Recon – Canary Islands

Recon – Canary Islands

The “If” trip. If there wouldn’t have been so many guys, if other trips hadn’t been there at the same time, if they’d have gotten there earlier, and so on. That’s what Che Stang, Geoff Brack, Greg and Rusty Long, Asher Nolan, Aaron Frosio, Micah Byrne, and Gabe Kling were saying after they took a trip with TW SURF photographer Jason Reposar to the Canary Islands. After seeing all the bitter responses from everyone involved, the trip should be changed to the “Experiment” trip. What happens when you pack eight photo-hungry pro surfers on a small, desolate island with compact peaks, angry locals, and only two local girls? Enjoy the results.

The “If” TripRecon: Canary Islands

1. Describe what Lanzarotte looks like.

Gabe Kling: It looked like a big desert island with perfect breaks all over it-kinda like a giant Isla Natividad.

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Geoff Brack: A big pile of dirt in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

Jason Reposar: It looks like a brown version of Mars. Sand-covered lava flows freely from volcanic peaks surrounded by water. Groups of whitewashed houses with green trim mark various towns.

Che Stang: An island filled with volcanoes, lava rocks, and white houses with green or blue trim along the windows.

Asher Nolan: Rock and dirt with waves all around the island.

Aaron Frosio: Have you ever seen a big piece of dirt in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean?

Rusty Long: It’s covered with volcanoes and very barren. There’s very little vegetation and massive lava fields. It is what I’d imagine the moon to look like-beautiful in its own unique way.

Micah Byrne: It reminded me of one of those Arabian towns in the middle of the desert-nothing but dirt and sand, then all of a sudden there’ll be a huge group of white houses with green windows all connected to each other and all exactly the same. Kinda cool.

2. Describe what the breaks are like in Lanzarotte.

Gabe Kling: “Yellow Van Land” was a dope left, but the “Yellow Van Man” tried to slit our throats when we surfed it. Grasiosa was a great left on an island off of Lanzarotte-it was very pretty. There’re about 1,001 breaks on Lanzarotte. It’s cool, but the locals aren’t.

Geoff Brack: Long points with short, dumping reefs. Rocky bottoms with crazy urchins everywhere-you’re f-ked without booties.

Jason Reposar: El Quamao is the Atlantic version of Pipeline. It’s a short, hollow left with a Backdoor peak. Isla Grasiosa is a left point break similiar to Reunion Island. It has a right point break similiar to The Box in Western Australia. The east side of the island has lava-rock point breaks with mostly lefts breaking over a shallow and very sharp bottom.

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Che Stang: There was one break that was like a mini Pipe, but it had a gnarly shelf on the inside that you’d have to kick out before or you’d get slammed. All the others were regular breaks like everywhere else.

Asher Nolan: There’re mostly points-lefts and rights, a couple of wedge spots-they all break over big rocks.

Aaron Frosio: The breaks are straight-up ridiculous. This place was like, “I’ve been here for ten days and I want to kill myself-it’s so f-in’ good.”

Rusty Long: They’re all reef breaks infested with urchins. In the words of the locals, “Bro, dis wabe is like da Pipiline,” or “Dis wun like Sunsent,” and so on. There’re plenty of sick waves, you just need to be on it. The sickest wave has a nut-ball section that goes dry at the end, but at six feet, I’ve never seen a wave look more like Pipe.

Micah Byrne: The whole ride from the airport we were told it was like the O’ahu of Europe. I must say I was skeptical at first, but after the first five days, I backed that statement up a hundred percent. Swells’re attracted to that island like flies to shit.

3. Describe the nightlife and the ladies in Lanzarotte.

Gabe Kling: Asher, Che, Geoff, Aaron, and I went out one night to Prto de Carmen. There were hot chicas, and we drank tons of Red Bull and vodka. After that, I remember gangsters tryin’ to fight us. Add in some big-boned girls, Che sleeping at the bar, some beautiful Norwegian girl, me jumping over some shit and eating it in front of some chicas, Asher ramming into two walls in our rental car, and you’ve got one of our nights in Lanzarotte.

