Posts Tagged ‘Stintson’

Surf’s Up: “Storm of the Decade” Coming Soon – 11 to 18 Foot Waves at Ocean Beach?

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Here’s Rivera during last week’s Storm of the Month, which, Ocean Beach surfing-wise, was much better than average – hundreds of surfers were on the wet side of the Great Highway on this day:

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Well, forget all that:

Seas from the developing system will combine with the distant swell and build to 15-18 feet. Mavericks at Half Moon Bay is likely to see some of the largest waves reaching as high as 27 feet during high tide. Stinson Beach and Ocean Beach could see 11 to 18-foot waves. High tide on Wednesday will be at 2 a.m. and 12:38 a.m., Thursday at 2:40 a.m. and 1:12 p.m., and Friday at 3:19 a.m. and 2:02 p.m.

Stay safe.

Better Know Your Pacific Ocean Beaches of the Bay Area: NASA Photos Shows Half Moon Bay to Point Reyes

Friday, July 15th, 2011

NASA just posted a photo from the last Space Shuttle flight. It’s big, like 4000 pixels.

Here are some annotations. (The white line is the mighty San Andreas fault.)

Click to expand.“This image featuring the San Francisco Bay area was recorded with a still camera using a 180-mm lens by one of the Expedition 26 crew members aboard the International Space Station, flying 220 miles above Earth.”

And here’s the plain version at 1800 pixels:

Surf’s up.

KALW Does a Bit on Bolinas, That Marin County Town That’s Friendly, and yet Not Friendly

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

KALW‘s Steven Short finds Bolinas, CA a “friendly town” – check out his new CrossCurrents bit here, why not?

Now, here’s my version of the story. Enjoy:

Inbetwixt the friendly elephant seals of the Point Reyes National Seashore…

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(This was from at least double the official keep-away distance, we’re talking hundreds of yards, so I don’t want to hear it. Made using the remarkable 1999-2010 Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS USM and EF 2x II Extender, handheld.) 

…and the friendly regular seals of Bolinas Lagoon…

…you’ll find the unfriendly town of Bolinas, CA:

The reason why the locals, some of whom, for some reason, feel quite empowered to bully auslanders, always tear down the road signs on the Pacific Coast Highway is because their USPS letter carrier already knows how to get there.

Fin.

Carlos Santana Proposes to Drummer Cindy Blackman on Stage During Performance

Monday, July 12th, 2010

[UPDATE: Turns out that they got hitched in Maui at the end of 2010.]

Marin County denizen Carlos Santana asked his drummer to marry him four songs into the show at Tinley Park, IL a few days back. Deets below.

(Haven’t seen Santana since that epic day a decade ago when he played the Bill Graham at the Windows 2000 launch after being introduced by Bill Gates and actor Patrick Stewart and/or I saw him in his BMW Z8 supercar up at Stintson…)

All the deets:

Carlos Santana Engaged to Cindy Blackman Following Onstage Proposal at Chicago Stop of Santana’s Universal Tone Tour 2010

LOS ANGELES, July 12  — Musician and philanthropist Carlos Santana proposed toacclaimed drummer Cindy Blackmanonstage during his Friday, July 9 concert at the Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL.  Carlos popped the question four songs into the show–the Chicago area stop on Santana’s Universal Tone Tour 2010–following Cindy’s virtuoso drum solo on the Santana hit “Corazon Espinado.”  After she accepted, the just-engaged couple kissed, and the audience broke out into cheers.

“Cindy and I are blessed to have found each other,” said Carlos Santana.  “Being in love is a gift from the universe, and the spirit and vibrations that come with it are infinitely powerful.  I look forward to expressing that incredible energy through my music, and in helping to tip the balance toward more love in the world with what Cindy and I share.”

Santana’s engagement to Blackman comes almost two months into the first leg of the Universal Tone Tour 2010, with North American dates featuring Steve Winwood as opener.  Blackman is a jazz and rock drummer who has recorded and toured extensively with Lenny Kravitz, and played with a wide range of artists including Pharoah Sanders, Cassandra Wilson, and Bill Laswell.

The Universal Tone Tour’s second leg begins late September with a month-long European itinerary that follows a string of late August/early September performances of Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through The Hits at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. The Joint is the only place west of the Mississippi where Santana will play live in the U.S. through 2010 (supernaturalsantana.com).

The Universal Tone Tour 2010 presents hits from Santana’s four-decades-long career, as well as songs from a forthcoming album.  Set for release September 21 on Arista Records, Guitar Heaven: Santana Performs The Greatest Guitar Classics Of All Time is the first new studio album by the Santana Band since its trilogy of consecutive, award-winning blockbuster releases: Supernatural (1999), Shaman (2002), and All That I Am (2005).  As with those earlier classic Arista titles, Guitar Heaven–featuring guest vocalists including Pat Monahan, Joe Cocker, Rob Thomas, and Gavin Rossdale–was co-produced by Carlos Santana and legendary music executive Clive Davis.  Their partnership dates back to 1968, when Davis first signed Santana to Columbia Records–after seeing them at San Francisco’s Fillmore West, at Bill Graham’s request.

Santana’s most recent release was the 2010 reissue of Supernatural as a 2-CD Legacy Edition–featuring 11 previously unissued bonus tracks–in celebration of the classic nine-time GRAMMY-winning album’s 10th anniversary.

For more information: www.santana.com