Sell Out...


Yes.  I had a photo on Smurfline.  It was voted as "December's best user photo"... I am sure everybody is angry, even though 99.9% of people who see it have no idea where it is, since no spots, names, states, or countries were mentioned.  Do I feel a little lame for doing it?  I dunno, I guess?  I did think it was cool to have a picture I took up there with the other amazing shots, such as Greg Long at Todos, and have people actually vote for mine...  Anyway, start the hate:  

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congrats brotha man. Keep up the good work. Don't worry about haters. This blog keeps me going when its cold a rainy in the winter

MC said...

nah. they won't hate on you. only me. congrats amigo.

Anonymous said...

"I took this shot with my mom's digital camera that she let me borrow for the weekend. Unfortunately, one of the locals saw me take this picture and promptly gave me a tremendous beat down. The oversized yeti-man-beast also dented my NSP and broke my mom's camera. Other than that it was a classic day!" - nice image

Anonymous said...

Had no idea Kevin.

http://www.kevinthomasphotography.com/

SurfingwithSasquatch said...

Ha! Thats awesome. Sorry for posting your photo to surfline...

Anonymous said...

Everyone knows where the spot is. No secret

peninsula-perspective said...

"Haters" are one thing, but I'd be more concerned about my wave count. Maybe that's why you opted for the "Harry and the Hendersons" hideout, thinking you could stay invisible while doing what some consider art, and others consider damage. A little of both? The Art of Exploiting NWest surf. It's got a nice ring to it. Not a great way to earn respect, but putting your real name on it would be a good start.

"...people actually look at this shit, so I can't post half of my good shots, because those would really piss people off..." Sasquatch 11/16/10

I'd ask what you expected to happen, but it seems you saw it like a clean-up set. In surfing, and in life, decisions define who we are and where we end up. Judging by the fact that you've decided to become the NWest's Surfline photographer, and managed to piss off a good percentage of our peers (who are normally pretty laid back), your wave count might dwindle.

I enjoy beautiful things. Girls and waves are my all time favorites. I look at Surfline to see pretty waves and bitches in bikinis. I almost never get to see that kind of shit out here! Occasionally we get some hot surf, but not the kind that should be whored out on a website like a mail order bride.

We all share it, put up with it's bullshit, enjoy it. Some of us obsess over it. I can understand sitting in the city and wishing I was surfing. Perhaps, wanting to claim it online because I can't be in the line-up. But your inability to acknowledge, that you personally, are not only having a negative impact on, but are selling out OUR surf is something I can't comprehend.

Anyway, in case you don't give a fuck about what I think...I'm gonna go out on a limb here and guess, that not one of the guys who led the way, who cut the trails, who preceded you and deserve your respect, would have done the shit you did. If I'm wrong, I'll gladly give you a wave.

SurfingwithSasquatch said...

I think you are drastically over estimating my audience. For instance, this page has only been looked at 61 times, and my most popular post has only been viewed 307 times...

I like to think that most people who look at this shit surf around here, I am guessing you do, so I wouldn't be too worried about the stuff on this blog...

And if you are mad about this un-tagged picture on Smurfline, then maybe you should also email Surfers Journal, Transworld Surf, the pro photogs, malloys, bru's, etc. etc. blah.

Anyway, just got back from a solo surf... So not too worried about my wave count...

Anonymous said...

Many of the surf shops around Washington have been putting up pictures of the waves around Washington for years in their shops. Most people would have otherwise thought the waves in WA are junk until they see pictures of reeling ****** point, or the ***** rivermouth, et cetera. Although most the shops never handed out maps, showing pictures of spots makes people search, all they have to do is look around for surfers cars in the fall on the OPC and they have found the trailhead. I think the Sandman, the first website with OPC waves, and all the other people posting pictures on the web of sick waves around WA state are to blame for the crowds, but most of all it's the wetsuits and lift ticket prices.

Big Gay Al said...

Oh, I ment partially to blame....but we are all guilty, anyone posting on here probably hunts around on the net looking for NW waves, like me, so really we are hipocrits, anyone looking at the sites, for complaining about them. But for sure if it wasn't for seeing all those sick pictures up on the Sandman's website, than later at the surf shops around WA, I would still probably just be kooking it up at the groins.... I'm not saying it's good or bad, just a fact. Surfing is like a disease, it's going to spread no matter what... It's like all surfers have tuburculosis, but Mr. Sasquatch here is going around coughing in everyone's face, and we, the viewers of his site, are cheering him on, but we are all stoked to see his pictures, so we're all guilty, but I guess he's a bit more guilty than us.

peninsula-perspective said...

"I think you are drastically over estimating my audience..."

You put the shit up on Surfline and then brag about a solo session... Quit contradicting yourself and I'll quite typing.

peninsula-perspective said...

quit. I meant quit, not quite. Sorry my fingers were numb after a solo session.

Megalodon said...

Re: that photo, let’s see…
Easy, quick, freeway-like drive from town – check
Great parking with beach 50 ft from car park – check
Nice cedar catwalks over swamp – check
Sturdy stairs down cliff (soon to be escalator) – check
100 % reliable year round – check
Perfect longboard/funboard wave even when really big, never sketch – check
No wonder this place is always so fucking crowded…

Sasquatch said...

I can't wait for the escalator!

Anonymous said...

Super sick dude.

Anonymous said...

You can blame surfline, wanna surf, etc, etc. etc. where locations are certainly revealed although this blog may provide more local information to those in the know. By posting recent photos you provide information about what may be working at particular time period. Good waves are often only available to those in the know or willing to put in the time checking spots but if they see a recent snap from a spot they may go out of their way to surf photoed spot rather than fall back on a go to. I know you and other surfcentria photo blogges may not care, but certainly something to think about. I found this article to be fairly relevant to the situation at hand: http://www.surfermag.com/features/youtube-killed-the-secret-spot/ Again something to think about.

Anonymous said...

"Everyday surfers with everyday video equipment and software post their secrets on the Internet for bragging rights, and not much more. Yet, the very amateurism that makes those videos interesting also gives away the secrets: landmarks, road signs, reef markers, lighthouses, HEADLANDS."

SurfingwithSasquatch said...

This is just the same argument repeating itself... again.