Annual Santa Barbara Surfari found exceptional waves
The annual PPSC surfari to Santa Barbara was held over the Martin Luther King weekend, led by Roy “Radar” Earnest. Roy has been organizing this trip for several years now. Donning his trusty ‘coon skin cap, Davy Crockett-style, he blazed the trail for us who dared to follow on another fun surf adventure.
This year the PPSC camp HQ was in Faria County Park at Pitas Pt. in Ventura County instead of the usual Refugio State Beach. The Refugio Campground, we found out several weeks before the trip, met with the budget axe and is closed Dec. 1 to Mar. 31. Moving down the coast to Faria worked out well with ample surf north and south of camp.
Those who ventured down this year to enjoy the sunny skies and great surf were Gary Leong, Lisa Ryner and her friend Paul, Tom Ferro, Lauri Black and her husband Dyer Crouch, Dave, Diane and Brennan Duncan, Mike Ryan and Evan “Elroy” Parry. We surfed from C St., Ventura to the south to Refugio north. Notable spots surfed were, Campus Point, Leadbetter, Miramar, Rincon, Hobsons and Mondos.. Some got in double surf sessions daily.
Mother nature could not have been more generous with waist to head high waves and water temps in the high 50’s. The forecasted rain held off until Sunday afternoon. We arrived mid week to sunny skies and 75 degrees. Evenings were spent sharing pot luck dinners with lots of Aloha spirit. On the last night before heading home, we enjoyed a great dinner together at the Anacapa Brewery in Ventura.
For Evan Parry, a freshman in high school and the youngest member of this year’s surfari, it was a special trip. This was his first surfing experience and visit to the Santa Barbara and Ventura coastlines. He was grateful to Roy and Mike who took him under their wings and made the trip possible for him. As I understand it, they are picking up his new custom Junod surfboard in Santa Cruz on the way home. I imagine he had a memorable experience, learning to surf through the Aloha Spirit of the PPSC.