Santa Barbara Magazine

 

Our First Time

Some people, when they look back at the younger times in their lives might refer to them as “the good old days.” That’s subject to debate, but for me, things were definitely different back in our previous century. It’s all [...]

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Muddy Waters Blues

I grew up surfing in Santa Barbara at places like the river mouth at Rincon, Hammonds Reef, Miramar, Fernald’s Point, and Santa Clara River mouth. What did these spots have in common? During winter, the waters would turn a chocolate-brown [...]

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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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