Holiday Weekends

Holiday Weekends

Last week, I decided to extend my 4th of July holiday into a 5 day weekend. I needed some kind of summer vacation and the 4th being on a Wednesday wouldn't let that happen without using some extra days off.

With 5 days open, I had lots of options on what to do and where to go. Serious choices ranged from figuring out a way to get down to Baja to camping and drinking some German beer up in Leavenworth. When it came time to make the decision, I decided to go down the coast to the Redwood Forest in Northern California with my girlfriend Analisa and another friend of ours, Megan. I figured it would be a great way to get in some camping, fishing, surfing, and exploring. Here are some photos and words from the journey.

Vacation began the minute I finished work on July 3rd. I walked home from work and began packing up some cameras, clothes, fishing gear, and surfboards. A massive trip to the grocery store with my fellow travelers followed, and we were well stocked up and ready to go the next morning. We got sausage, S'more stuff, sandwich fixins, beer, veggies, eggs, bacon, potatoes, chips and dip, trail mix, beer, wine, oranges, grapes, a watermelon, etc etc etc. This was not a backpacking trip by any means. By the time the car was packed, it was about as full as possible. It was clear that it wasn't going to be the most comfortable/organized trip, but luckily we are all patient and can go with the flow despite being cramped.

Our first stop was the river on the way to the coast. We dug through our bags to find bathing suits and we headed down to the water to get some sun. I was hoping to catch a fish, but I had no luck that day. We did find plenty of tadpoles and a pair of awesome little rough skinned newt's in a little pool of water, though. The newts are very enchanting little animals, and they seem quite wise. I'm sure their species have been around this area for many thousands of years, and they know the river well. They actually have extremely strong toxins in their skin that can kill a man. So, if you come across one of these guys, be sure not to eat them. They're safe to touch, but not ingest. We also saw a bald eagle, which seemed fitting on the 4th of July. I'm sure that they've learned by now not to eat the newts...

After floating down the bone-chillingly cold river (way colder than the water at the coast) a couple times, we drove the rest of the way to Pacific City hoping to find some surf. Instead, we found tiny choppy waves that didn't look appealing at all. No worries, though, because we had the whole trip ahead of us, including almost the entire coast of Oregon. We could still enjoy a night of camping. hanging out with some friends, and watching the best amateur firework display I've ever seen. We crawled up onto the roof for the best view, then headed back to the rabbit infested Webb County Campground for a good nights' sleep. We would start to head south the next day.

I'll post more on that part of the trip soon.

Latest Articles

Visit the blog
Welcome to the team Justin Buford! Justin has been a part of the shop since we opened in 2010. He was a true local grom who would spend his days skateboarding in our parking lot and washing rental wetsuits when he wasn’t in school. His family lived just up the street and his step-dad is one of the best surfers in town. His brother-in-law comes from the legendary South County Surf family the Ledbetters. Surfing is who and what Justin is, it’s in his blood. 
It felt a lot like home, Ireland. I suppose in a bizarre way it is, as my ancestors planted their roots in county Sligo on the North West coast of the country in the early 1700's after immigrating from Scotland. Ireland has been at the top of my travel list since long before I found out there was surf there. I formed images in my head of what the landscape would look like from seeing pictures, videos and hearing stories of infamous rocky basalt point breaks and shallow heaving slabs. Every image I had crafted fell short in comparison to seeing it all in person for the first time.
Houdini was the ultimate escape artist of his time, and it’s pretty obvious that this was the reasoning behind the naming of the Firewire Houdini; a board built with large, powerful barrels in mind, as well as the act of disappearing into those barrels and then escaping while still standing. So will the Firewire Houdini have you escaping the best barrels of your life, or will you suffer the same fate as the namesake with a fatal punch in the gut when you paddle out into some bombing lineup?
“You’ve got to pay to play” or something along those lines, is what we tell ourselves whenever a board is broken during a session. When you get comfortable enough in waves that require a step-up board like Lost’s Sabo-Taj model, the likelihood of snapping it is pretty high. Extra glassing offered from many shapers can help, but it still takes just one bad wipeout or mistimed positioning to kiss your favorite PU board goodbye. So when Lib-Tech took its “dang difficult to ding” technology and combined it with Lost Surfboard’s slab hunting Sabo-Taj, could a board be born that finally holds up to heavy conditions? Let’s find out….