Posted in General on 08. Apr, 2012
by Jackie Doornk
Thereâ€™s nothing like the feeling of sliding on snow. Then again, thereâ€™s nothing quite like the feeling of riding a wave. It doesnâ€™t get much better than doing both in the same day, and there are few if any places in the world that provide a better opportunity to bag this elusive logistical tandem than California.
Luckily for us, the coast-to-mountains ratio is not only favorably close, but the access to get to both isnâ€™t bad either. While the drive is usually nothing to sneeze at, usually on the order of three hours or so, itâ€™s reasonable enough that it doesnâ€™t take great strains to make the transition from mountains to sea, or vice versa.
For the So Cal crowd your waves are plentiful, but your choices in the mountains are a bit slimmer and the snow quite a bit more fickle. Still, if you wake up to surf one of the many world-class breaks in the region â€”â€” Rincon, Malibu, Trestles, Swamiâ€™s, etc. â€” the San Gabriel Mountains are just a couple hours or so away, trafflc willing. With proper planning and a dawn-patrol start, you can surf through the morning commute, and be dropping into your first lap on Mt. Baldy before most cubicle-ites have taken lunch.