How to tackle the California Double in 12 hours
For some, it’s the stuff of legends. For others, it’s another day in the great outdoors. For everyone who completes this daring mission, it’s an incredible time they won’t soon forget.
California is one of the few places where you can both surf and snowboard in the same day, thanks to a significant shoulder season and mountains located within a couple hours of the beach.
The premise may sound simple: hit the slopes in the morning to ski or snowboard, then head to the coast to catch some waves before the sun goes down. But if you don’t plan it right, or get tripped up along the way, you could miss out – big time. Not since the iconic 1966 surfing documentary “Endless Summer” has there been such an epically awesome challenge so well suited for adrenaline junkies.
Tackling this trip requires the right tools – cold weather clothing, a wetsuit and key tech items to keep you connected, like The Mission watch by Nixon. It’s the kind of smartwatch that avid surfers and snow enthusiasts have only dreamed about until now. And it just so happens to be the ultimate tool for tackling this type of insane adventure. With snow and surf conditions beamed straight to your wrist and ultra durable construction that can take a beating, it’s the most important piece of gear in your outdoor arsenal.
So leash up, strap in and hitch a ride to the action with The Mission providing insight, alerts and guidance every step of the way. Here’s how it’s done.
You text your buddy: “Dude. It’s dumping out – and I just got a shred alert.”
He writes back: “Yeah, and the swell is firing!”
It’s the perfect snow/surf day, but how can you choose? Actually, you don’t have to. This is California after all. You can do both.
“Meet you on the mountain in 30,” you say.
You use The Mission to quickly check your work schedule – no meetings, no deadlines. Perfect. You dash off a note to your boss.
“I’m feeling a little under the weather,” you type. It’ll be a sick day all right.
You’ve always been a first chair kind of guy and today is no different. You push your goggles off your face and onto your helmet, knocking your watch into the metal bar of the chairlift in the process. But with its ultra-tough Corning® Gorilla® Glass crystal and polycarbonate casing, The Mission is built to take a beating. Not even a scratch.
You carve tightly down the mountain, spraying snow in your wake.
“Fresh pow!” your buddy yells.
“I’ll race you,” you reply, checking the speed on your watch as you fly by him.
“You got smoked!”
You and your buddy check The Mission’s native Trace app to compare stats for the morning. You hit a total of 15 runs in just four hours, reached an altitude of 8,448 feet and topped out at 45 mph. Log it to the leaderboard – this is gonna be a tough day to beat.
The watch, which incorporates data from Surfline, says 3-4 foot swells without much wind. While waxing your board, you get a text saying a few more people are on their way – but you can’t wait. It’s time to hit the water.
“Let’s meet by the campgrounds,” you say, which The Mission texts back to your friends.
The ocean is freezing this time of year, but you love it. Before paddling out, you quickly close the MicLock. The Mission now has 10 ATM water resistance, which accounts for the force of the waves, and the touch screen even works when it’s wet.
There’s a taco truck up the street, so you and your buddies quickly change out of your wetsuits into some warm, dry layers and head over to grab food. While in line, you check your work email on The Mission. You flag a couple of messages for the morning – you can catch up on everything else later.
Back in the car, you log your surf stats and capture the day. The conditions were perfect – next time they’re like this, you want to be the first to know. Thankfully, The Mission will make sure of it. You turn to your buddy, who’s adding his day to the leaderboard too.
“So… we doing that again tomorrow?”