Waterfront stories

Got fourth at Trestles

Started with skate and boogie boarding

Name: Dave Hopper Age: 54 From: Midway district, Sports Arena Interview: Tourmaline Surf Park 54-year-old Dave Hopper started surfing at the age of 13. “My younger brother was surfing before me, so he gave me ...

Lean your body

One Wheel kinda like Segway

Occasionally during low tide at the Pacific Beach shoreline, you may spot Cody Chadwick riding his One Wheel on the sand. “Only when it’s packed sand,” he said, “not with sugary soft sand. I ride ...

Just dinged my board of preference.

Tourmaline, La Jolla Shores too crowded

Name: Scott Age: 26 From: Mission Beach Interview: South Mission Beach Scott was heading to the showers. “There are beaches that don’t have good waves that I’ll always avoid. Tourmaline, that’s a combination of bad ...

I wasn’t the only one falling

Yoga on calm water in Sail Bay

Nicole Turner has been meeting with eight yoga students at Fanuel Street Park at 8 am. “There’s less activity on the water as far as boats and people,” she said, “the fewer waves, the easier ...

Only drunks on the sand in IB

Driver ditched girlfriend next to pier

“The car was right there next to the pier,” said Lisa Rodriguez. “The guy was joyriding then his car got stuck; he took off and left his drunk girlfriend in the car.” On September 4, ...

O.B. has a bit of everything

Sunset Cliffs, the Pier, the Jetty

Name: Neil McCaffrey Age: 31 From: Ocean Beach Location: Ocean Beach Neil McCaffrey started surfing in Rhode Island at the age of ten. Twenty-one years later, he is surfing all around San Diego. On this ...

The girl must learn to follow the guy

Watch them tandem surf at Cardiff, Tourmaline, Oceanside Harbor

On August 22, Carlsbad residents Brian and Illa McEvilly placed fourth in their tandem surf heat at the Duke's OceanFest in Waikiki, HI. "Tandem surfing is performed with two people on one board that catch ...

A beach sport for the elite

Real polo at the Hotel del Coronado

This weekend you can watch a sport played in the sand that you rarely get to see, polo, the sport of the elite. The Polo America Beach Polo Cup. No, this isn’t some frat-invented game ...

If you're a beginner, stay in Tourmaline

Mission Beach Jetty locals can be mean

Name: Jules Nacario Age: 57 From: Mission Beach Location: South Mission Beach, Jetty Jules Nacario was walking up to the showers after a long surf session. “This is a pretty modern surf craft. It’s Tomo, ...

All the kayaking options

San Diego fishing meetup this Sunday at 7 am

If you’ve ever looked out on the water at all the people on kayaks and wondered, “that looks like fun, but it is such an investment,” you aren’t alone. Like surfing, until one tries to ...

Zonie gets sick after Coronado swim

Banner U. docs say it was Gram-positive cocci

While visiting San Diego from Arizona, Travis Moncur enjoyed a swim in the ocean off Coronado beach, but on his way home things took a turn for the worse. “It’s super important that we really ...

CPR at Marine St. beach

Mission Bay High student becomes unwitting hero

The following was an entry in a young people's writing contest by Charles Hasse, a 16-year-old from Mission Bay High School. The contest entries were published in the Dec. 13, 1984 Reader. I ran down ...

Photos of stingrays and eating 'em

Hundreds seen from the sky above La Jolla

On the morning of August 7, Ravean Aaron took a photo of a pod of dolphins swim through “hundreds of” stingrays from the sky above Black’s Beach. “I recently received my pilot's license and have ...

The $50,000 swim bladder

Captain Paul Watson and the crew of the ship named for author Farley Mowat have been chasing, harassing, ramming, and boarding whalers operating illegally. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society behind the Farley Mowat has waged ...

Hand standers steal attention

Upper body strength displayed at Oceanside, OB, Santa Monica

On July 28 at 4 pm, the spectators surrounding the Oceanside Pier had a double-feature; the pro-surfers in the water and the hand-standers in the sand by the rocks. This was the second day of ...

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