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Posts Tagged ‘California surfing beach’

Santa Cruz-a-palooza (Part 4: The Surfers)

Posted by Jody on June 3, 2013

Surf’s Up!  ~Early May in Santa Cruz on California’s Central Coast~

On our last day in Santa Cruz, Greg and I were thrilled to catch the surfers off of Cowell Beach. The water near the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum was teeming with wet-suited folks just waiting for the perfect wave. As we stood at the railing happily watching the action, I noticed more surfers quickly running toward the picturesque cliffs to enter the water. Not knowing if this was their usual routine, I wondered whether this was an especially good morning for surfing in Santa Cruz. You can see in the photo collage that we caught sight of one of the younger surfers jumping into the ocean from the unstable cliff edge. Most of the surfers just scrambled down the precarious bluff to the water’s edge to (safely?) enter the surf.

Wouldn’t the Beach Boys be proud?  ♬Catch a wave and you’re sitting on top of the world!♫

Surfing history in Santa Cruz, California:

“History records that surfboard riding first began in the Hawaiian Islands hundreds of years ago. It took until the late 1800’s and early 1900’s before it was introduced to the U.S. Mainland, mostly along the southern coast of California. Surfing became known in the Santa Cruz area when a few young men from the beaches of southern California migrated to the San Francisco Bay Area to seek jobs or to attend college. They already knew how to surf and brought their boards with them. Soon they discovered the beaches of Monterey Bay and the outstanding surf breaking across the outer reefs and sandbars at Cowell’s Beach.”

Source: Hal Goody, History of the Santa Cruz Surfing Club,  Santa Cruz Public Libraries

Additional links:

Surfing Santa Cruz

Riders of the Sea Spray

Santa Cruz Surfing Museum

Friction in Santa Cruz waters: Paddle boarders, surfers battle

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Posted in Monday Miscellaneous, Northern California Beaches, Surfing Beach | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

At the Beach in “Funky Town” – Bolinas, California

Posted by Jody on February 9, 2012

Bolinas, California (©Jody Diehl)

I have to admit, the moment Greg and I entered the little unincorporated community of Bolinas, California, the lyrics to the song “Funky Town” ran through my mind.  It kept playing and playing, all the way to the beach.  (There it is again!)

Won’t you take me to
Funkytown
Won’t you take me to
Funkytown
Won’t you take me to
Funkytown
Won’t you take me to
Funkytown ~ Lyrics by Steven Greenberg ~Thanks a lot! 😉

If you are in the area, then Bolinas Beach is a must-do stop in my book!  About 30 miles north of San Francisco, off of State Route 1, this beach is jam-packed with personality (personalities, rather)! You’ll see surfers galore, paddle boarders, splashers, and sunbathers.  The Bolinas townsfolk are as eclectic a bunch as you’ll ever see, and many of them are at the beach.  The day we were there, a disheveled man raced past us in the current, heading out to sea from the direction of Bolinas Lagoon. His vessel? Some sort of tiny, makeshift raft, complete with an umbrella set up as a mast. Shortly thereafter, he returned to the shore, soaking wet and on foot, still wearing his leather jacket. His hat was still securely tied onto his head with what appeared to be a white gym sock. We will never know what final destination he had in mind!

Do yourself a favor and set aside some time to watch the surfers at Bolinas Beach.  Better yet, take a surf lesson! The views here are amazing, and the beachcombing is fantastic! We found everything from Giant Rock Scallops and colorful sea glass to beautifully bored mudstone.

Bolinas Beach Treasures (©Jody Diehl)

By the way, be sure to have a good map or GPS.  Bolinas is not signed from State Route 1. The scuttlebutt is that the locals take those pesky things down.

~We took Olema-Bolinas Road and followed through to Wharf Road. Parking was limited at the end of the street.

Have a great day at the beach!

Won’t you take me to
Funkytown
Won’t you take me to

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Posted in Beach Treasures - Beachcombing, Northern California Beaches, Seashells, Surfing Beach | Tagged: , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

 
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