Thursday, June 28, 2007
Rat and Frexi and I had a nice 4 hr session. (Rat)..wed 27th June...We took off at 4pm and raced the white line again..we knew it would be small but Johan was on his way to France for 3 weeks the next day so we figured it'd be fun to get wet..We met up with frexi ..it was tiny but much warmer now..we surfed in wetties but no other gear needed..it was about 17 degs in the water..
A crowd showed up and at one point there were 9(!!!!) people in the water in knee to waist high waves hahaha...Johan got the shits with the amateur crew and plowed his fantastic plastic machine into one poor grommets board causing grievous 'boardily' harm hahahaaha...both Johan and frexi got heaps of little peelers ..I just veged out caught a few and enjoyed the weather..It was sunny and warm and nice to float around.(note the 10pm sun in the background..
Johan taking the HUGE drop!!
Johan's bailing to France now so I may have to do the 2hr trip alone if something surfable turns up,,,boooooring..Have a good trip mate..hope you get some good surf...till the next time.Peace ..RAT
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
Jay got off work at 20:00, so IF we were going to go, (and we really wanted to get Jay in the water for the first time in Sweden), we couldn´t do it before he got off work!!! Jay has been missing out! (What, first with the baby being on the way and then BORN and the rest of all the family obligations that are then included) and hasn't had a surf in Sweden EVER before....... AND had not surfed since July last year when he was home in the States.
Ratman and I spoke on the phone a couple of times, debated at great length (and were both really whining about the fact that the prognosis was so wobbly).. Finally I convinced him to go.!!. All of a sudden he just said...(at 10 past 8 at night mind you,.... on a thursday when we all had to work the next day AND with a 2½ hour drive in front of us) ...`FUCK IT, you only live once, LET'S GO......I'll be there in 10 minutes..get your shit together ...we're going NOW´...so off we went. Then it was the panic 'pack the boards and all the gear and fill the car up with juice'.....and by the time we got away it was 9pm...THANK GOD FOR THE NEVER ENDING MIDNIGHT SUN UP HERE IN SUMMER:...it's light 24 hrs a day hahahaha...We were on the way to our second Midnight Runners `midnight surf´..yeeeehaaaaaaaa...
We went by Stugun to pick up Jay (from his `PINK´ house!!!) and he stood there on the porch with about 200 gallons of coffee and a huge smile on his face. He hasn´t been in the water in Sweden since he moved here and was stoked as hell to get wet over here for the first time. The drive out to the spot was full of good stories and loads of laughs and great music blaring at full volume. As we caught our first glimpse of the ocean it was almost completley flat!!!.. Ratman cursed the winds and we prepared ourselves for a paddle in a totally flat ocean.
But as you might know by now, we always strike gold! The surf was small, but definitely rideable, and we had a super session with clean ankle slappers at first with light offshores and a colour spackelled sky.. and then gradually building sideshore slop in the midnight sun.
We surfed from 23:40 till 2:30 in the morning and as you can see from the pics it was a spectacular `sunset and sunrise´. It never gets dark ..cool huh...The water is getting much warmer now, and there's gonna be a lot of nice summer surf sessions soon.
We headed off home and dropped Jay off at his `PINK´ house around 04:10, and got back to Östersund at 04.30 in the morning. (side note by Jay: "I didn't paint my house pink! It was just born that way!")
It's been hell having to work today with such little sleep, but compared to Jay who started work at 06:00 this morning and works til 19:00, I guess I´m quite lucky..(he got 45 mins sleep
today hahaha...Ratman got 3hrs and I got about the same as Rat !!!) (Jay: "I wouldn't consider 3 hours beauty sleep. You guys probably had it rougher than I did. I was in a euphoric state of fatigue which was actually a nice high") Lack of sleep or not, everytime there's surf it's always worth it...As we say over here in the land of the never setting summer sun...`BEGGERS CAN'T BE CHOOSERS´! Peace to you all..Life is good!!
The Midnight runners...
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
We´ve had visitors so far from Oz, France, Great Britain, Ireland and the US. Not to forget Gothenburg, Stockholm, Sundsvall and other parts of Sweden.
*edit* And the United Arab Emirates, Switzerland and Sri Lanka
To get a better grip on who the hell you are, please leave a comment at this link: http://200kmfromtheocean.blogspot.com/2007/05/who-hell-are-you.html
Finally the weather is turning back to crap! It´s been great having sun and all, but good weather doesn´t generate any swell, and thats all that matters in life. Swell that is.
Soon I might get my longboard trucks and wheels back from Rob, he´s had them for a little too long now. Then I´m gonna buy a new deck, and then I´m gonna go carve some hills up!
Looks like the wind is picking up, maybe there´ll be a little evening surf session.
Now it´s exactly 17 days til me and Sofie pack up the car with the boards and the kids and head for Anglet. I really can´t wait to get there, it´s gonna be so nice to be able to surf the fish in just boardshorts, without 7 kgs extra of neopren.
Well, crossing my fingers for tonight. Laters
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Monday, June 4, 2007
Friday, June 1, 2007
What a perfect day! Woke up this morning and it was 20 degrees out, summers finally here! I had a meeting between 8.3o and 10, so I was planning on hitting the road and then hitting the surf at around 12. When I got there it was pretty messy, but who cares?! The waves were malibu size and the weather was outstanding, so I took the 4/3.
Super choice! It´s incredible how much more flexible I was without the extra rubber! And to finally be able to loose the hood