Surfing

  • San Diego surfboard tradition stays strong

    San Diego surfboard tradition stays strong

    The San Diego surf scene has had lots of personalities over the decades. The city has been home to some founding fathers of surf culture. Woody Brown, Skeeter Malcolm, Jim “Mouse” Robb, Doc Paskowitz and others built their own surfboards and created a thriving surf culture that still stands strong....

  • Clairemont Surf Shop — it’s a family thing

    Clairemont Surf Shop — it’s a family thing

    Throw a rock in San Diego, and you’re bound to hit a surf shop. While our city has no shortage of destinations to buy surf wear and surfboards, not many of those locations can honestly say they have stayed true to the roots of being a real surf shop. Many shops at the beach have traded in their...

  • Top 5 things for your out-of-town friends

    Top 5 things for your out-of-town friends

    If you live in San Diego, you no doubt have out-of-town friends who are begging to come visit you. Besides catching a Padres game or taking them to one of more than 150 craft beer tasting rooms, you may want to take them on a couple of adventures they will talk about for years to come. Since we...

  • 'Friends' and photos surf back in time

    'Friends' and photos surf back in time

    In the 1970s and ’80s, La Jolla was an entirely different world than it is now. Sure the big homes and expensive cars were there, but so was a cast of characters at Windansea and the surrounding beaches who have since become local legends. Living by the beach was affordable then, and gentrification...

  • San Diego native keeps the wheels rolling

    San Diego native keeps the wheels rolling

    Pablo Smith rides his bike to work, located a few blocks from his home in Pacific Beach, only stopping to check the surf before he opens his skate shop.It’s the lifestyle that many dream about: living by the beach and having the good fortune to make a career out of your passions. But there was...

  • Fitness fun in the sun

  • Handmade with love from California trash

    Handmade with love from California trash

    Duo turns old broken boards into handplanes

  • Local surf film festival gets new HQ

    Local surf film festival gets new HQ

    In the heart of La Jolla, between the million-dollar mansions and Bugatti dealerships, lies a storied surf community. It’s where Pierce Michael Kavanagh grew up watching local legends like Chris O’Rourke, Tom Ortner and Peter Lochtefeld surf Windansea and the surrounding reefs. Some of the finest...

  • For your next surf trip, just stay here

    For your next surf trip, just stay here

    Every surfer enjoys a good surf trip. Getting out of town and heading off to a tropical destination in search of perfect waves is every surfer’s dream. But let’s face it, not every surfer can afford trips to exotic locales like Fiji or Bali. Lucky for you, you live in one of the finest cities for...

  • Brews for post-workout replenishment

    Brews for post-workout replenishment

    Whether we are sweating in the California sunshine or pumping weights in the gym, San Diego hopheads want a refreshing brew to slake their hard-earned thirst. While we have endless choices in our craft beer mecca, it’s important to keep the alcohol levels low in our quenching quest. After all,...

  • Surf’s up in Little Italy with Atacama

    Surf’s up in Little Italy with Atacama

    Little Italy has been enjoying a return to greatness over the past few years now. The renaissance is fully underway with an injection of businesses that have been attracting locals and tourists alike. Ballast Point, Bottlecraft and Juniper & Ivy have joined area mainstays like The Casbah, Chrome...

  • Academy founder’s goal is surf safety

    Academy founder’s goal is surf safety

    Native San Diegan Sean Brody is a busy man. His list of job titles has included photographer, surf resort founder (in Liberia no less), international surfing director, writer, husband and, most recently, new father. If that list isn’t lengthy enough, Brody recently launched a new venture called...

  • JoJo Roper: San Diego’s favorite son

    JoJo Roper: San Diego’s favorite son

    It’s not easy to grow up in the shadow of your father. There’s pressure to live up to expectations and, for some, living up to the family name can be more of a burden than a benefit. Luckily for JoJo Roper, not only has he lived up to the family name, he’s taking it to a bigger stage than even...

  • Diamond Glassing: surfboard stars

    Diamond Glassing: surfboard stars

    As a kid, I would often sneak into the garage just wishing that I could check out my dad’s green-tinted single-fin surfboard that hung in the rafters. He didn’t surf anymore, but would occasionally use the board to transport his gear when he went free diving in the kelp beds off La Jolla. Otherwise,...

  • A local surf legend’s last wave

    A local surf legend’s last wave

    Memorial paddle out for Larry Gordon scheduled for Jan. 18.

  • Crush the holidays on your new surfboard

    Crush the holidays on your new surfboard

    The holidays are here. When did that happen? You have 30 days to step your game up and pick the perfect present for the loved ones in your life or forever be known as the donkey of the family. Or, you can forget your high-maintenance family and spend all that money on a killer new surfboard for...

  • I.B. barber puts craftsmanship in style

    I.B. barber puts craftsmanship in style

    Way down in the south end of our county, nestled next to the border of Mexico, sits the forgotten coastal town of Imperial Beach. For decades, most San Diegans and tourists alike have avoided it because of polluted beaches or its out-of-the-way location.People living in this environment, especially...

  • Taylor Steele: surf video master

    Taylor Steele: surf video master

    To say that North County resident Taylor Steele changed the face of surfing is an understatement. His surf videos from the early 1990s all the way to present day introduced the world to unknown surfers like Rob Machado, Kelly Slater and Shane Dorian, all of whom became legends of the sport. I...

  • A surf pioneer’s new inspiration

    A surf pioneer’s new inspiration

    I first met Fernando Aguerre in the early 1980s in a small, dark surf shop in Pacific Beach. At the time he was starting a small sandal brand with his brother, and he worked days in the shop and worked even harder after-hours to get his company off the ground. The small brand he worked on so tirelessly...

  • Lifeguard earns peers’ admiration

    Lifeguard earns peers’ admiration

    As a San Diego local and newly crowned lifeguard of the year, John Maher watches his stretch of beach from Westbourne Street at Windansea Beach in La Jolla. It’s not hard to see how the 33-year-old surfer found his way into a career that was perfectly suited for his lifestyle. As a boy, Maher learned...

  • Shark attacks and reality bites

    Shark attacks and reality bites

    July has been a busy month in the shark world. Shark Week is on TV. East Coast shark attacks are in the news. A professional surfer was attacked by a great white during a live webcast. It’s difficult to escape the stories that splash across media outlets, but there’s a fine line between reality...

  • Supergirl Pro rides waves this weekend

    Supergirl Pro rides waves this weekend

    The three-day all-female surf competition returns to Oceanside

  • The loss of one of our own

    The loss of one of our own

    Nate Upton was a young man raised on the beaches of La Jolla. His father, Terry, taught him about surfing, spearfishing and what it means to have love and respect for the tight-knit community in which they lived. Nate learned fast and became an amazing representative of the area with his exceptional...

  • Bright idea still going strong

    Bright idea still going strong

    Starting a business is always risky, but sometimes when the need is there, you just have to jump in and go for it. Brothers Doug and Drew Littlemore are lifelong La Jolla surfers who saw that need during their years of surfing in the tropics and not having access to adequate sunscreen. In the mid...

  • San Diego rad dads: Joel Tudor, surfer

    San Diego rad dads: Joel Tudor, surfer

    Note: This is the fourth in a series of five "rad dad" stories that will run on DiscoverSD.com leading up to Father's Day. The Surfer: Joel Tudor World champion surfer and owner of the Ju Jitsu gym, Studio540 in Solana Beach. Kids: Tosh, 10; Judah, 5 While many people in the surfing community have...

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