Author Archive for: Tim

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, NorCal

13 Aug
August 13, 2016
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Kaelyn, adding her own touch of beauty to the beautiful natural surroundings of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. This place is amazing.

Honey Tree | Big Sur | Pfeiffer State Park Sequoias

13 Aug
August 13, 2016
Pfeiffer State Park Sequoia

My “Honey” tree. Two of my favorite travel partners (we’re partners in a lot of things), Kendall and Gretchen, providing some scale for the giant redwoods in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Big Sur | Pfeiffer Beach

13 Aug
August 13, 2016
Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, California

…And if the northern view of Pfeiffer Beach wasn’t beautiful enough for you… here’s the southern view… Yes, that’s a waterfall right on the beach. They make those.

Big Sur | Pfeiffer State Park

13 Aug
August 13, 2016
Big Surf Pfeiffer State Park

One of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever laid eyes on. And I’ve seen a lot of ’em!

Golden Gate

13 Aug
August 13, 2016
Golden Gate Bridge

This bridge is so well known for its color, that I thought I’d show it in black and white. Yep… still beautiful.

Welcome to Water… And Honolua Freight Trains

17 Apr
April 17, 2016

I went to Maui on my honeymoon. I surfed Lahaina Boat Harbor and a “secret spot” just around the corner from Hookipa. We stopped at Honolua and it wasn’t breaking (mid-May), but of course, I had seen many pics and much footage of the place doing its thing. This looks like an amazing break.

 

El Gringo, Fun Looking Surf in Chile

13 Apr
April 13, 2016

Some really fun-looking big lefts here in Chile in this footage from a QS event (Arica Pro) some months back. Nice work from Peruvian surfer Alvarao Malpartida on Vimeo. Hat Tip to DailySurfVideos.com for the find. If you want great vides sent to inbox regularly, check out their website and subscribe.

Plus Sized

25 Mar
March 25, 2016

The view from behind a large cargo ship in Jax, FL

I took an airboat tour (Crazy Fish) with the family out at Mayport recently, and it was indeed crazy! Quite fun, actually! Among other things, we got right up behind this massive cargo ship leaving the channel. The picture can’t even begin to effectively communicate how big this thing was. Amazing that these things can actually float.

‘Merica

25 Mar
March 25, 2016

Aunt Kates Restaurant on the water, St. Augustine, FL

O-Town Reflections

19 Mar
March 19, 2016

Orlando, FL natural beauty

Killin’ it in Fantasy Surfer!

04 Aug
August 4, 2014

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I’m continuing to do pretty well in Surfer Magazine’s Fantasy Surfer competition this year. With 6 out of 10 events down for the women’s side, I am currently in 100th place out of 20,559 players! I’m definitely in great position to win the whole thing with 4 events remaining! For the men, with 6 of 11 events complete, I am in 2,000th place out of 31,329 teams- not as good as the women’s, but still pretty decent (about 94th percentile). The winner of the men’s side gets a free trip to Hawaii! The winner of the women’s side gets… nothing (a mention in the mag). I think it’s a real (sexist) shame that Surfer has it set up that way, but hey. I think they should award the overall winner (men’s + women’s) with one trip; then the winners of both the men’s and women’s sides getting trips, as well. I think I’d probably be in the Top 10 if they were combining the performance of both sides.

Fish On!

31 Jul
July 31, 2014

Early morning fishing preparations

Good morning, sunshine!

Bluepoints Marina Red Snapper catch

Capt. Dwayne with Trey and myself at Bluepoints Marina

Red Snapper catch, Port Canaveral

My brother-in-law, Trey and myself, with some of the day’s catch

Big Red Snapper

My brother-in-law, Trey holding up one of our many throwbacks

After banning Red Snapper fishing for a long, long time, the FWC recently opened a “season” for just a few short (8) days, to check on the health of the stock. I had the opportunity to go out at Port Canaveral, Florida with my brother-in-law, Trey, and a few of his friends, and we made ’em pay! I’m here to proclaim that the conservation efforts have worked! We must have landed 25-30+ Snapper, all about the size you see here (ranging from 12-19 lbs., with an average of abut 15 lbs.). We spent most of the day throwing back fish due to the catch limits per fisherman. Thanks to Trey and his friends, Dwayne, Grant, Amber and crew for an amazing day! We also had a Grouper, Cobia and several sharks. But mostly, it was just a non-stop Red Snapper frenzy and quite a workout! As a result, the Hamby’s have been eating well this week, and Snapper is my favorite fish! P.S. Don’t ask for the GPS coordinates! They are highly protected numbers.

