Donovan Frankenreiter Surf Event

September 30 ,2007

I got a call from my good friend Donovan a couple weeks ago inviting me to the Cosmic Creek surf event and benefit concert. It sounded like a good cause, a good time and I was actually able to make it work schedule wise. Billabong flew us out and put us up at a fancy hotel and we just had an amazing weekend. The event raised over $20,000 for AIDS and cancer research.

Last night we had an amazing jam at the famous Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. It was a pretty weird bill but I have to say it really worked in a crazy way. The line up included: Jackson Browne, Pennywise, Sugar Ray, Honk, a kids band comprised of 10 year olds called Fart Knockers (classic), Ken Garcia, Donovan Frankenreiter and yours truly.

I played “Super Hero Brother”, “Hot Cooking” and jammed with DF on his song “Whatcha Know”. At the end of the show all the artists performed “The Weight”. It was surely classic harmonizing on stage with Jackson.

Jackson Browne continues to be an amazing artist. How many hits does he have!!???! I really admire how he is using his music as an activist to oppose the war in Iraq as well as supporting and aiding progressive politicians to get into office. Go JB! I hope to do more of this as my career progresses.

It was great hanging with Donovan and catching up with friends like Mark McGrath, Jim and Byron from Pennywise. We had some good jams and kicked it too late! I had a tough time waking up and I almost missed my noon heat at the contest. I ended up just making the heat and I made it to the final round where I placed 4th. There were some retired pros in my heat so I felt pretty good about the 4th place. Philly represent!

We all surfed on old single or twin fin boards from the 60’s-80”s. All in all it was a classic weekend. Big ups to DF for having me out to support research to find elusive cures to AIDS and cancer. Next year I’m going for the W.

Thanks Peace G

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