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Endless Session, Day 327: Surfvival

Endless Session, Day 327:  Surfvival

by Morgan Sliff I can’t sit up for more than an hour without feeling like there’s a 10 pound burning weight on my chest and back.  A pop into physical therapy in lieu of my doctors state-adjacent absence a few days ago on Friday proved to be not the best choice.  Ed Scale’s witch-doctor healing […]

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Endless Session, Day 325: But I’m So Close

Endless Session, Day 325:  But I’m So Close

by Morgan Sliff Dragging my board across the stretch of beach in the wind blown afternoon, I felt like I was wading through thick mud, even though the sand was barely covering my feet.  The deep, piercing pain in my badly sprained shoulder was in that moment making my mission of surfing a year in […]

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Endless Session, Day 322: Forced into Stillness

Endless Session, Day 322:  Forced into Stillness

by Morgan Sliff All day it felt like gravity was trying to pull my shoulder out of its socket.  I’m glad that it’s a sprain and not a tear, but man, this kinda sucks.  And trying to do everything left-handed?  Well, let’s just say my house is getting quite messy. The news yesterday was the […]

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Endless Session, Day 321: The Verdict

Endless Session, Day 321:  The Verdict

by Morgan Sliff I was on the road again this morning, but instead of plotting a course to some far off sandy beach with a perfect right pointbreak, the destination was a few miles inland, to the office of Dr. Seth Garmradt, USC orthopedic surgeon. Taking off my sling, I tried my best to move […]

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Endless Session, Day 320: One Armed Surfing

Endless Session, Day 320:  One Armed Surfing

by Morgan Sliff This one armed surfing thing is hard. There’s barely any strength in my left shoulder, which was badly injured in February, so doing a left handed pop up to save my right is a little tough.  Jose Barahona and I seem to have found the best way – start on my knees, […]

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Endless Session, Day 318: Surf Cavalry

Endless Session, Day 318:  Surf Cavalry

by Morgan Sliff The surf cavalry had arrived. The Jose B’s (Bacallao and Barahona) along with Boris Vishnevsky and Mike Leko had volunteered their serf-vices, and with a dislocated shoulder and in a world of one-handed struggles, I was beyond happy to have my comrades alongside me. I swam into the Pacific in my shorty […]

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Endless Session, Day 319: Better Than Antidepressants

Endless Session, Day 319:  Better Than Antidepressants

by Morgan Sliff Yesterday I felt defeated, depressed, sad, frustrated, and more than a few expletives escaped my mouth throughout the day.  A possible tear in my shoulder is edging the brakes on my surf mission, and I’m not confident that the next few days will bring good news.  I don’t want to cause permanent […]

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Endless Session, Day 317: Not The Sound You Want to Hear

Endless Session, Day 317:  Not The Sound You Want to Hear

by Morgan Sliff Pop. Is not a sound you want to hear in your body. I knew there was wear on my shoulder, and it’s been giving me a bit of pain and a lot of grief the past few weeks.  Sinking down into the soft Hermosa sand today, I balanced my board on my […]

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Endless Session Day 315: I Just Call Him Mike

Endless Session Day 315:  I Just Call Him Mike

by Morgan Sliff At places I frequent, I always have a favorite local surfer — a character that illustrates stoke in and out of the water and carves their lines with passion, zest, and flow.  At Malibu it’s Ben Thompson.  Hermosa is undoubtedly the guru himself, Frank Paine.  Ventura?  Mermaid goddess Taylor Nelson.  At Doheny, […]

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Endless Session, Day 314: The Road Home

Endless Session, Day 314:  The Road Home

by Morgan Sliff When I woke up I couldn’t decide if I would stay in or leave the clean air and chilly waters of Santa Cruz.  The weekend’s longboard contest was over, but I had no obligations for the next few days.  I figured a surf would help me set things straight. I jammed back […]

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Endless Session, Day 316: Never Turn Your Back On the Ocean

Endless Session, Day 316: Never Turn Your Back On the Ocean

by Morgan Sliff David Olive and I sat under Tower 12 at Doheny yesterday, watching as the water filled with bodies.  A board shot away from its master, and like a fiberglass rocket with a dangerously sharp fin, propelled towards two waders on the inside who were facing the shore and not the powerful incoming […]

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Endless Session, Day 312: Next Time

Endless Session, Day 312:  Next Time

by Morgan Sliff “It’s coming out of the oven now and is going to the grill” are words that should never be uttered when speaking about breakfast burritos.  The vibey joint that RJ, Garrett and I went to fuel up at before our heats certainly had a hipster sentiment, but putting burritos in an oven […]

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Endless Session, Day 311: Water

Endless Session, Day 311: Water

by Morgan Sliff I’ve always loved water.  To be around it, in it, and hear it.  As a child, a bath would turn into hours of sloshing, and I’d demand dinner (usually taquitos or a Hungry Man — cooking not being my mom’s forte) to be placed on a chair outside the tub so I […]

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Endless Session, Day Almost Not 310: Maximum Hiccups and the Best Bath Ever

Endless Session, Day Almost Not 310:  Maximum Hiccups and the Best Bath Ever

by Morgan Sliff My heart and mind was racing at 4am as I threw my last bag into the backseat and cinched the straps across my surfboard.  I’ve never driven this far alone before.  I haven’t been to Santa Cruz in years.  My first coalition contest surfing for the DLSA at Steamer Lane.  Cold water, […]

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Endless Session, Day 309: Mini Shreds

by Morgan Sliff I think today would have been in the running for the smallest surf… surfed. In the 11th st parking lot, the Redondo High surf team (who’s practice and contests take place at the Hermosa Pier) was looking a bit lackadaisical, skateboarding through the lot, chatting in the back of coach Duncan Avery’s […]