Fourth of July at Oceano Dunes SVRA
The 4th of July to me is the best holiday of the year. It's sort of like the
coming out party for summer and at the same time its this great nations
birthday. Usually my 4th of July is spent close to home, BBQing with friends,
and topping the evening off with a grand fireworks display somewhere local to
our home in San Diego. Well this year we decided to mix it up a bit. I rounded
up my wife and kids, hooked up with our good family friends the Fernandez's and
headed on up to
Oceano Dunes SVRA for some off road fun on the sandy beaches of California.
I have been a bit skeptical of Pismo Beach for the last couple of years. Its
a good 5 hour drive for us coming up from Southern California and people have
told me that the riding isn't all that great. Then again I have had plenty of
people tell me that Pismo is awesome and although the Dunes are not large like
Glamis it is still pretty epic to be duning on the beach! SO with that said I
decided it was time to make up my own conclusion to what I thought of Pismo
Beach and the Oceano Dune's. For the trip I brought along our Polaris Ranger
RZR 4 Robby Gordon Edition which I had just added a new Pro Armor front bumper
and a pair of Baja Designs Soltek Fuego HID's. I had just taken it to Glamis
for some night riding but now was excited to get to put a whole weekends worth
of dune miles on what I already think is an awesome machine.
I cant even describe the excitement I felt when we finally rolled onto the beach
of Pismo on Friday morning. It just felt awesome to actually be driving on the
shore of this amazing coastline knowing that in just a few minutes I would be
ripping up the dunes while watching the waves break! After putting the truck in
4wd and airing down the UTVUnderground tow rig to 15lbs of air in each tire we
crawled onto the soft sand to the spot where we would make camp for the next few
days. My one recommendation to anyone who heads to Pismo is to make sure you
have 4wd! I can't begin to tell you how many people we saw buried to the frames
in 2wd cars, vans, and trucks. The sand is soft and the tide comes in quick so
be prepared and be smart.
The riding in Pismo was a blast. The sand is soft and the ocean backdrop is
just amazing. The dunes themselves are not that large and you can cover the
entire riding area in a day but one thing no one told me before is that Pismo is
a jumpers paradise. What I mean is everywhere you look is a lip to boost off of
and that's exactly what we did. We found some fun hills to play on and overall
I thought the riding was awesome. Sure it would be nice if it was larger or if
the closed sections were open but considering we were on the beach in 75 degree
weather and not riding in 110 degree weather it made it all that much better.
In between riding we took the kids to the shore, in the RZR4 of course, and
looked for sand crabs and clams. The kids played in the water while the adults
enjoyed beverages and snacks. The evenings were filled with BBQing and of
course FIREWORKS! I really enjoyed Pismo, it is a place I plan to attend at
minimum once a summer. Next time I hope we bring a convoy of UTVUnderground
UTV's to run around in!
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UTVUnderground Trip report to Pismo with Pics