Photo Walk around San Francisco was one of the highlight of my recent trip to US and our last spot during the PHOTO WALK was Surfing point under Golden Bridge. This Photo Journey shares some of the moments captured under Golden Bridge of San Francisco.
Surfing is a surface water sport in which the wave rider, 'surfer', rides on the forward face of a wave. Waves suitable for surfing are found primarily in the ocean, but can be found in some lakes, in rivers in the form of a standing wave. Surfing can also be done in artificial water sources such as wave pools and boat wakes. The term 'surfing' refers to the act of riding a wave and not the form in which the wave is ridden.
After having lunch at De Young Museum, we moved to the bottom of Golden Bridge where lot of surfers were getting ready for surfing in Pacific Ocean. They were carrying surfing boards in their cars and changing the cloths to gear up for a great adventure in water. Most of the these photographs are cropped versions, as they were surfing at a significant distance from shoreline.
This is first time that I saw people doing surfing in front of me and even when chilled wind was blowing all around the San Francisco town. It was a cloudy day and most of us were wearing multi-layered cloths. After coming back from this point, I realized that I should have made a video of these folks surfing in the ocean as action is not well captured in these photographs. It's really amazing to see surfers playing so well with high waves in ocean.
Surfing can be done on various equipments including surfboards, longboards, Stand Up Paddle boards (SUP's), bodyboards, wave skis, skimboards, kneeboards, surf mats and macca's trays. Surfers of different age groups were there at Golden Bridge to enjoy the day... After mild rains in the morning, sun was out.
Three major subdivisions within sitting-up surfing are longboarding, shortboarding, and stand up paddle surfing (SUP), reflecting differences in board design, including surfboard length, riding style and the kind of wave that is ridden.
Surfers represent a diverse culture based on riding the waves. Some people practice surfing as a recreational activity while others make it the central focus of their lives. Within the United States, surfing culture is most dominant in Hawaii and California because these two states offer the best surfing conditions.
Some historical markers of the culture included the woodie, the station wagon used to carry surfers' boards, as well as boardshorts, the long swim shorts typically worn while surfing.
Several of San Francisco's parks and almost every beach form part of the regional Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which is one of the most visited units of the National Park system in the United States with over 13 million visitors a year. Among the GGNRA's attractions within the city are Ocean Beach, which runs along the Pacific Ocean shoreline and is frequented by a vibrant surfing community.