Outrigger canoe race today in Santa Barbara. We took second place to Lana Kila - Danny Ching's team. They beat us by thirty seconds. It was grueling! Camped out at El Cap - slept in the Prius. I'm tired.
These are some of my instructors and workout partners at the Robot Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy, in Santa Monica. Pictured from left to right: Craig Keefer, me, The Mike Martinez and Ejay. It was 1-3 ft. today at Sunset Beach. It's a fun little point break and great for beginners. There's a small south swell coming in...should start filling in by Wednesday. Craig caught his first real wave today and is stoked.
It’s been a busy week - boats, bbqs, surf, canoe races, helicopter work, surf and SUP lessons. We’ve had back to back southern swells, bringing some overhead waves! I wasn’t able to get any surf pics because I fell on the GoPro, busting up the board mount. Got some surf lessons from my hotel rack cards and from internet searches.
Nice south swell today! I was at Latigo Canyon...it's one of my favorite spots in L.A. County for "said" south. I was experimenting with the Gopro camera that I got on Craigslist for $50. It's an old one...that's why my head is out of the shot. I was riding the Tomahawk 9'6 moontail - that board rules!
This is Eric, Hollie and Lon. Lon found me on Google. I didn't get his picture because he's coming back for more lessons and I want to get a better camera. These pics were taken on my Blackberry. They did pretty good. Eric got distracted by some kayaks and went for a little swim. The wind picked up towards the end of the session, which made for some challenging paddling. Okay...that's all I've got to say about that. We should be getting some swell this week. Hopefully, I'll be posting some video of some waves for your viewing pleasure.
Had a lesson yesterday. A housewife from San Bernadino, who saw my ad on Goldstar.com. She is not usually able to get out and try new things, like SUP, because of a demanding schedule of football, basketball, gymnastics and soccer practices of four teenage kids, but decided to drive 91 miles to give it a shot. Natalie fell in the drink a few times, but after getting a board with a little more stability, everything was fine.
Today was the Marina Del Rey Outrigger Canoe Club's annual home race. As you might guess, I am experiencing much pain. For all you SUP'rs out there, if you want to have a better stroke...paddle an outrigger canoe. Alright folks...it's been a long day, I have a headache and River Monsters is on.
Today...I went to some surf shops to promote dev.supwithwade.com - my goal is to educate the new SUP'rs on how to behave in the surf. The line-ups are getting totally out of hand with new people that aren't aware of protocol. I intend to change that, so that we don't get barked at. I had outrigger canoe practice today...big race on Saturday. The Tahitians are coming. I'll be the lead paddler (stroker) in a 6-man canoe. My division will be the mens' open. Just got a call from coach Cal. I'll be in a good boat. I got a text from fellow Tomahawk team member, Ty Bergman, he took out his new 6'10 SUP at Malibu and dominated. Steve Scarantino did the same on his 10'0 longboard - standing!
Hi…Wade Lawson from Team Tomahawk here. It was 2004 when I first saw the movie “Riding Giants” at the Arclight theatre in Hollywood. Walking out of that place, I had no idea my world was about to get a lot more…interesting. That night, I made the decision to learn how to surf. I was also gonna surf that place called Maverick’s. Understand that I live in Los Angeles – that’s not something we surfers do down here. I wasn’t aware how lofty that undertaking would be…until SUP. As more and more people are discovering SUP and its superior wave catching ability, folks are pushing their personal boundaries, taking on monster surf. After my first failed attempt, a trip to San Mateo Medical Center and a week-long stay at St. John’s hospital in Santa Monica, it was…