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Glenn Minami 70's Original Twin Fin....

good morning. waves still small in shonan but actually surfable. waist high and onshore. i hope i can get wet this evening. had a fun night last night. photos coming later. for all of those in shonan, how beautiful was mount fuji last evening? and this morning? oh my gosh.... anyway, have a nice day...

i still remember back in the days when guys like martin potter and dane kealoha use to ride twin fins at backdoor. i think it was on the astrodeck video "wave warriors" where martin potter did a full round house cutback on a twin fin shaped my glenn minami. that image will never be erased from my head. anyway, now that glenn's shaping for TSSC SURFBOARDS, it's my chance. glen said he hasn't shaped twin fin for a long time but still had those exact templates from the 70's. he pulled it out, dusted it off, and the rest is history. introducing glenn minami's original twin fin from the 70's....

freaking sick!!!!! this is a 5'10 twin with the original fins too. yasan was the lucky guy to get the first one and i'm going to be the second lucky guy to get the next one. these are the twins that work in all surf conditions. from knee high beach breaks to 6' barrelling backdoor. yasan told me his works unreal and he refuses to let anybody try it. not even me. i know that feeling because if i had something as precious as that, i wouldn't either....

freaking sick!!!! i'm so pumped i can't even sleep. glenn is coming to japan in sept to shape and i'm going to be first in line....

A Great Story...

aloha everybody. i'm in the middle of starting up a new blog system so stay tuned. it's going to be at a different address. and stay tuned for the new go-naminori renewal. it's coming along and should be up this weekend. well, that's if i don't sleep for the rest of the week. haha. we've been working hard at it and are super stoked at the new look. as for the waves, yeah, it's coming. hopefully can score again. will keep you posted. don't worry, be happy.... oh, i just felt like saying that... as for you surfers in hawaii, sorry guys and girls. it looks freaking flat and you better get use to it. nothing on the way for you guys. maybe you should all get on a plane and come to japan? haha. but if you do, please bring me some poi and laulau...

**my friend holli always sends me email that either makes me happy, or makes me think. i usually read it once and delete it but this is one that i couldn't delete. the message is just too dam good. check it out and thanks so much holli for this awesome story...

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Warning: Cardboard Manapua's....

good morning. gosh, i had a hard time connecting to the internet this morning. i hate this technology shit. why can't it be easier? anyway, finally signed on so i can get some things done. seen some waves on the way. expect typhoon 7 in the next 24 hours. anyway, got to get back to work. i'm glad somebody invented the air conditioner. if not, i'd be dead.... have a nasty hot day....

big news out of china a few weeks ago. some restaurants in china were using old dirty cardboard boxes off the streets, boiling it with some chemical to make it look like pork, add a lot of MSG to make it taste like pork, and put it in buns to make manapua's. freakin scary. so you guys who went to china before probably ate dirty cardboard. and it probably tasted so good yeah? i'm glad i haven't been to china before or i would start to feel sick. and if i do go there, i will never ever eat a manapua. never....

every time i travel to asia, i always go to the hole in the wall restaurants or food stands and eat what the locals eat. so far so good but i just read an article telling americans not to eat in places like that. will i listen? probably not...

this is my favorite place to get nashi champur in bali. it's so good that i can't tell you where it is. acutally, i forgot where it is. haha...

pick one up in the morning, eat it with your fingers, and go surf all day. that's a typical day in bali. can't wait to do it again....

Follow the Light Foundation Announces Call For Entries...

good evening. was today hot? i would't know because i haven't left the room yet. been checking out the forecast for the next week. looks solid with some south south/west swells. hope it's enough to make it up to shonan. right now is peak summer vacation in japan so it's hard to move around. everthing is booked and the traffic is too crazy. i guess i'm stuck here so hope the waves make it up this far. will keep you posted....

this is the forecast for the weekend. looks like okinawa and miyazaki will get worked again. hold on guys....

this was another finalist in the new seven wonders of the world. this is the statue of liberty in new york harbor. can you believe that it was a gift from the french government? i don't get it. but it symbolizes freedom and that's something i get and really appreciate.... FREEDOM!!!!! for all of those "Braveheart" fans, how's that ending???? i want to cry even thinking about it.... FREEDOM!!!!!

