catch a wave and you’re sitting on top of the world.


i grew up in the san fernando valley, just over the hills from malibu. i spent many more days ditching school than i probably should share, loading up my mum’s country squire station wagon with boys, boards and beach towels. so when i saw chris brown’s latest blog, i instantly fell in love. chris is the editor/writer of refuled magazine, and his new site choka, is loaded with many great beach and surf inspired photographs and stories of summer. choka, a surf term for ‘bitchin’, awesome, cool’, etc., is dedicated to surf, skate & snow. c’mon, catch the choka wave.













16 Responses to “catch a wave and you’re sitting on top of the world.”
  1. Cece says:

    I lived in the valley too and spent my weekends on Zuma Beach. I am back here now as an adult.

    I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else…

    Chris Brown is definitely a creative dude! Love him!

  2. tenthings. says:

    Victoria, I LOVE this! I am a beach girl through and through, and while there are times that i feel i have posted too much about this beautiful southern california ‘surfing’ lifestyle on my blog, tenthings-tenthings. i have to admit, it’s in my heart and it’s really easy to blog about what you love. so obvious by your always beautiful, heartfelt blog posts.

    thanks again for sharing. you are truly an inspiration to me.

  3. victoria says:

    cece – i was also a ‘zuma 4’ girl. we hung out at that lifeguard stand. ;)

    tenthings – thank you so much!! :)

  4. Shayna says:

    Did we talk about this at dinner? I completely forget…I’m a valley girl, too (raised, not born)! Love the photos…

  5. xojy says:

    I love following Chris Brown. Thank you for the monday morning virtual summer day. Also love following one of his photographers Stash. Check her out.

  6. I am cold. These pictures help a bit.

  7. *sigh* this post is actually making my heart ache just a little bit. The universe made a big mistake delivering me to the UK,instead of the California coast…

  8. designRlife says:

    Love this! I grew up in SoCal too (just north of the SF valley in Ventura County), and this post takes me back to the sand, sea & surfer-dude boyfriends of my youth. To this day, standing on the beach and just taking in the vastness of ocean puts me instantly at peace.

    Thanks for sharing! :)

  9. Michelle says:

    This is amazing! Can I just say how jealous I am of your childhood?!

  10. Beautiful! makes me want to get in the ocean right now. It’s been long way too long since I was on my surfboard

  11. Chris Brown says:

    Hang ten baby, hang ten! Much love V.


  13. I realize I’m a little late to the table but I’m totally crushing on your blog…glad I found it!!

  14. victoria says:

    thanks all, and thanks to chris for all his talent!

    welcome, michelle! :)

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