Day of Destruction

By Tom Modugno of Goleta Surfing

January 2018. A series of mild swells had been rolling through to start the year off, but nothing too memorable. And just a trace of rain, until January 9th. A beast of a storm literally washed away the burned hills above Montecito. As we all know by now, the death and destruction were unbelievable. 

And while the news of the destruction spread through the community, the buoys quietly, and quickly crept up.

By late afternoon, it was pumping.

And on a dark, gloomy afternoon, a small handful of lucky individuals scored some solid Goleta surf. 

While Goleta didn’t suffer the horrible mud slides our neighbors did, we got almost 2.5 inches of rain in a very short period. So the creeks were definitely flushing…


Which meant the water was filthy…


Which meant a lot of surfers opted out.

Which was fine and dandy with the foolhardy few that did venture out to put their immune systems to the test.

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  1. Wow, what a bunch of paranoid people. Hundreds and hundreds of surfers have been going out in this crap for decades and only a tiny fraction ever come down with anything. But if people want to be paranoid, that’s great with me, less people in the water. I’m far more worried about dying going home on the freeway.

  2. RICHYRICH – I’m not sure you are aware of the catastrophe that happened here recently (or else you’re plain simple). You see, we had this massive, deadly mudslide recently, it was the worst we’ve ever had in our history. So no, you are just wrong. Surfers have NOT “been going out in this crap for decades.” Hope this clears things up for you!

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