Meet Gerry Lopez this Friday 6/21!

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“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.

 

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

 

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.