now from the North Island of New Zealand

Horace Caldwell pier

One Last Look. Dec 13, 2015

DSC_0475Oh me oh my, what colors! The water turned to a shiny onyx, the sky to an orange then to a rose. Sarah and I snapped away till light was too low for us and the heron. 

Pier Swim. April 18th, 2014.

rounding the pierIt was a glassy and clear day at the pier so,  we took advantage.  The water was still cold but the sun and high stroke turnover kept us warm as we swam laps around the pier.

On the Water Front. April 18th

This front meant business. Too windy and wet to capture it in photos the first day. Here’s a small  slice from day two.

Daylight Wave Time. March 10th


Daylight savings time started off wet and windy.

But the longer day also stretched out that white water and brought surfable waves inside and out.

Hush Hush. Feb, 23rd.

DSC_0267It was smaller after the wind backed off later in the day, but surf was still up.


Big Sky Surfing. Jan 9th


Spring Surfing on the North Side. Video. July28th.

Warning: 70s music, learning curve, and more to come!   

A Surfer’s Goodbye. May 12th.

Friends and Family of Jocko gathered at Horace Caldwell Pier on Saturday for a memorial and burial at sea.  It was something I won’t soon forget. The images will be everlasting; loved ones walking out on the pier with surfers quietly paddling out.  Once outside the bowl, the surfers turned their boards towards each other and grasped hands to make a circle in the water.  The waves rocked us up and down so our grips were tight.  Jocko’s son Tyler steadied himself in the middle and we surrounded him like a big embrace.   His wife, Pam, was so gracious, so sad, and so strong. Tyler returned Jocko to the ocean in a circle of beautiful flowers as they floated on the surface.  Then we all said goodbye with our tears and calls and whoops and water slaps and splashes of salt spray.  After a few moments we paddled out to catch some waves for Jocko and it was magical.

March Madness. March 21

Two days of zigzag currents and fun surf,  inside and out. Payback for a week of spring break hell.

Sun Sparkle Daydream. Jan 26th

The north wind stayed awhile and waves were prrre- ty.