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School is almost out for the summer, and you are waaaaaaay behind on your papers!!! Have no fear, Gary Larson is here to hook you up with all the research you need to answer the question “Why is the Sky Blue??”
For this weeks science blog we will leave the oceans and look at what makes the sky appear blue. And no, it is not because the ocean is reflecting the color of the water into the sky. (Ed Note: Full disclosure, I have always thought this to be true before Gary explained it to me)
In order to understand what makes the sky blue we must first understand the basics of sunlight and color. I recently read a fascinating article about a young Isaac Newton’s early experiments with light waves. The year was 1665 and a 23 year-old Newton was home from school due to the plague. Newton confined himself to his room and began experimenting with a prism. He closed his blinds and cut a small hole allowing a small stream of light to pass through. Newton then held a prism into the beam of light causing the light to scatter, ultimately casting a rainbow upon his wall.
Prior to this experiment it was widely believed that sunlight was white in color and therefore could not be muddied or changed. What Newton proved was that sunlight actually consisted of all the colors in the visible light spectrum together. There were many people who criticized this experiment, mostly due to religious credence, claiming that white light was holy in nature and could not possibly be made up of colors, and that the prism itself contained the colors of the rainbow.
Subsequently Newton devised a second experiment consisting of a second prism. Remember, this was in 1665 and a prism was not easy to come by. So, Newton held the second prism into the blue portion of the rainbow allowing only blue light to pass through and just as he had presumed, only blue light was cast against the wall.
Visible light is part of the electromagnetic spectrum consisting of the electromagnetic wavelengths between about 400 and 800 nanometer. For reference, one-nanometer is one-billionth of a meter.
As we can see from the electromagnetic spectrum above, the colors containing the highest amounts of energy, thus the shorter wavelengths, are violet and blue. When sunlight passes through the atmosphere these higher energy wavelengths scatter, being absorbed and reflected off the molecules that makeup our atmosphere causing the sky to appear blue. In space, where there is no atmosphere, the light is not being scattered off of molecules therefore appearing black.
Why, then, does the sky not appear violet? This has to do with how our eyes work. We have three different light receptors in our eyes called cones. They respond most strongly to the colors blue, red, and green. Therefore, although violet and blue wavelengths are being scattered in the atmosphere our sensory system, using the blue cones in our eyes, tell our brain that the sky is blue as it is the strongest wavelength stimulating the blue cones.
So this week when you are at the beach, looking up at the blue sky, you will have a basic understanding of why you see blue, but stick around until sunset and the orange and red sky will open up a whole new set of questions. This will be discussed next week.
Terry Martin has been playing and shaping in the Lord’s Eternal Kingdom for a year now…. A year. A year past with out our friend, our mentor, and our inspiration for living a proper life…..
We miss our friend. That won’t ever change, but we know that Terry wouldn’t want us to sit around and be sad. Terry would want us to be out surfing… riding waves with our friends and hooting with laughter! If you are lucky enough to be in possession of one of the 80,000+ surfboards he handcrafted over the years, Put it in the Water!! Terry made boards to be ridden by everyone from a brand new beginner catching his or her first wave, to the best of the best surfers in the world. He didn’t make things for people to hang on the wall, he made things to glide down the line!
Grab your friends, grab your boards, grab some waves… build a bonfire at the beach this weekend, and tell your best “Big Fish” stories of the waves you have ripped on a Terry Martin board, and better yet, tell your best Terry Martin stories too…
We know where we will be Saturday afternoon and evening… what about you? Even though I am eternally a “Girl on a Budget”, I have every intention of hitting the OC Fairgrounds and getting goggly eyed at all the incredible watercraft up for auction at The Surfing Heritage Foundation’s Vintage Surf Auction (all the details for the event are at the bottom of this post… keep reading!). A taste of every style of surfboard your feet could desire from the 1920′s through 1970′s will be represented over 50-60 craft. The auction is called “California Gold”, so even if you aren’t necessarily in the market for a board, there will be memorabilia-O-plenty up for grabs too… think Original Endless Summer silk screened movie poster, and the beyond rare “The Surf Riders of Hawaii” by the Father of surf photography A.R. Gurrey Jr. Only six copies are known to still exist.
To make sure you all go home from this blog with deeper knowledge of the event, I tapped Hobie Surf Shop owner, Mark Christy, to give me a few thoughts. We at Hobie know Mark to be an avid Vintage Surf collector… all you have to do is look in the rafters in any of our shops to see some of his most beautiful acquisitions. He will be at the auction, and he will hopefully be adding a few treasures to our ceilings after the show is over! I dropped him a quick email asking if there are any boards in particular that he is looking forward to seeing, any quick thoughts on the auction as a whole, and any boards he HAS to go home with.
