Archive for the ‘random NON surf’ Category

Endless Summer, without St. Francis

March 4, 2011

Tal Mireb, Arabic for the terrible place, is a 300 meter high dune, the biggest in the UAE

Remember the climax of The Endless Summer: the guys trekking across the massive sand dunes to “discover” the perfect wave at Cape St. Francis? Well, I just had a similar experience but unfortunately there was no perfect point on the other side of the sand- just more sand. We went way down south in the UAE to the Liwa Oasis and what is the start of the “Empty Quarter”, one of the largest sand deserts in the world. Known lovingly as just The Sands, this area covers more than 225,000 square miles across the UAE, Saudi, Oman and Yemen and is notorious for being one of the most desolate places on earth.

a board in the back of the car is good for something when there's no water around

Amazingly the Beduin culture calls this place home. The ancestor’s of the rulers of Abu Dhabi came to the coast from this oasis back in the late 1700s.

Stopped at a camel farm and the herder showed us around. This little guy was 4 days old


Egyptian Skate Helmet (Warning: non surf related)

February 23, 2011

My parents were always hassling me to wear a helmet growing up. Can’t blame them especially after watching my friend Taylor sustain a major concussion skating downhill. So what do you do when your buddies are outside rioting against an oppressive regime and you left your skate helmet in the back of your truck? Grab two stale baguettes and a turkey sandwich and cellophane wrap it to your dome. Problem solved

Egyptian Revolution. Don’t know the photo credit as it came to me through an email. Too good not to share

White Nile (Warning: non surf related)

December 20, 2010

African market chaos. Gotta love it

Part of the reason I’ve been lacking in posts is I’ve been running around on several non-surf-related missions (some work, some play). Most recently I got a chance to get wild and crazy in the jungles of Uganda after a quick stop in Ethiopia. Winston Churchill called Uganda “The Pearl of Africa” for its “magnificence, for variety of form and colour, for profusion of brilliant life” but for us, the main attraction was the source of the Nile River and some of the best white water rafting in the world.

The photos don't really give the perspective of how hectic some of the rapids are. People were getting tossed out, boats flipping... welcome to the "White Nile"

The landscape down there is one-of-a-kind and it was great to be cruising around in a beautiful place with friendly people (the country having happily moved on from the horrific period of Edi Amin, as shown in the film The Last King of Scotland)

ethiopian volcano

It always kills me to read about surf spots being destroyed by some invasive construction project so I could really relate to the distressed kayakers who told us about the massive dam under being built which will ruin the upper stretch of rapids forever.  If you have a chance to get down there in the next year or so, do it, as it looks like there’s no stopping the damming of the river.  And if you’re too busy or lazy to get involved to protect other threatened (surf) resources, at least throw some cash in the right direction to help those who are putting in the effort

>>>>More photos here

Tubed in Jordan!

November 7, 2010

Not really, but it allowed me some time to play Indiana Jones

You don’t see this sh*t on the I-5 ….. (Disclaimer: non surf related)

October 13, 2010


frame grab that got them caught


A couple months back there was a huge uproar in the papers when a video was released on the internet showing a guy driving on two wheels on the major freeway in Dubai in broad daylight. Turns out after the police tracked them down by the number plate that one of the guys is actually a police officer and it was “during a parade to celebrate Al Wasl Football Club’s victory”. Let’s forget the fact that there were no other floats or marching bands in this parade. They were excited after a big win and wanted to celebrate- that I can understand. What really drives me up a wall is they were fined AED 1,000 (= 272 USD). I just got a ticket for AED 600 for going 15 km/hr over the speed limit! How the f#$K does that make any sense?!

As their lawyer explained in court: “The charges were baseless and groundless… they didn’t endanger anybody’s life. Needless to say that no one complained that his/her life was endangered.” I guess the courts thought the 272 dollar fine would teach them a lesson. WRONG. This was in the papers last week…


“Daredevil drivers are back in action on UAE roads. Fresh video clips of stunt driving on the country's roads have emerged and are doing the rounds on sites such as Facebook and YouTube. Now the 'shameless duo' are back with more stunt driving on the country's streets, claims 7Days”

link to older post on UAE driving