Follow the Light Foundation Announces Call For Entries For The 2007 Follow the Light Foundation Surf Photographers Grant. Winner gets $5,000. Check out how to submit your photo by CLICKING HERE.....

Surf1st South Shore Article...

good morning. 6am here in chigasaki and it's burning hot already. got the cooler going but it takes a while to cool down. i don't think i'll be going out of the office today. i've been in here all day with naoka for the past 4 days. it's pretty cool because i'm learning a lot about the web and learning that there is no dam end to it. we're working on the renewal of go-naminori and it's coming along well. hopefully up in a few days. it's going to be killler..... tonight there's the enoshima fireworks show going on. ummm, i might have to go check that out too. anyway, have another safe and hot day. save some sweat for me..... haha...

**oh, wanted to thank akko and mae for the awesome hand roll sushi party last night. it's my favorite and i ate so much. my stomach is still full. thanks for the awesome dinner. and thanks for not putting the pretty woman dvd in. i would have fell asleep. and welcome back kenji sahara to shonan.....


i'm so stoked how the south shore article in this months Surf1st came out. i was my first big project so i was pretty nervous. you can't get this magazine in hawaii so wanted to show my friends there the article...

this is the first spread. "explore south". how's this shot of bowls. shit, i want to go back to hawaii after looking at this.....

this page has photos of mike dodd, glen matsumoto, darren tatsuno, and todd mitsui. all these guys rip....

this is nick mita doing a round house cutback at kaisers. i almost got his nose in my face after this shot. nick rips....

on the right is jun jo's sick air. the best air shot i've taken by far. i remember how stoked i was when i downloaded this photo after that session. on the bottom of that is kelia moniz and seth moniz. i'm so stoked they made the mag. their such good kids. then you got isaiah moniz on the left top. this kids on fire. under that photo is me. haha. guess who took this? hayato. i was shooting for a while at a spot where i grew up surfing. then after seeing the boys getting shacked, i got jealous and told them i couldn't shoot anymore. i asked hayato if he wanted to shoot and he said yeah, but after one more. he got one more, then one more, then one more, and one more. i couldn't wait so i started to swim back to my boat and he said ok, now i'll shoot. so i gave him the camera, the other guys went in, and i had this spot to myself. just like the good old days. hayato stayed out and shot a few photos and got this one. i was pretty stoked...

this spread is shuji kasuya. this is what you call style. on the right is yukiko, carissa, and derek wong. all great surfers...

the last spread is of hayato close up. hayato came to hawaii for 2 weeks for this article. he worked hard and got what surfers dream of, a 2 page spread in a major magazine. i wanted to thank surf1st for running the article, jun for writing the story, hayato for writing the captions, and the rest of the surfers for ripping and making it easy for me to get the shot. i'm stoked to have been a part of this article and will remember it for the rest of my life. doomo arigato gozaimasu. surf1st is on shelves all over japan right now. get a copy before it's all gone...

Chigasaki Fireworks Show/Old Buddies....

good evening everybody. it was another hot day here in japan. it was too hot for me even to go check the surf. i'm not going outside unless it's barreling. haha. yes, i'm a little spoiled already. stopped by the dove factory today to order my new wetsuits. dove came out with this new camo material that looks sick. perfect for my diving wetsuit..... i can't wait to get it. anyway, hope you have a fun and safe evening.....

lastnight was so fun. tokura-san called me at 6pm and told me that yochan and naoki was there with. i jumped on my bike and headed down. right when yochan seen me, he said hello and poured me a tequila shot. all my friends know that i don't and won't drink tequila but i couldn't turn a drink down from yochan. he's a legend and another person i respect 100%. yochan's the man.... that's him sitting right in the middle. naoki is on the far left next to me. he is part owner of Sagana Resort in the philippines. if you want to surf Cloud 9, that's the place to stay. and on the right is the always happy, tokura-san.....

