OK. If you live in Santa Cruz, you don’t have to be a surfer to know who Jay is. If you don’t, please take just a couple minutes to check out this video showcasing some amazing footage of Jay surfing our favorite Santa Cruz spots as well as, of course, Mavericks. Jay–an incredible waterman. But more importantly, an incredible human being with an amazing outlook on life. The interviews woven in this piece reveal the positive impact he had on many people in our community.
The Jay Race in Capitola today honors Jay, his spirit, and philosophy on life. He was truly infectious and still is, from another place. It’s a perfect day to head to the beach so come on down and be part of the celebration.
I didn’t know Jay personally. I wish I had. Mostly because I like to surround myself with people who have a positive attitude. It rubs off on me, makes me a better person, and then I feel empowered to share that energy with others.
Embrace. Live Like Jay.
“Mr. Pipeline” himself is in town this weekend for the Jay Race (more on that in a future post).
I’ve met Gerry before and he’s the most gracious man. Listen to some of his stories by visiting Covewater SUP of Santa Cruz this Friday from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.
While you are there, be sure to talk to the owners, Scott and Leslie, and check out their Spring SUP Sale! I picked up the 9’0″ Covewater Nohea Women’s SUP and LOVE IT! Lightweight, stable, fantastic beginner/intermediate board for cruising the bay.
Hope to see you this Friday!
P.S. Photo courtesy of Covewater.
Forecast this weekend is flat, flat, flat but luckily there are a number of things I’m looking forward to doing! One of which is the Art & Chocolate Open Studios Tour in the Live Oak/Pleasure Point area.
One of my “dog walking” friends, Janet Ferraro, is participating and has done so in year’s past. She’s also been in many other local art shows such as Open Studios, Art in the Garden, and Capitola Book Cafe. So, perhaps you’re familiar with her work.
Janet shared with me: ‘The strength, beauty and elegance of the horses captured my heart long ago. Creating art that embodies their spirit and beauty continues to inspire me!’
I remember the first time I visited Janet’s studio during an Open Studios event. I’m actually not into horses at all. In fact, I’m a bit fearful of them. So I didn’t expect to appreciate her work (not the quality, just the subject matter). To my surprise, I was completely enthralled by her paintings and still am to this day. She has an incredible talent.
Running is more up my alley so I was thrilled when Janet was selected to create the Wharf to Wharf artwork for the poster in 2011. I love her use of color, texture, and how she creates “movement” in her paintings.
Whether you are a horse lover or not, I encourage you to check out Janet’s work. You’ll be glad you did…and maybe I’ll see you there!
If you live at the Point, you’re likely to hear the sound of a surf contest horn every weekend from spring through fall. In addition to spending a little time planning where you’re going to surf, it also means there’s a constant source of entertainment.
This past weekend was probably my most favorite contest: The Logjam! put on by the Big Stick Surfing Association. Here’s why:
- pre-1970 old boards only
- no leashes (aka kook cords)
- first day is Aloha day where everyone surfs twice in mixed heats (men, women, and abilities)
- Aloha Team competition: 2 surfers on 2 old boards riding the same wave together
- probably the best T-shirt designs
And no, I didn’t compete. But my friend and surfboard shaper, Ashley Lloyd Thompson, suggested I get out there in 2014. We shall see!
The photos really say it all so here are some links to the best I’ve seen so far. Enjoy!:
Big Stick Surfing Association
Howard “Boots” McGhee
I wasn’t going to compete. Why?
- Surfing competitions make me nervous
- I’m “a bit” competitive
- I don’t like the idea of people I know seeing me do a bonehead move
- If I can help it, I don’t go out of my way to embarrass myself
However, a good friend pointed out that Women on Waves is a FESTIVAL. It’s about celebrating women and surfing, setting a good example for young women and girls who are interested in the sport, and the money goes to charity. It’s really NOT a competition. Although the vibe is a little different when you’re out in the line up with a jersey on and watching the time clock to make sure you get your wave count.
In any case, I swallowed my pride and participated. It also helped that about 15 of my closest women surf buddies were also part of the festivities. By my second heat I had relaxed enough to where I can say I had a great time and glad I did it.
Video and Photos
- This short video captures the essence of the Surf Fest
- Mike Murray’s got some amazing photos
- Photo in this post by Douglass Weymouth
Event Info.: Women on Waves Facebook Page
So, plan on seeing me next year – hopefully not doing a bonehead move!