by Visit Ventura
Featured image by Byba Depit
California Surfing Day is almost upon us (September 20th), which is nice, but in Ventura surfing is celebrated every day. From C Street, to the Santa Clara Rivermouth, to Mondos, Ventura’s surfers have long known the priceless value of uninhibited, unending, nearly illicit fun.
Few know this joy, or our local waters, better than Steve Walden and Mary Osborne, two long-time locals who made surfing a part of their lives long before it became legislation.
Steve Walden has been surfing for 57 years and making surfboards for almost as long.
At this point in his life, hard work, talent, and an unabashed love for surfing have earned him global recognition as a shaper. Mention this to Walden and you’ll get an embarrassed shrug.
“It’s been a great life,” says Walden with a smile any surfer knows.
And Mary Osborne…
Ventura native, professional surfer, surf instructor, environmental champion, Osborne’s love of surfing (and life) is infectious. And her zest for fun knows no bounds (witness a women’s surf class that combines surfing, yoga, and a champagne brunch).
Again, the knowing smile.
“There’s no place like home,” says Osborne.
When California Surfing Day dawns, neither Walden nor Osborne are likely to make a fuss about it. But if there is a swell running, they will likely slip quietly into the water. When the right wave comes, they’ll swing to their feet and the world will fall away.
And that is something to celebrate.