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Surfing, Kneeboarding, Kite Surfing, Snorkeling, Fishing and all that other fun stuff.

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It was a nice day in the Kamakura area.  We went to see the Great Buddha of Kamakura (Daibutsu in Japanese) is a monumental outdoor bronze statue of Amida Buddha in the city of Kamakura, Japan.  But forget all that, check out the surf!  These are pics from Sep 25 (Kamakura), and Sep 26, 2010 Chigasaki (Tsujido beach).  Waves were pretty good as a result of a Typhoon off the coast. 

From 2010 September Surf

Seated serenely in the grounds of Kotokuin, a Buddhist temple of the Pure Land sect, the Great Buddha is one of the icons of Japan.   At 13.35 meters high and weighing 93 tons, the Daibutsu is the second largest monumental Buddha in Japan (after the one at Todaiji in Nara) and to many, the most impressive.

The Diabutsu was cast in 1252 in the Kamakura period and was originally housed inside a temple, as in Nara. But a huge tsunami washed away the wooden structure sometime in the late 15th century, and the statue has sat out in nature ever since.

The Great Buddha is seated in the lotus position with his hands forming the Dhyani Mudra, the gesture of meditation. With a serene expression and a beautiful backdrop of wooded hills, the Daibutsu is a truly spectacular sight.

The Daibutsu is Amida Buddha, who is the focus of Pure Land Buddhism. Originating in China, this sect gained prominence in Japan in the 12th century and remains very popular today. The central teaching is that through devotion to Amida Buddha, expressed through mantras and sincerity of heart, one will go to the Pure Land or “Western Paradise” after death – a pleasant realm from which it is easy to attain nirvana.

(All this Great info from Sacred Destinations)

I was just looking around on Google Maps and noticed this spot very near where I’m working.

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I will have to check it out when it warms up.  Evidentally you can check it out on the surf cam so we’ll see.  I’ll put up the surf cam link here when I have the link.

Also here is some additional info regarding surf in Japan.

The Ballantyne, Gostage and Sapp families just returned from another great vacation in the Florida Keys.

The weather turned out to be hot and sunny in the Keys this year and there was one rain in the middle of the week. The lobsters were scarce in the Gulf of Mexico possibly due to the large and protected Goliath Grouper that were spotted in many of the lobster holes that we came across. Click here for picturesClick here for more photos

We had some new lobster wranglers with us this year with Jennifer bringing her boyfriend Drew, and Chad bringing Brittany. Lindy and Evan were just giggling to have Martin back this year. Art and Katy were gracious again to let us stay at their beautiful house in Pompano on the way down. Mark Debbie and Taylor came prepared this year for lobsters and fishing. Chrissy busy with her new business, Tropical Brace and Limb made it in after her conference. She also brought her boat which is a great addition to the fun.

Drew brought his guitar, and we managed to play a bit. He showed me some songs that he’d written. I’d never seriously thought about it but I should try to write a song sometime. Sue and John came and we all had a great stay together. We really enjoyed being there and hope everyone is looking forward to the next vacation together.

Click here for pictures Lobsters were good this year and we did as well as we did last year, which is a blessing, and keeps us coming back for mini-season (the last Wednesday-Thursday of July). We all managed to make it our to Sombrero Reef for a brief snorkel. It was one of the rougher days so we did not stay our there as long as usual. Lobster wrangling got off to a slow start, but we ended up getting a good first day with the hard work of our lobster team especially Katy, Art, Mark, Debbie, Chad, Chrissy, Martin, Drew and myself. Taylor and Lindy also were close and could help spot the lobsters. Brittany and Jen helped out in the water, and helped do secondary size checks for the lobsters.

Fishing was great fun as usual with Art’s awesome 36 ft Sea Vee, twin 300 Mercury Verado’s and his keen eye and intuition for finding fish.

Drew caught the first keeper a 30+ lb Kingfish which was much bigger than the ones I’ve seen before. Martin wiffed an unkown fish. Next Drew catches a Sailfish and manages to pose for a picture or two before a successful release. Not to be outdone Mark caught a Sailfish with the same vigor. Martin wiffed an unkown fish. Chad get’s one on and pulls in the biggest Dolphin (Mahi) of the trip. On another run Mark and Chad both snag some nice Mangrove snapper and we rejoiced knowing we going to have some lucious fish for dinner. Click here for pictures Martin wiffed an unkown fish. Art, with his ability to read the water like Neo can read the Matrix, spots a school of dolphin (Mahi) swimming past the boat. All I remember, there is a blur of casting, yelling, resetting hooks, cheering and measuring fish for an unkown amount of time that leaves us with 7 more Dolphin and a bit of cleaning up to do. I’m sure Martin got at least one of the dolphin, so no-tears. The last day of fishing was hotter than two rats in wool sock and we were just trying to stay cool. I think the fish new this and were hanging deep, with the numerous sharks that were taking our bait. This still did not stop us from jumping in to cool off once in a while.

We had a great time this year on Marathon Key. Lobsters and fish were aplenty thanks to Art and Chrissy bringing their boats and experience. Art was there with his new beautiful Sea Vee with ad 2 new 4-stroke motors. The boat was decked out with so many great and convenient touches that everyone enjoyed every minute out in the open water. Unfortunately Mark was busy with work this year and was not able to make it to the House. Mark, we missed you and look forward to having you there next year.
Some of the photos are posted here.
As I always say we are very lucky to be a part of such a great vacation/experience and look forward to it every year.

Keys House 2006

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This is a new photo gallery I am trying. We can password protect it.

Right now I have Keys 2006 photos there.

Cheers,

James

We’re all getting ready for our annual trip to the Florida Keys. Let’s hope that we all have a safe, fun and memorable time catching fish, lobster, and of course a tan.

Bring your fishing and crawfish liscences, and your gear. Bring your camera and cables so that we can share photos while we are there.

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