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Left Hand Picture: Brent Lieberman  // Middle Picture: Jon Reis // Right Photo: Zack Gingg

As Seen in Deep Magazine : Left Hand Picture: Brent Lieberman // Middle Picture: Jon Reis // Right Photo: Zack Gingg

By far one of the most exhilarating surfboards I’ve ridden in a long time, the Speed Whistle Single Fin surfboard combined a varied mix of old school and new school tricks into one board.  I called this board “NOLD School:”  New Old School.  It combined the idea or riding a single fin…old school, with 2015 contours and shape design…new school.  If you’ve been in the mood for adding some newness to your quiver, but you already have a collection of shortboards, a twin fin swallow tail fish, a log, et cetera, but your really want to add a new mood to your daily surf session, this may be the new stick for you.

This board works in all conditions, but works best in knee to head high surf.  The single fin works best at any wave that is peeling, so points, reefs, or a good lined-up beach break are the call for this board to work best.

One thing I would add to this board if I were to order it again, is to add a set of quad boxes around the single fin box.  The reason being is because this board outline really is suited to surf bigger waves and mushy waves because of it’s round outline (good for holding in on big waves) and it’s super flat bottom with hardly any rocker (good for surfing flat or mushy waves), however, a single fin doesn’t assist with hold and drive, whereas a quad fin surfboard does.  So by adding the quad to this board, it would add stick, hold, and drive so that it was more suited to surf bigger waves and less than perfect waves, whereby making the board more versatile.

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The Pismo Beach car show attracts car lovers and enthusiast from all over California and nearby states.  It is a can’t miss car show for the anyone who really revels in seeing some of the best and most beautiful cars and trucks around. The car show happens every June 19-21st, 2017 this year.

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Can you beat a sunset on the bluff in Central California?  I think not.

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The Central Coast and all it’s beauty are the perfect venue for great golf.

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Whether you’re a road biker or a mountain biker, the tails are endless through the beautiful hills of the Central Coast.

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The waves on the Central Coast are very good during the Winter months, and there is no better place to watch the action than right above them.

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Reason #7 to Visit SeaCrest Oceanfront Resort : Wine Tasting in SLO County.

There is an ecstatic explosion of beautiful vineyards that have popped up in the hills of San Luis Obispo County in the last 15 years.  Now, you can wine taste all through San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande, and Paso Robles, and still stay right on the waters edge at the SeaCrest Oceanfront resort.

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Does it get better than BBQ with a magnificent ocean view?  We think not!  Gas grills and a stunning 180 degree view… just waiting for you.

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The Hiking all around Pismo Beach in San Luis County is amazing.  There are so many trials from the coast to the inland valleys.  It would take multiple trips to this area to ever hike them all!

Photos:  Jesse Palmer

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The Pure Stoke Camp program is funded by Surfing for Hope.  This youth program provides a safe and fun environment for a child to experience the healing energy of the beach and ocean.  This day at the beach includes surf lessons, beach games, lunch and supportive instructions to help children and adolescents cope with the stress of their own, or loved ones, battle with cancer.   Our 5th annual Surfing for Hope benefit is coming up on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. We will be having our 7th Pure Stoke Surf Camp on the same day as our surf contest, Oct. 1.  We will honor our campers on the Pismo pier during this event.
 All proceeds from our yearly event go to the Hearst Cancer Resource Center except with our surfboard raffle and the Pure Stoke Heat in our longboard contest which goes to help support the children’s program.
Peace, Love and Aloha,
Bob V.
Please see more at :  Surfingforhope.org
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Learn to Surf!

If you’ve never tried surfing in your life, there is nothing more exhilarating in the world.  You don’t have to surf everyday to understand the rush of “catching a wave and sitting on top of the world!”  You can ride roller coasters all over the world, but nothing is so transcendental and give one such an authentic rush as ride a wave.  Learn to surf down on the sand below the hotel.

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Go Off Road in the Oceano Dunes!

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Ocean to Hot Tub … in 30 seconds!

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Spend all day on a seemingly private beach in a secluded little cove with caves and beautiful, towering bluffs.  Then walk 30 seconds back up the stairs to the SeaCrest oceanfront pool and 3 HOT TUBS!

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Reason #1 :  180 Degree Oceanfront Views of the Pacific Ocean in Pismo Beach!

