SC to OC via CA-1
September 19, 2009

Mitch and I made the trek from Santa Cruz back to Irvine. Before we left we had a terrible sesh at Steamers. Mitch decided to take PCH for the first leg of the journey. The scenic route was definitely worth it.

Santa Cruz Surf Museum Steamer Lane CaliforniaSurf Museum at The Lane.

Steamer Lane Santa Cruz Swell SurfCrooked swell.

firststopThis was our first pit stop on CA-1.

peninsulaThe Pacific coastline offers a lot of random things. I’m sure they’re there for legit reasons but let’s not go there. Here’s a random peninsula.

righthanderThat right looks alright.

mitchmeCars make great tripods.

treesThey look more like trees you’d see in Africa.

cowRandom cow.

coastgalleryWe stopped by this gallery with weird knick knacks. It was like a section of Laguna Beach stuck in a random spot in central California.

bridgeRandom bridge.

randomtreesRandom trees overlooking the sea.

seagullviewSeagulls appreciate beauty just like humans.

straightawayThe first straight away in a very long time.

fogbushFog taking control of a few trees.

outthefogDriving out of the fog.

sunnyfogFog on one side, sun on the other. Perfect harmony.

nighttimedriveDriving into the night.

peaceoutsunPeace out sun!

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Aster Blue Can Be The Most Colourful
September 19, 2009

I looked at the shoes in front of Mike and Zack’s house and turns out my blue Vans stood out since the rest of them were either brown or black. I guess your shoes can only be a colour starting with the letter B if you want  to enter the house.

colouredshoesThere’s a hint of yellow on Zack’s Nikes so maybe his count as more colourful.

Trek to Tree 9
September 18, 2009

The gang and I headed up to Tree 9.

journeybeginsMitch catching everything on the video box.

enterEntering the forest.

filmphotogPhotographer+Videographer. Two in one.

fallenbikerMike yelled, “BIKER!”. Said biker flew over his handle bars. He was alright.

forestThe way.

montbayMonterey Bay in the background.

Santa Cruz PanoramaA nifty little stitched pano.

takingshotHis profession.

shottyZack and Mike on their way while Mitch documents.

mitchfieldA football field with a great view to follow.

campusWe are now on campus. Zack in the shade.

UCSC Campus BuildingsThe buildings at UCSC look pretty wicked.

deerImagine seeing this on your way to class. Great excuse to be late to that bio exam.

straplessThe strap on Mitch’s camera was coming undone. He caught it on time.

mikezackhikingsticksMike and Zack choosing their hiking sticks.

legendarytree9Here’s Tree 9. I got half way up.

UCSC Santa Cruz Tree 9 ClimbingMike, Mitch and Zack made it to the top. Hopefully I get over my fear of heights and do it next time.

Original O’Neill Surf Shop
September 17, 2009

Mitch, Mike, Zack and I went to the original O’Neill Surf Shop.

first wetsuit vest original o'neill santa cruzThank you Jack for this kooky invention. The one above is the first one ever.

original beavertail oneill wetsuit vest santa cruzOne of the first beavertail vests.

original oneill surf shop santa cruz

Right on River street.

Steamer Lane aka The Lane aka Perfection
September 17, 2009

Kevin, Mitch, Zack and I surfed Steamer Lane today. It was Mitch and my first time. Probably the best non barreling waves we’ve ever experienced.

Sunny Steamer LaneThe pictures definitely don’t do justice.

Steamer Lane SunsetThe sun is going down but the waves kept coming.

Santa Cruzin
September 16, 2009

Today Mitch and I set off to Santa Cruz to visit Mike and Zack.

5 AM California FreewayWoke up at 5, finished packing the car and got on the road by 5:45ish.

fogoverSome fog rolling over some hills a little past LA.

Open Road To Santa CruzOpen Roads.

open roads to scHours and hours.

rincon wavesThis might be Rincon ish.

longboarderSome surfers.

cropsFarmland.

cliffsideCliffsides.

cowsCows.

barnBarns.

tunnelinWe tunneled in.

tunneloutWe tunneled out.

ranchyMore ranchy ness.

forestyFinally hit some foliage.

scsign55,717+2 more.

pleasurepointSurfed Pleasure Point. It was pretty epic. Very Kelpy. Saw a sea otter. Caught some sick ripples.

zackZack doing a post surf jam.

guitarbassKevin and Max, Mike and Zack’s housemates, on guitar and or bass.