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Campus Currents May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

Cycling for Waves

They didn’t rent a U-haul or hire movers. Instead, Muir College sophomores Perry Naughton and Casey Owen started fall quarter by cycling down the California coast from Lompoc to UC San Diego. Towing their tent, wetsuit, surfboard and food in a trailer behind their bikes, they stopped at a State Beach every night.

“It was a lot of fun,” Naughton says. “The first day we rode 73 miles and that was tough, but by the end of the trip we felt like we could keep on going.”

The two childhood friends were roommates last year at Muir College and were inspired after reading about similar trips in Surfer Magazine. They both chose UCSD, which has been ranked a top school for surfing by Surfline.com, Transworld and Surfer Magazine, for its ­location and its academic prestige. “We didn’t apply to colleges that weren’t on the coast,” Naughton says.

Dedicated surfers, Naughton and Owen made a pact to surf at Black’s Beach everyday this quarter, once Owen recovers from eye surgery. “We have a lot of buddies at Muir College who surf,” says Naughton, “so it’s easy to walk across the street every day with our surfboards.”

—Christine Clark, ’06