Archive for March 2010
Macbook Air for some reason doesn’t have a security slot, which renders all the Kensington locks useless. Living in Saigon for as long as I have, I just couldn’t let it lay around the bookstore unlocked. So I came up with my own 1.5usd solution: a secure lock+steel pad combo that is a. easily removable, b. unobtrusive and c. stylish.
Making the steel pad
Steel pad on its own
Steel pad hooked up to the Kensington lock
Here are the facts:
Some waves are so perfect they get you so high, both during the act of riding them and long afterwards. But most of the time they suck, all crumbly and with no substance.
A rookie surfer never gets any wave and he ends up either a. sitting on his ass all day and watch every one have fun or b. getting wiped out.
If you are living in a place with bad waves all the times, you ll never catch anything, no matter how good you are. This means somewhere else (Hawaii or Bali), a guy with no skill can have the time of his life, every single day.
Some waves look so good from far away. The closer they get, however, the crappier they turn out to be (i.e all crumbly with no substance). Some fizzle out before you even get to be on them. So much for your hard paddling. However, the opposite is also true. An experienced surfer should be able to spot out the good and the bad.
It s a dog eat dog out there in the water. Guys are highly territorial and aggressive. They will try to catch the same wave as you so if you better bring your A game.
An A game is defined as:
-a high endurance level for the coldness of the water. You should get used to it after a while.
-a high stamina level to outlast the guy pursing the same wave as you. Once you catch the wave, this high stamina will also help you ride the wave as the wave deserves to be ridden.
-a high endurance for pain. Once the wave breaks, and you fall, be prepared for the possibly of a. getting hit in the head by solid objects (rocks, coral reef, your own board) or b. long period of submergence, during which time you will experience disorientation, and a sense of drowning.
-a high degree of flexibility. Hip movement is instrumental in moving your stick up and down, hitting the wave at the best spots possible.
A lot of time the wave will just come to you. This means you don’t have to do anything. You don’t have to have an A game. You don’t have to have the best board in the world. The wave will come, catch you unexpected and takes you on the most amazing ride of your life.
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