Review & Photos by Bill Polick
Ocean Beach is an eclectic place squeezed between hard rock jetties of
the San Diego River and affluent neighborhoods of Sunset Cliffs. It's
a collection of funky apartments and quaint bungalows overflown by roaring
jets from the international airport over the hill to the east.
OB has its
own mindset: 60s hippy mixed with surf culture. You may see cars there
with bumper stickers that say "US out of OB!" It is
different. It is fun.
It is also a great place to surf. There
are several breaks along the brief beach but the best break is at the
pier. A ever-shifting sand bottom changes the break occasionally, but
the pier forces swells that break left and right. A steep beach
creates backwash at high tide.
With good waves from ankle- to head-high,
OB Pier breaks left or right. When winter swells hit and the City
closes the pier, stay on shore and watch out. There's a dip in the
pier and huge waves break over it, but only the foolhardy challenge the surf
when it's that big.
The pier is at the foot of Newport Ave., in the heart
of "downtown." Take time to wander through the shops, toss
back a brew and soak up the ambiance of Ocean Beach when you get out of the