Ash and Water
By Tom Modugno of Goleta Surfing
December 2017 in Goleta. Zero rain. One crazy wildfire. Barely any surf.
We did, however, get our fill of Mars-like sunsets and sucking ash into our lungs, as the Thomas fire burned its way into the record books.
Ash covered everything.
There were reports of epic, empty sessions at usually super crowded spots... but an N95 mask was required and goggles were recommended.
Eerily beautiful sunsets were the only silver lining.
But the air had moments of clarity, and a few waves made themselves available.
Some nice little rollers in the cove were just enough for Cole Robbins to have fun with.
Cole had just gotten home from Taiwan where he did very well in the World Longboard Championship. Now he was enjoying some mellow Goleta nuggets.
Evidently, love was in the air.
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