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Tourmaline Canyon Surf Beach – A San Diego Gem

Apr 27, 2011 by Lisa Newton

With just one steep declining street leading to its large parking lot, Tourmaline Surf Park Beach, is another one of the myriad of San Diego’s wonderful surfing beaches.

A tiny bit to the south of Windansea Beach, Tourmaline is a favorite for both both seasoned wave riders and the less experienced. Its rolling mellow waves and large beach, make it a favorite for mostly longboarders of all ages.

Although its waves are typically temperate, when a large swell hits the place, it explodes into a surfrers paradise. Indeed, that’s when the northern tip of Tourmaline creates waves that only the most seasoned surfers are able to navigate.

Surrounded by 75 foot cliffs which create its natural break, Tourmaline Beach, in 1963, became the first surfing park in the USA–which means that lifeguards don’t use blackball flags to reserve any area for swimmers because at Tourmaline Canyon Surf Beach, surfers are able to use the entire beach, year-round.

With a small, dedicated group of locals looking out for it, Tourmaline Beach has seen several improvements over recent years.

First, the mural on the public bathroom was revitalized, after that, a memorial bench honoring Skeeter Malcolm, a legendary local waterman who surfed throughout his life until his death in 1993, at age 70; and most recently, the installation of the “monument honors the past and present surfers at Tourmaline Canyon Surfing Park who have embraced its beach, surf and camaraderie.”

Raising money by selling dedication bricks, the Tourmaline Tailgaters Surfing Association mission is:

committed to the betterment of Tourmaline Canyon Surf Park and to the people who surf there. To that end, we have banded together to provide assistance in maintaining the park, offer help to member of the Tourmaline community who are in need and contribute to the social interaction between club members and the extended tribe of Tourmaline surfers

To that end, they have also helped raise funds for several people who are faced with immediate and severe medical problems. Considering they’ve never been “formalized,” yet, the Tailgaters are doing great work.

Lastly, we’ll leave you with this tag line from Tourmaline Beach’s monument,

Surf Well, Spread Aloha, Share Waves Without Judgment

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One Response to “Tourmaline Canyon Surf Beach – A San Diego Gem”

  1. Sandy Schroeder says:

    Great tribute to a great sport.
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