S E A t h e S T A R S
Horoscopes for Surfers & the like.
a publication posted on the first of each month
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Taurus* I recently watched the remake of A Star is Born. I was pleasantly surprised at how all the dynamics of the shows and/or touring scenes (techs, bus, side stage,etc) were on point with the reality of that world. Being someone who is recently retired of over a decades worth of music industry service, it made me miss some of those aspects. Then the movie was over and I was again pleasantly surprised that those longing feelings were over too. Whatever it is in your life you are yearning for Taurus, think about where you are now and be pleasantly surprised by it.
Board that’s always full of (pleasant) surprises: Hobie’s Encore
Gemini* We all know about your two sides Gemini. I personally don’t think it’s a bad thing. It should be revered to have many facets, especially if they all mean well and stay accessible to change. Reflect on all your different faces this month and let go of any that you no longer connect with.
Board or personality to trade in this month: Somma’s Evil Twin
Fin to get your hands on: 10” Russ Pope Faces
Cancer* Have you ever woken yourself up from a deep sleep because you were laughing or crying? If so, what were you dreaming of and was it something that applied to your waking life? If this has never happened to you Cancer, I commend you for recognizing your emotions while awake. However, there is still something that you’re not dealing with.
Best Board to figure out what that is: Bob McTavish’s 9’3 Involvement
Leo* Tides are caused by slight variations in gravitational attraction between the Earth, Moon, and Sun, in geometric relationship with different locations on the Earth's surface. Have you been feeling a magnetic pull in a few different directions, Leo? Do you believe that you need to exist in this three way relationship that doesn’t function as well as our universe’s planetary one?
Board that you wish you were: Jeff Bushman’s 9’6 The Love Machine
Virgo* Messier 87 also known as Virgo A or M87, is the galaxy where scientists captured a photo of a super massive black hole. It’s apparently bigger than our entire solar system! I know, seems totally insane, right? How is it possible that we’ve been able to have a photo shoot with something so dynamically paradoxical? Well, after this, I guess anything is possible. Don’t you think?
A true celestial object: Gary Hanel's Astro Egg
Libra* Have you been feeling like someone’s watching you? That they’ve been stalking you in the night? That maybe they want to drink your blood? Maybe lay off the dank nugz this month to see where it takes you. Maybe.
Best Board to inspire a break from the weed: NoTox’s 6’2 Vampire
Scorpio* So I’m really stoked that you’ve been working hard on this laid back approach. Keep it up and definitely keep applying it to your surfing. Your body, mind, and soul will thank you later.
Board to keep your inner search cruising: Jim Phillips’ Soul Creation
Sagittarius* You are complex Sagittarius, not complicated. There is a big difference between those two words. Complicated can be difficult but has many addressable elements. Complex involves unknowns and interrelated variables which can’t be reduced to prudent processes. Which I believe is much more interesting and evident. Try not to be so hard on yourself this month. Just cruise into the summer like…
A board as complex as you: Michel Junod’s 10’ Easy Rider
Capricorn* The NE / ENE trade winds in Hawaii have been a steady presence in island weather. However, for many years, these winds have been coming from a more Easterly direction which has decreased the amount of rainfall throughout the islands. This of course will have a dramatic effect on Hawaii and it’s growing population which depends on this diminishing resource. Do you think global warming is the cause for this type of change? If so, start working on creating more sustainable and environmentally conscious lifestyle changes. You might think, how is one person going to make a difference, well it has to start somewhere and maybe you can start sharing these newfound ideas with the people around you.
Board for sustainable transitions: Rob Machado’s Pops, made with Bio Resin
Aquarius* In Freudian psychoanalysis, the pleasure principle is the driving force guiding the id. In Janet Jackson’s song, Pleasure Principle, Monte Moir, also known as the keyboardist for Prince’s band, The Time, is the main force behind it, seeing as he wrote that hit. Aquarius, it’s time for you to reflect on all your driving forces, is there someone or something that is guiding your everyday movements?
Board of Non-Duality: Pyzel’s Shadow
Pisces* What is up with your lethargy this month? Did that cold water finally get to you? Can you really hold out until June? C’mon, it’s just now warming up. Hmm, you know what you need? Next time you give the barista your reusable plastic free container, ask them to step up that single to a double. That should hopefully do the trick for you.
