Canepa with WindAnSea surfboard
From: Mission Beach
Location: Ocean Beach
Occupation: Administrative tech for finance company
“There’s a lot of stuff to do here and the vibes are upbeat and family oriented — and we go fishing here too. The water was flat today with some 2-footers — a good day to paddleboard.”
This day she also surfed her hand-shaped 7’8″ WindAnSea surfboard — not to be confused with the La Jolla beach.
“Windansea [Beach] is more famous for their locals being territorial,” she said. “You gotta be like “in”, really good — or not scared [because] they will drop in on you, yell at you and threaten you.”
Her son, who is a junior lifeguard, agreed, and reminded his mom about another scary surf incident.
“I had three concussions [while surfing],” Canepa said.
Her worst concussion happened in 2014 at San Clemente after she and another kid caught the same wave. They both “ate it” and were caught within the turbulence, then the kid kicked her in the stomach. “When I was coming back to shore I was already like disoriented and then [another] wave hit me right in the head and then I just hit the ground. I had a concussion and it was pretty bad, [so much that] I couldn’t drive and go to work for the whole month.”