There are a few AMAZING boards in the mix.
I’m actually a bit stunned that Surfing Heritage is selling the Mickey Munoz/Flippy Hoffman “Ah Woo” board. It is iconic in terms of sheer size and pedigree as documented by a lengthy article in The Surfer’s Journal.
I love the Pete Peterson board and cannot wait to see what it fetches. And anything that Simmons built is capable of going through the roof due scarcity and his influence on board construction and shape.
A couple of foamies that are extremely rare and interesting are the Hobie Bi-Sect and the two Noll “Da Cat” models. These are stellar investment boards and sure look better on the wall than a stock certificate. Although I must say that personally, I prefer clean originals over perfectly restored boards. I like the fact that the patina can tell you a little story.
And I’d love to see the “Laguna Beach Redwood”. Man, if that board could talk… I don’t recall seeing any board ever from that era with that type of progressive shape. But if Dick says it is legit and original, I’ll take his word for it as he is the Oracle of knowledge when it comes to wooden boards.
As for anything I would have to go home with? Depends on what kind of beer they’re serving. And I would advise anyone attending to pay special attention to the silent auction boards. Silent auctions often represent the best “deal” but rarely do you see boards of this calibre not walking up onto the live stage. If you know what you’re doing, you could do VERY well by paying close attention to the “stars of the silent screen” including the Bing Figure 8, the Velzy “V” logo, the Hobie/Munoz Positive Force and the Joe Quigg’s. -Mark
So, now you have it, all the details for the night are below. Can’t wait to see you there!! The Surfing Heritage Vintage Surf Auction is being presented by Quiksilver Waterman Collection, and will benefit the Surfing Heritage, a 501c non-profit dedicated to preserving, presenting and promoting surfing’s heritage.
The Surfing Heritage Vintage Surf Auction presented by Quiksilver Waterman Collection – May 11, 2013
The theme is “California Gold” and the Surfing Heritage (SHACC) is focusing on just that, boards and memorabilia with a California flair from the ’20s through the ’70s. We’ve already coalesced a solid selection of “Gold’ from various sellers and are actively searching for more. We’re anticipating between 40 – 50 prime vintage surfboards for the live auction and at least 40 items including surfboards for the silent auction.
Randy Rarick, a member of the Surfing Heritage Auction Advisory Committee, and a great friend of the Surfing Heritage, has lent his auction expertise to the Surfing Heritage and will also serve as the emcee of this gala.
* The Surfing Heritage Vintage Surf Auction presented by Quiksilver Waterman Collection
* Benefiting the Surfing Heritage 501(c) non profit
* OC Fair & Events Center 88 Fair View Dr. Costa Mesa, Ca. 92626 (driving directions & parking info below)
* The venue is both indoors and outdoors, plan on air temps between 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit. Dress accordingly.
* There will be an ATM on site.
* There will be select food trucks on-site
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (subject to change)
5:00 – LIVE AUCTION BEGINS IN LOS ALAMITOS BUILDING
The OC Fair & Event Center is located at
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.
We are so used to our girl Rachael Tilly doing things like this…..
…. that we sometimes forget how much she accomplishes outside of the water! That’s why we are all so stoked to see that OC Register Family Magazine (OCFamily.com) not only named Rachael as one of their Top 20 Shining Students for 2013, she also got the cover!
Each year, OC Register Family, searches Orange County to find the best and brightest students. They talk to coaches and school administrators, and seek nominations from the public. When they are through, they have a list of the of the top youth in the area who excel in all areas from academics, the arts, leadership, athletics, and, of course, community service.
2013′s group of students are incredible, and Rachael is front and center! The group includes students who are bound for Harvard and MIT, a Junior Olympic Gold medalist in fencing, a clean water activist, 11th grade twin sisters who are authors of 4 Sci-Fi books, a two time OC Debate League Golden Gavel Award winner, and many more accomplished kids. Though they all participate in differing fields, what they all have in common is a desire to do their absolute best at all times, and inspire others around them to do the same.
“Since she entered her first surfing contest at the age of 6, Rachael Tilly has racked up an impressive list of wins. She has clinched the Interscholastic Surfing Federation’s Middle School State Championship three times and holds five West Coast titles from the Western Surfing Association.
Rachael is also the youngest woman to qualify for the Association of Surfing Professionals’ 2013 World Longboard Tour. She will travel to compete for a world championship this November at Hainan Island in China.
In addition to Hurley, Rachael is sponsored by Hobie, which sells a Rachael Tilly model longboard designed by legendary shaper Terry Martin. (Rachael and Terry were close friends, and she spoke at his 2012 memorial.)
