Photo: ouisurf.ca (Mitch Martin); thelocalvisitor.com (Nate Batara)
When Mitch Martin and Nate Batara aren’t teaching crafty Canadians how to make surfboards at Shaper Studios in Vancouver and Montreal, they’re honing their skills at the company’s flagship shop in San Diego, a city they love for two reasons, says Martin: “surfing and Mexican food.”
Photo: Brett Shoaf, Artistic Visuals
1. La Jolla Shores
La Jolla has beaches for all levels of surfing, and La Jolla Shores is great for beginners. Sand-bottomed with gentle, friendly surf, beach volleyball, grassy picnic areas (it’s one of the few spots you can bring a barbecue), fire pits and showers, this is the perfect place to spend the day.
8302 Camino Del Oro, La Jolla
Photo: Courtesy of The Taco Stand
2. The Taco Stand
Nothing beats a Baja-style fried-fish taco with a glass of homemade horchata after a surf – although a combo of Mexican beer and a burrito comes pretty close. Just a few blocks from the La Jolla Reefs, this spot is extremely popular, so it’s best to hit it on a weekday.
621 Pearl St., La Jolla, 858-551-6666
Photo: Courtesy of Studio Schulz
3. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens
This is our go-to hangout when we’re craving a good vibe and an endless selection of beer – there are over 140 choices. It’s one of San Diego’s original craft breweries, and the Liberty Station location is housed in an old navy mess hall. We start with the Nah Mean, a hoppy, refreshing lager that quenches post-surf thirst. Then we work our way through the list with some Belgian-style wits and American pale ales. Did we mention the bocce ball court outside?
2816 Historic Decatur Rd., #116, 619-269-2100
4. North Park
North Park is our favourite place to roam (and it’s where Shaper Studios’ flagship shop is). We start at the whisky bar Seven Grand, and after an old-fashioned made with Old Grand-Dad’s Kentucky straight bourbon, we head to the Observatory to catch a show, like Tame Impala or Beach House.
Shaper Studios, 4225 30th St., 619-889-1158