Pleasure Point – Huge South Swell

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IMG_1842It’s so hard to capture a good shot on my little iPhone. But the size today was amazing, and the shape! From the Hook to the Point was a short boarders paradise. 

I thought I’d get a jump on things…I got up at 5:30 AM, coffee in hand at 6:00 to check out the waves and decide what board to take. As I approached the cliff I could hear the waves pounding. Then, I saw the scene. At least 100 people.  Spread out but there they were, like little ants compared to the sets rolling through. And at 6:00 AM! 

In any case, I watched the show and it was incredible. Surfers were getting tubed at the Drainpipe – a rare sight to see, perhaps only a few times a year here. So, it was really cool.

I decided to wait it out and surf a little later. I chose a different spot a little mo’ betta for long boarding. Not telling where – but I had a great session on my 8’0″ Johnny Rice Quad Piglet. 

If you’re not gonna go get some waves this weekend, at least spend some time watching the local pros. Something you’ll remember.

Hasta Luego

 

Art & Chocolate Open Studios May 11 & 12

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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.

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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!

Kiteboarding in front of Jack O’Neill’s

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This past weekend’s afternoons were extremely blustery. So much so that there were a couple kiteboarders surfing (and flying!) in front of Jack O’Neill’s house in Pleasure Point. You can always find these guys doing their tricks up at Scott Creek Beach but not so often here at the Point.

The coolest thing was that one guy was towing his kid on a surfboard! Hard to tell what was going on but another neighbor verified so I wasn’t seeing things. In any case, this kiteboarder was amazing! I’m sure he was having a blast and  and I hope his passenger was enjoying himself (or herself??) in the windy, choppy surf.

Sorry, but you won’t find me out in that mess. The wind is not my friend. I prefer nice, clean, glassy surf. Here’s hoping for calmer days ahead.

Side note: There must be some gals that kiteboard. If you know of any, please advise.

Hasta Luego

Fun at the Logjam! 2013

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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!:

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Howard “Boots” McGhee

Paradise Surf

Summer Surfing in Santa Cruz

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Here they come! The foamies (or sponges, if you prefer). Lined up like little soldiers at Costco, now in various sizes and colors.

Summer surfing in Santa Cruz can be a ton of fun albeit with hazards: newbies on their foamies and/or aggro surfers who just can’t stand the newbies in the line up.

However, as of the past year or so, there seems to be more foamies in the line up and guess who’s surfing them? Some of the reallllly good surfers at Pleasure Point. Seriously. A good friend of mine has gone as far to say that she’s going to ask her shaper to make her a board modeled after her 8′ Costco board. I think she’s kidding but she actually has a lot of fun on her Costco board. Here’s why and perhaps the reason we’re starting to see more veterans leave their precious glass boards at home:

  • no worries about getting a ding 
  • relatively no worries about hurting anyone if you run into them (again, those summer crowds can be brutal)
  • lightweight so easy to carry (a nice benefit after a marathon session in the hot sun)
  • super floaty so easy to paddle and catch waves (helpful when you’re battling it out with the crowds)
  • inexpensive so more palatable to just go buy a new one when it gets waterlogged

So, you may want to go to the dark side and check these boards out. I have yet to add one to my quiver but never say never! 2013 may be the year as I’ve been eyeballing the foamie Fish!

Side note: my husband saw a similar photo on http://santacruzboardbuildersguild.blogspot.com and that inspired me to write this post.