Surf L.A. | Surf The World

Hey guys , Brain Maulden here – i have surfed for over 30 years – lived life in the sun, opted out, opted back in – this is my blog, more like random thoughts on life, surf, innovation and alternative living! Im currently recovering from a swollen ankle so sitting down putting my heart and soul into my blog.surfing and healthy living- i love it!

My buddy Phil Ridge from L.A. sent me this email asking if i can include his thoughts on our surfing adventures over 30+ years:

NO worries…I love reading all about you guys surf trips and fun and tips…I am in the mountains pouting because I want to surf so bad I can taste the salt water…I will surf in Hawaii this year with my friend Suzy Styles who was part of the stunt surfers on Blue Ridge…and I have never surfed on the L.A. / California coast yet…but I have learned by listening to you guys to buy a wetsuit cuz it’s cold…smiles. ..I plan to move from Alturas area to Eureka…to be exact a neat place called Shelter Cove…right on the coast with surfing…gonna come surf in that area??? I’d love to meet up again and have a surf buddy. Hey, Linda Mar has been phenomenal these last 3 days. Yes I really do mean that. No, really. 2-3 ft on the south end up to 7 ft+ on the north end, makeable, fun. I’ve even riden waves with 2+ full turns  on a single wave. Phenomenal for Linda Mar. Little to no wind, very lightly textured with air temperatures as warm as 50 degrees F, water temps as warm as 50 degrees F. In the sun it feels as warm as 50 degrees F (no actually it feels warmer in the sun, maybe as warm as 60 degrees F). Max’s tip for the week: shorten up your leash rope. Your leash rope may elongate in heavy conditions. Make sure your rail saver (the wide part of your leash) is doing it’s job and save yourself a ding repair. I’m learning this the dumb hard way. Back to the repair shop for the new Stretch! ouch….Cheers Phil


Live To Surf - Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good on you mate – cant WAIT to catch up.Heres what ive been planning since January when i stuffed up my ankle. My friends Mary and Kenny (like a sister and brother to me) have each a vacation house there plus a rental…I plan in near future when a job at hte Forest Service in Eureka comes available for me to move there but for now I can go anytime I wish to’s a 6 1/2 hour drive for me so I can’t go often but I plan to go a few times next spring and summer…Mary told me the surfing is great…she doesn’t surf but Kenny does (her brother)…so I have 1 surf buddy…but I would love to meet other surfers there to surf with…Shelter Cove is a very sweet nice community on the West Coast beach and I look forward to surf friends there…I’m 47 yr.s old going on 35 (hehe) and a little new to surfing…I have been to surf camp with Susy Stewart in North Shore of Oahu…and learned my first surf lesson a few years ago in Oahu Waikiki…but I need practice…I got up on my second try so I take to it well, but you always need practice to get better…smiles…your friend should still think about building a house there…it’s the next best thing to Hawaii…just a little colder is all…

Dead Car??

My car was rear-ended last Sunday 3/6. It’s sitting at a body shop and the insurance company wants to total it. There’s still a chance I can convince them to fix it, maybe it’s not worth it. I’m thinking what I might do for a new surf vehicle. I liked my car because I could fit my 8’2″ board inside by folding down the rear seats and could get a 9’6″ board on the roof rack on top. I know of some other cars that will fit an 8′ board inside, maybe VW, Civic, etc? I’m thinking of a Subaru station wagon, a cool car, going for under $3k on craiglist.

Surfing Perils!

Hey, swollen ankle or NOT? I still hang down at the Wet Coast beaches most days. Yesterday I saw a guy get knocked off the Point on Sunday.  A west set unloaded on the Point and all of a sudden the guy was dangling by his fingertips, real cliffhanger style.  I was impressed that he had the presence of mind to unvelcro his leash and sacrificed his board for his life.  He climbed back to safety, his board was smashed to oblivion in the cove.  I chatted with him later and we had a good laugh about it.  He’s happy to be breathing, small shin bruise.


Ok, last surf ramble for today – i promise. Norcal in years gone by…..

Seems life an eternity ago but I used to live in the Norcal area back in 2005/2007 (eureka/arcata) when i lived there i used to frequent such places as Jimmy’s point, luffenhotz, claim beach, sun beach etc. I knew james and bill at Salters
(was annoyed to hear they went under like humboldt surf did as well) I am looking at hopefully within the next few months as soon as I can to relocate back there with my sweetie and wanted to get to know people and make some new friends. as far as surfing well; i am a Goofy, like all types of surf though i am somewhat partial to longboards, i did alot of body surfing and boogie boarding (given at the time my finances could not afford a regular board) so honestly my skill
level is seriously grom as far as board riding, but once i do get out there getting a board is priority number one. Look forward to getting back there real soon!


Melbourne Surf – Solar Powered Adventure at Ocean Grove

Think Melbourne Australia is not a renown surf spot? Think again. My mate of 20 years plus Phil Sidney invited my on a wild surf trip along the coast line of Melbourne, Victoria Australia. As you will see from looking at the map of Melbourne below, because of the weird shape of the coastline, there is actually over 800km of potential surf beaches. Phil is a Torquay fan and has surfed the entire coast, east to west for years. We had 3 weeks ‘roughing it’ along the surf beaches to the west of the city – an amazing time.


map , melbourne australia
Torquay Cove was a bit flat initially but much better after sun down. Late one afternoon waves were about 4-6ft mostly,and a couple of faster closeouts, it was very easy to judge which direction they were coming  from or where they would break and over all it was so cool and nice and close to shore , shallow water and the Toruay pub (ha ha!). Phil and i  caught a handful of decent waves for the 2 1/2 hour drive from Frankston ,though i must say the cold water bought tears to my eyes. A couple of Phil’s friends and I went out around 6:30am-9:45am, very brisk – its located just  south of the famous Ale House. The waves were ok and it looked like the SE did fill in a bit with the SW wind swell and there some good 5-6 wave sets on offer so we had fun before a weird breakfast Phil made for us – more on this later. On some occasions we had 6-7 foot faces and some pretty funky rights and lefts, although a bit crowded by the time we left. We are longboarders , though we saw shortboarders  over the North end.

Solar Breakfast!

Phil is s legend – he can fix anything and build absolutely anything you can imagine…

His Kombie van has the best solar powered fridge, stove and lighting. He acquires a bunch of  solar panels and to invested in the solar inverter and got some skilled labor to create a large solar PV panel array that was designed to be installed on Melbourne roof’s to supply solar electricity into Melbourne homes. The advice and parts were supplied via Ron at  solar panels Melbourne  , who is knowledgeable about solar feed in tariffs and solar rebates in Melbourne – that is the main reason why solar power in Melbourne is on the up and up, as the Victorian State Government subsidises home solar panel installation in Melbourne. Phil’s Melbourne home had 40, yes 40 solar panels of the roof and generates 5k watts of solar power on a sunny Melbourne day (not many of those – joking Phil!). Phil’s house is in Frankston and has a massive north facing roof – perfect for solar power. He reckons the solar installation has not only cut his power bill, but, wait for it, he actually makes a small income from them as the extra power the solar panels produce is fed back to the main electricity grid and the Victorian Government pays a ‘solar feed in tariff’ meaning he gets a credit on his power bill! As a renewable energy boffin , Phil used the extra solar panels to power his Kombie – bottom line is we had a fantastic solar powered meal cooked courtesy of my good mate Phil!