On-board camera…..

Of a different sort:

Where I’ve been

In a place called paradise….

Miyazaki

After a ton of car stuff, it was time for some time away. Mayu and I flew down to Miyazaki in Kyushu for nice 3 day trip. We decided not to carry boards since it would just be a pain, so we rented while there, and to lug them around we rented a nice Hiace:

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And of course the hotel was as close to the beach as possible. We spent about 5-6 hours each day in the water. The waves were really easy for me to ride and there was almost nobody there so it made for a nice stress free surf. The view from the room:

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As you can tell the area has a real tropical feel to it, and from time to time it really reminded me of Hawaii in certain aspects

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Of course any trip of mine is complete with eating fine foods. Miyazaki is know for Chicken nanban, so I had to try that..twice.

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And of course being close to the ocean means delish seafood, nice and fresh

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Miyazaki is also known for it’s mangos. I though about buying a few…but at $70 each, I settled for this $15 mango parfait. Yea, the mango was amazing…

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It was a really nice 3 days, and I got a ton of practice in on the longboard. I’m really looking forward to getting back out sometime soon before winter sneaks up on us..

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But summer still wasn’t over….and I still had a ton of tires left to burn. More drifty next post!

Rain Surf

This past Sunday I headed again out to Ise for some surfing. The weather called for rain most of the day so I was looking forward to a smaller number of people in the water. We loaded up everything into our friend’s Hiace and headed out for the 3 hour drive at about 5am. I slept most of the way:

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I was again able to borrow a wet suit, this time from Barefoot, a local surf shop in downtown Kyoto. I originally thought it was going to be a bit too large but it turned out to be just right. I also was able to borrow a nice 9’6″ board for the day.

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Overall there were fewer people that a normal sunny day, but still a good number out there. The rain actually held off for most of the day but the wind stayed quite stong and at times made for a mist off the waves that stung like mad. I was able to get up quite a few times and can now turn decently, but the days larger waves took me down a few times quite hard. But really, and very enjoyable outing. I spend around 5-6 hours in the water…and I’m sore as hell today!

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This past weekend

Went down to Ise to do some surfing. A few pictures:

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Although it was a nice 24C outside, the water was really cold so I was able to borrow a full 5mm wetsuit and it kept me warm. I was able to stay in the water for about 3 hours in the morning and about 2 or so in the afternoon. According to the regulars the waves were crap but for me it was good takeoff practice and great wave reading practice.