Geoff Brack: Lots of clubs that don’t close, lots of hotties, and lots of alcohol.

Jason Reposar: The guys pulled two girls the second night, and they entertained us with a strip show. They took it all the way with a couple of our surfers who’ll remain nameless. Other than that it was all about drinkin’, smokin’, and checkin’ DVDs on the laptop.

Che Stang: The nightlife was pretty fun, but there wasn’t any bumping and grinding going on in the clubs like at home. The ladies in that town were beat and had more facial hair than all of us put together.

Asher Nolan: There’s only one town spot on the east side of the island-Puerto de Carmen, and it f-king goes nuts. Aaron, Gabe, Geoff, Che, and I went out only one night. There were lots of European girls. I think we all got drunk, but it was fun.

Aaron Frosio: The nightlife was like Cabo on crack, but only on one side of the island. We stayed for ten days and had no chicks, no nightlife, nothing but two less-than-ideal girls who got rude on the second night we were there. Ask Asher about that.

Rusty Long: There were two town girls who came by the first night. One was a pumpkin with more facial hair than any of us, and the other had some fungicide growing on her teeth. The Florida guys didn’t seem to mind, though. Other than that, the Spanish porn mag somebody brought.

Micah Byrne: With the exception of Friday and Saturday nights, the place is shot as far as the nightlife and ladies go. But if you’re into sitting around and watching the hands on the clock move, or you think goats are sexy, then the island of Lanzarotte is your ideal vacation destination.

4. Who was ripping on the trip? Give examples.

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Gabe Kling: Aaron Frosio did floaters that were like “whoa” on a solid right, but he didn’t make it. He said he got a salt-water enema on that one. Jason Reposar was ripping-he got a barrel on a ten-foot wave.

Geoff Brack: Micah Byrne, Gabe Kling, Che Stang, Aaron Frosio, and the Long brothers were ripping the outside bowl.

Jason Reposar: Asher Nolan-the guy has a rare natural talent. He was feeling right at home at the left point breaks-not holding back. Micah Byrne, this kid rips. Every session Micah was consistently pulling tricks-airs, vertical tricks, and smooth-ass cutties.

Che Stang: Everyone was surfing good-they all had their moments.

Asher Nolan: I saw Gabe do some sick maneuvers-airs and big turns. Everybody had some good moments. Watching the Dongs Longs is gnarly. They rip so hard, I think they’re almost as good as Slater or Taj Burrow.

Aaron Frosio: Basically, everybody was surfing really well. I’ve already surfed with Asher and Gabe so much in my life that I’m used to seeing them rip, but Che and Geoff really impressed me-those guys are the shit. I give those boys mad props, yo!

Micah Byrne, a Huntington Beach, California local, claims H.B. is the shit even though it’s one of the worst waves ever. Somehow the f-ker rips. I’ve seen him surfing like the man he claims to be-luckily he has all the skills to back all that shit-talking up.

All I have to say about Micah is he killed every spot we surfed, and I give him props because all his friends are girls and they’re all f-king hot. Being from the dirty South, I don’t understand it. I don’t know how to have girls as friends because they all give me the guts eventually. Don’t worry, Micah. You’ll hit puberty one of these days.

Rusty Long: Micah Byrne was going vertical on the left point. I was impressed with how solid and powerful his surfing was.

Micah Byrne: As usual, Sergeant Kling was killin’ it, but my props would have to go out to Frosio-the guy’s gnarly. He’s like twelve feet tall but has one of the better styles I’ve seen in all of my nineteen years. He’s definitely one of the guys up for the award of “Best surfer you’ve probably never heard of.” Way underrated!

5. Describe a heavy or funny moment during the trip.

Gabe Kling: After these two local girls wore out their welcome at our house and got the boot, the next day the Yellow Van Man tried to run us off the road. He said he was going to kill all of us by slitting our throats. Of course, everyone thought it was the girls’ older brother or something. It turned out he was just loco.

