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Sea you later... Dear Reader, Getting to know you these past few years has been a real pleasure. Thanks to your support, PacificSD has grown from our humble beginnings at the beach to become the county’s most popular magazine. Sadly, our timing sucks. Nearly halfway into our fifth year, which had been on track to be our best yet, we learn the world is kaput! I was driving to Ocean Beach last week, when I learned of our collective fate from billboards along Interstate 8: May 21, 2011, is Judgment Day. The beginning of the end. The rapture. Perhaps Dr. Peter Venkman (the famous Ghostbuster) described it best: “Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!” God, apparently, is coming back. And he’s pissed! (Or she; we’ll finally know the truth.) How could I have missed the indicators? The tragedy in Japan, record tornados across the Midwest, the beach alcohol ban—it all ads up.

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What’s worse, according to the end-of-days experts at, the world will be destroyed by fire on October 21. Dammit! I should be brushing up on my brown-nosing skills and perfecting when to say “thou” and “shalt,” but here I am wasting time, trying to find a new pair of shorts for summer.

I wonder if Armageddon affects Nordstrom’s return policy. Better hang onto the receipt, just to be safe. Anyway, I should keep this brief. Writing much at this point seems kind of futile. Instead, I’m watching Groupon for deals on gasmasks and rabbits’ feet. In case there are long lines on the big day (judging is a tedious business), let’s all meet by the ocean. I’ll bring beers, you guys bring Diet Coke labels and sun block. (You wrap the soda labels around the beer cans. A cop taught me that.) Maybe we’ll catch a break, and the Almighty will get cited for having an open container on the beach. Happy almost summer, San Diego. Let’s make it one to remember (at least until May 20). (P.S. Dear sir or madam, if you really do exist and are headed this way, please note that I have used this forum to spread word of your return. I shaltn’t be this sarcastic if you let me in…swear to god. Or do you prefer God? Or G-d?) David Perloff, Editor-In-Chief




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I n for a R ide SeaWorld breaks ground for San Diego’s next thrill machine


M annish I nquisition The all-knowing Dean of American Sportscasters answers your wide-ranging queries


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S on of the B each Dynamite Walls front man replaces surf culture with airwaves


L i k e a F ish A former Midwesterner takes to the water and bartending

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nyone can move a ball on grass, but it takes a tougher player, one with insanely high endurance and leg muscles cut from marble, to score a goal on the sand. At the fifth annual Beach Soccer Championships, May 14-15 in Oceanside, the stars of the sport will show the turf turkeys how it’s done. The U.S. men’s national beach soccer team and other professional men’s and women’s clubs from as far away as Senegal will compete in a five-on-five tournament to see who walks away with the title, as well as a $10,000 prize. Winning won’t be easy. “Running in sand in bare feet is pretty tiring,” says event spokesman Marc Koehler. “The players raise their hand after a few minutes and are like, ‘Coach, take me out!’ The games are shorter, but the physical toll it takes on your legs is tremendous.” Even pro footballer John O’Brien (who has played in the World Cup for the U.S. national soccer team and in Europe against some of the greats) had a tough time keeping up on the sand when competing in a previous championship in Oceanside, Koehler says. Beach soccer, which originated on the beaches of Brazil, is played with bare feet on a court that’s just 35 yards long and 25 yards wide—a much smaller playing field than those utilized in traditional soccer. What the game lacks in space, it makes up for in fastpaced competition. Koehler points out that regular soccer matches average about three goals per game. With beach soccer, there’s an average of 11 goals, and players can score from nearly anywhere on the field. For spectators’ and players’ enjoyment, this year’s competition is built around a festival that includes capoeira (Brazilian martial art) lessons, juggling contests, a “human foosball court” and more.

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othing captures Midwesterners’ view of Southern California quite like Ocean Beach—Hacky Sack-playing hippies; people practicing yoga on the beach; Bob Marley music wafting through the salty, mota-tinged air. On May 21, the first annual O.B. Beach Ball will amplify the good vibes with a celebration of sports and music by the water. The all-day festival, to be held on the sand just north of the O.B. Pier, is sponsored by the Ocean Beach MainStreet Association (OBMA) and local beach bar, Winstons. The event was meant to get rollin’ last May, but rather than throw an okay party in 2010, OBMA executive director Denny Cox says the association decided to take an extra year to ensure the Beach Ball blew other street festivals out of the water. On tap are a beachside beer garden serving up 24 styles of microbrews, a 60-foot-tall Ferris wheel, live music from 10 bands and three DJs, plus enough grub to satisfy even the harshest case of the munchies. Ocean Beach Surf and Skate will offer skateboarding and kayaking demos and provide an area for skaters to practice their kickflips and ollies. Temptress Fashion will conduct vintage beachwear fashion shows, while go-go dancers provide visual distraction on the main stage. Providing additional entertainment—and maybe a bit of embarrassment— are athletic challenges that will test partiers’ brains and brawn. Among these is the Human Haulin’ competition, a race to see who can finish an intense obstacle course in the shortest time, while carrying a teammate. “Sounds easy,” says Cox, “but it’s done in the sand...not so easy.” TOP: Partygoers listen to live music by Ocean Beach’s iconic pier. BOTTOM: African music ensemble Bateke Beat performs at an Ocean Beach festival last fall.



