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Love Started With a Trip: A Week of Surf and Stories in Nicaragua

Love Started With a Trip:  A Week of Surf and Stories in Nicaragua

by Morgan Sliff Love can be felt in many contexts.  Its sensations aren’t just bound by the story of two star-crossed companions — love is the foundation in a group of close friends.  And for a specific group of South Bay wanderers this past week, love started with a trip.  A trip to a dirt […]

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Endless Session, Day 403: Surfing through Sunrise

Endless Session, Day 403: Surfing through Sunrise

  by Morgan Sliff The man floating next to me, Moe, said “Turn around.”  I knew what was behind me, as I had been locked in a trance all morning, even missing waves here and there to stare into the horizon.  It’s a kind of beauty that brings the world to a halt.  “How can […]

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Endless Session Day 340: Blue Planet

Endless Session Day 340: Blue Planet

By Morgan Sliff   Here we are again. South side of the Hermosa pier, light weekend crowd, good waves, and familiar faces. Being confined to this spot for the last few weeks almost started brooding some contempt.  A badly sprained shoulder and not being able to drive has ripped the pumping south swells hitting Malibu […]

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Endless Session. Day 339: Floating

Endless Session. Day 339: Floating

by Morgan Sliff In the morning, I feel pretty good.  Not like I can lift my right arm over my head or paddle “good”, just not in an immense amount of pain “good”.  By sometime in the late afternoon I crash, and it feels like a 20 lb weight is pulling on all sides of […]

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Endless Session, Day 338: Surf Party

Endless Session, Day 338:  Surf Party

by Morgan Sliff The water and sky swirled together in marble wisps as friend after friend made their way to the sea for a slice of the heaven that took the form of waves today.  The Barahona surf team was in attendance –  (with the exception of Ben Goldstein, hailing from Oceaside) myself, whirlybird master […]

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Endless Session, Day 337: Cheers

Endless Session, Day 337: Cheers

by Morgan Sliff I’m really giving this everything I have. Back when I made the commitment to surf every day for a year, I had an inkling that it would be difficult.  I thought I’d definitely make it to day 100, then see how I felt from there.  100 came and went, then halfway, then […]

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Endless Session, Day 335: Best Doctor Ever

by Morgan Sliff I have the best sports doctor ever. He’s so awesome, that after our appointment this afternoon he came and surfed with me — partly just to get in the water, and partly to observe exactly how I was surfing to see if I was exacerbating my freshly sprained AC joint. Ed Scale […]

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Endless Session, Day 334: YEW

by Morgan Sliff Today was ROAD TRIP DAY!!! Well, a road trip mere blocks north, but it was a different place, a different wave, and a welcome change of scenery from the same place I’ve been surfing for weeks straight. Jose Bacallao, water warrior and community activist, swooped me from my surf den and we […]

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Endless Session, Day 333: Life Is Beautiful

by Morgan Sliff Thank you ocean, thank you sun, and thank you sand.  It’s short but sweet, and doesn’t require much else said.  Life is beautiful on day 333.

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Endless Session, Day 332: Artist in the Sky

Endless Session, Day 332: Artist in the Sky

by Morgan Sliff Photography has always fascinated me.  Stealing one of time’s moments, forming the marred and often antipodal pictures in our minds into unambiguous visual snapshots.  I myself am no shutterbug, but I melt into the glimpses of many skilled moment-snatchers, sometimes hours lost in screens, scrolling through surf shot after surf shot, wondering […]

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Endless Session, Day 326: Whittled Down to One

Endless Session, Day 326:  Whittled Down to One

by Morgan Sliff This gloomy June morning with the help of the Jose B’s — Barahona and Bacallao — I decided that while sustaining a shoulder injury, my 3 wave rule could be whittled down to one. I started the 3 wave rule early in my quest, and with the exception of Christmas day, with […]

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Endless Session, Day 331: Symphony of Waves

Endless Session, Day 331: Symphony of Waves

by Morgan Sliff The constant symphony of waves barreling onto shore was making things a tad bit difficult for me and my friend and temporary surf helper Clarke McTaggart.  We saw a set coming, he turned me around, and the wave we were aiming for broke suddenly and shot my board like a rock in […]

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Endless Session, Day 330: Intro to Aquatics, Round 2

Endless Session, Day 330: Intro to Aquatics, Round 2

  By Morgan Sliff For me right now, progress is in the form of moving my limbs. And so naturally, I was very carefully jumping for joy when I was able to sleepily turn my alarm off this morning, and I realized it was with my right arm. Still needing assistance from my surf family […]

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Endless Session, Day 329: Healing

Endless Session, Day 329:  Healing

by Morgan Sliff Dr. Ed Scale.  Team chiropractor for USC Athletics, previous team chiropractor for the Los Angeles Raiders, and Director of Sports Medicine for the Women’s Professional Volleyball Association. Accolades that could fill a room. I call him the voodoo witch doctor.  Last February I went to him with a badly strained left shoulder […]

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Endless Session, Day 328: Chill

Endless Session, Day 328:  Chill

by Morgan Sliff Tom, my stepdad, carried my board down to the water for me.  He pushed me into a wave.  I surfed. And I felt happy in that moment.  And then I crawled back into bed in my beach cave.  One of my dearest friends, the anonymous chalk bandit of Hermosa who I will […]

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