Santa Barbara Feature

 

Ranch Recollections

 When I was a young kid, my parents would visit with a family who owned a large, coastal, working cattle ranch which was north of Santa Barbara. It was called the Hollister Ranch. I recall riding the dirt roads, shooting [...]

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Swell Times

When discussing California’s surfing history, which stretches to almost a century (depending upon who you talk to), there seems to be a relatively short list of epic dates when the coast was truly rocked by huge surf big enough to [...]

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Carpinteria State Beach

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El Capitan State Beach

PARK: El Capitan State BeachLOCATION: The beach is located off Highway 101, 17 miles west of Santa Barbara.NATURAL SETTING: El Capitan State Beach offers visitors a sandy beach, rocky tidepools, and stands of sycamore and oaks along El Capitan Creek. [...]

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Montana Del Oro State Park

PARK: Montana Del Oro State ParkLOCATION: The park is six miles southwest of Morro Bay and seven miles south of Los Osos on Pecho Road.SIZE: 8,000 acresNATURAL SETTING: The park includes more than 8,000 acres, is largely undeveloped, and features [...]

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Humble Pie served up Cold

Up north of Point Conception, past where So  -Cal ends and Central California begins, surfing is a different world. Chillier, more rugged and challenging, it toughens you up and teaches you lessons you will never learn at Malibu, Huntington or [...]

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20 Under 20: Conner Coffin

Conner Coffin is Santa Barbara inside and out. On his list of favorite surfers are Tom Curren and Bobby Martinez. His local spot is Rincon. He rides for Channel Islands and he is a smooth surfing, young regular footer with [...]

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20 Under 20: Killian Garland

Growing up in the wave-rich coastline of Santa Barbara County has definitely helped Killian Garland. With some of the best reef and beach breaks within his reach, along with one of the best point breaks on the coast, KillGar has [...]

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