A stellar student who participates in church activities and swims for her high school team, Rachael has stayed grounded even as her surfing career has soared.
“I definitely plan on going to college. My education is as important to me as surfing is to me,” says Rachael, who plans to attend a school close to the beach so she can continue to compete.”
Check back here and on all our Social Media platforms often for more about Rachael Tilly and all her efforts in and out of the water.
AhhhHhhhOoooOooooOoooo…. SPRING BREAK!!!! Yes, as you are reading this, I am traversing my way around one of the Seven Wonders of The World… a glorious, magnificent, wondrous, massive hole in the ground known as THE GRAND CANYON. I feel very Clark Griswold. Anyway… on Tuesday we shared five of our ten favorite blog posts. So today, even though I’m busy touching the Earth, through the magic of the internets, I bring you, in no particular order, the other five! Enjoy and your all invited to my place when I get back for fondu and a slideshow of my trip… just kidding, there won’t be any fondu…. and since my place is realllllly small, you’ll have to come in shifts…. actually, maybe when you come over, you could bring the fondu?? …Enjoy!!!
Seventh :: Mickey Munoz on Buzzy Trent and Commitment.
Eighth :: Photo Essay of Our Dory Team.
And, because it makes me laugh every time I watch it… Bucky Barry sweeper skateboards the parking lot for International Surfing Day. Enjoy, and I’ll see you on Tuesday!!!
…play, work, or worship.
“The Master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence in whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or is playing. To him he is always doing both.”
– Zen Buddhist Text
Much has been written about Terry Martin. Consequently I’m not sure what, if anything of significance I can add. I personally knew Terry for a very short time, the better part of two years. Yet, as a surfer, I’ve known of him for a long time. His reputation as an efficient, accurate, articulate, and versatile craftsman of elegant surfboards preceded him. To own a Terry Martin surfboard, whether a longboard or shortboard, meant that you rode an authentic piece of surfing heritage, a linage directly linked to surfing’s Polynesian roots.
We know that Terry’s given name is Glenn Terry Martin. We know that Terry was born in 1937 in California’s Imperial Valley, and at age fourteen his family moved to Point Loma, San Diego. We know that for the last 59 years Terry has been shaping surfboards of balsawood, polyurethane and EPS foam, although the later never held favor with him. We know that he started shaping for Hobie Alter in 1963, and more than 80,000 surfboards have passed under his planer.
Terry’s profession, that of a surfboard shaper, is a venerated one; the good ones are practically worshiped. Terry is revered! To watch Terry shape was akin to watching a Fred Astaire-like dance. His moves were smooth, strong, and graceful. Choreographed; no wasted motion. He embraced the rough blank with a master’s assurance that although the work would be hard the outcome would be well worth the effort.
Terry told me that all he wanted to do was work; to make surfboards for the “everyman” of surfing. Terry was, and is the embodiment of the “mindfulness” philosophy that each moment enjoyed is a life well lived. He continues to be an inspirational messenger of, and about, everything that’s right and good about life. Terry was fully aware of the dimensions of the full reality of a human existence: happiness and suffering, art and ethics, spirituality and goodness, beauty and, above all consciousness. His was a universal view.
He knew he was blessed; even lived a charmed life. Terry knew that no one chooses from where they come, they only choose the direction in which they go. His currency was genuine stoke; for family and friends, for the surfboards he shaped, for those fortunate to ride them, for the music he made, for you and me. Terry was a humble and gracious man who left an indelible mark on me, and whom I am honored to call my friend.
Happily, this isn’t the end of the Terry Martin legacy. Terry left the us in good hands, especially for us surfers. His son Josh, a master student of “The Terry Martin Method” of shaping, is now producing elegant, hand crafted surfboards for Hobie Surfboards. Josh is currently shaping his dad’s Legacy model and the Classic model, and … just this morning I saw a bitchin ‘80’s Thruster Josh just finished; so cool.
Everyone knows our Hobie Team has mad style! Click HERE and see just a handful of the past looks they have worn in photo shoots. Almost everything they wear in them, they pick out themselves… they literally make me look like I am a fantastic photo stylist! So, obviously, being the last day of boardshort week, we had to have our Hobie guys (or at least 13 out of the 21 who work on the floors of the shops) show us their favorite new looks in boardies! All the looks can be shopped either online at www.hobiesurfshop.com in the BoardShorts Collection section OR if you don’t see the ones you love in our online shop, every pair below are available in our brick and mortar retail locations.
**** Click on any photo below to start a slideshow! Enjoy!! ****