The Shot Heard Round the World — Really?

30 03 2015
Source:  Robert Fogelman, Syck Shots (FB)

Source: Robert Fogelman, Syck Shots (FB)

Could this be anger among the Trestles Surf Crowd?

Sure looks like it.

In actuality, Mark (blue board) just finished flying around, underneath Norris (green board) as Norris shoulder hopped him.  Norris geeked out.  As he fell, trying not to let his board hit Mark and add insult to injury, Norris tried to fly his board away into the offshore wind so it would pop out the back.

Mark, in his gracious manner, was quick to say he shouldn’t have surprised Norris.  But, it would have been a better, safer wave if he had it to himself.  Thanks to Mark for the kindness.

Kind of fun to ponder other stories it could have been — but not.

See you in the water.  Stay safe!

Ironman 70.3 Oceanside — Access to Trestles Impaired

27 03 2015
Sign at the Top of the Trestles Trail

Sign at the Top of the Trestles Trail

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign.  Hope you saw this one.

The Ironman 70.3 California Oceanside is being run on Saturday, March 28, 2015.  The course includes our Trestles Bike Trail.  The Ironman cyclists will be riding south to north and will turn east at Cristianitos.  It doesn’t seem imaginable that they would close down all access to Trestles for this 7:00 am to noon event.  Click on the .pdf map below.

oceanside70 3 bike 2015 tbt 1-1

Indeed they must at least allow access down the dirt path on the east side of the freeway and across the bike path where they cross at the bottom of the hill.  We’ll see.

There could be an insurrection if they block all access with a south swell expected to peak on Saturday.  But, then again, for those with the fortitude to get there some other way, it could be the most uncrowded day of the season.  We’ll see.

Let’s put on our most cooperative demeanors.  Remember we may need their help the next time the Tollroad comes up.

Lowers at Its Worst

23 03 2015

Need I say more?

Take a close look.  Surfline has gone, at least temporarily, to a live HD camera for Lower Trestles.  Note the rolling time stamp below the video frame when you pull it up yourself.

I’m not sure if this is good or bad.  Will it mean more surfers see an uncrowded morning, load up their bikes and race down the trail to load up the “slot” on the point.  Or, will it result in a sort of “self-correcting” whereby surfers see it is already crowded and head to a different beach,  preventing an over-saturated “super crowd.”  Regardless, it feels like a bit of sanctity may be gone with a live feed.

At least we don’t yet have a live feed at our favorite Uppers — yet.

By the way, note in the photo that there is absolutely nobody in the water or on the beach at the moment of the screenshot–at 8:23 in the morning.  It proves my assumption wrong that Trestles always has people in the water even when there are no waves.

At least the honey dipper driver gets the beach to him/herself.  I guess that’s why they are No. 1 in the No. 2 business.

UPDATE:  The Lowers camera seems to be a permanent feature.  And, now Uppers has its own live feed.  To be honest, it can be of some help.  The other day,  I noticed Uppers was sheet glass through the noon hour.  I hopped on my bike and caught some clean, head high, buttery waves for a couple hours, with only about eight people out. Then, the wind picked up.  Not sure I would have caught it without the camera.

Welcome to Kooksville!

20 03 2015


Just sort of makes you wonder:  What was going on here?

Must be some sort of misbehavior — right?

Did someone shoulder hop someone?

Did this car park a little too close to the car behind and box them in?

Was it just a friend playing a little trick?

And, just who misbehaved more — the artist or the target?

It’s funny, but this doesn’t really seem to happen all that frequently among The Crowd, especially considering how big it is.  We are just such a dignified bunch, huh?