Waterfront stories

Boaters had a 9.6 million dollar surprise

Was it worth the lost time?

When Ed Noonan returned to his Point Loma residence after Christmas vacation, he and his fellow boaters had a 9.6 million dollar surprise waiting at Shelter Island. “We got to try out the new Shelter ...

2018: A trashy year

More items collected in spite of plastic bag ban

Between San Diego Coastkeeper and the San Diego chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, there will be some forty cleanup events this year. Add other organizations like the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, Creek to ...

In those days, we didn’t have a leash

It’s a great sport for people who are older

Name: Inge Morton Age: 80 From: Coronado Location: Tourmaline Surf Park Inge Morton was walking to the showers with board on her head when we stopped to chat. “I’ve been surfing here for 25 years, ...

1976 San Diego guide to surfer slang

Dawn patrol, hot lips, kook, outside, eat it, turtle

The following is taken from a 1976 story by Jim Mullin: Backyard Special. A poorly constructed, homemade surfboard. Body Flyaway. Jumping clear of one’s surfboard to avoid body, board contact. Bowl Section. That part of ...

Government shutdown turns away tide-poolers

Went to False Point instead

Marcos Gomez and his girlfriend Monique Leibee went out tide pooling on December 22. “We drove towards the tide pools at Cabrillo National Monument but had to turn around when we hit signs saying the ...

I got the nose of my board through my lip

Hospital runs will happen

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 ...

Crew available for day sailing and racing

Can handle basic helm duties, navigation, and trimming

The following comes from: sailsandiego.com. Name: Caitlin Ostomel Phone: (775) 338-2543 Email: [email protected] Crew Type: Day Sailing Position(s): No preference Experience: Beginner Just moved to San Diego after a brief (ten-year) stint on the East ...

You step on land, get in the car, and reality hits

If it’s surfable then I wanna try it

Name: Octavio Gonzalez Age: 39 From: Ocean Beach Location: Sunset Cliffs Octavio Gonzalez was sitting on a bench watching the surfers on the water when I stopped to chat. Gonzalez frequents Sunset Cliffs, “because it ...

Come down and learn, but don’t get in the way

Skimboarding during colder months

Mira Mesa resident Derek Young heads out to “The Wall” in La Jolla to skimboard during the colder months. “The Wall,” also known as Wipeout Beach, has a great sider that pushes in the winter,” ...

Dive in, have a mimosa

A history of jumping into cold water

Every New Year's Day in the Netherlands, some 10,000 people dive together into the frigid water at Scheveningen. New Zealanders do it in mass at various beaches in late June, which is when winter just ...

Slacklining over water draws heat from lifeguards

"Hey, you aren’t allowed to be here"

There is a section of Carlsbad Boulevard which crosses over the Batiquitos Lagoon, north of Ponte State Beach. Here, people “waterline”, walking suspended lengths of flat webbing above water. “We’ve had incidences when lifeguards come ...

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

I taught my son how to surf when he was about four

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 ...

Struggling for trout while ponds dry to puddles

Conservation efforts in San Diego streams

“San Diego Trout is an ad-hoc consortium of outdoor enthusiasts, scientists, conservationists, and consultants who share the common goal of improving and maintaining San Diego's wild trout fisheries in as many as possible of the ...

A world-class wave at Sunset Cliffs

It’s not a hobby— it’s my life

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 ...

One man's trash is another man's surfboard

Handcrafting high caliber surfboards

Dan Mann of Coronado handcrafts high caliber surfboards— some are made from another man’s trash. “I have two ‘trash boards’ on order and I am working to try and refine the process.” The last trash ...

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