Went to sf. “Business” justification was to visit the Fatlace garage/Illest paddock before sema. Really just wanted to go surfing lol. Went yelp crazy through the city and I feel like I ate at all the trendy spots and definitely had all the latte/coffee the city had to offer. Well not everything but for less than 4 full days I killed it. Lived like a king for sure. Crashed on my buddies couch in Oakland fat Chris. He made the video about me back in the day about how I got Into drifting interviewing all my la Jolla buddies I grew up with super funny. Seen here-
curb floaters and back fades!
Floater is a surfing move where you ride on top of the broken section of the wave and come down. It’s called curb floaters because I would drift up curbs on accident trying to learn with them in my car. It’s called back fades because my friends mom always would forget what drifting was called and think it was called fading haha. Back fading would be tandem.

Anyways,-

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Blue bottle coffee. Best latte on the trip by far. Really cool locations all over sf and Oakland. All in unassuming places with very subtle branding outside.

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Got this granola from them with mason jar for 3.50 I was stoked. They didn’t have much of a breakfast offering. The one on mission and mint or something like that has more food stuff (thanks to joe Ayalas sister or wife for the tip-some female ayala)

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I also had ritual roasters at the same time as they were right next to each other

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The combo made me do this

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Sign

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Water is cold in sf. Wore a hooded wetsuit and booties

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Jeromie power (not my brother) driving us to the other end of the beach as the tide changed full wetsuit. He has a Honda element and doesn’t care to get it wet or beat it up inside its dope. He recently had a kid and had so much diapers baby wipes etc in there full pooping station

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Went to Fatlace garage and Illest paddock. Cool to see where all the crew works. These are some wheels they literally turned inside out for their sema project with rwb

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Old Porsche fenders raffled away via Illest and I got one for my homie fat Chris who I stayed with in Oakland

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Rad trailer car setup

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Nakai at work

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Funny little mini bike

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Funny little bridge. Didn’t meant to go here. Maps on your phone kinda sucks in the city

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Ran up these stairs fast it hurt

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Made a new friend on the streets of Oakland

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Rad sunrise. Gotta get on it early because the bridge traffic sucks. It also costs 6$ to drive on the bridge that sucks too

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Ocean beach/Kelly’s cove

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Codmother fish and chips. I just went yelp mad finding all the trendiest spots. This was really good.

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Philz coffee. Good coffee for black coffee really thick, but the ambiance is pretty average

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Sight glass coffe big building pretty cool

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Trolley in the way

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Brought some espresso back to make at home. Also also to cover up the stinky wetsuit smell that was overpowering my step moms wagon I took up

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Guys killing it

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Get in my van

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Mark built this dope van. Has lots of cool random stickers in it too real authentic. Gonna be for distributing shave ice

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Modelin my tshirt

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Endless summer

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Dahui

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Massive tuck

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Cheesecake kit Kat super jdm

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Felix from Fatlace

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Sr20 Datsun truck. Hey mark let me borrow this thing to drive my boards around next time I’m up there

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Surf was so good on Halloween I had to go buy a snickers and a water real quick in my wetsuit haha so lame

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Posted up at the beach a lot. Listening to crowded house don’t dream its over kiwi vibes on repeat

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Papusas on the way home

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/drifterout

I never put up Irwindale pics I just realized.
Hugo from n-zed and hamish/rebekah from parts shop max nz came to the states. Visited sd for a bit. I have so many kiwi friends I love it.
Here are some funny pics I have of him. Only the funny ones. Also he got a sd I spired “taduu”. Guess he liked it.
Random pics from that time period

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Posing with the rocket bunny dude

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Me and lindz from pink godzira on his bike. This is stolen from facebook via Instagram

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Dave good morning

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Dave’s cigars. His and toms drift event tradition now. I love it.

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Kenneth from my life at speed took this pic. I like working with him. I think I look happy here that’s why I saved it lol

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Kean coffee am. Love this spot

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Not Vaughn gitten pooping

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See the one guy in the crowd standing? That’s my dad. Lol

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My nephew got dressed up to see me at his first drift event. He doesn’t know I lost. Don’t tell him.

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The crew with my mom before the banquet. She wanted to get her pic taken with so many studs.

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Dai taking a pic of his gf and I (for her). Lol

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Look at your crew. Now look at mine. Yup.

