Winter in Laguna / Tablerock Beach

What’s winter?

It’s the middle of November here in Southern California and the weather is still nice enough for a beach day! So we packed our bags and headed down to Tablerock Beach in Laguna. Camera gear in hand, I was prepared for a pretty awesome sunset…and it did not disappoint.

Tablerock is probably one of my top five favorite beaches in Laguna, maybe even top three. Whatever direction you go in, there’s epicness. There’s also a little perch to the right if you climb up so you have an awesome view of the whole beach as well as the sunset. Located smack in the middle of the beach is also a little rock formation that you can climb and take some pretty sweet pictures as well.

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1000 Steps Beach Day // Laguna: Part 4


It’s been way too long since I’ve done a Thousand Steps post, mostly due to weather conditions created by El Nino. With so many big swells and high tides, it’s been extremely tough to find a time to be able to get over to the pools when it wasn’t the middle of the night. But two weeks ago, the ocean gods aligned and gave us a whole four hours of play time at the pools!

Some baby barrels breaking on the shore.

Some baby barrels breaking on the shore.

My friend Tessa and I were lucky enough to find some free time during the week so the beach was particularly empty. We trekked over the rocks and over to our secret spot to discover we were the only people at both pools. The 70 degree water wasn’t too bad either 🙂

Playing mermaid with my beautiful friends.

Playing mermaid with my beautiful friends.

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Brace Yourselves…SUMMER IS COMING


I am almost embarrassed to say that it has already been two months since I’ve posted here…WOW! First of all, I would like to apologize for that because the last couple months have been a total whirlwind. The last few weeks of school kicked my butt, but then something amazing happened…I GRADUATED, GUYS!! I can now say that I never have to take another test or write another essay EVER again!!

Since graduating, I’ve spent my days working at my surfshop job while also looking around for big-kid jobs. I’ve also gone on quite a few adventures as well! There will be plenty of posts coming your way, don’t you worry 🙂

Also some more big news! In exactly two weeks from today, I will be waking up on the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii!! AAAAAAHHHH! 😀 I am beyond excited for this trip since I’ve never been anywhere tropical. How’s that for an awesome graduation trip huh?! But they’ll be a whole post about that trip later for all of you…mermaid pics included hehe

I am still in the process of editing all of my pictures so I’m going to make my first summer post for where else?! Laguna! My friend Tiffani and I headed to Crescent Bay recently to celebrate the warm weather with some snorkeling and sunning our buns!

All images were shot using my GoPro Hero4 Silver 🙂

Thank you all for sticking around even in my absence! Stay tuned for even more adventures coming weekly!

And if you aren’t already, don’t forget to follow the blog on Insta at @maddyjayblog for some behind the scenes action!


Sunset Session at Victoria Beach

Hello again friends!

My finals are officially over as of today and I am done interning which means I have the next six weeks to do nothing but explore and post – YAY! I’m so excited to finally be able to just relax and sleep in and upload pictures.

I recently purchased the new GoPro Hero 4 Silver and so far, I’m in love!! The back LED screen is incredibly helpful to scope my pictures immediately after taking them. A couple of my friends and me decided to head down to Victoria Beach in Laguna last night to test out the GoPro’s night settings. The sunset was incredible and I was even able to capture an amazing time lapse while I was there! Here’s the video below 🙂

I had the time lapse setting on for pretty much the whole hour and a half that I was down there and it only came out to a quick 7 second video! The tide was also unusually high so there were a couple moments when the waves would splash up over the rocks and shoot almost fifteen feet into the air! The beach was practically empty since it was a little chilly and it’s the middle of December, but we didn’t let that stop us 🙂 Check out the couple of pictures below that I took before setting up my time lapse. I should also mentioned that the pictures have not been edited at all either – hashtag no filter 😉

Sorry for the quick little update, but I wanted to give you guys something for being so patient while I finished up my finals. There will be many more pictures to follow of my Winter Break adventures!


1000 Steps Beach Day // Laguna: Part 3

1000 Steps Beach Day // Laguna is still our most searched and viewed post! And as much as you guys love reading about it, I love going there! We’ve already done Part 2 so why not go for 3? After all, the third time’s a charm!

The tides have been pretty funky lately, especially with the huge swells that hit Southern California a couple weeks back. With high tides and my busy school & intern schedule, it was really hard to find time to make it back to the pools. But the beach gods were on my side last weekend! The tides were finally below 1 ft and the weather was a sunny 80 degrees! I was lucky enough to take my friend who has never been either so I was excited to show her how amazing the private beach was.


