Dirty Water: San Francisco foil-boarder whose expensive craft was destroyed by rock-wielding local holds olive branch out to attacker, offers free foiling lesson, “I’m not very proud to come out these days and say, yeah, I’m a surfer!”
Foil-pilot John von Tesmar breaks silence on wild scene at Fort Point…
Today’s guest on the amateurish phone-in interview series called Dirty Water is San Francisco foilboarder John von Tesmar whose board was destroyed by furious locals at Forth Point, a junky left under the Golden Gate bridge,
Anyway, our guest lost his board and it got washed up on the rocks where it is attacked by an angry local who jerks a rock above his head multiple times to slay the damn thing, a video of the event going viral.
For just off the coast of Maui, one of our kind was flying his drone high and capturing images of waves when he also captured the image of a sub-adult humpback caught in some sort of jetsam.*
Per the report, “The whale was spotted off Ukumehame on Maui heading toward Lahaina just before sunset on Sunday, Jan. 9, and ocean wildlife officials are asking the public to keep an eye out for it. ‘It is either a mouth entanglement or wrapped around the petro flippers trailing as two lines, light-colored, but maybe not floating lines. It’s staying below the surface just a little bit and going about, going back about 80 to 90 feet behind the animal. So, not a lot of gear and no buoy — so that’s going to be tough to see,’ explained Ed Lyman, of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.
Is there any person out there who does not love and care for whales?
Also, have you ever eaten whale in Japan?
It is fitting, anyhow, that a benevolent surfer may just save one with our help. If you see the magical creature, please call NOAA at 888-256-9840.
*Do you know the difference between jetsam and flotsam without searching it up? Let everyone know how smart you are in the comments.
Californian surf legend involved in “bizarre and tragic” episode after woman leaps from 300-foot cliff following hit-and-run accident!
CHP investigators said the woman either “fell or jumped.”
Ever try to kill a flea? Ain’t easy. Whack it with a phone book, flame it with a cigarette lighter, flick it with your finger, firehose it with DDT.
That is also true for Darryl “Flea” Virostko, a big wave surfer from Santa Cruz who was determined to drown himself anywhere in the Pacific Ocean during the Roaring 90s.
Flea was part of the Santa Cruz “Vermin” crew – Skindog, Barney, Ratboy, Condor – who were Pied Pipered to Mavericks by Vince Collier, and who wanted to pay homage to surfers like Jeff Clark and Richard Schmidt who pioneered the place by charging hard at one of the most dangerous waves in the world.
The zeitgeist to Flea and his westside brethren was simple: “Go now, ask questions later.”
Virostko survived substance problems, enjoying meth and acid at some length although he was hardly Robinson Crusoe around Santa Cruz in that regard, and some pretty wild beatings in the Pacific Ocean to emerge butterfly like and become a daddy etc.
Now, according to Santa Cruz news outlets, on January 10 a lady rear-ended Flea on Highway One, and then she rocked over to the cliff, jumped in the ocean and drowned.
According to Amy Larson on www.kron4.com:
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (KRON) — A bizarre and tragic crash involving a former professional big wave surfer unfolded on Highway 1 north of Santa Cruz Monday.
A 40-year-old woman was driving a Honda Accord when she collided into a Toyota Tundra driven by surfer Darryl “Flea” Virostko, according to investigators.
The two-vehicle collision happened at 9 a.m. in the northbound lanes of Highway 1 near upper Swanton Road.
“After the collision, both vehicles pulled to the shoulder. The woman driving the Honda reportedly exited the vehicle, crossed the highway, and walked towards the cliff overlooking the ocean,” the California Highway Patrol wrote.
Witnesses saw the woman plummet down a 300-foot cliff. CHP investigators said the woman either “fell or jumped.” The U.S. Coast Guard deployed a helicopter and water rescue team. The woman died before rescuers could lift her out of the water.
Virostko told KRON4 Monday evening that he is OK.
The CHP is investigating the collision. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what happened immediately after the crash.
CHP officers said they classified the crash as a “hit-and-run” because the woman technically left the scene on foot before she went over the cliff.
A mystery wrapped in neoprene: Why did the woman rear-end Flea? How fast was she going? Why did the woman jump into the ocean?
Even more mysterious: Where along Highway One can someone pull a Kim Novak into the ocean?
The woman’s name was not released. The CHP said she lived in Santa Cruz.
Okay so it was near Upper Swanton Road. so that means the accident happened around Greyhound Rock, which means the woman walked a couple hundred feet across a field to the edge of the cliff… and jumped.
YouTube sensation Ben Gravy invited to surf Oregon’s premier big wave event Nelscott Reef Pro; legends Ben Wilkinson, Grant “Twiggy” Baker selected as alternates!
Oh. Here’s Ben Gravy. I was just now wondering where they YouTube sensation, most popular surfer in the world was as a tsunami steamed toward the west coast of these United States. Thinking about the hits he would receive from a soft topped tidal wave session but the New Jersey star has his hands more than full as it was just announced that he is an invitee to Oregon’s premier big wave event.
The Nelscott Reef Pro.
Nelscott Reef, which bubbles off Lincoln City in the Beaver State’s north, is a cold water monster. According to the website, “On the biggest days of the season, Nelscott Reef breaks about a mile offshore. The massive open ocean swells are generated during the winter months. Coming primarily from the northwest and westward direction, these storms produce wave heights in the 30′ – 50′ dance once they hit the outer reef with some occasional crazy swells maxing out in the 60′-70′ range.”
This years list of hellmen/women includes the likes of Jamie Sterling, Luca Padua and Justine Dupont.
And Ben Gravy.
Ben Wilkinson, Pat Shaughnessy and Grant “Twiggy” Baker are alternates.
What do you think the betting line is for Gravy to take the win?
Will he ride a soft top?
Buy low, sell high.
All Orange County beaches closed after South Pacific volcano eruption releases potentially deadly Tsunami!
All Orange County, California beaches are closed this morning in the midst of a historically fantastic run of surf as a potentially deadly tsunami is making its way east from the South Pacific.
The tsunami, or “harbor wave” in Japanese, was unleashed near Tonga when a large underwater volcano exploded, setting off earthquakes and showering the island with ash.
Japan instantly released a harbor wave warning for its islands, “Japan’s Meteorological Agency has issued a tsunami warning for the southern Amami island and Tokara island chain in Kagoshima Prefecture and a tsunami advisory for all coastal areas facing the Pacific Ocean. A three-meter tsunami is expected to reach Japan following an undersea volcanic eruption off the Pacific nation of Tonga.”
Laguna Beach, and the rest of Orange County, were quick to follow suit, declaring, “A tsunami advisory has been issued by the National Tsunami Warning Center for the Orange County coast. All beaches and boardwalks are closed until further notice – please stay out of the water and away from the shore.”