Issue 79

Surftech Jay Race

Surftech Jay Race

SATURDAY • June 21, 2014 www.JayRace.SurfTech.com Prone paddling is seeing a rise in popularity. Photo courtesy of the Jay Race With the 13th Annual Surftech Jay Race set to hit the water, excitement is building for one of the best paddleboard races of the season. Competitors from all over California and as far away as Hawaii and Australia are in the midst of their training in preparation for what has become known as Northern California’s top paddleboard race. The 2014 Jay Race will feature both a 12-mile long course and a 2-mile short course race. The picturesque long course will test athletes and the short course is perfect for first timers or those who prefer “sprint style” races. For those who pride themselves on being well-rounded water athletes, the Waterman Challenge beckons. This event will test the top overall athletes in a multi-sport battle of swim, prone and SUP....
Featured Festy: Guitarfish Music Festival

Featured Festy: Guitarfish Music Festival

Enjoy summer fun including music, mountain biking, swimming and more at this “blue” festival in the Sierra, August 1-3 By Michele Lamelin High in the Sierra, the Guitarfish Music Festival venue offers a beautiful setting in which to enjoy summer fun with family and friends. The 4th annual Guitarfish Music Festival is a three-day family-friendly arts & music festival held Friday August 1 through Sunday August 3, 2014 at Cisco Grove Campground just west of Truckee, CA. High in the Sierra, this venue offers a beautiful setting in which to enjoy summer fun with family and friends. A wide variety of food and craft vendors are on hand, plus beer, wine and coffee. Festival-style tent camping is included with admission to the festival. In addition to a stellar musical lineup on 2 stages, the event features light shows nightly, Andrea Brook from Burning Man on the Sonic Butterfly, stilt walkers,...
Editor’s Note: Hang Up & Thrive

Editor’s Note: Hang Up & Thrive

Are We Slaves to our Smartphones? According to the popular website businessinsider.com, the average cell phone user checks his or her cell phone 150 times per day. This includes talking on the phone, instant messaging, web browsing, facebook and email. No one knows exactly how much time we spend on our smart phones, but what’s certain is that just in the last decade the cellphone has evolved from a tool for calling people into a constant companion that demands our attention. These days, for the most part it’s socially acceptable to walk around in public while staring at an iPhone screen. Yes, it’s frowned upon, but we all do it. I’ve even seen people walk right into a crosswalk while completely absorbed in a text and remain oblivious to whether or not cars are stopping for them. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ve done this very thing myself. Making...
Surfing For Change

Surfing For Change

How Santa Cruz surfer Kyle Thiermann is making a difference Words by Neil Pearlberg • Photos by Nelly Kyle tubed in Mexico. Photo: Nelly If you walk up to a group of young surfers at a popular California surf break and ask them about change, more than likely you’ll get a blank stare and maybe a few dirty coins. On the other hand, if 24-year-old professional surfer and filmmaker Kyle Thiermann happens to be in the group, be prepared for a much different response. In fact, backed by sponsors Patagonia, Sector Nine, and Clif Bar, Thiermann’s self-narrated YouTube video series Surfing For Change, makes it clear that the Santa Cruz native is miles away from the vapid surfer stereotype epitomized by Sean Penn in the movie Fast Times At Ridgemont High. While Penn’s character Jeff Spicoli famously claimed that all surfers need are some “tasty waves and cool...
Women of Whitewater

Women of Whitewater

For these hard-charging gals, there’s no place like California By Haven Livingston Laura, Katie & Diane on Golden Gate. Photo: David Taylor It’s undeniable that California is home to some of the finest whitewater in the world. Kayakers flock from around the globe to catch the runoff and the Golden State breeds some of the biggest names in the sport. With options spanning from the northwest corner of the state to the crystal creeks of the Sierra and even the fickle Central Coast rivers, how do boaters pick their favorites, find inspiration, and decide when to pack up and head overseas for something different? Meet three California women who have traveled the world and all came back saying, “There’s no place like home!” Pro kayakers Laura Farrell, Katie Scott and sponsored kayaker Diane Gaydos gave ASJ the full scoop on some of their most challenging and rewarding kayaking experiences...
Hobie Cats

