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Southern California Gets a Taste of Winter Under a Blanket of Hail

by Owen James Burke

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Screenshot: KTLA

Huntington Beach, Palos Verdes and other parts of Southern California saw a blankets of hail coat their beaches and piers this morning in a rare taste of winter after the National Weather Service issued a “special marine warning.”

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Screenshot: KTLA

Unfortunately, the kids didn’t get a snow day, though the main buildings at three schools were closed. The waves don’t look like they were that great, but I wonder if anyone, unawares, was caught surfing at the time.

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The Surfmobile Devotional Part II. Build Your Own Virtual VW Vanagon With This Addictive Little Website.

by Chris Dixon

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T3designer’s near replica of  Jean Claude Damn Van, our needy, demanding, badass third child. pictured below. 

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Photo: Quinn Dixon

A few weeks ago, a buddy sent me a link to a highly addictive website. It’s not Minecraft, TMZ, Lego Creator or the Internet Archive’s incredible Internet Arcade (if you’re a fan of old school games like Defender and Frogger, do not click that link). No, for someone like me, T3 Designer is a far worse addiction. T3 Designer was created by a German VW nut, Frank “Hilby” Hilbert. It’s a simple bit of Flash codework that lets you build infinite virtual variants of the 1980’s to early 90’s Volkswagen Vanagon, also known as the T3. Of course, modern car manufacturers let you do all sorts of high-zoot sample build-outs on their websites, but this simple 2-dimensional program would surely have dropped the jaws of the T3’s original engineers. With it, you can build out your own perfect beach or campmobile. Once I started tinkering, I quickly blew an hour. Soon, my kids and I wasted another.

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Our Favorite ‘Slurpee Wave’ Photos of 2015

by Owen James Burke

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“I’ve seen frozen waves before around these parts, but not nearly as hollow as these.” — Photographer Mike Bromley

Above, a slushy point break in Nova Scotia goes completely unridden. There have been a few photo essays buzzing around of “slurpee waves,” but photographer Mike Bromley found this nearly frozen Canadian point break and, well, we’ve never seen anything like it.

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Spock, Great Defender of Whales. Rest in Peace Leonard Nimoy

by Owen James Burke

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With the passing of the late Star Trek icon, it’s difficult for us to think of Leonard Nimoy’s character Spock and not consider the nobility of the actions he took on behalf of the whales. In 1986’s The Voyage Homethe crew hears strange sounds coming from earth. Spock and Admiral venture into an aquarium, where Spock freedives with a humpback whale to try to bridge communication. He surfaces and is met by an angry docent, responding to her aggression by telling her that the animals love her, but they are not hers, and she is no less guilty for containing them in a tank than those who nearly brought about their extinction.

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World’s First Grid-Connected Wave Generator Kicks into Gear in Australia

by Carolyn Sotka

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Image provided by Carnegie Wave Energy.

Off the coast of Perth, Australia, Carnegie Wave Energy has switched on a pilot project to feed wave-generated electricity into a local Western Australia grid and provide energy to over 2,000 homes. After a decade of research and development, CETO, named after a Greek goddess of the sea, converts ocean swell into zero-emission renewable power and zero-emission desalinated freshwater. Coastal areas with high energy demands or hard hit by drought over the last few years such as California, could benefit enormously from this technology.

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Help Fund “Unexpected Hawaii” by Debra Casey

by Owen James Burke

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“Bros” by Debra Casey.

The hidden coastlines, corners and even alleys of the Hawaiian islands offer up sights that often go missed by even the locals. Hollywood, CA tattoo artist Debra Casey moved to Hawaii in 1996 and fell in love with surfing and photography. This book, for which she’s started an Indiegogo campaign, is a collection of photographs of a lesser-seen Hawaii.

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“Wave Fountain” by Debra Casey.

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There’s a Reason People Won’t Move to Pitcairn Island, But Maybe You Should

by Owen James Burke

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Photo: Tony Probst/Mercury Press

Pitcairn Island is 2-square-mile rock 3,000 miles off the coast of New Zealand. Before World War II the population was at a peak height of 200. Now less than 50 people live there. Most are descendants of Fletcher Christian, the leader of the infamous 1789 Mutiny on the HMS Bounty. They have Internet, they have satellite TV, and the government is offering up free plots to anyone willing to build and settle on them.

Despite many recent inquiries, only one person has put in an application to move to Pitcairn Island. Here’s why you should be the next.

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On Being Humbled. Tim and the Armless Surfer Girl.

by Chris Dixon

 On Being Humbled. Tim and the Armless Surfer Girl.

Tim Sherer and Jessica Cox. Screen Grab from the film “Armless Surfer.” 

On Tuesday, an incredible video share appeared up in my Facebook feed. It showed Jessica Cox, a brave girl who was born with no arms, taking a surfing lesson on Maui. I did a double take when I quickly realized that her teacher was an old friend of mine named Tim Sherer.

 On Being Humbled. Tim and the Armless Surfer Girl.

I met Tim back in 2000, when I was working for Jimmy Buffett – taking photos, shooting video and writing a sort of  travel journal for Jimmy’s Margaritaville website. Tim was – and is – the owner of Lahaina’s Goofy Foot Surf School. He had met Jimmy in Lahaina by way a few mutual friends. When Jimmy offered Tim, a lifelong Parrot Head, the opportunity to work as his surf coach, you could have knocked Tim over with a feather.

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Jimmy and Timmy. St Somewhere. Photo: Chris Dixon

Tim and I would become good friends. He was, and is a peripatetic surf wanderer and we shared some insane surfing excursions from Hawaii to Fiji to Panama to Jamaica. When I saw the video of him taking young Jessica Cox surfing, I was blown away. So I rang him up. Tim’s long been a cosmic warrior. It turns out was on a layover in Orlando on his way to trek along on a pilgrimage through India, but he had time for a quick Q&A about one of the most inspiring surf sessions of his life.

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