From Mavericks to Morro Bay: Surf Culture at Cal Poly

The sun is shining, seagulls are squawking and the air smells of saltwater as a white Ford truck pulls up to Morro Bay, surfboard and wetsuit in tow.

This is a typical Tuesday afternoon for the truck’s owner, forestry freshman Lucas Bredy. Bredy, a Santa Cruz native who grew up down the road from big wave legends like Jay Moriarity and Richard “Frosty” Hesson, has been surfing all his life.

A member of the Cal Poly Surf Team, access to waves definitely contributed to Bredy’s decision to attend school in San Luis Obispo. As a member of the team, Bredy’s weekends consist of traveling to various surf spots along the coast for collegiate competitions. Like Bredy, his teammates grew up surfing, and hail from all over the California coast, Hawaii, and even Montauk, NY.

Despite his academically challenging schedule, Bredy tries to make the 20-minute drive to various surf spots at least 2-3 times a week.

“It’s hard to get to the beach during the week because of school,” said Bredy. “But I purposefully scheduled one light class day a week so I can make time.”

Whereas some sports can be played anywhere whether it’s a court or a field, surfing is dependent on weather conditions, coastal access and good waves. Lucky for Bredy and many other surfers, Cal Poly’s central location is unique, allowing students to continue their passions and receive a quality education at the same time, without having to choose one over the other.

Bredy stresses the importance of not only attending a university for its educational aspects, but also one that provides opportunities to follow outside passions.

“I couldn’t have picked a better school,” said Bredy.

(Watch) A small glimpse into Bredy’s Tuesday afternoon:

An Infographic: on A Surfer’s Guide to the Central Coast

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