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Other local surf breaks
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There's No Place Like Home
The 10 best surf towns
Encinitas, California-92024 

$10 covers: a house coffee at the Pannikin and a used CD at Lou's Records next door 

Surf is on: Swami's, Cardiff Reef, D Street 

  • Thickage: from nothing to a 4/3 with a hood 

  • Feast that follows: Pipes, Encinitas Cafe, The Roxy, Ki's 

Surf is off: Botanical gardens, spear fishing or mountain biking and rock climbing in nearby Mt. Woodson 

Striking distance: 

  • Driving: Lowers, Windansea, Baja Malibu 

  • Flying: Pascuales, Puerto Escondido, Isla Natividad 

Monthly dues: $400 to $750 rent plus alarming gas and electricity costs 

  • Work: substitute teach, high-tech or horticultural hand 

  • School: Mira Costa College, UC San Diego 

Sage wisdom: 
"I love Encinitas because of its underlying spiritual quality combined with a top-caliber wave like Swami's. That along with great health food and authentic Mexican food." - Brad Gerlach 

Development continues to spread through the established and nethermost regions of San Diego. City life, on the other hand, doesn't necessarily take root where city is laid. One area where everything "city" has been firmly rejected is coastal Encinitas. Some have tried, but downtown life doesn't jell with this astral-conscious, health-exuding community abutting cobblestone beachbreaks and shelving reef setups. Residents are predisposed to putting in a couple of sessions when the waves light up, getting a falafel plate and carrot juice at Ki's and taking a transcendental stroll through the Self Realization Fellowship gardens before yoga class. 

However, Encinitas is no suburb commune awash in patchouli; it's a bustling hub of surf industry, culture and commerce-some of the staff here at SURFER gladly endure the 45-minute one-way commute rather than live closer to their desks. And to the south: La Jolla reefs, Sunset Cliffs and the limitless potential of Northern Baja. 

Unfortunately, there is no escaping the universal woe of a growing city: rent prices. The cost of living has shot up in San Diego with no wane in sight. But Encinitas, with its 60,000 residents, can comfortably accommodate the minimalist lifestyle: a humble place to flop a futon and a few boards, an equable work schedule, a fresh vegetable stockpile from the weekend farmer's market and the occasional surf movie re-release at La Paloma Theater. 

--by Carl Friedmann 

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