Issue 90

Editor’s Note: A Surfer Girl

Editor’s Note: A Surfer Girl

Raising powerful girls in a world of boys 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...
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 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...
EPiC: Heal the Bay

EPiC: Heal the Bay

Healing waters from city to sea Words by Leonie Sherman • Photos courtesy Heal the Bay 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...
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...
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...
Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap

Stepping up to Giant Gap, a classic whitewater gem By Haven Livingston 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...
Royal Robbins

Royal Robbins

The man behind the legend By Doug Robinson 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...
The Rise of Craft Hard Cider

The Rise of Craft Hard Cider

Small batch breweries focus on quality ingredients By Derrick Peterman 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...
Dirt for All

Dirt for All

A guide to California’s community bike parks Compiled and edited by Michele Lamelin 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...
Rocking the Joy Ride

Rocking the Joy Ride

MTB group “Girls Rock” inspires international following By Betty Gilbert 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...