Wednesday, November 25, 2015

100 Days of Indo // Part 2

Here is episode 2 of 6 from our trip last year to Indonesia for 3 months! Another awesome story at an iconic wave with my mates for a whole week! Directed/Edited Funkhouse Media and special thanks to Sovrn Republic!
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As we venture off Bali, the sights are set on Desert Point for our first major excursion. The swell forecast is looking promising, but there are other forces at play as the transport struggle gets real. No matter if we get waves or not, there's sure to be some new faces as we get to these new places. And puppies.

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This is DoKashiteru (ft. DoKashiteru) by Carosone
Night Owl by Broke For Free
Alex’s Recital (ft. Alexander Stone) by DoKashiteru
Shiro (Kirkoid Mix) by Kirkoid

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Start of winter in Sweden 4+ Minute Read 
     My last day home was nice and relaxing went disc golfing with my pup Bali and the weather was perfect mid 70's and warm! I stopped by Polar Pro to pick up a few of there new accessories, my favorite I have been using for the last few days being The Trippler (pictured to the right). This accessory is a genius idea since its always nice to have a tripod with you when trying to get some nice time lapses' or timer shot of yourself. And beyond that the stick can be used for selfies or close up shots. A nice Mexican food lunch was last on the agenda before heading to the airport, wont be having that for awhile.... Got to LAX and all checked in before giving mom and dad hugs and kisses and headed on to my first flight! The 10.5 hour flight to Paris was actually pretty good, during dinner I watched the movie Wild which is a true story of a lady who hiked Pacific Crest Trail solo! I had the whole 4 seat row to myself, so I sprawled out and took a very much needed 5 hr nap. Landing in Paris at 2pm local time with just enough time to find my way through the security and a 40 minute walk to terminal 2F. Another 2 hour flight and I finally landed in Stockholm where the outside temp was a mere 3º Celsius (38º F).
     These first few days here spent with Elin have been quite cold more like freezing for me at least since it is 3x colder than home where I left. But none the less we have been out and about having some fun! The first full day was spent going into the city which is about 20 minutes away by bus then train/subway into the middle of the city. First stop was a nice lamb and mashed potato lunch at her work Krogkonst (Krooge-con-st) compliments of the owner Anders. My first time having lamb and it was great, most meals here in Sweden are accompanied by a salad bar and bread you can self serve, love it. Hitting the city was also nice to try out my new camera a Sony a6000 Mirrorless, after finally getting to use it in an awesome environment like Stockholm I already love it! It has one of the fastest auto focus' on the market, LCD screen and view finder, built in flash, WiFi capable to transfer images to your computer and phone straight from the camera. So be ready to see some awesome pictures on my trips from now on!
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     Of course my lady Elin went on a little grocery shopping spree before I came and got my favorites :). Dr. Pepper, Lagunitas Pale Ale beer, Macaroni and Cheese, pancakes, and chicken nuggets haha, all found in the local store on the American shelf. So last nights meal was chicken nuggets, fries, salad, and some beer haha it was great and very thoughtful of her :). This morning was spent trying to get more information to hopefully book our planned trip to the Austrian Alps during new years. There is a lot to look into because there are many different ways to get there but its the cheapest to book everything with an included booking agency. It is possible to book a bus from Sweden to Austria and back, 7 nights in a nice hotel near the lifts, the hotel includes continental breakfast and dinner, also included in the package is a 6 day ski pass! These packages depending on the quality of the hotel range from 1,000-1,300 USD for all that I had just listed, ya its a great price just have to book the right one.
     We needed to get outta the house since there was less than 3 hours of sun left, Elin suggested a nice walk about 25 minutes to the tallest part of the island here where I have been staying and she grew up, Lidingö. The lil mountain that we walked and hiked up is a small ski slope when it starts getting cold enough to make snow, which will be very soon! The slope is very small about 500 yards long but with beautiful views of the surrounding islands and waterways. On our walk back to get some lunch the sun set just before 4pm and it will start setting even earlier as the winter goes on....
     Only a few more days before the adventure to the Shetland Islands which will be a journey to say the least :) but can't wait to see somewhere that not many people go to and definitely not many people even know about!
Top the small ski slope on Lidingö, Stockholm, Sweden!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

100 Days of Indo // Part 1

Last year I was able to do a trip with some good mates to Indonesia for 3 months. With the help of Sovrn Republic and Funkhouse Media were able to get together all the footage into an epic 6 part series, enjoy!

