Issue 90

Editor’s Note: A Surfer Girl

Editor’s Note: A Surfer Girl

Raising powerful girls in a world of boys Photo: Nelly Recently I was giving my daughter Mia a ride home from school when she mentioned that a classmate said something that made her feel bad. I asked her to elaborate and she got quiet and just stared ahead. Concerned, I asked her what was wrong. She told me that a boy in her class had called her a surfer girl and it made her sad. I stared at her and we locked eyes. Why the sad face? She could tell I was pretty concerned. “He was only saying that because I have blond hair. I’m not a real surfer girl,” she said, fighting back tears. “I’m really bad at surfing and I don’t like it.” It was heartbreaking to hear these words. “Of course you are a real surfer girl. I have pictures of you standing on a surfboard....
Ear to the Ground April / May 2016

Ear to the Ground April / May 2016

Outdoor News and Notes for the California Region Wildflower Voted Top 10 Destination Race Photo: Kaori Photo. Tri-California Events has earned yet another title for their iconic Wildflower Triathlons. Complete Tri, a leading triathlon apparel website, recently listed Wildflower as one of the top 10 destination races in the United States. Complete Tri awarded the ranking to triathlons that offer a variety of racing distances, have also stood the test of time, and offer a special venue. This year’s Wildflower Triathlons, held throughout the weekend of April 30-May 1 offer all of this and much more. “Wildflower’s setting in the active Central Coast of California is one of many reasons athletes travel to this special race,” says Colleen Bousman, President of Tri-California. “Athletes and spectators attending the festival will never be at a loss for things to do. The outdoor venue includes live bands, as well as Yoga in the...
EPiC: Heal the Bay

EPiC: Heal the Bay

Healing waters from city to sea Words by Leonie Sherman • Photos courtesy Heal the Bay Santa Monica Beach. Thirty years ago locals were watching the Santa Monica Bay die before their eyes. “Lifeguards were getting sick, surfers were getting rashes, and we found dolphins with fin rot and huge tumors,” explains Lilian Ledesma, Volunteer Manager for Heal the Bay. “Nobody should ever get sick from swimming in the ocean and enjoying the beach.” The source of the pollution was partially treated sewage from LA’s Hyperion waste water treatment facility. Dorothy Green gathered friends and neighbors in her living room to address the problem. The group pressured city officials to bring the treatment facility up to federal standards. “Now Hyperion dumps 90% less sewage into the bay,” says Senior Coastal Policy Manager Dana Murray. “That experience taught us that a small group of people working together really can change...
Liquid Imagery: Bud Freitas

Liquid Imagery: Bud Freitas

Nelly’s Pics Bud Freitas Hometown: Santa Cruz     Stance: Regular     Specialty: Rail surfing Favorite wave: Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz Goals: To be the best father and husband. To live a healthy, happy life with no regrets. Your scariest wave: Pipe. It’s a place that deserves all the respect. I never felt comfortable out there and most likely never will. Mavericks is also one that scares me, but I want to have a go at it soon. What you like to do when you aren’t surfing or teaching others to surf: Hang out with my family, and play golf as much as possible. What you like most about owning Surf School Santa Cruz: Getting to share the stoke of surfing with random people that I have never met. I also get to watch someone fall in love with the ocean right in front of my eyes which is pretty amazing. Thoughts on...
The Dying Game

The Dying Game

Helping the next generation understand extreme risk Words by Tim Hauserman • Photos courtesy of Go Bigger Coalition “We are sick of going to funerals,” said John Walsh, a lifelong Tahoe local and former ski racer, lamenting the steady stream of Tahoe based athletes and adventurers (including his nephew) who died in recent years while pushing the envelope in dangerous sports. Action sports filmmaker Steven Siig adds, “You never want to make that phone call that a friend has died.” He knows, he has made the call. Walsh and Siig are part of a group of Tahoe locals who, fed up with the pain of losing a steady stream of great athletes and friends, have formed the Go Bigger Coalition. The group is attempting to discredit the prevailing wisdom that flying through the air 200 feet on skis is a worthy goal no matter what the risks, and emphasize...
Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap