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I’m furious Dustin did not win mechanic of the year despite the fact that he does not work on cars

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I won best style dope

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Tanner foust Instagram screen shot of what he learned from fd. All fd champions were there including Rhys Sam tanner. So cool. I’m guessing they didn’t have to pay to attend

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Hugo yawning at toms shop

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Hugo and a massive dog

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Hugo taking a selfie while pretending to take a pic of Hamish and rebekah. Took them around the bay on bikes

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Hugo sleeping on my couch

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They loved the Mexican cokes from the taco shop. Real sugar and in a glass

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Pics from the beach

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Nakey

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Sick trail
Will put up pics from sf soon

We’re getting the band back together. You’ll see.
Thanks to Charlie for having me out again at just drift. I’ve attended every all star bash and I’m proud of that lol. Dai was there in his missile which I thought was super cool. Gushi was there too. Then lots of regulars from fd like Odi justin fields kado Taka. They go every year. And of course all my homies from just drift and SD.

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Juju (Tommy’s gf), clif (big toms dog), and myself shared the back seat.

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Tool the toy hauler. It’s toms. Spare wheels too. Hauler fits people to sleep at track, makes coffee, lets us poop in it if we need. Also has a fridge. It’s nice to us. My car was a bit low for it though and kept getting hi-sided while loading and unloading haha. It’s better for toms buggy.

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Tom rode his new hog from sd to the track. It’s a good 3.5 hours without traffic. His face was dirty but he looked super cool when he passed us on the freeway.

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I’m not sure what he was doing but this photo came out funny

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No comment

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My car had a dead battery. It wasn’t charging for some reason but tom diagnosed and fixed it in literally 5 minutes. You can kinda see some dogs in the trailer in this pic too.

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Jtp asleep

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Big wave Dave asleep/waking up

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Breaky with the boys At toms burgers. Super generic chain out in the area.

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Had some coffee on the way to the track. I was pretty pumped to go drift for fun only/not competition. Needed to decompress a bit.

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Larry Chen chased me down with his and will roegges camera on the front. Footy is super sick.

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Hugo was out there. Check his tattoo. Tommy’s buddy did it. Sick styling. I guess he liked San Diego

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Cool sticker I’m not sure what this is

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I crashed into Dave. His car was mint. Sorry Dave. Bent my knuckle so that ended my weekend. Was hoping to do lore tandem but got a lot of streets clockwise time in so that ruled.

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Tommy playing with the gopro

Pics from some stuff. Had my car at Illest in OC with DAI. Dai rules. We’ve gone surfing together. In 2010 he became my friend and sorta helped me with my car, but he doesn’t know much about cars, but still helped? One of the cool dudes in the sport for sure. I mean they are all cool, but some I like more than others you know?

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Then I went to shoot some pics for Alpinestars 2014 catalog. Haven’t had a haircut in a while, gettin pretty awkward up there. Don’t judge me. Super rad to hang with their surf team too. Sorta a surf groupie? Wanted to be a pro surfer when I was growing up. Super fired up when these guys are psyched on what I’m doing, or when they see some footy and think its gnarly (these guys surf huge waves, much more dangerous than drift). A Floridian Jesse heilman, SoCal legend Nathan curran, hawaii gnarly dude ranked like 40tg in the world right now kiron jabor, and a ripper grom with a gnarly mustache from Huntington aryn farris.

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Then the first few days of formula d. Mostly cell phone pics and a few screen shots from Instagram maybe. Through Friday night. Hugo my homie from NZ just got here this week too. Checking out fd, asb, o-p-p, etc.

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Rawrrrr

We went to louyang for the second round of WDS this past weekend. Made top 8. Got fairly drag raced. Now in second in the standings. Also competed against a woman for the first time in drift competition, exploded a fuel line and a clutch (doing a fourth gear burn out). We had a good crew this event with jr, Mohan, ryan litteral, and all their crews. Larry Chen as always documenting organizing and translating nasty phrases that our translators blush at. Sweet things. I brought big tom along and he was kept busy workin on the car (sorry). Big thanks to Andrew from animal auto for helping him with the clutch job too. Here’s some pics and stuff.

