Surf Diego

SHARK! No, dolphin

Name: Arturo Baravalle Age: 26 Occupation: tennis coach Favorite surf spot: PB Point On a foggy Tuesday morning, Arturo Baravalle suited up to surf La Jolla Shores. Baravalle moved to San Diego last June with ...

Charley don’t like 50-year-old guys acting like little girls

"I get my waves."

Name: Charley Stevens Age: 28 Occupation: Bartender Location: Sunset Cliffs Subs Charley Stevens speaks like a surfer with slow and lazy vowels. He moved to Ocean Beach four years ago. He learned to surf in ...

He kept snaking me

Blatantly frisky dolphins...only at Black’s

NAME: Jackson Lettow AGE: 15 LOCATION: Scripps Pier FAVORITE SURF SPOT: Cardiff or Scripps on a big day with no wind I distinctly remember going out one day with my dad when I was about ...

I know when it’s my turn

Surfing Cardiff

Sixteen-year-old Julie Schuman, a Cardiff native, ranks among the top three spots in the lady longboarders 18-and-under-category. She has been surfing since she was six years old. “There were always a bunch of kids out ...

The buoy report has the last word

What the buoys all do

It’s another day of El Niño surf: the waves are 10 feet at 20 seconds, occasionally larger. I like solid surf but I’m not a big-wave surfer. This is kind of pushing it. I’m in ...

"I don't get people being vibey."

A special board, just for El Niño

Name: Bob Thomas Age: 57 Occupation: English as a second language, San Diego Community College District Lives in: Ocean Beach Surfing: O.B. Pier “This is my favorite spot. I live down the street. My buddies ...

Should I surf today?

Stay home or suit up and head out?

The surf is big today, scary big. Surfline.com says it is six to eight feet at Tourmaline Cove, with some sets double overhead. At P.B. Point (False Point) the projections are for over 10 feet, ...

To ride the nose

In order to noseride, the surfer moves to the front of the board and performs one or more maneuvers or positions. Hawaii’s Rabbit Kekai is often identified as the first surfer to ride the nose ...

The Tourmaline wave is for sharing

At Tourmaline in Pacific Beach there is a trench about 100 yards offshore that runs parallel to the beach. This trench has a major effect on how a wave approaches the shore. Based on a ...

When is the surf too big?

Who’s ready for the big surf? Who isn’t?

The news weather people love to talk about high surf advisories. They always throw in “strong rip currents” and warn that only “advanced” surfers should enter the ocean. Sometimes they are right, but more often ...

The long and short of it

The waves have to be fast and be breaking to catch them on a shortboard. While sitting on a shortboard, the surfer is very low down in the water. Shortboard surfers get upset with longboarders ...

Fourteen levels of warmth

We’ve got the sand...have you got the rubber?

If you live anywhere north of Santa Barbara, you always wear a wetsuit. When you get up to Oregon and Washington it does not matter what the season might be — you will be in ...

Always one loud-mouthed jerk

Hey, local, where’s your aloha spirit?

While Southern California is full of great surf spots, there still are not enough, considering the size of the surfing population. This can cause a lot of stress in the lineup. Most (if not all) ...

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