Rider Feature #1: Who the Hell are you Folks!!! Seriously! So here is a new feature highlighting the Dudes and Dudettes that float, bob, and Yeeeeeeoooowww with the rest of us in the Line-up. You're the Stoked out of your mind humanoids that have to spend most of your days upright on two feet hankering for the Ocean and some Slide! On a board of some sort or a just a set of fins...This is all about YOU!!! Enjoy!
THE Real Patrick Dolan
1. Who are you and where are you from?
My name is Patrick, I am originally from Ventura CA. I got stuck behind the "Orange curtain" during college and now living in Huntington Beach CA.
2. What is your favorite form of stoke? Why?
My favorite form of stoke is bodysurfing. There is something special and pure about the feeling of riding a wave with your body. It gives you that old feeling you had when you were playing in the waves as a little kid. Even the smallest barrel can be the highlight of your week.
3.How did you get into it?
Any time the waves are not ideal for surfing or boogie there is always bodysurfing in the back of my mind. I grew up on the beach and for as long as I remember I have been bodysurfing.
4. What other surf craft do you enjoy?
I can often be see with my trust Toobs bodyboards and a home made Paulowina Paipo in my board bag. There is always a handplane and a pair Viper fins in the back seat of my truck.
5. What is your favorite session story?
One of my favorite sessions was at a popular LA county beach break. 3 of my friends and I were the only ones out for hours getting stoked on prefect 4 foot barrels. It was truly a dream session, warm water, super clear, and no one else around. The only reason to get out of the water was because our legs were cramping. It's not always about riding the biggest wave that can be a memorable session. All the Handplane Hoedowns are pretty high on my list of fun too.
6. Shout outs and good Vibes to anyone?
Shout out to KNEKT for helping me photograph my passion of bodysurfing.
Good Vibes to Westside Boards and California Surfcraft who are two of the leaders in eco friendly handplanes. They are always thinking outside the box and are never too busy to give some words of advise to home builders like myself. Their creativity is mind-blowing. I think one of the best parts of the bodysurfing community is the support from each other. Bodysurfing is like a big family rather than a competition to be the "coolest".
Thanks Patrick!!! If you guys and gals are looking for a Great Instagram to follow, check out Therealpatrickdolan, and give him a follow! From POV Swell shots, wood working, and one of the most stout beards I have seen...its worth a gander!
Good Vibes and Stay Stoked!!!