PHOTO: IAN COLLINS

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Rock is rare in Santa Cruz, Cal­i­for­nia. We’ve got Red­woods, per­fect soil and even roots but true slabs are hard to find.

Re­gard­less, Si­mon Silver and I can’t help but sniff out lurk­ing lines. Af­ter get­ting skunked by a mis­lead­ing nearby line, we stum­bled across this sleep­ing beauty: a loamy chute bi­sect­ing a steep rock up­lift, cov­ered in ma­jes­tic green­ery.

The runout wasn’t OSHA-approved but I sug­gested it any­way and Silver teed it up without hes­i­ta­tion.

We still haven’t found any ride­able slabs but this is as close as we’ve come—steep dirt nat­u­rally wa­ter­falling through Santa Cruz’s ver­sion of rock. We’ll take it.

Thank­fully, since the soil nat­u­rally benched its way into the rock’s crevice, no moss was harmed in the mak­ing of this mo­ment.

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