"The Glide" newsletter archive
Newsletter - Summer 2011
Glide” – from Tom Proctor
Good AM friends and Happy Birthday America "The Glide" has been idle for about 1-1/2 years however there are some important issues the club needs your help with.
1st a little on what has been happening: Andy did a great job of arranging another Costa Rica Trip. Ten of us enjoyed eight days of waist to head high surf in the as usual warm February water. Everyone dubbed my roommate Keith & me "Felix & Oscar." I'm still looking for my red board shorts. I think Felix used them as a cloth to clean-up the mess he made repairing his board with mixture of resin, fiberglass & rocks. I feel he threw them away so I wouldn't find out.
Our "Socializing Surfers" events have been well attended and we certainly do thank and appreciate all who have opened their homes and prepared food for the get-togethers.
Our 2nd safari to the Cocoa Beach area was a big hit. There were 30 or so members and guest that made the trip. A BIG THANKS to Will & Karen Lucas for their gracious hospitality and throwing a great party on Saturday evening. If you haven't seen the pictures on our photo page, please do.
Changes made by Gill & Jim to the Surf CAM has the picture refreshing every 2-3 seconds for the most part. Look for you Website and Surf Cam enhancement - a special thanks to Gill and Sally.
There was surf for the last 3 days - Thursday afternoon, Friday AM & Saturday AM. I mention this because as we all know this hasn't been the best start to summer.
The annual reunion will be held on over the weekend of September 16-18 - the dinner will be held Saturday 9/17 at the Exchange Club on IOP.
Now for the issues:
Elimination of IOP on-street parking from Breach Inlet to The Wind Jammer - The city of IOP will be meeting in the next few weeks to discuss and possibly vote on an ordinance that would eliminate parking on the streets south of the Wind Jammer. As I understand they are considering plowing down the dunes where the paths are today and replacing them with parking lots. This would practically eliminate access to the beach not only for surfers but would adversely affect EVERYONE wanting to "go to the beach". All the members will be notified via eMail when we get a date for the meeting. I am requesting everyone attend the meeting if possible. I'd like to have a big CCSC turnout in support of defeating the ordinance.
Surf Cam Sponsorships - By far the biggest source of CCSC's revenue comes from our Wed Cam Sponsors. We have lost 2 possibly 3 and we are adding (6) additional spots that will outline Andy's daily surf report. During May 2011 the Surf CAM had 13,748,155 hits and I'm positive based on the trend over the last two years will be over 20,000,000 hits during hurricane season. From May 2010 thru May 2011 there was never a month with less than 2,565,571 hits. These are pretty impressive numbers. The club needs your help in referring companies that may be interested in a purchasing a sponsorship. They can contact me, our Webmaster or any of the Board of Directors - eMail addresses are available on our Contact page.
Keep Surfing, Tom Proctor 843.883.3100 firstname.lastname@example.org
Everyone had a super time on our safari to Cocoa Beach last weekend. Unfortunately only four members Lucky, Hal Jamie & I attended the club function but the comrade was great. We caravanned down I-95 with former charter CCSC member Mike Spencer of Spencer Surfboards and longtime surfer / shaper / surf marketer Robert Parker. Mike and Robert had a booth @ the Expo where they where they were selling Wyland Surfboards http://www.bluewatersurfboards.com/wylandsurfboards/ and introducing and marketing Mike and Hal’s Alaia Boards http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNFfs40xGhE The booth was a real hit at the show – Mike & Hal did several interviews with trade publications and local media. We visited the show both days after getting early AM sessions. Saturday the surf was waist-to-chest and Sunday AM it cleaned up but dropped to thigh-to-occasional waist.
We visited the East Coast Surf Museum, East Coast Hall of Fame, Balsa Bill’s Surf Shop and The Longboard House. Saturday night we were the guest of CCSC’s gracious Florida connection Will and Karen Lucas. Edgar Eltrich and former member Bryant Hungerford were in town and joined us for an evening of great food, libations, BS stories and of course Hal’s jokes.
Happy New Year, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter and all other holidays I missed. I apologize to all for not authoring “The Glide” for over 6 months.
To catch up on some business I’d like to thank Susan Radley and Sally Price for their hard work in organizing the float decorating and preparation for the Christmas Parade. Thanks to Andy Benke for making the trip to the beach everyday to post the surf report and Bill Coleman and Hal Coste for making sure the annual Oyster Roast was a success. Susan also a big thanks to you for continuing to arrange & coordinate our monthly Socializin' Surfers events. I understand that we have 2 finalists as candidates for the 1st CCSC College Scholarship and the winner will be awarded on May 15th - thank you Tim Askins, Keith Farley and Bill Zorn for your efforts.
Thanks to our CCSC Web Cam sponsors; Charleston Water Sports, Seels on Sullivan’s, Sottile and Hopkins & Island Reality and welcome Kia Dilling’s Sol Surfers Surf Camp to the page.
