So Long 2020

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So Long 2020
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By Tom Modugno of Goleta Surfing

December 2020 brought us surf, and the end of a long, ugly year.

One early December day, we found a few local boys dominating the line up at Campus Point.

Vinny Leonelli, Brian Switzer and Sam Harden were making the most of a weak swell, but it was only the beginning of a long run of waves.

The afternoon sun made for a nice backdrop to the mellow scene.

The mellow was about to end, however. This winter is going to be crowded.

Covid crowds. Students without classrooms and people without jobs have discovered surfing. Or maybe they already knew about it, but now they've got lots of spare time to do it.

Places that used to be special and sacred are now just another surf spot on the Instagram feed.

From dawn to dusk, beaches are now busy places.

But let's not focus on that...

Surfing for me has always been about getting out into nature and enjoying my surroundings, and it will continue to be that way.

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Hammonds Hound Jan 17, 2021 07:11 AM
So Long 2020

I’ve heard that popular surf spots in Santa Cruz
are so crowded that the Coast Guard is now patrolling them.

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