Sunday, December 20, 2009

Looking Forward

A weeklong Schedule Four Log Alert is being issued for Rincón, Puerto Rico.
Effective immediately.

It's worth noting that I cannot recall ever seeing a forecast as favorable for my type of logging in eight years on the Rock. Let's hope it pans out.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Looking Back

The duckdiver forced a bottom turn in the flat which lead to a foam ride, before this logger re-acquired the face to the disgust of the many lurking surfers eyeing the drop-in.

This Log Alert was captured by Angelo Cordero while shooting from Indi's.

Equipment: Cranberry Stick by Scott Henry
Surf: Head high.
Weather: Sunny & high 80's
Light off-shore breeze.
Water Temp: 82 degrees
Stoke - Schedule 4

Saturday, December 12, 2009

The crotchet speaks

Believe it or not I used to read long novels!

Wave Glider,
This has become a surfboard dumping site which bums me out. I look here about once a week. I am super busy with several projects. I have just been turned loose to get back to shaping after major cervical surgery (nine hours of 2, one anterior and one posterior) in July. I have 3 more balsa/curly redwood boards to finish. I have an art show in February that includes a book. The book has consumed much of my time. More about the book and show when it is appropriate.

Anybody can contact me directly at: I check it several times a day and (unless I'm out of town) usually am able to get back that same day.
Everyone: Please try to get all of your questions into one email. I just don't have the time to keep answering one question at a time, email after email.

Now to Wave Glider's question:
The 2009 Banana has a slight increase in nose rocker, and very softly rounded corners. Nobody that has ridden one has complained about loss of drive. It simply did not happen. Everybody likes the slight nose lift. Easier drop in's, easier paddling with less face splash, and absolutely no loss in nose riding. In fact, several better surfers have noticed the increased stability with the slight nose width.
If you want last year's design with the corners on the tail, simply specify 2008 Banana. It is still in my files.
Rich Harbour

A Poet and he knows it!

As a literature and history concentrator I feel that I can beg the questions, "What about Rossi? What about sharing a strength with a few Cobbs? What about cold KFC bought the night prior and refrigerated?" All and all another fine piece from the Harbour Website Arts and Literature section.

San Onofre

When you start there

Those waves stay with you

All your days

You'll never be as afraid

As you should be

Of something about to break

As sometimes at Sano

It doesn't break

Not outside and not

A hundred yards more

Toward the shore.

Waves elsewhere break

Hard upon the sand

Or the rocks or scrape you

Along the coral

The length of the reef.

A San Onofre wave

Turns a kid into

An optimist

Take one ten feet tall

It'll never roar or send you

Onto the round smooth

Rocks on the seabed

From Dogpatch to The Point.

At Old Man's you can ride

Those combers all day

They'll never kill you

It's just that at low tide

You'll have to walk atop

Those rocks, the most pain

You'll ever have at San Onofre

Named after a saint

Who lived sixty years in the desert

Whose miracles remain mysterious

As the way you move on a wave.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Malibu Makes Another Surfer's Day

I found this piece on the Harbour Website. It reminds of the classic Dick Vine poem "You never call me, You just call me back...and that's slack,"


You'll never catch a wave
If you don't take it
Raise your hand and interrupt
Put yourself in the place
To interrupt, be the guy
Who whistles another off
Instead of being whistled at
By some laird of the lineup
Blowing in from the north.

On the charming point of Malibu
If you are going to make that wave
Don't paddle away from the curl

Turn left into it
Counterintuitive to every beach break
The point break wants you
Not shying away.
Paddle right and you'll paddle
yourself out of the wave
It will never catch you
You'll grow so tired
After all those misses
You'll be dispirited
To be at Malibu
On your longest plank
Not catching any waves

Monday, December 07, 2009


HTS & Rico, complete with matching LS&S garb, commemorate the Laker's 2009 World Championship in between watching them crush Phoenix to extend their winning streak to 9 games.

Followed by a quick stop here...

The deep german/belgian beer & sausage, frite menu combined with serious pressure to make a hasty order nearly undid us but we came through it with great success.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Oregon Soul Log

Take a beat up mid-60's Dewey Webber and a thrashed mid-60s Jacobs that have been deglassed. Insert some redwood and port orford cedar - mixing in a little high density pink foam.

Add a dose of serious creativity and vision a beautifully hand made fin of the same materials, cover with special volan and inlay and you have a pretty incredible Oregon soul log.

The genius behind this reconstruction is Bryan Bates of The planshape is a Cort Gion Signature Model outline, Cort helped with the fin and the rails and some other aspects. From Markus Meade the proud new owner, "I have no idea how Bates "saw" a board from the wreckage that was. His creativity and craftmanship is amazing; it's like magic." He continues, "I intend to ride it; just not often. And yes, it's as heavy as it looks. All I need now is a right hand point break."


