My Epic Wave

My Epic Wave

Thought i'd share a few pics from an epic sesh in Cardiff, caught by Daryn Goodwin (@myepicwave).

A bigger, but less hollow wave, at the outside reef

Eyeballin the launch ramp

High tide, inside drainer on the sand bar. Money shot!

Trying to stall for the barrel, but its not really werkin

Some of the insiders were small fun and pretty like this one. Cool paddle drag.

Daryn has a good eye. Paddling back out after getting pummeled and drug down the beach

Looking down the line

Paid my dues this day

This is footage from a different day, much smaller, but wanted to share as well. Taken by Matt Treger. Enjoy!

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Iron John

Iron John

John is stoked for me. Photo by Austin Novy

John is stoked for me. Photo by Austin Novy

A feeling of anxiety began to turn my stomach slightly as i paddled into shore. Who is going to help me with my board? The lifeguard is gone for the day and the sun is setting. I'm alone. I need to figure this out quickly, so i decide to beach myself and just see how things go.

Just as the nose of my board sweeps onto the sand, a tall, tattooed man runs up to me. I've seen him here before.

"I saw you comin in. I'm here for ya if you need me."

"I'd be stoked if you could carry my board for me."

Photo by Daryn Goodwin (@myepicwave)

Photo by Daryn Goodwin (@myepicwave)

How we get there. Photo by Austin Novy

How we get there. Photo by Austin Novy

"Done," as he grabs it and, with ease, carries it to my car.

That was a few years ago and the beginning of my dear friendship with John. I call him Iron John because he has dedicated his life to serving his fellow people and is just so damn strong.

I'm spoiled. He makes it so easy for me. I just show up at the beach and we have the system so dialed that i feel as if i am just heading out for a surf like anyone else and that feeling of anxiety, wondering how and if i am going to get out there, is gone. This translates to me surfing more, which is a very good thing. And if anything were to go down, i have absolute confidence in John's ability to get me out of there. THIS translates to me surfing HARDER and getting out of my comfort zone, which makes me a better surfer.

Iron John cutting the glass. Photo by me w/GoPro Hero4 Session

Iron John cutting the glass. Photo by me w/GoPro Hero4 Session

Recently, we went on a paddle mission and were able to get up close and personal with some whales. This was a rich spiritual experience for both of us. We commune together with the ocean. It has brought us together and it will continue to bring us closer.

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go TOGETHER!!!

Did you know that when you're close to whales you can smell their breath?

Morning fist bump before piggyback. Photo by Nolan Tiftt

Morning fist bump before piggyback. Photo by Nolan Tiftt

Iron John. Photo by Nolan Tiftt

Iron John. Photo by Nolan Tiftt

Board buddies!!! Photo by Nolan Tiftt

Board buddies!!! Photo by Nolan Tiftt

IMBA World Summit

IMBA World Summit

The drive out was beautiful. Stopping for a photo op in Fruita Historic District.

When i received an email from the coordinator of the International Mountain Bike Association, asking me to speak at their annual World Summit convention, of course, i was all over it! What an opportunity to showcase my new bike! It was to be held in Bentonville, Arkansas, and i thought, "Oh man! Hick Town, here we come!" Boy, was i wrong!

My girlfriend and i decided to dive out together with my bike and visit my family along the way. We drove Hwy12 out of Bryce and did a ton of site-seeing. When we drove into Bentonville, we quickly realized that it is super progressive, with tons of bike and pedestrian paths, museums, modern art, astonishing architecture, interesting cuisine and warm community spirit. I had no idea Arkansas was so cool! I wish we had planned a few extra days there and was said when we left.

During my presentation, i felt as if we could have been sitting around a campfire. Mountain bike people are my kind of people and i have never felt so connected with an audience. Everyone asked engaging questions and i came away from the event with some new friends.

Day One we rode Railyard Bike Park and the surrounding trails that circumvent a nearby man-made lake. The forest smelled rich of pine and wet leaves. The trail undulated like a roller coaster and several riders rallied to help me get through some of the narrow sections. Afterwards, i dipped my toes gingerly in the bike park, which is a resurrected old railroad yard, ramps and features built around and through rusted rail cars. After the first run i was hooked! I can't believe a place like this exists!

Railyard Bike Park. SO FUN!!!

Day Two we rode Blowing Springs. Everyone was talking about a section of trail called the Back 40, which had just recently been cut and i could not wait to get out there. I arrived late at trail head and found a couple random guys working the expo to ride with me. The trail wound and twisted, creatively following the landscape's features. We hooted and hollered through the fun sections. They threw their bikes down and kept my wheels on the ground in the off-camber side hills and when we finally poked our heads out of the woods at the end of trail it was BBQ and beer time. How fun! I cannot wait to go back!

Here are some more pics. Enjoy!

Trails, trails and more trails

Architecture

Good food and BEER!

Rack problems

Fixing bike rack on the side of the road