Guana River Sunset

31 Jul
July 31, 2014
Guana River Sunset

The sun sets over Guana River State Park

Never Quit 2014

29 Jul
July 29, 2014

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Well, I made it through another year of Never Quit, an event I really enjoy. I competed in the Trident Solo, which includes a 5K Run, followed by a 500 Meter open ocean swim, followed by a 1,500 Meter surfboard paddle. It was a blast, as usual, and I met both of my personal goals- bettering last year’s time, and finishing in under an hour, despite a bum knee, which prevented me from doing any kind of serious prep work this year.

1st Place Sports results showed me as coming in third place in my age group, although they got that wrong. They showed my age as 49, placing me in the 45-49 age group. Truth be told, I turned 50 on May 1st, 30 days prior to the competition, which would have put me in 50-54 age group, where I actually would have placed 5th among men. But hey, happy to take third against the younger guys! : ) If you live in, or near Northeast Florida and have never participated in Never Quit, I encourage you to give it a go. There are all kinds of events and activities to participate in. I think it’s the best sporting event in our area, personally, but then I love the beach and the ocean.

The event is put on the Petroni family of Atlantic Beach, led by Erik Petroni (Some may recognize the Petroni name. Karina Petroni is a successful young pro surfer from the area). The event celebrates the life and spirit of Erik and Karina’s father, Capt. Gerard Petroni, who was a great patriot, athlete, waterman, Christian and family man. Capt. Petroni suffered a massive stroke in 2006 and fought valiantly to recover before eventually passing in 2009. During one of the most critical moments of his recovery, while unable to walk, eat or speak, his family handed him a piece of paper and asked him if he could write one thing on the paper, what would it be?  He scribbled the words, “Never Quit”. Today the event celebrates the values that Capt. Petroni held dear- healthy living, love of family and friends and a relentless “Never Quit” approach to life. You can learn more about the event and Capt. Petroni’s amazing life in this fantastic video.

 

OutdoorsJax.com

17 Jul
July 17, 2014

I’ve recently begun working on a new project during my spare time. My idea is a website that people would use as a resource for discovering things to do outside in Northeast Florida (hiking, biking, boating, fishing, surfing, SUPing, kayaking, ziplining, etc.) The best activities; best places to go; best guides/lessons/gear/rental equipment; etc. I’ve been thinking about doing it for a while, and finally decided to get started. I’ve looked around online for similar resources and while there are a few good niche sites for individual categories, I haven’t found a really good aggregation of information in one spot.

It’s a pretty big content challenge and I’m creating it myself (using an online web builder software). I think it will probably take all summer. But, it allows me to scratch my creative, entrepreneurial and outdoor adventurist itches all at the same time. I’m not looking at it so much in the interest of creating a business at this time, more of a community-minded effort because I think we need this in our area. If it ends up generating some consistent traffic, I can always monetize it later. As I am developing it, I am doing so with strategic SEO in mind.

Below are the first few screen shots. Some of the navigation is hidden, but I’ve included some of the drop-down menus so you can get an idea of where I’m headed. Wish me luck!

 

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Landing Page

 

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 Landing Page, Below the Fold

 

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Mentawais Bliss

11 Jul
July 11, 2014

Wow- what can you say about this? This is why I surf. It’s not what most of us experience, but is what most of us chase relentlessly, physically or emotionally. It certainly lends some pretty strong gravity to the feelings that can be achieved gliding on water in the middle of nowhere- someplace tropical, beautiful and empty, save for a few good friends. I love the drone photography here which like the RED cameras and Go-Pros, have and do continue to transforming video into a whole new medium.

Flat Day Family Fun – Stand Up Paddleboarding

18 Jun
June 18, 2014

Looking for something really, really fun to do by yourself or with your family? Try Stand-up Paddleboarding with H20 Generation! My good friend, “Chickie” Dimain, perhaps better known locally, regionally and internationally  as, “Da Buh” for his DaBuh.com surf forecast, has opened a new business providing lessons and guided tours for H20 Generation Paddleboards. Chickie offers tours inside Swimming Pen Creek, launching from Whitey’s fish camp on Fleming Island.

