Meet the youngest person to ever surf the Mavericks big wave break

Half Moon Bay High School student Luca Padua just found out he’s competing on California’s biggest wave. But first, he has to finish English class. Everything is swell: El Granada teenager (and official Mavericks alternate) Luca Padua surfing the famous Northern California break, this past autumn. (Photo by Tony Canadas) Luca Padua was recently sitting in English class at Half Moon Bay High School when he received a text from a friend congratulating him ...

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The road less traveled: how one Bay Area chef left the kitchen and embraced #vanlife

Local chef Peter Rudolph packed up his knives and took the family on the open highway. #vanlife: scenes from the road (and the dinner table) via the Instagram accounts of the Rudolph family. (Courtesy of Kristie and Peter Rudolph) Kristie Rudolph was camping in Yosemite with her son Logan when she got a fateful call from her husband Peter. A longtime Bay Area chef, Peter Rudolph was ready to do something his wife had long been ...

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Feral Photography: amazing animal imagery from Silicon Valley trail cams

Peninsula resident Katharina Pierini has compiled a unique glimpse into the unseen world of Bay Area wildlife By Charles Russo A lone bobcat photographed along the coast. (Photo by Katharina Pierini) Katharina Pierini is surprisingly quick to refer to herself as “skittish.” That can come across as a bit of a dubious admission, especially if you’ve seen the images of her in action— with a chainsaw strapped to her back as she rides a dirt bike ...

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The heavyweight showdown of the two ton pumpkins

Half Moon Bay nearly broke the scales this year with the biggest gourd ever grown in the U.S. By Charles Russo Let’s Get Ready to Rumble: Last year’s weigh-off champ Cindy Tobeck (right) stands atop her pumpkin (“The Death Star”) after clocking in at 2002 pounds. Yet her competition was formidable — six time weigh-off champ Joel Holland showed up with the largest pumpkin ever grown in America. (Photos by Charles Russo) “It’s the biggest prize money in ...

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Love for the Locavores at Pescadero’s Fifth Crow Farm

Love for the locavores at Pescadero’s Fifth Crow Farm How UCSC classmates became converts to sustainability and purveyors of delicious farm boxes for the SF Peninsula. Words and photos by Molly Cornfield Fifth Crow Farm produce is grown on 80 sun-and fog-kissed acres outside of Pescadero. It’s 8am on a Friday morning, and I’ve managed to get myself out of my Mountain View apartment, over the foothills, and to Fifth Crow Farm in Pescadero. The farm ...

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Apple rustling and pie wrangling: Family fun on the San Mateo coast

This Labor Day, keep it low-stress with an outing to the farm country south of Half Moon Bay. The slice of bucolic heaven that lies on the other side of the Santa Cruz Mountains is one of the best things about Silicon Valley. Goat farms, produce stands and quaint towns turn a trip down Highway 1 into an odyssey to another time. And then there’s the scenery: miles of blue Pacific Ocean ...

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A Procrastinator’s Guide to Camping in Silicon Valley

A Procrastinator’s Guide to Camping in the Bay Area Looking for a last-minute campsite within an hour of the Peninsula? Try one of these places. Matt Dolkas, content marketing manager for the Peninsula Open Space Trust, has a sermon to deliver to all you hiding in your cubicles right now: Get outside. Better yet, go camping. “Not to get too preachy, but that’s exactly what people need to do,” says Dolkas. “They need to feel the ...

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This backpacking noob trekked the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail. You should too.

Four women, 30 miles, three days and zero permanent injuries on the PCT of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Story and photos by Kate Bradshaw Ever since moving to the Peninsula two years ago, I’ve envisioned hiking the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail. Why this trail? Because its lovely name telegraphs its two loveliest features: great views and a net elevation loss. And frankly, the thought of schlepping a heavy backpack roughly 30 miles sounded more tolerable ...

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6 Silicon Valley spots for upping your Insta game

Instagram has given us so many gifts: planking, food porn, and slime-making documentaries to name a few. Among these gifts is the rise of professional Instagrammers who have a seemingly never-ending budget to travel around the world taking aesthetically-pleasing shots for a living. As an average young Instagram user, I can’t help but want to populate my feed with artsy photos as well, albeit on a human-scale budget. I’ve compiled ...

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Four amazing places on the SF Peninsula to find end-of-spring wildflowers

The California coastline is breathtaking. Sprinkle in some wildflowers and it’s even more special. Lucky for the Bay Area, the rains this year have brought a record wildflower season. Photographer Jeff Marsh trekked out to where the blooming land meets the sea to snap these pics. And he was kind enough to share not just the photos but how to get there for yourself. Davenport Shark Fin Cove Beach in Davenport is ...

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