Waterfront

Giant sharks south of Ensenada

American fossil hunter returns his finds to Baja

The wind was blowing from the east before sunup, and a faint predawn illuminated whitecaps on the bay. My plan for kayak fishing Isla Asunción had become out of the question. If the wind was ...

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. ...

Car in Otay Lakes, fire at Mission Bay Yacht Club, Seaworld gondola rescue

San Diego Lifeguard reports Feb. 18-24

Feb 24 09:36 Medical: 911 call of a surfer with a head injury at Tourmaline. U25, 21S, M20 and E16 respond. E16 transports patient. 10:06 Boating: Fire calls with a report of smoke coming from ...

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 ...

Fishing between the fronts offers few choices

At least the tackle is easy

Dock Totals Feb 17 – Feb 23: 569 anglers aboard 25 half day to one and a half day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 3 bonito, 1 halibut, 57 calico ...

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 ...

Wind shut down the Open Bay Bass tournament

Saltwater Bass Series went ahead

Dock Totals Feb 10 – Feb 16: 484 anglers aboard 25 half day to one and a half day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 25 yellowtail, 87 bonito, 2 halibut, ...

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 ...