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What is a Paddleout?

August 6, 2016 2 Comments

Surf culture is unique and specific to the location.  Surfers know each other by hanging out on the same breaks.  Today I saw a circle of boards out beyond the break.  My friend told me this was a paddleout, a surfer funeral.  As we walked down the beach we saw many others people in attendance for the service.  There was health food catering, Hawaiian music, flowers, leis, and a special place of honor for the deceased guy’s grandmother.  I had never seen anything like this.  The people gathered with a reverence for nature as well as for their dead friend.  The ceremony involved gathering on the boards, perhaps setting a lei or some flowers out to sea.  They may have dropped his ashes.  Then the surfers spread out to catch waves in to the shore to join those on the beach.  It was beautiful.  This was a fitting tribute by his surfer friends, and a perfect way to honor his life.

Surfers are focused. They just don’t mind the hassles or the schlepping it takes to catch a wave. Some devote their lifestyle completely to the sport. Most need to make some money on the side so they can afford to surf the rest of the time. There is a strong sense of community that keeps them all afloat. I feel lucky to have witnessed this sweet and meaningful goodbye. It contrasts sharply with the typical funeral home event. I am considering learning to surf just so I can have one of these when I go.  This sublime symbolic gesture says more to me than any religious ceremony could offer.

Cardiff Beach

Cardiff Beach

surfer memorial

surfer memorial

tribute

tribute

Beach, Biker Bar, Bar Mitzvah, a Magical Trifecta

August 3, 2016 3 Comments

woodie

woodie

Yogananda's surfers

Yogananda’s surfers

Yogananda's koi

Yogananda’s koi

I am pumped, gentle readers. I am embarking on a road trip to one of my favorite destinations on earth. I love Cardiff-by- the-Sea, California. This suburb of Encinitas has everything I want in a destination…..beautiful beach, a classic biker dive bar with great rock and roll ( right across the street from the beach), and many good friends who live in the area of North County San Diego.

The Kraken

The Kraken

At home in Tucson I rarely go out and night and have not been out dancing for ages.  The music at the Kraken usually suits me to a T, and there is no need to choose a partner in order to dance.  It is not that kind of bar.  It is a bar for locals, bikers, and everyone who wants to preserve 1975 for eternity…..my kind of place.  I have found an Airbnb accommodation that has everything I every hoped for in an accommodation. I can park ( this is a very big deal in this neighborhood) and walk 5 blocks to the beach and/or the Kraken and walk right back up the hill to go home. I will have a balcony with an ocean view ( pretty excited about that aspect).

The big event of the weekend is a Bar Mitzvah celebration for my good friend’s son, Ben Levy. After the service we will go to a trampoline park in Vista for the party.  This will be the best Bar Mitzvah party I have attended…I know already.  I am really into trampolines, and not that into your typical after Bar Mitzvah party. I have attended my share, but never been offered a chance to trampoline.  Go Benny, what a great decision!!!!!!!  I will be very happy to share your special trope and tramp day with you and the family.  California, here I come!

Best Beach Bar

November 19, 2012

There is no other place like the Kraken, in Cardiff by the Sea, CA. This live music venue is loved by surfers, bikers, and all kinds of folks. Step inside and it is always in another time zone ( about 1976). On Sundays the Brokers play from the late afternoon until 9 pm. This is my favorite time to go because it is before my bedtime. The crowd is always classic California and the music always rocking. The lagoon is out back and the beach right across the street.  Meeting my friends Jodina and Beth there last night for a dancing good time reminded me why I love North County and the old surfer culture..still alive and rocking the Coast Hiway.

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