Surf to slopes in one day

How to enjoy two SoCal sports adventures and be home for dinner

by Jon Perino

7:00 A.M. – I head straight to Balboa Peninsula, which offers several great surf spots within a few miles of each other.

7:30 A.M. – I hit the water at “Blackies” (named after a bar across the sand). The soft, gradual sand bottom makes for well- shaped, forgiving waves.

9:30 A.M. – I peel off my wetsuit and head up the street to Sessions West Coast Deli for a breakfast sandwich and coffee. Time to hit the slopes.

10:00 A.M. – Back home, I trade my surfboard for my snowboard. It’s 65 degrees out, and I’m in shorts and sandals. In two hours I’ll be playing in the snow.

11:30 A.M. – Driving through Wrightwood (where you can rent snow gear if needed), I see Mountain High rising 7,200 feet into the sky.

12:30 P.M. – I’m looking down Goldrush Trail, ready for the adrenaline rush of my first run. The temp is 28 degrees. I push off and surf – on snow.

4:30 P.M. – After six runs, I’m back in the car, windows down and radio up. Where else can you surf, snow ski and still be home in time for dinner? Gotta love Irvine.

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