San O

November 12, 2008

Before I get into this, let me apologize straight away for upsetting the rest of the country. What can I say, there are a lot of not so good things about living in Southern California….the weather isn’t one of them. The sunshine is why half the world lives here for cryin out loud. Anyway, I surfed the morning away today at San Onofre. To put it into perspective, San Onofre is to surfing what Wrigley Field is to baseball. As perfect a venue as there is to perform the act. Pure. Simple. Good vibes. The whole enchilada. On any given day at San O you might find yourself in the water with a 90 year old man, an elite pro, a woman, and a 6 year old. Bamboo roofed huts, people playing the ukulele, hot girls, you get the picture. If you’re from the area, this is probably where you learned to surf. Even though there’s often a healthy amount of folks in the water, there’s a relative lack of tension and a genuine feeling of good will. One interesting fact about surfing is that the Babe Ruths and Ted Williams and Ty Cobbs of the sport are still alive and many of them still frequent this spot. It’s very odd to be paddling back out after a wave and almost get run over by a surfing legend. It be like Joe Schmoe being able to pitch to Willie Mays and have him whistle a liner over his head.  After playing in the shopping mall atmosphere of most big league parks, Wrigley or Fenway or Yankee Stadium always reminded me why I was playing. Similaraly, after battling it out in the mostly over crowded waves of Orange County, San O always clears my head and gives me a fresh dose of stoke for the sport. Cheers.

5 Responses to “San O”

  1. Royce the Cherokee says:

    Great Day on the planet for you! Spent a few days here and there close by at C. Pendelton. San O, beatiful babes and waves, redwood and wax and a few thousand bad asses just down the road if somebody gets too rowdy! This is a wonderful country.

  2. Royce the Cherokee says:

    Not to pour water on the stoke;but on a baseball note I’ve read a few artilces on LaRussa lately and my gut says I’m not buying the whole baseball genius thing. I do know for a fact that Willie Shoemaker never rode a donkey to the Winners Circle…any thoughts from the Mayne frame?

  3. Brent Mayne says:

    You’re right, Royce, you gotta have the horses to win. Sounds kind of weird since I’ve played about a billion games against the guy, but I don’t really know too much about him. As far as how he deals with people, players, media, etc I haven’t heard too much either positive or negative. I do know that he is about as hands on as anyone when it comes to making decisions during games. He’s not exactly the “make the lineup and roll em out there and see what happens” type. Baseball genius? That might be a little much in my opinion.

  4. Royce the Cherokee says:

    Headin’ down to the DR on Monday. I hope to check out the Mayne page when I return after a handfull of moons. Maybe I’ll see some serious sandlot action to talk about. P.S. Chunking Badens, I saw you play college basketball and then saw you swing the schlagle back in the day for the Boise Hawks, ” Hey kid, you were good”.

  5. Thanks Royce, I still owe ticket violations from my 1969 AMC Rebel Wagon….I would imagine my posting at the PO is down by now. Me and our catcher paid 135.00 bucks for that ride, we chipped in 65 a piece. No insurance, registration, etc….but hey it sure beat walking to the park…

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