Board to wake you up: Kris Hall’s 5’10 Double Shot Espresso
Aries* Colton’s famous quote, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” can be easily applied to Bob Smith and George Greenough’s edge board. This innovative design made way for many shapers to evolve it into something extra unique, which for all the participants, is undoubtedly a true work of art and passion. Aries, what is your truth and passion that you can share with others, that will continue to amplify a community?
Edge Board of Choice: Furrow’s Edge Board
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Aries* I know you’ve been thinking about those early years of uncrowded breaks, cleaner waters, and LSD. Well you can reach those fond memories without having to take any trips. Finding that nice vintage single fin with 50/50 rails will do you just right.
Board to Awaken your senses: Dave Parmenter’s Straight Single Fin
Taurus* It's an understatement to say that most surfers dream of getting barreled at Ehukai Beach Park. Not only do you need to be physically ready but you must also be mentally prepared to even think about paddling out there. Try digging deeper this month to work on your mindset so you can start turning those pipe dreams into realities.
Best Board for the Bonzai : I'm sure you already know, Gerry's Pipeliner
Gemini* Hearing the waves break can be the oceans sweet sweet song. I've been picking up that you've been wanting to put down some music of your own. What's holding you back? You've got the rhythm beaming out of you.
Best board to help you trim some tracks: Danny Hess’ Banjo
Cancer* The past year has felt like a whirlwind of paranoid states for you Cancer. Why is this happening to me, How is this happening to me, and Who are the ones that are making these things happen? We are already 4 months into 2019, I want you to rid yourself of overwhelming and unproductive thoughts. It's time for you to embrace pronoia, these things are happening because those conspiring behind the dimensional blinders want all the best for you.
Boards to understand Pronoia: Thomas Surfboards 9'6 Keeper & Almonds Secret Menu
Leo* Did you hear about the person in Texas that didn't know they had 45 rattlesnakes living underneath their home? The company that removed the lovely creatures, reminded the public that "rattlesnakes don’t care how nice your house is or what kind of car you drive- they care simply about survival." Leo, take this serpent path and do what you need to survive this month. It's going to be a hard one and if packing up your things, leaving your job, and going underground will keep you above water, then so be it.
Survival Mode Board: Deadkooks Rattlesnake
Virgo* I've heard the force being described as "an energy field created by all living things". To really understand that idea you would have to know that we are truly and undoubtedly all connected. You and I, Us to the ocean, The ocean to the land, the land to the sky, and so on. We together as one, potentially the force, can create anything knowing and unknowingly. With that thought in mind Virgo, open yourself up to that energy field and see where it takes you.
Board for a Jedi: Travis Reynolds' Obi Wan Kenobi
Libra* As water people I like to think that patience is up there with things we are working on once we walk into the unpredictable movements of any body of water. The next few months will be all about patience Libra, slow and steady, like a sapling into a blossoming tree.
Board to help you blossom: Grain's The Leaf Paipo
Scorpio* Ah yes, trying something new here I see. Wanting to change your charging mindset into a soul surfing, high on life, peaceful mentality. Well, thank goddess you finally came to your senses.
Best Board to Keep You High: Kookbox's 10' Philly Blunt
Sagittarius* I drove to check the surf this morning & instead of putting on my favorite Dead album to get me stoked, I decided to flick on the radio. Steve Miller's Fly like an Eagle was on & normally I would of switched the station but instead I chose to get into it. I'm glad I did, do you know the lyrics to this song? I'm sure I've heard this song since birth but I hadn't given it the time and thought that it is asking the listener to give. The part I'm reflecting on is clearly beyond the chorus and if you're not sure what it is; well here you go... Feed the babies, Who don't have enough to eat Shoe the children, With no shoes on their feet House the people, Livin' in the street Oh, oh, there's a solution
A couple boards to help glide you into thoughts about the Future: 6'4 Liddle Design Flexy Flyer or an 11’ Josh Hall Eagle
ps. Sagittarius, or not, Let's all think about a solution.
Capricorn* “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”, says fellow Capricorn, Muhammed Ali. Apply the first part of that quote into all those head high, glassy conditions you'll be getting into this month.Then try not to think about how the second part of that quote is what the 38/40 degree water feels like on your face.
