Summer fun is not just for kids so if you haven’t checked learning to surf off your bucket list yet there’s no better time than now. Our Two Session Surfing class is perfect for those looking to spend only one weekend learning to surf. Read More
San Diego is one of the best places to learn to surf. The city offers some of the most beautiful weather, beaches, and waves in the world. We see so many people that live in San Diego and have put off learning to surf for years. This month put all of the excuses aside and take advantage of the 20% savings with coupon code: SURFMBAC on this month’s featured class: Surfing. Read More
Johnny Fay is one of those surf instructors known around MBAC for his amazing longboarding skills and spiritual outlook on life. In January, as he was coming out of the water at La Jolla reef, he was approached by Gabriel Novis, a Brazilian film maker and surfer with many films under his belt. He told Johnny that he really liked his style and wanted to make a movie featuring his surfing. Gabriel said Johnny captured his attention and that his style was different than everyone else in the waves that day. Over the next three days, Gabriel captured enough footage to put together a 6 minute surf film called Concept (A short film about feelings) displaying Johnny’s talent and lifestyle as a San Diego surfer.
Johnny was blown away by the quality of the film and was grateful for how well it was put together. He enjoys the fact that the film can relate to anyone, and not only surfers. It accomplished the goal of letting the viewer connect with Johnny’s perspective, and is not just a film full of surf footage.
Outside of being featured in Gabriel’s video, Johnny has accomplished much in the surfing world. He is currently a top-ranked Southwest division college longboarder, has a number of contest wins under his belt, and will hopefully continue to add to his surfing accolades. Within the Southwest division, Johnny is the only competitor that competes solely on a classic longboard. His opponents ride high performance boards, which are not ideal for Johnny’s preferred style of nose riding.
Johnny’s favorite part about surfing is riding the nose, a style of riding famously referred to as toes-on-the-nose or hanging ten. He describes the feeling when his toes are curled over the nose of the board and the wave hitting the back of his knees as feeling lifted, and everything connects. He enjoys the feeling of a stable weightlessness, a feeling that only happens when he’s nose riding.
We wish Johnny the best of luck with his future contests and are thrilled to see him featured in this outstanding short film. We are grateful to have his talent here at the aquatic center and hope that everyone gets to experience his talent and outlook on life and surfing.
The world’s top surfers will be competing for a $425,000 prize purse as the O’Neill Cold Water Classic returns to Santa Cruz as an ASP World Tour Event, November 1-11. The event is the second to last stop of the Tour and maytermine the 2012 world champion. Read More
A new surfing centric movie is slated to come out later this month that tells the true story of surf legend Jay Moriarty and his quest to conquer some of the world’s largest waves. Chasing Mavericks tells the story of a then 15 year old Jay, as he discovers the incredible Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, and enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson (played by Gerard Butler) to train him to survive it. As Jay and Frosty embark on their quest to accomplish the impossible, they form a friendship that transforms both their lives, and their quest to tame Mavericks becomes about far more than surfing.
Judging from the trailer the film is sure to include plenty of surfing cliches and Hollywood cheesiness, however, Jay’s story is a surf legend and should provide for some great entertainment if done well. According to the film’s website, the movie was made with the help of some of the biggest names in the surfing world, and features some of the most mind-blowing real wave footage ever captured on film.
If anything, the story should generate an interest in surfing in general and may inspire many new surfers to charge the waves.
Chasing Mavericks comes out on October 26 to a theater near you.
Most people have heard of telephone booth stuffing but few outside of the world of surfing have heard of surfboard stacking, or of MBAC’s 10 year reign as a the world record holder in the category. Now, thank you to the Encyclopedia of Surfing, the record is once again archived in history. Read More