Word from Mark Rogers who has been kind enough to offer board and lodgings to Phileas over Christmas. Alas it seems the poor fella hasn't been too lucky:
Happy new year to you.
I'm gearing up to send Phileas west to San Diego tomorrow, so that it can try its luck with the Pacific El Nino wave season.
The surf variables looked iffy yesterday, but I pulled the trigger & left pre-dawn with a couple of inches of snow on the ground to see if I could scrounge up a few waves. A lumpy, building windswell, super high tide, fog, and sideshore winds apparently had other plans. I checked & re-checked several spots, but it just wasn't in the cards, and honestly the fog was so thick that I didn't even get a decent picture of Phileas out at the point.
Sometime you win some, sometimes you lose, but I'm bummed that I didn't get any decent waves on Phileas during its New England leg this winter.
Thanks so much for the opportunity to host Phileas for a while.
The next contact that you gave me is:
That's right... The name is Ken McKnight. Phileas is heading out to the Wild West.
I believe the modern surf parlance is to say that "I'm frothing" over the next leg of the journey.