It was a cold Saturday morning in mid-February 2011. A powerful storm had
dumped more rain on Goleta throughout the night, and the dogs needed
desperately to get out and run, so we headed down to our favorite beach.
We didn’t bother to bring a board, but luckily we did have a camera handy…
Because while the surf wasn’t epic, there were some fun ones, and the crew that showed
up to ride them was quite an assortment.
Already in the water were Vinny Leonelli and Parker Waugh.
Two amigos that can be found surfing together more often than not.
In fact, there’s rarely a day that they can’t find a wave to ride,
or more accurately, shred.
We used to have trouble telling them apart sometimes, but as they grow, they are
developing their own unique styles. Both very good and fun to watch.
Both these guys are on the undefeated Dos Pueblos Surf Team that just
beat Santa Barbara for the first time in years.
And they’re only freshmen….
Parker and Vinny are part of the next generation of Goleta surfing.
Soon enough, a few more guys paddled out: all locals.
Here’s Pesky, having some fun.
Nice day for a walk on the beach…..
These touristas had to be asking themselves, “How much did we pay for this?!”
Meanwhile, this kid’s out in the dirty runoff doin’ stuff like this….
A few more guys paddled out and joined the fun.
Joseph Yee, another Goleta boy, came out for his share.
And he got it.
A couple more guys paddled out that have paddled out here before.
Eric Knudsen and Cappy Pettersen return to a wave that’s been here for them
since they were the groms….
And they still have just as much fun as the youngsters.
Somebody said if there was a tube out there, Cappy would find it.
They were right.
On all our profiles, we ask the guys who they thought were some of the best Goleta
surfers ever. Cappy Pettersen is always on that list. And he’s still shredding..
Down the beach a ways, Knudsen was having fun with a whole different style.
Not that long ago, Eric was one of the next generation, (second from the right),
rocking the surf scene with the crew up at S-Tubes, hanging out in the little bit of
forest they called “the Green Room”.
Now on to another generation of Goleta boys, free to enjoy the same waves
they did, and the same beaches they called home.
That doesn’t mean the veterans are done having their share of the fun though…
Vinny and Cappy, sharing waves and stoke.