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Willamette Valley Dabblers

Postby Howly Wolf » Mon Mar 22, 2021 2:45 pm

Ok, which one of you knuckleheads wrote into The Grit podcast to dunk on one of Portland's lamest murals and expound upon the scourge of "the dabbler" in lineups worldwide?

To wit:

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"Surfing is just another pebble flicked into their life bucket of dabbles". Haha, sounds pretty lame when you put it that way! An interesting conversation nonetheless and a timely one at that given Covid Spring part 2's inevitable stirring of the kooks. Here's an open invitation to the writer to log onto the OSP to discuss further, as well as debate if mediocre, surf-adjacent author/podcast host, Chas Smith (who?) is in fact Oregon's most famous surfer?

Anyhow, here's the episode link for those inclined to listen to glib surf conversation. 23:00 minute mark for subject at hand.

https://surfsplendorpodcast.com/107-the ... h-18-2021/
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Re: Willamette Valley Dabblers

Postby Tex » Wed Mar 24, 2021 2:57 pm

i did not know Oregon had a "most famous surfer" title....and I have never heard of Chaz Smith. Interesting post Howly, I may check out the podcast. Maybe we should start an OSP Podcast lol
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Re: Willamette Valley Dabblers

Postby Tex » Fri Mar 26, 2021 11:33 am

I would vote that our first podcast would be on wave parks.
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Re: Willamette Valley Dabblers

Postby Howly Wolf » Fri Mar 26, 2021 1:33 pm

An OSP "podcast" would look more like a hodgepodge 1 am call-in show on KBOO. A few regulars would phone in occasionally to rant, but the host (DJ Tex) would otherwise be filling time with acid jazz. On exciting days, you'll get a few prank calls, but otherwise it's old Howly on Line 3 to ramble yet again about close encounters with softboards and/or UFOS. Most night owls unfortunate enough to stumble upon this broadcast will find it exhausting soon enough and change the dial as soon as they realize no one is naming surf spots. Fortunately (or unfortunately), a few stoners will tune in regularly, mostly because they dig acid jazz and UFOs, but these "ratings" will convince KBOO that the show has a devoted following, perpetuating this late night comedy of errors into regular rotation on the road to nowhere.

Oh and by the way: https://www.oregonlive.com/nation/2021/ ... omena.html
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Re: Willamette Valley Dabblers

Postby BOX » Fri Mar 26, 2021 1:50 pm

Hi, BOX from Newport here on the line. Long time listener, first time caller. Love the show, btw. Tex, Howly, keep up the great work! Ok, so, I have a question for you two, or really for anyone if any other callers want to chime in: are adult learners the same/just as bad as "dabblers"? Asking for a friend. Thx!
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Re: Willamette Valley Dabblers

Postby Tex » Sun Mar 28, 2021 1:10 pm

I love you guys....absofuckinglutely nailed it with the KBOO analogy. Well done. I would venture that adult learners are not the same as dabblers. To me, including the term learner implies some level of long term dedication to a single pursuit. Dabbler implies trying it out maybe on a random/periodic basis. Full disclosure, this response was posted under the influence of ashwaganda.
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Re: Willamette Valley Dabblers

Postby Major Lazer » Mon Mar 29, 2021 10:54 am

Funny stuff :lol: For Oregon scale, I'd say a dabbler is anyone who surfs seasonally or less than a few times a month on the average.

Never been sure or not if I liked Chaz's writing style. I'm definitely not a subscriber to Beach Grit, but his article in TSJ about growing up in Coos Bay surfing was decent. Need to read one of his books.

Now Oregon's most famous surfer.... Gerry Lopez? No?

Haven't seen that mural. I can count how many times I've been downtown on 2 hands in the last year and haven't missed it.
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Re: Willamette Valley Dabblers

Postby Tex » Thu Apr 01, 2021 11:56 am

Good LORD- i might be a freakin DABBLER based on ML's sesh metric. How about 30 year dabbler???
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Re: Willamette Valley Dabblers

Postby Tex » Thu Apr 01, 2021 11:57 am

I would also agree that Jerry is our biggest surf icon in Oregon. The bigger question, most popular/best surfer born and raised in OR waters.
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Re: Willamette Valley Dabblers

Postby BOX » Fri Apr 02, 2021 3:50 pm

Good LORD- i might be a freakin DABBLER based on ML's sesh metric. How about 30 year dabbler???


No worries, Tex. Based on the number of sessions I've put in over the past few months, I don't even think I make dabbler status :oops:

But you know, the weather's getting warmer so it looks like dabbler season is on for this kook :lol:
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Re: Willamette Valley Dabblers

Postby harg » Sun Apr 04, 2021 8:04 pm

I'm no expert, but Dabbler sounds an awful lot like kook. Adult learners (along with most of us) go to the beach to enjoy the ocean. 100% down with that, regardless of skill level or times per month. Dabbler sounds like the dudes that go to the beach to head nod at people and say 'sup', and then paddle out mostly so they can say things to their friends like 'bro, i came so close to getting that bomb' or 'man, i went up to hit the lip, and the foam ball just caught my rail', or 'dude, it's totally backdoorable'. maybe that's what's cool tho now?
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Re: Willamette Valley Dabblers

Postby BOX » Tue Apr 06, 2021 1:06 pm

Thanks for the reassurance, harg & others. I just put that up there as a half-joke as I’m keenly aware of the disdain some folks have for late learners like myself, especially after COVID.

And I get where a lot of those people are coming from. They don’t want crowds at the break or to be hit by a giant ditched log in the wash. Makes sense. Neither do I. That’s why I do my best to respect the lineup and follow the etiquette. But to the other folks who hate just to hate, well, I try to pay it no mind. I'm not there for them. I’m still going to surf no matter what people call me (though I’m partial to “gray grom” myself… :lol: ).
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Re: Willamette Valley Dabblers

Postby Howly Wolf » Tue Apr 06, 2021 1:58 pm

An old guard surfer like Sam Reid might venture that anyone riding less than a 70 lb redwood plank is a dabbler. By modern standards, it seems to me that it all comes down to mindset-- a person who'd just as soon line up for brunch as jam a lineup just might be a dabbler. If you're self aware enough to question if you're a dabbler, you probably aren't one.

As for Gerry, yes he is by far the most famous surfer in Oregon, but claiming Mr. Pipeline for the Beaver State would be like saying his main contribution to surfboard design is his signature brand softboard available now at a Big Box near you.

Unfortunately, Chas (who?) is the only native Oregonian surfer I can think of that has gained some sort of widespread recognition. The only other option I can think of would be "Seaside Locals" as a whole. Lots of talent in the water these days, so if some kid is willing to grind (and move to better surf and/or industry flashpoint), sky's the limit.
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Re: Willamette Valley Dabblers

Postby Howly Wolf » Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:41 am

Dark side of dabbling: Wyoming Edition.

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Re: Willamette Valley Dabblers

Postby Major Lazer » Wed Apr 07, 2021 6:08 pm

I guess I just always default back to an article I read as a kid in the 80s that always stuck with me. Was an interview with the late Derrick Ho (RIP) talking about the growing popularity of surfing and surf brands especially inland and him saying you're not a surfer unless you live at the beach and surf every day.

So perhaps many of us are in fact dabblers........ just glad I had many years close to the words I aspired to as a grom. Just nothing else like living and breathing that salt air 24-7 tuned in and surfing every day there were waves and hard to believe I am closing in on 16 years of Willamette Valley dabbling :cry:
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