Swells of Interest II Surf Movie

Tonight, the locals in Cocoa Beach came out for a chance to see themselves surf on the big screen in Swells of Interest II, by Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski, or “Dr. Diana” as we all call her around here.

Dr. Diana is a Teacher Educator (she teaches STEM) as a primary career, but in her free time she is a talented photographer, videographer, and surfer in Cocoa Beach. Her first installment of Swells of Interest drew so much….interest that she decided to do a follow up, Swells of Interest II. Again, she follows local Brevard County surfers as significant swells approach the East Coast from 2014-2017.

This Saturday evening, Cocoa Beach Surfrider sponsored two showings at the Cocoa Beach Playhouse, one at 4 PM (the one I attended), and a sold-out 9 PM showing. Mike Watson- one of Surfline‘s lead forecasters- was introduced right before the movie. He is one of the movie’s narrators, talking about the specific dynamics of each Atlantic swell featured, which added a nice dimension to the videos of local surfers enjoying the waves. Many locals also added their own insights during the film, and there was a nice mix of men and women surfers of all ages. The soundtrack got a little out of sequence with the clips sometimes, but when most people in the audience are there to find themselves surfing on the big screen, they’ve got their own theme music running in their head anyway.

I was pleased to see some great clips of my friends make it into the movie, because they definitely need to be recognized for their talent.

But, you know what the best part of this movie was?

I wasn’t in it.

I was in another one of Dr. Diana’s movies, and I sounded like Reba McIntyre drunk. My surfing clip was meh (of course), so I made sure to duck Dr. Diana’s cameras anytime I spotted her filming from then on. Once she’s in the water surfing with us, I love talking to her…with a camera, not so much.

Small victories. Back to being a Stealthy Surf Ninja until the next film comes out. Until then….

I’ve included some pics from tonight’s event. Some creative art made with beach trash was part of a raffle, as well as a Journeyman Allen White Surfboard. The crowd in the lobby was after the 4 PM showing.

I didn’t get to see the sold out 9 PM crowd, but since the Playhouse holds a few hundred, I think it could be called a success. Plus, the fact that it benefits the local Surfrider is always a bonus.

Maybe if Dr. Diana does a movie in the future like “Jackass” but with surfers, well, I guess she can give me a call. I do believe I am the only person in Cocoa Beach who can do the Carlton whilst surfing. Yeah, people would pay to see THAT, right?

Surfboard Cosmetic Surgery

If you keep up with this crazy blog (thanks to those of you who do- right ON!!), you’ve seen my badly injured favorite surfboard with the deeply cracked right rail:

I thought I was going to need a new board

I took it to my local surf shop to have it repaired, and they did a great job filling in the deep gash from a 9” Longboard fin- yikes. However, since my Mahi Mahi fade color paint job was on the rail of the board, the repair was a big obvious white splotch:

Solid as a rock, but obvious

Right side of the deck

The bottom of the board

 
As for the bottom, I picked up a couple more Mahi Mahi stickers to cover the discoloration, no big deal. I broke out my medium tip Montana paint pens from Michael’s, in shades of green, blue, white, and black to work on the rail and pin line.

Make sure the board’s super clean before starting

I actually re-did the black pinline first, it made a world of difference:

It already looks better!

I don’t have airbrush equipment, so I dotted green and blue shades of paint on the rail, blended the paint with a sponge brush, and then wiped the color away, leaving a stain. This was better than trying to color in the green directly, since that would be MORE obvious on top of the glass job. 

I wasn’t going to try to match the color exactly, I was just aiming to reduce the glare of the white, so I repeated this process until I was happy with it.

Comparing shades

Kinda just staining the board back green

As I was blending some bright blue, I decided to paint some bright fun dots concentrating around the repair area, and spreading outwards. My usual crazy doodling.

After allowing the paint to dry, I sealed it with 2 coats of sealant, and allowed it to dry fully for 24 hours before using it. I like to use the matte finish instead of the gloss, unless I’m coating an entire deck.

Stuff’s ok, but works well for this purpose

Woo-Hoo! Back to life again, ready to surf!

The dots help to mask it, and they look cool

A few more stickers on da bottom….

Schweet!!!!

As far as the ding, play along and say you saw me do this out at the Cocoa Beach Pier last week. Yeah, that’s the ticket……



Scariest thing I’ve ever seen. Happy Halloween.

Gnar Bandages (DIY surfboard ding repair patches)

Y’all know I like to stay on top of those surf trends out there, good and bad. There’s another company out there, ViniPatch, that has a surfy gimmick where they sell surfboard ding repair

Nice gift, but too nice for me

patches in neato designs. They look nice, and they say they are waterproof for a while. But, honestly, these would be a nice gift, but never something I’d BUY for myself since it’s a little pricey for my average surfer status.



Of course, brah!! I’ve got a hack for you!

Duct tape is really awesome, and now comes in every freakin color, print, etc. It’s great to use as a temporary patch for small dings on your surfboard. If you follow my Instagram, you’ll see what motivated me to revisit this project….

Nobody got hurt, but the board’s in the Surf hospital

Although that ding was a little too big to patch-even temporarily- I still thought having some fun duct tape cut outs to use as ding patches might be wise.

These days, Duck Tape brand sells sheets of duct tape, which makes this project really easy, and you can even draw shapes on the back to cut out. I highly recommend non-stick Titanium coated scissors– they will not stick to the tape, and make it soooo much easier to cut shapes. I found mine in the clearance bin at the craft store for two bucks (kid’s version), but I’ve used them so much, I would’ve paid full price now. The bright prints and colors also will remind me to FIX the ding (or have it repaired).

My supplies

Use the wax paper as a peel off backing for the patches, thicker paper is better

I made some big, some little…

With all the different sizes, I can even layer the patches for more coverage. Be sure to throw a few rubbing alcohol pads in with your surf ding patches to clean the area before applying the patch. I wouldn’t leave these on long term, since any ding on your surfboard needs proper repair long term.

Clean off the dinged up area with an alcohol pad first

So much cute

I don’t have a fancy tin or box for these, just a ziplock tellin’ it like it is:

Sweetness

As long as the dings are on my board, and not on other surfers, I’m all good.

Yikes