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Surf Line 2009

These are the surfers who were riding the waves of the Riviera during the Winter, Spring and Summer of 2009. 

Joel came out from Arizona and enjoyed a morning session with his dad last week.  We don't know if or when he is going back to AZ but he sure looked at home on top of a board...

Steve is digging the last days of summer with 70 degree water and 80 degree air...

Amy can't help but smile while ripping a nice bottom turn, right-on Amy... 

Dennis was just 'ripping this day; here he is again 'stalled in the hot-pocket and ready to make his signature  charge to the nose...

If you look-up the definition of "stoked"; we are sure you will find this picture of Karen...

Jim is only 71; much younger than Alex.  Surfing with Jim and folks like him is a real privalege; these men can share stories about the glory days of surfing from a first person perspective...

Christian on a nice right shoulder while riding "Christian's Reef" just north of the TORR tower... 

The only thing better than having a new board to ride is having your daughter come out and join you for a morning surf session...

Big Steve; always has a great smile and a great tale to tell...

John, Adele and Steve "lined-up and waitin' for that next big set outside".  Summer surf, 70 degree water and trunks, we love it...

Water family.  We hoot for each other on good waves, we miss each other when someone does not show for a surf session, we carry each others boards if we are hurt and we always take time to tell each other "you rip"...

Jenny is ripping on some July surf in front of the TORR tower.  Right-on Jenny...

Jen's husband Ron at the end of a fast ride in front of the TORR tower, he's stoked...

There is nothing better than surfing with friends.  Even when you "pull-up" to let a buddy take a choice wave you don't mind; you know they will return the favor on the next one.  Gidget is showing the "Aloha Spirit" here making way for K-7 and Rocky behind her.  There is always another wave...

Speaking of Rocky; here is the 50+ hard-charger lined-up and jamming in front of the TORR tower; you RIP Rocky!!!!

The Professor is holding court while Laurie watches the horizon for the big one.  Laurie was in town from PA for one day; we rented a suit from Dive and Surf for her, put her on a board and paddled her out.  She was a little nervous until she got her first wave...

Laurie after catching her first wave; life is good...

Always with a smile; Johnnie is one of the greatest guys in the world to share waves with.  Johnnie lives in Kauai now but when he comes to the mainland he always makes time to ride some waves at TORR.  Johnnie says his wife surfs with him in Kauai and when she holds her index finger up in the air it doesn't mean "One more wave" it means "One more hour".  Right-on Johnnie...

With a keen eye focused down the line; Marissa rips across some morning glass in front of the TORR tower...  Thanks to Loren for the photo...

If you are a surfer and save enough pennies to buy a meal out; one of your favorite local places to go is the "Riviera Mexican Grill".  The decor is totally surf/island style with surfboards on the ceiling and great food on the menu.  When not running the restaurant with his wife, Danny here can often be found in the surf-line on his 10'0...

Matt charging some double overhead juice.  We would love to say this is in front of the TORR tower but it's not.  Matt snuck-off to Samoa to ride some serious southern hemisphere power last month.  Thanks to Arlene for the photo...

John is looking good trimmed and charging the face of some May juice...

Chuck waxing-up for a morning session...

We love this photo.  This is Handsome Rob trimmed and 'ripping on his bodyboard. 'Dig the flying spray, the face of intense concentration and the always terrific hair...

Greg was in the right spot at the right time when he 'picked-off this outside green monster...

Carlos left the long board at home and was ripping on his short board...

Danny is charging hard right in front of the TORR tower...

The Professor, "Loki God of Mischief" or what ever you may call him; no one wears a hood or hat with his originality or style...

Adele always brings the fun when ever she is in the surf line...      Randy Ruby photo.

Gidget cranks a hard bottom turn before blazing down the line...  Randy Ruby photo

Jimmy in a stand-up barrel in front of the TORR tower... 

How stoked was Rocky with his new 10' board?  One picture is worth 1,000 words...

Nice board Rocky, nice board.  We have just one more thing to say:  "You Rip"!!!

Dan here is a long time native son who was recently drug back to the water by Rocky.  Once he got in again it was instant flash backs to missed classes at South High while riding the waves of the Riviera...

Not even Disneyland can top a ride like this; way cool...

Memories in the making...

Jim is a long time local wave rider and was stoked to be in the water during the warm days of April...

Jija looks on as our photog blatently flogs his camera duties agan for "just one more wave"...   Randy Ruby photo.

That's what we're tawkin' about!  This unknown rider was gettin' in some serious nose time during the hot spell at the end of April...  Randy Ruby photo.

