Waterfront stories

Tie your key inside your shorts with the waistband string

Avoid smash and grabs in Bird Rock

Racheal posted a photo of a SUV with a broken passenger side window and a missing door handle on her social media — and warned her network: “Those who surf, please do not leave your ...

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 ...

Inside, looking out at great whites

A non-scuba cage on Guadalupe Island

“When I told people what I was going to do,” said Chris Mannerino, “they would ask: “Do you have a death wish?”” On October 23, Mannerino, from Point Loma, couldn’t wait to swim with the ...

Crawfish past and present

From Alvarado Creek to Sierra Nevadas

Alvarado Creek runs through La Mesa along the south side of Interstate 8 from the Mount Helix watershed to where it converges with the San Diego River a few hundred yards east of the mission. ...

"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, ...

Get catfish at trout opener

Light line and treble hook may be problem

Catfish bite actively during trout season, especially in the fall during the first trout plants. When the trout stocking begins around November, anglers show up in droves and most are using scented baits, and catfish ...

Like watching paint dry

The patient freesailers

La Jollan Ernie Mortensen has been free sailing 36-inch yachts for 18 years. On October 20-21, Mortensen was the only San Diegan of eight skippers to compete in the National Freesail Regatta, held at the ...

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 ...

Fleet Week's celebration on Broadway Pier

Ship visits plus Notre Dame-Annapolis party

It was the water that brought them. Since the first forays of Europeans, San Diego’s natural harbor offered a strategic naval location. Silts carried by runoff and outflow from the inland mountains could not fill ...

In search of the green flash

From Sunset Cliffs, you use the viewfinder

Point Loma resident Chris Mannerino direct-messaged me on Instagram at 4 pm on October 5. “Do you want to shoot [the green flash] with me this evening at Sunset Cliffs at Froude Street, at around ...

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. ...

O'pen Bic – extreme sailing

Kid boats mimic skateboards

O’pen BIC is another product from Bic, and open is for the open transom of the junior-sized sailing dinghy. Like many vessel designations, the prototype became the class. The capital O and apostrophe of O’pen ...

Candy tangerine and black Blazer wins with and without nitrous

La Playa Sand Drags was serious

On September 16, about 40 vehicles raced on a dirt strip at Rosarito Beach. The venue, Plaza San Fernando, is right off of Federal Highway 1 close to the touristy hotels and across the street ...

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 ...

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