Geoff Brack: The funniest moment of the trip was when Gabe told the “gutter sluts” to go home.

Jason Reposar: Two of the guys hooked up two young chicas, and one of them guys gave them a verbal bashing. The next day, a crazy local went nuts on us for checking “his” spot. The guys shit themselves thinking the dude was the chicas’ older brother.

Che Stang: The Yellow Van Man scared the crap out of the Dongs. When he pulled up to us and told us he was going to kick our asses and slit our throats, they were fearing for their lives.

Asher Nolan: We had these two local girls over at our crib. They weren’t the hottest, but on a desert island … Anyway, Gabe verbally went off on one of them like never before-he ruined them right in front of their faces. It was heavy and funny at the same time. I can’t even tell you what he said, but it was f-ked up.

Aaron Frosio: If you assholes knew about the heaviest moment on the trip, it wouldn’t be a surf trip, now would it?

Rusty Long: The second day we were there this psycho in a yellow van pulled up alongside our car and started freaking out, yelling in Spanish that he was going to beat and kill us. He was running his finger across his neck, pretending like he was slicing it. Some of the guys had been very disrespectful, but they suddenly looked like a bunch of worried girls after our encounter with this guy.

Micah Byrne: There were a lot, but the best one would have to be when Asher tried to give Gabe a Ricky Martin haircut to match his and Frosio’s. I guess it’s the new thing in Florida. When it was all over, he went from surfer Gabe to Sergeant Gabe. It was the best thing I’ve seen in a while-I couldn’t help but laugh whenever I looked at the guy. Plus, he’s a total homophobe! I feel bad for his children.

6. Pick each guy’s best wave and give a brief lowdown on what he did.

Gabe Kling: On the way from Madrid to Lanzarotte, I had a dream I was on the beach and this beautiful naked girl threw a football at me. I threw my hand up, and it smacked the airplane window. I then woke up to see a bunch of amused Spaniards.

Geoff Brack: Micah-big tailslides. Aaron-turns that throw more water than you could. Gabe-open-face tailslides. The Long brothers-barrels. Che-huge gaffs.

Jason Reposar: Asher Nolan-too many good ones. At one spot on Isla Graciosa, there was an overhead bowling left over dry reef. On his first wave, he threw a solid turn, pulled in, and finished it off with a frontside-grab air. Micah Byrne-method-grab 180 on the east side. The kid’s got style.

Aaron Frosio-he has power that he throws into every turn he executes. At El Quamao, he pulled the sickest frontside gaff that threw spray everywhere. Geoff Brack-he was trying to do a rodeo for most of the trip. He came close a few times, but thanks to an extremely large boil, he got freaked.

Che Stang-he was pulling solid gaffs all over the place. He got the best barrel of the trip at El Quamao. Gabe Kling-I’d never seen this kid surf until this trip. He was pulling 80 percent of everything he tried. The backside tailslide on the east side stands out in my mind. Rusty Long-he popped a pretty high slob air. Greg Long-his under-the-lip backside sn.

Micah Byrne: As usual, Sergeant Kling was killin’ it, but my props would have to go out to Frosio-the guy’s gnarly. He’s like twelve feet tall but has one of the better styles I’ve seen in all of my nineteen years. He’s definitely one of the guys up for the award of “Best surfer you’ve probably never heard of.” Way underrated!

5. Describe a heavy or funny moment during the trip.

Gabe Kling: After these two local girls wore out their welcome at our house and got the boot, the next day the Yellow Van Man tried to run us off the road. He said he was going to kill all of us by slitting our throats. Of course, everyone thought it was the girls’ older brother or something. It turned out he was just loco.

Geoff Brack: The funniest moment of the trip was when Gabe told the “gutter sluts” to go home.

Jason Reposar: Two of the guys hooked up two young chicas, and one of them guys gave them a verbal bashing. The next day, a crazy local went nuts on us for checking “his” spot. The guys shit themselves thinking the dude was the chicas’ older brother.