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earless fidos and their beach-bound owners are hitting the water for another summer of the quintessential test of canine dexterity—dog surfing. “The surf dog people, this is their life; every weekend they’re out there with their dogs,” says Wendy Slijk, whose Cocker Spaniel, TJ, learned to surf as a pup. “TJ got the balance right off the bat,” Slijk says. “He came off that board as a different dog, strutting up on the beach. If you do it really slowly and give them a lot of praise, it becomes a real fun thing, and they pick it up.” TJ and Slijk will compete in the sixth annual Loews Coronado Bay Surf Dog Competition, June 4 in Imperial Beach. The event includes competitions for small and large dogs, plus a human-and-canine tandem surfing contest. Also competing will be Peter Noll and his 90-pound Burmese Mountain Dog, Nani, who prefers riding bigger waves. “Most people who aren’t surfers or are not comfortable in the water won’t go out where it’s deep enough to push their dog into an unbroken wave,” says Noll, who founded the group So Cal Surf Dogs ( “A couple of us do that, because we think that’s the ultimate ride.” C o u r t e sy Lo e w s C o r o n a d o B ay R e s o r t


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FROM TOP: An architectural rendering of SeaWorld’s new manta raythemed roller coaster, scheduled to open in Spring 2012; a similar ride at SeaWorld’s Orlando park; Mission Beach’s Giant Dipper roller coaster.

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the cars are skimming the surface of the water. The nearly two-minute ride will reach a maximum speed of 43 miles per hour. “You can almost kind of equate it to when a jet launches off an aircraft carrier,” Koontz says. “It’s a shorter drop (than Atlantis), but it’s going to have much more speed.” The first launch station will be encased in a tunnel featuring projections of bat rays on screens. “It has a lot of highbanked turns and twists,” Koontz says. “We’re trying to simulate the fluidness of the movement of a bat ray or a manta ray through water.”

Rebirth of a Giant San Diego’s iconic Giant Dipper in Belmont Park is one of the few remaining coasters to skirt the California coastline. The 2,600-foot-long ride, which opened July 4, 1925, cost just $50,000 to build. It remained a popular attraction for decades, before falling into disrepair in the late ’60s, eventually

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Coasting Through History San Diego’s first roller coaster was part of Wonderland Amusement Park (1913-16), which covered eight acres along Voltaire Street in Ocean Beach, on portions of the land where Dog Beach is now located. Wonderland was an anomaly in the wasteland of a largely undeveloped Ocean Beach, which at the time had fewer than 300 residents. The park contained a giant water slide; carrousel; casino; bowling alley and zoo that

housed leopards, pumas, bears, lions and as many as 350 monkeys (most of the animals were later transferred to Balboa Park, forming a basis for the San Diego Zoo). “It was very short-lived, but it’s become an icon of our history,” says Pat James of the Ocean Beach Historical Society. The 1915 PanamaCalifornia Exposition in Balboa Park eventually drew visitors away from Wonderland, hastening its demise. “The crowds diminished, and some flooding took out part of the roller coaster,” James says. “That was just one of the nails in the coffin.”

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hat crane perched above SeaWorld the past month isn’t hoisting Shamoo for a deep cleaning. It’s part of a construction project for the amusement park’s new, manta ray-themed roller coaster. SeaWorld received final approval for the project from the California Coastal Commission earlier this year. The coaster and an expanded manta exhibit are scheduled to open in spring of 2012. To circumvent the Commission’s 30-foot height limit for new construction, the ride’s 54-foot drop will include a plunge 24 feet underground. Park officials had to obtain special approval from the San Diego City Council and the Coastal Commission to build SeaWorld’s existing roller coaster, Journey to Atlantis, which has a 70foot drop. The new coaster, Manta, is modeled after a similar ride at SeaWorld Orlando, though park spokesman David Koontz promises the San Diego version will offer different twists. Cars will launch from two stations along the track, skirt over a pond and pass a water feature that makes it appear as if

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closing in December 1976. The dilapidated structure sat rotting for nearly 15 years, becoming an eyesore and a magnet for vagrants. It was nearly demolished in the ’80s, before a group

of preservationists worked to have it designated as a U.S. National Historic Landmark. The coaster reopened in August of 1990, following a roughly $2 million renovation.

