August 25, 2010
Today we woke up at 7am to prepare for a morning of surfing in Malibu. We were taking public transit to the beach so we left pretty early to ensure we would be there on time. The sun was already really high in the sky when we headed out around 8am to catch the bus. Taking the bus along the Pacific Coast Highway was breathtaking! So beautiful and it was great to check out the amazing waves. Our bus trip was kind of ruined however by this crazy old hippie crackhead on the bus who felt it was necessary to be overly racist and horrible the whole way to Malibu. He kept dropping his coffee cup of booze and kept blaming other people for it. “What kind of people are you? That you don’t even help another human out when he drops his shit on the bus? No wonder there will be another war when there is so many useless people who don’t even tell you when you are dropping your shit.” It was really annoying. At one point, he said in my direction “Who do you think you are??? A movie star or something?”. LOL….
We arrived at the beach a little bit early and wandered around the beach area before heading down to the surfers area. We met our instructor Zuma and got suited up in wet suits. After some onland instruction and tips he took us out into the water. I promptly sucked at surfing and couldn’t even stay on my board lying down — I didn’t get to the actual surfing part. Turns out you need to have incredible upper body strength to surf which I obviously don’t have. Byron was fantastic however. He could actually swim through the waves on his board — and when I decided to sit the rest of the lesson out he actually caught some waves which was amazing!!! I got some great shots of him preparing to surf. It was so great! After a bit of surfing, he too was exhausted from the crazy waves. We thanked Zuma and headed off on our way back to Santa Monica. We went shopping for awhile on the 3rd Street Promenade and then had an amazing fresh sushi feast at this great little sushi bar that we found along the way.
After stuffing our faces we walked back down to Santa Monica beach and had a nice sun nap for a bit before heading back to the hotel because we had to go get our bikes to return them to the bike rental shack before 6pm. Our ride back to the shack was seamless — we got through traffic perfectly. The great thing about Santa Monica is that everyone rides beach cruisers here and there is bike lanes on every street. No one wears helmets because the roads and pathways are so safe and slow. It was perfect. I really wish that Calgary had bike paths like this. Nice and wide, and no crazy bell-ringing neurotic riders/commuters that we experience in Calgary. After returning the bikes, we walked back down to Washington Street along the Venice Beach Boardwalk and got some delicious ice cream to share and to watch the sun set. So romantic and lovely. It was getting pretty chilly so we grabbed some lattes and headed back to the hotel to watch TV and pack for our flight tomorrow for San Francisco!
While we didn’t get to go to Hollywood or all of the typical stuff to do in LA, I really enjoyed being in Anaheim and in Santa Monica. When I come back to LA, I will definitely be staying close to the beach in Santa Monica and spending my time relaxing at the beach and shopping. Oh and eating seafood and sushi!