What is your favorite surf break in San Diego?
It’s a tie between Tourmaline and Turtles. I surf Tourmo during the week because you can usually find a wave there. If it’s not breaking at Old Man’s then it probably is at the Pumphouse, Green Pipe, or PB Point. The morning crew is also really friendly and mellow. Turtles is my choice for the weekend, it’s typically less crowded, and a nice change of scenery. It will also hold a high tide when Tourmo is drowning.
At what age did you start surfing and where?
I was 28 when someone convinced me to belly-in on their surfboard. I don’t even remember (it’s been a few years) what kind or how long the board was, fairly short I think. I was completely smitten after the first ride. Within two weeks I had my first board, a 7’8” Rusty egg and a wetsuit. That first ride and the next few years I surfed 15th street at Del Mar and managed to work in a Costa Rican adventure.
What are some of your hobbies outside of surfing?
I love to read. Mostly fiction, but I’m also a news and politics junky. It seems I spend a lot of time planning surf trips.
What is your favorite activity/event you’ve done with SDSL?
Well, it’s a toss-up between the Rincon Invitational last year and the 100 Wave Challenge. The former was pure fun, and the whole team was just a joy to be with. The Challenge was a few things, first and foremost HARD! But it pushed me beyond what I thought I could accomplish, and at the same time helped a very worthy group.
Favorite surf trip you’ve been on?
It’s a little cliche, but it was a week in Oahu. I’ve surfed in Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Australia, but there’s something about Hawaii that is just magical. My favorite break there is on the south shore, Pops (short for Populars). That was my first trip with a group of close friends too, so maybe that makes me a little biased.
Anything else we should know about you?
I grew up on a cattle ranch in rural Oklahoma. I love oysters on the half-shell. Every once in a while, especially on surf trips after a killer session, I’ve got to have a good cigar with a fine whiskey.