This may surprise you – but this beach is not on a tropical island. It is however, within the subtropical zone… geographically speaking. And no, that’s not a Harlequin romance novel; it’s a Theories of Communication textbook. Clearly, I’ve been spending a lot of time nerding out lately. You see, the beach pictured here is actually my backyard at the extremely beautiful, yet extremely academically rigorous University of California, Santa Barbara. We just finished a grueling week of finals, and now I am back at home in San Diego for the summer. While this photo looks like – and quite literally is – a day at the beach, it is also a day in which I had several hours of class, and probably like, a million hours of studying. Luckily, while UCSB is on a super fast paced quarter system, we also are located right on the beach, so we have some pretty great opportunities to de-stress.
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You know those days where you have a lot on your plate but all you desire is getting in the water for a surf? But low and behold you show up and it’s flat and blown to smithereens. Suddenly your mind flashes back to your to-do list and excuses start flowing. You just have to go for it though.
There has hardly been a time when I went surfing in less than ideal conditions and felt worse than before I went. No matter how tired you are or how many excuses you have, just getting in the water will recharge you and make you happy you went after all. Regardless of conditions, the ocean has a way of supporting us, so do what you gotta do, but don’t forget to get wet somewhere along the way.
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Laguna Beach local Brandy Faber is the Marketing Director At Roark and a connoisseur of crawling through Cabo. Here’s his hybrid packing techniques for staying stocked an stoked.
The first time I went to Cabo we went straight to the store from the airport. One of our purchases was a Styrofoam cooler that we stocked with the important essentials of beer and water to have while we surfed on the desolated East Cape.
The Styrofoam cooler didn’t hold up very well and I was bummed to (more…)
I just got back from a trip that involved over 22 hours of in air flying time, each way. And what’s one of the first things I did when I got home? Started thinking of where I want to travel next.
There’s just something about traveling somewhere new, whether it’s within driving distance, or across the globe in a country where you don’t even write in the same alphabet, that is invigorating, exhilarating, inspiring, and educational. This is a combo that is quite addicting. In a great way. (more…)