Surf Diego

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 ...

Two dolphins jumped straight at us

Scripps more of challenge than P.B.

Name: Jay Mrjenovich Age: 29 From: Mission Valley Location: Tourmaline Surf Park Four years ago, Jay Mryenovich moved from Chicago to San Diego so that he could live by the ocean. He then started surfing. ...

I just swim away

PB's Eva Greenberg's only complaint is the rocks

Name: Eva Greenberg Age: 24 From: Pacific Beach Location: Tourmaline Surf Park Eva Greenberg had just finished surfing and was showering by Lifeguard Tower 28. The 24-year old PB local first started surfing two years ...

More competitive near the pier in Pacific Beach

"It’s summer, so the waves aren’t going to be that big."

Name: Andrew Meaux Age: 18 From: East County Location: Pacific Beach Andrew Meaux makes the commute two to three times every week. Meaux had finished surfing near Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach when I caught ...

"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 ...

Zippers surf break tested at Los Cabos Open

Mexican locals can be as territorial as Calif.'s

The arroyo El Tule cuts through the volcanic hills that rise just inland between Los Cabos and Cabo San Lucas. The dry river bed runs south/southeast toward the confluence of the Sea of Cortez and ...

Where surfing pros come from

The next Rachel Tilly could emerge from Scholastic Surf Series

Southern California’s Scholastic Surf league is divided into three areas: San Diego, Orange County, and Los Angeles to Santa Barbara. Each high school team consists of six to nine shortboard men, three longboard men, two ...

Stung on her first day

"I have been surfing the reefs trying to get used to having stuff underneath me besides the sand."

Name: Darian Alexandra Age: 23 Location: Pacific Beach Occupation: Server at Kono’s Cafe Darian Alexandra moved to Pacific Beach from northern Indiana on Christmas day 2014 with the sole purpose of learning to surf. She ...

Not territorial yet

First time at Tabletops

Name: Christopher Mirendil Age: 30 Occupation: Engineer Location: Tabletops, Cardiff by the Sea On a two- to three-foot day, I find Christopher Mirendil nursing a bloody foot after a surf session at Tabletops. “Today I ...

What’s in surfers’ guts?

Researching the specific funk of surfers

This October, UC San Diego School of Medicine doctoral student and native Hawaiian surfer Cliff Kapono sets out on a nine-month global journey to swab surfers in search of unique microorganisms. “If surfers have a ...

Waves worth getting sick for

Colton Koons strengthens his immune system in the mouth of the San Diego River

Name: Colton Koons Age: 22 From: Serra Mesa Occupation: Beach Lifeguard Location: Ocean Beach Jetty Colton Koons is in the parking lot at the end of Santa Monica Avenue peeling off his wetsuit and getting ...

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