La Goon . . . At its core, La Goon is a thoughtful consideration of Western social norms. Chippa, the once-bricklayer made good, still an outsider to the manufactured sheen of south Orange County and its citizens. He seeks out this overlooked reject closeout — a foil for his own character. Losing his nose and surfing anyway is a metaphor for Chippa’s attitude toward material gain. A biting cultural commentary. Three thumbs up.
La Goon on Whatyouth.com
Chippa had been in and out of California for a month or two and was about to go home before heading out on a month-long Indonesian adventure. A small south swell hit and it was time to get out of Newport, so we headed south to a couple of private beaches to look for a setup.
The spots are fickle and the swell energy wasnt hitting the private beaches like I thought; time to keep moving. We made it all the way down to Salt Creek, saw the crowds, and headed back toward Newport. On our way home we saw waves — waves with no one out, just how Chippa likes it.
After a fun surf at a novelty wave in Laguna, Chippa described the spot as a fragile girl that was pure and not a slut. Chippa broke his board in two and continued to surf the fun little waves all to himself. The next day he flew home and the memories of our surf were still stuck in our heads. She was good to us, and we will return. – JACK COLEMAN