48 Years Later in Santa Cruz

Pleasure Point!
Pleasure Point!

By Steve Casar

OH YES!!! GOT THAT MORNING GLASS FEELING BACK!!!

PLEASURE POINT, SANTA CRUZ WITH SOME FUN PLAYFUL WAVES.

AND MORE GREAT MEXICAN FOOD FOR US VAQUEROS DE LAS OLAS. BEAUTIFUL CALIFORNIA COASTAL VIEWS WITH COVES, HEADLANDS, BEACHES AND BRIGHT ORANGE POPIES.

LOTS OF CHANGES IN SOME AREAS TOO.

SOME MAY SAY EVEN THE WAVES HAVE CHANGED, BUT PADDLING OUT IN GLASSY WATER AND SEEING THE KELP BEDS BOUNCING AND KNOWING A SET IS LOOMING BRINGS IT ALL BACK AS IF IT WERE YESTERDAY.

YES, CROWDED CONDITIONS AT THE MORE QUALITY SURF SPOTS TO BE SURE, BUT THAT’S TO BE EXPECTED.

TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE SURF PHOTOS FROM THE 60’S. THERE WERE CROWDS BACK THEN AT CERTAIN TIMES AND EVERYONE RODE A LONG, HEAVIER BOARD AND SHORT WETSUITS….

OH YEAH, NO LEASHES TOO…WATCH OUT, A FIBERGLASS SANDWICH MAY BE COMING YOUR WAY WITH A LOOSE BOARD. DINGS TOO………..

IT WAS 1966, THE LAST TIME I SURFED SANTA CRUZ…

IT WAS AUGUST AND MY BROTHER – FIVE YEARS OLDER THAN ME – BROUGHT ME THERE FOR MY 16TH BIRTHDAY. WHAT A GIFT, TAKEN FOR GRANTED AT THE TIME AND WHY WOULD HE DO THIS?….. BRING A FRIEND HE SAYS…… HOLY CRAP, SOMEONE MY AGE TO HELP SHARE THE YOUNGER DUTIES OF THE WANNA BE SURF GUYS….. HOW SOON CAN WE LEAVE ? TOMORROW ? NOT SOON ENOUGH, BUT I’LL TAKE IT !!! SO HERE I AM 48 YEARS LATER, WAXING MY BOARD AND RELIVING THESE THOUGHTS, RIDING SOME WAVES WITH HIM IN MIND.

THANKS AGAIN BROTHER. I LOVE YOU…….

PADDLING OUT TO THE TAKE OFF AREA WONDERING IF I’M CROSSING AN IMAGINARY LINE WITH THE LOCAL PACK. LOOKING FOR THE OFF CHANCE TO SEE A FAMILIAR FACE. THEN SEEING ONE I PADDLE TO HIM, SAYING FEW WORDS.

HE RESPOND WITH A WIDE SMILE, “DID YOUR MOM DRESS YOU THIS MORNING?”

THANK YOU ROBERT “WINGNUT” WEAVER. I WAS IN A FULL SUIT, BOOTIES, GLOVES, AND HOOD. HE WAS IN A FULL SUIT, NO BOOTIES, NO GLOVES OR HOOD.

OK, HE’S  USED TO THIS COLD AIR AND WATER WHERE I WAS IN 75-DEGREE WATER JUST A FEW DAYS AGO. SO I ROLLED DOWN MY HOOD.] TO TALK…

“LAST TIME I SAW YOU, YOU WERE SHOWING OFF IN THE DUKE’S OCEAN FEST LEGEND’S SURF MEET,” I SAY.

GRINNING, WINGNUT SAYS, ‘THAT’S WHY I WAS THERE!”

ALL KIDDING ASIDE, WE HAD A NICE CHAT. HEY WINGNUT, THANKS FOR THAT HAND JESTER TIP ON WHERE TO SIT TO TAKE OFF WITH THE SWELL DIRECTION. I OWE YOU A DRINK AT DUKE’S…

SO ON MY NEXT GO OUT AT PLEASURE POINT I LEAVE THE HOOD AND GLOVES IN THE CAMPER VAN WEARING THE FULL SUIT AND BOOTIES…MOM DIDN’T RAISE NO DUMMY, IT’S STILL DAMN COLD UP HERE.

THE CAMPER VAN IS STILL ATTRACTING ATTENTION AND IS A GREAT ICE BREAKER FOR CONVERSATION. EVERYONE SMILES WHEN THEY SEE IT .

WE TALKED TO A COUPLE GUYS RICH AND TODD ON THE BLUFF AFTER EXITING THE WATER.  (See below) BOTH ARE TEACHERS ARE PLAYING HOOKY FROM THE SCHOOL DAY TO SURF. TODD RIDES A SUPER COOL COKE BOTTLE GREEN 9’6″ JACOBS AND RICH ON A 6’4″ FAT ARSE WOMBAT. (YES MEIKO, JUST LIKE YOURS THAT WAS STOLEN). THANKS FOR THE TIME GUYS AND KEEP SLIDING…

Redding High School teacher Rich with the Fat Arse Wombat
Redding High School teacher Rich with the Fat Arse Wombat

 

Todd (r), a high school teacher in nearby New Brighton, laments a deep ding after being run over at Pleasure Point.
Todd (r), a high school teacher in nearby New Brighton, laments a deep ding after being run over at Pleasure Point.

AFTER LEAVING SANTA CRUZ WE PICKED UP FRESH PRODUCE NEAR WATSONVILLE AND HEAD TO THE BIG SUR COAST…

Three oranges, five artichokes, and three avocados: $5
Three oranges, five artichokes, and three avocados: $5

LATER ALL, AND THANKS FOR CHECKING IN ……..

Steve hiking to PP