This winter was the coldest in a number of years and the small surf was really a downer. It’s bad enough to be forced to put up with cold water and rubber but to have so few good days for almost _ a year drains your enthusiasm. I admire your commitment to stay stoked!
Ten club members and two guests made the annual Costa Rican Safari. The surf was good size as you can tell from Andy’s picture when you login to CCSC. Delta Airlines is the “anti-surfer” airline. For those of you who don’t know they are charging $600 round trip per board. This meant that most everyone on the trip made @ least two attempts to rent boards they could “get wired”. It ate up almost a full day of water time searching the 4 surf shops for rental boards. - I personally have chosen to boycott them and urge everyone to do so when possible. You have to endure connections no matter your choice of airlines out of CHS. You will find most connection cities are less congested than Atlanta!
Finally it’s great to hear our good friend form the old days, Kenny Kirchner, is recovering and is expected to be back in the line-up this summer with his new heart valve.
My forecast is for better than usual summer surf because of the lack of winter swell. I look forward to seeing y’all in the line-up, your help with our summer surf and community service events and of course at the monthly Socializin' Surfers get togethers. You will receive information on the annual meeting and dinner in the next few months.
Once again the Annual Meeting & Reunion signals another summer is history. I figured what better time to thank everyone in the club for a GREAT YEAR while I’m hunkered down in Houston awaiting “IKE’s” visit.
It was a pleasure letting all the club members & their guest know how much we had accomplished & the highlights thus far of 2008. For those of you that couldn’t attend the meeting I am going to update you here:
It started in late 2007 with our 1st entry in the East Cooper Christmas Parade. We all owe a debt of gratitude to Sally Price & Susan Radley for co-chairing the committee and for everyone’s hard work. All had a great time & the club got a lot of exposure! I hear they are looking for volunteers to help w/ this year’s float. Please contact Sally Price if you are interested.
We all congratulated & applauded Will & Karen Lucas and Dickey & Beth Hopkins on their 2008 marriages. I was very proud to recognized Dire Askins, our Eastern Surfing Association representative, for taking 1st Place in the 2007/2008 Menehumne Longboard Division.
All on hand expressed thanks to Susan Radley for organizing the Socializing Surfer Monthly Get-togethers that have been very well attended. She is working on October’s venue – it will be posted on the Website soon. I hear the ladies’ “Grunt & Groan” exercise class and “ladies only” morning surf-abouts have attracted a good following. Please feel comfortable contacting Susan if you are interested in participating in these events.
Hal Coste thanked Will Lucas for including several of the founding club members in his latest East Coast Surf Documentary “Board Shorts”. All club members are urged to contact Will or Hal if you are interested in purchasing a copy of Board Shorts or Will’s other productions. (The club has several copies in-stock) Hal also had the honor of presenting awards to Nicholas Sottile, Stephen Sottile, Nancy Price, Sally Price, Keith Farley, Dire Askins, Amiee Jette, Jim Radley & Susan Radley for continuing to improve their surfing skills & pushing to be the best!
Nick Sottile used his humorous side to present his Treasurer’s Report. Our membership continues to grow (over 80 members in good standing) plus The IOP Surf Cam allows us to contribute to & support many surfing oriented community events. We are indebted to the The Sea Cabins for allowing us to erect the CAM & to our sponsors; Seel’s on Sullivan’s, Charleston Watersport, Sottile & Hopkins, LLC & Island Reality! There are still several spots available if you know anyone interested in placing an Ad.
The Surfer Healing event was well represented & financially supported by CCSC as well as members of CCSC alike. This is a national program that allows Autistic children to experience to fun of surfing & a day @ the beach. A special thanks to Tim Askins for getting us involved w/ the event and to Sparky, Sally, Nancy & Susan for their participation @ the beach.
For the 2nd year in a row CCSC was honored to be an Ariel Sponsor for the SC Governor’s Cup of Surfing held on Folly Beach. Thanks to Keith, Mike, Hal, Sparky, Dire & Tim for representing the club on the beach & in the water.
Everyone is excited about the CCSC Scholarship that will be awarded to a senior from BE, Wando or high school attended by club members. Tim Askins volunteered to chair the committee - immediately Keith Farley & Billy Zorn offered to serve. Please contact Tim Askins if you are so inclined to serve on this all-important committee.
Nick Sottile’s & Gill Guerry’s terms on The Board of Directors expires this year. I’d like to express my thanks & that of the club for your service, guidance & hard work. I am proud to announce that Bill Coleman volunteered to take Nick’s position as Treasurer & Bob Dodson volunteered to take Gill’s position as Secretary. Thanks guys!
IKE’s winds are starting to pick up so I must end. Once again thanks to everyone in the club for your help, support & for attending our functions. We are making a difference in the community, having a good time & passing a great tradition on to the next generation of surfers. What could be better!
