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Posted by Sage Island | 07.24.2013 | Teen Camps

California Dreaming – First Days of Sun, Sand, and Surf

Greetings from the sunny state of California! We have all had a blast these past couple of days surfing in the cool waters off central Cal. Let me start by letting y’all know that everyone arrived in San Luis Obispo (or SLO to the locals, and now us) safe and sound. Both campers and instructors are stoked for the next two weeks.

 

Our first morning, we traveled south to the hamlet of Cayucos and set up for the day under gray, foggy skies and a south swell. As the day moved on the sun’s heat started to burn off the fog and out popped the sun – typical summer marine layer. After ground school, we began our first surf session where everyone got a chance to catch their first waves in California! It was a great first day; everyone caught a wave and felt the rush of the ride.

 

Day Two started out with a little rain (odd for this time of year in Morro Bay area), cold and foggy. As soon as breakfast was finished, however, the rain had stopped and the sun shone bright and happy. We headed down to the same surf spot as the day before and arrived to see glassy conditions, no fog, and only a couple of people out (one of them being our local surf instructor). After a quick refresher on popping up on the waves we were out in the water again. Everyone caught some clean waist to chest waves and everyone got up. Perfect conditions for an unforgettable session!

 

Later on that afternoon we went to the south end of Morro Bay, hiked around the bluffs, and explored in the tide pools. This little micro ecosystem play such an important role in the macro-system that is the Pacific Ocean.
Much of the seafood we enjoy eating depend on well nourished tiny crustaceans, mollusks, and echinoderms (sea stars and urchins). We got a clear display of the predator-prey interaction even in these tiny habitats as the Pacific sea stars grazed the snails and bivalves off the rocks. Overall, the first few days have been exciting – both in and out of the water.

 

We can’t wait for what is in store for the rest of this adventure!

Thank you! Jayme