Silver Surfer

To tell the truth, I’ve felt pretty shitty for almost 2 months. Maybe something I caught on the airplane coming back from Hawaii. My chi’s been flatlining.

WELL, I’ve finally come out of it and yesterday I went surfing—for the 2nd time in 3 months—on the Sonoma coast. Windy, just a few guys out, robust swell. Had my 10′ Haut 3-fin Surftech board. Got 2 rides, the first a late takeoff and I proned it—fun!— then shakily got to my feet riding the foam. Pretty feeb. 2nd ride I kneeled. Hey, I’ll take whatever I can get.

The hard thing for old guys is going from paddling to upright. Once I’m up I’m fine, but right now my getting up is not a pretty sight. Gonna work on it.

BUT my energy level is off the charts. The magic of the Pacific Ocean…

Every time I drag myself out into the world and get physical, I feel great. Well, duh!

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

14 Responses to Silver Surfer

  1. not sure if you check your facebook inbox often but I have written you several messages …..please let me know that you have seen them ….thank you!

  2. Lloyd,

    Thanks for sharing your life experiences with us. It is always a privilege to read your words.
    I am glad your chi is up and you are feeling good again.

    Reading “ the hard thing for old guys is going from paddling to upright” did put a smile on my face… as in my book the shape you are in is just amazing, and the hard thing for a lot of old guys is not going from paddling to upright on a surfboard but from sitting to upright on solid ground. You are in better shape than a lot of people half your age.
    I certainly do hope to be like you as I grow older.

    You are a great role model. Thank you for all that you do.
    Blessings Sir, you have all my admiration.

  3. Stay well, dear Lloyd. This world just cannot do without you. One of a kind and looking feisty and, as always, cute as a button in that wet suit pic!!! From Anonymous Debbie.

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