Thursday, November 05, 2009
Alternative venue #3 for the proposed Swamis contest: The Ranch
This is a photo of a surf spot called Big Drake's. It is a perfect longboard wave and is the most logical location for a world championship contest.
Because I am a very helpful person I have already proposed an alternative venue for the 2010 Womens Longboard Championship. Since Swamis is a terrible location for the contest (for a long list of reasons) I had suggested holding it on Tavarua island in Fiji.
The complaints about that location was that it was too far away and that the wave itself is out of the league and skill level of the competitors (an odd complaint for a world championship professional event but so be it). Luckily I have thought of the perfect place to have the contest!
There is a zone of epic surf just under the tip of Point Conception called The Ranch. It has the best surfing pointbreaks in California and maybe the world. It is the ultimate longboard surfing zone. There has never been a surf contest at The Ranch.
The Ranch is on private land and average people who are not owners must boat in from Gaviota to surf there. This won't be a problem for the contest because many of the former contest sponsors are Ranch landowners and have access by road.
Undeveloped coastal California and the surf is perfect.
Having the 2010 Womens Longboard World Championship at The Ranch would be historic. The contest would be covered by every surf media outlet in the world. The contestants would get to surf the best longboard waves on Earth in a pristine environment. And the contest would not infringe on public access like at Swamis because the public cannot get into The Ranch.
This is a win win for all parties.
Learn more about The Ranch on Surfline, click here
Pictured is the first surf spot you encounter as you drive into The Ranch. Incredibly there are more waves like this within The Ranch. The wave above is a million times better than Swamis, I know because I have surfed it several times.