Point Mugu, California, Surfing

Southern California has a great surf break in a remote area that breaks very hollow and fast and to our knowledge has been surfed by few female surfers because of limited access and the difficulty level required by advanced surfers. Savannah spent a few weeks surfing California with the Thornsley and Wilson families warming up and chilling out during the NSSA National Championships.

Point Mugu, California Surfing Location

When I was told that I'd be surfing on a remote, restricted military base in southern California, all I could think about was white sharks, cold water and big threatening waves.  Tyler's dad had been emailing us photographs of them getting shacked for several days before I departed Florida and I was biting at the bit and ready to joust with my first U.S. west coast waves.  Josh and Amy Wilson escorted me on my plane ride from Orlando to Los Angeles Airport where we were immediately chauffeured by Kevin Thornsley on a couple of hour drive to our surfing destination. As the mile markers went by and we drew closer to Point Mugu in our rental suburban the reality that we were gonna be in great surf within a short time was making my senses tingle with nervousness.  When we were within a few miles of Mugu, Kevin started chanting... "Mugu...Mugu...Mugu...." my heart started pumping and once I spied the waves, my anxieties grew to anxiousness to surf the perfect 3 - 5 foot tubing hollow waves beaconing us on to their challenge.

Orlando's Sea World did not prepare me for swimming with the barking dogs of the lineup including sea lions, elephant seals and smaller harbor seals.  Having never surfed with seals before I was surprised that we were almost immediately inspected upon entering the water as several seals casually slipped by to check us out as if additional security for the military police.

Kevin's description of this wave seemed understated and for the first time in my life I was faced with perfect pitching waves that looked like something out of Hawaii or a surf magazine, having the strength to snap your board or your neck with a wrong decision or slip of the foot.  My goal... to get the best tube ride and go home with the story, experience and possibly photographs for Mom & dad, I had no idea how unyielding Mugu would be in taking me on my first real deep tube and possibly giving me the confidence to attack the north shore of Hawaii's Pipeline later this winter.

I sat in the lineup for what seemed like an eternity while my coach Josh took his first wave and then another.  Josh is regular footed (left foot front) and was having a difficult time negotiating his first waves backside but managed to grab a nice one and pigdog his way into a nice barrel or two by the second day.  I know Josh is out of practice on these but each successive wave and everyday he managed to get deeper and deeper into the barrel while I struggled to get the nerve to stall into the pit and disappear into a cavern of water I needed to satisfy my itch for that perfect tube.

Josh Wilson

A great start for my coach Josh Wilson in a Point Mugu barrel above. (click here to continue with my quest for the perfect tube).

Florida East Coast Surfing Photographs

East Coast and Central Florida Surfing Photographs (mostly) of Sebastian Inlet, RC's, Cocoa Beach Pier, 2nd light, New Smyrna, South Florida's Reef Road, Jupiter some of Central America and various other areas.

We hope you enjoy watching Savannah and her surfing friends grow up together and encourage parents and competitors to send us photographs with your stories to include on the site.

Here are some surfing pictures to look at now:



2009
Ron Jon's Photo Shoot
Sebastian Inlet Pro
Juno Pier NSSA
Sixteenth Birthday
Satellite Beach NSSA
Roxy, Ron Jon, ESA Allstars & Regionals
Spring Break 2009
Start of Summer
Mexico Trip


Hawaii Surfing 2007
Hawaii North Shore
Hawaii Part 2
Hawaii Part 3
Hawaii Part 4
Hawaii Part 5
Hawaii Part 6


Guatemala Surfing 2007
Surfing Guatemala
Guatemala Surf
Josh Wilson in Guatemala
Viking Surfboards in Guatemala

Puerto Rico Surfing 2007
Surfing Puerto Rico

Mexico Surfing 2009
The Black Sand Beach
The Perfect Wave (Las Olas Perfecion)
A Great End

Mexico Surfing 2008
This Years Trip
La Ticla
Santa Cruiz
Mexico Surfing 2007
Surfing Mexico 2007
Big Mexican Waves
Point Breaks in Mexico
Surfing Blahs of Mexico
Mexico Surfing 2006
Mexico Mainland Surfing
Mexico Surfing 2006
Mexico Surfing Adventures
Mexico Surfing Pictures
Mexican Girls Surfing
Tube Riding Mexico
Mexico Surf Sequence


Florida Surfing Locations
Cherry Down Park
Cocoa Beach Pier
1st Light PAFB
Monster Hole
Second Light
Carbon Fiber Surfboard
16th Street Cocoa Beach
Patrick Air Force Base
Ramp Skateboarding
RC's Video
RC's Satellite Beach
Sebastian Inlet Surfing
First Peak Sebastian Florida
Second Peak Sebastian Florida
Jupiter Inlet
South Florida
Juno Beach, Florida
Cocoa Beach, Florida
Coral Cove
Competition Photos & Movies
March 2007 NSSA Contest Weekend
May 2007 ESA Contest at Sebastian

Rip Curl Grom Search
2008 at New Smyrna


SIMA Surfing America
2008 USA Championships & Team Trials


2006 NSSA Nationals - South California
Point Mugu TubeQuest 2006 ESA Championships - Cape Hatteras
Cape Hatteras, NC, Surfing
Cape Hatteras 2008

More Photos and story on Wet Magazine's website of Savannah's Cape Hatteras Trip.

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