So by now, everybody knows about this senorita from the south.
Maria, or Marie, as the gringos called her, came close enough for us to feel her presence
Down south she created a Big Wednesday and huge surf pounded the masses.
Up here she gave us winter sized waves with summertime conditions, forcing her way into spots that
are usually reserved for northern storms. Even the most fickle spots were energized by Marie, as seen
in this video of Gabe Venturelli’s wave of the day at Sandspit.
A pretty perfect day to play hookey.
We stayed holed up in the safety of one of Goleta’s little nooks and crannies,
enjoyed the sunshine and warm water, and let the show come to us.
Warm water, hot sun, and beautiful green water; it felt like we were back in Mexico.
Still, lots of guys were wearing full suits.
Given our long flat summers, that’s probably all most local surfers own.
Peter Berkey seemed to be enjoying himself.
On a couple different boards.
The Goleta boys were getting their share of fun ones, like Kennedy Stone.
Riding a Loose Cannon.
With the only air of the day, that we saw….
Parker Waugh got some beauties.
Nick Eggemeyer had time for a few.
Mr. Wayne Rich hung out most the afternoon with us, enjoying the day and the company.
And some fun rides as well.
It wasn’t a real tubey day, but Adrian Evarts managed to find one.
Donovan Maccarone gave us quite a show with his switch stance surfing.
Then he whipped out a Boogie Board ….
And got hoots from the beach on that little piece of foam.
Karen Seade got some fun insiders.
Then there was this guy…. Oliver Parker.
We’d never had the pleasure of seeing Oliver surf before and it was fun to watch.
Mostly cuz was having so much fun!
Keeping the Old School style fresh and alive..
And still finding the time to slap his buddies hand as he glides past.
All in all, a mellow vibe filled the air as we all marvelled at the wonder of Marie.
And for the most part, this type of behavior was absent from the line up.
The next evening, things had settled down quite a bit,
but there were still a few fun ones to be had at different spots.
Goleta boy Joe Coffey tucked into a little tube after the sunset.
The evening turned into one of those sessions were everybody knows everybody in the water.
And there weren’t that many everybody’s out.
Second generation Goleta surfer, Parker Waugh,
enjoying it to the fullest.
Another second generation Goleta surfer, Trae Candy, was soaking up the stoke
until well after dark.