Hand Making Skateboards in Arcata

A backyard business for sidewalk surfers

(January 25, 2018) Over the last five years, the cracks and crannies of Arcata's sidewalks have eaten me up and the unpredictable weather left me with a heavy and rusted cruising setup....

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The Reluctant Skier

Helmets, hot toddies and the sport of staying upright

(January 18, 2018) I'm not much of a daredevil, although that hasn't always been the case. When I was growing up in Eureka, I rollerskated down Buhne Hill and rode motorcycles around Trinity...

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HumBug: Shooting in the Wild

(November 23, 2017) Despite my best efforts, I didn't see any interesting new insects this week. To be sure, there are many out there but the ones I encountered were all species...

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Panfish Fishing

Teach someone to fish (and clean)

(November 9, 2017) There is nothing like sharing a love of fishing with someone who has never cast a line. Whether fishing with a child who can barely stand on the lake shore...

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Sharktober, Part Four

Heart attacks, cramps, despair and other threats greater than sharks

(October 26, 2017) The Sharkbanz, a chunky wrist-worn device advertised as "a convenient and effective shark deterrent for the beachgoer, swimmer and surfer," sits on my dresser next to a stack of bills...

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Sharktober Part Three

On "paying the rent"

(October 19, 2017) Sharktober?" my friend asked. I'd just told him about this column I'm writing. "Yes, Sharktober," I repeated. "Shark ... tober?" he said again, drawing the syllables out as if...

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Sharktober: Part Two

After the attack, a clarity

(October 12, 2017) If you lived in Humboldt County in October of 2012, you heard about the encounter. For me, the word came via my cell phone, which blew up with news that...

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Sharktober Part 1

Witnessing an attack

(October 5, 2017) The first person I knew to be hit by a great white was this guy Casey. That was in 2000, the same year I'd started surfing. A couple years later,...

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Poke Pole Fishing

Forget casting, here's how to catch eel right below your feet

(July 20, 2017) The gentle ebb and flow of the northern Pacific Ocean whispered in our ears as we spent the night on the sands anticipating the morning's fishing foray. Checking the tide...

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