Natali and I wanted some beach therapy before our first clinic in Bend, OR so we took a little detour to the West Coast. We met up with our friend Tyler Lausten with TL Surf in Santa Cruz. Tyler bounces back and forth between Santa Cruz and Durango. His shaping HQ remains in Santa Cruz and his main focus is shaping custom wave skis for adaptive surfing athletes. His shapes are currently being ridden by some of the hardest chargers in the paralympics and adaptive surfing, he’s a five-time National Champion, and a volunteer for the high-fives foundation‘s surf camps. He took us out to some of his favorite surf spots, opened up his home, and gave us the low-down on where to buy the best donuts in Santa Cruz (Kelly’s French Bakery). Thanks Tyler!!!
We fell in love with Santa Cruz, the beaches weren’t crowded, whales lined the coast, the people were friendly, and the scenery was breath taking. It’s a #vanlife friendly place with plenty of overnight parking lining the coast with views that people pay millions to wake up to every morning.
On our way North we made our way to Muir Woods. Instead of paying to go into the park we decided to keep driving down a winding and narrow road that the big rig (aka VANna White) has ever been on in search of a nice hike…we found just that at Muir Beach.
Astral Designs has recently made some solid trail running shoes called the TR1’s and we were eager to try them out in the rainy conditions. We laced up our TR1-Treks and Meshs and hit the trail. The coastal hike was lined with a plethora of flowers and foliage giving off a scent that was perfectly alchemized with the salty air. We trudged through the mud, spotted whales and salamanders, and took in the soothing coastal elements. It was just what we needed. Now we’re prepped, rested, and ready for Bend!