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4th of July

Independence Day fun in America's Finest City. Happy 4th to all. Made in USA!
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April Fun

Surfing is more fun than tax preparation. JP Marengo verified this.
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Movember

Whilist we wait for the next Round, here's a few more of talented reef walker JP Marengo throwing out some left jabs to a La Jolla face. Thanks PMK for photos.
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What A Week.....

Between all the election hysteria and general societal whining, those in the know chose another endeavor. Team Rider Numero Uno - JP - getting it done. Big thanks to Sangiolo.
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June Gloom

June Gloom is a bummer. Day after day....... However, a South swell may sneak in to break up ground hog day. "Southern Fried Pigeon".....LJ photo: LSmith
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Spring Has Sprung

This is pretty much a classically fun day in San Diego with a medium sized, South swell in the water. J.P. going left, unknown - going right.
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The Hits Keep Comin 2016

"Thanks to long time friend and great photographer for capturing me riding my new 9'2" LONG*GUN that Dennis specially made for those large mushy days. This new board paddles and glides great and gets you into those waves that sometimes roll right under you.The LONG*GUN also rides amazingly fast off the tail..Great way to start off the new year." ....JP Marengo...La Jolla...
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Gun Control

Note from Japers: San Diego, December 7th: Here is a shot from today, breaking in my 9'2" LONGGUN shaped by Dennis Murphy and wetsuit from MATUSE thanks you guys for your support!
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Autumn SD

"Legendary surfer Richard Kenvin sent me this picture he took of me at S reef looking comfortable and in charge riding my 9'0 SOUTH WIND. I usually don't go right - but when I do I like to FADE" JP Marengo, Team Murphy
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Local's Summer

September in San Diego. JP on new, 9' Southwind tri-fin. photo: Lance Smith
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"Make It...or Break It"

"I made it!" JP Marengo
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Winter Soul..stice

photo: Sangiolo Images
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Late Season South

JP Marengo hitting all phases on this late season south swell. October and November....we love you. Photo: Slavin
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October fest

October....just may be the best month to be a surfer in San Diego. Here's proof.
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Summer Cruisin

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JAG Media Productions

Local photographer Aaron Goulding (JAG Media Productions) caught JP in action last month here at a San Diego reef - doing it's mini-impersonation of cold, small Pipeline. JP had snapped his new 9'-0" earlier this day and went back out on his new 7'-11". Ah....the sweet smell of redemption. Nice work guys.//cm
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Smith |||amp; Marengo

San Diego photographer Lance Smith captures JP Marengo mid slice at his local break.
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Neptune Awakens From Slumber

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Southwind model

Here's a look at JP's new Winter board. It's a 9'-0" Southwind model dubbed the "Seadragon". The Southwind model is a great board choice for those who predominately ride longboards in smaller waves, but need to transition to a more performance oriented longer board for those bigger days - especially those bigger NorthWest swells we have this time of year. Check one out - you won't be disappointed!
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Bill Andrews x Jean Paul

Hmmmmmm, Looks like the new board is working pretty good. Sequence captured by Bill Andrews - thanks Bill!
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Happy Holidays!

75 degree air temperatures, light-offshore and/or ultra glassy conditions, head-high NW swell - just another December "Winter" day here in San Diego (Americas Finest City). From Dennis, J.P. and Chris; Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad and Happy Holidays from the Murphy Shapes team!
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Falling towards Winter

Very slow November here in San Diego. Here's hoping for a better late Fall wave cycle as we head towards Christmas.
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Sky Fall

"Grey skies giving you the blues? If so, go get yourself a new surfboard from DENNIS MURPHY and ask for it by name SKY FALL"....J.P." photo: Goulding
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Springtime Fun

San Diego style.... photo: Sangiolo
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The Pink Pig

starring JP. photos: Lance Smith
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Eaten by the Rock

photo: Goulding
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Out of Hibernation

The Caveman has come out of his cave. Here's a nice afternoon speed run by J.P. Marengo shot a few weeks ago here in San Diego. Photo credit goes to Michael Sangiolo, local photographer who captures some great coastal and lifestyle images. You can check his work out at www.sangioloimages.printroom.com
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Drain Ooooooooooooooh

The Green Hornet and J.P.in action: recently shaped by Dennis, this 9' single-winged hybrid thruster getting slotted a few days ago here in SD. photo: Wylie
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October in San Diego

rider: JP Marengo
photo: Lance Smith
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Spring has Sprung

