Move over Pamela Lee... There is a new surfer girl in town. 10-6-03
Our own local surferette
Catherine, will be featured on the TV show 'Maternity Ward' - October 6, 2003 at 10pm on TLC.
site. Can you hear the surfers in the line-up chanting, "Emmy, Emmy, Emmy!"?
Beacon's Beach Cleanup 2003 9-20-03
On September 20th, we are teaming up with the San Diego Baykeeper and "I Love A Clean San Diego" for the Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day. We will be setting up registration tables in the north end of the Beacon's Parking lot at 9 a.m. As reported in last October's
beaconsbeach.com, we had a good turnout. We are hoping for a great turnout this year. Besides volunteers, we are looking for local business that would like to support this outstanding event. Leucadia Business's that would like to help can
There is no surf east of 5? 9-14-03
Read the latest on the North Carolina Hurricane Season Surf Update from ex-local Ari. He says, "Iíve surfed just about every day for the last 12 days, which began with hurricane surf generated from Hurricane Fabian, which built over a period of 3 days, rising to 2-3 feet overhead (i.e. 8-9 feet) on the fourth and fifth days."
With the wordsmith gone, who will speak for the waves? 9-9-03
Gary Taylor, known to most locals as the "Surf Writer" passed after an epic 10-day big-wave surfing trip to Indonesia.
Read more on Gary.
On Sunday, July 27, a startling object washed ashore between Beacons Beach and Grandview. The area was cleared out in less than 10 minutes. The Encinitas Fire Department was on the scene to investigate the unknown object. This object resembled an ocean mine and the Fire Department called in the Navy to remove it. But, as it turns out, the mine was actually only a mine shape; an object used by the Navy for practice and drills. A lifeguard that was interviewed said that the mine must have had a loose anchor and was dislodged by a current. The lifeguards quickly removed the object from the beach and disposed of it. All beach-goers should not expect another mine shape to wash ashore anytime soon and enjoy the warm water.
BeaconsBeach is Mentioned in the Coast News by Chris Ahrens 7-24-03
The July 24, 2003 The Coast News article that mentions Beacon's Beach: Sea Notes by Chris Ahrens: There are new locals there, a surf school and a Web site, www.Beaconsbeach.com, operated by a local surfer and Beaconís lover named Kenzie. Visiting the site you will come upon memorable characters that frequent the spot: Dean Redfield, who began surfing there in the late í50s, is among them, along with Gary the Enforcer; jazz great Peter Sprague; Zoe; Jen the Ripper; Carolyn and Doug Jopes; Lexi; the fabulous Unsworth boys; Fireman Chuck; Papa Gus; and Charger Bobby Bethard.
Read the entire article
Leucadia's Growth Plan: Keep Leucadia Funky or
Bigger Than Macy's Thanksgiving Parade - The Neptune Avenue Fourth of July Parade 7-4-03
The SIXTH annual Neptune Avenue Parade occurs on July 4th at 3:30pm. They need floats, flags, patriotic dress and anything else to liven the spirits. This gala event will begin at 3:30 pm at the corner of Athena and Neptune Avenue. Expecting lots of marching (staggering), horn honking and general good times. Call 760-439-1898 for details, ask for Lawrence of Leucadia, not to be confused with Kenzie of
all the 2003 pictures here...See all the 2002 pictures
Almost two years after the sand replenishment project, the reefs have SARS - Surf Altering Reef Sand. Yes it is true, the once great reef breaks of Beacon's appear to be buried under at least a foot of sand. Resulting in poor quality waves and the general migration of surfers to other breaks.
Beacon's Stairway Update 6-5-03
Tentative design will fill the hill, close the trail for 4-6 months, have a new parking lot design and provide a new safer path.
The first of many City of Encinitas meetings revealed the first details of the proposed changes to the path and beacons.
Read all about it and see the
Kathryn, a local surfer and RN at Scripps is being featured on Maternity at the Lifetime TV channel.
Beacon's to get More Crowded 12-15-02
Fireman Chuck retired from the fire department and instead of a silver fire axe was given a new surfboard. You think he surfed a lot when he was working... wait to you see him in the line-up all the time.
