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California Surfing Day, Ryan Robinson, Glamping

Learn to ride a wave in San Diego and find unique accommodations that combine creature comforts with unbridled access to Mother Nature all across the state

As the state’s official sport, surfing is integral to California culture. There’s never a bad time to catch a wave in the Golden State, but thanks to warmer waters September is one of the most popular months to hang ten or otherwise go for a ride. In preparation for California Surfing Day on September 20, host Soterios Johnson welcomes Izzy Tihanyi, a former pro surfer and co-owner of the La Jolla school Surf Diva onto the podcast. Tihanyi shares what to expect from a lesson, while assuring Johnson, a self-proclaimed surfing novice, that anyone can learn to ride. According to Tihanyi, the only risk is falling in love: “Everyone will always remember your first wave. It's like your first kiss, you'll never forget it.”

Johnson is next joined by Ryan Robinson, an adventure athlete fresh off an epic Northern California road trip. The professional highliner and American Ninja Warrior alum shares his favorite moments from his journey through Gold Country, Shasta Cascade, and Humboldt County. The stoke is high as Robinson regales Johnson with tales of rappelling down waterfalls and chasing the sunset through redwoods along the Lost Coast.

The episode also includes a discussion with Glamping Hub founder Ruben Martinez. Johnson learns why glamping has become a red-hot travel trend, while uncovering a few hidden gems across the state. As an added bonus, Martinez offers California Now Podcast listeners an exclusive $50 discount on their first booking—just use the code CANOW at booking to save on a Glamping Hub vacation from now through October 31, 2019.



Izzy Tihanyi, co-owner of the iconic surf school Surf Diva, explains what to expect from a first-time lesson and reveals her favorite spots to soak up San Diego’s cowabunga culture.

Adventure athlete Ryan Robinson takes listeners through his recent Northern California #vanlife road trip.

Glamping Hub co-founder Ruben Martinez provides an overview of some of the most alluring tents, cabins, and treehouses in California.

About the Host

Soterios Johnson, formerly the local host of National Public Radio’s Morning Edition on radio station WNYC, moved from New York City to Davis, Calif., in 2016 and is just getting to know his surroundings. By combining his journalistic instincts with his personal curiosity, Johnson will use the California Now platform to develop a deeper understanding of his adopted home.