Round One – Woodies At The Beach
Every August, Santa Barbara Woodies hosts their clubs “Woodies at the Beach”. The event is held on the grounds of Santa Barbara City College. The weekend starts off with an early morning drive down 101 south. The weather is warm and the drive is trouble free. Friday night’s kickoff party is at Cody’s restaurant. Good company and good food. Saturday morning comes and it’s off to SBCC. The day is filled with a lot of cool woodies, a great silent auction and an all day raffle. Malibu Bill Sampson is the MC, and the only person I know that can hold a microphone close to our own Rowland Baker. The day ended with the awards and surf board give-a-ways. Sunday morning brunch at Longboards on the Pier finishes off a great weekend.
Round Two – Wavecrest
This year’s Wavecrest was a little smaller than it has been in the past. This made it kind of nice not having to deal with tight quarters. While the woodie count was down, the show put on by the San Diego Woodie Club was one of the best. A number of booths were set up where you could fill all your needs. From T-shirts to car parts, woodie related goodies to tri-tip BBQ. And let’s not forget the raffle. After the show, it’s back to the host hotel for a no host bar and a tasty buffet dinner. After dinner, it’s a second raffle and auction, hosted by the team of Rocky and Hieden, the Laurel and Hardy of the woodie world. They kept us laughing all night. Sunday morning takes us on the historic Pacific Coast Highway from Encinitas to Oceanside and back.
Round Three – Morro Bay & Cambria
Because of a prior commitment, I was not able to join the group of woodies that cruised to Cambria on Friday. I understand that upon arriving, they were greeted by the Christenson’s and a selection of cool beverages and snacks. I left Saturday morning and made a bee line straight to Wavelengths Surf Shop in Morrow Bay. What a beautiful day, mid 80’s with a slight breeze. The numbers were up this year, which had the woodies parking in the aisles. Saturday night was the standard BBQ at the Benson’s. This year it doubled as a retirement party for Kathy B after years of service in the field of education. I had to leave a little early to get home and prepare for my trip to Hershey PA. The National Woodie Club was holding their annual meeting there. I will save that for another time.
There is nothing like hooking up with friends and hitting the road. What do you say we make an effort next year to support some of the other chapter’s events like they support ours? Just a thought.
Jim (I love to drive) Vickery