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COOKIE “ C H AINSA W ” RANDOL P H Cookie “Chainsaw” Randolph gives questionable performances weekday mornings on the Dave, Shelly & Chainsaw radio show at 100.7 JACK-fm.

mannish inquisition The all-knowing Dean of American Sportscasters answers your wide-ranging queries Chainsaw, do you think the Padres are a better team without Adrian Gonzalez? –Dree Ming, Mission Beach In the same way that John Wayne Bobbitt became a better lover after part of him was thrown to the side of the road. The roster that general manager Jed Hoyer has re-assembled may not have the centralized power it once had, but it just might be more sensuous and considerate. —Chainsaw Chainsaw, this NFL labor dispute thing has reached the tipping point for me as a fan. Billionaires arguing with millionaires that will only result in ticket prices going even higher. Will sanity ever return to sports? –Allie Anated, North Park That’s assuming sanity was ever present in sports. If you long for the days of leather-helmet football and color-barrier baseball, those days are gone, too. Tickets for Super Bowl I were as low as $6, and it didn’t sell out. For this last Super Bowl, the cheapest ticket on StubHub was $1,950, and the game was sold out. I think they got us. —Chainsaw Chainsaw, I just found out fitness and nutrition guru Jack LaLanne passed away in January at age 96. He was an inspiration to millions! –Cardy O’Vascular, Coronado What’s even more shocking is that he died in a meth explosion. —Chainsaw Chainsaw, thank you for your order from realisticdolls. com. The special attachments you requested are currently out of stock. —Funbags Warehouse It’s for a friend. —Chainsaw

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Chainsaw, I’m a newcomer to San Diego and notice these guys playing some kind of weird, three-man softball on Fiesta Island. What’s the story with that? —Zoe Nee, Pacific Beach It’s called “Over The Line,” which was invented by guys who wanted to drink beer and play softball on the sand without having to run. There’s actually a huge tournament in the summer that attracts thousands of people and hundreds of teams. Back in the day, ABC Wide World of Sports wanted to put it on national television, but the OTL organizers said “no thanks,” when the network insisted they abolish the racy team names. This is why, during two glorious weekends in July,

you can still hear lovely word pictures like “Episiotomy StitchLickers” over the loudspeakers, echoing tenderly throughout Mission Bay. —Chainsaw Chainsaw, how bad was that NCAA basketball final in which Butler made only 19 percent of its shots? —Misty Basquette, Kensington Until that game, the crown went to the magnificent Sir John Gielgud and his Oscar-winning performance in the original Arthur. But Hobson was dethroned—now that team is the ugliest Butler ever. —Chainsaw Chainsaw, do you think Tiger Woods is a good role model? —Captain Obvious, North Island I think the legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden had it right when he suggested that we’re all one another’s role models. Influence comes from everywhere, even infants. Who isn’t inspired by a baby’s laughter or playfulness, or the joyful bliss felt while going peepee into the planter box? (BTW, what’s the cutoff age before you get arrested for doing that? I think I might be past it, which is why I always check lines of sight, coverage below the waist and fake a cell phone call just in case the stream police might be surveilling the area). I’m sorry, Captain, what was your question again? —Chainsaw Is Tiger Woods a good role model? As a dedicated competitor, absolutely. As for fidelity and oncourse temperament? Not so much. He drops one “F” bomb for each time he does it with a greasy spoon busgirl, which is a lot. —Chainsaw Chainsaw, I just got back from Ireland, where they play this crazy game called “Hurling,” which is played with sticks and balls on a soccer-type field. Have you heard of it? —Pat McGroin, Del Mar Yes, indeed. Hurling dates back 3,000 years. It’s Gaelic in origin, which explains why it’s played strictly with sticks and balls. The American version of Hurling is played in the Gaslamp around 1 a.m. during Mardi Gras. —Chainsaw Chainsaw, did you ever get that thing you ordered for me? —David Perloff, editor of Pacific San Diego Magazine Yes, I did, but among other things, one of the eyes doesn’t blink like it said in the brochure. Maybe you can pretend it took a muscle relaxer. —Chainsaw

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City of San Diego Lifeguard Service trainees practice lifesaving leaps.

