Surf trips aren’t just about the surfing. It sounds cliche. It sounds like some spin on the hideous ol’ “It’s about the journey, not the destination” saying, which is probably the second most boring thing you could ever say. (The first is “Let’s go see that new Reese Witherspoon movie, I heard it’s actually really good.”) But it’s true. Surf trips are about stumbling into new experiences head-on, with a brittle itinerary and a severe lack of preparation. That’s where the real gold comes from.
To me, nothing embodied the traveling trainwreck of a surf trip better than Poor Specimen’s first-ever Drive Thru film in California. I was only eleven years old when the movie came out, but it inspired me to just get up, get out, and go. Go bike down to that little jetty that I’ve never seen break. Go jump in my friend’s minivan and tag along down to the then foreign shores of Orange County. It wasn’t always about scoring, it was about seeing new things. And at the end of the day, good waves just seemed like a bonus.
Although over a decade of dust has gathered on it, let this thirty day adventure featuring Timmy Curran, Donovan Frenkenreiter, Benji Weatherly, Greg Browning and the late and legendary Shawn “Barney” Barron serve as the standard for not only how to properly weave the coast of the Golden State, but how to approach a surf trip in general – good friends, low standards, pleasant surprises, and the most dyslexic logistics possible.