Surfs Up



There are times in my life that I need to suck it up, be brave and have an adventure. This morning at 7 am, with the help of my friend Nancy, I picked up my RT the RV at the dealer (it needed some minor fixes) and headed north. I drove for almost 10 hours to get to Half Moon Bay, just outside of San Francisco. It is a small and  pretty area on the California coast. Today and tomorrow it is going to be inundated with people like me that love to watch big wave surfing.

Yep, I drove all this way to get on a boat and watch these men surf 30-40 foot swells. The competition is at a famous wave break called Mavericks. It doesn’t happen every year. They have to wait for the right swells to come in. This year they are here. Whoo Hoo.

They invite 24 of the top big wave surfers in the world to attend the competition and they are given 24 hours to get here. They come from all over the world. This is so cool. Someone just walked by with a surf board. Cool.

Jim was my heart but he hated crowds. Every time I mentioned Mavericks to him he did not want anything to do with it. Last year I put my name on the wait list for this competition and it did not go. This year it is.



I admit it, I am a closet big wave surfer. I love to watch surfing movies and I love to read books about surfing and I have never even been on a board. So this trip is like a dream come true.

Right now I am sitting in the lobby of the Oceano Hotel, so I can access wifi, and all the surfers and photographers are here. I want to go say hi to them but, yes, even me, can get a little shy. I am enjoying the energy of the moment.

Tomorrow I hope to add some of my own photos. Look for another blog. I was a little nervous about doing this but now that I am here I am so looking forward to it. It is good to get out of my comfort zone. Stretch a little bit, grow a little bit and enjoy the ride.

Look for more by the end of the weekend. Surf On!!

3 thoughts on “Surfs Up

  1. Janet, good for you! You will, no doubt, have a great time! I too find that I have to be brave and have an adventure sometimes. It’s just a different path then I might have taken with my husband. Looking forward to your next story and hope to see photos!

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