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Trip: Delta Red (deep in the Red Triangle)
Tuesday June 9 2009 09:15:30 AM
Date: from Dec 8, 2007 to Dec 16, 2007
Surf trip description:
My buddy Tyler and I took a road trip starting in San Luis Obispo all the way through the Oregon Border. We spent the first night in San Jose, which is where Tyler's grandma lives. From there we were able to hit up Steamer Lane and It's Beach. The first day we surfed The Lane, and it was 6-8ft, and epic. Cold and crowded, but we had some long rides. The next day we started at The Lane again; it was smaller, but still a lot of fun. We saw Skindog, Anthony Ruffo, and Randy Bonds out there. Right after that we surfed It's Beach-not as good as The Lane, but we still had some fun wedgy peaks.
The next day we continued our drive north, hitting up Rockaway Beach in San Mateo County. The waves here are punchy, and the currents are absolutely gnarly. After that we drove up to Santa Rosa, where we met up with my friend Ryan. We played poker that night, and we made a deal where the loser had to do something stupid or embarrassing. If Ryan lost, he would have to go to a random hotel room, and burp as loud as he could through the window. If Tyler or I lost, we'd have to put on our wet wetsuit, and stand outside (it was in the mid thirties). Tyler lost, so he had to freeze his ass off, haha.
The fourth day we pretty much just drove the entire day to Arcata in Humboldt County. We didn't surf that day, because by the time we got to Arcata it was almost sunset. Up here, you can definitely notice the sun setting earlier than down south. When we woke up, we surfed at Moonstone Beach, and the water was maybe high 40's to 50 at highest. Right after that we went to Trinidad State Beach and surfed. We met a local named Jake, whom we told about our expedition. He was kind enough to offer us his place to stay for the remainder of the trip. So, I cancelled the rest of or Motel 6 reservation and took Jake up on his offer. He was very hospitable, and was pretty much our guide for the remainder of our stay in Humboldt. Later on in the day he took us to Bay Street on the Samoa Penninsula. It was a pretty heavy wave, and a long, tiring paddle out. Once we made it out, we were rewarded with barreling 6-8ft A-Frames. Well worth it.
On day 6 the 3 of us surfed Bay Street again, and Jake introduced us to most of the locals. They sure were welcoming. I guess up here, there are so few surfers that most people are still pretty chill. Except at certain spots, but we didn't surf them. After surfing Bay Street Tyler and I drove towards the Oregon Border. It was a very beautiful drive-very pristine, and very picturesque. We got to Oregon, but the surf was pretty bad, so we headed back down to Northern California. We surfed State Line, which is, you guessed it, right below the CA-OR state line. It was okay, but at least I can say I surfed the furthest north in California possible. Interestingly, the water was colder in Humboldt than in the Oregon Border. Must be those currents. From there it was a 2-hour drive back to Humboldt, which was sometimes challenging because some parts were pitch black, and I was getting sleepy. Somebody upstairs obviously loves us, because we made it back safely.
Day 7 we drove down to San Francisco, where we stayed at my friend Scott's house. That same day, we surfed Ocean Beach. It took us 45 minutes just to paddle out, but once we got out there we were greeted with 6-8ft A-Frame peaks. It was almost sunset, and the waves kept shifting, so I only caught 1 wave. It was fun though. Tyler started shivering like crazy, so I started to worry that he was either gonna get frostbite or hypothermia. After all, the air was in the 30's. Luckily, he didn't get either, and we were able to get some Hawaiian plate lunch at L&L. I was stoked to see an L&L in San Francisco.
The last day (day 8) we drove back from San Francisco. We stopped off at the large tree that you could drive through. It was pretty trippy. We then made a stop in Moss Landing in Monterey County. However, I've been driving and surfing so much that surprisingly, I was SURFED OUT. So we just drove back to San Luis Obispo, and from there back to Agoura Hills in southern California.
Overall, I would say we scored. We paid no more than $300 total for all trip expenses, we had some good waves, we saw some pros, we saw some beautiful scenery, we surfed some new spots, and we met new people. Not bad.
Modified: Tuesday June 9 2009 09:16:50 AM