I don’t think Snoop Dogg was talking to me but the ladies were.
Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr, as his Mammy christened him, was entertaining us in the way only he could.
Standing on the pristine Huntington Beach in Southern California playing us a set of his tunes and standard party hits.
While smoking a funny cigarette.
Snoop was always going to be an ambitious choice for a corporate event, the American Travel Fair www.ipw.com, but the Big Fella is a likeable rogue and delivered.
And nobody baulked when Mr and Mrs America, the Mayor and his wife, and their two perfectly presented kids walked on stage.
To greet the Long Beach native through a plume of smoke.
California is the hippy state where anything goes and where an old man can get a high five for purpling up his beard.
Of course it doesn’t get much better than Natasha Bedingfield picking you out in the crowd the next day in Anaheim.
But she deserves her own slot so I’ll reshare that story with you another time.
Huntington Beach, Anaheim, West Hollywood, Hollywood et al is SoCal, Southern California which we all know about and keep coming back to… www.visitcalifornia.com.
SloCal is the area between Los Angeles and San Fransisco and prides itself on being even more laid-back.
So that’s almost horizontal then.
And all right by me and Snoop.
Now I’ve been flagging up the fun that’s been had in the surfing war between Surf City USA Huntington Beach and Santa Cruz.
www.surfcityusa.com and www.cityofsantacruz.com
Huntington won in the courts but whisper that around Santa Cruz, and its delegates when they make their annual pilgrimage to Ireland.
Although I must say that Huntington did tempt me with their hospitality when I visited and their surfing dogs competition every autumn.
But I learn now that Huntington is not the only beach for surfing animals in California.
They like to act the goat in Pismo Beach.
Acting the goat
Dana McGregor has built up quite a following on the back of goatie Pismo and his two pals who he has taught to surf https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/article39452574.html and http://surfinggoats.com.
He offers surfboard lessons, stand-up paddle board lessons and SUP/Surf camps on Pismo Beach.
You want to see a Dancing Dad dance the waves again…
On board Royal Caribbean Cruises’ Oasis of the Seas’ FlowRider simulator in Barcelona www.royalcaribbean.ie.
Thought you might.
For more information on SloCal, keep posted here and also visit www.slocal.com.
And remember Aer Lingus www.aerlingus.com flies direct to LAX from Dublin.
LA is from €204 each way as part of a return trip. Book by September 23. And you’ll get pre-clearance.
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