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I brought a backpack to china. It had my race suit, helmet, ecu, and two books inside it. And race shoes. Kyle brought all this. To his defense he was supposed to be driving a new rx8 but it didn’t show up so he had to repair his fc over there that he crashed (hard) right in front of me in top 4 in Tianjin

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I’m all for no shampoo. But no peanut butter, jelly, or cream cheese?

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My screen was broken on our 14 hour 50 minute flight from lax to Guangzhou lol

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Stadium, cars. Sd9k drove Vaughn’s old mustang

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When in china… Eat like the Chinese do. This is the same as their pooping stance (see below)

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Unfamiliar bracket

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Really dig kyles car cover. Shit is so good. Said it came with the car

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Super custom hog in china

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The crew

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Larry Chen

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China I’m sure used to be a beautiful place. It’s really trashed and polluted now. You can’t see the air quality or the trash in this river in this pic, but it’s there.

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We staged this pic but I still think its funny. He’s sitting here pretending to boss the boys around but in actuality he is the hardest working driver in drifting

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Sequence shot

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And

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Yup the 3 steps to happiness

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Just ask Tarzan

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Same dude different hog. Let me borrow one

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Canadian and African judge

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Random statue. Dude had a lock (like a combination lock for a locker) as an earring, but it was part of the statue. Interesting.

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About one minute after this Kyle did a brake stand into the back of the vert (not on purpose)

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My pov during our street parade. This might have made the trip for me. Driving my drift car on the streets was super fun.

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Jr in his race car at a red light on the street in china lol

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Our parade ran Into this random parade on the streets of china full of dressed up Europeans. I’m not sure if we were part of the same parade or not. You sorta just go with the flow over there.

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Hummer

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Street food rules tom and I shared a yam

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Fourth gear burn out

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Map sensor broke while dropping Trans. Lots of work to car this event sorry boys. The Chinese dude in the pic we aren’t really sure who that is. But thanks for the help. I gave him some stickers for the help. He was juiced.

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Post fourth gear burn out. We got pretty much stranded on the side of the street and were just chillin for like an hour. Tom was taking photos with people being a star haha

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Stadium at night

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Getting into the top 16 intros. Always lining up and getting onto the track on main day I’m always wondering what sort of scene am I about to enter. Sometimes there are clowns on stilts breathing fire, Chinese singers, who knows. Jr are I are gonna karaoke one round.

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It doesn’t look like a ton of people in this pic but there are probably 30k people in the event and its live on CCTV (huge Chinese TV station)

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Sd9k psyching. All the us drivers made top 16 and three of us made the top 8. Jr won.

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This means I won my battle. Kinda cool.

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Yup. This is a good toilet. Could be pretty gnarly.

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What does your crew chief look like in the morning? That’s what I thought. Sit down.

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A hurricane tried to make us stay in china. After sitting here for 5 hours we found a new flight plan home.

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This is the air in Beijing. For real.

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I finished this book on the plane. And left it on the plane. It was pretty dope. Camus rocks.

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Larry and sd9k sleeping on each others shoulders. <3

Random pics from our day or things I screen shot is the theme of these posts. Inside my head a bit

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Someone on wrecked still thinks I’m good. I appreciate it

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Dave’s reading material. The demps

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People usually think we’re in a band. Tommy would be the front man for sure (although he actually has played drums in bands). Dave allocated Martin to keyboard. Guess that leaves Dave big tom and I as three sorta average looking bass players lol

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We went to this cool coffee breaky spot and enjoyed espresso and a carafe of French press. Both big tom and I took poops there. Foreshadowing of a good day. Really like checking out yelp and finding cool spots on the road.

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Big ups to rob primo primozich and papa primo on their first top 32 and two one more times against big time J driver yoshioka. From way back where we were it looked like he won the second battle. They were psyched for sure.

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Tyler macquarie (think that’s spelled right) has seen some of my Instagram posts underwater and stuff and gave me this rad gobrogrip camera mount. Stoked!! Tyler also bikes a lot and I still have not passed him on some strava segments haha

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Lots and lots of ties. Give away soon

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And my new Fatlace sticker. Super dope.

