SUPing – Summer 2018

Well, summer of 2018 has been a real bust in Florida for surfing.  Only 7 days of surfing in 3 months (a new record).  And those days were small to boot.  September is the peak of tropical storm/hurricane season so we might start to get some swells.  Enjoy the 12 minute video of highlights (aka lowlights).



Key Largo – June 2018

Drove the RV down to Key Largo for a few days.  Since there has been no surf here on the Space Coast, figured some paddle time on the Gulf of Mexico might be fun.  The campground was right on the Gulf and I got out paddling every day (although it was a flat as a lake – as expected).  Even scored a great sunset paddle the last night we were there.

Kauai May 2018

Went to Kauai and stayed at Marriott steps from the beach. Took along my 9’2′ Red Paddle inflatable SUP board. Here is 7 or so minutes is my surfing bloopers Reel. I say that because the waves were relatively small, I had my inflatable (read: impossible to catch a wave) SUP board and my GoPro camera was acting up big time. The resulting shots are fun to watch. Check out all of the coral on the bottom. I had some close encounters. Enjoy.

Pat O’Hare Paddleout

On Saturday, January 13, 2018, Florida surf museum and the local surf community held a memorial paddle out for Pat O’Hare on Cocoa Beach.  Pat was well known from coast to coast, having started surfing in California in the late 50s and relocating to Cocoa Beach in 1963.  Pat began his career as a surfboard shaper which brought him to Cocoa Beach,  but his talents as a surfer were quickly noticed and he began to surf professionally and then shape boards.

In the early days he made surfboards with his friend, Rick James, under the name James in O’Hare. In fact, my first board was a 9′ 6″ James and O’Hare longboard.

Me with my first surfboard

Soon after that he started O’Hare Surfboards.  Most locals like myself owned one or more of Pat’s boards.  Many still do.

A Paddleout is a Hawaiian born surfer tradition and memorializes surfers and brings their ashes to the sea.  Numerous surfers gathered on the beach and then paddled out into the Atlantic Ocean.  Once out they formed a huge circle. After a few words were spoken on Pats behalf, Rose petals were tossed in the air, water was splashed up, and his ashes were put into the water.

Pat, with a bigger than life personalty and his suffering & shaping skills will be missed by his family & extensive friendship network.