Jack Ellis took up surfing 55 years ago. Now, at 67, he's part of the "dawn patrol"--hitting the water at 5:45 a.m. every chance he gets. He loves having the ocean to himself and just a few buddies.
Things were different Saturday when Ellis paddled out on his surfboard at Linda Mar in Pacifica. It was late morning and the water was packed with surfers. He was participating in the 13th Annual Kahuna Kapuna Competition for amateur surfers age 40 and over.
Greg Cochran, 66, says the competition is a chance for surfers to reconnect. "It's about being together with friends," he said, surveying the waves to see where they were breaking.
For Loren Moore, 67, surfing provided him with "wonderful father-son bonding." He took up the sport when he was 11-years-old, but gave it up for years as he dealt with the demands of being an adult. When his son took up surfing, Moore dove back in. His son was cheering-him-on at the competition.
The day ended with an intergenerational team event, giving the seasoned surfers a chance to ride the waves with younger participants, often family members.
The San Mateo County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation sponsors the contest as a fundraiser. It also included food, raffles, and live music.
Keep an eye on our Pics & Clips page. Debbie Cissna of the Pedro Point Surf Club snapped photos using a telephoto lens. She plans to upload photos here on Half Moon Bay Patch.
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