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INSPIRATION GUIDE

VENTUR A IS A SURFER 'S PAR ADISE
Written by Ken McAlpine

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alifornia state legislators recently declared surfing
California's state sport, which is nice, but also a little like
declaring wine the official beverage of France. Surfing's
roots run long and deep through California, and Ventura has played
a big, though quietly understated, role in the state's surfing story.
Which is precisely how Ventura likes it. Yes, it has produced
world class surfers and shapers. Yes, the annual California Street
Classic Surf contest traces its roots back to one of the first

Because Ventura's surfers know what really matters.
"I love it here. We have this great variety of waves, and the
caliber of the waves is some of the best in California," says
Makena Burke, who, at 15 and already a member of the USA
Surfing National Junior Team, is poised to follow in the footsteps
of local greats like Dane Reynolds and Sage Erickson.
Burke pauses. At 15, you can be wise beyond your years.
"In Ventura I feel like we have really good waves, and we have

I LOVE IT HERE. WE HAVE THIS GREAT VARIETY OF WAVES, AND
THE CALIBER OF THE WAVES IS SOME OF THE BEST IN CALIFORNIA.
professional surf contests held in California (Tom Morey's 1965
Nose Riding Contest drew California legends like Mickey Munoz
and Endless Summer's Robert August). Yes, Ventura has some
of the best waves in California, from the Santa Clara Rivermouth
to C-Street and Emma Wood, and on up to Rincon (Santa
Barbara claims it, but it is tucked just inside the Ventura County
border). And, yes, no one makes a fuss about any of it.

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really nice people. It's so much more casual here. It's sort of an
outlier place. I'm proud to be a surfer from Ventura."
Surfing isn't about legislative proclamations, or trophies, or
recognition, or any of the outside world's noise. Surfing is a quiet
thing. Quiet and irresistible. Anyone who has dropped into a wave,
heart surging as the world falls away, understands.
Ventura is a fine place to understand.

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