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No Mask Required

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Since March, our lives have changed, but we’ve all heard enough about that.
Instead, here are some photos of how some Goleta folk made the most of their social distancing.

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There has been some fairly consistent surf.

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The downside to that was that no one was going to work or school, so you usually had lots of company.

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Looks like about 6 feet apart, good job guys….

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There was some late season swell that made for a solid week of surf in May.

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Well, there were waves

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And all the “Shelter In Place” business was just a memory.
Unless that place was the beach…

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Paramedic, droppin’ in….

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The fog came and went a few days, which usually cuts the crowd  down a lot.
Definitely makes surf photography a challenge…

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But June was when the windswells popped up.

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June 15th we showed up not expecting much, and we’re pleasantly surprised by clean
and decent sized surf. And not too crowded!

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When you see Randall Stoker posted up, you know you’re in the right place.

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Stoker was holding court with the crew, and enjoying the view, as always…

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And he was watching folks shred on his namesake boards, the Stoker V-Machine.

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Yes, they are as fun as they look….

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The water temp had climbed up a bit, so you could wear your bikini surfing.

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Or just board shorts….

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Technically I guess you could say he was trunking it…

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Plenty of waves to be had.

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Another Goleta Surfing Legend paddled out, Cappy Pettersen.
Another sign we were at the right place today.

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But the guy that stole the show while we were there was Nick Cook,
riding what looked like a 10 foot twin-fin fish.

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Just gliding through.

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Scoring style points and making it look real fun.

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The June windswell lasted several days,
but the conditions were never as perfect as that first day.

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Please don’t drop in on me….

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This young man seemed to establish an intimate relationship with a cormorant.

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They shared that rock for quite some time…

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He even introduced it to some of his friends….

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Meanwhile, the wind had made such an impression on the Channel that waves were
peeling around the corner and into the cove.

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Nice and clean in the cove.

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Just as we were packing up to leave, these two gentlemen came on the scene.
We could tell they meant business…

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They were on a mission.

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We watched as Matt Twohey effortlessly  pushed his son Ansel into a lifetime of stoke.

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These guys reminded us what surfing is all about.

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Having fun! Good clean fun.

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Ansel took a few all the way to the beach, and we could tell he was hooked.

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Getting down into the barrel….

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And the dismount. Bravo!
What a great thing to witness. Thanks for letting us share these Matt.

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So it was a good couple months of surf. Virus be damned….

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Viva Goleta.