Dropping in? 12-3-02
Previously, when Beacon's locals were on Leucadia, crossing 101 to go up the hill leading to the beach, they had to be in the left hand lane in order to go straight. The city changed the lane pattern, so now the left hand lane can only turn left and the right hand lane is used in order to go straight. Often you have a car in each lane, trying to go straight to Beacon's. Comments can be directed to the city of Encinitas - traffic engineering department - Raymond, 760-633-2790.
Truck Goes Over Bluff 11-24-2002
Three vandals stole a pick-up truck and drove it through the guard rail at the top of Beacon's Beach. The truck, with it's engine still running, hit railroad ties that were securing the path, half way down Beacon's path.
See the pictures.
Stairway to Heaven? Part III 11-6-2002
We contacted Phil Cotton, Director of Community Services, at the city of Encinitas for an update and he wrote, "Nothing new at this time - we are however making progress on our soils / geological studies of area. As soon as we complete geo work we will be looking to develop a concept for access and then conduct a Community workshop."
Beacon's Vampire Surfing Association
A crew of several surfers have created the Beacon's Vampire Surfing Association. When asked what the vampire qualifications are, a member replied, surf when it is dark. Attend a meeting, typically 90 minutes before sunrise, every day of the week. By the time dawn patrol surfers arrive, the Vamp's have ridden scores of uncrowded waves.
New Encinitas Resort Planned
Preliminary work begins at site of Encinitas resort - Luxury hotel plans to charge $400-$600 a night for rooms.
Leucadia Blvd. Makeover 8-8-2002
The City of
Encinitas is preparing for a 10 month, $1.8 million dollar
makeover for Leucadia Blvd. starting in October of 2003.
An Artificial Reef
at Moonlight? 8-8-2002
The Army corps is looking into Fletcher Cove in Solana
Beach, Moonlight in Encinitas, and Carlsbad beach in
Carlsbad for an experimental project to help prevent
erosion by putting in an artificial reef to retain
sand. The reef should also make for good fishing and
Attack of the Killer Squids? 7-20-2002
The San Diego Union reports
that the 2-foot jumbo squids are washing up by the dozens along the shore from Imperial Beach to
Encinitas. Read More.
Drilling for Oil? 7-8-2002
City authorizes core samples on bluff top to determine stability for new
The 5th Annual Neptune Avenue Parade 7-4-2002
Bigger than the Rose Bowl Parade, more floats than the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, more fun than.... well, you get the idea. The 5th Annual Neptune Avenue Parade was the largest in its brief history. Hundreds participated and millions lined Neptune Avenue.
See all the pictures here.
Phil Cotton, interim Director of Community Services gave us an update on the proposed stairway. He said that a grant for the state for $2M has been obtained and as of now, preliminary surveying had
been done. Next it will enter a concept design phase, which is expected to take six months.
Doug & Carolyn Found Love
With Surfing at
Beacon's (a Union Tribune story) 2-19-2002
The San Diego Union Tribune profiles Carolyn and Doug, and how they met via surfing. It was love at first drop in. ""Surfing is the toughest thing I've ever had to do," she said. "I wanted to surf so bad, I had to marry the guy."
Read the whole story at the Tribune.
Beacon's Beach Stairway Plans on Track
The Coast News details the latest info.
(But they have no archives on their web site, so we scanned
Beacon's Beach to get New Stairway 2-1-2002
The North County Times reports the City Council approved a $250,000 contract with the San Diego-based Schmidt Design Group Inc. for the planning and design stages of the project.
Read the article
The City of Encinitas has received a $2.8 million grant to help construct a permanent life guard tower and a high quality stairway from the Beacon's Beach parking lot to the new sand. It will take one year to complete.
annual, July 4th parade exploded into action on Neptune
Avenue. It was the largest parade yet with over 20
participants in wild costumes. See the
The Sandman Cometh
From June 5th through June 15th,
Beacon's Beach received 130,000 cubic yards of sand as
part of the San(d) Diego Beach Sand Project. A sand
barge vacuumed sand from outside the kelp beds and then
used a pipe to deposit the clean sand on our beach. More
info and pictures on the sand replenishment project.
At Beacon's, after riding The Beast clear to shore, I'd walked to the top of the bluff and met Rod Aries, a big guy in his forties who is a former ballplayer turned surfer. Aries owned the house across the street, and so for him, checking the break was a morning ceremony. When I told him about catching my first wave, he shook his head with mock sadness and said, "It's all downhill from here, buddy."