Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Dangers of surf travel

It used to be so fun to pop down to Baja for tasty waves. Then the kidnappings began.

Now surf journalist Michael Scott Moore is being held by Somali pirates.

Read the story here.

We're hoping for his safe return as well as the others being held.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Working Hard at Mavericks

Berkeley sports photographer Kelley L. Cox captured me in mid interview with Mavericks reigning champion Chris Bertish of South Africa and Brazilian Alex Martins.
They're both great and as Chris likes to say, he's just a normal guy. He's humbled by winning Mavericks in 2010 and says, "There's at least 10 guys back in South Africa who surf big waves way better than me. It's all about getting an opportunity to come to these contests." Cristo, as he is called, had

nothing but compliments for Alex, calling him the man to beat for 2012 -- if this La Nina gives it up this season. Odds aren't good. Heck, I just returned from a hike in the redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains wearing shorts and a T-shirt. If I didn't mess up the calendar says it's Jan. 8.

Word on the photographer. Kelley is a UC Berkeley grad who picked up sports photography on her own. She has been producing wonderful images of local professional soccer and Stanford athletics for the past couple of years. An outdoor enthusiast she lately has been spotted getting her feet wet -- literally -- at the beach while pointing her lenses at some of the world's best surfers. Check out her website here.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Opening Ceremony at Mavericks

Spent the afternoon at Pilar Point where the heavies gathered for the opening ceremony of the Mavericks big wave contest. The waves were huge Friday but westerly winds made for bumpy rides and less-than-ideal conditions. The surfers, though, were stoked to have a big swell. They are worried another season will pass without much heat.

Here are some photos from the afternoon:

Photos by Elliott Almond