Some folks say there’s always surf on thanksgiving Day.
But for the past couple of years, that rule has been broken.
And given the season so far, this years Turkey Day didn’t hold too much promise.
November brought some surf, but days like this were the norm.
In fact, this was one of the better ones.
Bromi Krock made the most of this fun little day.
And this is the Good Land, so we have fun with whatever we get!
So Thanksgiving morning, we arrived to find a pleasant surprise.
Solid, clean lines rolling in.
A sunny, brisk autumn morning with just a few guys out.
This guy, Trevor Scoggins, was getting his fill before running off to work.
Another Goleta local Travis Brooks was on it early, and he stayed on it all day!
The conditions were so good, even the real locals couldn’t resist having a go.
There were plenty of barrels to get into,
but finding your way out was a bit of a challenge.
Travis Brooks was charging hard.
Then these guys showed up. Bobby Morris and Adam Rondepierre.
Meanwhile Trevor continued to feast.
Round about this time, the fog rolled in.
Bobby wasted no time finding the thickest barrels to drop into.
The fog didn’t affect the conditions at all, and more and more surfers kept paddling out.
But the heaviest, nastiest closeouts were reserved for this guy.
Only a few times did he make it back out.
That’s one thick lip…
…and a deep barrel.
The glass curtain drops.
That many heavy closeouts took a toll on his equipment.
Morris broke a board and a leash, but he was still smiling.
Luckily he had another board handy.
Scoggins took a few on the head as well.
As did most everybody.
But there were a few happy endings, like this beauty for Bobby.
Also in attendance for the festivities was Rob Cathcart.
And Paul Franzen, dropped into some clean, green bombs.
And Adam Rondepierre, with one of the prettiest little tubes of the day.
And one of the few punts of the day.
So to sum it up. Amazing day for surf in Goleta.
A little unexpected and completely welcomed.
Just one more thing to be thankful for!
And yes, there’s surf on Thanksgiving.