Dan Hamlin busting out on a small day at Pismo Beach // Photo: Tracht
Story and Photo: Shawn Tracht
Every online magazine carries a huge responsibility when they promote individuals and businesses in their features. Surfwanderer is no different. So with that being said, in my time as a writer and a voice in the surfing community, it is important for me to promote good, and promote living a healthy, honest, noble lifestyle. This isn’t easy because of the difficulties of life and what we all go through along the way; however, that being said, because the choice is mine as a writer for Surfwanderer.com, my choice to promote and showcase surfers in this world who are worth looking up to is what is important to me. Danny Hamlin could be no better choice.
A model citizen, a caring soul, one of the nicest people I’ve ever met, and one of the top rippers no matter what beach he shows up at in California, Dan Hamlin is a person who all moms and dads should point to on the beach when they’re telling their kids, “look at that guy over there little Johnny or Jane, that’s the model of a person who, if you end up like that, would make me proud.”
Nobody’s perfect, and I’m sure Dan would be the first to agree, and we aren’t holding him to perfection because that’s outright…well, dumb. However, the words I think of when I think of “Hammy” are positive, and inspirational. So to that, enjoy a little of his ripping here, and spend a couple minutes checking out his blog and the sponsors he’s chosen to further push his cause. Dan’s blog: danhamlinwrites.com, Esteem Surf Shop, Jedediah Clothing, and Roberts’ Surfboards.
By Dan Hamlin… Surfer: Fraggle Photos: Shawn Tracht
Lately I’ve been able to feel the tension a little more. It seems to be the result of a number of things: school, work, bills, endless talk about the economy; they all play a part in it. Work needs me to cover an extra shift, bills don’t stop, and the mainstream media seems solely to exist in order to cause panic. It can seem like an endless cycle. Go to school, work, study, pay bills, and if there is time eat and sleep. When did life get so complicated; I don’t usually handle complicated very well. Maybe that’s why surfing is so fun. It’s not complicated. You get your board, you paddle out, you catch some waves…you have fun. No deadlines or exams, just you and nature. And nature is priceless.
As surfers we get to see firsthand some of the best nature has to offer. One of the reasons I love to surf so much is because we get to be immersed in nature every time we paddle out. Nature is integral in our pursuit of wave riding. Surfers generally don’t have to be convinced of the importance of nature, we see it for ourselves.
But sometimes the rat race has a way of blurring the important things in life. It’s easy to forget about the simple, pure joys that are found in nature; which is why every so often I like to load up my car and head off to a stretch of coast where I know I won’t see any buildings or developments, just untouched nature. Sitting in the line-up, looking back at the rolling hills, with pine trees and oak trees interspersed along the coast, the smell of sage blowing through the air, I’m reminded that there is a lot of beauty all around us. But that’s the point of my little sojourns up the coast, to get away from it all and remember the gift that is nature.
So folks, don’t let the TV fool you, it doesn’t matter who wins American Idol or who is dating Brittany Spears. There is a world full of adventure and beauty out there, go experience it. As surfers I’d say you already have a good start.
Dan can be contacted at www.danhamlinwrites.com.
By Dan Hamlin Photos: Craig Hamlin
Dan Hamlin, like Rick Cane, is a top ripper at his home break. Photo: Craig Hamlin
Ever since I started reading surf magazines I wanted to go to the North Shore. It began as simply a desire to see the waves that filled so many pages of those magazines. I wanted to watch Pipe, Sunset, and Rocky Point, to see first hand the spots that had gained international fame in the surf world. I didn’t really think about the reality of seeing those waves up close and personal. I didn’t take into consideration what it actually takes to paddle out and catch a wave on the North Shore. But the lore of the most famous stretch of coastline in the world had taken a hold of me. And eventually I made my way across the Pacific to that seven mile miracle. Continue reading…
Dan Hamlin taking Robert's Black Diamond to the air. Photo: Craig Hamlin
We asked surfer Dan Hamlin from Orcutt, California, about his favorite boards (for board reference, Dan is 5’11 and 150 pounds). Continue reading…