Surf Diego

The business of surfing

Early surfboard shapers, very early boards, the man behind Boogie Boards, early surf movies, first surf professionals, how Rusty board maker became clothes guy

Surfboard Shapers Eaton didn't invent the Bonzer, but is responsible for its refinement. It is a strangely old-fashioned board (in the sense that Chuck Berry is old-fashioned), yet as different from conventional surfboards as the ...

DIY surfboard shaping — cool but not too cool

Solana Beach, La Jolla, Morena Boulevard

In the early 1960s, surf shops, which had been little more than beach shacks where balsawood blanks were sculpted into surfboards, were replaced by storefronts where surfboards were sold along with T-shirts and trunks. By ...

OMBAC's Classic Longboard contest at Crystal Pier

Ready for a nine-foot board?

The Classic Longboard Surfing Contest, held in the waves aside Crystal Pier this Saturday, is sponsored by the Old Mission Beach Athletic Club. The club was formed and operated in the early 1950s, mostly as ...

It can be dangerous in Windansea

Come out when it’s flat and find out where all the rocks are

Name: William Farris Age: 34 Location: Windansea Beach It was a crowded day in Windansea when I caught up to William Farris, on the corner of Neptune and Fern Glen. The San Diegan started surfing ...

Tiny surfboards

Alaias are paipos’ bigger brothers

Paipo boards are small wooden surf craft made to be ridden prone. Alaia boards are paipos’ bigger brothers and can be surfed while standing. While known in Encinitas for building and riding both traditional-style paipos ...

Someone pushed me off the wave

I just tell them to back off

Name: Derek Gerard Age: 13 Location: Ocean Beach Off Abbott Street, 13-year-old Derek Gerard was looking out at the water after a long surf session. “I just had a problem out there a couple of ...

Girls cheer each other on

Scorpion Bay was epic.

Name: Carla Verbrugghen Age: 54 Location: Ocean Beach Occupation: Surf Instructor Carla Verbrugghen and her daughter were at the showers in OB when I meet up with them. Verbrugghen has been surfing since she was ...

Wetsuit gets stuck to my body

Shortboards are easier to maneuver, more for tricks

Name: Jonathan Du Age: 20 School: UCSD La Jolla Location: La Jolla Shores Near Life Tower 33 in La Jolla, Jonathan Du was heading to the showers after a day of surfing. The UCSD student ...

Don't fight it

Ray Vanta goes to Torrey Pines for better surf, to PB to socialize

Name: Ray Vanta Age: 62 From: Clairemont area. Location: Tourmaline Surf Park Vanta ‘s surfing career all started when his kids wanted to learn. “I wanted to be with them.” “For good surfing I go ...

Tim Bessell will make you an Andy Warhol surfboard — for $8,000 to $40,000

It started with forgettable film made in La Jolla

Artist Andy Warhol became famous for finding art in things as common as soup cans. While surfboards are not that common, pop art’s crown prince did have a brief brush with the functional art form. ...

We want to hug the ocean

We would like to sit out there and just talk and have coffee

Names: Holly Belasco and Heidi Johnson Ages: Both are 27 From: Imperial Beach and Mission Hills Location: Mission Beach Jetty Holly Belasco and Heidi Johnson surf together whenever they get the chance “When I saw ...

San Diego, surfing epicenter

Mike Doyle and the early '60s, Coronado kid gets thrashed in Hawaii, complete surf glossary, surfing guide to Baja, early days of surf movies, Rusty Preisendorfer’s success as shaper and marketer

Shifting Sands The boaters are all for the proposed harbor expansion. Many of them surf themselves, or are ex-surfers who switched to boating in their later years — but they say surfing is a "one-on-one" ...

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 ...

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