We all have that dream travel destination; the trip of a lifetime bucket list item. We have probably got a picture of it on our fridge, our phone or computer desktop and stare dreamily at it when we are having a bad day and need a bit of inspiration.
For me, it’s the USA.
I have been fascinated by America since I was a child which stems from my dad and his tales of his epic two month road trip across Canada and the States back in the 80’s. I grew up mesmerised by the USA and its culture, favouring American TV shows over our dull British offerings; everything over there seemed vibrant, colourful and cool by comparison. I spent hours pouring over the map, tracing dad’s journey and vowing one day that I would follow in his footsteps.
His trip of a lifetime began in Montreal before heading to New York and then back again. From there he took the train through the Rocky Mountains to Vancouver. He then hired a car and drove into Oregon, down to San Francisco. From there he took the iconic highway one taking in Carmel and Monterey before heading to Reno, Los Angeles, then San Diego and across the border of Mexico. And if that wasn’t enough, he drove all the way back up through California back up to Vancouver before flying home!
I came across these old photos the other day that he took during his trip. They have faded so much over the years but I love their retro look. They are awesome pictures and I want to frame them to inspire me. It will also be a cool thing to do in his memory.
Since getting into surfing, the dream trip has taken on a new meaning. I really want to cruise along highway one and explore California, the birthplace of surfing in the USA and learn more about its history. I want to longboard in Malibu, see Mavericks, the legendary big wave surf spot which captured my imagination in the film ‘Riding Giants‘ and visit Santa Cruz, the setting for ‘Chasing Mavericks‘ and home of surfing pioneer Jack O’Neill. It’s also where the Lost Boys was filmed – my favourite movie of all time and I would love to visit the Beach Boardwalk where some of the iconic scenes of the movie took place.
And as a big fan of the championship tour, its my ultimate dream to coincide the trip with my favourite tour stops; the iconic Trestles, considered one of the best waves in the world and Huntington Beach, known as ‘Surf City’ where surfing began in the States. Huntington may not have the best waves but it’s where my favourite female pro surfer Lakey Peterson claimed her first championship tour win in 2012.
For now, I will make do with watching it on the screen. The US Open of Surfing is on until 3rd August and I’m tuning in to see if Lakey will score her first win of the 2015 season!