Archive for June, 2009

Carbon Credit Buffoonery

Posted in Current Events Class with tags , , on June 26, 2009 by SLUDGE SODA

This past weekend, the summer equinox finally arrived and with it, a celebratory day you all might be interested in, International Surf Day. Originally created by the corporate folks at Source Interlink Companies Inc. aka Surfing Magazine as “an unofficial, environmentally-conscious sports-centered holiday that celebrates the sport of surfing, the surfing lifestyle and the sustainability of ocean resources” and “to promote the popularity of surfing and attracting new participants.

On the home front, our most prolific international surfboard importing kayaker decided to organize his own shindig, albeit, weather permitting, as we all know how balmy June showers can wreak havoc on an event. The press release sounded very familiale, but a couple key phrases spoke directly to me: “Surfboards are not good for the environment and there are a lot of them out there. All it takes is a 5$ donation and you will be able to feel good about riding your board again”. After all these years believing it was a nagging bocce injury, it hadn’t even dawned on me that my quiver might be causing all this heartache and pain.

Further reading revealed the $5 goes towards “reversing the negative impact of the production process and polluting materials used in [my] surfboard.” For a little background, top researchers at Wikipedia have concluded “a carbon offset is a financial instrument aimed at reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.” Idealistic in nature, true, yet everyday common sense might make you question how investing money in a relatively new, ill-regulated market will reduce or reverse the amount of greenhouse gases you contribute to world on an everyday basis. Many opponents of carbon offsetting criticize a lack of regulation that results in millions of dollars being spent on carbon offsets that do not effectively reduce or reverse greenhouse gas emissions.

Anticipating a busy day at the spot, I arrived at dawn and logged in the company of my favorite Peruvian uncles, Tito and Felipe until about 10:30. The waves were…not worth mentioning. I was able to raid the garbage cans and littered shore to collect a large bag of deposit savy déchets to pay for my guilt, but no one showed up to take my money. Where was my favorite sustainability-preaching kayaker, with his 100 deep quiver?. I waited, and I waited, but it soon became evident the swine merchant wasn’t going to show. Armed with a sack of empties, I headed to Depanneur Tina de L’est to exchange my booty for a cerveza clara and Pep ‘N’ Ched combo. Wow, I spoil myself too often.

I certainly enjoyed June 20th, 2009, but am still interested in seeing an audited financial statement of carbon offset purchases, made on behalf of the corporate/eco-minded kayaker entrepreneur. Unfortunately, I won’t be around for ISD2, the re-up, scheduled for this upcoming Saturday, but can someone please hold onto their carbon offset receipt and confirm which part of the Asian Brown Cloud they are reducing.


Out There

Posted in Less Than VHS on June 22, 2009 by SLUDGE SODA

Damien Wills on another kind of static wave.

When You`re Winnin` You`re Grinnin`

Posted in Current Events Class on June 20, 2009 by SLUDGE SODA


SLudge SLiding

Posted in Current Events Class on June 19, 2009 by SLUDGE SODA

Solo with the PCP, err PCB`s on this dreary June evening.

Moving Up


Posted in Current Events Class on June 18, 2009 by SLUDGE SODA

It was early Wednesday evening and there were many burros on the strip. Of course there were, it felt like summer. Got ready and strolled along the fenceline behind the blocks. Even though I entered familiar territory, it seemed like I had entered a football game. Men in buckets, a dozen deep, sulked about on the shore. Where am I, I pondered, there were no familiar faces. Just then, with the help of a magical rope, a cowboy jumped on his planche and immediately did a violent faceplant into the shallows. The board was dragging behind, but his face rested beneath the water, a real nice flogging. This behaviour continued for another 45 seconds, when he finally let go of the rope and drifted helplessly into a ragged, rock ledge. Some severely bruised ribs and a damaged board later, he decided to stop.

Logged for a couple hours.
Yeah, river surfing is a hoot.

And now I`m off to buy a Pepsi.

Dan Says “Hi”

Posted in Current Events Class with tags , , on June 14, 2009 by SLUDGE SODA

El Norte Foto para Pepe Romo

Daily Report

Posted in Current Events Class on June 3, 2009 by SLUDGE SODA

Martin Guava has been sending in sporadic wave reports..the future is grim.

Sent: Tuesday, June 02, 2009 12:34 PM

Wather flow : 9800
Wather temp: high 60
Wind : none
Crowd : big 0
Wave : it  actualy look nicer and some white
start to form on the top of the wave
Might go in.

Sent: Monday, May 25, 2009 12:33 PM

Water flow : 9550,278
Water temp : high 60
Wind : 2mph wsw
Wave : as flat as it could be
Crowd : full of  kooks