Flew to my home town, Cocoa Beach, Florida is visit family and surf some of the big sets generated by hurricane Irene. Was loaned a 9′ 0″ O’Hare:
Pat O’Hare is a local surfing legend and has been making boards for years. In fact, my very first board was a James & O’Hare.
I could not have timed the trip better. Flew into Orlando just before the storm came in and flew out after it headed up north. On Thursday it was way too choppy and gnarly to go out. The next two days it was fantastic for Cocoa Beach. Chest to overhead and stacking up three deep. Plenty of push and shape. Had a couple of great sessions and surfed until it felt that my arms were going to fall off. Went out again Sunday but it was back to typical Cocoa Beach surf – low and slow. Here is a video that was taken in Cocoa Beach and Satellite Beach and really does a good job of showing the surf generated by Irene.
Fortunately, Irene stayed about 200 miles out and there was no local damage.
In downtown Cocoa Beach Florida, there is a great surf shop, Quiet Flight.
They have been around for quite some time and have an extensive collection of boards for sale or rent. This is the shop where I rent an SUP board when I want to do some paddle boarding will in Cocoa Beach.
As is the case with many of the local surf shops, they have many vintage boards on display.
They have a pretty nice website and also carry an extensive line of gear and clothing.
Drove up to Moss Landing half way between Monterey and Santa Cruz. We took the Beach Hut and stayed at the local KOA Express. The campground is located at the harbor, walking distance from “downtown” and a short walk to the beach. We had a great spot. Plenty of trees and on the corner as you came into the park, so a nice place for Cooper.
The first day we had lunch at the local Mexican joint, “The Whole Enchilada”.
The food, service and prices were great.
On Friday we had lunch at the world-famous “Phil’s Fish Market & Eatery”. The fish & chips were fantastic and I loved the clam chowder.
Downtown Moss Landing has a variety of restaurants, antique shops, a post office and other miscellaneous business.
At the end of town, take a left, go past the harbor and over the bridge and that is where you will find Phil’s and a lot of fishing related buildings. I did manage to fit in an SUP session around the harbor each day. Saturday it was quite foggy, but it was cool being around the seals, otters and birds.
On the way out-of-town, we stopped at the Thistle Hut for some fresh artichokes.
Added another plaque to continue our flip-flop theme.