I’ve spent a lot of time in California. I’ve been up and down that coast more times than I can count, and visited many of its beaches – both well-known and off the beaten path. Yet somehow, I never went to San Onofre until last month. It was our latest surf shoot that took me there, and I’m so very glad it did. It was a warm, sunny day – the perfect day to spend outside. I drove down to San Onofre from LA, where I was staying, to meet the rest of our team at the shoot location. But first, I got a little lost… I went to the wrong beach – San Onofre State Beach. I pulled up to the parking lot, which was lined with cars with surfers hopping out, surveying the waves as they pulled wetsuits on under their towels. I soon realized I was in the wrong location, but I had to do some exploring before I left. The beach was a tropical paradise, lined with palm trees, and little bamboo shelters that hid showers for surfers to rinse off under. Some had little memorials and statues hidden within them, that made me feel like I wasn’t even in California – it reminded me more of Hawaii.
After walking around for a little while I made my way back to the car to meet up with the rest of the team, who were just a little ways down the road at San Onofre Beach Camp Site. At this part of the beach, we had to park our cars up atop the cliffs, and make our way down the steep incline to the desolate beach. Sitting on that beach, it was hard to believe we were actually near a highway and any civilization – it felt so remote and untouched. It made for the perfect setting for our surf shoot. Model Raychel Roberts came equipped with her own amazing VW that I was eyeing up the entire shoot, and I got to watch our west coast crew (plus our senior photographer, who also made the trip out!) in action as they shot photos and video for the surf re-launch – in case you missed it yesterday, be sure to check out the gorgeous video shot by Michael Graham. Here’s a little peek behind the scenes!
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