ADVENTURE GUIDE TO WINTER IN CALIFORNIA BY REEF ADVENTURE SEEKER ANNA EHRGOTT 


Some snowbirds head to the tropics when the first cold front hits, but California’s mild winters offer so much beauty and diversity. I never get sick of my home state!

Words by Anna Ehrgott
Photos by Russell Holliday



Here’s my MUST-ADVENTURES for winter in California:

Pismo - this beach break picks up swell even when it’s flat everywhere else. 




Morro Rock - made famous by the extinct volcano that serves as a beautiful backdrop to your surf sessions, Morro is a protected marine reserve and home to healthy populations of sea otters, sea birds, and some… bigger fish who generally stay in deeper water.


Shine Cafe in Morro Bay - Try the gluten free pancakes at this yummy vegan cafe. Perfect treat after a long, chilly surf.



Santa Cruz - This surf town has more constant and world-class waves than anywhere else on the Central Coast. 


Verve Coffee
- best place to get some caffeine and warm up before dawn patrolling 



Yosemite -  This National Park attracts flocks of photographers, climbers, adrenaline junkies and awe-struck tourists all there to enjoy the cliffs that jet straight upward from the valley floor. With over a thousand miles of protected wilderness, you’re sure to be able to fine a couple places to enjoy stunning views and some peace and quiet away from the crowds. 




Pack: Boots, thick socks and having a dog sleep in your tent with you will help stay warm! I wore my Swellular Boot Hi and Swellular Boot LE. Both kept my toes warm and held up on day hikes around the park.