We woke up today at Devils Punch Bowl State Park parked a short walk from Otter Rock Beach. The days of rain had stopped, the sun was finally showing and we began drying things out. The surf didn't look a lot better than the day before, but with the sun came renewed energy, and a couple people paddled out.
Andrew Ross, one of our custom board customers, came out with his "Thrustling" (a Grain round-tail Sapling with H-2 thrusters) and jumped in the water.
He and Matt swapped boards giving both the Root and Andrew's board some play in the sub-par conditions.
Matt also christened the 6-0 bamboo board - we had to remember to tell everyone that it is glassed with bamboo - not made of it.
A number of other people stopped by to check out the boards â€“ itâ€™s always fun to tell people that there isnâ€™t any foam inside our boards when they don't expect to hear it. With all the veneered boards and wood-grain pop-outs around, itâ€™s a natural mistake to make. One guy (Ryan) left his new wood-veneer surftech on the beach and took our trusty ten-footer out instead.
Eventually we left the beach and ran off to some shops. We made a quick stop at Ossies Surf Shop and got some much needed coffee from the shop next store (no coffee maker in the camper!). Our next stop was the Ocean Pulse Surf Shop in Newport. Andrew turned us on to this shop and we were really glad to stop by. Tom, the co-owner of the shop and a shaper himself spent a lot of time with us. He was really stoked on our boards and kits and thought theyâ€™d go over really well with the local surfers.
By midday, we were off to Eugene, Oregon â€˜cause a couple friends had recommended that we trek inland to connect with the active year-round community of surfers there. Sure enough, even as we were parked by the curb, people were even knocking on the camper's door to ask about the boards.
In Eugene, we started out at Boardsports then shot over to Tactics. Even though we are hitting a lot of shops, we learn something at almost every one and find great people with interesting feedback. With the official business behind us, we stopped for some dinner, then a much needed shower at Matt's generous friends, the Pyles. Their home felt super warm and cozy, partly due to the thick-walled strawbale construction.
We hit the road late for a five-hour drive through redwood country that will get us to Moonstone Beach and Arcata California around 3 am. With Matt behind the wheel and the rest of us dozing off, the lumbering camperâ€™s headlights slice through the night as the road gets narrower and the trees, bigger.