Waterfront stories

Hit in the rib cage by board in Hawaii

I didn’t get stitches, I just put glue on it

Name: Clara Macculloch Age: 19 From: Sunset Cliffs Location: Sunset Cliffs Clara Macculloch was pulling her board out of her Dad’s car in Sunset Cliffs when we stopped to chat. “I live right at the ...

Started going down to Punta Mita in the 80s

Now it’s just like the Mexican Riviera

Name: Amy Lepine Age: 53 From: Ocean Beach Location: Sunset Cliffs Amy Lepine is an OB native and Sunset Cliffs is her beach. “This is a little slice of heaven here… I know a lot ...

Surfing meant partying, like the Gidget movie

I never told a girl’s parents that I was a surfer

Name: Michael Curtis Age: 69 From: Sunset Cliffs Location: Sunset Cliffs It was an overcast morning by the Sunset Cliff stairs when Michael Curtis and I started to chat. Curtis has been surfing since 1954. ...

Find money, fins, and Frisbees in the "stank bank"

Even less hip than metal detectors

The great kelp forests off our coast grow up to two feet a day under ideal conditions. At their peak, individual strands can reach over 100 feet in length. Usually, however, they are ripped from ...

Algae-based surfboard foam produced in Ensenada

An eco-friendly solution for surfers

After 44 consecutive years in business, Gordon “Grubby” Clark, closed his doors for good. Clark’s company, Clark Foam, once produced most of America’s surfboard blanks, the foam cores essential to building surfboards. His closure resulted ...

Face first into coral reef in Fiji

Lucky to make it out alive

Amanda was surfing Cardiff Reef on her 9’6″ triple stinger when I reached out to her. “When I’m home I typically like to keep it mellow — I like to walk the board,” she said. ...

Intermediate volleyball on sands of Mission Beach

Beginner's lessons offered by clubs, or maybe a patient friend

Since its inception at the 1996 Olympics, beach volleyball has exploded in popularity, and what was once a recreational sport now garners support from over sixty universities with Division 1 beach volleyball programs. Volleyball club ...

The five-star surf spots of San Diego

If you are not a local, wait your turn

Tijuana Sloughs in the south and Cotton’s Point in the north bookend the 70-some miles of San Diego coastline. Sandwiched between these two deep-water reefs is one of the lushest wave gardens on earth. Prime ...

Surfed naked at Blacks Beach

I was 23 and living in New Mexico

Name: Shona Neufeld Age: 30 From: San Diego Location: Sunset Cliffs Shona Neufeld was walking to her car with board on head when I approached her. Neufeld is from Albuquerque, New Mexico, but she moved ...

Mat riders in Point Loma and Encinitas

Doesn’t require much time to master

Before the invention of the Morey Boogie Board in the early ‘70s, the surf mat was the vehicle of choice for the novice wave rider. Until that time, liquor stores along the coast rented these ...

Caught inside the waves in Cabarita

The best and scariest tube ride I've ever had

Name: Steve Kathey Age: 59 From: Ocean Beach Location: Sunset Cliffs Steve Kathey was walking to his car after a morning of surfing when we stopped to chat. “I’m born and raised in San Diego ...

Lifeguards rescue boogie boarder in Mission Beach

Slipped off in rip current

On February 4 Mission Beach lifeguard, M. DeRieux, spotted a young boy as he “slipped off of his boogie board in a rip current directly off of the Mission Beach main tower,” reported the Lifeguards ...

One would think scheduling a fishing tournament would be easy

Open Bay Bass Tournament vs. Saltwater Bass Series

Considering our mild weather, one would think scheduling a fishing tournament would be easy to pull off. This has not been the case the last few years for the San Diego Anglers and their Open ...

These boards lift the rider above water

One of the hottest products at Consumer Electronic Show

One of the hottest products showcased at the January Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas was the e-Foil board. These boards have electric motor powered hydrofoils underneath them, which lift the rider above water once ...

Surfing is a sport, not a lifestyle

I guess people really take it spiritually

Name: Mark Kirchner Age: 57 From: Clairemont Location: Ocean Beach Mark Kirchner and I stopped to chat near the lifeguard tower. Kirchner has been surfing San Diego for about 25 years. “I don’t know what ...

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