Surfers use a term to describe certain conditions: SHARKY. I was blown away with the abundance in wildlife – sea lions, otters, seals; it was all so beautiful but I couldn’t help but think that these are all part of the GREAT WHITE SHARK diet. But hell, it was the first opportunity in my life to get a taste of California waves. They were peeling off like an aria with no wind. No wind means glassy, oil slick textured water. It’s wonderful.
Cayucos, California was my first spot. My mate and I hit a few spots in the area. The rock down near Morrow Bay has a great feel on low wind days. The massive rock provides for a mesmerizing backdrop during lulls. South of the Rock you jump off the docks of Morrow Bay marina, paddle between all the exotic sailboats and hike across the peninsula for a beautiful low crowd spot. I got a jellyfish down the neck of my wetsuit but it was real fun.
The Cayucos house dried up and we headed North along Highway 1. I fell asleep and we woke up near Santa Cruz. Big Fail! I slept through some really great spots. We were now in Santa Cruz and I missed the miles of Big Sur and unoccupied California beaches. These are the places. There are epic spots around here. Dangerous and fun. Go on a venture down there. Bring ropes, harnesses and climbing shoes. Rappel down. Call me, I’ll join you. Something awesome can happen down there.
North of Santa Cruz we hit a great spot. After a short hike from the high way down to the beach we found a right that sits in the pocket of a cliff which protects it from any NE winds. This spot hits the best as the tide is going out. Its just north of Santa Cruz, you have to cross a rail line just once you get out of the highway. The spot is silent from highway traffic or anything else really.
Later on in the week we adventured out to a spot called Point Reyes. Point Reyes is way out north of San Francisco. It’s a wonderful little town with a sustainable food and community vibe. This is the sort of place I must live in once I slow down with all this travel. The small town vibe is just rich and abundant.
The surf there is cold and sharky. Im tired now so I must take a break