• Goodall Wins Cosmic Creek Retro Surf Festival

Riding an ancient Local Motion twin-fin surfboard shaped before he was born, Australian pro Wade Goodall side-slipped down the face of a turquoise green wave and right into a beautiful little barrel triggering a wild roar from the huge crowd on the shoreline. A Led Zeppelin tune cranked in the background and everyone was rocking and grooving. Then California's Courtney Conologue was suddenly up and riding, flying through sections, absolutely carving on a vintage Dick Brewer pintail, further mystifying her male counterparts. What was generating all this stoke? Where the heck were we? Was this really Orange County's Salt Creek Park, just a week after Labor Day 2102?

Wade Goodall, event winner

Wade Goodall Event Winner

If there's one thing you can count on in South OC this time of year, it's the eclectic annual gathering of the surf tribe at the annual Cosmic Creek, one of the most soulful events on the calendar. This year's edition took place on September 8 & 9, and served to end the summer on a perfect note, both spiritually and musically. Cosmic Creek is far more than a surf contest, it's a colorful festival held in tribute to the 1970s and early 1980s -- surf culture's lost era of creativity where transitional, eccentric surf craft made a crucial statement and laid a foundation for the growth of the sport and industry. In the 13 years since its creation, Cosmic Creek has become an annual tradition for upcoming locals, mythic legends, worthy charities and the local community.

Wade Goodall was stoked to try out the vintage equipment and match it with his modern take on classic moves. "Cosmic Creek was real fun," said Woodall. "Riding all those old boards was a treat and to surf a heat with Tom Curren, Christian Fletcher and Jeff Booth was really epic. Rad day!"

Winners. Photo: Pat Stacy

Pro finalists Giddings, Conologue, Woodall and Curren at the 2012 Cosmic Creek. photo: Stacy.

CJ and Wade / Photo: Pat Stacy

CJ and Wade / Photo: Pat Stacy

Over the years, heroes of surfing from Kelly Slater to Rob Machado to Dave Rastovich to Tom Curren (and now Wade Goodall) have all walked away knowing Cosmic Creek is truly a superb way to spend the end of summer in Southern California. Even in the face of all the sport's many changes over the decades, Cosmic fans can end the weekend enlightened, happy and most importantly rediscovering that surfing is still free and easy!


Tom Curren

Cosmic Creek

Cosmic Creek mural Photo: Pat Stacy

Photo: Pat Stacy

Donavon Frankenreiter Photo: Pat Stacy

The Cosmic emphasizes what the ocean does to the human spirit, the very basis of our surfing lifestyle. As the sun finally set over Salt Creek's picturesque beach and Donavon Frankenreiter played his final song, all gave thanks to such a special weekend, the support of the locals, Billabong and all the other great sponsors. A big Mahalo to Subaru, Killer Dana, VonZipper, Sector 9, Hobie, Honolua, Verizon, Clif Bar, Clif Kids, Xcel, Surfer Magazine, Daphne's, Chipotle, Nalu's and especially -- the mom's and dads of the "Cosmic Children"!

Photo: Pat Stacy

Donovan Frankenreiter on the big grassy hill overlooking the Salt Creek shoreline Photo: Pat Stacy