Hobie Cats

The thrill of small catamaran sailing By Chris Barrett • Photos by Deborah Swanson www.Studio101West.com There’s nothing like being on a racing catamaran and flying a hull while out on the trapeze wire. With your body suspended by the eighth inch diameter wire just a few inches above the water balancing the boat’s heeling, knees slightly bent, trimming the sail, keep a steady hand on the tiller and watch the other racers in case it looks like you’re on a collision course. This may seem like a lot of things to do, but after just a few outings on the water, the mental and physical challenges start to become part of the fun. The starting line of a race at Avila. Photo: Deborah Swanson These sublime moments, when it all comes together, is pure bliss in motion. On any given weekend around the state of California, Hobie Cat enthusiasts...
Taking it Sky High

Taking it Sky High

Pushing the boundaries of kite surfing with Erika Heineken By Michelle Slade African Championships, Soma Bay in Egypt, 2013. Photo: Michael Petrikov Kiteboarder Erika Heineken, from Larkspur, Calif., now has two consecutive world championships under her belt, and in 2013 was also nominated one of four finalists in the ISAF (International Sailing Federation) Rolex Sailor of the Year Awards. The 27-year old won her second world champion title in October after winning the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) course racing world championships at Boao in Hainan, China, putting her on an even footing with younger brother Johnny Heineken who also holds two world kiteboarding course racing titles. World Champion A few kiters out at Crissy Field before racing at the North American Championships. Photo: Erika Heineken Heineken had no idea what to expect going into the 2013 event. She’d had a fairly mellow training year, racing mostly at home on...
Liquid Imagery: Nat Young

Liquid Imagery: Nat Young

By Nelly Nat Young trains like a demon and is laser focused on getting to the next level. Look for Nat to make big moves in the near future. Hometown: Santa Cruz Age: 22 Stance: Goofy Specialty: Competitions Sponsors: Hurley and Channel Islands Favorite Waves: Weasel Reef, The Lane, and Pipeline. Biggest surfing accomplishment: Winning the Coldwater Classic and making the world tour. Goals: I want to be world champion someday. What do you like to do when you aren’t surfing?: I like to hang with my mom, golf, and heckle my bros. Nat scores a perfect wave on a sandbar far away. Photo: Nelly Nat’s backside attack is the best in the biz. Photo: Nelly SEQUENCE FOLLOWING: Here Nat rotates a huge air reverse on the other side of the Lane. Photos: Nelly Visit adventuresportsjournal.com/nelly for more image galleries....
Fairfax: Birthplace of Mountain Biking

Fairfax: Birthplace of Mountain Biking

By Errol Tremolada • Photos by Wende and Larry Cragg Riders pose atop “Frisbee Knoll”, above Kent Lake, 1975. Photo: Charlie Kelly/Charlie Wirtz collection There are a number of places that claim to be outdoor meccas, but few have the robust history to prove it like Fairfax. Located at the base of the 2,574-foot Mount Tamalpais, thirty minutes from the pristine Point Reyes National Seashore, with hundreds of miles of multi-use trail at its disposal, Fairfax is the quintessential hub for the outdoor junkie. With a single gallon of gas you can reach six nationally protected areas, six state parks and a myriad of locally managed open space preserves. Hikers, runners and naturalists alike flock to this small town sixteen miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, but the heart of Fairfax pumps with chain lube and fat tires. Cycling Gets Dirty It was on the rugged fire roads...
Backpacking with Kids

Backpacking with Kids

Getting your monsters into the woods Words and photos by Tim Hauserman Photo: Tim Hauserman These days, kids spend their days glued to electronic devices, or being shuttled from one scheduled and structured activity to the next. In my humble opinion these kids need to get into the woods. Just to play. And while one day of nature play is a great start, several days on a backpack trip is much better, because it gives children the chance to actually deprogram and discover the joys of nature. I started backpacking with my daughters when they were seven, and now that they are 24 and 21, I still look back at our annual three day trips as the best thing I ever did with them. Why? Because it is the time they can escape from human created distractions and experience the joys of imagination, while also learning how to take...
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