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Brazilians bring footvolley to Mission Beach and Carlsbad

On September 6, I saw a group of guys volleying a soccer ball back and forth over a net – on a sand-volleyball court. They were feet away from the playground and water at Bonita ...

The fate of Ofo bikes in San Diego

Still serving in one form or another

On September 21, between 12 noon and 2 pm, I noticed over 75 yellow Ofo bikes around town; about half were still being used. “It’s a score,” Joey G. said, “if you find them unlocked, ...

Just dinged my board of preference.

Tourmaline, La Jolla Shores too crowded

Name: Scott Age: 26 From: Mission Beach Interview: South Mission Beach Scott was heading to the showers. “There are beaches that don’t have good waves that I’ll always avoid. Tourmaline, that’s a combination of bad ...

If you're a beginner, stay in Tourmaline

Mission Beach Jetty locals can be mean

Name: Jules Nacario Age: 57 From: Mission Beach Location: South Mission Beach, Jetty Jules Nacario was walking up to the showers after a long surf session. “This is a pretty modern surf craft. It’s Tomo, ...

You just got to yell at people

Mission Beach jetty better for goofy footers

Name: Bryce Victery Age: 26 From: Mission Beach Location: South Mission, Jetty It was a windy day at the jetty when Bryce Victery pulled his board out of the water after a morning surf. Victery ...

If you were slow to get beach volleyball

Be early on beach tennis

Claudia Chiossi plays beach tennis. The 35-year-old personal trainer used to play in her hometown of Garopaba, Brazil, but since she’s relocated to Pacific Beach, she’s found locals to play with by Tower 22, which ...

Mayor Faulconer's short-term rental idea — pro and con

Ocean Beach will show up in blue T-shirts

At the July 16 city council meeting, the usual sea of green (pro-vacation rental) and red (anti-vacation rental) t-shirts will be joined by blue representing Ocean Beach. The Ocean Beach town council has chartered a ...

Romance of the beach fire tainted

Mission Beach gets smoke from rubber and plastic

Fire pits at South Mission Beach are heating up again. Residents complain that smoke blown on the wind is polluting their homes. It comes not only from the permitted burning of wood and paper but ...

Mission Beach sandbars not what they were

By the time I’m done, it starts to freshen

Name: Cory Age: 45 From: Mission Beach Location: North Mission Beach Cory was walking up to the showers past the boardwalk when I stopped to talk with him. “I’ve been surfing for 25 years. It’s ...

Angry PB residents don’t like mayor’s plan

But the state may nullify any rules

A meeting turned testy Wednesday night as leaders of three different groups vied for the support of the Pacific Beach Planning Group on their concerns with and opposition to the new plan for short term ...

Wedding ring in Mission Beach sand found

Big metal detector

On May 29, Eric Pomroy, 32, was playing volleyball on the Mission Beach beachfront with his buddies. He gave his wedding ring to his buddy to safeguard, so he could spike the ball without worrying. ...

Shine on you crazy vegans

Sunny affirmations can't salvage lunch

“Food Coffee Love,” promised the chalkboard sign in the window, clarifying all was, “Vegan Organic Gluten Free.” Really? I thought. “Yes,” it pledged, “Everything.” No one else was taking a late lunch in this newish ...

Bird traps out all weekend at Mission Beach

Mem Day scooter accidents and arrests

“A guy came into our store and said he got a $300 ticket,” Judy said. Her 18-year-old co-worker Corey Winkle confirmed. “Everything that’s motorized requires a helmet,” he said, “and another thing is that the ...

Black's felt like being in a prism

But the Wedge almost killed him

Name: Johnny V. From: Pacific Beach Location: Mission Beach Jetty Occupation: Photographer/Videographer Johnny V. was coming out of the water by the Mission Beach Jetty when I saw him. He had the waves all to ...

San Diego's nine hot spots for illegal dumping

Point Loma, City Heights, Logan Heights, Paradise Hills, Ocean Beach, Mission and Pacific Beaches, Webster & Mt. Hope, San Ysidro

At about 1:30 am on Saturday, April 28th Lizzie Rodriguez heard noises coming from outside her casita in Memorial Park. The next morning, she found an old couch and a bike dumped along the sidewalk ...

Surfboard left a horseshoe flap

Mission Beach jetty ridiculously territorial

Name: Eric Elmore From: Clairemont Location: Mission Beach jetty Occupation: Water Resources Engineer Eric Elmore has been surfing at the Mission Beach jetty for about 20 years. “It’s ridiculously territorial here,” he said, “a guy ...

Tiny Island Court has 31 short-timers

Will opponents buy house next to Faulconer and turn it into vacation rental?

"What happens when an entire block has nobody living there?" In 2014, when Jon moved to Abbott Avenue in Ocean Beach, he was surrounded by long-term renters. Every year since, he's seen neighbors evicted to ...

Nice bruise

Mission Beach jetty has the best left along this whole coastline

Name: Kian Barker Age: 13 From: North Park Occupation: 7th grade student At dusk, I saw Kian Reese Barker loading his six-foot Mitsven surfboard into his dad’s truck parked by the South Mission Beach jetty. ...

Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge ramps up buzz on Bahia

Who wants parking next to the water?

The Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge is one of the longest running paddle-sport races in California, featuring OC-1, surfski, traditional paddleboard, standup paddleboard and kayak. This year’s races on Saturday will take place amid controversy across ...

No one believes Mission Beach body surfer

Independent confirmation of sharks

In August of 2015 I headed into the water at Mission Beach for a swim. As I swam out, the waves looked good and a big set was rolling in. I noticed five or six ...

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