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I beat daigo. Had a good lead run and he wasnt doing that good. I didn’t get psyched out which is good. I still need to crush some peeps though its been a bit

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Pat goodin (king of spring break) sent this to his girlfriend Amy who spots for him while trying to psyche out JTP before their top 32 battle. Jtp never looks at you before running in competition lol

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Signed this dudes money. Actually I didn’t that’s illegal

Tex mex. qualified eleventh today. Not bad. Felt good though overall but sorta had a shit tandem practice after. Everyone I followed (only 2 laps actually. Fd is not about seat time) entry was wayyy different than mine and I was struggling because of it. It’s hot but we all just had ice cream.

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Dave selfie captured

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Olds lady’s playing cards together at the breaky spot good style ladies

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Link from tommy for spotter inspiration

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Thanks for turning on my radio event abd looking tough every round tommy

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Play list

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My roof

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I hacked this up. Was blowing bloody boogers ewe

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Matt fields not peeing

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Doritos watching the track

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Boots shower curtain

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Watching second half of qualy from our room with josh Steele pimp set up

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Freal shake party

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Kojima stole my tie mid autograph session haha

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Fans with dead/drilled tire quiver

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Dave’s rad hat good vibes

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The crew sleeping single file on the track

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Track from space (air plane)

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Part of an animal in Jeff jones truck lol

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Rad pink kmc/Motegi on the steeles nevrslo fj

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Thanks Casidi for the kitty drawings haha

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Dr Hosford and Forsbergturd branded cowboy hats. So good.

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Posted up

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Good to know.

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Wheel close up

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Staying in a radical condo with josh Steele and crew at the track

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Living room view. Has bleachers in the living room above oval lol

Forced alliteration.
This is a yogurt spin on a mexi style treat. Tajin or a salty Limey chile covered fruit. You can get it at the boarder wait line but that’s sorta beat. Farther into mex they do it with coconuts and its so good. You drink the water, then they scoop out the meat and prepare it like that.

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You cut up the mango (or whatever fruit. This is a good mexi style fruit though. You cut along the stem long wzys then do x’s in he meat almost to the skin, fold it back like so, scoop out

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Add the yogurt. I use greek yogurt because I was veggie newly pescatarian and apparently if I don’t get enough protein ill die or my biceps won’t look all gnarly. I use faje cause I’m used to the taste (Greek yogurt is kinda bad tasting) and you can get it at Costco. Also because Socrates would eat this yogurt if he ate yogurt.

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Splash of coco milk or whatever milk you want

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Sprinkle tajin or salty chile spice

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Squeeze lime in there. Then take a pic to impress people.

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Then you let it marinate in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. Or up to a few days if you’re feeling lucky.
I haven’t tried this yet it’s still marinating so eat/make at your own risk.

Testing out new fins mask and snorkel for future spear fishing adventures. Need to study what fish not to take a bit more then its on. Here are some pics from today from la Jolla cove. The orange fish is the ca state fish called ghirabaldi (sp?). No take. In Cali they say they are gross anyways but in mex they say they are good.

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Quick over night. Fun. Could feel more remote though. Take the tram from Palm Springs to 8k elevation in about ten mins. Super crazy to exit the tram and you end up in a different world. Then we hiked about 2.5 miles and 1k elevation up to where we set up camp (round valley). From there we dropped most our gear and hiked to the top 10.8k elevation total. Hiked back down to camp for dinner and an overnight followed by some coffee out of that bottom set up. Basically you boil water, remove from heat, add excessive coffee grounds, let them marinate and stir that around, then use that filter to pour the mixture through so as to not get many grounds in your cup. Much stronger than using the filter to drip coffee.

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Not sure when but I want in. The other and probably more understood meaning of the word “drift”. I still want a home to cruise back to. But more and longer adventuring of this kind before I get old. Already 26. Mid/late twenties. 26. Time flies. Started doing fd in 2009 at 21. Damn. Go!

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Been taking my phone and a watershot housing for it out swimming and surfing this am too. Here’s what went down. Definitely having fun with this thing on flat days. This is windansea in la Jolla which is where I grew up. Spent probably over a year of my life. Actually closer to 3 (total time) in the water here.

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I can only post this from my phone. Apparently drift party has been “targeted by attackers” (see below).

But here is our adventure trip. Hopefully it inspires you to do some adventuring of your own.

Bears, Bikes, Bronzing, and Buds (FD Sea) from driftparty.com on Vimeo.

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Too many pics in one post for my phone. Who uses a computer anymore. I’m sitting on a rocking chair in rob primos parents house in anacortes.

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