In the parking lot of Poseidon Restaurant, next to the Valet station, is a typical beach shack offering snacks and boogie-boards for rent.
On the north side of Poseidon's building is a pathway from the beach. The main lifeguard tower stands west of this path, and it is a simple task to reach the shack.
Boogie-boarding is much easier than surfing as you only need to lay belly down on the short styrofoam board and surf the waves. It's fun and worth trying out.
Equipment: All that is needed is a boogie-board and the nerve to try. Although nerve isn't really required, even the non-swimmer can do this.
The waves needed to have a fun ride are the smaller, shoreline waves and are rarely farther out than knee-deep water. So, if a fall off the board occurs, simply stand up and be saved.
The biggest risk is loosing the boogie-board after a fall. However, most boards are sensibly equipped with a leash that fits around the wrist. Of course, it is obvious to expect wrist burns.
Not all beaches in San Diego County allow surfing. The City of Del Mar does have surfing areas clearly marked out and if you aren't a surfer yourself, it is a very interesting sport to watch. Mostly you'll see novice surfers paddling out on their boards to catch a meger wave, make an effort to stand and then watch them fall into the roiling ocean. Occasionally one brave soul will make it all the way in and the success is magnificent to see.
Equipment: Eyes for watching is all that's needed.
However, if you plan to give it a try, you'll need a surf board. If you haven't brought your own, try Rusty Surfboards Del Mar address given below. The shop is located just a block from the beach so transportation won't be an issue.
The most popular American sport is - no doubts for me - baseball. It's like football for Europeans.
So, no wonder, I met quite many people (fathers with kids usually) playing/training baseball (hmm... some elements of baseball rather) in parks of Del Mar.
DID YOU KNOW?
Baseball had first taken root on American continent in the mid 1700's when English lads brought an offshoot of the game of cricket to American shores. This game, where the fielders put out a runner by belting him with the ball as he ran from base to base, was called Rounders (no "official" rules that time).
On 19 June 1846, the first officially recorded, organized baseball match was played under Alexander Joy Cartwright's rules on Hoboken's Elysian Fields (in HOBOKEN, NEW JERSEY).
I've just checked:
there are 15 VT-ers living in HOBOKEN, 52 have been there but there is only one page on VT (by JERICO living in... Malta :-) and no word about baseball on it: look here
Frisbee is a circular piece of plastic with a curved edge which is thrown between people as a game. And it's quite popular in parks of Del Mar - in Poland as well.
Did you know that frisbee was born in California?
Two men held a circle of plastic over a heater in a San Luis Obispo garage in 1948, trying to mold a lip onto the disc's down-turned edge.
One of those men would be hailed as the inventor of the Frisbee. The other would die unknown, just as he began to fight for a share of the credit and millions in royalties the Frisbee generated.
Heroes of high waves (and many ladies :-) - SURFERS! Ursula found them passing (twice!) Powerhouse Park next to the beach.
Surfing is forbidden in the Del Mar Beach but walking with surfboards is still not banned in Del Mar, am I wrong?
So, guys, buy a surfboard ASAP and... walk, walk, walk - ladies love surfers :-).
FROM LINDA (lmqluque):
Surfing is not forbidden in Del Mar, however there are zones marked off that separate swimming areas from surfing/other activities that could endanger a swimmer.
Equipment: Btw how much is a surf board (economic one)?
FROM LINDA (lmqkluque):
The cost of a new, decent surfboard is between, $350.00 to $600.00. It is also possible to buy a used surfboard for much less, maybe as low as $50.00. The price would depend on the quality and condition of the board.
THANK YOU Linda :-).
The beach of Torrey Pines State Park has its back against the sandstone cliff that forms the key feature of the park. The beach itself, from the parking lot at the gate to Flat Rock, is about 2 miles. Jogging on the sand in bare foot feels good! The sand here is pretty tight and packed. Not sure if cycling is allowed on the beach.
Just south of Torrey Pines State Park there's a gliderport where handgliders take off by the dozen. They decorate the sky for the beachgoers. Wow the view up there must be good.