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PUBLISHER TYLER FOX

EDITOR ELIZABETH LIMBACH

PHOTO EDITOR ERIK L ANDRY

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The content of Santa Cruz Waves magazine is Copyright © 2016 by Santa Cruz Waves, Inc. No part may be reproduced in any fashion without written consent of the publisher. Santa Cruz Waves magazine is free of charge, available at more than 100 local distribution points. Anyone inserting, tampering with or diverting circulation will be prosecuted. Santa Cruz Waves assumes no responsibility for content of advertisements. For advertising inquiries, please contact steff@ santacruzwaves.com or 831.345.8755. To order a paid subscription, visit santacruzwaves.com.

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SORRY WE KOOKED IT ...

Waves apologizes to local business Annieglass (annieglass.com) for failing to note that one of its serving platters was pictured in photographs that appeared on pages 129 and 131 in our June/July issue.


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INSIDE

Volume 3.2 - AUG/SEPT 2016

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84 FIRST LOOK

31 Letter from the Founder 39 Best of the Web 41 Santa Cruz County Beer Week 45 Word on the Street 48 Remember When ... ? 56 Local Legend: Sarah Gerhardt

56 DROP IN

64 In Depth: Wave Pools 72 Behind the Lens: William Drumm 84 Dispatches: Kaj Larsen 98 Shapers: Travis Reynolds 104 Adventure: Utah's National Parks 110 Travel: Barbados 116 Art: Hanif Panni 125 How To: Rainwater Catchment

135 FOOD & DRINK

135 Local Eats: In a Pickle 139 Drinks: Cold Brew Coffee 142 Dining Guide

COOL OFF

162 Company Feature: Iris Skateboards 174 Upcoming Events 175 Comic: In the Bubble

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FIRST LOOK

LETTER FROM THE FOUNDER

THE LAST STRAW

Waves would like to give a big shout out to the following local businesses that are taking action by participating in The Last Plastic Straw Movement, which aims to keep our community clean and stop plastic at the source. For more information and to learn how you can join the movement, visit thelastplasticstraw.org.

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY:

THESE FUN AND FESTIVE PAPER STRAWS BY AARDVARK ARE A GOOD ALTERNATIVE TO SINGLE-USE PLASTIC STRAWS.

THINK BIG, START SMALL

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nowledge is an interesting thing. It can empower, but it can also lead to some serious, teeth-grinding frustration. Ever since I learned about the ridiculous amount of plastic straws Americans discard every single day (500 million!), I can’t seem to get them out of my sight. We have become a country of the “single-use” product. The convenience capital of the world. It drives me crazy. Where once we put an emphasis on quality and craftsmanship, we (let’s be real: China) now just make more and more products to replace those things that break and fall apart. So how can we reverse

best idea yet

this wasteful trend, you might ask? My suggestion is to think big but start small. As a consumer you have more power than you may know and you can make a huge impact by simply removing small things like plastic straws and utensils from your life, or choosing a glass bottle over a plastic one. The time is now to pull off the blindfold and take notice of what we are really doing to our planet, our animals, and, ultimately, ourselves.

• Assembly (upon request) • Aquarius Restaurant and Jack O’Neill Lounge at The Dream Inn (phasing in paper straws upon request) • Bagelry (three locations: Santa Cruz, Seabright, and Soquel) • Bantam • Cafe Cruz • Cafe Delmarette • Cafe Rio • Engfer Pizza Works • Gayle’s Bakery & Rosticceria • Hula’s Island Grill (98 percent paper; exception of Scorpion Bowl) • The Kitchen at Discretion Brewing • Kraftbar • Lupúlo Craft Beer House • New Bohemia Brewing Co. • Olitas Cantina & Grille Restaurant • Oswald Restaurant (upon request) • Palapas Restaurant y Cantina • Pour Taproom • Ristorante Avanti • Sante Adairius Rustic Ales • Silver Spur • Soif • Sweet Pea’s Cafe • The Hideout Restaurant • The Farm • The Truck Stop • Whale City Bakery • Zachary’s Restaurant

—Tyler Fox

Founder of Santa Cruz Waves and Titans of Mavericks competitor

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FIRST LOOK

LETTER FROM THE FOUNDER

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MONTEREY COUNTY: • Allegro Gourmet Pizzeria • Alvarado Brewery • Asilomar Conference Center (Crocker Dining Hall & Phoebe’s Cafe) • Basil Carmel • Boardwalk Sub Shop • Book Works • Carmel Belle • C Restaurant at Hotel Clement • Edgar’s at Quail Lodge •Hula’s Island Grill (98 percent paper; exception of Scorpion Bowl) • Happy Girl Kitchen Co. • Haute Enchilada • Monterey Bay Aquarium (Cindy’s Waterfront Cafe) • Moss Landing Market & Cafe • Montrio Bistro • Parker Lusseau Pastries & Cafe • Passionfish • Perfectly Pressed Juice Bar • Rio Grill • Sparky’s Root Beer • Tarpy’s Roadhouse • Wild Plum Cafe & Bistro • Wild Thyme Deli & Cafe • Whole Enchilada

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FIRST LOOK BEST OF THE WEB

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SUPER HEAVY WAVE IN BRAZIL Itacoatiara is one of Brazil’s scariest waves. It’s not for the faint of heart, as this swell proved. 25,662 views

FIN WHALES SPOTTED IN THE MONTEREY BAY Eight critically endangered fin whales were counted in the Monterey Bay. 6,703 views

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MAN HELPS DEAD SHARK GIVE BIRTH Three baby sharks were rescued when their mother washed ashore. 23,539 views

BLUE WHALES SWARM MONTEREY BAY Photographer Giancarlo Thomae spotted 20 endangered blue whales from his perch in a helicopter. 5,514 views

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GREAT WHITE SHARK EXPLODES OUT OF WATER A cage diver almost turned off his camera but decided to leave it on and captured a rare, magical moment. 20,654 views

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS GET A BOOST Santa Cruz Warriors and Scharf Investments partner to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County. 4,308 views

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MOST EPIC BELLY FLOP EVER This man takes a ride down a steep waterslide and performs one of the best belly flops we’ve ever seen. 18,208 views

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BEER

WEEK All events take place from 5–9 p.m. and include beer specials, a chance to meet the brewer, special food pairings, and all-around fun. Visit santacruzwaves.com/beerweek for details about the music, food and more at each location.

Wednesday, Aug. 10

Sunday, Aug. 7

Thursday, Aug. 11

Assembly Featuring Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing 1108 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz

East End Gastropub Featuring New Bohemia Brewing Co. 1501 41st Ave., Capitola burger. (Santa Cruz) Featuring Fieldworks Brewing 1520 Mission St., Santa Cruz

burger. (Aptos) Featuring Elkhorn Slough Brewing Company 7941 Soquel Drive, Aptos

Monday, Aug. 8

Mission St. BBQ Featuring Societe Brewing Company 1618 Mission St., Santa Cruz

Pour Taproom Featuring Discretion Brewing 110 Cooper St, Santa Cruz

Friday, Aug. 12

Tuesday, Aug. 9

California Beer Festival Food & Beer Pairings 5:30-8:30 p.m. Aptos Park, 100 Aptos Creek Road, Aptos

West End Tap & Kitchen Featuring Corralitos Brewing Company & Humble Sea Brewing Co. 334 D Ingalls St., Santa Cruz

Saturday

, Aug. 13 California Beer Festival Craft Beer Heaven 1-4:30 p.m. Aptos Park, 100 Aptos Creek Road, Aptos

Aptos St. BBQ Featuring Altamont Brewing Company 8059 Aptos St., Aptos

Sunday, Aug. 14

California Beer Festival Sunday Funday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Aptos Park, 100 Aptos Creek Road, Aptos

CA Beer Festival Tickets: californiabeerfestival.com/santacruz

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What do you think about California raising the minimum wage to $15 by 2022?

FIRST LOOK

WORD ON THE STREET

By ANNA HATTIS

> "Any minimum-wage

discussion should include the concept of ‘total compensation.' That is, it needs to consider everything received by the employee whether it is in wages or in tips ... Otherwise, doing nothing but jacking the wage up ... is going to perpetuate even further the circumstance that the food servers earning $25-50/hour in tips will get mandated raises at the expense of hard-working maintenance and kitchen workers who ... do not earn tips."

> “I believe an increase in the minimum wage would be excellent and positive. I think employees would be happier and more productive, and able to survive in Santa Cruz County.”

Ted Burke

Shawn Anderson

Owner, Shadowbrook Restaurant

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> “I think that California

raising the minimum wage should be an ultimate priority. Our workforce having more cash flow at their disposal will do nothing but help families afford the necessities that are needed to raise a family or pay for healthcare, and to spend money, which helps put dollars back into the economy. In general, I think it really helps [curb the] systemic issue of cyclical poverty.”

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about California raising the minimum wage. Especially since the cost of living has increased in the Bay Area, I think it is time the minimum wage increased. It is very difficult to get by in Santa Cruz while working a minimum-wage job.”

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thing. Minimum wages haven’t kept up with inflation, so over the past few decades as prices have gone up, people’s wages haven’t gone up. It’s a good thing because it encourages consumers to actually spend more money as they make more money in their paychecks.”

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many might think, there are very small margins in the food business. As a fledgling, small start-up restaurant, a $15 per hour wage would be very detrimental to my business. What people may not understand is that employers also pay additional payroll taxes on top of hourly wages, making labor costs the most expensive cost in any restaurant. I'd prefer to let the free market determine hourly wages."