May Gray brings June Gloom. Not too much excitement yet, but every once in awhile, the sun will actually make an appearance - and give us a glimmer of hope with warmer water and Souths. photo: Goulding
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Back Lit


photo: Goulding
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March Madness

comes to San Diego reefs.
If you keep drawing nice bottom turns........



you will reap the rewards.

glider: Murphy test pilot
photos: Smith
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IF




the shoe fits.......

photo: Wylie
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Wylie Coyote


More action from JP's wave house - courtesy of Doug Wylie photography.
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January SD


This photo is great for a number of reasons.
Photographer is Doug Wylie.
Location is San Diego. Rider is JP.
Check out Doug's stuff at darkwatersphoto.com
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New Year resolution


2012 - just go for it.
Team rider JP Marengo doing just that last week at the Reefs.
Custom tri-fin designed by Dennis and JP specifically for this wave.
Order yours today!

photo: Lance Smith
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Fall into Winter


with a new California Gun.
Here's JP on his 7'-11" Cali Gun in SD.
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oKtoberFest


Japers, Rocktober at the Crown Jewel.
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September Sessions


JP and Aaron Goulding teamed up for this nice shot on the last swell.
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You Wish Today was like This


Some days it all comes together. Wind, texture, sun, tide and swell.
JP and M Sangiolo on the same page at the same time.
All and all, about as good as it gets here this summer.
Sequence below. *enjoy.
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8'-6" California Gun
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They say -


to keep moving forward and don't look back.....
well, maybe you should take a look back over your shoulder every once in a while...and enjoy the view.
JP
September 2011
photo: Sangiolo
* i think this is an insane photo! cm
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Last Week


someone, somewhere, summertime. south swell, sackin up, san diego.
surfer: JP Marengo
photo: Lance Smith
wow!
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Summertime


photo: Slavin
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"Vengeance....Is Mine."



JP summer-stylin' on his new model.
photo: Slavin
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Summer sessions |||amp; the Kelp Cutter




Saturday July 7th a little summer point:

The waves weren't that good- but JP ripped! The sets had some size but it was gnar... No matter, JP picked off the gems...Nobody else in the water was CHARGING like JP!
As usual, there are shots of JP powering through bottom turns cranking hard, drawing the turn out until the precise moment that the section opens up, then projecting into the barrel or through the lip into a slashing cutback. The images are soft due to the harsh lighting but they still convey the commitment and CHARGE that JP brings to every session.

John Slavin
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more Japers


cranking bottom turn
photo: Sangiolo
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Spring Fling


Sent to us from local photog Michael Sangiolo
"JP killing it!"
http://sangioloimages.com
and yes, there are more to come from this session.
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Pee Chee Folder


Got this from Lance Smith:
An arm and a leg, junior high doddle style. L.
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It's Friday


in the Arena - JP, SD, CA

photo: Smith
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Big 'ol Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr


roundhouse. One of the better surfing sensations when you get it right.
The clear droplets of water, supreme focus and detail on the beads of wax - I like this shot a lot.
photo: Slavin
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Boom


Got this shot and note from Aaron Goulding, local photog.
"Here's a shot of JP smacking the lip. This is one dude that you don't want to get smacked by."

Thanks Aaron.
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Right


A kind-of-rare sighting of JP actually going right.
The colors on the board: now that's a whole 'nuther story.

photo: John Slavin
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Target Practice


hah! just kidding... JP last week in the lounge section.
photo: Lance Smith
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Soul arch

into a green, gorgeous barrel. I love this sh*t!! so damn good.
surfer: JP Marengo
photo: Slavin

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more Right action


Chasing it down on the semi-gun
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Dark Shadow


W/NW, January, SD reef, late afternoon, right tide = score
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More Lefts

The photos just keep coming in from the waves we have had recently.
As Dennis says, "JP is absolutely Killing It lately!" You'll get no argument from me.
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Trifecta




Nice sequence of J.P. in La Jolla. Photos taken by Mark Bromley.
Thanks Mark for letting us use these shots.
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Flying


JP flying

California Brown Pelicans flying
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MLK Day


was also Surf Day. "He came out of nowhere and got this shot." JP

photo: Aaron Goulding
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WNW



photo: Shawnka Ankenbrand = thanks!
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Room with a View please




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I Feel a Barrel Coming



Shots taken last week.
Tune in tomorrow for the remainder of the sequence!