Filled with anticipation; Sheri and Gidget are "in line and on time" waiting  for that next perfect set outside...

Our photog laying down on the job again.  For a traditional "coffin" pose; we think he is supposed to have his arms crossed like a mummy.  But, if we were riding a wave feet first on our back with no clue where we were going; we would probably be praying too...

Thanks to David Benitez for the above photo: www.benitezphoto.com

Rocky really went all-out on this wave; believe it or not he planned this and is in complete control.  He calls this move the "flying star fish".  Right on Rocky...

Everybody was stoked that it was the first week of Spring and had to try a new trick.  Hula spinners, coffins, flying starfish and then Gidget came-up with this new move.  Nobody could duplicate it...

Gidget in more typical form; on every wave, trimmed, hauling down the line... 

Thanks to David Benitez for the above photo; www.benitezphoto.com

Sheri up and trimmed; finding her way through traffic on the first Sunday of Spring...

Thanks to David Benitez for the above photo: www.benitezphoto.com

Randy Ruby.  Welcome home, surf brother.  Randy left us for a short time to give life in Hawaii a try.  Like so many of us have found; "there is just no place like home".  It's great to have Randy back in the water again...

Loren is a native son currently residing and surfing in Northern California.  While visiting family locally, Loren did what every good surfer does and brought his board along "just in case".  Loren's regular surf spot these days is Bolinas Beach, just above San Francisco Bay.  Loren enjoyed our 58 degree water telling us that Bolinas is 55 on a good day and in the high 40's the rest of the time...

Another native son, Greg, returns to the beach.  Greg is really smooth on every wave and makes it all look so easy...

Aloha Danny.  Dan is a great surfer, a great guy to visit with and always has a great smile to share...

Carlos charging hard on a left slide in front of TORR tower.  No matter the time of year or temperature of the water; Carlos always charges-hard and has great story between sets.  Right-on Carlos...

Ladies of The Riviera Wave Riders; sharing sun, waves, smiles and good times...

Rick here is making a beautiful cut-back after a long left slide in front of the TORR tower...

Karen 7.0 did not buy her new board to be a "wall-hanger"; Karen charges with her new Yater everytime she is out...

Christian is easy to photograph; he is always on a wave and always in "the pocket" or power zone.  Go Christian...

We didn't get this rider's name but everytime we saw him on a wave he was hanging five.  Somewhere back in that wave there is 9 feet of board but you would never know it.  July 1 2009 update:  This is Mick!  His mom is a surfer too; she heard about the website and was checking it out when she spotted her son.  Mom rips too; the apple didn't fall far from the tree...


Part of the attraction of surfing is that no two waves are ever the same.  Every wave is a new chance for fun, infamy and hanging ten all the way to the sand in front of your friends.  Here the anticipation is evident on The Professor's face...

The Professor on the flying green board.  No wave too small or too slow with this board; it catches everything.  This take-off is so fast it blew The Professor's hood right-off...

Flight of the condor, 'sorta.  The Professor has such a massive wing spread we sometimes have a hard time fitting him in frame.  Any way you look at it though, The Professor is an original and that's the way he like's it...

One of many reviewing teams; this fine group renders opinions on surf conditions, surf boards, weather and; well; any other topic that may come-up.  In the end; everyone gets in the water and has a hooting good time...

Karen 7.0 is smiling here with her brand new Yater epoxy she just scored at the Dive & Surf Yard Sale.  We already thought she surfed great; now she really 'rips.  Go Karen...

We are never too old for a new board.  Alex here at 72 years young is stoked to be trying out his brand new 6'10" Randy French shaped SurfTech.  The Dive & Surf folks were really decent with Alex letting him "float" several boards in their pool to find the one that was just right...

Adele is digging the 75 degree weather on the last day of February '09.  When not hanging 10 at The Cove; Adele is cruising the waves of the Riviera with style...


Here, Sheri & Gidget have escorted Jana out to swim with the dolphin.  Jana was just visiting the beach when she saw the dolphin and got all excited.  Moments later someone had loaned her a board and she was on it paddling-out in her clothing for a close encounter of the "dolphin kind".  Just another incredible day on the Riviera...

Sheri is smiling big because she is riding her brand new McTavish that she just picked-up at the annual Dive & Surf yard sale.  The weather for the first two weeks of February was all over the map; great days like this followed by days of wind and torrential rain.  The hardy water people who enjoy the Riviera still showed-up everyday; rain or shine...