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So it begins. As we land on Bali and get acclimated to Southeast Asia, we explore the southern part of the island, known as the Bukit, and explore the options for surf. As we cruise around the island for the first week, we make stops at Bingin, Balangan and Uluwatu. Testing our language skills, we get indigenous with some elderly locals near Nyang Nyang.

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Hit The Road by Gyom
Kingston Shuffle by Good New Tunes
Parametaphoriquement by gmz
Brake Dub by belaf
Feet in the Sand by Morgantj

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From L-R: Brian Daigneault, Travis Lindsey, David Elliot, Jeremy Jennings, Jay Neyer, Alex Arkeilpane

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Weeks away from a new adventure!

     So after already being home from Bali for two weeks I am two weeks away from heading on my next adventure! A few days after I got home from Bali I had my second Surfer's Ear Surgery on my left ear. I have started a blog with a bit of everything information and illustration's on what Surfer's Ear is! During recovering from the surgery I'm getting as much done as possible but mostly saving money doing what I do like carpentry work, drive for Lyft, side jobs building anything for previous customers, recycling, and selling things from my shop online. Saving everything I can to save for this trip in the small amount of time I have will be hard but I think I can make it work, and ill let you know where I am at in two weeks time!
     First stop is in Stockholm, Sweden to hang out with my girlfriend after being apart for 2 months, I will be hanging there for about a week before the next stop, Scotland! Not just any part of Scotland, but 200 miles off the coast of Aberdeen to a small group of islands called Shetland. Getting there will
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be a quite interesting 24 hrs! Starting getting to Arlanda airport just outside Stockholm by train, two flights, transport from airport in Aberdeen to the ferry. Same day 7pm is when the ferry heads out for an overnighter to the island arriving 7am, 24 hours after I left for the airport in Stockholm.
     A few things I will be doing in Shetland, first off hanging with my good mates Joe n Ellie, we met in Australia when Bryce and I were cruising around in the van at a car park. Since that time a year and half ago they have made there way to California twice to stay and visit us so I say it's time to go check out there neck of the woods. I want to experience all I can in he three weeks I will be there, biggest on the list is seeing the northern lights, apparently can be seen often during this time of year! I will also be exploring the shore for some surf possibilities when I come back next year, when I can actually surf. Other than that I might work a bit doing carpentry if it's possible and also try some new activities.
     Following the three weeks in Shetland it's back to Stockholm for a few days before Christmas, maybe do some mountain biking in those spare days. I think it will be really fun and different being in a completely different country to see how they celebrate the holiday! First off it is mostly celebrate on the 24th of December, and the next say Elin and I will be heading on our planned trip since she only has a few weeks of work. A quick train to Malmö where the bus that takes us to Austria will depart, in 24 hours of driving we will arrive in Bad Gastein in the Austrian Alps. Skiing some of the best mountains in the world for 6 days is definitely the highlight of this trip for me.  
gnu snowbaords metal gnuru pycsh binding mervin     I am especially excited because I will have a brand new board and bindings from my good mate Josh from GNU Snowboards for a great deal! This new board will be a few cm longer than mine now which I have realized is to small for proper mountains, plus my boards is some old technology to what they have today Mervin which is the umbrella company for both GNU and Lib Tech who call themselves "Bitchin board builders" which they are for these reasons. They are the longest running and last major board building factory in the USA, plus they are extremely environmentally friendly, check out how here
     After the week in Austria skiing and enjoy the mountains our 24 hour bus back begins, I'm sure this will be one of the hardest parts of the trip after being all sore form the long days of getting on the mountain. But after the 24 hour bus were stopping in Copenhagen, Denmark for a few days to explore woooo wooo! After all of that it will be near the end of my trip, and after a few days of resting and spending time with Elin I will have to head home to save and plan the next adventure :)
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