Six years ago, there wasn’t much opportunity for young, local surfers to show off their skills. So longtime Pismo Beach resident and surfer Walt Cerny set out to make a change, starting the Still Frothy Surf Festival, which has evolved into a nonprofit to give scholarships to young surfers.
The trail: Versatility is perhaps the best characteristic about the different trails surrounding Bishop Peak, the tallest of the Nine Sisters. There are four different places to begin your hike. Two of them are well-marked trailheads. We recommend the official entrance on Patricia Drive near Anacapa Circle or the entrance at the end of Highland Drive.
The trail: Salinas River Walk in Paso Robles. From San Luis Obispo, take Highway 101 north to Paso Robles. Take the Spring Street exit, turn right on Niblick Road, and then take another right on S. River Road. Turn right on Riverbank Lane and follow that to Lawrence Moore Park, where there is plenty of street parking.
The trail: Valencia Peak in Montaña de Oro State Park. From San Luis Obispo, drive north on Los Osos Valley Road toward Los Osos. Follow the road about 9 miles until it turns into Pecho Valley Road. Follow the curvy road for about 4 miles to reach the trailhead just past the park’s visitors center.
You don't necessarily think of a jacket as summertime gear, but when you run into bad weather on the hiking trail - particularly at altitude - you quickly discover how important it can be. The Marmot Red Star is a high-tech jacket that manages to be both waterproof and comfortable. Made with a three-layer NanoPro stretch fabric (a proprietary Marmot product), the Red Star keeps water out, even in the strongest downpours. After the storm, the Red Star's underarm vents will help if you start to overheat on the trail and help you dry out.
During work hours, Bryan Jenks earns his living as a technician in the health care department at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione. Off the clock, the tall, tattooed 23-year-old runs through fields, jumps over metal railings and scales brick walls around the Sacramento region, all for fun and exercise.
Fitness trainer Melissa Tafoya coaches boxers whose traitorous bodies give them a dozen reasons not to show up for class. Some lose their balance just trying to cross a room. Others wake up with an overwhelming sense of exhaustion. A few have muscles so rigid that their bodies contort.
You may have heard of stunt woman Jessie Graff. Earlier this summer, the talented 32-year-old donned a two-piece Wonder Woman outfit and dominated the "American Ninja Warrior" course, giving other competitors serious competition. But even if you never heard of Graff, chances are, you've seen her work on film and television. She's done stuntwork for "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," "Live Free or Die Hard," "The Dark Knight," "Supergirl," "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," and "Hawaii Five-0" just to name a few.