Our photog caught this young charger on an over-head wave at Burn Out just before sunset during the first two weeks of February.  Looks like he was definitly looking for some quality time in "The Green Room"...

On the last day of January we had to coax  Mr. Garland out of his van by convincing him there were waves and that he needed to go surfing.  He was barely in the water 5 minutes and he was on a wave 'styling towards our photographer.        Mr. Garland is making a nice cut-back here; our photog was very grateful...

A crafty surfer will sit in the line-up with their back to the beach and their eyes on the horizon while they engage you in what you think is important dialogue.  You know you have been "had" when they suddenly stop talking; spin their board around and take-off on a wave that you didn't see coming because you were too busy being polite and listening.  Some of the Wave Riders  are more notorious than others for this move...

Our Lifeguard for 2009 at the TORR tower is Cindy.  Cindy is a veteran guard; she is known to most of the regulars and we are fortunate to have her as our guard this year...

Wings, waves, women and water on a winter day...  Rich Gust photo.

Steve is not alone in the line-up this day...

Our Kung Fu King of Zen Rocky; here Rocky focuses on the horizon for waves like a beagle looking for a fox.  "Ahh grasshopper; when you can snatch the board wax from my hand it will be time for you to go..."

Matt looking good walking his 10'0" with style and grace; right-on Matt...

Photographer Rich Gust caught our photographer slacking on his camera duties again.  "Just one more wave..."

During January we had some days of huge, walled-up surf at TORR beach that was not rideable.  During those big days some of the Wave Riders took a paddle down the beach to the end of RAT where we scored some great, uncrowded waves.  Here Carlos is trimmed-up and doing some serious nose time all the way from outside to the beach...

A typical "board meeting" at the beach.  Long boards, short boards, boogie boards, no boards; it makes no difference; we all get along in the water and have a blast...

Matt wasted no time in jumping on the January juice.  We walked down to the beach with Matt for this session; he brought two boards to be prepared.  We think the 10'0" was working real well on this wave...  Rich Gust photo.

Rippin' Randy gasps for air after blasting out of this January tube in front of the TORR tower.  Right-on, Randy!  Rich Gust photo.

Sometimes we are just so stoked to catch the wave and make the drop there is nothing else to do but put your hand in the air and say "YES"!  Nice wave Rocky, "you mo betta dan any oda kine"!  Rich Gust photo.

This young charger went aerial when he was captured by Rich Gust.  If you know who this is, let us know so we can give him credit for this awesome ride...

Karen 7.0 is paying her dues this year surfing in 55 degree January water.  Riding goofy foot, here Karen lines-up for a long left that she rode "Hawaiin style" all the way to the sand...

After riding that great left above to the beach; Karen paddled-out, spun-around and took another great wave only to finish it with her signature "Hula Spinner".  Way to go, Karen, we would be smiling too...

David left the SUP and paddle home on this day and was instead riding his Tyler.  Here David is showing us the proper technique for doing "The Tiki" stance.  Way cool David...

Anticipation; you can see it in this photo.  You can see them thinking: "...is it going to break, am I in the right spot, should I go left or go right...".  One of these wave riders is notorious for using the line: "...you take this one, I'll take the next one..." only to grab the biggest wave of the set.  We won't say who it is, but she is wearing a pony tail...

01/01/09, New Year's Day.  Christian was one of the first in the water New Year's morning and was styling on his first wave.  'Way to go Christian...

Gidget shows perfect form dropping-in on this inside section.  Sporting a new Body Glove Vapor 4/3 wetsuit; 55 degree water in late December does not slow Gidget down.  Endless summer; we love it...     Rich Gust photo.

Jimmy lines-up for a nice left in front of the TORR tower.  All the guys want to have great hair like Jimmy; heck, some of the gals too...

Collin offered to take some pictures and snapped this image of our photog.  We used to think he wanted to surf like "The Duke" or "Doc Ball"; but now we know he is just too stiff to stand any other way...

Charlie the Lifeguard.  We were really lucky to have Charlie as our regular guard for 2008.  Every year, Lifeguards are given new assignments; Charlie will be working elsewhere in 2009.  Besides being a great guy, few can surf a 12 foot RESCUE board with the style and grace of Charlie...

Rocky always has a tough time deciding whether to comb the beach for trinkets or go surfing.  We love it when he comes surfing, he tells the best stories ever.  Here Rocky is starting one of his epic stories with that classic line: "You shoulda been here yesterday"...

This is John.  The end of December '08 brought great waves and great days of sunny blue sky's.  When not surfing; you can usually find John either out on his paddleboard or teaching his grandson to surf...