IMO the bottleneck is the glass shops. Too much work and no talent left in the west coast surf meccas.
Solution? Start a staffing agency to get those shops running at 150%+ output, like the travel nurses. Pull all the talent from the gulf and east coasts.
“Are you available to work the NOC...
I agree, it's been a rough winter having to constantly get in the water. For me the drawbacks have included:
More money spent on wax
Wear and tear on wetsuit
More money spent on gas
Wear and tear on beach towels
Face hurts from grinning ear to ear
I think this sold from the board source recently, and then again on CL a few weeks later.
Excellent surf in south county early this morning before the tide went high. Today was one of the best sessions I've had in recent memory (and it's been a fantastic winter already packed with fun size surf, blue skies, and offshore winds).
Stoked for January, gonna be a good few weeks!
My only exception is hitting the surf in that magical window right before/as the storm hits and the winds shift howling offshore. One time I got pneumonia doing that... still think the session was worth it though.
A few years ago I stood near the end of the drainage ditch at Tourmaline Canyon during a big flash flood that hit Soledad Mountain, what must have been the first rain of the season (late Sept). It was incredible; a torrential brown waterfall of vegetation debris, lawn chairs, bicycles, an entire...