Che Stang: The Yellow Van Man scared the crap out of the Dongs. When he pulled up to us and told us he was going to kick our asses and slit our throats, they were fearing for their lives.

Asher Nolan: We had these two local girls over at our crib. They weren’t the hottest, but on a desert island … Anyway, Gabe verbally went off on one of them like never before-he ruined them right in front of their faces. It was heavy and funny at the same time. I can’t even tell you what he said, but it was f-ked up.

Aaron Frosio: If you assholes knew about the heaviest moment on the trip, it wouldn’t be a surf trip, now would it?

Rusty Long: The second day we were there this psycho in a yellow van pulled up alongside our car and started freaking out, yelling in Spanish that he was going to beat and kill us. He was running his finger across his neck, pretending like he was slicing it. Some of the guys had been very disrespectful, but they suddenly looked like a bunch of worried girls after our encounter with this guy.

Micah Byrne: There were a lot, but the best one would have to be when Asher tried to give Gabe a Ricky Martin haircut to match his and Frosio’s. I guess it’s the new thing in Florida. When it was all over, he went from surfer Gabe to Sergeant Gabe. It was the best thing I’ve seen in a while-I couldn’t help but laugh whenever I looked at the guy. Plus, he’s a total homophobe! I feel bad for his children.

6. Pick each guy’s best wave and give a brief lowdown on what he did.

Gabe Kling: On the way from Madrid to Lanzarotte, I had a dream I was on the beach and this beautiful naked girl threw a football at me. I threw my hand up, and it smacked the airplane window. I then woke up to see a bunch of amused Spaniards.

Geoff Brack: Micah-big tailslides. Aaron-turns that throw more water than you could. Gabe-open-face tailslides. The Long brothers-barrels. Che-huge gaffs.

Jason Reposar: Asher Nolan-too many good ones. At one spot on Isla Graciosa, there was an overhead bowling left over dry reef. On his first wave, he threw a solid turn, pulled in, and finished it off with a frontside-grab air. Micah Byrne-method-grab 180 on the east side. The kid’s got style.

Aaron Frosio-he has power that he throws into every turn he executes. At El Quamao, he pulled the sickest frontside gaff that threw spray everywhere. Geoff Brack-he was trying to do a rodeo for most of the trip. He came close a few times, but thanks to an extremely large boil, he got freaked.

Che Stang-he was pulling solid gaffs all over the place. He got the best barrel of the trip at El Quamao. Gabe Kling-I’d never seen this kid surf until this trip. He was pulling 80 percent of everything he tried. The backside tailslide on the east side stands out in my mind. Rusty Long-he popped a pretty high slob air. Greg Long-his under-the-lip backside snap on the island.

Che Stang: Geoff’s backside stand-up barrel at mini Pipe, Aaron’s three to four heavy backside carving gauges at this left on the east side. Micah’s straight-up snap under the lip at the same left as Aaron’s gouges. Gabe Kling’s frontside snap-every time he does it he throws his tail. The Long brothers and their soul carves. Asher Nolan’s smooth style and sick topturn reminded me of Rob Machado.

Asher Nolan: Micah was throwing some big backside turns and a couple of nice airs. Geoff and Che were surfing fast-they impressed me. Aaron was throwing some big frontside turns and gouges.

Krusty Long and bro-I saw them get a couple of good barrels one day. Gabe was ripping as usual, that “f-ker” was probably surfing the best.

Aaron Frosio: Gabe’s beautiful carving cutbacks-he’ll love that quote. Geoff Brack-what can I say about his waves? The kid straight-up rips. Asher or Ashtray-“F-k surfing, let’s party like porn stars in Madrid.”

Che is one of the coolest guys you’ll ever meet. He’s always ready to throw down-he doesn’t give a f-k about anything. Definitely one of my main men-don’t hate the player, hate the game.