It's almost mid-year 2008 and this means that things will really start picking up. The water is in the low 70s so your rubber is a thing of the past. The summer season is finally here! Everyone knows that summer on the East Coast is not going to be a wave magnet, but we all have a little more time to be at the beach. A knee-high Saturday in June tends to be a lot more crowded than knee-high Saturday in January.
Twelve of us kicked off the season with a February trip to Nosara, Costa Rica. The surf was chest to double overhead for 8 days. The food was great, and the time spent together was a real treat. I understand, in addition to Costa Rica, we will be looking at surfing adventures in El Salvador, Panama, Peru, or Portugal for our 2008 adventure. I encourage all members and friends to consider going with us!
Special thanks go to Jim and Susan Radley for starting our very successful Socializin' Surfers Happy Hour. (see above)
forward to seeing you in the water and hope you will be joining us for
all the planned events this summer. Don't forget our Annual Reunion
and Club Meeting scheduled over Labor Day Weekend.
Happy New Year to
all & my wish is 2008 will be your best & most prosperous year
yet. 2007 was a fantastic year for Carolina Coast Surf Club. It presented
our club with a number of 1st; a lot of comradery as well as some very
influential members of the surfing community joining CCSC.
On behalf of your board of directors I’d like to thank everyone that attended the 1st annual Oyster Roast held in February. It was a great success & we hope to see you all on March 8th 2008 for the 2nd annual “shucking”.
Our gratitude goes out to all who participated in both the Adopt -a- Hiway clean up program & spring Surf Get-togethers. Our thanks especially goes out to Hal for his innovative way of preparing our Continental Breakfast @ the events - on an ironing board. Not any ironing board but the very ironing board he claims he uses on overhead days because it is so FAST off the bottom. (he even showed it off in the Christmas Parade – see the photos)
Robert August, “Wingnut” Weaver & Sam August were in town promoting RA’s latest film release as part of a benefit put on @ The Windjammer by our Web Cam Sponsor Charleston Water Sports. Hal, Nick & I met the trio the following day and they accepted our invitation to join CCSC. You can see their membership forms & a picture of us welcoming them to the club below.
As part of our effort to support & promote surfing - CCSC for the 1st time was one of the elite sponsors the South Carolina Governors Cup of Surfing. The Eastern Surfing Association contest was held in August on Folly Beach. I am proud of our club members that competed & placed in the event. It was great exposure for our club!
The jewel of the year was the Annual Meeting & Reunion. Club members, family & friends joined us for the best surf ever in what turned into a 3-day event. Will Lucas, Director / Producer of three East Coast Documentaries & member of CCSC was kind enough to present a pre-release showing of “Board Shorts” @ the annual dinner. The documentary features interviews w/ charter members of CCSC: Lucy Price, Hal Coste, Mike Spence & me.
The year ended w/ the club’s biggest 1st of 2007 & hopefully what will continue to be an annual event - The Mt. Pleasant Christmas Parade. Sally Price & Susan Radley co-chair'd the production & did a super job in planning & coordinating the event THANKS LADIES!!! Everyone was really impressed w/ Nick’s “parade float hot-dogging” however I understand several of his clients are a little concerned that he might show up for their next court appearance in his wetsuit.
We look forward to your participation & attendance @ the events planned for 2008.
Late winter and spring 2007 has produced some pretty good days here; however, the surf continues to be unpredictable at best in the Northern Hemisphere. Believe me, the IOP surf conditions are not unique in this respect. I was welcomed by lousy surf at Huntington Beach and San Diego, CA for 5 days in January (knee to waist mush). Costa Rica, of course, held predictable with shoulder to slightly overhead waves for 6 days in February. The Texas Gulf Coast blew me away with atypically consistent waist to chest sets for 3 straight weekends in March. April, normally known for fair to good waves was a bust, but May is starting off with a lot of promise. The Nor’easter on May 7-8 kicked up chest to head high peaks at the pier. I hope this is the signal for a good summer.
I’m stoked because now I can get up at daybreak and see what the surf is doing without having to drive to the pier and check it out. I just login to our SurfCam and voila! The CCSC Surf Cam is LIVE and well thanks to Gill Guerry’s hard work. I urge you to thank Gill personally as well as your Board members and our sponsors. We also ask that you patronize our sponsors.
There is still work to do on the CCSC site. Soon links to buoy, weather and marine forecasts will be available. Links will be established with other Surfcams and surfing-related sites. We urgently need several volunteers to help with posting the daily Surf Report on the site. Please contact Andy Benke if you would like to help.
This newsletter provides Information about a number of activities planned for this summer and fall. The club needs YOUR help in planning and organizing events and trips. Your Board is running out of ideas. Please contact any Board member with ideas. Of greatest importance is your participation at club activities and functions! Make an effort to attend at least 2 functions this summer.
I look forward to seeing you in the water this summer and catching a few waves together.