Big Dan's Ramblings

Ramblings from a Boston Boy stuck in New York

Category Archives: Surfing

The New Surfboard

I just picked up a 9’0″ Rainbow Longboard today. Got it for a steal and the thing is in cherry condition. Just thought I’d toss up a few pictures.

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Now it’s all about getting my knee ready to ride it! Woohoo!

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Surfboard Hysteria…

So, with the knee on the mend, I’ve gone in search of some new rides! And, what better time of year to start looking than the end of summer when all the posers decide to pawn off their barely used sticks so they’ll have some pocket cash to put towards a new snowboard (which they’ll ride twice all season).

Lucky for me, I’ve found a few gems:

First up is a beautiful 9′ Tri-Fin Rainbow Longboard. From the description on craigslist.com, it’s in great condition and ready to rumble. No, I’m not telling you the link because it’s going to be mine, all mine!!!! I’ve honestly been dieing to get my hands on a longboard since I started surfing and this may just be the way to do it. And, really, where do you find longboards (especially on Long Island) for $250 anymore. Blue Crush and MTV killed that! I’m so pumped about it. With the shitty waves we get here on the East Coast, a longboard is a necessity. Now, I just need to get my knee back in shape again.

The second board I’m looking at is a 7′ In the Eye tri-fin. Slightly used, but still in great shape, this board looks to be a steal at about $150. It slightly reminds me of a cross between my 6’6″ egg and 7’2″ funshape that were each stolen this year. Both boards look like a blast to ride. Add these on top of the custom-made bodyboard that Brent is making for us (as we speak) and I’ll be good to go come September. I’ve just got to keep doing my rehab, eating my vitamins, and saying my prayers (yeah, I’m an old-school Hulkamaniac – whaddya gonna do about it, brother?!?!) and I’ll be ready for hurricane swell this fall. YEAHHHH!

New Times, Old Friends, & Other Ramblings

I received an email the other day from a girl who lived on my floor during my sophomore year of college. We were pretty good friends and hung out in the same group. We’ve been conversing back and forth the past few days and it kind of made me realize that I met a LOT of people over the last 8 (wow, it’s been that long since I started college) years. What happened to them? There was Erin, the cute rugby player who (at one point) I was real tight with; Josh, my old roommate who I recently found out is married and living in Chicago; Bossi, the crazy kid who was had a nose for a party and way of making sure his buddies found some cute girls; Christy, the little chick across the hall who I used to shave my head with – and the list goes on. I miss a lot of these folks and really wish I could find them again.

Anyway, not much new this week. I did my pre-registration for my pre-surgical consult. They asked SO many questions – I honestly thought they were going to ask for my first-born! So, I’ve got that appt next Monday and then I’m being cut next Friday. Fun, fun. Actually, I’m kind of looking forward to putting it behind me and moving on. Once both knees are done, I’ll be very, very happy.

I picked up a surfboard for Brent yesterday. The guy selling it was a whack-job, for sure. Talking about how Brent was a nice guy, but that he didn’t really know him – Dude, he bought a freaking old, beat-up surfboard from you off Ebay! How well do you expect to know him?! Anyway, the board’s sitting in my house, mocking me. Telling me I need to get wet. I have serious apprehensions though. I’m freaked out about screwing up both my knees and about breaking his board. I’ll wait until this weekend when he comes up and let him christen it. Then, if it breaks, at least I feel like he rode it. That’s the worst part about this whole thing though. I really, really want to buy a board, but can’t justify spending the money on something I’m not going to be able to use for the rest of the summer.

Tack that onto the fact that my knee is screwed up because I came back from the last knee injury I had too early so I could snowboard and you’ll quickly see why I have no interest in putting a new board in my house any time soon. I’m going to ‘save my pennies’ over the next few months and hopefully be able to pick up a new longboard. Ideally, that’s what’s going to best suit me in Long Beach.

Alright, enough for today.

Welcome to LI, Hurricane Alex

Hurricane Alex is sending some love our way. Report has it at overhead (and then some), glassy, and pretty much perfect. Too damn bad I’m stuck here at work w/little to no time off left on my account. I’m bummed out big time. I decided to not get wet yesterday due to the fact that Ris had a bad day at work yesterday (How someone can threaten to “fucking kick her ass” in regards to their boss – in front of two other managers, mind you – and not be fired is beyond my comprehension. Unions are pathetic wastes of space these days). So, instead, I went home, did laundry, unloaded the dishwasher, and generally took care of her. She appreciated it, but still, I missed a day of surfing – BOOO! Hopefully I’ll get wet tomorrow (as today is a gym day – and probably a little too big for me anyways).

LB Was The Shiznit Today…

I spent 1.5 hours (6:30 – 8:00pm) surfing. Chest to head (occasional overhead) high waves. Almost to the point of being too big for my ability. Paddling out was a chore and a half (say what you want, but it’s a killer back/shoulder/arm workout). Not as glassy conditions as this weekend. It was much rougher (probably due to onshore wind). Also closed out a bit quicker so we had a steeper face. You feel like you’re going to “fall” into the wave. I caught my fair share and decided to quite while I was ahead. Damn near ran over a little kid on a boogie board and then got snaked on three or four waves because a noob girl was sitting in front of my line and not even trying to catch a wave. Oh well, we all learned at some point. I’m still learning. But, to be honest, it was far too big and hairy to be out there if you don’t at least have an inkling of what you’re doing…

I’ve basically come to the conclusion that I’m going to surf any day I can. I’ve got all winter to be in the gym. Surfing is such a release for me and it’s just too damn fun to pass up. Especially when we’re getting good swell. I’ll be on and off at the gym until about mid-October. Hey, it’s not like I don’t get a good workout doing it.