Monday, March 10, 2008

Rincon Classic

I spoke to Mum and Dad on Sunday and heard they'd had sleet back home.

*Sigh*.

Not quite as gloomy over here. This weekend we decided to head out to see the Rincon Classic, a surf competition being held on a famous break just outside Santa Barbara. It was beautiful weather, so here, mostly for Daffodillly, are some sunny quintessentially Californian weekend photos:

























I'm not sure quite what I expected in a surf competition, but when we arrived it was the 'teeny wahinis' (young girls) surfing, and it had the bizarre feel of a soccer tournament transposed to a rugged stretch of coastline.

Things soon picked up with the Mens Open, which I was able to appreciate only slightly more than mens luge at the Olympics courtesy of LK being a surfer and me picking it up through, well, osmosis probably.





Our little klepto with approximately 45 shells she 'hunted' at the beach (look closely at her pockets....)

They stank to high heaven. I think one of them was carrying a carcass.







And finally, because even surfers can get a little put out by bad manners, here's a little education in surf etiquette. Not that you didn't already know this of course, but just in case you wanted to surf the left at Mavericks and weren't quite sure of the protocol:



















If you're anything like me (and God I hope for your sake you're not) just reading this will be enough of an education in why I shouldn't be surfing at Rincon -

This reads like the surfers Highway Code, you mustn't 'drop in' or 'snake', the 'furthest inside and closest to the peak' has the right of way, 'paddle with commitment' (too right) and I'm assuming at the bottom it says 'danger, while you're floundering around snaking and dropping in we're up top at the car-park torching your car because these are our waves dudes.

Have a nice day.

10 comments:

Zoe said...

oh man am i jealous of that weather. i love the kleptos dress. so very cute!

Amy said...

she is so darn cute!

i would just love to be in warm weather right now. surfing looks so fun! have you tried it?

Sugarplum's Mom said...

Looks like it was a fantastic weekend.. not quite warm enough up here for the beaches for me yet (SF Bay Area)

Anonymous said...

Today, I intend to "paddle with commitment"! And thanks for reminding me of the Olympic luge - happy times... S

jenny said...

i wish i was watching a surfing competition. instead i seen people ice fishing on lake superior this morning. super.

oh, that girly is such a cutie pie! stinky shells and all! :)

Sarah D said...

fond memories of this growing up... I spent most of youth and troublesome teens in Lompoc an hour or so north of you... We come to the Classic every year.

david mcmahon said...

They had SLEET back home? Tell Mum and Dad to get to Melbourne, quick. Our temps are touching 100 this week and it's the first fortnight of autumn!

Daffodilly said...

Oh how gorgeous are those photo's....thank you Ali Blah Blah!

Poppet looks so cute.....obviously has great shell hunting tactics...buy the poor child a bucket...you Yorkshire woman!

Glad you had a great time...send the sun & a couple of surfers to NH!!!

Daffodilly

Hyphen Mama said...

Yep. I'm jealous! We've still got snow on the ground.

CrazyCath said...

Ooooh I want to be there! Gorgeous klepto you got there. all shells stink. I speak from experience - carcass or not.
Came over from David's. Great photos. Never been to a surf thingy and the rules look too complicated for me! lol
We have had sleet and now gales. Methinks you must be Manchester - ish originally - I don't often see "chuffing" on a profile! (smile)