The boaters are all for the proposed harbor expansion. Many of them surf themselves, or are ex-surfers who switched to boating in their later years — but they say surfing is a "one-on-one" sport, while boating involves the entire family. A member of the Oceanside Boaters Association claimed before the council that boating saved his family from disintegration, and that the reference to "yachts" by the surfers is irrelevant because "...we have a beer harbor here.”
By Steve Sorensen, March 3, 1977 | Read full article
Even a hands-down winner like Shaun Tomson of South Africa, who earned $20,000 in prize money last year, kept no profit after paying his own travel and living expenses, according to Surfer Magazine. "Shaun Tompson broke even; the rest of them lost money (on the competiions)." Two years ago, O'Rourke took first place in the Western Surfing Association's contest at Black's Beach. "I was supposed to get $400, but they never paid me."
By Joe Applegate, Aug. 3, 1978 | Read full article
Marcia Frye, interviewed at Stinger, a cocktail lounge in Pacific Beach that she has managed for the past three years, said she left the children with Skip at first because he had the house, and because he was free in the daytime to look after them. He was very free in the daytime: "You couldn't get him to go to work," she said. "On a sunny day, forget it — he went surfing."
By Joe Applegate, April 14, 1983 | Read full article
When it's good, he's in the water by 5:00 a.m. after eating a banana to stave off cramps and provide fuel. He and Pierce are always alone at this hour. but as the sun comes over the horizon, the area fills with board surfers, and O'Neil says it get competitive. The board surfers have caused him to change his style so that he catches waves long before they grow steep and start sucking water.
By Neal Matthews, Sept. 8, 1983 | Read full article
The board flew up and hit Doyle in the back just before the wave pulled him in and threw him over the falls, helpless as a jellyfish. He hit the bottom hard and thrashed around for a few seconds before he was able to get his feet on something solid. He pushed off the bottom as hard as he could toward the surface, but the water was so frothy from the turbulence that he couldn't get anywhere
By Steve Sorensen, March 15, 1984 | Read full article
The fact was suicide, and the victim was a surfer who had attained the status that I was more than eager to ruin my life for. Pictures in the magazines. A steady job at a surf shop. There was speculation, of course, regarding the whys of Gary Keating’s death. A recent commitment to Christianity, some argued, had failed to deliver the goods. A way with women, said others, had never been one of Keating’s strong points.
By Scott Sadil, Dec. 4, 1986 | Read full article
He hates the Japanese who come to San Diego as tourists and take pictures of SeaWorld and the zoo, calling them “hot dadus,” until someone corrects his English to say “hodads.” He repeats this to himself over and over until it feels natural. It is to his eternal embarrassment to use these words incorrectly, because they are sacred to him, chants to be used among the American natives and shown off among his less hip countrymen.
By Michael Ahn, Aug. 3, 1989 | Read full article
Socially, Van Artsdalen became a marked man. His reputation as a brawler traveled beyond the predominantly white population of La Jolla to tougher neighborhoods. Butch had already proved himself among the few black people living in La Jolla by playing sports with them at the La Jolla Recreation Center. But there was always someone from across town who wanted a shot at him. Carl Ekstrom remembers a guy from Linda Vista who came looking for Butch one night.
By Hoyt Smith, Nov. 5, 1992 | Read full article
Maybe I was a bit harsh, but Tom [Morey] didn’t get offended. Doyle, he said, what you’re talking about is the difference between me and you. I’m a maker, you’re a doer. You don’t want to talk about things, you don’t want to fantasize about things, you want to do things.... But me, I like ideas, and I like tools, and I like to think about how to get them both to do what I want.
By Mike Doyle and Steve Sorensen, December 2, 1993 | Read full article
The Christian guys saw right through me. They saw I was screwing up. One of them said to me, “You know, Marty, you’re trickin’ us. You said you believed one thing, but now you’re doing something else. What’s the deal with you?” I didn’t know what to say. 1 was caught between two worlds. So they kicked me out of their room because they didn’t dig my lifestyle. I had to sleep on the couch.
By Marty Horvath with Steve Sorensen, March 3, 1994 | Read full article
scareamundo adj. scary. schooling tuna v. To dial in on some butter. Usage: “Let’s go school some tuna." see-through wave n. A murky-free, clean curling wave that is backlit by the sun. session n. Any time spent surfing. Also called a “surf session.” shine, shine it, shine on that v. Forget it now. Usage: “Let’s shine this place." “We fully shined it.” “Shine on that. Come to the party.”