photo: Smith
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Medium Wednesday



Our team gunner, JP Marengo, drawing some lines in San Diego 2 days ago.
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SD Sequence







No explanation or dialogue required.
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A Couple More from that Day



That's what Aaron Goulding wrote to J.P. when he sent along these photos. I wish "that day" would come again, and soon. It's still FLAT here in San Diego with otherwise good surfing conditions (light wind, sun, etc.) I'm always amazed, and a bit dumb founded, as how the Pacific Ocean has this fetch of Thousands of miles and does not generate a thigh-high wave to ride. Hopefully this post will change that!
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The Waiting Period






J.P. Marengo lives in La Jolla California. He likes to hunt. Big waves. He's getting ready to kill something - he likes game from the North/West angle. Right now it's cold. Flat. Here's his new gun (The Longun) custom built by Dennis. It's locked and loaded. The 8'-6" pintail is loaded with glass-on fins. No BS'ing around when it's time. He keeps waiting. Patiently.
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Nurse Needed?


"If I fall, will I need a nurse?"
Marengo clearly in charge and not needing hospice care.
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Last Swell



Some of the reefs around here were pretty darn fun last go around.
Nice sequence of bottom turn and pop.
Thanks to Bill Andrews for the photos.
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Smooth


and classic soul arch at Clairemont Reef
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Aaron Goulding


From time to time we get shots of team riders from local photographer Aaron Goulding/JAG Media Productions. His images are usually pretty unique and capture some incredible views and angles. This one is sweet. Thanks Aaron.
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November Gifts


There is a lot going on in this photo taken last week. Check out the lip!
photo: Lance Smith
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Murphy Inslide the pocket



One of my long time team riders, and long time compadre, J.P. Marengo got a nice spread shot in the new edition of Slide magazine..... right on Japers! check it out.....dm out
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Hey, what are you doing?

Just hangin......

....ten in La Jolla
photo: Michael Barrus
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Style.........





Some early October shots from the SD reefs.

photos: J. Slavin
rider: JP Marengo
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Seaweed Smuggler



Mr. Marengo enjoying some of the NW from this week. He looks like a caveman with the seaweed headress/cape. So easy a caveman can do it.
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August 2010




This summer will certainly not go down as one of San Diego's finest. Cold water, minimal swell and a missing sun. However, there were a few ok to decent souths that crept in. Many spots here in SD missed the action, but if you were at the right spot - at the right time - there were a few good ones to be had. Here's one of our team riders reaping the benefits of local knowledge. Mr. JP Marengo leashless at a pile of rocks off the crown jewel.
photos: Lance Smith
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Chapped Lipz



Nice smackage of one La Jolla lip under the August sun. That's a lot of board poppin out the back of the wave while the fins are just holding in. I like what's going on in this photo. Jean-Paul punching the clock for the afternoon shift.
photo: Goulding
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OTL in San Diego


Nope: not the OTL tourney at Fiesta Island.
Yep: off the lip - OTL - at Zapatisto.

JP captured by Slavin the other day
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Got sunscreen?


What?! a surf session this summer when the sun was actually out in San Diego?
So much fun wearing a full suit in summer..........yeah..........
Can we please get some sun and some warmer water?*#*^*!* My trunks and vest are feeling neglected.

rider: JP Marengo "the Mask"
photo: A. Goulding
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Freeze Frame


Like this water shot as it really captures what we see when we are paddling over a set wave and peek to the left to see what the rider is doing. Pretty cool with the little pieces of seaweed/eel grass in the lip too.

rider: JP
photo: Delanzo
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Botox Lips


photo: Mike Sangiolo
Some lips are wafer thin. Some lips are soft and mushy. Some lips are small and chapped. But this lip shown in this photo is on roids or just got a huge botox injection in mid July prior to breaking on this local shelf. All I know is that the lips in Leucadia and Del Mar do not come close to looking like these. J.P. - in the right place at the right time. again............... You are the Man!
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Summer SD Style

This guy logs more water time than a Children's Pool seal. And gets better waves than 98.5% of us humanoids.

Mid July at a SD reef

rider: JP Marengo
photos: Slavin
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Final Chapter

Part two in a series of only two. Here's how JP's floater ended. I'm not sure if the barnz pony tail got in the way or if he was just it utter shock before blue impact. I will have to check with JP to see if there is an epilogue.


