The California college town has faced wildfires in recent years. Now it’s adjusting to the reality of floods.
The surfers were loving it.
A set of waves was breaking Sunday just offshore from the main beach in this college town known for its mountain biking, laid-back atmosphere and famous surf spots. This wasn’t one of them, though. A parade of rainstorms had swelled the San Lorenzo River, pushing heaps of sand out of its mouth and building up a sandbar that was kicking up near-perfect waves.
A dozen surfers bobbed in the choppy, brown water, kept company by a lone seal. “This is very rare,” said Zack Edwards, 48, a local who has lived in the area for 30 years. He hasn’t seen anything like it since the 1990s, and this time the waves were even better, Edwards said, as more surfers came bounding down the beach and into the water…