From there we drove south to Rincon, which was "small" but actually breaking. A quick trip back to Carpinteria to hire boards before paddling out!
|I scored the long wetsuit this time.|
|Oil platforms off in the distance.|
|More hardcore than me... The peak packed a punch when a decent one came through. Guys were even getting little barrels today!|
|I got to surf with a seal, a dolphin and an oil rig!|
|Of course Jimmy found a little friend. :D|
Although this isn't Rincon at its classic best, I'm so stoked I got to surf it! It is always so perfect in the movies and often you go to these places and it's too big or completely flat. So it was nice to get amongst it. Surfing when travelling is pretty different to surfing your local. You don't know the break, the current, the tides, or the reef and so I always feel a little more conservative than at home. Plus I don't want to add the Santa Barbara State Hospital to my list of tourist sights. I'd have to find it on the GPS first.
We rose really quickly along the cliffs and into the mountains. Home to the Chumash people, the vista was breathtaking, especially over Lake Cachuma.
Arriving in Pismo Beach, just south of San Luis Obispo, we were upgraded to a King Room. Nice!! All these coastal towns are centred around the pier and yet they're all different. From the wooden pier we watched some local kids surfing, got some ideas for where to hire boards and surf tomorrow, and checked out the strip. Pocho's surf shop has the biggest collection of retro skateboards I've ever seen. There would have been 50 old decks as well as a number of single fin mals all mounted on the roof.
This little town wasn't initially on our radar, but we needed somewhere to break up the trip to Santa Cruz. We're really glad we found it, even if they do sell chocolate covered crickets on main street...