Micah is one of the gayest straight guys you’ll ever meet. He surfed La Santa like a handsome man would. Beautiful girls were screaming his name on the beach all day long. I bet the girls in H.B. are jealous.

Rusty Long: Che ripped a wave goofy-foot; I was stoked on how well he surfed switch stance. At the sick wave, Greg bashed it hard backside then went right into a sick tube on the nut-crack section.

At this little reef break, Micah got out first and pulled into a pristine, perfect little tube, came out, and then bashed it. It was a pretty wave. The other guys did a couple of neat tailslides. Asher bashes it.

Micah Byrne: While in the middle of whining about his back, Asher dropped in on a left and did one of the sickest tailslides. Then he immediately gained control and gouged the crap out of the next section like he was home in Arkansas or whatever.

Frosio late-dropped into a hollow right and threw this huge Slater-esque cutback deal that left me in awe. Pretty good for a white-trash redneck from Jacksonville, Florida. At one left we surfed, Gabe threw this backside tailslide and slid about six feet with the bottom half of his board hanging out the back the whole freakin’ time. Then he did it again on the same wave!

Che definitely impressed me. One day we hiked across an island and surfed a little right, and the kid was killing it. On one wave he did three sick cutties and followed it up with a huge tailslide. The kid impressed me a lot.

Geoff made me laugh so much, and he can also surf insane. He’s got one of those Dorian styles that I love. If he gets his act together some more and takes some anger-management classes, he could definitely be a force to reckon with in the next five years.

I felt bad for Rusty-he was mainly there to get the humunga cowabunga from down unda, but it never came. He was bummed, but he made the best of it and threw one pretty huge frontside air almost over me. It was a dope one ’cause he was on his feet for a second, then he did one pump and threw himself and his board into the air with reckless abandon. I envy airs like that.

Greg was also on the lookout for the “big one” and didn’t get it either. But I did see him do a couple nice under-the-lip snaps and a few airs to top it off.

7. In your own words, describe the trip.

Gabe Kling: The “If” trip. “If” the swell was right, “if” the wind was right, “if” the locals weren’t mean, “if” that chick was hot, “if” Geoff would clean that mess, “if” the sun was out, “if” I wasn’t this drunk I could think of some more “ifs.”

Jason Reposar: The guys were calling it the “If” trip because we never really hit the right conditions for the place. I’d call it “Operation Desert Storm” because, for one, the locals are completely inssane. They made us feel like we were a group of spies trying to infiltrate their national security-essentially we were, though.Two, the place looked like Iraq-except for the ocean. Three, eight twenty-year-olds acting like it was the last night before D-day.The trip wasn’t epic, but I think it’s fair to say it was good.

Asher Nolan: It was the “If” trip-“if” the wind was right, “if” it wasn’t crowded, “if” we didn’t have nine people with us to go out at every spot. One big “if.” It’s kind of like Hawai’i when the trades are 30 miles per hour. and the waves are shit. All in all, I still am glad I got a chance to visit the Canary Islands. There’s so much potential on those islands. The funnest part was Madrid, but it cost lots of money-if you know what I mean.

Rusty Long: It was a constant hassle due to the size of our crew. The Canarys are localized, and many of the breaks cannot handle crowds. So if we tried to surf as a group, the lineups would become instantly cluttered and very unpleasant to surf in.My brother and I got up at dawn every morning and had a couple of magical suck sessions in solitude. One morning we met and shared waves with George Michael-that was the highlight of the trip for me.

Micah Byrne: Pretty fun. I know for sure it wouldn’t have been fun without the three Floridians. Those guys always make the best of whatever situation is thrown at them, especially when the waves are bad. They’ve mastered the art of small-wave surfing at the age of twelve by living in Florida, the home of trailer trash and the smallest waves and weenies known to man.