> "As a small business

owner, I don't feel like it's a good thing. Unfortunately, it does cost more to live here, but with higher wages comes even higher prices passed down to consumers, along with an increase in unemployment. Small businesses will have to cut somewhere and the first thing would be jobs. I would hate to have to make cuts and let go of perfectly good employees for the bottom line."

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IN PERHAPS THE MOST BIZARRE TWIST TO THE STORY, THE ONLY PERSON TO HAVE STUDIED THE CARCASS OTHER THAN CASSF PERSONNEL SIMPLY DISAPPEARED AFTER MAKING HIS INCREDIBLE DINOSAUR DIAGNOSIS.

n 1925, a sensational creature washed up on the shores of Moore’s Beach, now Natural Bridges. It was enormous, beaked, long-necked and had flippers. Local news rushed to christen the bizarre carcass “the Santa Cruz Sea Serpent,” asserting that local expert E.L. Wallace had identified it as the remains of a plesiosaur, a Mesozoic marine reptile. Wallace, cited as president of the Natural History Society of British Columbia, was widely quoted putting forth a theory that the prehistoric relic must have died roughly 65 million years ago—in the age of the dinosaurs—and remained frozen in a northern glacier until it broke away and floated south. Its icy tomb melting as it floated, the monster ultimately ended up sprawled on the beach in Santa Cruz. Scientists from the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco (CASSF) immediately descended on the astonishing find, taking the whole mess back to their lab for analysis. (The skull resides in their archives to this day.) They immediately—and anticlimactically—identified the remains as those of a rare species of duck-billed water mammal, the Baird’s Beaked Whale. The intriguing long neck was simply skin and blubber stretched out during decomposition; the skeleton was conclusively cetacean. Throughout the ensuing 90 years, many have been unsatisfied with the mundane verdict and sought to keep the monster myth alive. In perhaps the most bizarre twist to the story, the only person to have studied the carcass other than CASSF personnel simply disappeared after making his incredible dinosaur diagnosis. The Natural History Society of British Columbia had no record of E.L. Wallace, the newspapers of the time had no contact information, and he was never published or employed in the scientific community. The Santa Cruz Sea Serpent may be long gone and its legend debunked, but the mysteries surrounding it live on.

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Between the 1920s and 1940s there were sporadic sightings of a sea monster nicknamed “Bobo” in the Monterey Bay. Most authorities later estimated the creature was simply an elephant seal. The legend spawned a book and a 2007 movie, The Legend of Bobo.

BIGFOOT/SASQUATCH

Michael Rugg, founder and director of Felton’s renowned Bigfoot Discovery Museum, describes Bigfoot as a large bi-pedal primate (not a “missing link” as some assume). Rugg has led many Bigfoot searches in the Santa Cruz Mountains and maintains a continually updated list of local sightings.

DIABLO ROJO

In 2007, the Humboldt squid invaded the Monterey Bay in large numbers. Usually inhabiting deep waters off the coast of South America, where they are routinely accused of attacking people, they have been migrating steadily north and into shallower waters. As explained in an episode of River Monsters: Devil of the Deep on Animal Planet, they were reported as unidentified sea monsters when first sighted in the Monterey Bay.

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Historians believe that adults and children of both sexes rode flat pieces of wood throughout Polynesian waters for thousands of years before the Hawaiians surfed their coastline in the 1700s. And while surf history is punctuated with notable women—like Australian Isobel Latham, who surfed tandem with Duke Kahanamoku in 1915, and Mary Ann Morrisey, who rode an 80-pound redwood board off the California coast in the 1930s—men

have always dominated the sport, while women have struggled to simply break in. But the tides are turning, and nothing embodies the exciting advancement of women in surfing quite like the changes currently underway at Mavericks. Last fall, the California Coastal Commission voted 7-4 to require Mavericks contest organizers to come up with a plan to include women in future events. This landmark decision came 17 years after Santa Cruz’s

own Sarah Gerhardt became the first woman to surf the infamous spot. Gerhardt, who is considered to be one of the most influential female surfers of all time, has several ideas for how these changes could unfold. “Either the contest organizers open up a heat or have spots for women,” she says, “or the Half Moon Bay Harbor Commission gives out a second permit so that women can have their own event, as there are enough talented women who want to make it happen, and there are plenty more female big-wave surfers on the way.” Gerhardt’s big-wave journey traces back to Arroyo Grande, the small Central Coast town where she grew up. At the end of eighth grade, with summer vacation approaching, Gerhardt waxed up a shortboard and, with no knowledge of how to surf, paddled out through the dumping beach break north of Pismo Beach.

Gerhardt slides down the face of a moving mountain at Mavericks. PHOTO: DON MONTGOMERY

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“LOOK AT [BIG-WAVE SURFING] LIKE TAKING A HIKE. MOST PEOPLE WILL GO TO NISENE MARKS, WILDER RANCH, OR YOSEMITE, BUT ONLY A VERY FEW EVER HAVE THE DESIRE TO CLIMB MOUNT EVEREST.” —SARAH GERHARDT

“I didn’t want to go to the mall, so the girls didn’t know what to do with me,” she says, “and the boys, well, they just ostracized me for flailing around in the surf line-up.” “High school was a tough time,” she adds. Later, as a teenager with moderate surfing experience, Gerhardt felt a pull to surf bigger waves. She boarded a plane to Honolulu and hitchhiked to Oahu’s famed North Shore. “Look at it like taking a hike,” Gerhardt says of the draw to big waves. “Most people will go to Nisene Marks, Wilder Ranch or Yosemite, but only a very few ever have the desire to climb Mount Everest.” Under the wings of big-wave surfer Ken Bradshaw and her nowhusband Mike Gerhardt, she became a part of the North Shore big-wave crew, constantly eager to surf her favorite spots: Outer Reefs, Outside Alligators, and the infamous Waimea Bay. Meanwhile, Gerhardt was preparing to conquer her own Mount Everest—a dream that first materialized in 1994, when she saw Jay Moriarity’s infamous “Iron Cross” Mavericks wipeout on the cover of SURFER Magazine. Gerhardt's pursuit of Mavericks began when she moved to Santa Cruz in 1998 to attend graduate school at UC Santa Cruz. She studied big-wave

surfing under the tutelage of Mavericks legends Mark “Doc” Renneker and Richard Schmidt, who prepared her to surf massive waves that reach up to 60 feet and explode with such strength and ferociousness that they have registered on the Richter scale. Soon she felt ready, and drove north with Jay Moriarity and her husband, filled with butterflies, desire, and the drive to face her ultimate challenge. “I paddled out on one of Mike’s 9-foot guns and immediately got thrashed in the zone between Mushroom Rock and Blackhand Reef,” she recalls. “Finally making it out, I focused on my goal of simply watching intently from the shoulder as to where Mike, Jay and a handful of others sat in the line-up.” “Like it was yesterday, I remember watching the first set come barreling through like an express train,” she goes on, “then [thinking] to myself, ‘Whoa, not only is this place cold, dark, and brutal, it’s way more heavy than anything I’ve surfed before.’” Gerhardt revisited Mavericks that November with a 10-foot-8inch board borrowed from Danny Cortazzo. She quickly realized that it was too much board for her, but she continued inching closer to where the waves were breaking. There, she was greeted by Richard “Frosty” Hesson.

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Gerhardt's smooth and graceful style blends perfectly with a glassy wave at Steamer Lane. PHOTO: CHARLIE WITMER

“Frosty saw the hunger my eyes, and I later found out that he told shaper Bob Pearson that he had just met the first woman who was going to surf Mavericks,” says Gerhardt. Hesson connected her with Pearson, who determined that an Arrow 10-foot-4-inch was her best bet for conquering Mavericks. “Bob shaped the board,” Gerhardt says, “and I was ready for the next step.” She paddled out with Mike on a clean, low-tide day in February 1999. “I sat in the Lates Bowl, and Colin Brown was chatting with me on his way back out from catching a wave,” she says. “I remember asking him if I was in the right spot, and before he could answer I turned to see a 15-foot wave hurtling toward me. The wave roared, then lifted me up, forcing me to look down at how steep she was. I paddled as hard as I could until the board and wave connected and I was jettisoned down the face.” After what felt like an eternity, Gerhardt remembers thinking, “I’m still dropping in.” It was the

“SARAH IS THE FIRST REAL-LIFE SUPER HERO I LOOKED UP TO—A TRUE ROLE MODEL OF COURAGE, BRAVERY, POWER AND PERSEVERANCE. SHE IS BIG-WAVE SURFING’S WONDER WOMAN.” —BIANCA VALENTI, FEMALE BIG-WAVE WORLD CHAMPION first of several magical waves she caught that day. There’s a direct lineage from Gerhardt and her groundbreaking accomplishment in 1999 to the breakthroughs in female big-wave surfing unfolding today. This year, in addition to the Mavericks developments, the World Surf League added a Women’s Championship event to its 2016/2017 Big-Wave World Tour, and a new documentary, It Ain’t Pretty, spotlights the growing community of

women who paddle out into the formidable surf conditions at Ocean Beach and the giant waves at Mavericks. Current female big-wave world champion Bianca Valenti, who is featured in the documentary, credits Gerhardt for paving the way for her and her fellow female athletes. “Sarah is the first real-life super hero I looked up to—a true role model of courage, bravery, power and perseverance,” says Valenti. “She is bigwave surfing’s Wonder Woman.”

