come up with an idea to control
the mayhem. Don't hold your breath.
Click the image below for info on
the possible ordinance.
Under the new ordinance,
this is really going to cost you!
This may hurt a little...Yesterday
a special sunset, with someone special... Yesterday
Monday, Feb. 7th, 2011
About 5 years ago
there was a swell... A swell with conditions like no other.
Conditions that made Newport all time.
A swell that everyone
will always remember .
A video of that
swell has been quietly sitting around for years. Until Now...
Click the image below.
Legendary Norwell Production.
Play Time in Newport...
Friday, Jan 28th, 2011
Click the image below
to read about what happens when you mix drugs and the beach
together, yesterday @ 54th.
Trippin, in Newport...
grabbing one more before dark...
Philip Cousteau filming
for "Animal Planet" behind him, seals playing in
front of him, and sharks lurking somewhere below...
Head handles it all with style...
short walk to the pier... The
"Board Cam" @ Blackies.
How did Grant "Twiggy"
Baker win The Maverick's Surf Contest in 2006? By throwing
himself over the ledge of beasts like this time after time...
to the surf of December, 2005...@ Todos
photos on NewportSurfShots.com are copyrighted Tom Cozad.
images may be reproduced in any form without written consent.
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Shoots for Surfline
Follow Surfer Cam
Newport Surf History
Alumni & Profiles
30 years from now
having a photo of yourself walking up the beach with your
board, coming in through the surf, or hanging with your friends
on the beach will be a pretty cool thing to have.
It's for that reason NewportSurfShots
takes candid photos of people. If for some reason you don't
want your mug on the site, send an email and it'll be gone.
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