Surfing

Sometimes it seems as if everyone surfs in San Diego. When the surf is up, there’s a steady stream of dudes (and plenty of dudettes, too) slipping into wetsuits too. When they’re not in the water or on the beach, they’re driving their cars, boards strapped to the rooftops, heading for such fabled breaks as Bird Rock, Oceanside Pier, and the legendary Windansea (featured in the Tom Wolfe bestseller, The Pump House Gang). The California Surf Museum in Oceanside celebrates the county’s surfing tradition. Step inside to see historic boards and exhibits honouring legends who have carved the waves here. Throughout the county, especially in beach towns like Leucadia and Encinitas, you’ll find plenty of board shops, including Hansen Surfboards (open since 1961); stop by these venerable hangouts to get tips on local lessons. And even if you never plan to get in the waves, you can still buy a pair of board shorts and power up with breakfast at such classic surf hangouts as Pipes Cafe in Cardiff-by-the-Sea and Beach Break Cafe in Oceanside.

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