Thursday, December 29, 2011

Could The Shize Be On - Part 1

What will La Pinche Niña mean for cobbs around the globe?  In this post, we will explore the potential impact of the nasty niña on loggers trying to charge in the Caribbean.

First, what is La Niña? La Niña is defined as cooler than normal sea-surface temperatures in the central and eastern tropical Pacific ocean that impact global weather patterns. La Niña conditions recur every few years and can persist for as long as two years. 

While loggers located at Lat: 18.3427  Long: 67.2504 have been seen charging on their longboards this fall, one must wonder what winter has in store for logging cobbs en el Caribe.

a cobb on a log - old school banana peeling

What may happen...

Changes in the storm track over the eastern US and western Atlantic during a La Niña event will have a significant impact on the surf outlook for the region during the winter of 2011-2012.

As shown above, the typical storm track is both further north and displaced from the Gulf Coast/East Coast to the Great Lakes region during La Niña winters when compared to El Niño events. This will result in fewer and weaker NW swell events for the Caribbean over the coming months according to Surfline

There are several factors that play into the strength of trade winds over the Caribbean, but it appears we will again see moderate to strong trade winds impact the region through the winter months.  More wind & less surf.  Hmmm.  So much for the glass!

We should also be keeping an eye on the far north Atlantic, as there is some indication that we may see an increase in storm activity during the winter months due to the ongoing La Niña event. Swell activity in the north Atlantic would send down occasional longer period NNE/NE swells to the Caribbean. The best place to take advantage of those swells will be at the spots that can handle the typical wintertime ENE trade winds.  In other words, see you in Rincón.

So, how does one combat La Niña?  It's easy...


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Twas the night before christmas

Twas the Night Before Xmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring not even a cobb
The shize has been logged and the diesel was on. As always, happy trails on the ongoing search for swell stoke and strength!
May we surf great waves, stay strong and see some great music in the year to come. 
Happy Holidays Maloguas and the new logo is radical! 

Return to Derelict Junction

 Some shots from the shaping bay of
the next log to join the family.

A departure in terms of heritage (not shaped in Cali) and length (closer to 9' than 10'), this log should nonetheless be well suited for Point domination thanks to the magic Dennis is no doubt providing.

Who's holding the Malogua lams anyway?

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Talking about my guy

I love you man and your jacket is killer

More Gridiron

What appears to be another distinguished alumnus of both Brown University and the Justice Telecom School of Sensitivity Training

Friday, December 16, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

Committed to Diesel

Committed: Over 70, doing "stadiums" before 6 AM in the dark and in the rain.... and stoked about it.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Malogua Movember?

It's the last day of Movember! I am very proud of our Surfrider team - together we have raised almost $1,700 for men's health, while having a very good time doing it. Please consider a small donation to a worthy & some would say stylish cause:

Perhaps next year we should form a Movemeber Malogua team?

Sneak log attack!

Yesterday, November 29th a surprise log alert was issued at Church.

Thanks to a benevolent friend I was alerted that Church looked pretty good. I called a lunch time audible and headed down to find Church just about as good as it gets.

Surf: overhead
Weather: tropical clouds & glass
Water: 60's
Crowd: very light
Stoke: 10+

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Welcome to the family!

A beautiful 10'0" Banana was happily taken off the hands of an aging Harbour jonzer from Fullerton yesterday afternoon in my office parking lot between patients.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Fruit Bats

A dream was fulfilled last night. Finally, after an 8 year jones I was able to catch the Fruit Bats for an absolutely death raging show at the Troubador. Great crowd, heavy magnification and awesome music. At the last minute I was joined by a very Stokes Josh Berger.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

What can I say?

TDWU, has there ever been a more perfect expression of one's state of mind? Stoke, strength, magnified, and contemplating his next move- Hurricane Leon makes landfall in Mag Bay

Côte des Basques

This just in from Eugene Alper - Surfrider rep from Montauk.
> Sunny and 75 degrees no wind
> McCluskey and I surfed here today at Guethary, or should I say we got our asses kicked.
> We're still smilin though.
> zoom in on the pic for full effect.
> Euge

Sunday, October 09, 2011

My head is a flame

Somes cobbs and a couple of their respective whips and a bromantic date had the pleasure of witnessing Portugal. The man jam out a great set at the Avalon that left us wanting more. A few wisely cashed it in while others headed off in search of a deeper rage, which was a bust.

See a PTM review here.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Charles Dickens

As the sun set last night, there was no telling what the morning might bring...

When morning broke, the Cranberry Stick was waxed and ready.

And a quick look revealed some waves starting to line up at the point.

But there was little indication of the "J" that would follow...


3 hours of overhead lined up walls running down the reef from the rock all the way to the pistons with hardly a soul and no other loggers for the first half of the session. Long, long, long noserides intermixed with the occasional and inadvertent cover up including an accidental double b.

Oh Katia, you sexy storm. Thank you for your gentle embrace.

Friday, September 02, 2011

What are you bombing?

