Surf Diego

Ran over by dolphins

I had to paddle to get out of the way

Name: Hayden Gore Age: 42 From: Ocean Beach Location: Sunset Cliffs Hayden Gore was heading down the long flight of stairs at Sunset Cliffs when we stopped to chat. Gore first started surfing in South ...

Went over the falls on a 20-foot wave

It was trial and error— lots and lots of error

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 ...

The hardest thing I’ve ever learned

I hit the rocks and it was just not good

Name: John Lavery Age: 63 From: Pacific Beach Location: Tourmaline Surf Park John Lavery was hauling his board up to the showers after a morning surf in Pacific Beach. Lavery started surfing when he moved ...

My friends thought I was knocked out

An eight foot day at South Bird Rock

Name: Alex Geller Age: 30 From: Pacific Beach Location: Tourmaline Surf Park On a sunny day in Pacific Beach, Alex Geller was sitting in the sand. “I’m from Colorado but I’ve lived here for the ...

Likes PB for stupidest reason

Tips for beginners

Names: Juli Redmerski and Don Hastings Ages: 57 and 55 From: Mission Bay and El Cajon Location: Tourmaline Surf Park It was a sunny day when I caught up with Juli Redmerski and Don Hastings ...

Bit her lip at Sunset Cliffs

“I don’t say surfing is an easy sport"

Name: Masa Rogers Age: 40 From: East County Location: Tourmaline Surf Park On a crowded day in Tourmaline, Masa Rogers was walking to the showers while balancing a board over her head. “There’s a nice ...

"Hey, you broke your surfboard"

To thread the needle at OB Pier

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, ...

Surfing changed my life

"I’d probably be fat now, drinking beer in San Jose.”

Name: Mike Age: 47 From: Ocean Beach Interviewed: Ocean Beach jetty Mike was ripping a large chunk of his board off. “Yeah, I knew this board needed to get retired. I heard it crack out ...

Like a runner going for a run

Scripps sea lion face-off – "I wasn't going to back off"

Name: Bruce Fearson Age: 56 From: Clairemont Interviewed: Ocean Beach jetty On a 75-degree day, Bruce Fearson had just finished his morning surf session. Fearson’s primary beach is Scripps, but OB is a close second. ...

At Black's you can cut off the foam board guy

I got cut off a lot.

Name: Isaac Lickona Age: 19 From: La Mesa Interview location: Mission Beach Jetty Isaac Lickona was washing off his board at the showers after a long surf session . “I was taught how to surf ...

Skip Frye saw me and shaped me a board

Surfs better after move from Argentina

Name: Florencia Age: 39 From: La Jolla Interviewed at: Tourmaline Surf Park “I started surfing when I was a 23-year-old, but I got better when I moved to California from Mar De Plata, Argentina, because ...

Got fourth at Trestles

Started with skate and boogie boarding

Name: Dave Hopper Age: 54 From: Midway district, Sports Arena Interview: Tourmaline Surf Park 54-year-old Dave Hopper started surfing at the age of 13. “My younger brother was surfing before me, so he gave me ...

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 ...

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