 

There are not many hotels in the world that have a comparable view on the ocean.  This is quintessential California at it’s best.  Watch the surfers, see whales and dolphins, and sit back in awe each night for an explosion of colors for a California golden sunset!

See more here at: seacrestpismo.com

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Pacific City, Oregon

Pacific City, Oregon Photo: Sam Beebe

For two years now, Oregon has supremely intrigued me.  Yet for a couple of reasons, I can’t seem to make that beautiful state a priority on the travel list:  One reason is because of the driving distance, and the other is because of the sheer girth of places to visit…which are giving me analysis paralysis.  Yet I really want to go! 

Oregon right now is intriguing me so much, from blogs, websites, and Instagram accounts like TravelOregon.com (IG @traveloregon), @bestoforegon on Instagram, and @OregonExplored on Instagram, that I am being drawn to figure out a travel plan there.  I feel like, too, as a surfwanderer, this part of the coast is like a Morro Bay, Santa Cruz, and/or Big Sur but with more trees…yet I don’t really know.

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Oregon Coatline Photo: Sam Beebe

My goal this year is to contact Oregon, and whoever may be involved in their marketing, and to create a travel guide for the explorer of heart who is also a surf or coast wanderer.  For many of the websites I’ve visited are too verbose with options and experiences, and so I feel the overwhelming nature of it all leaves me wanting to go there, but too scared to pull the trigger on a vacation destination route.  So…again, I plan on contacting these Oregonian agencies to help me plan a travel route conducive to the surf wanderer/ coast wanderer on an epic, yet, budget aware journey to and through this sublime state.

Elements to discover will be key locations to visit and things to do there, places to stay, and places you just have to eat…but on a regular ‘ole budget;  a budget that’s not to slim, but definitely not too fancy.

Follow along and leave your comments and suggestions, as the goal here is to get us all seeing this beautiful coastline, just a stones throw away from California.

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All Photos: www.jonathonreis.com

Every town has a grip of local rippas, and SLO county has no shortage.  Recently, local Mike Schwartz has spent a lot of time with one of the best photographers in the area, Jon Reis.  Up and down the coast they’ve built a great friendship searching for waves before and after work, scoring big time along the way.

If you’ve seen Schwartz out in the line-up, you’ve probably noticed his calm demeanor and his mean forehand attack and backhand blasts.  A hard-working local who represents the area’s best bit of South County ripping, give Mikey a hoot the next time you see him.

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Photo: Loren Kerns

Photo: Loren Kerns

It’s time to dream, time to explore, time to get away.  It’s time, for Oregon.  Why?  I don’t know.  There are so many places in the United States to travel, so many places in the world.  However, something about open land, big tall trees, and the escape of nowhere that seems to be…Oregon.

Now a father of two, car travel is a great way to travel because of the lessened expense to take the entire family further distances away from home.  Air travel will come, yet, with two young children, a journey for the body and the mind to separate us from the everyday routine of work, school, play, homework, cooking meals, paying bills, going to way too many birthday parties, and trying to somehow save up to pay for the every expanding list of American Holidays, leaving on a wondrous wander is the lust of my heart, and a road trip can definitely sooth that dream.

First is the dream, next is the plan.  Oregon, a place so near, yet so far away from a Californian’s scope of usual travel ideals, has recently be shown to me as a place for the explorer, a place for the person who is looking for solitude and peace out on the open road, a place for the athlete in search of constant hiking, biking, surfing, sight seeing, and mountain sport activities.

Photo: Andrew E. Larsen

Photo: Andrew E. Larsen

If you’re like me, vacation is so important for the mind, yet, the body can’t be left out.  Because my daily regimen involves about 1-3 hours of sports a day, as is the same for my wife…and kids (4 and 7yrs old), going to Oregon is not and can not be a sedentary act.  For if we tend to explore, we will drive to get there, yet must explore within the confines of athletic endeavors.

How far will we venture from our home in California?  Well, we’re not sure exactly.  As long as we find open freedoms and places to “play,” (be athletes), we may traverse much of the state.  For this is the beginning of the journey, which is the dream state.  It is where the emotions lead to searching, and the searching becomes plans.

Photo: Michael (a.k.a. moik) McCullough

Photo: Michael (a.k.a. moik) McCullough

 

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Check out the ‘Merica wetsuit from HyperflexUSA.com as well as their entire line of super soft, super flexy, super stretchy suits. Gear up for Fall.

Shakas

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