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Re: The Ranch to open?
« Reply #15 on: November 14, 2017, 06:42:45 PM »

 You surf in shifts. You pull up and wait for the guys out there to have some time then paddle out with the next bunch of guys that have been waiting.

Surfing in shifts is hard for me to imagine given the greedy attitudes of many surfers.  Is this practice organized or enforced?
It's Ranch etiquette. There are a lot of unwritten rules that must be followed or you will be "educated". Usually new owners don't know the rules and then there's Charlie who just paddles out anyway
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Re: The Ranch to open?
« Reply #16 on: November 14, 2017, 06:54:06 PM »
I use to cover the The Baupost Group when I was a trader on Wall Street. I wish I could say you had good stewards of the Bixby Ranch, but you don't. And it was a group who made the purchase I think Goldman was in on the original bunch of empty souls that saw "value'" in the property.
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Re: The Ranch to open?
« Reply #17 on: November 14, 2017, 07:09:20 PM »
Thx TW, good background there.

Remember that we're not talking about making it a state park, so not really much maintenance there, just access. But I get it with the lack of a public road anywhere nearby. It's public if you're willing to walk is the correct term.

I'm fascinated by the whole thing. Seldom do you see an area that large that remains private and so controlled. Clearly a huge amount of wealth there.

I'm shocked to hear that it's that crowded with all that coast. Are the breaks fairly limited in number then? From photos it always looks like there are miles of coast with breaking waves. Looks must deceive.

This has been a great thread on one of those mysterious places in CA.

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Re: The Ranch to open?
« Reply #18 on: November 15, 2017, 03:02:09 AM »
Thx TW, good background there.

Remember that we're not talking about making it a state park, so not really much maintenance there,

I'm shocked to hear that it's that crowded with all that coast. Are the breaks fairly limited in number then? From photos it always looks like there are miles of coast with breaking waves. Looks must deceive.

 
Well a road would need to be maintained then where do you park? Bathrooms? You can see there are many things to consider and all point to a State run and organized facility.

There are A breaks and B breaks and even the B breaks get crowded and all breaks aren't good at the same time. Wind and swell direction have a huge impact on which spots will be good\bad. Also an access road in the middle would only provide access to 1 or 2 spots without a very long walk so it just wouldn't be a "park and paddle out". kind of deal.

Don't plan on enjoying any epic Little Drakes anytime soon
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Re: The Ranch to open?
« Reply #19 on: November 15, 2017, 08:27:18 AM »
Has anyone SUPd there?
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Re: The Ranch to open?
« Reply #20 on: November 15, 2017, 09:22:15 AM »
Has anyone SUPd there?
I haven't been there for awhile however with the wind conditions it would be difficult.
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Re: The Ranch to open?
« Reply #21 on: November 15, 2017, 11:01:21 AM »
The spots are very susceptible to offshore winds...and, it backwinds at the slightest hint of an eddy...making it horrible to be in a boat...
I showed a pic of Ranch SUP surfing in my previous post...top right in the 4 panel composite...here's that pic a bit bigger...
You're not gonna find a bunch of SUP pics out there for obvious reasons...SUPs are off limits at a number of lower Ranch spots...cameras are frowned upon in general...and, when it's good most folks are too busy surfing to take pics...

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Re: The Ranch to open?
« Reply #22 on: November 15, 2017, 11:04:45 AM »
It isn't hard to surf the ranch.  I used to do it all time in my Valco 13.  It had surf launching wheels on the transom and a small 18 HP Nissan outboard. The motor had a kelp cutting blade which worked like a charm.  We could stay way inside for a easier trip.  Knowing when and where to go takes a bit of experience.  I always took a couple buddies so we could hoot each other!

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Re: The Ranch to open?
« Reply #23 on: November 15, 2017, 11:43:35 AM »
A kelp blade and a good anchor with lots of chain are your best friends...;-)
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Re: The Ranch to open?
« Reply #24 on: November 15, 2017, 02:34:29 PM »
It's weird driving in there and being able to take your car down onto the beach and drive up the coast. There's also a lot of right of way rules you have to follow. You must be with an owner, in and out of the water, at all times. It's everything California coastal access laws are against. Felt like a private country club for a lucky few.

This is John's Pond, just a tad north of Lefts and Rights. Seemed SUP friendly to me at the time.

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Re: The Ranch to open?
« Reply #25 on: November 15, 2017, 05:31:52 PM »



  The Ranch is a beautiful place!

 This photo is several years old.  Notice the longer paddles we all used back then.

  It's a shame the area is not easily accessible to people.

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Re: The Ranch to open?
« Reply #26 on: November 15, 2017, 06:40:20 PM »



  The Ranch is a beautiful place!

 This photo is several years old.  Notice the longer paddles we all used back then.

  It's a shame the area is not easily accessible to people.

Yeah, a shame sort of.  If it were open to the public, it would be just another Malibu or Rincon; world class waves with horrific crowds. 

I always dreamed of buying a place there to retire.  Wife won't hear of it though, we all know where she wants us to move to.
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