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One Year Later

Posted in Surfing with tags , , on April 2, 2011 by crystalvoyager

When this site was started almost a year ago, the thought was that it would be an insight into what surfing and ocean activities, for that matter, are in Santa Barbara.  All was off to a great start.  Then, within the month, I agreed to move way far away from Santa Barbara – to the landlocked environs of the Silicon Valley, no less.  45 minutes to San Francisco.  45 minutes to Half Moon Bay.  45 minutes to Santa Cruz.  As a surfer, 45 minutes toward Hell.

For the next 5 months, preparations were made to move us and the business.  End result is relocation to Menlo Park, a boat (still) for sale and many surfboards left behind in an undisclosed location in Santa Barbara County.

Six months into the Menlo Park Experiment I have learned a lot.  The highlights:

  1. The water is every bit as cold up here as I thought.  There are times when it is painfully cold.  The 5 or so degrees colder here than south of Point Conception is a critical 5 degrees.
  2. There is a lot of good surf here.  And there are many days with good conditions.  Everyone knows about Santa Cruz but I have been pleasantly surprised by other places, including Ocean Beach, which I thought was always too windy to be good.  That is usually not the case, but don’t tell anyone.
  3. The ocean is big.  It will kick your ass.  You will be Tombstoned.  Prepare for it.
  4. There are a whole lot of Santa Barbara connections up here.  It is rare that I surf up here without seeing someone I know.  Despite the flood of new surfers in the past 15 years, the core surf world is small.

For me, surfing whenever there is a swell is out.  I can’t get to the beach, surf and get back from the beach before work.  That is a major lifestyle change and is a major adjustment.  However, there is a lot of surf up here.  There is even good surf up here.  It just takes some adjustment.