Ever surf or SUP alone in California on Memorial weekend? A couple Isle crew members were willing to brave the cold water and head up north to avoid the holiday weekend Crowd’s in San Diego.
Just a short 15 hour drive through the drive through red woods on Avenue of the Giants to Shelter Cove and we pulled up to an epic south facing bay completely sheltered from west and north winds. On the far end of the bay there were two different point breaks and a beach break braking both ways. There was some long period south rolling through offering clean short boardable and SUPable waves. The water was about 50 degrees a bit merky and sharky but the air was a still 65 67 so I was hot in a 4/3 with booties and would occasionally risk the jump in to cool off. After asking a Surfer about the waves who was leaving as I arrived I SUP surfed all three breaks on a sunny holiday weekend Sunday alone for about an hour and a half.
After getting out I sat near the tractor ran boat launch and fish cleaning stations and had fresh fish taco’s BBQ ribs and a beer with some of the locals and watched the waves across the bay. Two other SUP’s went out for a Spin but didn’t really surf. All in all this was an epic experience that I would recommend to any Surfer of SUP paddler if you are willing to brave the long windy drive and have a good set of Booties.
About the Author - Marc Miller is the founding partner of Isle Surf & SUP an online retailer of paddle boards & surfboards. He has been involved in board manufacturing, product development and website management for Isle since its inception in 2004. He also writes the Isle Surf & SUP Blog. An avid surfer and paddler for the past 2 decades when hes not in the office he can be found on foreign shores searching for waves and fun.