Northern California Drive
19:30 AEST Thu Dec 20 2012
The drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles is a beautiful one. The rugged coastline provides wonderful scenery and there are delightful little towns to visit along the way.
On this visit, Dermott took the road less travelled by the tourist and headed north from San Francisco into redwood country. As a Melbourne boy the scenery reminded Dermott of Victoria's beautiful Great Ocean Road.
He rented a campervan from Lost Campers USA and packed all his gear in the back, including his surfboard for a crack at the waves up the coast. When he saw surfers under the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco he couldn't resist having a paddle in such an iconic place. He figured that would give him bragging rights for some time to come, but was warned by locals that it's not for the inexperienced. The combination of strong currents, heavy waves and brisk water did present a challenge, and Getaway’s experienced surfer took the challenge and ticked it off his list.