No I am not in Germany. This weekend was the last weekend of the World Cup and a Solid week of work.
I am not going to talk about the pictures this week some are iphone and some are others.
Coming down to the last games of the world cup my team was still in it, the Netherlands. They were looking strong coming down to the semi finals facing Argentina and there weapon, only hope, and not the best player in the world cup if you are anyone but FIFA.
Going back some time there was a bet between the Don Simon and I. Holland or the Deutschland. I choose Holland as the team to win he chose Deutschland. The friendly wager was set as if his or my team won then that was the bet. Realizing later that both teams could get knocked out we went with the furthest finisher.
That is when things got Interesting. See the whole time I was a Germany fan though I am a Netherlands fan my two favourite teams were Holland and Germany (the order of these two might show some slight amount of bias therefore the later)/ Germany and Holland. Thomas Muller is an animal by the way and is destined to become the all time goal scorer in World Cup history. Back to the Semis.
So the games, the games were as follows: GERMANY vs Brazil and NETHERLANDS vs. Argentina. The first game being one day before the team I had taking to win this thing. Germany I am still rooting for in this game even though I am betting for a team to do better then them. But nobody wants the brazilians to win. And let me say each goal we cheered louder and more stoked. 7 goals and we still wanted more the game was a blow out and if you are one of those neutral sports fans you did not like it but come on you have to cheer for anything but brazil, at least we were. More stoked then ever about Germany crushing there poor weak opponent, I now realize that if my team does not beat Argentina I would loose the bet. I lost the bet Don Simon had won.
What now we wondered; the final was Germany v Argentina the third place game was Netherlands v Brazil. Simon and I had the same team clearly for both matches. The third place game on Saturday. Netherlands vs Brazil, we did not want brazil to win not at all! And we did not have to wait long for reassurance they wouldn't. A clear penalty in the 18 yard box. Van Perise capitalized quickly and that would continue on a 3-0 win to humiliate the host specially stacked on top of Germany's crushing. Germany and Argentina this would be the third time they met in the world cup each had won one previous matchup. This was the ultimate final battle for the ages. Each match had been won with a late goal. Both past the 80' minute. Where would this one end. In no better and more exciting way with a 113' minute goal by Gotze who was assisted my an amazing cross provided by Schurrle. A good end the the World cup and a great reason to celebrate the end to an amazing sporting event Beach Club Sand Man party.
You thought I was kidding. Codo, DJ dub master supreme, spinning vinyl dub style reggae dance party. It had super good vibes and great company.
Wait you are telling me there are waves here......
This is the last day we had waves. Like the ones you can actually ride. Its been ankle slapping since the 8th. Saying that in all retrospec each day has been surfable and most probably the standard conditions back home. One thing I have to say is back home all year round is extremely reliable. There is nearly always waves something to surf. Maybe a long board one day. Here in Nica the wave that nica is most sought after has a season so nearly half the year it is not what your surf magazines are showing. Those timeless pictures are only timeless if you go during the offseason because normally you are bound to score some sick ones in the on season. But it has been flat flat flaaaaaaaaaat. Going back to what I was saying about back home, I would be really bummed to travel so far and spend that much money to be here during a flat spell. It is almost more logical to plan a last minute trip where you know you will score some mountain range visions.
The last week I started showing Codo one of the main photogs for NSR how to use Lightroom and the benefits for there editing process over using photoshop. Lightroom is key. Best in the business for editing photos. He is stoked on it and now we use it for his editing more to teach him though but it takes time. The shop got rearranged as of recent to make it feel more roomy. Now it has a lot of open air flow around the products. Got a new service loop made playing on loop all day. It contains photos I have taken and the videos I made along with the crop of some of the better photos from last year taken by Roberto and Codo. I am happy with its simplicity makes for a good viewing for the customers. It is crazy after working at a retail shop for two years. A video about anything on loop really draws customers buying appetite. Also, the loop is 30 minutes yet every time I look up or walk in its on the same part. The first video a guy doing a turn on a right then it cuts to a couple sick barrels in a row. Funny how those occurrences occur.
Talking about the picture above a little more. Super fun day. Water was warm waves were chest high to a little bigger. Some barrels some walls and a lot of fun. The board on the other hand is far from normal. It is a 5'6 bonzer with long triangle bonzer fins and an eight inch fin box. I used a seven inch fin in the middle. The interesting part of this board is the concave inside of the bonzer fins. It was probably an inch and a half deep double concave from side fin to center box. Diamond tail. Volume for all you volume snobs more then was technically necessary.... Perfect even could of had more. It was an easy paddle volume pushed forward so you could ride it super close to the nose with an extremely narrow stance. The thing worked like a dream. Super fun on the open face and nice and speedy and perfect for the toobs.
Well that is the end of this post.