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Ocean Beach pop singer, author, coach, and mother of four performs at Stronghold martial arts school

Ocean Beach pop singer, author, coach, and founder of the Sexy Mama Movement Luci Lampe will debut Bare, her first release in seven years, at the Stronghold martial arts school in Point Loma. The mother ...

June 20, 2019
Suspect in Mom's murder helped her with VRBO in Ocean Beach

Homicide detectives and SWAT officers swooped into Ocean Beach Wednesday, May 1, after a woman’s body was found inside the garage of a rental property and a 36-year-old man, Daniel Chase McKibben, was seen running ...

This morning’s catch at Blue Water Ocean Beach

Peering into a glass counter filled with seafood, I start talking like I might try the local swordfish. But the fishmonger has a better idea. “That halibut was caught this morning,” he tells me, “right ...

Ocean Beach seed repository now open at public library

Housed in an old card catalogue requisitioned from central library storage, the new Ocean Beach Seed Library is beginning to grow. Facilitator of the only seed repository in the San Diego city library system, Destiny ...

Airbnb vans invade San Diego streets

On the Airbnb app/website, Craig is referred to as a “Superhost” for his $70 per night unit that can sit five visitors. Craig accommodates his guests in his green 1998 Ford E350 van; he’s based ...

Ocean Beach sea foam – Ew!

On February 17 at about 7 am, Jim Grant pulled up to a “big whitish blob” north of the Ocean Beach Pier. “The foam was coming up the stairs and had come over the 40” ...

February 19, 2019
Caught inside the waves in Cabarita

Name: Steve Kathey Age: 59 From: Ocean Beach Location: Sunset Cliffs Steve Kathey was walking to his car after a morning of surfing when we stopped to chat. “I’m born and raised in San Diego ...

February 18, 2019
Surfing is a sport, not a lifestyle

Name: Mark Kirchner Age: 57 From: Clairemont Location: Ocean Beach Mark Kirchner and I stopped to chat near the lifeguard tower. Kirchner has been surfing San Diego for about 25 years. “I don’t know what ...

Surfing kind of saved me from being an alcoholic

Name: James Age: 39 From: La Mesa Location: Ocean Beach Today, Ocean Beach is particularly crowded due to a surf school. I caught up with James as he was heading to the showers after a ...

Double bluff collapse at Pelican Point again

Pelican Point Apartments in Ocean Beach (5107 Narragansett) suffered a bluff collapse in January 2017, and was sold in May, 2018 to Michael Mills for $6.75M. Less than a year later, there have been no ...

January 21, 2019
OBecians reclaim pieces of pier broken by storm

Massive tides and high surf significantly damaged the Ocean Beach Pier Thursday night, taking out portions of the railing that washed ashore only to be met by creative locals. The debris includes small and large ...

January 18, 2019
I got the nose of my board through my lip

Name: Sean Dunn Age: 24 From: Clairemont Location: Ocean Beach Sean Dunn was heading to the showers in Ocean Beach after a long surf session when I approached him. Dunn learned how to surf here ...

Man and sons skate from Oceanside pier to Ocean Beach pier

A Carlsbad man and his three kids skateboarded from the Oceanside Pier to the Ocean Beach Pier on December 30, making it his fifth pier-to-pier skate and his youngest boy's first. “It was a solid ...

You can’t just catch any wave, there’s a pecking order

Name: Kevin Jimenez Age: 36 From: San Diego Location: Ocean Beach Kevin Jimenez was walking on the sidewalk toward Newport Avenue parking lot after a morning surf session. Jimenez usually surfs La Jolla, but today ...

Dec. 19 swells stop the Orchard Ave. repairs – again

On September 26, the City of San Diego’s "Orchard Avenue, Capri by the Sea and Old Salt Pool Beach Access Improvements Projects" in Ocean Beach began, but within weeks, planned improvements came to a halt ...

December 21, 2018
Ocean Beach hospitality wears thin

For weeks, the Ocean Beach Business Center and Lazy Hummingbird Coffee & Tea House in Ocean Beach were harassed by a man who was found creeping around the shared retail space. I spoke with the ...

December 17, 2018
A world-class wave at Sunset Cliffs

Name: Sam Age: 36 From: Ocean Beach Location: Ocean Beach I met up to chat with Sam at the Newport Avenue parking lot in Ocean Beach. OB is Sam’s local spot, despite occasional crowds and ...

Went over the falls on a 20-foot wave

Name: Fabiano Sarmento Age: 29 From: Ocean Beach Location: Ocean Beach On a cloudy day in Ocean Beach, Fabiano Sarmento was walking to the showers with a neon board. “This board belongs to one of ...

San Diego's last ocean front lots

Thirty-six years ago, the Reader surveyed the San Diego County coastline in search of any remaining vacant, buildable land along the coast. In January of 1982, we found a scant 79 parcels of land remaining, ...

"Hey, you broke your surfboard"

Name: Joel Wasserman Lives: El Cajon: Surfs: Ocean Beach I have been surfing Ocean Beach Pier for about 12 years. I love the south side – it is great for goofy footed surfers like me, ...

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