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Baja Bliss: An Exception to the Rule

By Cameron Brown on March 26, 2015 in Bike to Surf with 0 Comments

Months before I first decided on only biking to surf for one year, I made a commitment to one of my closest friends to go with him to Baja to celebrate his birthday. I take pride in honoring my commitments, and having missed his birthday trip the last two years, I decided to make his weekend my one planned exception for Bike to Surf (shocker, I know).

I can honestly say it was up there with the best weekend getaways of my life. It was me, and seven of my closest friends, absolutely living the dream. Sleeping under the moon and stars, sipping french pressed coffee in the mornings while staring at empty waves, chowing down carne asada quesadillas as if the local restaurants were in fact paying us to eat there. It was perfect.

And let’s not forget the beers. Mexico, surfing and beers go together like Frank Sinatra and Vegas. They just aren’t the same without each other.

On Saturday, without another surfer for miles in either direction, we scored reeling right handers by ourselves for four hours. It was one of those days that won’t leave my mind for some time, and I know that day couldn’t have been replicated anywhere remotely close to where I live.

We all had the opportunity to satisfy our deepest craving, or quite literally, our addiction to waves. However brief, surf trips will always remain as one of the most rewarding aspects of surfing culture. My campaign with Bike to Surf is in no way meant to knock that, because I know that the memories we create on these trips are invaluable.

I believe every surfer should occasionally enjoy a weekend surfing road trip. Bike to Surf is more about changing our daily habits at home, where we spend most of our time, and have real opportunity to make positive lifestyle adjustments. I can tell you from personal experience that these trips only become more rewarding as you begin to make certain changes to your life at home.

I want to take this opportunity to list some of the ways we can increase our fuel efficiency, that can help us to limit our emissions when we do drive.

  1. Accelerate more slowly

  2. Go easy on the breaks

  3. Drive the speed limit

  4. Roll our windows down instead of using A/C

  5. Carpool

  6. Regularly check our tire pressure

  7. Change the oil every 3,000 miles

The least I can do when I drive is pay attention to these simple things that make a difference. And maybe you could too.

Maybe next time you go to the grocery store you can see if your friend or neighbor want to tag along. And maybe on the way, you can drive a bit slower and more relaxed. Who knows, you could even notice that driving at a slower pace translates into living at a slower pace. Wouldn’t that be neat?

Life doesn’t need any assistance in speeding up. It flies by fast enough as it is. And if we’re able to slow it down a bit, let the wind do what it will with our hair, and at the same time have a positive impact on our environment, why not give it a try?

Photography by Colin Weinberg. Find more at www.colinericphoto.com

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