OK, let's get it started.
Drove down with rdj with a SUV-full of boards with his absolutely SICK artwork on them.
Set-up right next to Jon, the guy who organized the whole event. Another great guy who brought some nice his self-shaped boards.
Met up with Guardrail early AM. Surfed the higher tide with a relatively low crowd.
Decent waves- punchy waist to shoulder high E groundswell/SE windswell combo and offshore winds.
Later met up with dexter and Surfer57 (Kyle).
Met and surfed with JJR, DK, and Ian Zamora. F*(kin' coolest cats I've met in a long time. Surfed more crowded conditions with them, so it was a little hard to maintain conversation, but there was plenty of quick chats and laughs about this and that all around.
Jimmy was a freakin rocket on his DK fishy shortboard (or is it a shortboardy fish?). Really enjoyed talking shop with DK and Ian. Saw Ian destroy a suck-out-style wave off the jetty. I love it when you cannot definitively state if someone is a better shaper or surfer.
I definitely foresee ordering a board from Ian in the future (his thinned-out high-performance quad fish board is right up my alley), and definitely want to get myself a DK sometime shortly after that (gotta get the $cratch together, otherwise I'd be putting in these orders right now).
And Ambrose... man, loved talking to him, I feel like we touched on every topic under the sun. Crap, I need to find the $ to order one of his boards too. Sick, sick, sick designs.
Met up with old-school poster Moonie and checked out his various surfboards, kneeboards, and flex spoons.
Saw some beautiful hollow-wooden boards built by don'task (swaylocks poster). Loved hearing about the blood, sweat, tears, and smiles that go into their construction.
I had to leave shortly after noon for my daughter's birthday party, but I felt like I crammed a lot into the short time I was there. I really wished I could have hung longer to surf, talk shop, and done some grub and beers with anyone who headed out.
Some early-arrival pics are posted at http://www.anythingbut3east.blogspot.com/
rdj's girl took a ton of pics, so those will be up in the next day or so.