Board to get you through those sharp stings: 5'6 Campbell Brothers Bumblebee
Aquarius* Bagels seem to get a bad rap with how much they lack in fiber and how carb heavy they can be. Carbohydrates quickly digest into sugars and instead of having a nice fullness that will last, we usually end up craving something else. Try to think of things in your life that are like bagels, Aquarius. If something doesn't satisfy your entire being as a whole then start trying things that will.
Bagel Lover’s Board Ashley Lloyd’s Everything
Pisces* You'll be searching for signs and messages this month, Pisces. But not even the best psychic, astrologer, nor a vivid dream will give you the advice you are looking for. I suggest seeking out the unusual places for inspiration or guidance. You might hear a fascinating conversation whilst paddling out at a new break or maybe keep your eyes peeled when you take your dog (or cat) on a walk.
Most Divine board: 4'10 Almond Sea Kitten
* * * * * MARCH * * * * *
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Pisces * I'm not one for playing favorites but this month the stars definitely are and lucky you, you're the teachers pet! Is it because you were born around this time of year or maybe it's because you're just so darn fun loving and goofy??? Take this time to bask in all the goodness around you while still getting all those important things marked off your to do list.
Super fun board for them goofy footers: Hydrodynamica’s The Ekstrom
Aries * Last year Hawaii passed a bill to ban all suncreens that have toxic ingredients that destroy the coral reefs and the overall health of our oceans. Now if we can only get our federal government to follow suit and ban waste water outfalls, sewage dumping, pesticide filled agricultural runoff, and unsustainable fishing practices, we might actually have a better future for all life on this planet. With all that being said, utilize those ideas and consume less, waste less, and be conscious of what could end up in our waterways. But for real this time.
Board name you hope doesn’t come true: Yater’s 9’6 Apocalypse
Thoughtful sunscreen among many other small business/reef safe sun protectants: Avasol Surfer’s Barrier Stick
Taurus * Sail Away Sail Away Sail Away is the chorus in Enya’s Orinoco Flow. In that same ballad she also sings Carry me on the waves to the lands I’ve never seen. Take her words and make them your own this month Capricorn. Plan a surf getaway to somewhere you’ve never been to, how about somewhere in South America where the Orinoco runs through?
Board for new adventures: Martin Shapes Econoline
Gemini * Let the light in is your mantra this month. You've been foiling with that inner darkness for a bit too long and it's time to move it on out.
Something to contemplate about: The Hydrofoil / Surf Foil
Cancer * Rainbows are a meteorological phenomenon that are caused by reflection, refraction, and the dispersion of light in water droplets that result in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky. Make yourself like a rainbow this month Cancer, reflect, refract, and disperse so all can see your beautiful shining light.
Board to remember your monthly (lifetime) mission: Gary MacNabb’s Rainbow Buddah
Leo * Have you ever tried to exercise parts of the brain that we know absolutely nothing about? Y’know, those muscles that have lain dormant after generations of either misuse or no use at all. The ones that can help us with sonar communication or psychic connections. Take this month or however long you need to awaken those nerves and sensors in those mysterious crevices inside of our skull.
Best board for Awakenings: Pyzel’s Next Step
Virgo * Tsk Tsk Virgo, Tsk Tsk. That naughty thinking of yours can do some serious damage. Don't let that id voice make it's way to the surface and destroy all those bottom turns to high lines you've worked so hard at.
Board to stay in the High Line: Tyler's Triple Seven
Libra * What do you think about all these wave pools and surf ranches popping up? Is this the wave of the future? Are we playing Kanaloa, Tangaroa, or maybe the nine daughters of Ægir and Rán? Or are we simply trying to build a controlled environment for which we can play in and not have to work so hard on taking care of the original unpredictable playground for surf. These types of questions and ideas will be in your consciousness this month. Don't try to quiet or shush it out. Embrace this style of thinking and apply it to your daily routines to see where it may take you.
Must read surf book : Surf is where you find it, Gerry Lopez
Scorpio * The type of fin and it's placement is something that can change the feel of your surfing dynamically. It's important for you this month to try new things, subtle things, like moving that fin further back or maybe going single for a while. Whatever it may be, embrace and apply those new feelings in everything you do this month.