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shocked the surfing world last December when he released a three-and-a-half-minute web clip that showed him threading through perfect, 4-foot barrels. This in and of itself wasn’t news—Slater has spent the better part of the last 30 years practically living in the tube. The wow factor here came from the location of the wave: a man-made wave pool in the middle of California’s San Joaquin Valley. There have been plenty of wave pools throughout surf history— Allentown in Pennsylvania, the Typhoon Lagoon in Florida, and the now-defunct Ocean Dome in Japan—yet none had the technology to create the mesmerizing, perfectly groomed waves seen at the Kelly


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Slater Wave Company facility. Santa Cruz star Nat Young was one of the lucky few who tested Slater’s artificial wave. “I don’t know what to say other than it was the longest barrel of my life,” Young says. “I could sit in it for as long as I wanted until my legs gave out.” But Slater isn’t the only player investing in wave pool technologies—and one of the others, scientist Tom Lochtefeld of Wave Loch, believes he can one-up the 11-time world champ. Lochtefeld grew up surfing in and around his hometown of San Diego. He was a bright student and outstanding athlete, who, after graduating from high school in 1970, turned down football scholarships at Stanford and UC Berkeley to attend UC San Diego so that he could continue to surf. In 1974, he earned a law degree from the University of San Diego Law School, passed the bar exam, and went to work for KPMG for a stint. He

“MY OBJECTIVE SINCE DAY ONE WAS TO BUILD A SURF POOL THAT WOULD BE IDENTICAL TO THE PHYSICS AND PHENOMENON ONE FINDS IN THE OPEN OCEAN.” dabbled in real estate, then took a gamble by entering the water park business in 1981 with partner Bryant L. Morris, co-founding the Raging Waters Theme Park in San Dimas, Calif. Lochtefeld went on to independently develop and operate the San Jose and Salt Lake City Raging Waters parks for several years, but his inner surfer kept calling to him back to his biggest dream. In 1987, he sold his interest in Raging Waters to pursue his goal of building the perfect wave machine.

“My objective since day one was to build a real, functioning surf pool that would be identical to the physics and phenomenon one finds in the open ocean,” Lochtefeld explains. “However, creating an economically viable pool like this is a quantum leap that, 30 years ago, wasn’t available—we didn’t have the technology. That was why, from a practical and economic starting point, I went to create sheet waves, which work well at water parks.” These “sheet waves” were stationary padded surfaces over

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Making waves on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, off the coast of Spain. PHOTO: COURTESY OF WAVE HOUSE

which water flowed, and on top of which riders used wakeboardlike crafts to slide and carve. Trademarked as the "FlowRider," these machines were lacking in comparison to real surfing, yet they offered the similar challenge of maintaining balance and speed. Lochtefeld grew closer to reaching his goal with the advent of the FlowBarrel, which acted similarly to the sheet waves, except that it actually made a curling lip where riders could simulate riding in the tube. With test subjects such as Slater, Terje Haakonsen, and Tony Hawk, he was able to get valuable research and development data. As a standalone, the FlowBarrel wasn’t financially feasible, so Lochtefeld had to build a different business model around it to support the energy costs: the Wave

House, a park-like atmosphere with a bar and restaurant. “As a surfer, I always thought these [FlowRiders] were a lower life form [than surfing],” Lochtefeld says. “Compared to the ocean, they were like a stepchild in a way. I wasn’t that sold on it. On the same token, I’ve had parents come up to me and say, ‘You saved my son’s life—he was getting into drugs and now he’s straightened up and it’s all about FlowRiding for him.’” While developing the FlowRider and sheet waves, Lochtefeld was simultaneously doing research and development for creating the perfect man-made wave. He designed the ultimate wake-surf boat, reconfiguring the hull to produce wakes that could create stand-up tubes. But, as he puts it, “we’d be kicked out of the lake in a second because a boat wake that

big wouldn’t be legal,” he says, laughing. He also developed things called MovingReefs and FlyingReef, which are cornerstones of the approaches at Slater’s company, as well as at Wavegarden, a simulated surf facility in Northern Spain. He gave up on these methods for a number of reasons, including cost and maintenance issues. “I built it, I surfed it, and I abandoned it, primarily because in my analysis they weren’t economically viable in the long run,” he says. “Like the evolution of every life form … there are certain species that die out, and I think these will eventually.” Lochtefeld sold his interest in FlowRider and has taken that money and “doubled down,” investing in surf pools with a new technology that uses air to produce waves, a venture his company,

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Getting a taste of the tube in Durban, South Africa. PHOTO: COURTESY OF WAVE HOUSE

Wave Loch, has dubbed the SurfLoch Surfpool. “Conceptually, when you think about what happens in the real world, with how waves are formed, it’s done with air,” he explains. “Winds blow over a wave, over a ‘fetch,’ and that energy gets translated into a particular class of wave, which then shoals on a beach and breaks. So what I’ve done is learned how to draft off algorithms and write the programs to shrink the fetch that waves are created in from hundreds of miles … [to] inside a box that’s 20 feet by 10 feet.” Lochtefeld is tight-lipped regarding how he and his team have been able to harness air to create his new wave technology, yet he insists that they will be able to create waves identical to those found in the ocean. “I don’t have any motivation to disclose exactly what I’m doing to the public, because my philosophy is [that] unless you can come and ride it, I don’t want to be out there claiming something that isn’t yet real,” he says. “That’s like claiming a wave in a surf contest before you finish your ride. But I will tell you this, once they are up and running, you’ll be able to stroke into waves

“ONCE [MY WAVES] ARE UP AND RUNNING, YOU’LL BE ABLE TO STROKE INTO WAVES JUST LIKE YOU DO IN THE OCEAN. THE BARREL WILL PITCH OVER YOU AND YOU’LL GET THE RIDE OF YOUR LIFE.” just like you do in the ocean. The barrel will pitch over you and you’ll get the ride of your life.” That said, Lochtefeld is realistic about the scope of this technology: “I think the biggest waves we can produce at this point will be a bit over 10 feet. You can always go bigger, there’s no real limit—it’s just about budget. At some point we can get there, but right now we don’t have enough people investing and sponsorship money to support anything bigger.” Currently, the wave creator has 30 to 40 projects with his new technology in the pipeline, with about a year to go before the first one is finished and open to the

public. It’s a large-scale project, yet he has the finances and test facilities in place to finally achieve this dream—one that, when realized, he believes won’t take away from the importance of surfing in the ocean. “There has always been negative press [saying] it’s going to take the soul out of surfing,” he says, commenting on the backlash of oceanic surfers worried about a new breed of freshwater newbies. “You’ve got to think of it as a whole different life. … It’s just the nature of what happens in our world; things always change, we aren’t static. It’s in our human nature to evolve.”

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hree years ago, acclaimed nature photographer and documentary film producer William Drumm was working full time in the biotech industry in his native Colorado. When he took the chance to move to the Monterey Bay Area, where his girlfriend was attending college, he decided to take another chance, as well. Drumm quit his day job and turned a hobby of photography and video production into a full-time career.

His life experiences have prepared him for documenting the outdoors. Born and raised in Denver, Drumm was enchanted by the beautiful landscapes and wildlife of Colorado. As a child, he also learned to love the ocean when his family spent three years living in Australia. Later, he obtained a double degree in ecology and evolutionary biology and photojournalism from University of Colorado Boulder, where he worked with field researchers studying the habits of pikas, shrews and other small mammals in the Colorado Mountains. He cemented his love of the ocean when he returned to study abroad in Australia and earned his divemaster certification at the Great Barrier Reef. Drumm now splits his time between Colorado, California, the Pacific Northwest and wherever his work takes him. He’s currently working on a documentary film about the Pacific Ocean for PBS and Natural History New Zealand that is slated for a fall 2017 release. Waves caught up with Drumm between shooting assignments. How do planning and spontaneity figure into your process? I think it’s always best to have a shot in mind so you know what to expect. But I’d say for the most part I’m more of a spontaneous photographer in that I know what I want to shoot, but I keep myself open. I also bring a lot of different equipment with me so I’m ready to shoot different situations as they appear.

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ABOVE: The photographer takes a turn in front of the camera. PHOTO: KEVIN ARAGON LEFT: An American red fox scavenges the carcass of an elk in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

“I PUT GOPROS IN THE ELK CARCASS AND GOT SOME REALLY GREAT FOOTAGE OF RED FOXES PULLING IT APART.” Some of your canyon landscapes give the illusion of night and day at the same time. How do you do it?           I’ve got a couple of shots like that, from Moab and from Big Sur. When I do that I use really strong lights and I’ll do long exposures, like 30 seconds, to get all the stars in there. Then, using the bright lights off-camera, I’ll do light “painting” on the canyons. So the canyons will be far off but I’ll use bright lights just to quickly brush in a little bit of detail into the side of the canyon. Then I’ll have the person who’s posing hold the light still for the rest of the shot.

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For your wildlife shots, do you lie in wait or do you seek them out? I have a pretty wide knowledge of natural behavior and the natural world that comes in handy when I’m photographing wildlife. There are definitely situations where I do lie in wait for animals, but I’m more of an active kind of photographer. I like to move around a lot. I’m not incredibly patient like other wildlife photographers. [Laughs.] But to get around that, sometimes I do some other cool stuff: I did a trip to Jackson Hole this year and I found an elk carcass. So I put GoPros in the elk carcass and got some really great footage of red foxes pulling it apart. So I’d say it’s knowing what the animals are going to be doing and anticipating your scene. Do you feel like you are a part of nature when you are out there taking photos?

