Plaskett Creek Campground Sept 24,25,26. Reserve your spot to be part of the legendary event! Bring your boards. Bring your women and children, Being your beer Bring more beer. I'm told spots are filling up fast, perhaps some of you may want to get together and reserve the group campsite if necessary. No host, no official raffle, no price tags (bring what you can for swapping. Get Ray drunk you never know what you'll bring home!) Camp sites just became reservable today for late Sept. Any questions post them here and everyone can figure it out. Keg stands optional.
I got campsite #29.
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As could be expected my crew will be there. All of them. And I am sanding an incut fish today so I will have some new toys too. Does anybody have any numbers for a Sand Dollar Gun type board. Maybe I will bring a propers serious wave board this year. Let the feasting begin. Darren Leader of the Lost Boys and a few lucky girls too.
Darren, here is the orange board I rode last year.
Lost boys is a good name, but you will always be the Mira Mesa boys in my book.
kniiice! this just made my day!
I just reserved site #27 so if anyone is looking for a good region to be in that would be it. Darren
There will be T-shirts again.
I'm working on it....maybe we can channel the funds raised on shirts towards some serious keggery...?
I'd like to go this year. Is anyone else bringing kids, or is this more of a bohemian kind of even?
There were a ton of chilluns running around last year...family friendly for sure.
Nice. Just got my reservation. I pitty whoever gets the site next to us. My kids are loud.
Gentlemen, do you realize how hard it is for people like me who live hundreds of miles away when we read about your reservations and preparations for this annual event, knowing that you will have a great time and that we cannot join the fun? I've been a Swaylock's member for more than five years now, and each year it's the same story of watching the preparation of the annual migration to Plaskett Creek and then reading the reports and just wishing I could have made it...
I say ENOUGH OF THAT !!!!!
This year you will have to endure a bad English-speaking infamous frog-eater: I just decided that I would join the crew, securing BTW the "further travelled member award".
John Mellor very generously offered me to share his spot and I still have to work out a few details but I'm definitely coming.
So glad that I will actually get to know some of you (and to meet again a few I already know)!!!
The idea is to rent a van and spend some time before and after the event driving along the coast and hopefully meeting some more swaylockians...
More on this as things get a bit more precise...
please get in touch with me and let me know how I may be able to assist.
airport pickup (LAX), place to crash, logistics, boards...anything.
will Mrs. Balsa be accompanying?
Hello Tyler, no, Mrs Balsa won't be accompanying. Not being a surfer herself (nobody's perfect), she fears being amongst a group of surfing stories tellers, shape tricks swappers and beer drinkers. I told her that nothing could be further from the truth but she didn't buy it. I would have loved to bring her along but it looks like a no-no. Besides, someone has to take care of the house and kids ha-ha...
Of course I will let you know if I need anything. Right now, I'm just trying to choose the best way to do things. I was thinking maybe to land in LA or San Diego on monday 20, rent a camping van of some sort and slowly drive up along the coast to Plaskett Creek, trying to meet a maximum of swaylockians along the way and to see all those mythical spots... Then board a plane in SF to go back home on sunday or so... But things are not so easy, it seems; renting a van in LA and returning it in SF, for one, sounds difficult and expensive... I'm open to any ideas from all of you guys for this trip.
Don't worry about the board. I'm going to have it sent to you soon. I just have had a hard time lately with lower back problems but I'm OK now.
Woooow! Can't wait untill September...
Balsa Balsa Balsa ;) woohoo DUDE! Awesome!!!! I'll be up there all week, spot 35; King of the Hill. What's your poison...... muhahahahah
OMG...can you bring the Pax Franco-Americano board too?!?!?!?!
Ok, can some one give me details of how to find plaskett creek. a campervan or car hire, type of surf and weather . hot or cold.
Any links email to pandanus_surfboards @aapt.net.au . cool would love to get there
Plasket Creek, Big Sur, California, USA....Near Monterey ,California.....
...I've seen more than one spelling for Plasket...Paskett....Plassket....
...Sand Dollar Beach is the surf spot....internet search...change the spelling and "caps"....lots of cool stuff.......
Ok, so where do I fly to, what is a good camper van company. is it hot or cold.
sort of know I have to go to LA. then do I drive or fly.
