Windansea Beach La Jolla - San Diego, CA


Windansea Beach in La Jolla, a community in the City of San Diego, is a scenic beach of gently-sloped cliffs covered with vegetation. The rocky shore of Windansea Beach is known for its beautiful scenery and surf breaks created by underwater reefs. Sandstone rocks act as partitions along the beach offering a secluded atmosphere for picnics, intimate gatherings and sunbathing. Much of the beach at Windansea experiences shorebreak, a condition on steep beaches which results in hard breaking surf at the shoreline.

 

Recognized for its landmark grass-roofed shack that some believe dates back to the early 1940's, this beach enjoys a colorful history involving the signature structure and a community-oriented surfing club that consists of approximately 300 members, Windansea Surf Club.

Set on the bluffs above the beach are homes costing millions of dollars. Visitors and locals enjoying the public beach usually must park their cars in front of these expensive properties since the public parking lot holds only 18 cars. The beach is operated under the direction of the City of San Diego and provides lifeguard service but does not offer restrooms, public showers or beach fire receptacles. Alcoholic beverages are allowed at this beach between Noon and 8 p.m. daily but should not be consumed in parking lots, adjacent walkways and parking lots next to the beach, under the guidelines of the city regulations.

 

Windansea Surf Club is a community-based surf organization of several hundred members who participate in surf competitions and donate time and resources to the local community and its needs. Formed in 1962 by Chuck Hasley, the club was initially  was created so avid surfers could compete in a Los Angeles/Malibu surf competition that required entrants be members of established surf clubs.

"The Coach" assembled an all-star surfing team that included Skip Frye, Mike Hynson, Joey Cabell, L.J. Richards and the late Butch Van Artsdalen. "Coach" Chuck Hasley died in 2004 at the age of 69, but his fans continue the legacy with an organization that shares the late surfer's enthusiasm for the sport of surfing. For an interesting look into an example of California surfing at its finest, visit the club's website, windansea.org.

 

To get to this beach, take Interstate 5 to La Jolla Village Drive, westbound. Turn left on Torrey Pines Road and follow it to Pearl Street where you will turn right. Turn left on La Jolla Boulevard at the signal and right on Nautilus.

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Windansea Beach, 6800 Neptune Place, La Jolla - San Diego, California