Thursday, November 3, 2011

Things That Make Me Smile: Teenage Dreams

Like Katie Perry I'm a teenage dreamer and I'm a California girl, so naturally I'm a sucker for surfers. As a teenager I was pretty much obsessed wih Roxy Quicksilver and all that it encompassed, it was the California life I wanted. My room was littered with Roxy & Quicksilver ads and posters featuring all my favorite surfers. Kelly Slater being my favorite surfer and surfer boy crush at the time. It was Teenage Dreamin (or California Girlin it) at it's best.
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In September when I attended my first Surf competition in Hermosa Beach I saw ads for the Rip Curl Pro Search Somewhere in San Francisco and I knew had to attend. After checking the event out more I came to find that Kelly Salter was lined up to clinch his 11th World Title -- umm SICKNESS. I knew I had to be there to witness it, and I sure did.
I headed out Tuesday to watch the event solo and the weather was perfect and the waves were amazing. Ocean Beach felt like anything but San Francisco and as a Native Bay girl I was proud that San Francisco was being showcased in way that's anything but what you normally picture. Eighty degrees on the beach up North?
Yup it happens this time of the year.
Kelly didn't get a chance to clinch on Tuesday, so yesterday Gigi and I headed back out and watched history go down as Kelly shredded the waves up and then was awarded his 11th world title. It was one of those moments and events that I'll never forget and I am so glad I made the effort to go (the feeling reminded me a bit like going to the World Series Parade, which I also went to solo). Gigi and I got to watch Kelly Slater accept the title from the VIP lounge, thanks to Gigi's friends Lindsey and Andy (of San Franpyscho) and we got to go an awesome after party. It was an amazing day to say the least!!
I believe you're never too old to remember what you loved as a kid and teenager. And you're never too old to live out your dreams.
Yesterday I was not only able to only check "seeing Kelly Slater surf in person" off my bucket list, I also witnessed sports and surfing history.
I'm a California Dreamer, alright. And if you're not already living your dream, go dream and LIVE!!


  1. I lurv your shirts, especially the red! Where from??

    Btw Ambs, I changed my blog, you still have my old link on your blog list! Here's my new:

  2. Thanks suzy!! I need to update that list. The first flannel is F21 and the blue one is Urban.

  3. The surfer girl in me is beyond jealous that you were there while I was stuck in the office yesterday. My boyfriend worked from home just so that he could go for a few hours. Looks like soooooo much fun!

  4. What an awesome way to spend the day! Kelly Slater was my dream man from about 3rd grade I LOVED him!! He's from the Cocoa Beach, FL area so I always thought I would run into him, but never did :( So cool you got to see him surf in person, he's incredible.

  5. I hope you have a FABULOUS time in Hermosa Beach and how FUN to get to check Kelly Slater off your bucket it and I remember loving him too! Enjoy every moment, just as you are and safe travels!

    Liesl :)

  6. F21 items fly out of stock so fast, I'll take a look as I only recently placed an order with them! Thanks!

  7. What fun! Your room looks like mine did - only mine was mostly NKOTB, and I had one full wall dedicated to surfing and Kelly. Man was he/is he "dreamy". How much fun was that - you rock for going and I bet it was amazing. I've always been obsessed with surfers since I was in middle school spending all my summers in NC it was easy to follow the surfer boys up and down the beach. Thank you for the memories now if could just get near some salt air I'd be in heaven! ox P.S. I'm still a bit obsessed with Roxy, it's the snowboarder in me.

  8. How FUN! I was watching your tweets along the way, sounded like such a good time. You are the cutest beach babe there is!!! xo

  9. Haha I loved this post just because I am the same way about action sports & I attend the dew tour every year! But I have never attended a surfing comp... I think it would be pretty sick though!!!! :)

  10. Kelly @stilettohardwareNovember 6, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    Looks like so much fun! I'd love to see a surf competition some day :) oh, I'm like the other kelly up there. I used to have nkotb all over my room! :)

  11. Great post! Thank you for making me smile as well! :)