Thursday, December 03, 2009

Fwd: 10'4" Rapier for sale in Santa Monica $500

This could be a great cover up for Schedule 4 as well as a great opportunity to put some sheckles in the board schlepping karma bag! Obviously the Rapier is moving on but the Leviathan 2 is in Pearson's shaping bay as we speak.

Sent from my iphone

Begin forwarded message:

From: "Francisco F. Garcia" <>
Date: December 3, 2009 9:27:24 AM PST
To: <>
Subject: 10'4" Rapier for sale in Santa Monica $500



Would you ship the board to Portugal?

Naturally I will pay the freight and package.


Kind regards,


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Guest Log

A succinct but stoked description of the morning session by guest log enthusiast - the "Nigerian Nightmare" who rode his Pride with aplomb at Antonio's in super tropo conditions. Crowd maxed out at 4 - total. Dozens of lined up glassy walls, mostly rights, but with occasional lefts to satisfy the visiting goofyfooter who charged despite the appearance of his alter ego "Johnny Nightlife" the evening before. The first of 3 Antonio's sessions, the last of which, featured Ali's return to logging.

Equipment: Cranberry Stick by Scott Henry
Surf: Shoulder high. Clean. Glassy.
Weather: Sunny & high 80's
Water Temp: 82 degrees
Stoke - Schedule 3

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Whose watching Log Alert!?

Log Alert! was conceived as a project for a very small group of friends (aka "the maloguas") to share their adventures in stoke, logging, cobbing, working out, eating tacos and other various joneses. Unlike many other social media ventures, Log Alert! was not intentionally designed to go viral, develop a following, or be a platform for proselytizing. That said, its seems that there are some early signs that Log Alert! has developed a few fans; case and point above.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Logging Spirit al Sur

Burrito Sunset Log Session
By Ed Fladung

Drizzly logging session last night at the headquarters with the crew, a nice sunset and some clean small rollers. Seriously inspirational session after far too long with the stoke tank on empty. A welcomed change from my last sesshin a few days ago at the shortboard spot at low tide, when I dropped into some waist high slop, slipped off the board and landed on my back on almost dry reef (a pound of flesh left on the reef but nothing serious).

This post at Quality Peoples provides fine examples of stoke, cobbing, and logging. So fine, it made me weak.

Monday, October 26, 2009

First Schedule Four Log Alert of the New Season

This Video Could Use Magnification

On my second to last day staying at Dogmans, I finally was able to sound a Schedule Four Log Alert for Marias. The point was connecting from the rock to the pistons and this logger was never encumbered by more than 4 non-logging surfers in the line-up during the 3+ hour session. One kind soul on a fish loaned me his top in hour two so I could log more hours in the tropical sun and continue to eyecheck. He declared, in so many words, that he was stoked on the lulls as they facilitated eye-checking. These waves facilitated logging interesante!

Equipment: Cranberry Stick by Scott Henry
Surf: Head high. Clean. Glassy.
Weather: Sunny & high 80's
Water Temp: 82 degrees
Stoke - Schedule 4

Thursday, October 22, 2009


An Oregon Surfrider jonser just sent around some photos from his recent trip to Ireland. A few caught my eye for understandable reasons. By the looks of these photos, it appears cobb friendly and log friendly. That said, I imagine the weather can be Irish.

Friday, October 02, 2009

RE: Team Rider

Love that board, everyone needs to try it and give it a fair chance........

Earl Richmond
719 395 8653 x 1
P Fest:
Skype: earl.richmond
Cell: 719 221 1461
Bill: PO 730, Buena Vista, Co 81211
Ship: 105 Antero Cir., Buena Vista, Co 81211

-----Original Message-----
From: Todd Spector, M.D. []
Sent: Friday, October 02, 2009 8:04 AM
To: Logalert
Subject: Team Rider

Colorado SUP afficianado Earl the Pearl finds the newest and largest
Harbour log titilating "all it takes is a heavy back foot," stated the
Pearl while he knee paddled the vessel over 2 foot peelers on a sunny
day at El Porto last week. The board seems to work great if you are
under 5'8" 150lbs or over 6'4" 240lbs, for all others it's an enigma.

Team Rider

Colorado SUP afficianado Earl the Pearl finds the newest and largest
Harbour log titilating "all it takes is a heavy back foot," stated the
Pearl while he knee paddled the vessel over 2 foot peelers on a sunny
day at El Porto last week. The board seems to work great if you are
under 5'8" 150lbs or over 6'4" 240lbs, for all others it's an enigma.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Rediscovering California J

Leon enjoying the wonders of the Great Golden State at Swami's. Hey Cobb!