LA is probably where you'd fly into. SF is closer. Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) from either to Big Sur. Plaskett is at the south end of Big Sur. http://www.recreation.gov/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=70161
dunno bout renting a camper, pretty expensive. Rent a compact and buy a tent and sleeping bag. We have had fog, sun or rain, depending on the year. Ya never know. Water will around 58-60 F. Waves have run the gamut from knee to 2x-3x OH.
Hi Pandanus -
If you decide to come over, an econo car and tent camping is worth considering. I will be there from Thursday until Sunday. I can let you use one of my extra tents and camping stuff. There are usually boards available for the asking. Just PM me if there's anything I can do from this end.
I checked in to motorhome rentals for Balsa and these places seem to be about as good as any for the 19 foot bubble top models... as always, beware of hidden charges. Things like mileage charges and one-way drop off fees can add up fast.
oh man...this explains one of the weirdest things I saw last fall. I was down there around this time last year and there were way more surfers with way cooler boards than I'd ever seen at sand dollar/ plasket campground before. I even saw some guy in the campground had a little grey paipo with a big hoop fin and I tripped out a bit. I'd never seen (or heard of) a hoop fin before then and no one else in the car saw it. I almost drove another loop back through the camp just to check out the board again.
I've actually never stayed in the campground, but spent the night on the ridge road and up nacimiento dozens of times. Is there a pretty fun scene up there as well (in the little meadow on the left or a higher up on that knoll off to the right) or do you guys mostly just stay down in the campground area.
I'm totally throwing the mini-lofted futon matress setup back into the campershell and cruzing down with as many crazy boards as I can fit for this though. I've been up and down the coast more than once now and this area in big sur (nacimiento to willow creek) still hits the spot every time!
We had such a nice time last year, I really wished it had lasted a week!
Balsa, too bad you couldn't convince Madame Balsa. There were wives and kids there and the more the merrier. Here's a few pics from last year. There was a thread with a lot more pics started just after the weekend.
Hello Llilibel, Catherine "Da Cat" Balsa won't be there but there is a slight possibility that my 22 YO daughter Gabrielle will... Providing she's back from Australia in time... Right now she's heading north to Darwin with some boys and girls that she met in Perth. They bought a van together and hit the road, looking for jobs. Last we heard of her, they were in Carnarvon.
I will be there with wife & 3 kids as usual. We will be in campsite 37. I have TONS of extra camping gear if anyone needs it. Bring warm clothes too, it gets cold at night. Flying into San Jose Int'l Airport is actually the shortest drive if anyone cares about that. Guilhem, Lowel, Pandanus - looking forward to meeting ya'll in person!
This is shaping up to be a good event!
If you fly in to LA, you can stay at my house and ride up with me.
I can provide you a tent and sleeping bags, etc...then you could conceivably ride up to SF with one of the other swaylockers if you want to continue north.
You could basically pay for just your airfare and I can take care of your accomodations, transport and food...you can travel light.
There are certainly other alternatives to car/camper rental, but the weather is still fair that time of year so you won't necessarily need a sleep-in vehicle unless you plan on traveling around beyond the camp out.
There's room for Gabrielle in this arrangement too should she choose to join you...hopefully she comes home from Australia with some english because my French is still horrible!
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Pandanus-Take John's advice. Economy car, cheap tent and a sleeping bag. The latter two can be purchased at a Walmart on your way up. Roll out of LAX and head Norht on Interstate 405, Take Hwy 101 like the song by America " Ventura Hwy" to Ventura. Continue North/West to San luis Obispo. Take Hwy 1 to Morro Bay and the Big Sur Hwy. You'll be pretty damned closed by then. There is a Walmart in Santa Maria and Arroyo Grande. Both are right off the Hwy(101) and you pass thru both of these towns before you get to Hwy 1 in San Luis Obispo. Gas up and get beer and supplies before or in Morro Bay. I've thought about this gathering many times. Looks like I have NO excuse this year as I am on the Mainland.
That which can be assorted without evidence was read in an illegal magazine.
..." Looks like I have NO excuse this year"...
....Looking forward to meeting you McDing ......and........ Pandanus ....and Balsa...and everybody!!!!!!!!!
Resinhead , Kensurf...you guys need to show up...whats up????
Stocking up the firewood as we speak, doing small remodel plenty of scrap wood. Like Keith said shaping up to be a good event, can't wait to meet all the new people and share good times. Only one word of advise bring BEER! there is always more than enough food at our campsite, #36.
Jay, no excuses this yr.
Good loyd - I'd love to make it down, but since I won't win furthest intrepid tripper ... Ha!