Stepping up to Giant Gap, a classic whitewater gem By Haven Livingston Hoping to come out alive from Five Alive rapid (Lyle Fritchey). Three years ago a friend introduced me to Giant Gap, a well known class IV+ whitewater run on the North Fork American river that is accessed from Highway 80. We were on our way back from a week-long river trip and decided to pull over for lunch. “This is Giant Gap you know,” he said as I picked through leftover cheese and crackers. In hushed tones he described the miles of glorious whitewater that churned far below, out of sight from our lookout. I sat back on the tailgate and listened. In his mind Giant Gap was the perfect transition between the gnar-hard class V Generation Gap upstream and the easier intermediate class IV Chamberlain run downstream.  As a rookie kayaker I wondered if I would...
Royal Robbins

Royal Robbins

The man behind the legend By Doug Robinson Royal and Liz Robbins atop El Capitan after Royal’s historic first solo ascent of El Cap’s Muir Wall in 1968 (Glen Denny). A black Land Rover seemed to glide up the dirt road. We were pulling ropes out of cars and packing lunches; in the mid-1990s my climbing students were jazzed to be at Wamello Dome, a little-known destination of superb granite up an obscure logging road halfway between Yosemite and Fresno. Sleek with smoked glass widows, the Land Rover oozed a kind of captain-of-industry presence. Even under a patina of dust it seemed out of place here, where you’d more expect good ol’ boys in beatup bro trucks. It came to a stop by me. The window whirred down and there was Royal Robbins, smiling cordially. It had been a few years, but this was the perfect place for a reunion;...
The Rise of Craft Hard Cider

The Rise of Craft Hard Cider

Small batch breweries focus on quality ingredients By Derrick Peterman Photo: Caitlyn Pura Hard cider is hot. Virtually non-existent in the United States just five years ago, cider consumption has more than tripled between 2011 and 2013, from 9.4 to 32 million gallons according to the Beer Institute. In 2014, Nielsen reported off-premise cider sales grew by 71%. There’s plenty of excitement surrounding this beverage made by fermenting the sugars in apple juice. Look around and you’ll see billboards and advertisements touting all sorts of new cider drinks and brands. Behind these mass-market ciders you’ll find mass market breweries. Both Smith & Forge and Crispin Cider are owned by MillerCoors, Strongbow Cider is owned by Heineken, and  Johnny Appleseed Cider is part of  Anheuser-Busch. Then there’s Redd’s Apple Ale owned by SABMiller, which isn’t actually a cider but a beer blended with apple juice and other flavors. The market...
Dirt for All

Dirt for All

A guide to California’s community bike parks Compiled and edited by Michele Lamelin Beloved and belated Aptos Post Office Jumps community bike park (Bogdan Marian). As mountain biking continues to grow in popularity, bike parks are cropping up everywhere. Just as healthy, sustainable bicycling trail systems benefit communities, bike parks similarly do so. Cycling promotes physical, mental and emotional health, and bike parks – which are designed to accommodate riders of all abilities and ages – make it convenient for individuals, families, friends, clubs and other groups to get outside for some clean, healthy fun. Bike parks also draw visitors to their communities, which in turn lends support to local restaurants, breweries, coffee shops, hotels, bike shops and other businesses. Read on to learn about the thriving bike parks located in communities throughout California. Bijou Bike Park South Lake Tahoe Bijou Bike Park (contributed). The Bijou Bike Park consists...
Rocking the Joy Ride

Rocking the Joy Ride

MTB group “Girls Rock” inspires international following By Betty Gilbert Girls Rock founder Jessica Klodnicki leads the way for Joy Ride ambassadors (Bell/Josh Sawyer). At nearly five foot six and sporting a ponytail, simple tee and casual riding shorts, Jessica Klodnicki ascends the nearest stool. Her husky voice casts over the crowd as she thanks the riders for attending and calls out the four numbers that determine who’s going home with a brand new Bell helmet. Around one hundred women surround the scene, conversing with coffee in hand, and waiting to gather into groups to hit the well-known Santa Cruz trails at Wilder Ranch and Pogonip. Klodnicki, at first glance, is unassuming with her skate-inspired flat pedal shoes and laid-back style. She’s not an elite racer fully kitted out with sponsors and fitness prowess and quads-for-days. Despite coming in as a beginner to the sport herself last year, her...
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