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Downeast

August 23rd, 2010 · 213 Comments · Uncategorized

North Haven, Maine. Recovering from a blast of a book tour. Flight back across desert much less eventful than the way across. WIndy out in Kingman, windy in Gallup at the reservation when I stopped to gas up, windy in Santa Fe where I stopped for the night. Then a perfect, clear, green morning back […]

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The Hook

August 7th, 2010 · 211 Comments · Uncategorized

Read at Capitola Books and Café. Four old classmates from high school showed up which made my night. Good, little engaged crowd, some real old time surfers—silver foxes, or fish—and I was honored to have them there. This morning drove from the oak and grass hills of Aromas, back to Surf City. Walked down the […]

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Birds

August 5th, 2010 · 227 Comments · Uncategorized

Big Sur yesterday. Fog, wind, birds. Cliffs, rocks, cold green water, birds. Every time I see a bird now, I think, “You are not covered in oil. The water you dive into is not covered in a burning sheen. Lucky birds.” Well, they capped the well. Can’t get the tarred birds out of my head. […]

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Kook the T-Shirt

August 5th, 2010 · 237 Comments · Uncategorized

Here at the Seal Beach Kook party are, from left: Bruno, legendary French surfboard shaper. Me. Michael Pless, the Saint of Seal Beach. Michael, Jr., Surf instructor extraordinaire. Michael, Sr. made the cool shirts.

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Sleeping with Friends

August 5th, 2010 · 192 Comments · Uncategorized

On to San Luis Obispo for a reading at Border’s. Spent the night with Mandy, old ship mate from the Sea Shepherd’s Farley Mowat. We became friends in the gales and twenty foot seas of the Antarctic ice edge. Her cabin is on the edge of the the Morro Bay estuary, miles of wild wetlands […]

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Old Man’s

August 5th, 2010 · 207 Comments · Uncategorized

Huntington Beach, up at 4 am, excited to drive down past San Clemente to San Onofre State Beach, and the break lovingly called Old Man’s.  Carl Hampe and I decide to meet and have a day.  He’s a smart, adventurous producer who loves a good story, worked on Slumdog Millionaire and likes to kayak difficult […]

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Seal Beach Reverie

July 31st, 2010 · 218 Comments · Uncategorized

Coffee and apple fritter in the Seal Beach pier parking lot with the Saint and crew under a thick, gray overcast, very relaxing, then suited up, grabbed the beautiful new Takayama hibiscus red 9-0 longboard, tucked it under my arm and walked the wet sand all the way up the beach, past three lifeguard towers, […]

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Kook Barnstormer Tour: Wing and a Prayer

July 29th, 2010 · 177 Comments · Uncategorized

Seal Beach, Orange County Yesterday just breathing salt air and half asleep all day, so glad to be here. Pretty strenuous coming across. The Seal Beach Kook party was Tuesday evening, so I tried to fly the little Cessna out of Santa Fe at dawn on Monday, but got denied due to monsoon storms. That […]

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A Reason to Write

July 23rd, 2010 · 217 Comments · Uncategorized

Just got this email from Hawaii. Sweetest message I ever received from a stranger. Oh, my, what a great book! It takes me back so many years, just after returning from two tours in Viet Nam…phew….what a great, fun, tear jerking kind book! I had grown up in Seal Beach area, rode Harbour surfboards, as […]

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The Kook Abides

July 23rd, 2010 · 240 Comments · Uncategorized

Flew the little Cessna on the first leg of the Kook barnstormer reading tour today, from Denver to Santa Fe. Had learned to fly in 20 days in Montana for a story, another Kook adventure, and this was the beginning of my first big cross country trip. Glorious early morning, skirting north of the Spanish […]

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