|Oceano Dunes SVRA
By Jon Crowley, UTVGuide.net
My son and I decided on a little Father/Son trip to do some filming of ourPolaris ACE. We are participating in a viral video challenge and decided that Oceano Dunes would be great location since the riding area is right on the beach.
Ocean Dune State Vehicular Recreation Area has 1,500 acres, featuring beach and sand dune riding. The beach is extremely busy during summer weekends, and actually has a cap on the number of OHVs that can be in the recreation area at any one time. We were lucky enough to come in on a Wednesday so it was much less crowded.
My son and I swung by Rugged Radios since their shop is just a few miles from the beach in Arroyo Grande. I also figured we could twist their arm into coming out to the dunes with their ACE as well. Our ACE is fully customized with IMG Motorsports cage, PRP Seats doors, harnesses and seat, Walker Evans Racing shocks, Rigid Industries LED lights, ProLine Wraps graphics, Factory UTV skid plate, ITP Tires and Wheels, and a off-the-hook audio system put together by SSV Works. We also have a Trinity Exhaust system that needs to be installed. For this trip, we swapped in a set of sand tires from Fullerton Sand Sports that are mounted up on OMF Performance wheels. The Rugged Radios ACE is no slouch either with custom cage, doors, wrap and a ton of Rugged products.
We hit the beach and my son went to work flying his DJI Phanton II+ quad copter for some aerial footage. We also had Mike from Rugged Radios snapping photos and taking video.
Stay tuned for our video. It will take a bit of time to get it all edited and posted up. Once it drops, we will need your help to make it go viral! Here is a goofy teaser video my Son put together….
After we finished up with the filming, the Rugged boys headed back to the shop, then it was time for my son and I to do some riding in ourlong travel XP1000. We suited up in our new Fly racing gear, got a selfie to keep Mom happy, then headed into the dunes for some exploring and driver’s education.
After exploring the dunes for a while, we headed back to the trailer and threw some nice steaks on the BBQ. I grabbed a beer and tended the BBQ while my son chose the tunes to blast from the stereo in our ACE.
Sitting down for dinner in front of the fire with tunes bumping and the ocean waves in the background was a perfect end to our Father/Son trip to the beach.
If you have never been to Oceano Dunes, they are located on the coast of California, three miles south of Pismo Beach off Highway 1. Off-Roaders used to have access to 15,000 acres all the way down to Devil’s Slide to the south, but all that changed in 1982 when it shrunk down to about 1500 acres. And environmentalists and other haters of off-road vehicles didn’t stop there. The threatened snowy plover had been the source of several lawsuits aimed at closing the park, and more recently, “clean air” and the San Luis Obispo Air Pollution Control District has been the source (seeA test of science in a sand dune playground).
Even though the area is much smaller than it used to be, it is still a fun area to ride and it is neat to be able to camp on the beach.