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.