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Some locals accept the fact that there are a lot of tourists here

“A lady thought I was drowning and called all these people”

Timo Bentley surfs SD but hails from the DR.
Timo Bentley surfs SD but hails from the DR.

Timo Bentley, a 25-year-old originally from the Dominican Republic now living in Malibu, talks about surfing in San Diego County.

Bentley comes down to San Diego to surf Blacks Beach or North Pacific Beach. “It’s pretty chill compared to Malibu and even Ventura in certain spots,” said Bentley. “The localism is not that much here because it is touristy; there’s a lot of people that don’t know what they’re doing out in the water, but also other people that are good at surfing and know what they are doing. They are chill with the local surf vibe and have accepted the fact that there are a lot of tourists here.”

Up in Ventura, Bentley had a session that he won’t forget. “Waves were about 10-12 feet that day,” said Bentley. “It was one of those big days with news reporters on the shore. I ducked under a wave and lost my board. I was swimming around when all of a sudden a Coast Guard Helicopter was hovering over me,” said Bentley. “I was looking up and wondering if that was for me, then my buddy came up and told me it was.”

“I was like, no way! So, I started swimming around showing that I was ok [and] didn’t need to get picked up,” said Bentley. “They were like eight wave sets, huge mackin’ eight wave sets,” said Bentley. “I caught a wave in, got on shore and there were about three firetrucks and an ambulance. A lady thought I was drowning and called all these people.”

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Timo Bentley surfs SD but hails from the DR.
Timo Bentley surfs SD but hails from the DR.

Timo Bentley, a 25-year-old originally from the Dominican Republic now living in Malibu, talks about surfing in San Diego County.

Bentley comes down to San Diego to surf Blacks Beach or North Pacific Beach. “It’s pretty chill compared to Malibu and even Ventura in certain spots,” said Bentley. “The localism is not that much here because it is touristy; there’s a lot of people that don’t know what they’re doing out in the water, but also other people that are good at surfing and know what they are doing. They are chill with the local surf vibe and have accepted the fact that there are a lot of tourists here.”

Up in Ventura, Bentley had a session that he won’t forget. “Waves were about 10-12 feet that day,” said Bentley. “It was one of those big days with news reporters on the shore. I ducked under a wave and lost my board. I was swimming around when all of a sudden a Coast Guard Helicopter was hovering over me,” said Bentley. “I was looking up and wondering if that was for me, then my buddy came up and told me it was.”

“I was like, no way! So, I started swimming around showing that I was ok [and] didn’t need to get picked up,” said Bentley. “They were like eight wave sets, huge mackin’ eight wave sets,” said Bentley. “I caught a wave in, got on shore and there were about three firetrucks and an ambulance. A lady thought I was drowning and called all these people.”

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