Third week of school... Hmmm... And me still rolling my 292+K '88 Toyota... fingers crossed.
Either way - Eat some delicious nutritious carrots for me...
you west coasters get to have all the fun.
sounds like a great event that maybe one day ill be able to attend.
Well....maybe we west coasters initiate all the fun.
It ain't hard, you should try it. Pick a beach, a time, a date... you never know how far people will travel to show up if they know about it in advance.
Swaylock's late night wheeling and dealling......That Warvel Perimeter Stringer blank is now a 5'6' fish with a bamboo skin....My friend loves it...Thanks all...Thanks Lavarat...Thanks Rooster.
There was a keg in that car too....Thanks John....
this thread has me so pumped!...
Balsa, looking forward to meeting you. if you need help getting to/from the airport in S.F. or anything else i can do, let me know.
Pandanus, i have a 5 man tent and an air mattress you're welcome to. finding a place to park it won't be a problem. 4/3 wetsuit with booties is a good idea.
Right on McDing you're gonna have a blast!
my wife and baby will be there this year. they should have come last year... i think my wife is more amped on it than me.
we bought this with the trip in mind:
just gotta get racks and build an over-storage platform for a bed in the back...
and, Tim, if you're gonna be there all week, i just may try to finegal that too. previous years have been too short for sure. can't wait to see all of you!
OK, the dice has been thrown... I will be landing in LAX on 09/20 at 19.05 PM and going back to France from SF on 09/27 at 15.30 PM...
Feeling excited like a kid.
Last minute info: my friend Stéphane (the one I made a few boards for) decided he would come with me. Do you think you can endure TWO frenchies at the same time?
Chrisp-----Those Dodges are great surf vechicles. Balsa ---Let me or any of these guys know what you need. Maybe you can sqeeze in a surf in Santa Cruz on your way to SFO. Lowel PS maybe in the Basque tradition I'll bring some lamb chops for the bar-b.
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right on McDing... we picked it up for $600. runs strong... gonna get it ready for some trips this summer. woo hoo!
are you in Santa Cruz?
here's some pics from '07:
Chrisp-------------I'm currently working in the valley (and I mean the Big Valley). I may be in Oregon by the time summer starts. I'm not sure. I'm waiting for word on a job down here that would keep me here thru the summer and would finish up just a few days before the Plaskett Gathering. I came over from Maui last may and was going to stay in OR but needed to make better money so came down here. I lived in SC thru the'80's--'90's. Good deal on the van. Somebody link me to reservations for Plaskett. Been there but never stayed there. I'll be bringing my pickup/camper set up. I'll also bring an extra tent incase someone needs it. Anybody that's just floating can porbably grab a meal at my site as I'll probaly be grillin' something every nite. Price of said meal; A couple o' Coronas Lowel
That which can be assorted without evidence was read in an illegal magazine.
WOW, this is shaping up to be a internakinal evento! Thank you for making it in September and not October this year. My calendar has been cleared and I'm pumped to meet up with the boys. What does the camp ground have? open pit mens room? Hot showers or do I need to bring my gas portable unit? Are hand guns allowed? Best camp spots are where?
Who's got a link to the making reservation thingy?
Looks like you guys got all the reserved spots taken up? So the rest are first come first serve....Is that how that works?
I will be there on Friday morning...I can snag you a spot and pitch a tent. I may have to mark my territory though...fair warning.
Why would you want to bring a hand gun. Alcohol and firearms . always a good mix.
"Why would you want to bring a hand gun."
It might be fun to test claims of various boards being 'Bullet Proof.' We could take them up the road and fire away. It's legal in National Forests and sure to piss off the marketeers.
This will be my first year at SA and I am already stoked! The photos look great and have heard all good things from this.
Count me in! It will probably be just me and another person, so is anyone willing to share a space and split the cost? I promise I don't bite or snore! :)
Please let me know through the PM or directly: [email protected]
Soooo excited to hear that Mr. Balsa is coming!
Ok ls let's see:
GLOCK 17 w/ High capacity Clip
MINI MAC 10 w/ High Capacity Clip
4000 rounds of FMJ 9mm
8 box of 12 ga Remington Deer Slugs
Mosberg Stainless Defender 12 ga...short barrel
4/3 wetsuit & booties
Are there so many seals in Plaskett Creek???
nope, the great whites keep their populations down pretty well.
By the way - You're up for night surfing, aren't you?