Sunday, April 24, 2011

Springtime Surf

Here are a few random pics from the past few weeks. We have had some good surf recently, but I have been a bit more focused on surfing than shooting photos.

These above 2 are from PK, or Komamba, which has been firing about once a week in between flat spells. You can either sit up top and catch the right that peels off the tetrapods (and most likely get burned - 1st photo) or sit inside and get the more hollow waves that swing inside (2nd photo), just have to make sure to kick out before impaling yourself on the tetra-shorepound.

Sho-hei hits the lip during a midday skate sesh along an endless concrete left bowl.

Spring time, its finally warm enough to get back on the bike to scout out local sandbars. Looking right (top photo) and to the left (bottom photo) from the bike trail.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Mafuji Hike 真富士山

Another hike from a couple weeks ago, late March. This mountain is called Mafuji (not The Mt. Fuji) and starts up in the hills behind Shizuoka city. After a steep 30 min drive up a one lane road from the Abekawa river, we parked the car and basically hiked straight up the rest of the mountain through the trees and a creek bed. Once at the top of the ridge there are 2 separate peaks with great views of Mount Fuji and the Suruga Bay.

More green tea fields along the Abekawa river valley on the drive up to the trailhead.

View from the trail through the trees.

There was still some snow on the ground as we were up at about 4,500 feet, making for a slippery climb. I received a few funny looks from other fellow hikers because I was only wearing shorts, luckily I have hairy legs.

Trail marker.

Once at the top there were great views of Mt Fuji and the surrounding area.

Maybe when the snow melts we will tackle the real Mt. Fuji.