Sometimes the nuances of life can sling you an unexpected wildcard. For Canadian lensman, Marcus Paladino, a foothold into his dream job at Surfing Magazine stopped short when the glossy sealed its doors a few months back – just before his internship was due to play out.
At a loss of how to populate those two weeks, Marcus decided to sample California anyway. Loading a 1997 Aerostar van and a Suburu Forrester, he skirted the coast with two friends, seeking pumping set ups along the way – managing to hook up with local chargers as they went.
''I’ve never been to California before and had always wanted to go. Originally, I had an internship with Surfing Magazine but they closed their doors before I got my chance. Bad timing on my part, I even had the internship set up a few months prior but pushed it back to go to France instead. How ironic,'' Marcus tells us.
''That crazy storm from our drive down lingered in the Santa Cruz area for the first two to three days of the trip, causing over $40 million in road damage. We wanted to drive along the C-1 HWY and check out Big Sur but an entire bridge collapsed.
''It was horrible for the people of that community having to evacuate their homes due to flood warning, but such a unique experience for us to witness a completely unknown version of The Golden State.
''I met up with Santa Cruz locals Josh Mulcoy and Noah Wegrich for a few sessions. Kevin Schulz came all the way from San Clemente to shoot for the last 24 hours of the trip, what a legend! The great thing about this trip was I got to do a lot of surfing myself, which is a rarity for photographers. My friends and I just surfed our brains out and explored the area.''
The result is the gallery below – the 26-year-old lensman's sure got an eye for what goes down in the drink and we're happy to bring you those golden, full-frame moments. Tuck in.