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Disc golfing at Morley Field #6

Posted by George J Janczyn on February 22, 2018

(Part 6 in the series of selected Morley Field disc golfing photos that I shot between 1979-82. Click images for enlargements.)

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Disc golfing at Morley Field #5

Posted by George J Janczyn on February 8, 2018

(Part 5 in the series of selected Morley Field disc golfing photos that I shot between 1979-82. Click images for enlargements.)

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Disc golfing at Morley Field #4

Posted by George J Janczyn on January 28, 2018

(Part 4 in the series of selected Morley Field disc golfing photos that I shot between 1979-82. Click images for enlargements.)





15-cents bag of chips, 30-cents candy bars, 40-cents granola bars, $4.95 hats. Snapper at far right waiting for customers.



Customers!



Warming up with a game of hacky sack.



Waiting for a competition to get underway.





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Disc golfing at Morley Field #3

Posted by George J Janczyn on January 23, 2018

(Part 3 in the series of selected Morley Field disc golfing photos that I shot between 1979-82. Click images for enlargements.)

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Disc golfing at Morley Field #2

Posted by George J Janczyn on January 13, 2018

(Part 2 in the series of selected Morley Field disc golfing photos that I shot between 1979-82.)

Group watches a partner driving on hole 12.

Another drive on hole 12.

Focused on target!

Putting on what I think was hole 9 at the time.

Player beneath tree on right making a long attempt at the basket on hole 3.

Sizing up the putt for hole 2.

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Disc golfing at Morley Field

Posted by George J Janczyn on January 8, 2018

Morley Field Disc Golf Course was the brainchild of Snapper Pierson, an avid disc golfer who in 1978 worked to convince Balboa Park management to let him build a disc golf course in a little-used portion of Morley Field just east of the archery range. He installed concrete tee pads, erected signs and baskets, watered and groomed the landscape, and more. Soon he was able to convert storage space in a brick building that housed the public restrooms to open a small pro shop from which to operate. He began to sell discs and refreshments and organized competitive tournaments. At first use of the course was free of charge but eventually a fee was needed to help pay for the expense of maintaining the course.

Above section crossed out after Snapper sent me this correction:

“Ed Headrick the founder of Disc Golf put the course in the park in August of 1977. The city paid 1/2 $2500 and Wham-o MFG. paid the other half on a matching grant program that Ed had set up with them before he left their employ as a VP in charge of product development. Ed invented the modern Frisbee by putting flight lines on the Pluto Platter and coming up with the first Pro model Frisbee for Wham-o. The city took out the course in late 1977 to put in the restroom and I got tired of waiting for it to be put back into the ground so I went to the Tennis courts and took back our baskets and put them back in the ground in 1978. Ed declared my course pro after that and the city asked me to put in a shop in 1979 and use the backroom at the bathroom for storage.”

The course continues to grow in popularity (click here for more Morley Field history).

My neighbor Bruce Woodruff told me about the course in 1979 when I was living in Hillcrest. Soon I was hooked and we would head over to the course almost every day after work to shoot an evening round with friends and acquaintances.

In those days I was teaching myself photography and practiced by taking pictures of disc golfing at Morley Field. I shot exclusively in black & white because I developed and printed my pictures in a homemade darkroom in my apartment bathroom and it was less expensive and complicated than processing in color. Since then most of my negatives have been filed away in binders.

I recently bought a film scanner in order to convert the negatives to digital format, both for preservation purposes and to able to share some photos online. Who knows, some people might come across these pictures and see themselves. I’ll be posting a selection of photos in a short series of posts in the coming weeks. This is the first installment.

(For enlargements, click any image for an enlargement to open in a separate browser tab.)

Snapper Pierson demonstrates a catch called “scarecrow.” His shirt: 1979 World Frisbee Disc Golf Champion.

After one of the earliest local tournaments, Snapper gives cash payout to Bruce Woodruff.

Shooting on hole 10 just outside the pro shop.

Another view of the tee pad for hole 10.

A long putt for hole 1.

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Friday spot check: Windansea

Posted by George J Janczyn on November 12, 2010

There was some energy in a mixed swell this morning, but it was fading fast. By the time I took the last shot in this video, sets were a good 15 minutes apart. For awhile, though, it was pretty fun.

 

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Windansea and La Jolla Shores surfing Nov 6, 2010

Posted by George J Janczyn on November 6, 2010

It’s been a good while since I made any surfing videos, so this morning I decided to go see what the dawn patrol was up to at Windansea. There was only one pair of surfers which was just about right because there were long lulls between sets and there were usually only three waves to a set. The tide was high and surf was breaking just feet away from the abrupt rocky rise at the shoreline. You’ll see a few rides that got pretty close.

Next I went to nearby La Jolla Shores. The waves were coming much more frequently than at Windansea, but they were smaller and gentler. The water was quite crowded, but I think everyone was having fun.

Okay, here’s the video. If you’re using a relatively modern desktop computer (not a mobile device), go ahead and set the video to 1080p and watch it full screen.

 

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San Diego surfing: north vs. south

Posted by George J Janczyn on May 21, 2010

San Diego’s and South County Surf Rivalry Comes to a Head at Red Bull Rivals
May 20, 2010
PRESS RELEASE

WHAT:
Red Bull Rivals is a one day surf event pitting San Diego’s North and South County locals against each other. Tapping into an area that consistently churns out heavy-hitters in the surf world, the contest will showcase some of the most talented local up-and-comers. Surfers from each county will be invited to battle it out in a head-to-head competition at Ocean Beach for ultimate bragging rights.

Two teams of 10 will be chosen by Ocean Beach Surf and Skate in the South and Quiver Boardworks and Cole Surfboards in the North. Unique to this contest, the surfers will compete in a tag team format, where one surfer from North County and one from South County will enter the water together and surf their best three waves. They will then run to shore and tag a teammate to go out and do the same; judges will score the best two waves of the three for each surfer and at the end of the day the team with the most points wins. The losing team must give up their surfboards to the winning team, and the winning team will then donate the boards to the Surfrider Foundation.

WHO:
Twenty of San Diego’s best local surfers, trying to win bragging rights for themselves and their county (exact names of surfers TBA). Judges will include: Pro surfer Jamie Sterling and ASP qualified (judging) professionals.

WHERE:
Ocean Beach Pier (at the end of Newport Ave.), San Diego, CA

WHEN:
Saturday, June 5th
8:30am-9:30am: Athlete Registration
9:30am-10:15am: Practice/Warm-Up
10:30am: First Match-Up
3:30pm: Last Match-Up
4:15pm-4:30pm: Winner Announced & Awards Ceremony

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Olympics luge design flaw

Posted by George J Janczyn on February 13, 2010

 

I think the 2010 Olympics luge has a design flaw. See this roadway guardrail? What if they put in the posts and left off the rail? Cars would be seriously damaged and people seriously injured or killed instead of being safely deflected. Likewise, the luge should have had a wall over those posts. Instead, there’s a wall in the curve but it drops away coming out of the curve, a feature which seems only to account for the convenience of photographers and/or spectators.

[Update–Good news: they decided to extend the wall–see the New York Times report Changes Made to Luge Competition. I’m very glad about this, because the thought of further runs on the defective track was frightening!

 

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