Cruisin’ in Santa Cruz

posted by / Photos / November 2, 2011

Everyone loves Santa Cruz. It’s just a nice place. Every year during the Cold Water Classic, I look forward to making it up and hanging out at Nat Young’s house on the West Side. He and his mom Rosie are always hosting a good group of friends and we do everything from exploring the coast finding waves to shooting hoops in the backyard to roaming around the contest watching heats. This year the waves were pretty bad by their standards but it was still really fun for us. You can’t stop #teamgivinithell from giving it all we got.

Nike's Frankie D'andrea and I drove up early Monday morning to pick up Brother, Evan G, and Luke Davis at the San Francisco Airport and bring them to Santa Cruz. We got a brand new Escalade compliments of GM for the trip. #ballin

Nike's Frankie D'andrea and I drove up early Monday morning to pick up Brother, Evan G, and Luke Davis at the San Francisco Airport and bring them to Santa Cruz. We got a brand new Escalade compliments of GM for the trip. #ballin

Dusty Payne wasn't yet in desperate need of a result here but he wasn't exactly in great shape on the World Rankings either. He ended up with a Quarter Final and 2400 points that will likely keep him on tour for 2012.

Dusty Payne wasn't yet in desperate need of a result here but he wasn't exactly in great shape on the World Rankings either. He ended up with a Quarter Final and 2400 points that will likely keep him on tour for 2012.

Kolohe Andino mid-tide rock jumpin' at the Lane.

Kolohe Andino mid-tide rock jumpin' at the Lane.

The view from the rock is an interesting perspective, but you can't always judge people's maneuvers as well. Evan Geiselman pointing straight up.

The view from the rock is an interesting perspective, but you can't always judge people's maneuvers as well. Evan Geiselman pointing straight up.

Nathaniel Curran boosting on the end bowl of the slot.

Nathaniel Curran boosting on the end bowl of the slot.

Walking the trails to surf breaks in the evening is a pretty sight. Just don't go off-roading because poison oak will wreck your life. It's everywhere.

Walking the trails to surf breaks in the evening is a pretty sight. Just don't go off-roading because poison oak will wreck your life. It's everywhere.

Daniel Shea is a Santa Cruz local who spends part of his time in Newport Beach. He's always interesting to watch because you never know what he's going to do. I saw a Volcom ad where he did an ollie over a seal.

Daniel Shea is a Santa Cruz local who spends part of his time in Newport Beach. He's always interesting to watch because you never know what he's going to do. I saw a Volcom ad where he did an ollie over a seal.

Michael Dunphy got into the CWC as an alternate and lost in round 1. At least he got to go up the coast to get some fun waves and climb out of that canyon he was stuck in.

Michael Dunphy got into the CWC as an alternate and lost in round 1. At least he got to go up the coast to get some fun waves and climb out of that canyon he was stuck in.

Possibly the best backside surfer of the SURFING Magazine Adolecents crew, Nat Young.

Possibly the best backside surfer of the SURFING Magazine Adolecents crew, Nat Young.

Lien ally oop from Brett Simpson.

Lien ally oop from Brett Simpson.

Julian Wilson hucking some tail at one of the many coves north of town.

Julian Wilson hucking some tail at one of the many coves north of town.

Poor Mitch Crews has never made a heat in the US. He's keeping the positive mental attitude though and that's part of what makes him one of the more likable Australians coming up these days.

Poor Mitch Crews has never made a heat in the US. He's keeping the positive mental attitude though and that's part of what makes him one of the more likable Australians coming up these days.

Balaram Stack was next on the list as an alternate but didn't end up getting into the event unfortunately.

Balaram Stack was next on the list as an alternate but didn't end up getting into the event unfortunately.

Left wedges like this right off the beach almost make you forget about all the sharks.

Left wedges like this right off the beach almost make you forget about all the sharks.

Alejo Muniz getting his feet settled in booties for the San Francisco event.

Alejo Muniz getting his feet settled in booties for the San Francisco event.

Another up and coming Brazilian who you'll see on the the WT at some point, Jesse Mendes.

Another up and coming Brazilian who you'll see on the the WT at some point, Jesse Mendes.

Wedges off rocks. They're everywhere. Balaram Stack.

Wedges off rocks. They're everywhere. Balaram Stack.

Dawn patrol tailblow reverse by John Florence.

Dawn patrol tailblow reverse by John Florence.

They call it the Cold Water Classic for a reason. Nat warming up before his heat against Julian at the Lane.

They call it the Cold Water Classic for a reason. Nat warming up before his heat against Julian at the Lane.

Had there been more swell, we could've easily seen Nat win the event again. He ended up making the quarters and bowing out to an on fire Miguel Pupo at Waddell Creek, but his local knowledge of Steamer Lane is key. He kills that place.

Had there been more swell, we could've easily seen Nat win the event again. He ended up making the quarters and bowing out to an on fire Miguel Pupo at Waddell Creek, but his local knowledge of Steamer Lane is key. He kills that place.

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10 Responses to “Cruisin’ in Santa Cruz”

  1. Sven says:

    Don’t forget to plug the GM Escalade. Oh, nevermind. Nailed it.

  2. Jimmicane says:

    Nathan,
    I own I $3,000 Honda. Sorry i got excited to ride in a luxury SUV watching movies for an 8 hour drive through cow pastures. I swear GM didn’t pay me to write that.

  3. dick says:

    it takes 8 hours to get from sf to sc now? damn alot has changed in the past week

  4. FL says:

    $85,000 truck, not a popular surf truck… GM, Good like pushing that.

  5. duh says:

    Why is Jimmicane writing anything about CA. All he does is bash it and talk about how great the East Coast is. Balaram is another East Coast bozo. Send those two guys home.

  6. jeff logan says:

    nat is siked! he got his braces off! congratulations!

  7. JH says:

    Fuck the haters Jimbo…good stuff

  8. Exit 98 says:

    Good Phlog© Jimbo. more peripherals though, you kill that stuff. and peopel who hate on peopels rent-a-cars must pay a shit-ton of money when they ship their vehicles off whenever they go on surf trips. and i thought surfboards were expensive to take along these days …

  9. engberang says:

    congratulations!

  10. engberang says:

    expert

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