“Surviving and Thriving” back in the day surfing at 22nd Street in Hermosa Beach, Ca…

The Rascals…”It’s a Beautiful Morning…”  Click on this great oldie but goodie to get your morning off to a fantastic start…

It’s a “beautiful morning” on the Central Oregon Coast, and everywhere in Oregon today!  The “Rascals” helped me long ago to start my day on the right side while living in Hermosa Beach, Ca.  I would jump out of bed early to catch some waves at the popular 22nd Street break a few feet from my apartment.  I didn’t know it then, but surfing early in the morning before school and work was my “mindfulness” therapy…  Living on the beach helped me “survive and thrive” as a young man.  Surfing is a spiritual in the moment experience.  The cool but comfortable waters on the coast of Southern California was delightful and refreshing.  Being out in the water on some no brainer 3-4′ summer waves was the very best.  I was able to tackle the serious part of my day so much easier at the time after an early morning surfing escape… 

The memories of Hermosa Beach and my experience living in this coastal town are treasured.  Thanks to social media, new friends like Jim Kitchen, also from Hermosa Beach and now at the “Blue Sky Ranch” near Bend, Oregon, I have been able to revisit those “beautiful mornings” surfing at 22nd Street and many other great spots along the coast of South Bay.

And, a Happy Birthday, to my son-in-law, James See, from San Pedro, who loves surfing far more than me… 


Steve Sparks
Author
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story  click to order…

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