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Names: Brock Linder, Chris Mastrandrea

Home: Portland, Oregon

Vehicle: 2006 Subaru Forester

Surfing at: End of Pacific Beach Drive, Pacific Beach

Brock Linder, 19, and his friend, Chris Mastrandrea, 20, came down to San Diego on Spring Break from Oregon State University. A 2006 Subaru Forester, crammed to overspilling, has been their home for the last week as they've surfed the breaks from Pismo to San Diego. They're visiting friends who live on Felspar in Pacific Beach.

"I just got this Forester," Brock says. "I totaled the last one. We were goin' surfin', there was bumper-to-bumper traffic, and I slammed into the back of the car in front of me. I was probably stoned..."

Chris, the dark-haired one, cuts in, "He was doin' this! He was doin' this!" and points to the cell phone Brock's checking.

"Yeah, I was probably on the phone, too."

The Forester is a typical Oregon camping, biking, surfing vehicle. "It's how people know we're from Oregon, before they even see the plates," Brock says.

Inside the car is a mound of clean and dirty clothes, skateboards, greasy paper food bags, errant socks, inflatable mattresses, wetsuits, gloves, and booties. "It's cold water in Oregon," Chris says. "You need all the gear you can get to stay warm. Down here, San Diego, is like bathwater. We love it.

"The one thing that freaked me out was, if you see a fin in Oregon, it means shark. We were surfin' Scripps and a group of dolphins swam by and I lost it, I wanted to go in. I figured I was okay when everyone started laughing at me."

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