Whitewater Rafting, South Fork, American River

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Whitewater rafting on the American River, Coloma, CA

What I love about my girls: they’re always up for anything! I just sign the waivers, tell them it’s safe and they don’t ask any questions. It’s great! Rafting on the American River in Coloma, CA east of Sacramento.

Nice and Calm, Right?…

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
South Fork, American River, California

Nice and calm, right? That’s what I thought up until this point… then just around that bend…

Santa Monica from Above

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
view from ferris wheel, Pacific Park, Santa Monica Pier

Nope, it’s not from a drone. It’s from the top of the ferris wheel in Pacific Park at the Santa Monica Pier!

Surf Art, Santa Monica

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
surf art, Pacific Park, Santa Monica Pier, CA

Some fun surf art in Pacific Park at the Santa Monica Pier, near Venice, CA

Good Times

03 Sep
September 3, 2016

Dan

My good friend and former UF roommate, Dan Rudd. Dan hosted us for a few days in Santa Barbara on our recent trip out west. When I was 19, Dan and I, along with my younger brother, a friend of his and my dad went across country in two cars hitting a ton of national parks. All the way from Florida to Huntington Beach! We did the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, White Sands, Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Grand Tetons, Rocky Mountains, Mt. Rushmore… More than I can remember over 2-3 weeks! There was no Instagram back then, but we took a coffee table book about national parks with us and in each park, we’d look at the photos and try to find the exact spots where the photographers shot from, to recreate them for comparison later. It was fun detective work. Dan said that trip changed his life and later helped prompt him to move out West (like several other of my close college friends). I’m a very happy third-gen native of (Jax) Florida, but do love it out there. So beautiful! Tomorrow is the 100th birthday of the National Parks Service, so a good time to reflect on some of those special places and good times.

A River Runs Through It

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Pfeifer Big Sur State Park

Big Sur is big country. Everything is just… big. This shot of the river bed in Pfeifer State Park provides some scale.

Grant Park, Ventura, CA

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Grant Park, Ventura CA

One of my favorite places in California. Ventura is a killer little town with great surf, a cool downtown and laid-back vibe. Beautiful place!

Santa Barbara Wildflowers

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Wildflowers in Santa Barbara, CA

The don;t call it the “Golden State” for nothing. Wildflowers in Santa Barbara, CA.

Santa Barbara Bonfire

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Beach Bonfire, Santa Barbara

Bonfire on the Beach in Santa Barbara with my good friend, Dan, who hosted us for a couple of nights. This sums up the California vibe.

Big Sur, CA Wildflowers

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Big Sur wildflowers

It didn’t really matter where you pulled off on the PCH in Big Sur. It was beautiful in every direction.

PCH Big Sur Overlook, Rocky Point

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Tree Point, Big Sur, CA

I wonder why they call this “Rocky Point”?

Jellies

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Jellyfish, Monterey Bay Aquarium Exhibit

Jellyfish exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I could watch these things all day and night.

Kelp!

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
kelp bed observation window at the Monterey bay Aquarium

Two-story+ high kelp bed observation window at the Monterey bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium, Oceanside

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Monterey-Bay-Aquarium

The Monterey Bay Aquarium integrates directly into the Pacific Ocean. The water actually works right into the exhibits and provides scientists an excellent place to do their work. Genius! And beautiful!

Monterey Bay Aquarium

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Monterey Bay Aquarium on Cannery Row in Monetrey, CA

Nice shot of the re-used sardine plant that became the Monterey Bay Aquarium on Cannery Row in Monetrey, CA. Beautiful facilty!

Marine Layer

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Big Sur Ocean View

A view of the seemingly ever-present marine layer fog bank looming in the background of the Big Sur area of north central California

Into the Woods | Pfeiffer Big Sur Redwoods

13 Aug
August 13, 2016
Pfeiffer Big Sur Redwoods

My girlies providing scale for the giant redwoods in Pfeiffer State Park in Big Sur, CA

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, NorCal

13 Aug
August 13, 2016
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Kaelyn, adding her own touch of beauty to the beautiful natural surroundings of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. This place is amazing.

Honey Tree | Big Sur | Pfeiffer State Park Sequoias

13 Aug
August 13, 2016
Pfeiffer State Park Sequoia

My “Honey” tree. Two of my favorite travel partners (we’re partners in a lot of things), Kendall and Gretchen, providing some scale for the giant redwoods in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Big Sur | Pfeiffer Beach

13 Aug
August 13, 2016
Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, California

…And if the northern view of Pfeiffer Beach wasn’t beautiful enough for you… here’s the southern view… Yes, that’s a waterfall right on the beach. They make those.

Big Sur | Pfeiffer State Park

13 Aug
August 13, 2016
Big Surf Pfeiffer State Park

One of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever laid eyes on. And I’ve seen a lot of ’em!

Golden Gate

13 Aug
August 13, 2016
Golden Gate Bridge

This bridge is so well known for its color, that I thought I’d show it in black and white. Yep… still beautiful.

Just Up The Coast

05 Jun
June 5, 2016

A nice one here… beautiful waves, great tunes, excellent cinematography and editing, and amazing surfing. Damien Hobgoood and Josh Kerr are a couple of my favorite surfers. So stylish, technically brilliant and versatile. It doesn’t matter if the waves are 2′ or 20′, they absolutely kill it. I’ve always admired that these guys are just good people, generally, who still know how to have a good time. Always positive, always smiling, always ripping.

Instalove from Radimus Platypus

05 Jun
June 5, 2016
Radimus Platypus Instagram

A shout-out from the Radimus Platypus Instagram Channel for the recent book review I wrote on their behalf, for The Inertia. The article detailing author Mikey Bondoc’s inspiring story and killer book series earned over 430 Facebook likes!

Freshie

05 Jun
June 5, 2016
Whisnant Surf Design

My current ride… a beautiful new 6’1″ Whisnant Surf Tri/Quad combo, ultralite with single layer 4oz glass on top/bottom. Thanks Mike!

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