Currently, for just $25 per person, Chickie will provide a lesson and the tour (about a 2 mile round-trip paddle), where you’re likely to see a great deal of wildlife including manatees, turtles, blue herons and other species. If you prefer a shorter or longer distance, Chickie will accommodate you. Of course, if you prefer to paddle alone, you can do that too.

Chickie can also drop the boards off at any location and give you private lessons at your place. This is also great for groups, birthdays, corporate and team-building outings. Think, the baseball team or cheerleading squad! Chickie also sells his beautiful H20 Generation Boards. They are all MADE IN AMERICA! (NYC) and they are epoxy, which makes them incredibly durable, light and bouyant! They regularly retail for about $1,000, but he is providing deals right now while in start-up (great deals!) Check him out for rentals or sales at 904-444-2149.

I took my wife, 15-year old daughter and 11-year-old daughter this past weekend. They had never SUP’ed before, took a brief 10-minute lesson and none of them ever fell the entire day. Not once! The two miles were the perfect distance for all of us. My oldest daughter is now already asking for her own paddleboard for Christmas! I cannot recommend it highly enough. Chickie and his beautiful daughter, Ella, are great guides and will make you feel safe and right at home in the water, no matter your level of experience. If you’re surfer and  it’s flat, you’ll love this, I assure you. I particularly enjoyed being in the water with my entire family, the light workout and just enjoying the scenic beauty of our natural surroundings. Speaking of natural surroundings, I won’t speculate on what kind of bush that is growing there in the parking lot at Whitey’s in the photo, below.

H20 Generation Paddleboards- Jacksonville, FL

H20 Generation paddleboards are beautiful! Bouyant, lightweight, durable, affordable & MADE IN AMERICA!

H20 Paddleboard Instruction

Chickie and Ella provide Gretchen with some SUP instruction prior to our tour

Children love stand-up paddleboarding!

Kendall and Kaelyn were up within minutes, paddled almost two miles and never fell!

Fathers and daughters

Our day of SUPing was a Father’s Day gift from my daughters- a perfect choice! Thanks girls!

 

One Particular Harbor

08 Jun
June 8, 2014

Boat docked in the Intracoastal Waterway, St. Augustine, FL

Effervescent Intracoastal Sunset

08 Jun
June 8, 2014

Northeast Florida Intracoastal Waterway Sunset

June “Gloom”, Florida Style

08 Jun
June 8, 2014

Guana State Park, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Well, “gloomy” only in the respect that June traditionally tends to be pretty flat- not a lot of waves for surfing around here at this time of year, although we just enjoyed a nice multi-day run of swell to kick off the month. A pleasant surprise! But, Northeast Florida is beautiful year-round!

Madison, Kendall and Kaelyn

08 Jun
June 8, 2014

A few of the Hamby girls- sisters, Kendall (middle) and Kaelyn (right), along with cousin Madison (left). Madison is my older brother’s (Rob’s) daughter. He has two more missing from this photo- Abby and Caroline. We are from a family of three boys, with no girls. My mom always wanted a daughter, but finally gave up trying! Naturally, I assumed that my brothers and I would (likely) only be able to produce boys when we had kids.  Instead, we have (5) girls with no boys between us! Talk about a flip!

My mother is in heaven and I have to admit- I love it, too! I remember how much trouble my brothers and I got into growing up and I’d just assume not return there, as a parent! Girls are soooo much easier- at least so far, with these girls! This picture was taken at Aunt Kate’s near Vilano Beach. We were out celebrating Kaelyn’s graduation from elementary school. It’s crazy to think that there are (5) Hamby girls prowling the halls of the local elementary, middle and high schools in Ponte Vedra these days.They are good kids and great friends, which is something special.

Heavy Water – African Skeleton

05 Jun
June 5, 2014

Heaving straight up vertical slabs in the middle of nowhere. I love this.

Marine Layers

17 May
May 17, 2014
The beautiful coastal elements of La Jolla, California create a multi-layered, natural piece of art. Check the two nesting birds.

The beautiful coastal elements of La Jolla, California create a multi-layered, natural piece of art. Check the two nesting birds.

Purple Haze

17 May
May 17, 2014

La Jolla Seascape

Island Tripping with Chris Del Morro in Indo

10 May
May 10, 2014
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