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Surfing Soapbox: Globe-hopping for some surf culture

Last week was brutal, in traveling terms. Flying home after spending the week in Sayulita, Mexico, I stopped in Phoenix to go through customs and then go on to John Wayne Airport, getting in about 10:30 p.m.

After a week of sunny and warm weather, I was blown away when I arrived late that night into cold, rainy weather. Home for seven hours, I had enough time to sleep for six hours, pack a different duffel bag with some warmer clothes and catch my flight for New York at 8:10 a.m.

Exhausted, I jumped in my car, driving in the early, freezing cold and drizzly morning. I lapped the airport parking lot looking for a spot. Finally, growing frustrated and realizing I was running out of time, it was valet for me. Luckily, I was traveling without boards, which doesn’t happen often.

Landing later that night, it was again raining and cold. But once in the cab I was just stoked to be there. Taking in the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple and the city lights will wake anyone up, and it certainly woke me up.

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The next morning, I awoke to blue skies and nice sunny weather again. It was a pleasant surprise as I always have lived for the sunlight.

Later that night, O’Neill launched its new eco-line of clothing, which looks great, to say the least.

The night was highlighted musically by reggae artist Mishka who played an hour set for the packed house of surf-stoked fans. It’s pretty awesome seeing that the surfing lifestyle is alive and well in places as far away as the Big Apple.


JAMES PRIBRAM is a Laguna Beach native, professional surfer and John Kelly Environmental Award winner. His websites include AlohaSchoolofSurfing and ECOWarrior Surf.com. He can be reached at Jamo@Aloha SchoolofSurfing.com.

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