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Floatersam and Jetsam

Here's a recent July sequence of Jean Paul in his backyard in La Jolla. Nice bottom turn into a floater/off-the-top. But wait........ who is this barney with the ponytail?!! Check back tomorrow for the final chapter and epilogue.



photos: John Slavin
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Logo Man

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3 for 3

3 shots of 3 waves for a 3 day weekend.


Have a good weekend.
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Go Away Wind

Some shots taken early last week here in San Diego prior to all this junky, pissn-me-off wind. Hey Coastal Eddy, just go away!
photo: Lance Smith
rider: Japers


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Back Lit in the Backyard



Photo: Goulding
Rider: J.P. Marengo
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Mid Week pick-me-up

Not much happening out there today, except lots of wind and chop.
Here's some shots from last month to get you thru the day.

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Put It on Axis.....



is a favorite saying of a friend of ours when he is out in the water and hitting all his bottom turns and setting it on rail. Here's JP with his interpretation of putting it on axis.
photo: Goulding
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Shade on a sunny day



Shade/Sun
Hide/Seek
In (the hook)/Off (the top)
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Surf or Yardwork


while you were probably shopping at Costco or Bed Bath & Beyond, this guy was out killing it! photo: Goulding
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Things Are Lookin Up


This is a cool shot.... kelp or fish view....or swimmer avoiding laceration.
Photo is of team rider JP at a LJ beach break. Photo shot by Aaron Goulding.
Check his stuff out at www.jagmediaproductions.com
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Lip Service



Off the top. San Diego style.
Surfer: JP
Photo: Slavin
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Lifestyle of JP


Yes, all those sticks are Murphy's: and please note that the one behind him has been put back together twice by our great friend and ally, Joe Roper. JP in his crib painting in his inimitable style preparing to go on another undercover mission at the reefs. Thanks Aaron, John Slavin, Lance Smith et. al. ; not necessarily in that order. You guys are the best support team on this coast or any other. Dennis out for now.
p.s. I couldn't do any of this without Chris Miller or Ed Lewis of The Leucadia Project.com. Check out the site! And that's an order y'all. Later. dm



Painting al fresco at the Cove - ooo la la

Finished art work put to the test.
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Early Evening Commute


JP
San Diego
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"I'm On Fire




and it's the rainy season"........................
Japers and Slavin collaborative.
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Low Tide



Location: San Diego County
Rider: Japers
Photo: Slavin
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Where Was I Monday?



I was in the water in Leucadia - but evidently we should have been in LJ!
JP in his backyard. Scoring yet again......
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Rocas y Pajaros y Juan Pablo


I always liked this shot the best of this particular day - but, I was over ruled by the local, pseudo, photo journalists lurking near the Murph studio. Well now, I say it's time for my favorite to get exposed.
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Did He Make It?



Yes he did!

Location: San Diego, California: January 2010
Rider: Jean-Paul Marengo
Photos: John Slavin
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Finally..........





This place only breaks a handful of times a year (if that).
But it finally did on Saturday January 23rd. And staying true to form, J.P. Marengo was on it - with his 9' Speed shape. This guy is on a serious roll.
Thanks for the photos John. Check out his work at johnslavin.com
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The Hits Keep Coming

Here's another action shot of the Man, JP Marengo, in his backyard.
Every week, so it seems, there has been a new W/NW swell.
Then the photos come rolling in. They never get old and keep us amped for the next session. We really like the colors and texture of the water, the color of the board and the kelp paddies. Blow it up and see what we mean. Enjoy.

Photo: Bill Riley
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Deja Vu




JP doin his thing. This has been a pretty decent month here in SD.
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Lobster Lounge

October 23rd. Murphy Surfboards team rider J.P. Marengo in his backyard. J.P. has been riding our boards forever - and always scores the gems when it's working.




Below: Different wave. Same result. Slotted.

Special thanks to Joe Ewing for the shots. You can see his work on surfshot.com
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Send Us Some

Here's a shot of team rider J.P. Marengo at the spot Joel Tudor likes to refer to as South Torrey. Here's hoping that the alleged El Nino will bring us some of these nuggets.

The Sacred Craft Expo weekend was a blast and a detailed post will be following shortly.
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J.P.















Long time Murphy rider, and La Jolla reef aficionado, J.P. Marengo shown here doing his thing. We will probably see more shots of him when he gets that new custom board and the Souths
finally start hitting.
Watch out for his coffee...... it's dangerous.
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