recap of some naked surf fun and watching sea life at Black’s Beach

I’ve already written up about Black’s Beach twice – in general, and on our first nude surfing experience there specifically – but as I’m finishing the latest Californian series of blogposts, I can’t help adding some new footage from surfing there again, as well as photos of marine life.

Well, I guess I have to promise to post another video in the future when I improve both my surfing skills and using GoPro camera. It was my very first attempt to shoot a video with GoPro on a surfboard, so I’m pretty confident the next one will be better. In any case, it was still a lot of fun to play with the waves naked. And it was very liberating too, especially after that pretty long (especially when you carry a surfboard) hike down the dirt trail from the parking lot to the beach.

I was very happy to find quite a few other naked surfers (including one woman) on those days. And a couple of days ago, as I was preparing my footage for this post, I got across this recent video of a guy surfing naked at Black’s Beach.

Who knows, maybe some time soon those nude surfing contests will be back at Black’s Beach?!

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Black’s Beach would be also perfect for a barefoot (or should I say bare all around?) running race, with its perfect flat wet sand (not necessarily submerged in water, as on the photo above, but running in water could be a sport of its own).

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Speaking of sand at Black’s Beach, it fascinated me quite a lot how those sand grains of different colors formed various patterns

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depending on the waves and tides.

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These patterns change from place to place as you walk along the beach,

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and throughout the day too.

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The symmetry of this pattern is amazing

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but inexplicable to me due to lack of enough knowledge in physics and geology 😎

Even more exciting view followed from the ocean, however!

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Well, it could also be a worrisome sight, if I thought those might be sharks… But dolphins are a lot commoner in these water, and the fountain from the blowhole revealed their identity with certainty.

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I’ve never seen wild dolphins in the ocean so close!

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(I have to specify “in the ocean”, because I did swim with wild river dolphins in the Amazon, and canoed next to sea dolphins in the mangroves in Florida.)

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Another time, dolphins appeared at sunset.

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They were even more active, probably feasting on a shoal of fish,

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and I hoped to get a picture of a dolphin jumping above the setting sun 😀 Was that too much to ask? Well, I got pretty close to it!

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As a bonus afterwards, a seal came by as well, but it was getting too dark to take a decent picture of it.

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Once again, Black’s Beach proved to be an amazing site for beach activities and marine life observation. I can’t wait to go back!

naked surfing at Black’s Beach

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Neither our trip, nor our summer were endless, unfortunately, but what a splendid end we had! (If you haven’t guessed, I’m referring to the surfer movie classics, ‘the Endless Summer.’) So, after biking and hiking through Big Sur, we took the Pacific Surfliner train to San Diego in search of our perfect wave. Our Cali experience wouldn’t have been complete without surfing, and of course, we didn’t want to spoil our naked adventures by having to wear a wetsuit. Luckily, I knew from my previous visit to San Diego that Black’s Beach offered warm water and pretty good waves for surfing. I also read about Naked Surfing Event held at Black’s Beach in 2010, and I contacted ‘Things to Do Nude’ team who organized it. One of them, Dan, got back to me and sounded happy to offer a couple of surfing lessons to fellow naturist enthusiasts. He arranged surfboards for all three of us, and there we were, walking with them down the steep trail to the beach.

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That alone was a good warm up exercise, and after we waxed the surfboards and stretched a bit we were ready to go in water.

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After chilly waters of northern and central California, this felt really warm; the day was calm and with good waves for the beginner level surfing.

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One of my favorite things about surfing is that it teaches you to feel the ocean, to feel which wave is worth a wait and which is good to take.

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It was mostly white water surfing for me,

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but it was still a lot of fun!

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Despite Tam grew up in Australia and Niko had lived in California and Sydney for a few years, I was the only one with surfing experience. However, as Dan promised, Niko managed to ride the wave on the first day.

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During the low tide, he was more interested in something else though… as water retreated, it left a some kelp on otherwise perfectly flat sand surface.

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Niko got a taste of playing with kelp in the beginning of our trip at Año Nuevo beach, so now he knew what to do and seemed like a pro kelp-poi boy 🙂

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On our last day at Black’s Beach, we had the perfect sunset.

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It inspired us to take a picture in the aforementioned ‘Endless Summer’ movie poster style,

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as well as other photographs.

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Jumping over the sun is a beach photo classics, and we had the perfect moment for that.

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Jumping out of water above the sun? Even better!

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Our efforts weren’t left unnoticed, and a passer-by offered to take a photo of all of us, united, X-shaped against the beautiful sunset background, and it turned out great! Then we found out that creative gentleman worked as an improvisation coach. Obviously, he must be good at it!

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That was about it… it was sad that our adventure was coming to an end, but we were all inspired to do something of this kind again!

Here is a special bonus treat from our trip, a time-lapse video with our beach fun memories.