Nolen Elam...that's my name! Thanks for visiting. How are you? Named for Nolen, my dad, I'm also known as “Ned,” a childhood nickname still used by family and friends. Adele, my mom, chose my nickname to distinguish me from my dad. Although I prefer Nolen, I understand change is often difficult for most everyone, including myself, so I accept that some still call me Ned.
I last updated this page Sat, 01-Feb-2014, 11:43 am.
There is at least one other Nolen Elam I know of--Nolen, my son. Nolen and I are both named for Nolen, my dad. Here's a photo of me and Nolen...
Hey... What's goin' on?! For those of you who do not already know me, I'm from Houston, Texas and I now reside in Costa Mesa, California. I am also VERY HAPPILY MARRIED to my lovely, sweet and beautiful Karen Elam! And Karen's daughter Maddy is now my step-daughter! I am so very blessed! I plan to add some photos of us later.
I grew up in the City of Spring Valley, Texas (a suburb of Houston), with Adele (my mom), Carl (my step-dad), Bob (my brother) and Susan and Debbie (our two sisters). Don and Susan still live in Texas, Debbie's in Colorado and Bob's here in California. Our precious Adele passed on last year...I miss you, Mom!
Sometimes people ask me why I have a website--good question! Mostly it's just a hobby, but I've been using this site to share my life and my interests with family and friends since 1997. Whatever the reason, this is where you can read a little about me, who I am and who and what are most important to me.
Most of my life I've been drawn to graphic arts. Ever since I can remember, I was drawing stuff. Mechanical objects were my usual subjects, but sometimes I'd draw living creatures and scenes from nature.
With 35 years in my chosen vocation, I earn my living designing packaging and labeling for medical devices manufactured by Baxter Healthcare Corporation in Irvine, California. I've worked for Baxter since 1990, but started as a temporary drafter on a two-week assignment back in March 1985. Today we manufacture the INFUSOR and INTERMATE Systems, which are portable, disposable, elastomeric, IV (intravenous) infusion devices. My work is personally satisfying, knowing that my labor directly improves the quality of life for people all over the world. Sometimes I even get to have a little fun creating and drawing.
When I was a boy, I knew I'd be a dad someday. My dad passed on when I was young, so naturally being a dad was what I wanted most. I remember wondering as a boy, "What will my wife be like?" and "What's it like being a dad?" Thankfully, my life dream of becoming a father came true. After living with with his mom and step-dad most of his youth and with me a couple of years, Nolen's now a grown man, out living on his own.
My other life dream was also formed during my childhood: the first time I saw someone standing on a surfboard riding a wave in Galveston, Texas, I knew that's what I wanted to do! Ever since that first vision captured my attention, surfing continues to be one of my greatest passions. Since 1996, "The Point" at San Onofre State Beach is where I pursue my love for surfing most often.
Here are a few photos of me at San O': in this first photo, I'm luggin' my 10'6" x 25" Mike Minchonton Custom Surfboard out for a surf at The Point (it weighs 35 pounds!)...
In this next photo, I'm riding the Minchonton on a very typical wave at The Point...
And here I am crankin' a big ol' bottom turn (everything about this board is big!)...
And last...end of the day...San-O-mano!!!
I first learned to surf in the murky, brown waters of the Gulf of Mexico off the beaches of Galveston and Surfside, Texas, back in 1969. Later, after graduating from high school in 1977, I loaded up my powder blue '73 Chevy Vega hatchback with all my surfboards, skateboards, bicycle, vinyl records and moved to California! My plan was go to college, surf as often as I could, and find the woman of my dreams! After all these years, I'm still here, still surfing occassionally and very happy to be married to my sweet Karen...cheers to you, Karen!
The following image is probably the best photo I have of me doing what I love to do most!
The image shown above was taken by professional photographer Matt Thomas way back in November 1992 at a break named "Killers"--a big wave break on one of the tiny Islas de Todos Santos (the Islands of Todos Santos, a group of small islands about eight miles offshore Ensenada, Mexico). In this photo I'm way out in front of a wave that is small for Killers; this was one of the few waves I rode that day--an easy, makable wave I could see coming early enough to set up and get into without getting worked. The bigger set waves coming in that day were some of the largest I've ever paddled through--maybe 16'-18'+ on the face (or 8'-10' backs). While the wave in this photo is actually small by Todos' standards (about eight feet), photographs of Killers breaking at heights up to 60 feet have been featured in much of the popular surf media today. Only three other known breaks on the West Coast rival Todos in size: Cortes Bank, Ghost Tree, and Mavericks.
This next photo was also taken the same day as the image shown above. Matt Thomas, the photographer, used a telephoto lens to get these shots from about 200 yards away on the bluffs of the island overlooking the break at Killers...
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