Santa Ana at Porto

Maloguas Heavy T and Schedule 4 assault 2 foot Porto on death logs in
classic Fall conditions

Friday, September 25, 2009

Sano Log Alert

On September 24th at 12:17 PM a solo Log Alert was issues at The Point at Sano.

Conditions were ideal: sunny | hot | water temp.=73° | glass |water was amazingly clear | waist high peelers with light crowd. Skip Frye and Alex Knost were spotted enjoying the post-Summer J.

Needless to say, post surf ETN was in effect - no shirt, no shoes, no tapas.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

And so it begins...

Two Cobbs and 3 logs in the dipper mobile at the Villa Mar. Ready to log.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Mini-Cobbs in Training

Taking advantage of Ralph's new "Cobbs in Training" program, Sam and Kiko get a lesson in cooler management in preparation for their 8th Birthday party at the beach.

Sano SUP training

Hit Sano at lunch today to ride new SUP. Conditions were rough: high
tide, backwashy & onshore wind -making it choppy. Still have a lot to
learn. Chalk this one up as
putting in the time.

Monday, September 07, 2009

By Doctor's Orders

Dr. Cobb promotes the road to diesel, but sometimes the path to diesel is found on the water.

Dennis Ritch, no stranger himself to diesel, accompanied me on this exploration of the Aguadilla coastline. Total distance paddled was approximately 10 miles from Parque Colon to The Wall at Wildo and back past Pressure Point, Wishing Wells, Manglitos, Gas Chambers, Crashboat, Hole in the Wall and downtown Aguadilla and it's skating rink. Click on the image for a bigger view.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Alter Ego?

The land of milk & honey or just home of the Big Dipper?

Sunday, August 30, 2009

More good things happen to good people

The arrival of the second coming of TDL has been awaited by Jews,
Christians, Heathens and Hari Krishnas...the wait is over, she has
arrived. Once again, by plumbing the impact zone of the subprime
meltdown, a loved and respected 40th Anniversery Ron Harbour, was
added to the growing quiver, the collective Malogua family of
logs...Pony's 10ft previously loved HP1. Thou shalt eye their
homeboys quiver, and I may jack it!

Cobbing 2.0

Young Cobbs, and old school sato, Edwin talking Lego spaceship design
following Sunday AM dawn patrol by dads at Porto.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Maloguas at trail 1

Strength coach ponders overhead closeouts at Trail 1. Things are about
to get interesting! More on the outcome later.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Kinder Gentler Malogua

Moments after this photo taken on a lazy August afternoon, Pony gave
me the coldest can of beer I've ever had.


Following a dawn patrol during the largest cleanest south swell in a
decade, Pony relaxed with his strength, moments after his Wingpin was
dropped down a twenty foot rockpile (by a homeboy, not me).
Fortunately, no one was killed by the cascading log, maybe a
shortboarder was, who knows!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Kaenon Polarized on Facebook

Has anyone taken notice of Kaenon Polarized's Profile Photo on Facebook?

No photoshop involved. Just cobbing.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Laguna is NOT like Malibu

You could also file this under "You gotta give respect to get respect. And if not...."

After getting hopped on a critical "rock shot" an elder statesmen gives a youngster a lesson. Frog looks over his shoulder wondering... WTF?

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Tacos & Waves

The Maloguas love tacos and waves. We also love New York because of the high concentration of quality people we know there. However, these three things usually come from very different places on the earth. Maybe, maybe not.


Thursday, May 07, 2009

literally logging: part 4

The alaia is finished. Thanks to Brian from Laguna Republic for fine tuning this beautiful board.

literally logging: part 3

Click here for the whole set.

Brian Bencz of Laguna Republic surfboards who is not only a shaper but also a fine woodworker is the perfect guy to help me shape my alaia. We started with a 6'6" "Stuth" template that Jon had put on the blank but decided to enlarge it a bit to aid in paddling and getting into waves. So we decided to add an inch to the width and 2" to both the tail and nose. The result is a 6'10" x 17" stuth. We then cut it out and cleaned up the edges. So far its looks pretty good. Can't wait to try surfing the thing.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Cinco de Mayo Log Alert + Shiner

The morning of Cinco De Mayo 2009 - at Log Alert was issued at Thalia Street in Laguna Beach. Moderately high tide, glassy, empty and a 2-3 NW swell. I rode my alaia and actually got some fun waves on it for the first time.

Half way through the session, I fell off the board and grabbed it. It pivoted and cracked me in the eye (see photo above). Lesson learned: dont' be cavalier about grabbing alaia in the soup.