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What comes to mind when you say that is scuba diving in the ocean, when I’m filming in the water. In those situations I totally feel a part of the environment, like I’m part of whatever is going on in that ecosystem. When you’re diving, the animals seem to mind you so much less and tolerate your presence, whereas a lot of times when I’m shooting wildlife above [water], it’s much harder to build that trust and that confidence between you and the animal. But there are definitely times where I’ve felt like I’m tolerated and accepted, especially when shooting red foxes, which I have a lot of shots of. You have some remarkable shots of animals capturing prey. What’s your process there? I think a lot of it is understanding when the animals are going to be where and then understanding how tolerant they can be of you. For instance, I was able to get a few


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different shots of great blue herons eating frogs and fish … I just knew the animals were going to be there and I knew they were going to be hunting. So it’s putting yourself at the right place at the right time, and if you understand where they’re going to be and you understand they’re going to be foraging at sunrise or sunset, then you just get set up in the position to get those photos.

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A massive humpback whale breaches in the Broughton Archipelago in British Columbia, Canada.

What’s the best experience you’ve had while working? One of the coolest shoots is from when I was in Nemo Bay in the Broughton Archipelago, in British Columbia, shooting grizzly bears and whales. A group of us were out shooting humpback whales all day on a boat and I had gotten some mediocre shots. Nothing too amazing. Toward the end of the

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“I LIKE TO MOVE AROUND A LOT. I’M NOT INCREDIBLY PATIENT LIKE OTHER WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHERS.” day we were winding down and we pulled into a kelp forest to hang out and relax a little bit. As soon as we did, a huge humpback whale breached maybe 100 yards from the boat … the [camera] gear was already stashed, but I knew that the chances of this whale breaching again were pretty high. So I grabbed my camera as quickly as I could and the second I grabbed it, the whale breached a second time and I

was able to perfectly nail this breach. And they’re just beautiful photographs. They’re my favorites. Right after that, the whale kept on swimming around, so I turned on my drone and I got some really great [video] footage of the mom and baby whale swimming together in the kelp forest. Find him online at williamdrumm.com.


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Larsen on assignment in Peru with VICE camerawoman Claire Ward while embedded with Peruvian Special Forces. They spent the day searching for and blowing up clandestine runways used by narco traffickers to ship large quantities of cocaine.

That trick? Pack surfboards. “I bring surfboards on almost every shoot where there’s a body of water, because as a documentary filmmaker, it’s the best technique for getting through customs with cameras,” he explains. “The second you go through with surfboards, and they ask you what your equipment is for, and you tell them you’re making a surf film, no one gives you a hard time. You could smuggle a rocket launcher in as long as you have surfboards. And then you get to surf, too.” The 38 year old, who grew up in Seabright and graduated from Harbor High, took a path that eventually led him to one of the toughest, most radical forms of journalism—war-zone reportage. And along the way, that path shaped him into becoming anything but your average journalist.

“I THINK WE HAVE A COLLECTIVE, MORAL RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE THE WORLD AS JUST AND HUMANE A PLACE AS POSSIBLE.” Today, Larsen lives in Venice, Los Angeles, not far from VICE News' West Coast headquarters, and deploys to some of the most dangerous, unstable and remote parts of the world, equipped with only a small, unarmed crew and his wits. But it’s his military training that he says allows him to access certain sources, understand the scope of often highly muddled conflicts, and, most importantly, stay alive.

Larsen’s love of sports during high school made him passionate about competition and pushing physical limits, and his success as a water polo player landed him a scholarship to play for the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. While attending the Academy, many of the older water polo players would discuss Naval Special Warfare, the SEAL teams, and the types of missions they were assigned.

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LARSEN SAYS WAR ZONES TEND TO BE 90 PERCENT TOTAL BOREDOM AND 10 PERCENT ABJECT TERROR. THE PROBLEM IS YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN THOSE TWO ARE ABOUT TO SWITCH. “It sounded intriguing and like a place where I wanted to do my service, so that’s where I ended up,” he recounts. Back in Santa Cruz, Larsen was dedicated to his work as a lifeguard for Santa Cruz City beaches and as a Junior Lifeguards instructor, where he took on mentors like Buell Wetsuits founder Ryan Buell and big-wave surfer Mike Brummet. He also took inspiration from friends such as professional surfing brothers Jake and Zach Wormhoudt and the late Jay Moriarity. “These were guys who really believed in a Santa Cruz waterman philosophy, and they imparted a lot of that to me,” Larsen says. Larsen went through SEAL training in San Diego in 2001, which he says was a great job for a surfer kid from Santa Cruz. His days included jumping out of airplanes, intensive training, and surfing. In fact, his team was contemptuously known among other frogmen as “Surf Team 5.” But, of course, their daily routines entailed grueling training designed to break down any one with less than bullet-proof determination.

“When I got to SEAL training, which was lots of running around on beaches, moving heavy logs, and surf passages in boats, I was way more comfortable in the water than a lot of other people, and I think that’s because I spent my time in big waves in Santa Cruz doing rescues, surfing and lifeguarding,” Larsen says. “In some ways, SEAL training is kind of like Junior Lifeguards, only with guns.” Larsen was having fun learning to be a member of one of the military’s most elite units, but then things took a very serious turn on Sept. 11 of that year. “On that day, the SEAL Teams, and the country, changed significantly,” he says. His company went from regular surf sessions to constant warfare that would last a decade. Not long after, Larsen reported to SEAL Team 1 for his first assignment. Larsen was on Active Duty for five years and has been a Reserve SEAL officer for seven, where he continues to hold the rank of lieutenant commander. Larsen’s last deployment was to Mali, Africa in 2013. “Being a SEAL is kind of like being a surfer—it’s deeply

ingrained in you, and you keep doing it for a long time, because it takes a long time to develop the skills,” he says. Larsen’s first foray into journalism was in 2005 for Current TV (co-created by Al Gore and sold in 2013 to the Al Jazeera Media Network), when he spent six weeks producing an awardwinning documentary series in Afghanistan. Afterward, Larsen returned stateside and earned a master’s degree in public policy at Harvard Kennedy School. He went on to become a joint fellow at Tufts University Jebsen Center for Counter-Terrorism, and then worked as an investigative reporter for CNN from 2010 to 2012, before moving on to VICE News. Larsen says war zones tend to be 90 percent total boredom and 10 percent abject terror. The problem is you never know when those two are about to switch. But, with such a comprehensive training background and combat-zone experience, he says he’s developed a sixth sense for when things are becoming dangerous. “On some level, I can sleep through mortar attacks, because that’s kind of indiscriminate fire,

On a maritime patrol with Chadian military. Fifty-four Chadian soldiers would be killed in a Boko Haram ambush in this region shortly after Larsen left.

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but there are these acute moments when you realize things are getting very serious,” Larsen says. “I use all of my experience in war zones and SEAL training to keep me safe in the work that I do now. That being said, there’s always this dimension of luck. And there’s something we call the golden BB out there for everyone—a bullet out there somewhere, and if it’s your time, it’s your time, you just do your best to get yourself left of bang when you feel something coming.” Larsen recalls a close call in Somalia in 2006, when he and his

“SEAL TRAINING IS KIND OF LIKE JUNIOR LIFEGUARDS, ONLY WITH GUNS.” film crew were negotiating to buy a weapon at an open-air market. “Something changed in the crowd,” he says. “It was subtle; it was palpable in the mood and I told the guys we needed to get out ASAP.”

They hustled to the car without knowing why, following Larsen’s gut instinct. “As soon as we got back to the car, we saw there were three men with guns lurking through the crowd, scanning for us,” he

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says. “Someone had tipped them off. It’s nothing you can put your finger on, but it’s a better-safethan-sorry kind of thing. Not worth getting killed for.” Larsen says that he works as a journalist in order to help people attain better understandings of some of the most complicated and disturbing issues around the world, and to find some meaning behind the various atrocities he encounters. His military experience gives him a rare set of skills to tell important stories that might otherwise be skimmed over or remain buried altogether. Through the medium of documentaries, he says he can let viewers walk a mile in his boots—while not having to risk having their own boots blown off of their bodies. “I use my journalism as a vessel to bring people along and give them an immersive experience so they can start to understand these large forces that are shaping our world, specifically around conflict,” Larsen

“THERE’S SOMETHING WE CALL THE GOLDEN BB OUT THERE FOR EVERYONE—A BULLET OUT THERE SOMEWHERE, AND IF IT’S YOUR TIME, IT’S YOUR TIME, YOU JUST DO YOUR BEST TO GET YOURSELF LEFT OF BANG WHEN YOU FEEL SOMETHING COMING.” says, citing Northern Nigeria’s humanitarian crisis—“two million displaced from their homes, tens of thousands of women falling victim to sexual violence and rape”—as an example. “I think we have a collective, moral responsibility to make the world as just and humane a place as possible,” he goes on. “So when Americans hear these stories about people around the world who are

suffering injustice, they care. It’s my goal to let them know what’s happening, and sometimes to provide a road map in case they want to go further in creating positive change for these issues.” Watch Season 4 of VICE on HBO, hbogo.com, or news.vice.com. You can also follow Larsen on Instagram @kajlarsenvice for regular updates on his reporting.

