by Dean Christener
Arriving down here in Southern California, I really had no idea what to expect having spend hardly any time in the area. At no surprise however I loved the area, people, and lifestyle, giving me a comfortable feel similar to back home in Hawaii.
I stayed primarily in Dana Point where I did lots of training both in flat water, as well using my JP Race 12’6″ board in some surf in preparation for the Surf to Victory Race. My time spent there, I competed in the Henessey US Championships held at Doheney Beach Park. Was a great race that I learned a lot from and ended up taking 5th place, which I was happy with.
Later in the week after some more endurance practice and surfing with the Race board, I headed down to Carlsbad to compete in the Surf to Victory Race. Its a Slalom Surf race held in heats which was unlike anything I had done before.
The event was a blast and I ended up finishing in 5th overall. My last day down there I met up with Chuck Patterson, legendary waterman as we scored a great south swell, catching some of the best waves I’ve ridden on a SUP.
Great trip overall, and would like to thank everyone down there for their support and hospitality, as well JP for helping me make this all happen!