Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Surfer Anastasia Ashley on Big-Wave Surfing Hawaii's Waimea Bay

Photographs courtesy Daniel Russo

Screen shot 2010-12-12 at 10.59.52 AM January 20 and 21 saw the biggest waves of the winter to pound Hawaii so far. Those surfers who were skilled enough and brave enough waxed up their big boards and headed to spots like Jaws in Maui, Outer Log Cabins, Oahu, and, of course, the spiritual home of big wave surfing, Waimea Bay. While big-wave surfing has traditionally been a masculine activity, a few women join the lineup those days, including Adventure favorite Maya Gabeira and 23-year-old Anastasia Ashley. Ashley was born on the North Shore and now divides her time between the islands and California. Adventure got a hold of her for a first person account of what it’s like to paddle out and catch a few monsters at such a legendary spot.—Tetsuhiko Endo

ADVENTURE: When did you know you wanted to start riding Waimea?
Anastasia Ashley:
I actually didn't start surfing out there 'till last year, when I found an old board under my house that was left by someone—an old 7'10’’ big-wave board. Out of curiosity I wanted to try riding it because I’d never ridden a board that big. I took it out on a small day at Waimea and felt super under gunned, so I then decided I needed a bigger board. I ordered one from Rusty and have been stoked to surf the bay ever since.

What was it like paddling out for the first time?
It was definitely surreal seeing the waves from the water—they’re so big!

How do you mentally prepare yourself for any big swell?
Definitely by just being physically prepared. I always get a good night’s sleep and make sure to eat some healthy food to keep me powered.

Walk me through surfing a wave at Waimea Bay.
Being out at Waimea is pretty crazy. The paddle out is actually pretty minor, besides the initial shore break. but if you mistime that you can be very much screwed. The most intense part, on the other hand, is the drop. It feels like you’re dropping in forever! The wave behaves one way around 15 feet, but it definitely changes once the swells hit the 18-foot plus mark. It jacks up out of the deep water and turns really, really intense.

Maya Gabeira once told me that there is a certain loneliness to being a woman who rides big waves because you are constantly surrounded by men. What is your take on that?
I agree. I feel like that is true in any aspect of surfing, big waves and small waves. It's definitely a man's lineup. But I also think it's definitely changing!

Are you considering doing any more big-wave surfing this year?
Yeah, of course! It's all swell dependent, so I’ll hopefully surf a few more days out at Waimea, and some outer reefs.

Posted via email from eWaste Disposal and Recycling

Battery Recycling Just Got Easier

The iRecycle Kit from Battery Solutions makes it easy for everyone—from households to corporations—to environmentally and economically recycle spent dry-cell batteries.

Each iRecycle Kit includes everything you need to recycle your batteries and handheld electronics. You simply collect all dry-cell battery types and hand-held electronics together—without separating—and mail them to us. We do the sorting, logistics, shipping, receiving, and recycling.

This is our no-hassle solution to help you ensure batteries and electronics are recycled properly. And easily.

How to Get Started

It’s easy! To get your iRecycling Kit - Purchase Now


iRecycle Kit Features

  • Fully-Inclusive Recycling Product
  • Pre-Paid Shipping Included
  • UN-Approved Collection Containers
  • Two Attractive Boxes And Two Pails From Which To Choose

How It Works

  1. Purchase the size of recycling kit that’s right for you.
  2. Receive your recycling kit in the mail.
  3. Fill the kit with all types of dry-cell batteries and handheld electronics.
  4. Once your kit is filled, ship it pre-paid to our recycling center. It’s as easy as that.

Benefits Of Recycling

  • It’s the safest way to recycle batteries
  • It helps you remain in compliance with any applicable environmental laws
  • All hazardous materials are recycled properly
  • The plastic and metal materials reclaimed are reused
  • It saves landfill costs
  • It saves natural resources
  • It’s the right thing to do

Materials We Accept

  • Household batteries, both rechargeable and non-rechargeable, such as
    • D-cell, C-cell, AA, AAA, 9-volt, and button cells
  • Rechargeable battery packs from:
    • Cell phones, cameras, laptop computers, power tools, etc.
  • Handheld electronics:
    • Cell phones, iPods, PDAs, pagers, and so on
  • Any other dry-cell batteries

Posted via email from eWaste Disposal and Recycling

HVAC boot cleared of Asbestos in Los Angeles