Giants Among Us: Tribute to Gary Brusca

As an undergraduate student at Cal Poly (SLO) in the mid-1970s I was educated in the shadow of the giants before me, Gary and Richard Brusca. My advisor and zoology Professor Dave Montgomery never hesitated to mention the near-miraculous accomplishments of the mythical brothers that preceded us as undergraduate students before getting their PhDs: how they knew this, or studied for that, or memorized thousands of scientific names; feats us mortals would be lucky to even approximate

Lessons from Killer Dana

Among the powerful slogans used in the battles to protect surf spots along the coast of California, that of “Killer Dana” still resonates among the surf community. The loss of Dana Point, and it’s renown right point break, should serve a stark reminder of what could happen without the protections we currently have in place.…

Sure Thing BBQ Beef Brisket

For those of us addicted to working our way through the BBQ line-up, brisket remains as one of the most challenging categories. Over the last decade of my (serious) BBQ life the brisket stood as the last great challenge to be conquered. After many years of admittedly self-inflicted torture, I am happy to report that I have narrowed the number of uncontrolled variables to a point where I can now produce a great brisket every time.

Amazing BBQ Ribs using a Pit Barrel Cooker

Nothing beats tasty BBQ ribs on a warm summer afternoon. The aromatic smoke drifts out over the neighborhood, reminding us of the long summer days ahead. After years of both spectacular successes and failures I have learned to develop several decent rib recipes. Honestly, all that changed after I cooked ribs on a Pit Barrel Cooker.

What is a Surfer?

It’s a common question: what is a surfer? The answer varies, depending on your perspective. Here’s mine. To some it is an art, a sport, a religion, a profession, an addiction, something you do on vacation. Maybe it’s the biggest thing in your life, maybe it’s your entire life, or just an occasional joy.

Our Environmental Past Can’t Become Our Future…

Forty-seven years ago millions of people in 192 countries across the globe created Earth Day on April 22, 1970. The first celebration took place in 2,000 colleges and universities, 10,000 primary and secondary schools, and hundreds of communities across the US involving over 20 million Americans.  That day changed the world. Lately it seems like we are forgetting what…