Ocean Beach News & Stories

The shark guy of Ocean Beach Pier

“We eat everything we catch.”

“I’ve been coming to this pier for over 20 years to fish — every Sunday and at least four times a week,” José Plascencia told me as he was loading his grandson Ethan into his ...

Dog in meditation at Ocean Beach farmers' market

“Yes, find your inner puppy,“ he whispered to Tank Girl.

At the Ocean Beach farmers' market on August 16, I noticed Colton sitting in for his boss — a chiropractor — who was on a vacation. “I’m just out here maintaining a presence,” he casually ...

Breakfast Republic wakes up the sleepy sipper

Whiskey Sunny Side Up keeps to its roots

Whiskey isn’t just for breakfast anymore; however, the amber-hued wake-up call remains an institutional fixture in the land of Breakfast Republic. According to Brock Harold, bar manager at Breakfast Republic’s Ocean Beach location, the Whiskey ...

Ocean Beach bubble man's boomerang boomerangs

"Hit me in the shin"

There are several “bubble guys” in Ocean Beach and San Diego, but there’s only one, Paul Saccone, with a boomerang. You’ll often find him on the beach, or pier, holding up his giant soap-dipped wands ...

Lemon Grove railroad ties used to replace Starbucks vibe

James, OB Beans, Ryan Bros. test local loyalty

Several San Diego neighborhoods have gained locally roasted coffee this spring. First up, James Coffee Co. has opened a 413 square foot coffee counter in Bankers Hill, at newly constructed building The Louie (2870 Fourth ...

Sidewalk stamps of Ocean Beach and Point Loma

Eric Duvall's obsession

Last year, Eric DuVall was named President of the Ocean Beach Historical Society. Duvall has a minor obsession with the sidewalks and streets of OB and Point Loma. “As a teenager, the sidewalk stamps, dates ...

Pacific Beach has waves for both right and left

I’m getting better with my right side

Name: Victor Taveira Age: 24 From: Point Loma Location: Tourmaline Surf Park “I usually go to OB, but it’s mostly right-hand waves, so I go over to Pacific Beach, because it has waves for both ...

Sea squirt, a small blob, shows up in Ocean Beach

Scripps scientist says common in intertidal pools

Several tourists and locals were in for a creepy encounter in Ocean Beach last week, as “this thing” washed ashore. “What is it? Daddy what IS it?” I heard a young girl of about seven ...

Grunioneers

I'm in a rush. It's Ocean Beach. The grunion are running.

It’s 11:40 p.m. on a Thursday night in Ocean Beach. I’m wolfing down a burrito from Roberto’s while padding across Dog Beach to the river. Salsa and greasy frijoles ooze between my fingers into the ...

OB bubbles and biscuits

Ocean Beach's new pier-view eatery an upgrade

One of Ocean Beach's prime pier-view locations has a new summer restaurant destination. Open since earlier this year, OB Surf Lodge reads as a stylish update to the breezy charm of Shades Oceanfront Bistro, which ...

"Hey, is my face on?"

Sumatra, Panama, Salvador, Oahu — and Ocean Beach

Name: Korey Pohen Age: 30 From: New York Surfing today: Ocean Beach For Korey Pohen it was easy to surf after years of skateboarding. “I think board sports just come natural to some people.” One ...

Superunloader back with album after 20 years

Lost one member to a yurt in Big Sur

“We’ve been a band since the early ’90s and are probably up on the list as one of the longest running San Diego bands,” says drummer Chad Farran of Superunloader. “We started playing shows as ...

Revolt Summer Surf Series — #NoSharksinOB

Four-part event at Ocean Beach and Pacific Beach

This year’s Revolt Summer Surf Series kicks off Saturday, June 17 at Ocean Beach Pier with the tag #NoSharksinOB for a reason: great white sharks have been spotted along the Southern California coast this spring, ...

A new place for selectively health-conscious OB

Healthy food and beachin’ drinks

Although the food scenes of Little Italy, North Park, and Convoy get more attention, Ocean Beach has also been experiencing a bit of a restaurant renaissance in recent years. A lot of decent eateries have ...

German shepherd creates scene at Hodad's

Every dog has his day

Fredrick Altman thought he was just going for a burger with his family at Hodad's on May 17. But what should have been a lunch out on a beautiful day at the beach, turned into ...

Sunset Cliffs passes Fiesta Island as dirtiest beach

Trash coming to coast from inland

The beaches of Sunset Cliffs have supplanted Fiesta Island in Mission Bay for the dubious distinction of San Diego's dirtiest shoreline, according to new data from San Diego Coastkeeper and the Surfrider Foundation's San Diego ...

7-Eleven pushes for more liquor licenses — City Heights, Ocean Beach, Linda Vista

Already owns more than 20 percent of beer and wines permits in San Diego County

In the past year, the 7-Eleven corporation — which now holds more than 20 percent of the beer and wine sales licenses in the county — has launched a push into at least five San ...

Deep blue jellyfish wash ashore in Ocean Beach

Wash your hands if you touch velella

Chances are, if you walk along the shore in Ocean Beach, you’ll notice an influx of Velella, aka sea-raft, by-the-wind-sailors, purple sail or sometimes, blue jelly-fish. Usually deep-blue in color, they live on the surface ...

The towel fix

Utility cover on Ebers Street finds an owner

On April 27th, Kathy reported an issue to the City’s General Improvement Department regarding a utility cover located in front of the fire station on the west side of Ebers Street in Ocean Beach. “It's ...

Caught red-handed before OB Planning Board

Mother-in-front-house turns out to be vacation rental

At first, it seemed like a routine request when architect Scot Frontis, owner of Frontis Studio, appeared at this month’s regular meeting of the Ocean Beach Planning Board. He told the board May 3 he ...

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