Growing up on the Californian coast can seem like something out of the movies with beautiful, bleached-blonde teenagers racing around palm-tree-lined towns in their vintage VW Bugs. However, just like any reality, that picture isn’t always the whole story. What that perfect clip crops out are the dive-bombing seagulls, frizzy beach hair, and spectacular wipeouts of anyone trying but failing to surf.
Nonetheless, if you grew up on the Californian coast you’ll also know that it’s commonplace to casually ride your beach cruiser along the boardwalk with a surfboard strapped to the side. There are just somethings you’ll only know if you grew up on the Californian coast.