Photos: Kill Two Birds And Injure A Third

posted by / Photos / November 7, 2013

All Photos: Dave Nelson

"It was beautiful. Islands and rocks, it was wild out in the wilderness..." -Noah Wegrich

"It was beautiful. Islands and rocks out in the wilderness..." -Noah Wegrich

We surfed. There was wedging lefts, rights, crazy beach. It was all drift wood." Nathan Fletcher

"We surfed. There was wedging lefts, rights, crazy beach. It was all drift wood." -Nathan Fletcher

"The only car that pulled up was somehow the guy we were supposed to meet, Greg is his name. But the other guy, James, invited us to this drum circle later so we’re going to go check that out. and see what the native culture’s like. And then, after that because it gets dark later, the jetty could be firing, little wedges. But we’ll check back in after the drum circle, after we go get tribal." -Nathan Fletcher

"The only car that pulled up was somehow the guy we were supposed to meet, Greg is his name. But the other guy, James, invited us to this drum circle later so we’re going to go check that out. and see what the native culture’s like. And then, after that because it gets dark later, the jetty could be firing, little wedges. But we’ll check back in after the drum circle, after we go get tribal." -Nathan Fletcher

"Anne told us how they sing to the whales every year on April 10 the whole tribe goes out to the tip and sings to the whales and they all come in and they feed them salmon." -Dave Nelson

"Anne told us how they sing to the whales every year on April 10 the whole tribe goes out to the tip and sings to the whales and they all come in and they feed them salmon." -Dave Nelson

"Junior Gong, that’s my new nickname by the way, a little Damien Marley reference. I’m pretty excited to go snowboarding later today." - Noah Wegrich

"Junior Gong, that’s my new nickname by the way, a little Damien Marley reference." - Noah Wegrich

"It was insane. This view is insane. The Olympic Mountain range. Wish you could see what we’re seeing right now." -Noah Wegrich

"It was insane. This view is insane. The Olympic Mountain range. Wish you could see what we’re seeing right now." -Noah Wegrich

"Yesterday we were driving and Nelly stop to take a photo of this huge mountain with a lake in the foreground and we were up on this hill and Nathan and I were like, let’s grab the skates. So we got our skates and just bombed the hill, old school, Jay Adams style stuff. But like halfway down the hill this logging truck drove by at like 60 mph and ran us off the road. It was the scariest thing ever, I’m stoked to be alive". -Noah Wegrich

"We were driving and Nelly stop to take a photo of this huge mountain with a lake in the foreground and we were up on this hill and Nathan and I were like, let’s grab the skates. So we got our skates and just bombed the hill, old school, Jay Adams style stuff. But like halfway down the hill this logging truck drove by at like 60 mph and ran us off the road. It was the scariest thing ever, I’m stoked to be alive". -Noah Wegrich

"We skated this park with three bowls 6 ft, 9 ft, and what was the last one? 14? [laughs]" -Nathan Fletcher

"We skated this park with three bowls 6 ft, 9 ft, and what was the last one? 14? [laughs]" -Nathan Fletcher

"After the great flood they didn’t have enough food to eat so they prayed to, I forget the name, but their creator, and then — no. It was a lady who sacrificed herself for the tribe and then a whale sacrificed itself and it fed the whole tribe." -Noah Wegrich

"After the great flood they didn’t have enough food to eat so they prayed to, I forget the name, but their creator, and then — no. It was a lady who sacrificed herself for the tribe and then a whale sacrificed itself and it fed the whole tribe." -Noah Wegrich

"It was frickin ridiculous. It was the biggest fin I’ve ever seen. But it was black and rounded so we knew it was an orca." -Noah Wegrich

"It was frickin ridiculous. It was the biggest fin I’ve ever seen. But it was black and rounded so we knew it was an orca." -Noah Wegrich

"They make a little circle here at the liquor store here in the mornings, and they have coffee. But it was rad to see that the main guy at the drum circle, the guy who was chanting, the chief elder, when you walk into the liquor store, he’s sitting there in the morning just kicking it, checking everybody out." -Nathan Fletcher

"They make a little circle here at the liquor store here in the mornings, and they have coffee. But it was rad to see that the main guy at the drum circle, the guy who was chanting, the chief elder, when you walk into the liquor store, he’s sitting there in the morning just kicking it, checking everybody out." -Nathan Fletcher

"We met one of the werewolves, what was his name?" -Dave Nelson

"We met one of the werewolves, what was his name?" -Dave Nelson

"This morning we woke up and Nelly was just erratically gone. [laughs] He brought us coffee and groceries because he’s a father, and we thank him for that. And we’re just cruising. We watched the sun come up, some little raccoons came up and greeted us." -Nathan Fletcher

"This morning we woke up and Nelly was just erratically gone. [laughs] He brought us coffee and groceries because he’s a father, and we thank him for that. And we’re just cruising. We watched the sun come up, some little raccoons came up and greeted us." -Nathan Fletcher

