What’s it like being a surfer in SF? What are the pros and the cons?
The water is cold year round, which a lot of people will call a con, but I find it to be very refreshing. It probably keeps the beginner crowd down too. The scene is small and friendly. Con: The summer months are cold and onshore. We do, however, have a pretty wide variety of spots within a 2-hour window that if the wind or swell is doing one thing or another, there’s usually somewhere else to go that’s good enough.
What got you into surfing in the first place?
I grew up on Lake Ontario, which gets choppy wind-waves in stormy weather. Whenever a storm came through we would run to the beach and body surf all day in the wind and algae instead of hunkering down inside. We looked forward to those days more than the sunny ones. When I moved to California it was a no-brainer to try surfing. My youth on the Great Lakes made the ocean less intimidating.
Being in “the biz,” what are your favorite, top five cannabis products these days?
Being in “the biz,” my cabinets are full of free samples, so I get to try a lot of stuff. I’m quite sensitive to the nuances between different strain genetics, and a lot of the legal stuff white washes it to a simple “sativa,” “indica,” or even more generic “uplift,” “relax,” etc. I know what strains consistently give me a good or bad experience, and I’d like to know the genetic details of what I’m consuming. Who cares if the name is goofy, it’s weed, not Target vitamins! So, I’d rather be smoking something less-removed from the farmer. One brand that is dependable is Flow Kana. They provide processing and distribution to small family farms in Northern California and offer only sun-grown organic flower. You can really tell the difference, the vibes are way higher. Pure Beauty also has solid flower and their cigarette joints are fun. Rose Delights are the best edibles; They’re 5mg “Turkish Delight” style gummies made from single-strain rosin and real, fresh, local ingredients; super high standards in a space that often just squirts bullshit oil into sour patch kids. Mary Joe is a CBD brand you might recognize from the Barry Mcgee art on their packaging. They’re mostly known for their infused cold brew, but they have this water-soluble tincture that can be stirred into any beverage with no oily residue, and it hits really quick. It’s great in a bowl of soup, no joke.
Any parting thoughts, words of wisdom, or sage advice?
Hang up and thrive.