After a great 2 hour session of some real bombs (note: the big set waves here usually break inside that outer reef that this wave is breaking over) I got caught inside the bay and when attempting to duck dive a close out my board was ripped from my hands & my leash snapped. After getting sucked south and out again by a rip and after a 10 wave set, I finally swam in to find my board broken into a dozen pieces. The inside waves breaking against the rocks were so vicious I couldn't even recover the broken pieces. RIP 5'8" Pod.

And then there were three...

Or were there?

"I'm starting to realize that the real problem here is knowing the future. If knowing the future didn't make the present so annoying, it could be fun."
- M. Miller July 16, 2009

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Irene Wreaks Havoc on Plans

What was supposed to be a one night visit, turned into a 4 day ordeal as Hurricane Irene formed over Vieques and left the roads of la Isla Nena impassable, the faucets dry and the lights off. By Monday, there wasn't even any ice left to keep the Medallas cold and all flight plans had to be delayed. Now that order is restoring on the islands, we must see where Irene lands next before making a new flight plan. But we will fly before too long.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Is Quik going to Kill NY's Aloha?

An interesting Op Ed piece from the NY Times...

"Artists, writers and others in trend-conscious fields are plugged in to New York’s surf scene."

Translation - fashionistas have taken to surfing.

"When New York City surfers cross paths, they greet one another, exchange notes...Anyone who has surfed in Santa Cruz or Huntington Beach — chilly, xenophobic “surf cities” — knows how exceptional this urban aloha is."

Translation - my NY surfing fashionista friends are nice to me. Since we don't live by the beach, we clue each other in to where the surf is on LI. When I travel, nobody dials me in to their local spots.

"The corporate siren song threatens to sour the mood of surfing in New York, which for the moment remains a bastion of surf spirit."

Umm, has this guy been to Montauk??? Has he seen the proliferation of coffee table surf books? The Surf Lodge? The battle for the DitchWitch? What about the Quiksilver store in Times Square?

"It’s not hard to imagine New York’s urban aloha going the way of its Polynesian progenitor, but for the moment a genial, just-folks atmosphere reigns."

Translation - shh. Now that we know where to surf, don't tell anybody else that there are waves here. Locals only.

Cobb, no Cobb

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Get on the bus

Those who know say that this Bonnaroo was the best ever - the culmination of 10 years of curation, cultivation, and pervasive magnification.

Please take a minute and check out this photographer's photo essay and take a look for yourself as Sr. Kravitz captured many of the finest moments from the festival.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Off the Shnide!

Finally! All the elements (swell, stoke and strength) came together on the Malogua's maiden voyage to Sano

Thursday, June 23, 2011

I love tacos

Can you name this historic California taco?

Catch your waves on Lucifer's beach...

On Tuesday night, the Dipper and Chadrico were fortunate to catch a special MMJ show at The Village recording studio. It was like having a stadium show in your living room.

A review & photos can be found here.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Dia de Los Padres

An excerpt from the annals of T.I.P.R. and a belated Happy Father's Day to the Father Cobbs out there... Here is the Father's Day cover of the P.R. Daily Sun. The caption reads, "Children give a Father's Day greeting to their father, incarcerated in the U.S. Federal Prison in Guaynabo." It's worth noting that these girls are standing on the side of PR's busiest highway. Oh, la isla del encanto!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Friday, March 18, 2011

A Tale of Two Ponys

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of death working, it was the age of cobbing, it was the epoch of strength, it was the epoch of weakness, it was the season of surfing, it was the season of getting shized out, it was the spring of sunny weather, it was the winter of fog & rain, we were ETN compliant, it was never again, we were all going directly to Tanuary, we were all going directly our separate ways.

Our story begins with our original Pony under a dark cloud, literally and figuratively, while getting shized out due to a fat high tide. Laguna's high tide breaks were searched to no avail. Breakfast at the OI was small consolation. At least some cobbing was done.

Later that day things took a turn for the better, when donning the official LR40 Tanuary uniform in preparation for a reunion with the other Pony for a Umphrey's McGee show.

Rico headed north, grabbed the Big Dipper and headed out for sushi prior to hitting the HOB for the Umphrey's show. UM sold the place out and rocked the house on a raucous St. Patty's Day night.

The Dipper & Rico enjoyed the backstage rage and meeting Pony2's home town crew. After a late nights journey back to Laguna, Pony2 and Rico headed down to Sano for some sunny Spring waves on a beautiful morning.

Pony2's determination & stoke resulted in a few successful rides and a significant advancement of his skillz. Thirty minutes into our session, the original Pony arrived and joined in the fun.

It was more than a meeting of names, it was a meeting of minds. As the saying goes, "Keep Cobbing and good things will happen!"

Monday, February 28, 2011

Summery loggery

A little inspiration for warmer times in our future (for those of us who don't live on the Rock)

Summery Loggery: A Patagonia Short from Nathan Oldfield on Vimeo.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

The guys who like to guzzle this exotic beer obviously like to workout. This photo is just begging for a good caption. Please weigh in!

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Dinner 'n Drinks

Hey man, can you pick up a Twell Pack and maybe a Hod Dog or a Hanburcer?

Dinner 'n Drinks Puerto Rican Style