Archive for Santa Barbara

Never Ending Spring

Posted in Surfing with tags , , , on May 29, 2010 by crystalvoyager

Spring seems to last forever in Santa Barbara.  Most places in the world, that would probably be considered a good thing.  The temperature is good, flowers are out, not too many bugs.  But it Santa Barbara, the Spring has always been a bit painful for me.  We get a lot of wind which puts a damper on surfing,  paddling and boating.  Our water is the coldest it gets all year.  And it is long, often stretching from February until May or June .

Josh Farberow, Rincon Fall 2009

With the winter surf season over, the sheltered beaches of Santa Barbara are not due for a rideable swell until October.  The wait begins…


Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 5, 2010 by crystalvoyager

Regardless of the location you pick, where there are surfers, there are regional influences.  Skip Frye in San Diego, Dora at Malibu, Lopez on the North Shore.  In areas with prolific histories, there are likely several.

Santa Barbara is just such a town.  While Rennie Yater and Tom Curren are common options from the area, George Greenough has had the deepest influence on my development.  Without ever having met him in person, he has contributed to my boards, the fins in those boards, my surfmat, my boat, my swim fins, my favorite surf films – likely even my disdain for shoes.  The people who shape my boards and create my favorite art cite him as early influences.

If you are from the area and do anything related to the ocean, he has touched it.  And all of this from a guy who has only been back a handful of times since he departed in search of empty waves on a boat he built in his backyard.

With that we commence the Crystal Voyager blog.  General subjects will cover the life aquatic on the south coast of Santa Barbara.

What does surfing mean to people in the area?  Who knows.  Perhaps we’ll find out.

Here we go.