i met yochan and naoki 4 years ago on a small island in the philippines. then we met again last night in chigasaki. gosh, what a small world we live in. and yes, it's all through surfing. that trip was so fun and everybody got so close. this is one of those photos that will be in my computer forever. impossible to delete. anyway, i'm sending a message to the other half owner of sagana resort and who is also the contest director for the billabong international contest they are having in september. "gerry, where's my invitation man. did you forget my address? if you don't invite me this year, i'm going to invite myself. and i heard the resort is full already yeah? i guess i'll be sleeping in your bed. haha... drop me an email buddy. aloha."

i saw this flyer lastnight. cecilio and kapono are coming to play live this weekend at enoshima. oh my gosh.... i hope i can make it. please no typhoons come....

japanese style of having fun at the fireworks show.....

this show was pretty awesome. thousands and thousands of people, beer, food, entertainment, and lots of fun....

my camera was the best investment of my life. these memories will last forever and ever....

Simple Heart Vibration...

good morning on another 100 degree hot summer day in japan. i haven't sweat so much in my life. once you step outside, oh my gosh. talk about a heat wave. had a blast last night. met some old friends and made some new ones. it's such a small world man. i saw so many people i knew at the fireworks show last night. yochan and naoki to name a few. took some fireworks photos so will post them tonight. trying to get rid of this headache i've been having every morning since i got here. gosh, i've only been here for 6 days and it feels like a lot longer than that. scored good waves, ate good food, and having lots of fun with my friends. i love japan. i don't know about this heat but i love japan. have a nice hot ass day....

rage surfboards rider daisuke stopped by and gave me his cd called "Simple Heart Vibration". he sang live the other night and he was awesome. i can't wait to hear him play again. daisuke's cd is awesome and i really like the artwork on the cover. thanks so much daisuke....

this is one of my favorite foods here in japan. it's called "tonsouku" or pigs feet. dip it in the sauce and it's all good....

then i ate this too yesterday. it's called "paigohan". pork and vegetables over rice. so good....

after lunch, we went to put in gas. i tell you, you can't beat the service in japan. 4 guys taking good care of my car. people laugh at this car but it's been good to me for the past 15 years. it's a 3 cylinder 550cc that runs like a champ....

akko hates when i try to take a photo of her. she always runs away. this was the closest i could get....

Hokkaido Crab Night in Chigasaki....

good evening. gosh, it was a pretty beautiful day here in japan. freaking hot but beautiful. i went for a surf at nishihama this morning around 8am. the waves were waist high and onshore but it felt good to get in the dirty water. haha. just joking. it wasn't that dirty today. i could still see a little bit of my board in the water. there were about 50 guys out and then it got really crowded when somebody's bodyboard school showed up. i counted 40 bodyboarder girls in that school. gosh, i guess bodyboarding is still booming. that's good to see.

when i came out of the water, the fishermen were pulling up their nets. there must have been over 1000lbs of fish in there. including small sharks, sting rays, and other weird creatures. not to mention the rubbish like beer cans and plastic bags. i was stoked to see all the fish and all the kids so happy cleaning out the nets. but there was one thing that made me kind of sad. when the fishermen were taking the rubbish out of their nets, they were just throwing it back out in the ocean. coming from hawaii, it was pretty sad seeing that and now i know why the ocean here is so dirty. they were doing it right in front of the kids too. what kind of message is that sending to the next generation here? the ocean is so precious and to see people disrespecting it makes me kind of depressed. is it japanese culture? no. all my japanese surfer and fisherman friends respect the ocean. i just can't understand how some people that live off the ocean treat it in that way. maybe it's time for a change. next time i see somebody throwing rubbish in the ocean, i'm going to pick it up and put it under their pillow. that should work. so here's a message to everybody that enjoys the ocean, take home more rubbish than what you came with. let's clean up the beaches in japan for the next generations to enjoy....


we had dinner lastnight at matsuo's house. it was hokaido crab night. so dam good.... here is go-naminori web designer naoka getting ready to get his hands dirty. wanted to thank akko and mai-chan for the awesome dinner. two great cooks... doomo arigato gozaimasu....

