So back in June my wife accepted a job in Culver City. So, 3 months later I can say we are finally settled. I even accepted a new position last week at VideoAmp. A lot has changed in the last couple months. I’m excited to see what the next year holds for us.
Since the move I’ve been surfing a lot; go figure. On the weekends we typically head south down to San-O or north to Malibu.
On weekends when we don’t want to travel far we’ve been going to Ocean Park or the Breakwater in Venice. A couple weeks back we had an encounter with dolphins. They swam right up to/under us. It was a pretty unique experience for me. I’ve seen dolphins surfing before, but nothing this close.
Back to the subject of Malibu. It sure is a special place that lives up to it’s name. Sure, it’s one of the most crowded spots I’ve surfed, but for good reason. The people and waves are world-class.
Amanda was asked to come to Los Angeles for work the week of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Knowing we would both have of that Monday, we decided to take some extra days and fill our free time with friends and surfing. The footage was taken at Venice Beach, Ocean Park in Santa Monica, San Onofre in San Clemente, Surfrider Beach in Malibu, the Santa Monica Pier and more. It was filmed January 13th – 20th, 2018.
The West Coast was hit with a nice swell around Tuesday that week. There was a coastal watch for a large swell hitting the hardest near San Diego. It amounted for friendly waves at San-O and Malibu. I’m very grateful for receiving the clean swell and meeting some friendly people in the lineups.
I brought my drone out last weekend to Westport, Washington. By the time I took it up flying the winds had turned on shore but the waves were relatively good still. It was too good in the morning to be filming and not surfing. I’ll be filming with this more hopefully as we move into fall.
I bought a new DJI Mavic Pro a week back and headed to the coast to see what kind of shots I could come up with. I always love surfing on the reservation run by the Makah tribe. They are welcoming of surfers. Last weekend I actually participated in Warm Currents, teaching local kids on the reservation to surf.
Saturday the waves were tiny. We got the David’s Prism Kite out in the morning for some flying while we waited for the waves to pick up. This was my first flying the Mavic. I was pleasantly surprised by how smooth it flew. It’s stability, even in wind, is mind boggling.
Saturday night we were greeted by a bit of rain. We got food in town to pass the time. By morning the rain had stopped and we were rewarded with good surf. Only those who stuck around reaped the rewards.
March 21st, 2014 the #peakoftheweek crew decided it was great conditions to tackle The Slot Couloir on Snoqualmie Mountain. We woke up early trying to beat as much sun as we could on the skin up. The conditions could not have been better. There seemed to have been a group that toured either earlier that morning or the day prior that got tracks before us, but throughout the whole day we saw no one. It was perfect and exactly what us office warriors needed. After a day of great pow turns in the sun, we headed for the best corn dogs on this earth. They were even better after a great day of touring. Hope you enjoy.
Filming: Brian Behrens & Shawn Bishop
Editing: Brian Behrens
Music: Mungo Jerry – “In The Summertime”
Recorded with GoPro Hero 3 + Black Edition
Last Friday, February 28th, 2014 we set out on a splitboard tour up Rock Mountain off US2 in Washington. This was a first attempt for the #magicblack #peakoftheweek crew. The tour began with some mellow switchbacks, as most tours often do. After about 3 switchbacks we began a steep accent up a ridge near the middle basin of Rock Mountain. We observed a several wet slides that had happened within the last day or so. We kept as close to tree lines as we could, trying to avoid the wide open, steep faces. I’m not quite sure what came over me, but I blazed the steepest skin track I’ve been on to date.
With hearts beating fast and breaths deep, we reached the top. The warm snow was quickly cooled as we lost daylight and winds picked up on the ridge we just ascended on. Selfies and beers were had before we suited up for a fun decent. The snow for about the first 2,000 yards was crusty on top, hard to make turns in, but seemed very stable. Once we got back to the steep open faces, the crust layer softened and the turns got way more enjoyable.
Overall it was a great tour. Next time we have to arrive earlier at the trailhead if we want to make it all the way to Rock Mountain… we have our eye set on you buddy 😉
We spent another September weekend in Arch Cape surfing and Short Sands and Seaside. The waves were big on the outside but near impossible to get to. We made the best of the mush on the inside. Beware of bats.
Filming: Brian Behrens
Editing: Brian Behrens
Music: Juicy J – “Scholarship”
Recorded with GoPro Hero3 Black Edition