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!

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Happy 75th Johnny Rice!

Today’s a special day for the legendary surfer and surfboard shaper, Johnny Rice. Not only is it his 75th birthday but Santa Cruz Mayor, Hilary Bryant, issued a proclamation that April 21, 2013 is Johnny Rice Day. But if you know Johnny and his positive outlook on life, then you’d know that he considers every day to be special.

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I’ve known Johnny and his wife Rosemari for quite a while and he’s shaped a number of boards for me, 2 of which are my absolute favorites: a 9’3″ pintail and an 8’3″ quad piglet.

To learn more about Johnny, check out this old story by Nina Wu.

Happy Birthday to my good friend and favorite shaper!

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.