The Nolan Files - Part Last: Shout-outs

The Nolan Files - Part Last: Shout-outs

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Whew, what a trip! It went by fast but I have to say I had a blast! Everywhere I went people turned up, got stoked, and generously extended their hospitality—all of which kept me, and the Pug, going for the long haul. I know surfing is essentially a solitary pursuit but it was really all of you and the interactions we shared that I’ll always remember.

Thanks to Jon Hoover for the Flickr Photostream he made from shots taken on LBI.

So I would like to extend some thanks for everyone who contributed in one way or another. First off, those who deserve a mil gracias (thousand thanks) for making the ol’ ramble possible: Big big thanks to: Jim from Jimbo’s surfwax for cranking out a last minute batch of wax with dope labels! It was so great when people asked me for a business card (which I don’t have) and instead I gave them a bar of wax! And who doesn’t need wax? So now there's a trail of Jimbo’s down to Hatteras! Planet Earth Clothing for some sweet (organic cotton) threads and gas money! Michelle and Ted at Eastern Mountain Sports for hooking us up with camping gear. Seriously, I ended up using all that gear a ton. Without it I would have been eating with my hands, lost in the dark, and in a bad mood from not being able to sleep in those army stretchers. Thanks to Eastern Mountain Sports I slept like a baby with the uber comfy extra wide (to cover the wooden sides of the stretcher) sleeping pads and sleeping bags. The fork/spoon/knife utensils were clutch, as were the headlamps (especially when the lighting battery had been run down). Finally, the tent was nice for allowing Chris and I to sleep separately after we spent all day long together. Anyone interested in mountain-oriented action sports (or music or conservation) make sure to check out the Nor'Easter festival put on by Eastern Mountain Sports in September. WaveTribe for the hemp boardbags and socks, recycled leashes, and cork traction pads. It feels good to be doing less harm to the environment while protecting the boards! Drift Surfing for following the tour on their rad e-mag site. MAS Epoxies for the financial assistance that allowed us to keep the Pug rolling. And of course not forgetting all the people who helped to get the Pug road-worthy: Power Mike, "Bonzer" Bob, Tom Behr and the guys at Grain. Editor's Note: Nolan met so many people that helped him on his ramble, that we had to put the rest of his shout-outs in the Board Stories pages. Good to have him back though, and if you've been waiting for a kit while he's been on the road, you've not much longer to wait!