SC Rider John Noris Travel Update: 5 Days of Santa Cruz with Photographer Michael Barrus

Words: John Noris
Photos: Michael Barrus
With bad weather forecasted in Southern California for a couple of days, Michael Barrus and I decided to make our way up to Santa Cruz for a couple of days to try and score some waves and visit some friends.

Day One:
We decided that with a little bit of south in the water we’d try and score The Wedge in Newport Beach but with unfavorable winds, Ended up surfing 54th street. I struggled to even catch a wave, but Daniel Shea here found some big ramps and took advantage. I had to stop at the Brazilian Consulate in Los Angeles to try and get my visa for an upcoming trip and from there we drove up to Michael’s parents house in San Mateo County for the night.
Daniel SheaDay Two: We met up with our good friends Matt Myers and Noah Wegrich at a wedgy wave in the Santa Cruz area for some punt ramps and sharky vibes! Although none of us said anything in the water, when we got out we all mentioned that we had seen shadows in the waves but didn’t want to scare each other by saying so. I guess it’s just part of surfing up here. We ended the day with a quick session at pleasure point followed by Matt Myers’ hot tub just blocks away.
Suiting up at one of my favorite waves north of Point Conception.And finally getting to surf it for the first time since October!
John Noris
John Noris
John NorisI was able to boost a couple but my homie Matt Myers showed me how to really surf the wave… here are some pictures of him BOOSTING some sick airs!
Matt Myers
Matt Myers
Matt Myers
Santa CruzDay Three: Noah and Matt had obligations for the day so it was just Michael and I on a mission to score a couple of waves. The swell had dropped a lot but we were still able to get a couple of fun waves in Mid-town, Santa Cruz.
The Rivermouth.The RivermouthDay Four: With Michael having to get to LAX tomorrow evening, we decided to start making our way back down to SoCal, but not before hitting up one of San Mateo County’s fine skate parks. We had a fun skate session with some of the locals and made our way down to San Luis Obispo to visit some friends for the evening.
John SkateparkDay Five: Hung out at the house in SLO on Kentucky street with the homies, dropped off Michael at LAX for his flight over to Bali, and just got home a couple of minutes ago. It was definitely a fun weekend with some fun waves and good times with friends!