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first met Travis Reynolds when I was around 6 years old. He was my next-door neighbor, and I looked up to him. He was incredibly mellow, cruisy, and kind. He sold me my first surfboard—a pile-of-junk Pearson Arrow for $40. He surfed Pleasure Point with a crew of longboarders like John Meeks and Cameron Lacki, which was brave considering the hostility toward loggers during the ’90s. Fast forward 25 years and Reynolds, now 34, is one of the most respected shapers in town. He shapes entirely by hand, which is rare. In an era when most shapers use CDC shaping machines to mow foam, Reynolds is sticking to his guns, with the conviction that the craftsmanship and artistic qualities of a handshaped board trumps something

popped out by a computer. He’s a prolific artist and surfboards are his canvas. He uses resin tints and geometrical designs to make colorful boards— an extremely time-consuming and technical effort, but when they are done, they are truly things of beauty. Waves asked Reynolds to tell us about a board he has shaped recently that he is particularly proud of. Here’s what he had to say. Travis Reynolds: “Growing up goofy foot in the land of righthand point has really given me an appreciation for boards that work well on one’s backhand. Typically, twin fins have issues in this department. They tend to drift, slide, and track. All elements that go into making a board that fits your surfing can

be a super frustrating experience. Over the years, I have been trying to work out these kinks on my twins and this particular model is really getting to a good place. The ‘Swedish Fish’ is 15 years in the making and is proving to be a super versatile all-around board: endless speed, forgiving, and fun in all types of conditions. From knee-high burgers to overhead grinders, these boards do so much with minimal effort. I chose this shape as my ‘one board’ because it is what I have been most excited to ride—especially [for the] summer. It seems others are feeling the same, as this is my most popular model right now.” Learn more at travisreynolds.org.

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or more than 30 years, my wife Kelley and I have traveled the world

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adventure. Our travel mantra is to go places we’ve never been. This year,

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The National Park Service offers annual passes for $80 that are good for a calendar year. Basic gate entry passes cost $30 and up, depending on the vehicle size, so this is a great deal. Go to nps. gov to purchase. We have found that flights to Las Vegas and car rental rates in the area are very affordable. Note: Choose a vehicle with some ground clearance. The drive from Vegas to Zion National Park is just under three hours. Just remember you are going from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Time as you move east. Miss the crowds and go in early March or the end of November. The drive from Zion to Bryce Canyon is only two hours, and Bryce

To enjoy the mind-blowing beauty of the Southwest desert, one must be prepared for altitude change and desert conditions. Depending on the season and altitude, the temperature can change by 60 degrees in a day. Know your limits and review the weather forecast each day. The No. 1 illness in this region is dehydration.

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FThis place is a 10 on the unbelievable scale. Try the Peekaboo Loop Trail, which starts at Bryce Point (8,240-foot elevation) and heads down into the canyon (7,350 feet) and back.

CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK: FDrive the historic Burr Trail, stopping to explore along the way. Watch out for bovines—ranchers still run cattle down this stretch of road.

GRAND STAIRCASE ESCALANTE NATIONAL MONUMENT: FBOULDERING AT DEVIL’S GARDEN: It’s like a playground made of stone.

FSPOOKY GULCH IN SLOT CANYON: Marvel at the incredible sandstone colors while navigating pathways that can get as narrow as your foot. The closest town is Escalante and the long dirt road to these locations is called Hole in the Rock Road.

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e prefer to avoid the obvious, over-exposed trails and activities that have the vibe of a theme park. That said, there are a few wellknown hikes and activities that are just too cool to pass up. The following recommendations include a mix of both the paths less traveled and the well-worn, can’t-miss variety, and span from leisurely to challenging.

Checkerboard Mesa in Zion National Park.

ZION NATIONAL PARK: FANGELS LANDING: An epic half-day hike with a 1,520-foot elevation gain. Partakers must be fit and unafraid of heights. Start early because the final half-mile can get backed up.

FDRIVE THE ZION MOUNT CARMEL HIGHWAY. Simply pull over into one of the parking areas and go explore. Don’t forget your camera.  

FWILLIS CREEK SLOT CANYON: A lesser-known adventure. The nearest town is Cannonville.

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We were lucky enough to be the only ones out surfing multiple times throughout our trip. The only competition we had were the 200 resident sea turtles that would cut us off regularly.

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he travel itch. It hit us both hard after the long winter months when night outweighs the day. My partner-in-crime Kim Mayer is very well traveled, having made her way around the world for five years while competing professionally in the World Qualifying Series surf events. I’ve done some traveling myself—after college I bought a motorcycle and rode around Asia. We were both craving someplace new. One cold, foggy Santa Cruz morning, I leaned over and asked, “Where is

somewhere you have never been and want to go?” Kim blurted out, “Barbados.” I found a deal and booked it four days later. It takes about three hours to drive around the whole island of Barbados—a little longer if you aren’t familiar with driving on the left, maneuvering around large potholes, and navigating unmarked, narrow streets. This magical land lured us in with its varied shades of blue and turquoise seas. We spent afternoons sitting under palm

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Top: The locals were pumped to see Kim shredding at the famous surf spot Soup Bowls, where the waves break on super-shallow reef. Bottom Right: It was a very bumpy ride to get to this house, which stands alone for acres and acres. Soup Bowls is just beneath the palms.

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trees, where we'd take refuge from the hot sun and watch waves crash against the sparkling pink sand. Every bend in the road held more than just the electric ocean staring back into our curious eyes. Day after day, we'd see locals with serious expressions rapidly cut fresh coconuts open with machetes, then gracefully pour the juice into plastic bottles to

sell. Poverty sprawled across the shack-filled streets, making its way to the middle of the island, where tourists don’t often go. Locals farming, hanging laundry, and drinking rum in the streets—it all seemed to drift by in slow motion as our intensified senses took over. The classic Caribbean beaches and waters on the West Coast make you feel as if you are diving into a real-life aquarium,


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swimming with extraordinary sea life. Drive 35 minutes across the island to the East Coast and the landscape transforms into a wild, rugged coastline filled with good surf, rough and unruly waters, more animals than people, and natural warm baths perfect for a relaxing soak. The South Coast has a reputation for the most beautiful beaches in the world for a reason, and was home to our favorite surf

break of the trip, Freights Bay. I have previously heard travelers say that Barbados is too windy or too Americanized, and that Hawaii or Mexico are better if it’s warm waves one’s after. I’m grateful that we ignored them. When it comes to satisfying a case of wanderlust, I’ve found it’s best to go experience it for oneself.  

Top: We stumbled upon Stephen and his cows while we were lost on the East Coast. He is an animal farmer and wants to go to college but doesn’t have the money. He taught us about the different cow breeds he has. Bottom Left: The guardian of Bottoms Bay Beach. After Kim and I bodysurfed the intense shorebreak, we realized the local lifeguard had been supervising from the cliffs.

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SEASIDE ARTIST EMBRACES A LOVE OF NATURE, MYTHOLOGY AND MUSIC By DAVE DE GIVE

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hen asked to describe his occupation, Hanif Panni modestly refers to himself as a freelancer. But considering the breadth of his work—he is an accomplished artist, a prolific designer, a successful DJ under the moniker Hanif Wonder, and performs in the band Animal Farm—a better way to describe the Seaside resident might be as a modern-day Renaissance man.

Panni grew up in a home filled with art and music. His mother, a painter, would set up a second easel for him while she worked. Panni would often be more interested in his mom’s canvas, and she encouraged his curiosity by letting him help her, sowing an early love of art that has blossomed over the years. “I’d paint right along with her,” says Panni. “Sometimes she’d let me do a bird in her picture, or paint something easy—help her out with the clouds or something. I was fascinated by it.”

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Panni does a lot of design work, anything from promotional fliers for concerts and events to album covers for musicians, and has also done covers for Monterey County Weekly newspaper. Being exposed to the record album covers in his father’s music collection from the ’60s and ’70s has influenced much of that work, and Panni marvels at both the breadth and quality

of the artwork contained on those old albums. He’s also envious of the huge spaces— typically 12 square inches— that the design artists had to work with. “Think about Miles Davis’s Bitch’s Brew, for example; when you fold that out and see that whole panoramic, it’s amazing,” say Panni. “The old CTI album covers, and Blue Note and a lot

“THINK ABOUT MILES DAVIS’S BITCH’S BREW, FOR EXAMPLE; WHEN YOU FOLD THAT OUT AND SEE THAT WHOLE PANORAMIC, IT’S AMAZING.”

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“THERE’S SO MUCH WE CAN LEARN IF WE GET AWAY FROM ALL THE DISTRACTIONS AND SHUT UP FOR A MINUTE.” of the old jazz covers; they were just trippy and awesome.” Panni, who is of Bengali and Filipino descent, has a keen interest in Egyptian mythology, which can often be found in his artwork. He also regularly touches upon the human connection to nature and our frequent distance from it. “There’s so much we can learn if we get away from all the distractions and shut up for a minute,” says Panni. Animals and mythological characters figure prominently in his art. His depiction of the ancient goddess Sekhmet from Egyptian mythology shows her as a lioness with elements of human form. The related piece

“Thoth” depicts the Egyptian god of knowledge shown as a man with the head of an ibis (or baboon). When he’s not creating art or doing design work, Panni can often be found performing with his band or DJ-ing at events such as weddings and art and wine festivals, or performing hip-hop at dance clubs. As with art, Panni owes his love of music to his parents, who were both musicians. Born in Eugene, Ore., Panni moved with his parents to San Francisco and lived there from age 2 to 14, before returning to Eugene. In San Francisco, his parents would throw parties that went late into the night, and Panni fondly

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recalls being overjoyed as “a little guy jumping around” the house dancing and playing percussion instruments with party guests until he could no longer stay awake and would fall asleep on the couch. These days, the 34-yearold Panni still burns the midnight oil when he’s creating his own art in the Seaside home he shares with his wife and their two boys, ages 5 and 2. The family moved there seven years ago, when Panni’s wife took a job in the Monterey Bay area as an environmental journalist. He finds the wee hours to be the best time to do his own thing artistically, when he’s temporarily freed from the responsibilities of

fatherhood, which he considers to be his most important job. He also takes pride in showing the kids what he does for a living. “I like my boys to see me being creative and making that a job, and showing them that’s possible,” says Panni. He knows they might not necessarily follow in his footsteps, and jokes about how they’ll “probably become dentists and lawyers instead.” But he strives to set an example for them through his work. “I want them to be themselves and be honest with themselves regardless of what they do,” he says, “and if they see Daddy doing that, then I feel good about that.”