check out this hairy crab. looks hairy but what's in the inside is so delicious. wait! that sounds kind of creepy. dirty minds. haha....

when ever i see something that reminds me of hawaii, i start to miss home. but at the same time, it makes me happy. plumeria in chigasaki...

rise and shine is packed on the weekends. it's cool to see surfers enjoying such a beautiful summer day....

i tried to get akko in this photo but she refused. now i'm going to look for a photo of her i took 15 years ago and post it again... haha...


by looking at this recent satellite, i'd predict 2 typhoons forming within the next week. anybody wanna bet? and for my friends in hawaii, sorry, no swells for a while. and i mean a while....

Typhoon Forecasting/Kava Boat Party....

good morning. 7am sunday morning here in chigasaki. it's super sunny and looks like it's going to be a beautiful day. and a hot one. had an awesome dinner last night at matsuo's house. hokkaido crab? haha.,.. so good. have a nice day and don't forget the chigasaki fireworks show tonight at 7:30pm. see you there....

check out what we have on tap for next weekend. it's not officially a typhoon yet but will be one for sure. oh, just wanted to say something about forecasting typhoons. there are so many websites out there now days that do a good job in forecasting and a lot of websites that don't. here's my advice, find a few reliable ones, and don't just look at the forecast, after the typhoon is long gone, see if they were right. i check a few really good ones that are really accurate. and they aren't the japanese ones. here's the key. when you check it out, don't just look at the track, read the information about the storm and check out what's happening around because that's what's going to determine where the typhoons going. and knowing about the history of past typhoons helps a lot too. so surf the web and find a reliable source. i got mine but i'm not telling. took me too many years to figure this stuff out. i can't just give it up so easily. sorry....


it was about 10 years ago when we went on a Dove Boat Trip. we chartered a huge diving boat that were run by local fijians. we had a blast with live music everynight and had enough kava for an army. we anchored off this island called "kandavu". this is where the classic movie "king kong" was filmed. anyway, that island has some of the most potent kava in the world. one night i stayed up late with the boat staff drinking kava all night. then it hit me at once. i felt hot, amped out, and starting getting nuts. i remember trying to jump off the boat for a swim in the middle of the night. kinsan trying to mellow me out. it's pretty funny because it's usually the other way around. haha. i never drank kava since that night. i was over it. better stick to beer. we ended up having a fun trip and the 36 page article came out in the surfing world magazine. the title? "Kava Boat Party". that title said it all....


check out the 2007 6 Star Billabong Tahara Pro Final Day by CLICKING HERE.... only 16 surfers left with with no japanese and only one hawaiian still going, TJ Barron....

45' X-Games Skateboard Accident....

good evening. the waves are still onshore here in shonan. and the wind is still whipping. they cancelled the fireworks show and will do it tomorrow night instead. no problem for me but i felt sorry for all the people i just seen walking to the beach that don't know it's cancelled. maybe i will be a nice guy and stand on the beach telling everybody to go home and come back tomorrow. yeah, i'll do that because i feel like being a nice guy today. see ya....

check out another line up photo from china. matsuo took this and i stole it from his blog. haha. freakin sick photo. check out matsuo's blog by CLICKING HERE....

matsuo took these too. this is japanese style. go to a restaurant, look at a photo of what you want to eat, go to the vending machine and buy a the ticket, and give it to the kitchen. done....

this is what matsuo ate. i think it was the breakfast set. it cost about $5. i wish we had this system in hawaii. so good and so easy.....

**oh, wanted to congratulate "Mega" for getting 3rd in the Padang Padang Rip Curl Pro.

**also wanted to congratulate my niece and nephews who all went off at the china uemura longboard contest last week. i'm so proud of those kids...
Menehune Boys: Isaiah 1st, Joshua 4th, Seth 5th
Girls 14-17: Kelia got 1st .
Boys 14-17: Micah got 2nd.


oh my gosh. i'm going to quit skateboarding...

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