Issue 78

Gear We Love

Gear We Love

1. Five Ten Freeride VXi Shoes Five Ten takes it to another level of “sticky” with their new Stealth Contact outsole on the new Freerider VXi. We put these kicks to the test on the long fire road climbs and technical singletrack descents of Santa Cruz’s Soquel Demonstration State Forest, and were thrilled with their performance. Grippy and light, they are perfect for all-mountain and downhill shredding. Unisex. MSRP $120 • www.fiveten.com 2. Spank Spike Pedals These are the flat pedals that will make you throw away your clipless pedals forever. At just 400 grams, Spank went all-out to create high-end platforms that are very light and wafer thin. Each pedal comes with 20 gnarly looking pins that will keep your feet glued in place no matter how muddy the conditions get. Pair Spikes with Five Ten sticky MTB shoes and you’ll never worry about accidental foot slippage again. MSRP...
Epic Cherry Creek

Epic Cherry Creek

A guided descent into Class V whitewater By Haven Livingston Adam Walker guides us flawlessly through Mushroom Rock rapid. Photo: Wes Huestess Our bleary eyed group piled out of the bus and gravitated toward the breakfast table. The offerings were simply arranged and easily digestible. Clearly our guides had anticipated the army of butterflies that would be storming our bellies by the time we reached put in. Choosing thoughtfully, I picked up a cup of yogurt and focused on coaxing my butterflies to fly in formation. We were about to raft Cherry Creek on the Tuolumne River, the toughest Class V river that is commercially run in the U.S. An overnight trip on the Tuolumne River ranks up there in my top five favorite summer short trips. The whitewater is fun, but not too scary, swimming holes are clear and cool, afternoons are spent playing bocce on the beach...
Liquid Imagery: Jason “Ratboy” Collins

Liquid Imagery: Jason “Ratboy” Collins

Jason “Ratboy” Collins By Nelly Jason argued with me all of the way to Its this day. He wanted to surf the Ave, but he was stoked when we scored this shot of him boosting over my head. Ratboy has been a friend for a long long time, I used to go over to his house on Swift Street back in the day and shoot portraits and hang out…he is all time! His quick-witted heckles are second to none, and he’s good at everything he does. Jason shows his style and lays into a big turn up North. Hometown: Santa Cruz Age: 39 Stance: Regular Specialty: Flying Sponsors: O’Neill, Vans, Santa Cruz Surfboards, Smith Sunglasses, B.E. Glassing Favorite Waves: The Lane, Ave., The Hook — Santa Cruz World Champion aerialist three years running, Jason is one of the most highly respected surfers of all time. Ratty and I shot...
Pywiak Dome: Zee Tree

Pywiak Dome: Zee Tree

A moderate Tuolumne climb — By Matt Johanson Area: Tuolumne Meadows Difficulty: 5.7 Number of Pitches: Six Parking: Tioga Road and Pywiak Dome Best Season: May through October Overview: Zee Tree has well-bolted 5.7 slab climbing leading to easier pitches above. The upper pitches need gear and the last involves a 5.7 lieback. Skills needed Climbers will need to tie into a rope, build anchors using bolts and gear, lead pitches up to 5.7, belay lead pitches and rappel. Gear needed Take helmets, harnesses, shoes, belay devices, locking carabiners, long slings, 12 quickdraws, a set of nuts, cams from .5 inches to 4 inches wide and a 60-meter rope (a second 60-meter rope will be needed to rappel from belay stations). Approach Park beside Tioga Road at Pywiack Dome, either one mile east of Tenaya Lake or about 6 miles west of the Tuolumne store. Scramble down talus, cross the...
Beyond the Pale

Beyond the Pale

The story of Sierra Nevada’s maverick founding father By Derrick Peterman When compiling a list of notable California entrepreneurs, people like David Packard, Steve Jobs, or Elon Musk usually spring to mind. Given the national obsession with Sierra Nevada Brewing’s signature pale ale, founder Ken Grossman’s name should also appear on any such list. In Grossman’s long awaited autobiography Beyond the Pale, readers learn the story of Sierra Nevada Brewing, from humble beginnings in Chico to current status as a national craft brewing institution. The book is a fascinating self-portrait of someone who over thirty years ago hand built a brewery out of little more than discarded scraps salvaged from junk yards. Back in those days, distribution meant Grossman driving his old pickup truck to the few stores that would actually sell his beer. His typical twelve-plus hour days were mainly spent returning antique bottling lines to functionality,...
Team TIBCO Rolls On