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DROP IN Master gardener Golden Love demonstrates how it's done.

HOW TO

PHOTO: TYLER FOX

HOW TO:

… HARVEST THE RAIN By JOEL HERSCH

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ith El Niño’s delivery of abundant rainfall now in the rearview mirror and fall on the horizon, there is no better time to start preparing for the next wet season. Setting up a DIY rainwater catchment system at home will help to cut back on municipal water use, improve the health of your garden, and have environmental benefits for the ocean—not to mention you can easily and guiltlessly wash down your surfboards after a session at your favorite line-up. A water catchment system utilizes the rain run-off from a home’s rooftop,

which flows into the gutter and then funnels through downspouts either directly (or through hosing) into waterharvesting barrels on the side of a house. Lower Westsiders Scott and Cathy Bradley, who are regulars at Cowell Beach and avid standup paddle boarders, as well as surfers, recently installed rainwater catchment barrels and have enjoyed all of the perks of their new home design. The Bradleys employed master gardener Golden Love to set up their water catchment barrels, as well as a greywater system, sub-garden water release tubing, plants and flowers, though Love explains that the whole project is doable without

the help of professionals. California’s drought regulations have recently eased up—for the first time in three years, less than 90 percent of California is experiencing drought status, according to The National Drought Mitigation Center—but that does not mean we are out of the woods quite yet. It is still up to residents to do everything they can to maintain their conservation tactics and continue to use water sparingly, which anyone can pull off on a budget with a little ingenuity, elbow grease, and resourcefulness. Here’s everything you need to know about installing your own rainwater catchment system.

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Lower Westsiders Scott and Cathy Bradley utilize their recycled water.

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Get yourself a rain-harvesting barrel, or as many as you would like to install. DIYers can purchase recycled 55-gallon rain barrels online ($18-$30) or use brand-new, similarly sized plastic trash barrels with lids. The project will require a hole saw to make several cuts through the plastic for hose connections and a spigot. Note: The City of Santa Cruz has a 60-gallon rain barrel program, which includes a hose hook up and overflow hose. They are $50 each, though the offer is limited to two kits per water district customer.

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Decide on the best location for your water-harvesting barrel. Ideally, set it up directly below a downspout that is relatively near the parts of your property that you would like to water. Elevating the rain barrel slightly will allow gravity to push the water out through a spigot at the bottom of the barrel and through a garden hose while watering.

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After cleaning any dirt and leaves out of your rain gutters, attach a piece of

wire screen fitted between the gutter and the downspout to prevent any debris from flowing into the barrel. It is important to occasionally check the screen for clogging and clear it when needed. Note: You can pick up recycled screen at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore for a $2 donation.

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If the barrel is not already pre-fit with a spigot, as well as an entry point for the downspout hose and an overflow valve, you will need to cut holes in the barrel to install the fittings yourself. If you are running an entry hose into the water tank, use a hole saw to cut an opening the same diameter as your water tube. If the downspout will flow directly into an open barrel, be sure to keep the barrel lid secure during nonuse to prevent mosquitos from breeding. Note: Habitat for Humanity ReStore often has downspout fitting parts ($5 donation). A new spigot and other fittings can be purchased from a hardware store (approximately $10). Tubing for tank overflow into the garden can be purchased at the ReStore for a $3 donation.

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Enjoy the results. By collecting the rain runoff at home, DIYers not only help to save on tap water, they also direct rain back into the earth below their property and prevent it from flowing into the streets, where it washes huge quantities of pollutants directly into the Monterey Bay. When everyone does their part to design rainwater-retention systems, the collective result is an increasingly abundant water table, a deeper connection with communal conservation, and a healthier ocean.

MATERIALS:

• Plastic rain barrels • Downspouts for rain gutter • Hosing for barrel entry and overflow • Wire screen to filter debris • Spigot for rain barrel Total cost: approximately $200 Learn more about water conservation and DIY projects at lovesgardens.com or by calling 471-9100.

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In a Pickle I

n the days before refrigeration, the only way to guarantee a steady supply of vegetables and fruits throughout the winter months was to can or pickle them during the autumn harvest. Canning meant tortuous hours over a hot stove during the heat of summer and fall, sterilizing, boiling, and sweating a great deal. Pickling, on the other hand, requires minimal equipment and ingredients and is jok-

It’s not just for cucumbers

ingly referred to as the “gateway drug” of home food preservation—so fun and easy that it’s addicting. Traditionally this guaranteed a limited rotation of similar-tasting vinegary vegetables sure to become tiresome long before spring and summer heralded fresh produce. But modern intrepid picklers have ventured far beyond the humble cucumber, turning out zesty jars of radishes, green tomatoes, beans, zucchini, canta-

By MELISSA SPIERS

loupe, grapes, kohlrabi, kiwi, seaweed, eggs, and even french fries. Further sweetening the pot, so to speak, home preserving experts have created many variations on the required pickling brine: some pickled offerings can now be produced with everything from maple-syrupy sweet overtones to tongue-blistering spicy heat. Read on to learn how to get started.

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LOCAL EATS

GET YOUR GOODS You can get your basics at any hardware store, but for the best selection, advice and materials, head to Mountain Feed & Farm Supply in Ben Lomond (mountainfeed.com)—your one-stop shop for pickling and canning goods, as well as instruction (see below).

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LEARN MORE Whether you prefer the written, audio or video form, there are plenty of ways to learn the art of pickling on your own. Books: The Joy of Pickling: 250 Flavor-Packed Recipes for Vegetables and More from Garden or Market by Linda Ziedrich; The Complete Book of Pickling: 250 Recipes from Pickles and Relishes to Chutneys and Salsas by Jennifer MacKenzie Newsletters: Sign up online with Mountain Feed & Farm Supply (mountainfeed. com), DIG Gardens (diggardens.com), and Love Apple Farms (growbetterveggies.com).

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SEEK HANDS-ON INSTRUCTION

Santa Cruz is full of classes, seminars and workshops to help you master the art of pickling. Love Apple Farms (growbetterveggies.com): A one-day class on pickling or canning, or a two-day workshop on all things homesteading. Mountain Feed & Farm Supply (mountainfeed.com): Workshops and demos at the Scotts Valley Farmers Market, Westside Santa Cruz Farmers Market, and/or classes at the Scotts Valley Community Center. Adventure Sports Unlimited (asudoit.com): A family-friendly, two-day seminar on kelp pickling, with instruction on everything from harvesting to recipes and preserving. New Leaf Community Markets (newleaf.com): Seasonal seminars and workshops on pickling, fermenting and canning.

Blogs: Jarhead Pickling; Food In Jars; Putting Up With Erin; Karen Solomon; Punk Domestics. YouTube Tutorials: The Sam Livecast– Pickling 101; PublicResourceOrg–Pickling Vegetables (parts one through three); WatchTheDaily–How to Pickle Anything! Podcasts: The Fermentation Podcast (fermentationpodcast.com); Living Homegrown (livinghomegrown.com).

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ON THE THE MENU ON MENU Local restaurants have transcended the standard pickle, as well. Here are a few of our favorite tempting variations: Aquarius: Pickled Egg and Oyster Po’Boy The Picnic Basket: North Chicken Salad with turmeric pickled onions Assembly: Slow-Cooked Pork Shoulder with smoky pickled cabbage Süda: Lettuce Cups with pickled vegetables

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Local coffee sensation Verve Coffee Roasters now has more than a half-dozen coffee shops between its hometown of Santa Cruz and far-flung outposts like Los Angeles and Tokyo. Co-founder Ryan O’Donovan explains why cold brew is so popular, and how they put their unique stamp on it.

How does coldbrewed coffee differ from regular coffee?

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During the 18-to-24-hour brewing process, Verve infuses its coffee with nitrogen to create a very smooth and creamy body.

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Santa Cruz-based Mighty Rooster Coldbrew Coffee gives you a taste ready-made and portable—in anything from 8-ounce bottles to the impressive 64-ounce growler and fullon Nitro Cold Brew Keg (perfect for parties). Mighty Rooster uses only sustainably harvested, fair trade, organic beans for all their brews, and can be found at New Leaf Community Markets, Whole Foods, Staff of Life, Shopper’s Corner, The Food Bin, and other local establishments.

Why is it so popular? Nitro cold brew has become the trend in many coffee bars across the United States (and world—Verve’s Tokyo cafe is the first to offer nitro cold brew in Japan). Adding nitrogen to the brewing process is what creates the special flavor. The nitrogen replaces oxygen creating a fresher-tasting product, as well as developing the creamy texture. 

