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Monday, December 31, 2007

Catharsis, Hatch and Tail

As an act of purification, all current paddleboard projects were scrapped. That includes two 14's and a 16. It was wasteful to chop all that wood and extremely helpful to clean the slate for a new year. I will burn the wood tomorrow and adhere to a new focus on flat-top, cedar framed, Blake Styled American Paddleboards.
I exploited this new freedom from invention to take time and put a hatch in the Mac and fix the tail where the fin had pierced the skin.
It was a good year and the next shall be better.
You can't dance and stay uptight, so let there be dancing tonight.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Rails and Frame

Rails and frame cut and assembled. Fourteen foot paddleboard with 6 inches of rocker faired nose to tail and 24 inches wide at center.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Sun, Beard and Sand

New paddleboard construction begins tomorrow. I used my last day of vacation, for the year, and spent the afternoon on the beach. Apparently my beard is made of sunshine, the beach is part of an epic model train display and there is tiny shorebreak. But the sun was warm, the breeze was cool and the water, pretty to view.

Friday, December 28, 2007


Taking to the air over scenic Ft. Myers Beach, our intrepid adventurer declares "Ft. Myers Beach, a prime destination for paddleboarding... except for the abundance of sharks, powerboats and alligators! Huzzah!". Huzzah indeed, Chuck.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Team Vespucci

The Docs wedding provided the fertile grounds for a complete, well kind of complete, portrait of Team Vespucci. All members were captured at their most flattering wearing their standard issue, Chuck Vespucci, hunter blaze balaclava. Missing from said portrait are stealth members Saucer and Bronner.

The bottom picture features a risque-ly clad, AmPadCo donned, Sistah Sarah, as she coins her newest power, the Compliment, Request. It goes a little like this, ""you are so adorable, can I have a sip". Well played Sistah, Well Played.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Google Maps Rulio

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This is where the doc and the lady got hitched. and this is where luther grabbed his junk (underwater).

And I am not sure what Brienne is doing in this photo, but it is definitely underwater and she is definitely a wicked woodcutter.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

A Wedding Aquatic

The Dental Ding Doc and his Special Lady were wedded this past weekend on the Isle of Puerto Rico. Their's was a non traditional wedding portrait, taken sub surface. Donning their newly earned, hunter blaze, Team Vespucci, balaclava the doc and his wife started their union in style.

*Note: the Doc is holding a Preserve recycled toothbrush at the post reception, ultra late night, pool party. Way to stay focused Doc - Truly an Inspiration.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

The Mighty Oculist

The Doc took the Oculist out for it's maiden voyage last Saturday. She's a fat 8' and heavy as the proverbial fouck. Doc said she felt nimble and responsive but a deficiency in construction proved to be fatal. While glassing, I missed several small areas along the rail. The comic books provided no structural support, so the project has been scrapped until further notice. "The Oculist" is the name of the first Conan comic I applied to the board - it means "eye doctor

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Doc Goes South

Doc and Campbell Bros. Bonzeroni. My Beach, No Waves, I'm Going Home.

Photo Courtesy of 10cam
Air:80 / Water:67 / Wind:still

Monday, December 10, 2007

Great Light

Every December we get a clear afternoon with great light. Time of year, time of day, they come together for deep blues and bright whites. Plus, it doesn't hurt that the air temp is in the low 80's.
Air:80 / Water:67 / Wind:easy breezey

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Dental Ding Doc Breaks the Blogging Veil

Pre-dawn preparation including a skull bucket and finely tuned barbarian slide canon catches the Dental Ding Doc in a brief moment of quietude that can only be a sure indicator of the pummeling to come.

Preparations on the beach were made fast by the author and a spool of large primate adhesive. The newly minted, Team Vespucci, hunter blaze, balaclava adorns the crown of lead-paddler, Chuck Z. Vespucci.

Dawn came shrouded in a gaussian blur as the horizon was breached. Turn, and a last photo of the Doc, stroking shore-ward, on the mighty Oculist.

The camera obscura aqua was then sacrificed to the unintentional immersion gods and joined the rest of the crew in Davey Jones' locker.

(translation: jason and i went was foggy and i dropped the camera in the water.)

Air:50 / Water:68 / Wind: Minimal - Just Trunks.

Clean Ocean Wooden Fish

Dr. Matt's board is taking shape thanks to the skill of TI. Photos courtesy of Mattzilla.
Air/Water/Wind....I'll find out in a couple hours.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Keep Your Shoes On

Drew Bishop was a phenomenal singer/songwriter that died before he reached the spotlight. We were pretty good friends and I took this picture of him on the street that separated our houses. "Keep Your Shoes On" was a song he recorded in my living room one day. I recorded a bunch of his songs and some of them are available (for free) at
Air:55 / Water:68 / Wind:light

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Extra Crispy

Two quick checks on the 10cam this morning, A crisp, cool, fall morning in North Florida.
Air:47 / Water:68 / Wind:NNW3

Monday, December 03, 2007

Morning, Sand and Evening

I went to the beach twice today but not long enough to paddle out. Maybe if I would have gone once it would have been long enough to get wet. Hindsight is a beach. Sand looks cool sometimes. Say Cheese.
Air:59 / Water:68 / Wind:light

Sunday, December 02, 2007

24,000 Year Old Sand Dunes

In North Central Florida lies the Goldhead Branch State Park. Headland to the Goldhead Branch and home to 24,000 year old coastal dunes (top photo). The landscape also featured a 60 foot ravine and I learned the white wood of the American Holly tree was prized for making false teeth (shout out to the Dental Ding Doc).