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  • When I'm night surfing the first thing I really realize is how alone you are, and how quiet everything is.

  • It's the most free, spiritual thing you could think of.

  • But, once when you get a wave it's incredible just to see the colors come off the waves off the board.

  • Every time I look down when I'm night surfing and I see that lit up board I go, my dad created this.

  • This is me and my dad.

  • My name is Sean Johnson.

  • I'm a surfer and a surf coach out of L.A. and I started surfing because of my dad.

  • My dad would take me out, he'd be surfing and I'd be boogie boarding in the white water.

  • One day he's like, “Do you want to jump on?”

  • And I'm like, “Yeah, let's go.”

  • Threw me on the nose of his surfboard and caught some waves and I was like, “Dad, I want to do this.”

  • So we'd be leaving the beach and all of a sudden he'd be like, “Hey, look at that board in the trash can.”

  • And I'd be like, “Yeah, look at that board in the trash can.”

  • And he goesNo, that's your new board.”

  • I would get boards out of the trash at Malibu.

  • Bring him home, strip all the fiberglass off of them.

  • Get in there, reshape the whole board the way I thought Sean would like to ride it.

  • He would get out there and test my prototypes and say, “You know, I really don't like this one.”

  • orthis one's great.”

  • Kind of sucks for me that I don't surf anymore.

  • But at the same time when I'm shaping these boards, I feel like I'm surfing.

  • He does it all by hand.

  • And that's the part that makes me enjoy surfing them so much cause I know how much love and how much heart is put into these boards.

  • In L.A. the surfing is really crowded,

  • and I always thought that it would be great to surf at night, but it's kind of scary out there at the night.

  • I figured why not put some LEDs in a board to where you can just get out there and surf as long as you want without the crowds.

  • As far as I know, my dad is the only one making LED surfboards in the United States.

  • Maybe once a month when there's a full moon we go night surfing.

  • We cruise down to the beach,

  • and it's just like old times when we'd go surfing but now we're sharing that night time and he gets to enjoy me surfing something he created.

  • And I get to enjoy riding something he made.

  • Game time, boys.

  • The best thing about night surfing is you get out there, it's quiet, and it's kind of mysterious.

  • My biggest fear is maybe falling, knocking my head and getting knocked out and no one being able to find me.

  • So the cool part with having those LED light boards attached to you, you kind of always be found or spotted.

  • I think people are absolutely amazed when they see the light boards at night time.

  • What are these flying light things in the ocean right now?

  • I feel like I'm an alien freakin' flying on a huge space ship.

  • Well surfing's really a bond between Sean and I.

  • I mean, you know, it's just so much fun watching him out there surf.

  • You know, now that I can't be out there with him surfing, to see him out there in the water,

  • tearing these boards up, you know,

  • it makes you feel really really proud.

  • If I couldn't surf, let alone surf on my dad's surfboards, I don't know what I would do.

  • It reminds me of why I fell in love with surfing so much.

When I'm night surfing the first thing I really realize is how alone you are, and how quiet everything is.

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Surfing the Night, Lighting Up the Waves

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    Evangeline posted on 2021/02/18
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