Favorite Fin for new expressions: Salty Merchants, Lady Violet Aura
Sagittarius * When someone tells you to jump, you most likely ask why, instead of saying how high. When someone tells you to do anything Sagittarius, you usually question it's pursuit as opposed to just doing what you are told. Your natural response has been a platform to your approach to thinking outside the box. This month take your surfing outside the (fin)box and be free from any drag created by others around you.
Super fun finless board: Tom Wegener's Finless Corky
Capricorn * If variety is the spice of life then you can never have too many boards in your quiver. This is the perfect time to do the used board search to repair and transform what was once someones favorite ride and make it your own.
Places to look for used boards: We all know the usual suspects but also try calling your local shaper and see if they have any second hand boards or know of anyone selling any. Pro trade-in’s can be some of the best deals around.
Aquarius * Duck diving and Turtle rolls are a couple tried and true ways to help you paddle through breaking waves. Are there any energetic maneuvers similar to the duck dive/turtle roll that you practice on land when things are breaking right in front of you? If so, what are they and how can you fine tune them?
Best board through those compromising situations: Nettleton's Fluent
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Aquarius * Those thoughts of how to be more environmentally conscious are all in your radar this year, Aquarius. Now’s the time to start planning your garden, commuting via bicycle, and completely cutting out single use plastics.
Sustainable Board of Choice: Any board that is either used, upcycled, or for trade. Your local surf shop, craigslist, and other places to buy used boards make it a fun challenge to find something that is already in existence. Purchasing second hand prevents non biodegradable materials from accumulating on our planet.
Pisces * You may feel a little too salty this month, with the recent full moon in Leo stirring things up. Stay true to the positive intentions you’ve set for yourself and don’t try to talk yourself out of them, I promise you’ll feel better in no time.
Board to sweeten that salty: Uncle Don’s 9’4 Model T
Aries * You could use the term interspace to refer to the place between space & time, life & death, tubes & the nasal passage, dreaming & being awake, If you could come up with a better, more descriptive word, what would it be? Let the word you choose be the essence of your existence this month.
Board for those in betweens: Tyler Warren’s 9’9 Future Log
Taurus * You haven’t been able to put your foot down and make a solid decision in quite some time, the next few weeks might be a little slippery for you. Make more of an effort to choose which direction to go in and create some traction in your life during the coming months.
Something to prevent the slipping: Watch this well done DIY wax making video https://youtu.be/f095SU8GIIo
Gemini * There was a moment in time where I would write a haiku a day about surfing/the ocean/the environment. Here is one for you this month, Gemini. Let these words inspire you to be more creative with all those imaginative thoughts you have.
I slide into you crystal clear warm wet freedom grab rail exhale love
Board to get those creative juices flowing: Gato Heroi’s 8’10 Acid
Cancer * A wise elder shaper once told me that they see the foamy white wash as the champagne of the ocean. Get into it and make a toast to yourself for all the hard work you put in this past year.
Board for the Bubbly: Tom Wegener’s Surfie
Leo * It would be very wise of you to admit to things you may not know. You will open a channel of deep honesty within yourself and others around you.
Best Board for the Channeling: Mandala’s The Oracle
Virgo * With that love holiday coming up in the second week of this month you may feel the need to get down on that tibia for the special someone in your life. The stars are all for it, love is all you need, Virgo, love is all you need.
Best Board to Drop Knee: Bing’s 10’ Lovebird
Libra * Ever wonder what it would be like to cut the tail off of that old longboard you've been holding onto forever? Hmmm, what to do during the next flat spell… I think I see a homemade mid length in your future, Libra.
Best place for all things shaping: Green Light Surf Supplies
Scorpio * With water being your natural element you tend to paddle back and forth between your imaginations and your many realities. Try something more steady this month.
Surf craft to try if you haven’t already: Your very own body & DaFin Bodysurfing Fins
Sagittarius * Mark your calendar, the vernal equinox is only 40 some days away and when you get back from your much needed surfcation, Spring will be even closer.
Almost Spring Fling used board find: Furrow’s 8’6 Labryinth
Capricorn * Don’t be afraid to ask for help this month, strong horned Capricorn. Even though you think it’s quite comical and are maybe a bit embarrassed to be in over your head, an unforeseen someone will come straight out of the line up for you.
Best Board for in Over”your”head conditions: Lost’s Voodoo Child
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