Outdoors

New Tuesday section celebrates our love of the outdoors

It draws you outside, this place in which we live. The mountains call you to climb and hike their slopes. The ocean begs you to surf its waves, teases you with a bounty of fish ready to be caught. The scenic roads winding through the hills and along the beach were seemingly built for cyclists.

When you live on the Central Coast, you want to be able to do it all, so you stay in shape — great, great shape. Not surprisingly, the fitness culture here is prevalent.

Whether you jog, hike or ride your horse on that trail; surf, fish or kayak the ocean; ride your bike or hit the gym — there’s one common denominator: the call to get out and do rather than watch grips almost all of us here.

All of it — whether you jog, hike or ride your horse on that trail; surf, fish or kayak the ocean; ride your bike or hit the gym — one common denominator I’ve learned in my brief time here is the call to get out and do rather than watch grips almost all of us here. It’s time your newspaper, and more specifically your sports section, reflects that.

With that, we give you The Tribune’s weekly Outdoors report.

Every Tuesday — and online at sanluisobispo.com/sports — you’ll find coverage of all the ways we enjoy the outdoors here and in the area. You’ll find compelling stories about surfers or fisherman or competitive athletes — such as today’s profile on Atascadero resident and Spartan race competitor Brett Rancadore. And, most importantly, we will strive to make the content useful, with tips on how you can take up the activity yourself, where to go, who to talk to, what to pack. With that utility in mind, the Outdoors report will also feature a Hike of the Week, a simple guide to a local hike with photos, tips and descriptions.

Best of all, the journalists bringing you the content are right out there in it. Reporter Lucas Clark, a big-time fitness enthusiast who profiled Rancadore, easily related to the type of mindset it takes to put your body through not only a Spartan race but also the preparation for the competition.

Fellow reporter Travis Gibson took up surfing as soon as he arrived on the Central Coast and has become a regular wave chaser, along with photographer Joe Johnston. Look for plenty of surfing coverage from both Gibson and Johnston.

As for myself, I’ve been spoiled by all the trails on which to jog as a longtime runner, and it’s only a matter of time before I join Gibson and Johnston in the water (the wetsuit and surf board finally have been purchased).

We trust you’ll enjoy and find useful our outdoors coverage, and we appreciate any feedback you have. Since our readers are the real authorities — the ones taking full advantage of this amazing area — we encourage you to send your outdoors story ideas. Tell us what your outdoors passions are, and send in those surfing photos, shots of the big catch or snaps from your weekend hikes.

And don’t forget to read about it all on Tuesdays in The Tribune — and anytime at sanluisobispo.com .

Dan Itel, The Tribune sports editor, can be reached at ditel@thetribunenews.com, 805-781-7989 or on Twitter @dan_itel.

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