Surf Diego

Dinosaurs Don't Surf

Name: Michael Woodbury Age: 29 Lives in: Chula Vista Occupation: Video-game designer Post-Surf Food: Spicy bean burrito Girls in the Water: “No…I mean, yes.” Michael tends to avoid the beaches in the summertime. “I don’t ...

Shark Fighter

Name: Neil Salunga Age: 29 Occupation: Firefighter Lives in: San Ysidro Pre-surf music: N.W.A. Girls in the water?: “Total distraction.” Neil Salunga recounts the experience of getting attacked by a shark: “A year ago, I ...

Too Rude

Name: Matt Fielder Age: 27 Lives In: Ocean Beach Occupation: Actor Pre-Surf Music: Tone Loc Girls in the Water?: “Yes, please!” Matt has been surfing since he was seven years old. He grew up in ...

Clown on the Water

Name: Jack Turner Age: 23 Occupation: Personal Trainer Lives In: Jamul Surfing: Scripps Favorite Surf Movie: Point Break Jack blamed his “surf karma” for his inability to catch a wave a couple weeks ago. “So, ...

Girls Don't Bother Anyone

Name: Gretchen Kauffman Age: 25 Occupation: Technical designer for Reef Been Surfing: Five years Pre-Surf Music: Slightly Stoopid Gretchen, an O.B. resident, has just experienced her first bit of sexism on the beach. “This guy ...

Solo Surfer

Name: Yiga Miyashiro Age: 25 Lives In: O.B. Occupation: Professional brewer Favorite Surf Movie: Endless Summer Favorite Local Surf Spot: Black’s Yiga, who has surfed since he was eight, braves the crowds for a Saturday-morning ...

Teacher Brah

Name: Dusty Engel Age: 30 Occupation: High School Math Teacher Lives: La Mesa Surfing: Dog Beach Girls in the Water? “Wish there were more!” “On a big day, I get crushed by waves,” admits Dusty ...

Lauding Donna

Name: Dick Vegas Age: 44 (“...and a whole lot more.”) Occupation: Actor Lives In: Linda Vista Surfing: O.B. Jetty Pre-Surf Music: Led Zeppelin “I came out here 22 years ago, and a bunch of my ...

Backlash on Localism

Name: Nathan Kruger Age: 26 Lives In: La Mesa Surfing: Scripps Pre-Surf Music: The Get Up Kids Girls in the Water? “Definite yay!” “I just have to say that I’m really tired of the ‘locals ...

Black's Ripper Goes Easy on Fledglings

Name: Erick Castaneda Age: 27 Lives In: North Park Surfing: Tourmaline Pre-Surf Music: The Adolescents Post-Surf Food: Breakfast burrito Erick “Carne” Castaneda says, “I used to be sponsored with P.B. Surf Shop when I was ...

Long Island, Australia, Fiji...S.D.

Name: Jamie Nelan Age: 23 Lives In: P.B. Surfing: P.B. Drive Pre-Surf Music: Muse Post-Surf Food: California burrito “I lived in Australia in my junior year of college,” says Jamie, “and when I was there ...

Listen to Ruthey

Name: Ruthey Travis Age: 58 Lives In: Rancho Bernardo Surfing: Black’s Beach Pre-Surf Music: Sam Cooke Post-Surf Food: Scrambled eggs “I should have known better. It was a foolish mistake. I was just paddling out, ...

Fights Are a Part of It

Name: Jason Sporer Age: 24 Lives: P.B. Surfing: O.B. Pre-Surf Music: Tool Post-Surf Food: Smoothie “Fights are definitely part of the surf culture. I’ve never been directly involved, but new surfers should stay out of ...

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