Presented in an 8-ounce tulipshaped frosted beer glass, complete with a Guinness-like head, Verve’s nitro cold brew is the most intriguing beverage on the menu.

By MELISSA SPIERS

offee has come a long way in American culture over the past 50 years: from Sanka to Starbucks, from sugary specialty drinks to a renaissance of artisanal purity. French press, pour over, single-drip, single-pod ... and the current ubiquitous trend: cold-brewed coffee. To many of us this sounds suspiciously like coffee baristas are selling us a fancy word for an easy drink: iced coffee. Simple, right? Wrong. Cold-brewed coffee is never heated; the ground beans are steeped over a long period of time in cold or room-temperature water. This produces a brew that retains its full antioxidant and fatty-acid load and is markedly less bitter and easier on the stomach. Cold-brewed coffee can be heated after the brewing process, or served chilled, over ice, or blended to create a variety of drinks.

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How does Verve make it special?

COLD BREW CARVES OUT ITS PLACE AS A COFFEE SHOP MENU STAPLE

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Go-Go Gadget

Based in Bonny Doon, Bruer LLC has made a big name for itself in the cold-brew gadgetry arena. For all the equipment and information needed to brew your own perfect cold brews, visit their website, bruer.co. Their blog and Brew Guide are both chock-full of tips and instructional insights.

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EL PALOMAR Unique and fresh Mexican cuisine, family recipes. 1336 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, (831) 425-7575, www.elpalomarsantacruz.com

Santa Cruz, (831) 426-4852, www.hulastiki.com

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Authentic Thai cuisine and boba teas in a modern and casual dining atmosphere. 1319 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, (831) 420-1700, www.pacificthaisantacruz.com

PONO HAWAIIAN GRILL AND THE REEF Traditional Hawaiian grill, poke bar, fresh ingredients, full bar. 120 Union St., Santa Cruz, (831) 426-7666, www.ponohawaiiangrill.com

SOIF RESTAURANT & WINE BAR Providing a comfortable place to drink great wine and enjoy food that is as good as the wine. Bottles of wine are for sale in the wine shop. Full bar and cocktails now available. 105 Walnut St., Santa Cruz, 831-423-2020, www.soifwine.com

ZOCCOLI’S Iconic delicatessen, sandwiches, salads, sides. 1534 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, (831) 423-1711, www.zoccolis.com


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DINING GUIDE

The Boardwalk/ Harbor/Wharf THE CROW’S NEST Iconic restaurant and bar located at the harbor. 2218 E. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, (831) 476-4560, www.crowsnest-santacruz.com

Midtown AKIRA Sushi made with fresh-caught seafood and locally grown produce. 1222 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, (831) 6007093, www.akirasantacruz.com

ALOHA ISLAND GRILLE Authentic Hawaiian-style plate lunches. 1700 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz, (831) 479-3299, www.alohaislandgrille.com

BETTY BURGERS Famous for super tasty award-winning burgers. 505 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz, (831) 423-8190, www.bettyburgers.com

THE CRÊPE PLACE Array of savory and sweet crêpes, French food and live music. 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, (831) 429-6994, www.thecrepeplace.com

REAL THAI KITCHEN Fresh, authentic Thai food in Midtown. Offering an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet for $9.95 Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open for lunch and dinner daily. 1632 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz, 831-427-2559, www. realthaisantacruz.com

SEABRIGHT BREWERY Rotating beer selection, with dogfriendly outdoor patio. 519 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz, (831) 426-2739, www.seabrightbrewery.com

CASCADES BAR & GRILL AT COSTANOA California cuisine, local, organic, and handcrafted ingredients. Menu updated seasonally. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. 2001 Rossi Road at Hwy 1, Pescadero, (650) 879-1100, www.costanoa.com

HOLLINS HOUSE At Pasatiempo. Magnificent views, award-winning cuisine, and outstanding wine list. 20 Clubhouse Road, Santa Cruz, (831) 459-9177, www.pasatiempo.com/hollins-house

MISSION ST. BBQ Serving up smoked barbecue, craft beer and live music. 1618 Mission St., Santa Cruz, (831) 458-2222, www.facebook.com/missionstbbq

PARISH PUBLICK HOUSE British-influenced pub food with full bar. 841 Almar Ave., Santa Cruz, (831) 421-0507, www.parishpublickhouse.com

WEST END TAP & KITCHEN Traditional pub flavors with a California twist. 334 Ingalls St., Santa Cruz, (831) 471-8115, www.westendtap.com

WINGSTOP The go-to destination when you crave fresh wings, hand-cut seasoned fries and tasty sides. Save time and order online. 845 Almar Ave., Santa Cruz, (831) 454-9464, www.wingstop.com

Eastside/Capitola AVENUE CAFÉ

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BETTY BURGERS

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Famous for super tasty award-winning burgers. 1000 41st Ave., Santa Cruz, (831) 475-5901, www.bettyburgers.com

BURGER.

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Grass-fed beef, fun atmosphere, and a great beer menu. 1520 Mission St., Santa Cruz, (831) 425-5300, www.burgersantacruz.com

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EAST SIDE EATERY, PLEASURE PIZZA Offering traditional pizza, as well as new and exciting tastes and textures. 800 41st Ave., Santa Cruz, (831) 431-6058, www.pleasurepizzasc.com

PARADISE BEACH GRILLE Fine dining in the Capitola Village. An award-winning beachside restaurant with spectacular ocean views. 215 Esplanade, Capitola, (831) 476-4900, www.paradisebeachgrille.com

THE SAND BAR Capitola's new hot spot for great food, cocktails, and weekly live music. 211 Esplanade, Capitola. (831) 462-1881

SHADOWBROOK

BITTERSWEET BISTRO American bistro cuisine with Mediterranean influences. Outstanding dessert menu and an award-winning wine list. Heated, dog-friendly outdoor patio. Open every day except Monday. 787 Rio Del Mar Blvd., Aptos, 831-662-9799, www.bittersweetbistro.com

BITTERSWEET SUSHI Full-service Japanese restaurant located in Cafe Bittersweet. Offering outstanding quality seafood and housemade sauces. Open evenings, closed Mondays. 787 Rio Del Mar Blvd., Aptos, 831-662-9799, www.bittersweetbistro.com

BURGER.

Fine dining with a romantic setting, cable car lift. A Capitola tradition since 1947. 1750 Wharf Road, Capitola, (831) 475-1511, www.shadowbrook-capitola.com

Grass-fed beef, fun atmosphere, great beer menu. 7941 Soquel Drive, Aptos, (831) 662-2811, www.burgeraptos.com

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CAFE CRUZ Rosticceria and bar, nice atmosphere, fresh and local. 2621 41st Ave., Soquel, (831) 476-3801, www.cafecruz.com

SURF CITY SANDWICH Fast-casual dining with craft sandwiches, gourmet soups, salads, and a microtaproom. 4101 Soquel Drive, (831) 3466952, www.surfcitysandwich.com

TORTILLA FLATS For more than 25 years, their Mexican food has blended the fieriness of Mexico with the sophistication of French sauces, and the earthiness of the Yucatan and complexity of Santa Fe with all the freshness and lightness that Californians expect. 4616 Soquel Drive, Soquel, (831) 476-1754, tortillaflatsdining.com

Aptos/Watsonville APTOS ST. BBQ Santa Cruz County's best smoked barbecue, craft brews and live blues every night. 8059 Aptos St., Aptos, (831) 662-1721, www.aptosstbbq.com

Breakfast and lunch served Tuesday through Sunday. Outdoor dog-friendly patio. 787 Rio Del Mar Blvd., Aptos, 831-662-9799, www.bittersweetbistro.com

CAFE RIO Enjoy ocean-front dining with breathtaking views. 131 Esplanade, Aptos, (831) 688-8917, www.caferioaptos.com

CALIFORNIA GRILL Featuring fresh, local, organic produce from Lakeside Organic Gardens, choice meats, fresh seafood and refreshing drinks. 1970 A Freedom Blvd., Freedom, (831) 722-8052, www.californiagrillrestaurant.com

CILANTROS Authentic Mexican cuisine with fresh ingredients, high-quality meat and seafood. 1934 Main St., Watsonville, (831) 761-2161, www.elpalomarcilantros.com

THE HIDEOUT Fill your plate with good grub, pour a good drink, enjoy attentive and friendly service. 9051 Soquel Drive, Aptos, (831) 688-5566, www.thehideoutaptos.com

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a variety of classic entrees, plus

fresh daily, served with a genuine

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smile. 261 Center Ave., Aptos,

(831) 688-8987,

115 N Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos,

(831) 688-4848,

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(408) 402-3811,

Modern sushi house lures locals with its creative rolls and Japanese fare served in a warm atmosphere. 247 E Campbell Ave., Campbell, (408) 596-5554, www.sushiconfidential.com

www.manuelsrestaurant.com

PALAPAS RESTAURANT & CANTINA

ZAMEEN MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE

www.palaciorestaurant.com

OAK & RYE

Flavorful meals in a casual dining

Coastal Mexican Cuisine. Extensive

Wood-fired pies, small plates and

setting. 7528 Soquel Drive, Aptos,

tequila selection. Happy Hour,

craft cocktails are the draw at this

(831) 688-4465,

and dinner specials.

sophisticated Italian bistro.

www.zameencuisine.com

303 N Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos.

21 Seascape Blvd., Aptos, (831) 662-9000, www.palapasrestaurant.com

Over the Hill

SANDERLINGS IN THE SEASCAPE BEACH RESORT

FORBES MILL STEAKHOUSE

Where your dining experience is as

beef and other prime cuts in a stylish,

spectacular as the view.

fireplace-equipped setting.

