Posts Tagged ‘Wakesurf’

Lake Sammamish Birthday Sets

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Bess Byers Lake Sammamish

Bess Byers Lake Sammamish

Bess Byers Lake Sammamish

Bess Byers Lake Sammamish

Bess Byers Lake Sammamish

Bess Byers Lake Sammamish

Bess Byers Lake Sammamish

Birthday Sets > Birthday Sex

What better way to ring in my 29th rotation around the sun than with an epic birthday set on Lake Sammamish?

The boating crew braved frigid temps to throw down on what Seattleites considered a warm day. John, Eddie and Chelsea hit the wake hard. I broke my bindings last summer (I need an upgrade from the ’04 Mavens I’m riding) so stuck to surfing.

While this marked one of my more mellow birthdays, and the last of my 20’s, I couldn’t have spent it with a better group of people. Thank you again to everyone who made this day (and wave) so stinkin’ special. Stay tuned, because the weather is warming up and the wake will only get bigger!

♥ BB

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Yacht Surf Sunday

Monday, October 19th, 2015

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While the Seahawks sink, Seattleites have turned to other forms of Sunday entertainment. Last weekend we stepped up our game and went yacht surfing.

My friend Rob recently bought a 40-something-foot yacht, so when extended the invite (thank you Patryk!), I ditched Sunday blogging for board sports. If there’s a wave, these guys (and gals) will ride it.

Fall riding has always been a favorite and days like this remind me why. Most boats have been winterized, which means glassier water. The weather is crisp so riders are committed. Plus orange leaves make for pretty pictures.

Surfing this behemoth wave I felt like a boss. When I first learned to wakeboard, I asked my ex about wakesurfing. He said I wouldn’t get it because I “don’t understand the concept of pressure.” Needless to say, that relationship didn’t work. Also needless to say, I “understand the concept of pressure.” Whatever that means.

Major thanks to Rob for the tow, and everyone else for being an awesome crew. Now how do we top yacht surfing!?

♥ BB

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Six Months in Seattle

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

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Today marks six months since I moved to Seattle.

I can’t believe it’s been half a year since I left LA. Wasn’t I just packing my apartment, like, yesterday? Time has flown by, and it’s no surprise when I reflect on the last 180-something days.

Our garden has grown from five employees to 25. I’ve hiked foggy Cascades and ridden the glassy Columbia. My dad visited the warehouse. My mom visited the warehouse. I trolled socialists at a Bernie Sanders rally. We spent a weekend at La Push and smoked out Slightly Stoopid. I solo hiked Lake Blanca, watched a lunar eclipse from Mt. Pilchuck and even with a six year break, can still throw down behind a boat. Did I mention I’m selling tons (or pounds) of cannabis? Yeah, that too.

I’ve felt solitude, success, indecision and excitement. Seattle isn’t what I expected, even as a northwest native, yet I’m not upset about it. Business is booming, the industry is changing and I’m writing one helluva chapter in my life story.

From Seattle to SoCal, thank you to friends and family who’ve been so supportive. Stay tuned…

♥ BB

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Saturdays Are For Girls Who Surf

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

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A couple snaps from our Girls Surf Saturday a few weeks back!

Girls-only days are my favorite (no offense guys) because it means less stress and encouragement to try new tricks. This day was a pristine example. I’ve surfed for a few years but never really carved because I a) didn’t know how and b) hate trying new moves with a boat full of spectators. All the optimism and increased estrogen pushed me to carve and you know what? I did. I carved, and I carved, and I kept carving, until I caught an edge, but I came up smiling and stoked to stick new moves.

Sometimes all it takes is a little step outside your comfort zone to realize things aren’t as difficult as they seem. This applies to life too.

Thanks Nicole for the tow, hope to have another girls day before summer wraps!

♥ BB

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Sammamish Spring Surf

Monday, June 1st, 2015

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What better start to spring than a surf set on Lake Sammamish?

I haven’t surfed Sammamish since summer ’07 and forgot how much I missed it. Freezing water aside, it felt indescribable to do what I love most: ride and take photos. The whole experience took a while to sink in, I was that excited.

My friend Houston knows how much I love to ride. Before moving to LA (we switched!), she introduced me to her friend Rob, who introduced me to Nicole, Michael, Patryk and Lis. What an amazing crew – good riders with great energy. Thank you Houston!!

Summer is heating up (just kidding, it’s Seattle) so stay tuned. Radar, Bow and Lake Tye are in the near future.

♥ BB

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