We didn’t head down to Laguna until about 2 pm since low tide was at 4 pm. And with this damn time change, it gets dark around 4:30 anyways. It does take about 15 minutes to climb over to the pools from the main beach, but we were amazed at how empty the pools were once we got there. It was a Saturday after all! The water was a little chilly, but do-able so we swam around in the water a bit and played mermaids 🙂

The sunset was SPECTACULAR! Watching the sun go down over the ocean while sitting on the edge of a beautiful rock pool made all of my problems suddenly go away. And once the sun set, the darkness came quickly. We had to use the flashlights on our phones to get back through the cave because it was pitch black! I always advise people who go to the pools to time your climb there and back very carefully – the tides and the darkness are your two biggest enemies.

Overall, it was the best beach day I’ve had in a really long time 😀 Now that summer is over and the weather is cooling off, it’s a great time to make your way down to the pools if you haven’t been yet. Or you can just check out the pictures below 😉

Have a happy and yummy Thanksgiving friends!

We’re BACK!! & at the BEACH!

Hello all my beautiful people! I’m so excited to announce that after a month-long hiatus, Maddy Jay is BACK with brand new content and loads of photos that I’m stoked to share with you all 🙂

Unfortunately, my summer has pretty much come to a close and I’m back in school, but that didn’t stop me from hitting up some beaches and doing some fun things with friends! I could share some boring details about how school’s going, but I’d rather just share these photos I’ve been hoarding for you all 🙂

Over the weekend, my friend Tiffani and I headed back to Victoria Beach in Laguna! Because of the hurricane down south, the tides (and waves!) have been super crazy lately. Thanks to a day-long high tide, the pool at Victoria was full the whole time we were there! It was also filled with about 70% sand which I’m assuming was from the hurricane/high tides/huge waves, but it was still a beautiful sight!

For those who have never been to Victoria Beach, I HIGHLY recommend it. My favorite part of this beach is that it’s great at high AND low tide. During high tide, the pool is full and perfect for swimming while at low tide, you can explore the tide pools along the rocks. The tower is also a cool sight and everyone always loves to take a photo of it while they’re there.

I’ve put together a little photo gallery for you all of some of the pics we took that day. The weather was a perfect 89 degrees and the water was actually refreshing…aka the perfect beach day! All photos were taken with my GoPro Hero 3+ 🙂

Be sure to check back soon for even more fun stuff that’s coming! SO happy to be back and can’t wait to share more of my adventures with you guys!


Double Feature! Victoria Beach and Arch Rock

Despite the cloudy weather in Southern California this past weekend, my friends and I made our way down south to explore some pretty awesome beaches.

First stop: Victoria Beach in Laguna!

After hitting almost 2 hours of traffic on PCH, we finally made it to Laguna. Victoria Beach is pretty secluded compared to others in Laguna. Many know it as the “beach with the tower” because of its 60-foot hollow tower. According to the California Department of Parks and Recreation, it was built in 1926 for a state senator. The tower now stands along the cliff, welded shut and provides great photo opportunities for tourists, photographers and locals alike.

We got lucky and hit high tide when we got there, which meant the pool was full! This was first time I hadn’t seen the pool completely empty so I immediately jumped in 🙂 The water was surprisingly warmer than I expected so we busted out the GoPro to take some underwater shots.

Even at high tide, we were still able to explore some of the awesome tide pools along the rocks too. And unlike beaches like 1000 Steps, you’re able to get to the secluded beach during low AND high tides. Fair warning: we had a little run in with “Beach Patrol” so just be sure not to bring anything you’re not supposed to or do anything you’re not supposed to 😉

Second trip: Arch Rock in Corona Del Mar!

I first found out about Arch Rock on Instagram. Despite being overcast and gloomy all day long, we drove down to Corona Del Mar to check it out for ourselves! I believe that you can only get there if you park at Corona Del Mar State Beach and walk over. I would definitely recommend wearing a pair of sneakers you don’t mind getting wet because you climb over a bunch of rocks to get there, then you have to actually climb Arch Rock to jump off!

You also can’t be afraid to get wet haha if you go around high tide like we did, you’ll have to climb some rocks or just wade through the water to get to the actual Arch Rock. There was a surprising amount of people at the rock for such a cloudy day, but almost everyone took a turn jumping. Side note: there’s also quite a lot of kelp in the water so don’t be freaked out when you jump and land on it! 🙂

We’ll definitely be going back on a sunnier, warmer day so we can enjoy the rock even more! I put together a quick little video clip of both our beach days for ya – be sure to put it in HD before clicking PLAY!

Overall, it was an awesome weekend; I highly recommend venturing down to either of these awesome beaches. And be sure to always check the tides friends!