Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Thinking about Surf

Surfing Maz 2012/2013 from RD Watters on Vimeo.
Finally had time to get a video up of surfing in Mazatlan last winter. Thanks to my wife who shot some footage. I've thought back to last winter and all the fun we had. I sure miss Mazatlan. Can't wait to get back in the ocean and learn to surf again. These summers off the board are brutal. Oh well, not long now.........

Bristol Bay Fishing

 The 2013 Sockeye Salmon fishing season is over. "It is what it is." We had a good season. Not a huge run this year but we ground a season out of it. Was the earliest return on record. There was unusually warm temperatures for a few weeks that warmed the water up and got the fish swimming up river.
 This is about a 20lb King Salmon. We caught him on our last set. It made up for the one we lost earlier on, that got out right near the stern roller.
Good Eats.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Bristol Bay

 So now I'm up in Bristol Bay, Alaska. Three months of nonstop boat work and fishing to look forward to. I've been here for 18 days and the weather has been great. No rain and lot's of sun. We usually put in about 6 months of work in in only 3 months time. The days are long so you can put in some long days. The sun sets at 11pm and doesn't get dark till around midnight. I'm not sure about sunrise. It's up before me.

We will start fishing sometime in mid June and will be working around the clock for over a month, 7 days a week. It's a cool place up here. With the amount of fish that come up these rivers every year, to the bears and foxes and to all the fishing boats that are here. There's more fishing boats here than year round residents. The Salmon are a huge resource for the community here and to those around the world in which they are being shipped to. Hopefully it's around a long time from now.   

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Empty lineups and good amigos. Caught some good ones with the "Looney Bean" guys.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Olas Altas

The other day out front here at Olas Altas. I went up to hit the lip right before it multiplied and sent me flying to the bottom of the ocean.
= FUN!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Surf Por un Bien

This past weekend was the Surf Por un Bien surf contest at Playa Bruja.
 Finalist of the Open Division of surfing. I took first place in the finals. It's been awhile since I had a win. It felt really good. I was fortunate in the finals to get a couple waves quick before the ocean went calm for 10-15 minutes. Then picked off another set wave over from the rocks. There's some good surfers in Mazatlan. Marco and Rodrigo were looking hungry. I was stoked to pick off a couple good waves in the finals.
 Made the front page of Sundays paper. Great group of surfers and students who put on a great event.

Cool hand made trophies.
Also stoked to order a new custom board from Carlos at Kingdom Surf for one of the prizes. Check his website out. His boards are under a lot of the rippers down here.

Friday, March 1, 2013

New Sponsor, Helly Hansen

I'm happy to have support from new sponsor Helly Hansen this year. Great company that's been around for awhile. Started in 1877 by a Norwegian sea captain, Helly Juell Hansen and is wife making oilskin jackets that sold like salmon swimming up the Naknek river. Unlike other companies they've stayed at the forefront of clothing technology by staying involved with each discipline they represent. They have the best products available for biking, fishing, climbing and sailing. A few of my favorite things. Can't wait to get some new gear for this coming season.