Che, the hardcore Tamarack loc-dog, wouldn’t stop claiming this one floater he did. I guess the guy loves floaters. Brack-oli-if he wasn’t hanging with Javier, he was yelling at someone. Now he wants to move to Huntington with me and try to become a local. Fat chance. I told him he’d have to get that Ventura tat covered first and stop wearing shirts with pictures of himself on the back. I swear he brought like six of them-one in every color.The Long-dong bros were classic; they were attached at the hip the whole trip. If one went to the bathroom, the other went, too. I think they wiped each other or something. And they both wore these sweatpants and sandals the whole time. My grandpa has more style than them!

on the island.

Che Stang: Geoff’s backside stand-up barrel at mini Pipe, Aaron’s three to four heavy backside carving gauges at this left on the east side. Micah’s straight-up snap under the lip at the same left as Aaron’s gouges. Gabe Kling’s frontside snap-every time he does it he throws his tail. The Long brothers and their soul carves. Asher Nolan’s smooth style and sick topturn reminded me of Rob Machado.

Asher Nolan: Micah was throwing some big backside turns and a couple of nice airs. Geoff and Che were surfing fast-they impressed me. Aaron was throwing some big frontside turns and gouges.

Krusty Long and bro-I saw them get a couple of good barrels one day. Gabe was ripping as usual, that “f-ker” was probably surfing the best.

Aaron Frosio: Gabe’s beautiful carving cutbacks-he’ll love that quote. Geoff Brack-what can I say about his waves? The kid straight-up rips. Asher or Ashtray-“F-k surfing, let’s party like porn stars in Madrid.”

Che is one of the coolest guys you’ll ever meet. He’s always ready to throw down-he doesn’t give a f-k about anything. Definitely one of my main men-don’t hate the player, hate the game.

Micah is one of the gayest straight guys you’ll ever meet. He surfed La Santa like a handsome man would. Beautiful girls were screaming his name on the beach all day long. I bet the girls in H.B. are jealous.

Rusty Long: Che ripped a wave goofy-foot; I was stoked on how well he surfed switch stance. At the sick wave, Greg bashed it hard backside then went right into a sick tube on the nut-crack section.

At this little reef break, Micah got out first and pulled into a pristine, perfect little tube, came out, and then bashed it. It was a pretty wave. The other guys did a couple of neat tailslides. Asher bashes it.

Micah Byrne: While in the middle of whining about his back, Asher dropped in on a left and did one of the sickest tailslides. Then he immediately gained control and gouged the crap out of the next section like he was home in Arkansas or whatever.

Frosio late-dropped into a hollow right and threw this huge Slater-esque cutback deal that left me in awe. Pretty good for a white-trash redneck from Jacksonville, Florida. At one left we surfed, Gabe threw this backside tailslide and slid about six feet with the bottom half of his board hanging out the back the whole freakin’ time. Then he did it again on the same wave!

Che definitely impressed me. One day we hiked across an island and surfed a little right, and the kid was killing it. On one wave he did three sick cutties and followed it up with a huge tailslide. The kid impressed me a lot.

Geoff made me laugh so much, and he can also surf insane. He’s got one of those Dorian styles that I love. If he gets his act together some more and takes some anger-management classes, he could definitely be a force to reckon with in the next five years.

I felt bad for Rusty-he was mainly there to get the humunga cowabunga from down unda, but it never came. He was bummed, but he made the best of it and threw one pretty huge frontside air almost over me. It was a dope one ’cause he was on his feet for a second, then he did one pump and threw himself and his board into the air with reckless abandon. I envy airs like that.

Greg was also on the lookout for the “big one” and didn’t get it either. But I did see him do a couple nice under-the-lip snaps and a few airs to top it off.

7. In your own words, describe the trip.

Gabe Kling: The “If” trip. “If” the swell was right, “if” the wind was right, “if” the locals weren’t mean, “if” that chick was hot, “if” Geoff would clean that mess, “if” the sun was out, “if” I wasn’t this drunk I could think of some more “ifs.”

