Months of planning went into it. I grew my
hair long. Lost 20lbs. Let the beard and mustache grow out.
Putting on the
ball cap as a final touch I wondered "was it enough?"
Will the changes be
enough to mask from me from potential disaster? It had to work..the
penalties for failure could be extreme.
One last check on the disguise, I grab the camera gear and off I went to
the "off limits" reefs of La Jolla.
Home of some of the heaviest locals
one of the baddest of all, the infamous BA.
It started out easy enough. Checked out the famous tube riding spot of
Friendly vibes from some pro photogs put at me ease.
grew tired of the disappointingly small waves and moved a few hundred yards
north to the fabled Wind an Sea reef.
Home of the mad hellman BA.
The tide was coming in and the North East wind was blowing into the bowling
inside left. The water was a beautiful turquoise green (far from the poop
brown of OB). The left was going off and the local teenage rippers were
putting on a show.
"How come these kids aren't in school right now" I asked
a grizzled old local.
He looked at me like I was a dumbass "This IS school bro".
I was having a blast shooting endless images of radical young rippers in
The shoot went on for hours without incident when
suddenly my hair went up on the back of my neck and a feeling of foreboding
came over me. I slowly turned around and there, up above on the low cliff,
was the infamous BA. With camera pointed directly at me.
I had been spotted.
A middle finger was extended in my direction followed by
There was a lump of fear in my throat as I quickly grabbed
my gear and scooted for the car.
Burning rubber I got out just in time as I
saw BA rousting the local heavies. A few miles down the road, I began to
relax and a smile broke out on my face as I thought about the treasures I
had captured on my CF card.
I guess I won't be back to trust fund baby land
for quite a while.
I now understood what the initials BA stood for... "Bad ASS"
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