Team TIBCO Rolls On

Palo Alto’s premier women’s cycling team celebrates ten years of success Words by Matt Niswonger • Photos by Anthony Ortega Linda Jackson started Team TIBCO to give women the opportunity to develop their talent and reach their potential in cycling. When Linda Jackson gave up her investment-banking career in 1993 to become a professional cyclist, she had no idea where it would lead. She just knew she wanted to race bikes. After six Canadian National Championships and a spot on the Olympic squad in 1996, it was clear that following her passion for cycling was the right choice. She retired in 2000, but her passion for the bike remained high, and in 2004 she became involved with a local women’s cycling club started out of Palo Alto Bicycle Shop. Using her business background, she reached out to possible sponsors for a serious women’s racing team. Palo Alto based software...
My Brother’s Keeper: The Jeremy McGhee Story

My Brother’s Keeper: The Jeremy McGhee Story

By Leonie Sherman Catching air in a sitski with the Minarets in the background. Photo: Britta Meyer In many ways Jeremy McGhee is your standard California surf-ski bum. He’s got sun-streaked tousled hair and an infectious grin. He lives in a converted garage on the beach at Cardiff-by-the- Sea, where he surfs four times a week. Two years ago he completed an epic ski descent of Bloody Couloir that he’s still grinning about. But Jeremy McGhee can’t walk. When he surfs he has to drag himself across the sand and he sits on top of his board. When he skis it’s in a modified wheelchair called a sitski. Twelve years ago a car plowed into the motorcycle he was riding. His journey from stoked 25-year-old kid to stoked 37-year-old man is the story of how the most brutal tragedy can become an opportunity. But it’s mostly the tale of...
Event Profiles

Event Profiles

By Michele Lamelin Women on Waves April 12, Capitola www.WOWSurfFest.com One of the few women’s only surf contests in California. Started in 1996 by the guys from the West Wind Surf Club, WOW is a unique, one day event that brings together generations of women surfers from girls as young as three years old to the pioneers in our community who broke the gender barrier back in the 1960’s. The one day festival celebrates women in the water, showcasing their athleticism while enjoying the sport of surfing. WOW Surf Fest promotes community building through surfing with the ultimate goal of raising funds for various local scholarships. Visit them online or find them on Facebook for more information. ——————————————————————————————————————————— Eppie’s Kids Duathlon May 17, Sacramento www.EppiesGreatRace.com Unlike previous years, Eppie’s Great Race® (EGR) will present the ninth annual Kids Duathlon on a different date than their flagship event. The primary goal...
Ear To The Ground

Ear To The Ground

Outdoor News and Notes for the California Region Kyle Thiermann releases GMO video Sebastien Zietz aka “Seabass” was one of the many top pro surfers to show up and march against GMOs in Haleiwa, Hawaii this winter. Other pros there included Kelly Slater, John John Florence, Kyle Thiermann, Dustin Barca, Danny Fuller and 100s more. Photo: Nelly/SPL Surfing For Change frontman Kyle Thiermann, a Santa Cruz professional surfer and filmmaker, just released a new video challenging the sustainability of GMO research by Monsanto and other corporations. In the YouTube movie Pro Surfers vs. GMOs, released in mid March, Thiermann travels to the North Shore of Oahu, the global epicenter for both the sport of surfing and GMO research and development. Given that Monsanto refuses to be interviewed by Kyle in the video, it’s clear that the food technology giant would rather be left alone by meddling surfers who might...
Digging the Flow

Digging the Flow

Crafting a progressive new trail in the Santa Cruz mountains Words by Matt De Young • Photos by Bogdan Marian MBoSC volunteers putting the final touches on the berm. Note product testing apparatus in foreground. In a redwood forest high in the mountains above Santa Cruz the hum of heavy equipment and the clanking of hand tools are punctuated by the occasional shhhhralp of knobby tires pushed to the limits of traction. These sounds are the manifestation of an unprecedented partnership between mountain bikers and a land manager in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, a historic hotbed of conflict surrounding mountain bike access. Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBoSC), a non-profit advocacy group, and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) have partnered to build a new “flow trail,” a progressive trail designed specifically for mountain bike use, in Soquel Demonstration State Forest, colloquially known...
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