Lately...

We've been back from our three week road trip of camping and paddling for about a week... we went high into Montana, preferring county roads to highways and looking for lakes thirty miles off of the paved roads... We found some beauties... We paddled pretty much everyday for a couple hours, one day hitting three lakes in a day... The conditions were spectacular... High mountains, warm dry winds and surprisingly warm water... One day we were out about four miles from camp when the weather went from sublimely serene to impending mayhem in about ten minutes time... It got ugly fast... White capping with rain, lightning and thunder... We ended up sitting on rocks and logs in the water ( the shoreline was basically mountains dropping into the lake) for about a half hour until we could make at least some progress on our knees... It rivaled the time Pam and I had Tim's Zodiac in a fjord with hard beat-down seas... After Montana we dropped into Idaho for about a week again staying away from the more traveled path...Overall we had a blast... No itinerary other than asking the locals about their favorite lakes... We were never disappointed... I posted pictures on my blog...

Now that I'm home it's back to work although it is way more fun than work should feel... Tomorrow I start another Sprinter... Next I have some pretty cool front porch columns to build for a mountain lodge type of house... The lady bought one of my old boards as stairwell wall art... The guy I did that crazy Jeep for wants me to build an origami style camper top to fit on an aluminum utility bed/ box trailer he has... He might go into production with it... Love the idle rich with well thought out ideas... I have a few board building classes planned for here at home and finally, I'm exploring the possibility of manufacturing boards using CNC technology in Switzerland... A guy there is really serious about it, asking the right questions, giving the right answers and approaching it in a very detailed and process oriented way... Life stays interesting...


My most recent board is an 8'3" x 27" x 4.5"... I know you love those numbers... I took it out a few days ago into head high surf and had a blast... The wind was offshore, the swell was mixed up and lumpy, with wrapping bowls and shoulders... Not lined up and peeling perfectly... I had so much fun getting into the sets and either going prone or knee riding since the off shores made it hard to drop in standing up... I had a few screamers going prone and when it would section in front of me, I'd drop down to the trough, lay it on edge and with as much buoyancy as the board has, get pushed forward and sideways and I almost always came out out the whitewater back to the hook... It blew me away that that's what a high volume board will do... I rode about a third of the waves upright and it was fun too, but not as much fun prone... Like I say I had a blast.. Looks like a week of offshore wind is lining up and some long interval swell is in the forecast too...