Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Happening: Hōkūleʻa Visits NYC

"After sailing 26,000 nautical miles from Hawaiʻi, traditional Polynesian voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a is scheduled to arrive in New York City as part of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage sponsored by Hawaiian Airlines. So far, crew members have connected with over 45,000 people in communities across the South Pacific, Tasman Sea, Indian Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, and the Caribbean Sea including Samoa, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Australia, Indonesia, Mauritius, South Africa, Brazil, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Cuba. Navigating using the stars, clouds, ocean swells and other natural patterns, the crew will cover more than 60,000 nautical miles, 100 ports, and 27 nations once the voyage ends in June 2017. "

WHAT: Interview and photo opportunities of landing of traditional Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a in New York City. The free event will feature cultural performances by Native American tribes and hula hālau (troupes) from Hawai`i and New York. 

WHEN: Sunday, June 5, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm 

8:00 am Chant prayers of blessing prior to canoe arrival 
8:30-9:00 am Hōkūleʻa approaches North Cove Marina on the Hudson River
9:30 am Hōkūleʻa enters and docks at North Cove Marina
10:00-11:00 am Welcome by Native American tribes
11:00-11:30 am Chant of entry and remarks by Polynesian Voyaging Society
11:30am-Noon Welcome by Hawaiʻi and New York Officials Noon End of Ceremony— Opportunities for interviews with crew members
12:30-3:00 pm Performances by hula hālau (troupes) and Native American tribes 

WHERE: North Cove Marina, 385 South End Ave., Battery Park City, Manhattan 

WHY: Hōkūle‘a is scheduled to make a two-week stop in New York City to share the mission of the Voyage during free canoe tours and educational outreach programs. The canoe and crewmembers will also participate in the United Nations World Oceans Day, June 8, when master navigator Nainoa Thompson will share highlights of the Voyage and his first-hand observations on the state of the earth’s oceans. Hōkūle‘a’s Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage presented by Hawaiian Airlines is bringing attention to the critical need to protect the Earth’s natural resources by connecting with cultures and communities, sharing island wisdom and discovering environmental and indigenous stories of hope around the world. For the latest schedule, visit www.hokulea.com.

"Hōkūleʻa will sail to New York City, where she will be a focal point at World Oceans Day events hosted by the United Nations on June 8, 2016. The theme of this year’s World Oceans Day is Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet. While in New York City, Hōkūleʻa will also participate in the Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge, which is the east coast’s largest Pacific Islands festival and one of the world’s most competitive outrigger races. Hōkūleʻa is expected to depart New York City on June 18, for several engagements in the New England area."

Check out the amazing story of this crazy here... And this! Tuesday, June 7th at 7PM! Special Screening of The Legend of Eddie Aikau and talking Story with his Brother Solomon Aikau at Syndicated, in Bushwhick, Brooklyn. For all of you who love surfing and hawaiian culture, this event is not to be missed! You don't get too many opportunities to meet an Aikau! The late great Eddie Aikau's brother Solomon will be in attendance to talk story, share the knowledge of his brother and the Hokulea! Get on it! Tickets are on sale! http://syndicatedbk.com/event/hawaiian-the-legend-of-eddie-aikau/

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Friday, May 20, 2016

This Week In Not Surfing

1. Surfing is a Sissy Macho Goon Parade of Hugs and Recrimination, Needless Politicking and Shallow Posturing. There is a tremendous amount of unintentional art in that. There are maddeningly few moments of self-deprecation. There is, a mosquito bite or two below the surface, an incredible crew of inspirational, well-meaning people stewing about in the cesspool of this culture. It Doesn't Not Work serves not only to remind me of how much I don't know about surfboard shaping and hydrodynamic design but also operates as an annual gang-shame of my more conspiratorial instincts. I'm not sure what the preceding sentences mean exactly, but I liked writing them.

2. On that tip, I did not attend this year's Fish Fry as I was distracted by my children and setting up IDNW. It is a classic moment of "I wish I'd taken the time to do that."

3. And so I haven't surfed in an even longer while. My left knee now feels funny when I bend it for too long. My right ankle taunts me daily. My hamstrings feel like new guitar strings. And I haven't practiced Tai Chi in forever. And I have a gym membership that is far too expensive.

4. There is an old adagial equation: Tragedy + Time = Comedy. I'm pretty sure the secret to happiness is hidden in the maths here. Where the definition of Tragedy is given sliding scale structure and where the accounting of Time is truly miserly. The idea is to get that Comedy as close to that Tragedy as possible. And since the only way to get anything right is to practice, make the T1 to C a daily algorithm, where dire drama becomes a constant companion, necessitating the manipulation of temporal understanding to force that salve of perspective. Granted, your friends and family will look at you like you're crazy as you sob over that burnt toast, but pretty soon they'll think you're amazing as you barf out fits of laughter as you break the pencil tip! If you can get that muscle memory hair trigger going, you may just make it through this after all.

Sunday, May 15, 2016


"He was responsible in great degree for the lives of millions of surfers - his surfing inspired the Malibu generation of the 1950's. Without this guy, there would not have been the revolution in performance surfing." - Derek Hynd

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Swell Season!

Yesterday morning I was interviewed by Ben of the Swell Season podcast, talking about Andreea Waters' photos and the It Doesn't Not Work community show happening at the Picture Farm Gallery this weekend. I'm not sure how much of our interview he'll use, I'm not sure he was ready for how verbose and incoherent I can be after my morning espresso. I vaguely remember opining about identity issues, the rise of DiY & Farm To Table culture and how the surf scene in New York is all about simply "going for it."


Monday, May 9, 2016

Happening : It Doesn't Not Work (III)

This coming Friday night we open IDNW2016 with a book launch and presentation of Andreea Waters' SURF NYC photobook. Swell permitting we roll into the annual Fish Fry and onto the mayhem that is It Doesn't Not Work.

Check out the WEBSITE for more infos!!!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

This Week In Not Surfing

1. It used to be that we knew nothing of each other's lives for extended periods of time. The stories stewing in the between grew a pungency, the books of heroes written in literarily heroics flying off the shelves by dint of sheer novelty alone. It demanded a readership. It demanded an ear. It demanded tales that would dip and divulge with humor and prose. But now what have I to tell you? I didn't surf in the last two weeks? I am at work today? Next week I will co-host a surf design symposium? Yes. Now I've told you. What's left?

2. I recently spent time in Washington DC where I saw more men smoking cigars than I can remember seeing outside a bachelor party.

3. There is an innate laziness in a life lived upon the crest of imperative.

4. "Manic Monday," that Bangles gem, released a bit over 30 years ago introduced me to  the still startling realization that Sunday can be magical.

5. Tomorrow is Mother's Day. I am typically unprepared.