"I got kinda nervous, like, 'shit I’m going to meet Nathan Fletcher right now. I hope he doesn’t think I’m weird.' Then we saw him and I had the biggest knot in my stomach but he just rocked up and said what's up like it was nothing. But for me it was like, shit, this guy’s been my hero since I was a little kid." -Noah Wegrich

"I was kinda nervous, like, 'shit I’m going to meet Nathan Fletcher right now. I hope he doesn’t think I’m weird.' Then we saw him and I had the biggest knot in my stomach but he just rocked up and said what's up like it was nothing. But for me it was like, shit, this guy’s been my hero since I was a little kid." -Noah Wegrich

"Nathan was on the starting line with his snow skate with all these hillbillies, like he’s done it his whole life. I went full blast into the first corner, pearled, cart wheeled, the other guy did the same thing and got carted off in the ambulance." -Nathan Fletcher

"Nathan was on the starting line with his snow skate with all these hillbillies, like he’s done it his whole life. I went full blast into the first corner, pearled, cart wheeled, the other guy did the same thing and got carted off in the ambulance." -Noah Wegrich


 

December IssueLast spring Nathan Fletcher and Noah Wegrich went north, because that’s where creatures migrate in the springtime. It doesn’t matter where they went, exactly, but it was far enough that there was snow nearby. Skate parks, too. And ancient forests, bald eagles, elk, drum circles and a few chilly wedges in front of their rented wood cabin. They would surf and skate daily, and even managed to squeeze in an afternoon of snowboarding on a nearby mountain. As Nathan put it, “We’re killing two birds with one stone… and injuring a third.”

The voice memos were Nathan’s idea, a simple way to document the trip from the road, using his iPhone. And so, over seven days, I received more than a dozen voice notes from the crew. The real-time updates about their surroundings, the local culture and the people they’d met put me on the trip with them, and every dispatch was laced with the little inside jokes, new nicknames and laughter that turn a good trip into a great one.

What follows are excerpts from their correspondence. Inhale deeply — you can almost smell the cedar. —Taylor Paul

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  • Adam

    So many epic set ups around that area…good luck catching it good it though.

  • Brad

    this needs to be a movie..

  • jeff

    Humbolt!!

  • http://freddy@hotmail.com fred

    Nor cal is the shiza….

  • googlemaps

    the olympic mountain range ain’t in california, boys. try a little farther north.

  • Dustin

    It sure was a fun little swell when they where up here. Stoked they didn’t name our spots. Keep the search alive!!

  • Alan

    Dog shit waves….not worth printing..

  • Scott

    Looks like what I called home for the last 15 yrs. Olympic Peninsula. From Port Angeles, Lake Crescent to Neah Bay, Hobuck and Lapush. Good times.

  • Sold_Out

    @Scott….. Most likely the reason you don’t call it home anymore is because when you name the places around here…. well, your just not welcome here. We and the old skoolers before us could have all gotten rich and famous 20-30 years ago on both vid and photo up here. Hopefully we follow the examples set before us by the people who pioneered this place and not name spots so people just dont get a hand out…..Nice work champ.

  • dang3rtown

    @Sold_Out… Obviously not that cool of @Scott to name the exact location but “…could have all gotten rich and famous 20-30 years ago on both vid and photo up here.” Seriously? Dude, it’s a remote penninsula in freezing waters. Sure, you may have doubled the number of annual tourists from 3 to 6 but I seriously doubt you were a few photos and videos away from fame, fortune and the next surf city USA. Keep dreaming buddy.

  • Drew

    dang3rtown I think there could’ve been money to be had 20 yrs ago. People are doing it now. I have lived in the NW for over 20 yrs. It is bad enough when you’re surfing peaks that once had 4 people now have a dozen. Scott obviously isn’t showing respect for those he surfed around and probably wont do the same wherever he goes.

  • Sold_Out

    dang3rtown….. you can google pics from the 70′s champ if you look hard enough. There is no excuse. Even the pro’s who posted this article didn’t name spots… When your given something you don’t hold as much value to it….now you do the work, search it out yourself and then score and keep it to you and your friends…well that’s what its all about. keepn the search alive for the next pioneers.

  • Dustin

    Yeah no excuses for naming spots. We don’t mind visitors up here searching for the goods, having respect for the natives, locals and as long as they keep it real like Fletcher did in this article and not naming spots exactly. I have seen a few come and then forced to go because they wanted to get a lil bite of fame………
    Lol freezing waters?……I wouldnt’ really call 48 deg in Feb cold . I moved here from the Jersey shore in 1997 and the water there in Feb is between 28-36 deg……ocean pinkie

  • steve

    figures that asian guy who works at La Push was who invited them up to shot video and pics. since he moved to Clallam Bay from LA, he has been the biggest sellout in the history of the PNW. soul-less, 50yr old dork who loves free stickers and hanging with college kids. it sucks that his photo buddys kick him a few bucks then roll up with pros to pimp out sacred spots. then they leave laughing about how weird he is.

    PS…stay in Can-A-Screws Nelly!!