Name: Jason Corp
Vehicle: 2002 Toyota Tundra
Lives: Linda Vista
Surfing: The pier, Ocean Beach
Jason Corp paddled out past the O.B. pier. Earlier, he thought he might pack up for the day to head home, but a swell rising behind him changed his mind. He got up on the wave late and dropped a little early. His board rushed forward. He curled his body and crossed his arms in front of his face to dampen the impending blow, but he could not stop the full force of the wave from slamming him into a concrete pier pillar. "That was the worst crash I'd ever had," Jason says. "I shot the pier one more time that day, to show I hadn't been beaten. Then I went home, lay down, and called into work; told them there was no way I was going to make it in the next day. I thought I was going to die."
Jason visited a friend in San Diego 12 years ago and decided to move out here from his native Mas-sachusetts. "I got out here and said, 'I've got to have this,'" he recalls. Since then he's surfed and camped around Southern California and Baja, Mexico.
Jason bought his 2002 Toyota Tundra with plans to fix it with a pop-up camper. "I bought the truck and waited for a good deal. I practically stole this camper. I always wanted a pop-up." Jason never takes it off the pickup. He loads up his Patterson 6'3" egg and comes to Ocean Beach at least once a week. He calls the camper his "beach house."
"I was going to take the truck camping at Salsipuedes in Baja this weekend, but my girlfriend talked me into skydiving tomorrow. I don't know how the hell that happened," Jason says.
In his 12 years of surfing, Jason says the worst thing he's seen is a body washed up below Sunset Cliffs. "He was a little stiff. I thought it was a mannequin at first, but when a wave came in it moved him around and I realized it was a person. People were crowded along the cliffs. Lifeguards were already working to get him out, but it was slow because they had to come in on longboards and they couldn't get down to where he was from the cliff."