Jason Reposar: The guys were calling it the “If” trip because we never really hit the right conditions for the place. I’d call it “Operation Desert Storm” because, for one, the locals are completely insane. They made us feel like we were a group of spies trying to infiltrate their national security-essentially we were, though.Two, the place looked like Iraq-except for the ocean. Three, eight twenty-year-olds acting like it was the last night before D-day.The trip wasn’t epic, but I think it’s fair to say it was good.

Asher Nolan: It was the “If” trip-“if” the wind was right, “if” it wasn’t crowded, “if” we didn’t have nine people with us to go out at every spot. One big “if.” It’s kind of like Hawai’i when the trades are 30 miles per hour. and the waves are shit. All in all, I still am glad I got a chance to visit the Canary Islands. There’s so much potential on those islands. The funnest part was Madrid, but it cost lots of money-if you know what I mean.

Rusty Long: It was a constant hassle due to the size of our crew. The Canarys are localized, and many of the breaks cannot handle crowds. So if we tried to surf as a group, the lineups would become instantly cluttered and very unpleasant to surf in.My brother and I got up at dawn every morning and had a couple of magical suck sessions in solitude. One morning we met and shared waves with George Michael-that was the highlight of the trip for me.

Micah Byrne: Pretty fun. I know for sure it wouldn’t have been fun without the three Floridians. Those guys always make the best of whatever situation is thrown at them, especially when the waves are bad. They’ve mastered the art of small-wave surfing at the age of twelve by living in Florida, the home of trailer trash and the smallest waves and weenies known to man.

Che, the hardcore Tamarack loc-dog, wouldn’t stop claiming this one floater he did. I guess the guy loves floaters. Brack-oli-if he wasn’t hanging with Javier, he was yelling at someone. Now he wants to move to Huntington with me and try to become a local. Fat chance. I told him he’d have to get that Ventura tat covered first and stop wearing shirts with pictures of himself on the back. I swear he brought like six of them-one in every color.The Long-dong bros were classic; they were attached at the hip the whole trip. If one went to the bathroom, the other went, too. I think they wiped each other or something. And they both wore these sweatpants and sandals the whole time. My grandpa has more style than them!

tely insane. They made us feel like we were a group of spies trying to infiltrate their national security-essentially we were, though.Two, the place looked like Iraq-except for the ocean. Three, eight twenty-year-olds acting like it was the last night before D-day.The trip wasn’t epic, but I think it’s fair to say it was good.

Asher Nolan: It was the “If” trip-“if” the wind was right, “if” it wasn’t crowded, “if” we didn’t have nine people with us to go out at every spot. One big “if.” It’s kind of like Hawai’i when the trades are 30 miles per hour. and the waves are shit. All in all, I still am glad I got a chance to visit the Canary Islands. There’s so much potential on those islands. The funnest part was Madrid, but it cost lots of money-if you know what I mean.

Rusty Long: It was a constant hassle due to the size of our crew. The Canarys are localized, and many of the breaks cannot handle crowds. So if we tried to surf as a group, the lineups would become instantly cluttered and very unpleasant to surf in.My brother and I got up at dawn every morning and had a couple of magical suck sessions in solitude. One morning we met and shared waves with George Michael-that was the highlight of the trip for me.

Micah Byrne: Pretty fun. I know for sure it wouldn’t have been fun without the three Floridians. Those guys always make the best of whatever situation is thrown at them, especially when the waves are bad. They’ve mastered the art of small-wave surfing at the age of twelve by living in Florida, the home of trailer trash and the smallest waves and weenies known to man.

Che, the hardcore Tamarack loc-dog, wouldn’t stop claiming this one floater he did. I guess the guy loves floaters. Brack-oli-if he wasn’t hanging with Javier, he was yelling at someone. Now he wants to move to Huntington with me and try to become a local. Fat chance. I told him he’d have to get that Ventura tat covered first and stop wearing shirts with pictures of himself on the back. I swear he brought like six of them-one in every color.The Long-dong bros were classic; they were attached at the hip the whole trip. If one went to the bathroom, the other went, too. I think they wiped each other or something. And they both wore these sweatpants and sandals the whole time. My grandpa has more style than them!