1 Seacscape Resort Drive, Aptos,

206 N Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos,

(831) 688-7120,

(408) 395-6434,

www.sanderlingsrestaurant.com

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Upmarket chophouse purveys Kobe

(408) 395-4441, www.oakandryepizza.com

KYOTO PALACE Authentic Japanese steakhouse that has a fun, interactive environment and is great for parties and groups. 1875 South Bascom Ave., Ste. 2500, Campbell, (408) 389-0991, www.kyotopalace.com

Moss Landing HAUTE ENCHILADA CAFE An eclectic menu made with sustainable seafood and local organic produce. Wine and beer tasting plus two art galleries featuring local artists. 7902 Moss Landing Road, Moss Landing, 6335843, www.hauteenchilada.com

THE WHOLE ENCHILADA Mexican seafood restaurant with a relaxed harbor atmosphere. 7904 CA-1, Moss Landing, 633-3038, www.wholeenchilada.com.

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DINING GUIDE

Monterey County ABALONETTI Specializes in Monterey Bay calamari and offers almost a dozen varieties of squid dishes. 57 Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey, (831) 373-1851, www. abalonettimonterey.com

ALVARADO STREET BREWERY Brewery serving craft beer and local eats in a historic space with an industrial vibe. 426 Alvarado St., (831) 655-2337, www. alvaradostreetbrewery.com

BIG FISH GRILL Open for lunch, brunch, and dinner, or stop by to enjoy a cocktail and stunning views at the restaurant’s bar and lounge. The ambiance is casual California and it’s suitable for visitors of all ages. 101 Fisherman's Wharf #1, Monterey, (831) 372-7562, www.bigfishmonterey.com

BULL AND BEAR WHISKEY AND TAP HOUSE Chill hangout with a patio and live music. Dishes up classic American eats plus a variety of brews. 479 Alvarado St., (831) 655-3031, www. bullandbearca.com

CANNERY ROW BREWING CO. A family-friendly, beer-concept restaurant that offers the second largest number of beers available on tap in Northern California. 95 Prescott Ave., Monterey, (831) 643-2722, www. canneryrowbrewingcompany.com

ESTEBAN Chic spot for Spanish and Mediterranean fare with an indoor fireplace and outdoor patio with fire pits. 700 Munras Ave., Monterey, (831) 375-0176, www. hotelcasamunras.com/estebanrestaurant

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DINING GUIDE

JACKS RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE Eatery at the Portola Hotel serving sustainable cuisine in a nauticalthemed dining room and lounge. 2 Portola Plaza, Monterey, (831) 649-2698, www.portolahotel.com/ jacks-restaurant-lounge

MISSION RANCH Serving American comfort food in a farmhouse restored by Clint Eastwood with pastoral views. 26270 Dolores St., Carmel-ByThe-Sea, (831) 624-6436, www. missionranchcarmel.com

MY ATTIC A great place to take a date or go with friends after work for appetizers and signature cocktails with a plush vibe. 414 Alvarado St., Monterey, (831) 647-1834, www.myattic1937.com

MYO FROZEN YOGURT Create your own fro-yo masterpiece with rotating yogurt flavors and a

plethora of fresh, creative toppings. Multiple locations around Monterey County. 1091 S. Main St., Salinas, (831) 759-9769 and 840 Obama Way, Seaside, (831) 375-3769

PASSIONFISH Californian-inspired fare featuring seafood along with hard-to-find wines in a small, modern room. 701 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove, (831) 655-3311, www.passionfish.net

PETER B’S BREWPUB This casual eatery and on-site brewery offers American bar bites, beer flights and growlers. 2 Portola Plaza, Monterey, (831) 649-2699, www.portolahotel.com

RESTAURANT 1833 Sophisticated farm-to-table American fare in a refreshed 1833 house with many stylish seating areas. 500 Hartnell St., Monterey, (831) 643-1833, www. restaurant1833.com

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TAKE TWO IRIS SKATEBOARDS GIVES OLD SKATEBOARDS NEW LIFE Photos courtesy of Iris Skateboards By BRAD OATES

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n a small garage not far from San Francisco’s most infamous waves, at Ocean Beach, George Rocha is quietly reshaping the skateboard industry—one board at a time.

Five years ago, the 40-year-old New England transplant and professional skatepark creator launched Iris Skateboards as “a thing to do when I was not on the road building skate parks.” “It was just me in the garage tinkering away, making these cool little skateboards,” Rocha explains. These “cool

little” boards are handmade using all recycled materials and finished with bright laminated rainbow veneers. He starts by acquiring used, unwanted skateboards—about 200 a week—from Northern California skateboard manufacturers NHS, Inc., in Santa Cruz, and Deluxe, in San Francisco. A single Rocha creation requires a

combination of more than 20 of these discarded boards, which are laminated together, and takes a week from start to finish. The high-end end result of this process caught the eye of Tony Hawk, who “ordered a skateboard off my website like anyone else,” says Rocha. The two struck up a friendship, and when Rocha ventured into surfboard design and posted a photo of the first-ever Iris surfboard on Instagram, Hawk was first in line. “Hawk hit me up right away and said, ‘I’ve got dibs on that thing,’” says Rocha. “The first Iris surfboard is hanging up in Tony Hawk’s living room.” Branching into surfboards and furniture was a

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natural progression for Rocha. “I love to surf. I love crafting furniture,” he says. “So I just figured—recycled skateboards, that’s good wood right there. That’s hard maple. So, naturally, what you make out of it is also going to be nice.” His surfboards are glassed here in Santa Cruz by shaper William “Stretch” Riedel. The duo made what Rocha claims is the first 100-percent recycled surfboard. Rocha no longer relies on building skateparks to make a living. Giving old, worn-down

skateboards a second life has turned into a full-fledged career. “It’s a total trip,” he says of Iris’s success, which he says was bolstered by Hawk’s support and an appearance on the Science Channel’s show How It’s Made. “I’ve been skating since I was 5,” says Rocha, “and it’s pretty much everything to me. My parents were always cool about me building ramps and getting artistic in the driveway. [Now] I basically have the adult version of that, and I couldn’t be happier.”

“HAWK HIT ME UP RIGHT AWAY AND SAID, ‘I’VE GOT DIBS ON THAT THING.’ THE FIRST IRIS SURFBOARD IS HANGING UP IN TONY HAWK’S LIVING ROOM.”

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EVENTS AUGUST & SEPTEMBER

AUGUST 6&7

22ND ANNUAL WATSONVILLE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL This multi-faceted celebration will serve up a menu of strawberry delights, nonstop entertainment, gooey contests, and much more. x Saturday, Aug. 6- Sunday, Aug. 7, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Historic Downtown Watsonville, watsonvillerec.com.

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY BEER WEEK An opportunity to meet local brewers at a variety of different venues, with food pairings and music at select locations. x Santacruzwaves.com/beerweek.

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CALIFORNIA BEER FESTIVAL AT APTOS VILLAGE PARK Friday: Enjoy local chef and beer pairings from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday: Craft Beer Heaven from 1-4:30 p.m. Sunday Funday: Bands, brews and food from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. x Californiabeerfestival.com/santacruz.

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GRIZZLY BEAR FESTIVAL A day of commemorating the once-abundant predator that roamed this “Ranch of the Bear.” Discover what they ate, how they lived, and what made this area famous for its grizzly population. There will be crafts and activities for all ages. x Saturday, Aug. 13, noon-4 p.m. Rancho del Oso Nature & History Center, 3600 Hwy 1 at Waddell Creek, santacruzstateparks.org.

20 SCOTTS VALLEY ART, WINE AND BEER FESTIVAL

Local art, prestigious wineries, live music, micro-breweries and a Family Midway. New this year will be the Cops N Rodders Car Show. x Saturday, Aug. 20, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Skypark, 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley, svartfest.com.

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24TH ANNUAL ALOHA RACES AND POLYNESIAN RACES Celebrate the history of Santa Cruz’s Polynesian connection that began when three Hawaiian princes first rode waves at the mouth of the San Lorenzo River in 1885. x Sunday, Aug. 21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Santa Cruz Wharf, cityofsantacruz.com/departments/parks-recreation.

SEPTEMBER 2-5

64TH ANNUAL CAPITOLA BEGONIA FESTIVAL Fill your Labor Day weekend with awesome activities like a sand sculpture contest, fishing derby, nautical parade of begonia-laden floats, and more. x Friday Sept. 2- Monday, Sept. 5. Capitola Village, begoniafestival.com.

10 & 11 33RD ANNUAL CAPITOLA ART & WINE FESTIVAL

Fun for all ages, with art, wine, music and food in charming Capitola Village, overlooking the beautiful Monterey Bay. x Saturday, Sept. 10 - Sunday, Sept. 11, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Capitola Village, capitolaartandwine.com. Free.

9-11 35TH ANNUAL GREEK FOOD AND CULTURAL FESTIVAL

This festive event features traditional Greek cooking, a bar with Greek beer and wine, and performances by Greek dance groups. x Friday, Sept. 9-Sunday, Sept. 11. Downtown Santa Cruz, livelikeagreek.com.

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CAPITOLA OPERA AT THE BEACH Bring a chair, blanket and picnic to enjoy live opera performed by Bay Shore Lyric Opera Co. x Sunday, Sept. 18, 2-4 p.m. Esplanade Park, Capitola Village, cityofcapitola.org.

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