Landowners in Maine have property rights to the low-tide mark. This is unusual, most states give property rights only to the high tide mark. This distinction in Maine dates to a time when landowners would harvest from their beach, supplementing their incomes. Today this law is used by beachfront property-owners to simply keep beaches private.
Report from Surfrider.
Pay attention, this issue can pop up at any beach at any time.
Some Willard Beach residents are trying to ban dogs. From MPBN.
Fun windswell over the weekend. Waist to shoulder with bigger sets. Few images here.
Two more images from Saturday.
Four days of good surf. Ranged from waist high to several feet overhead. Offshore winds throughout. Water is getting chilly, down to the low 50’s.
Overhead, offshore, and cold.
More images soon.
Holga shot from a few years ago.
I have been having dreams about shaping an Alaia. I dream about the rails, the tail, I dream about the nose design.
One of the best things about surfing is that it is free. No lift pass or admission fee required. Just jump in the ocean and surf. But there is the initial cost of equipment. A decent surfboard is going to cost $700. And we are conditioned to believe that making your own board is unrealistic; ordering a foam blank, shaping the rocker and rails, nose/tail, concaves and hulls. Then you have to glass it with toxic chemicals and create cancerous dust all through the process. After all that, it may or may not ride well.
Along comes Wegener to re-introduce the Alaia. A shaped plank of wood. I can do that, and if I screw-up…no big deal…it is cheap, so try again.
So I had to build one. Here are the specs: Made out of pine, just under 8′ long, 3/4″ thick, 17 3/4″ at widepoint, 15 1/2″ at skinny point, and a slight parabolic bringing the tail back out to 16″. I have a concave from the mid-point to the tail, and a mostly flat nose. My gut is telling me that it is too long, my rails are too sharp, the wide-point is too close to the nose, and my skinny point should be skinnier. But all those things can be fixed. I will give ‘er a test run as is, and I can re-shape as I go.
Images of my shaping process here.