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t was a busy day at Ventura Cove in Mission Bay. Lifeguard Katherine Jackson was in her first month on the job, watching over about 50 swimmers. “Everything looked right, but I just had this feeling that something wasn’t,” she says. Grabbing her rescue equipment, Jackson ran to the water’s edge, where she saw a pair of eyes staring up at her. No one had noticed the little girl completely submerged beyond the basin’s drop-off point. “I’ve had standing ovations for big rescues but nothing stands out in my

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mind more than that little girl and those big eyes,” she says. “I’ll never forget how she was gasping for air. One of my first weeks on the bay could have been my first drowning.” That rescue was 13 years ago. Today, Jackson, a sergeant with the City of San Diego Lifeguard Service, teaches prospective lifeguards just how crucial mental preparation is to their jobs. “You really need to be hyperaware of everything around you,” she says. The physical requirements are just as demanding. An Air Force veteran who survived basic training, Jackson says there is nothing more strenuous

than the 80-hour San Diego Regional Lifeguard Academy, which is offered three times a year. From swimming 500-meter courses in freezing water to jumping off piers, candidates are tested and re-tested to make sure they have what it takes to save lives. About 30 percent drop out of every class because they can’t keep up. “These people have to be athletes,” says Nick Lerma, a lifeguard lieutenant overseeing the service’s central district. “There’s not always a supervisor to tell you what to do, so we have to have people who can think independently and make fast

decisions. They can’t wince when there is disaster in front of them.” The department employs 80 fulltime lifeguards and typically hires an additional 200 as seasonal help to cover an area stretching from Ocean Beach north to Black’s Beach. San Diego lifeguards perform a range of duties year-round, from cliff and ripcurrent rescues to underwater search and recovery. “There’s no off-season,” Lerma says. “In fact, winter tends to be more critical because of large surf, inclement weather and colder water.” Those conditions were exactly what lifeguard sargeant Jon Vipond and three other department responders faced in November 2009, when a 35foot fishing vessel overturned in the Mission Bay channel, its motionless propellers wrapped in fishing line. Twenty-foot waves crashed across the stranded boat, flipping it end over end and plunging its six passengers and their equipment into the water. Two lifeguards were on the scene in minutes via motorboat. Vipond drove from his Ocean Beach station, waded across the San Diego River and jumped into the channel to join the rescue. “The problem was the outgoing tide was driving everything into the waves and back into the impact zone,” Vipond says. “It was like a treadmill you’re stuck on.” The lifeguards soon had the situation under control, with only minor injuries to the victims. They received medals of valor for their work from the United States Lifesaving Association and the (Continued on Page 36)





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bod y City of San Diego Fire Rescue Department. Full-timers encourage each other to maintain peak physiques, committing to vigorous regimens of swimming, running and weightlifting that ensure stamina and dexterity. To remain employed, each must pass two timed 500-meter swims per year. “Your level of physical fitness determines whether you survive,” Lerma says. Of the approximately 6,000 rescues San Diego lifeguards make each year, some of them—such as the 2009 channel incident—are so awe-inspiring they’ve earned the department national honors and worldwide speaking engagements. Many are less dramatic, though lifeguards approach every situation with the same intensity. “What I try to teach the younger people is you have to treat them all as a potential major emergency,” Strobel says. “When you see someone struggling, you never know if that person has an underlying medical problem that a little exertion could trigger into something really bad, really fast.” With nearly $1 million in staffing cuts for the 2010-11 fiscal year, and more cuts expected for 2011-12, San Diego’s lifeguards are scrambling to maintain beach safety standards. Many area beaches now have empty lookout chairs, and there are fewer lifeguards to respond to emergencies. For Jackson, it all goes back to that girl at Ventura Cove, and what might have been. “With no eyes on the water, people will drown,” she says. “We all have to be prepared to suffer the consequences.”

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San Diego’s surfing elite excel on different wavelengths

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—Brook Larios contributed to this story

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There’s no question—San Diego is a hotbed of professional surfing. Hoards of male and female surfers flock here from around the world, hoping to win a contest, score a sponsor or bag a hot beach bum (usually in that order). For their freakish shredability and unwavering desire to step outside the pro-surfing box, three of the region’s most talented surfers—Rob Machado, Derek Dunfee and Ryan Burch—stand apart from the rest. Machado, who’s most famous for his fluid style and radical hairdo, has one of the most recognizable faces in surfing. The bushy-headed Aussie moved to Cardiff-by-the Sea at age three and has since risen to rock star status. Dunfee, the laidback, bigwave psycho, chases swells that make sane people run the other way. Burch, the youngest of the three, left a successful career in competitive surfing to become a board shaper whose avant-garde designs are helping redefine how surfers think about their boards. Here we go, San Diego, let’s claim ‘em—three of our hometown’s finest members of the board.


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OPPOSITE: Rob Machado with his first love. ABOVE: Derek Dunfee negotiating a beastly wave. LEFT: Ryan Burch having a blast on his DIY surf sled.



Machado going up and over.


Rob Machado “My dad surfed, my uncle surfs, my aunt surfs—everybody was doing it,” he says. His addiction to the ocean set in at an early age. “I think back to when I was a kid—the first time I remember turning on a surfboard seemed like the best wave I ever caught,” he says. “Standing up on a surfboard, it felt like this crazy rush of speed. It’s loud and it’s breaking all around you and you’re rushing towards the beach.” As Machado’s popularity grew, so did his hair, which subsequently became one the most marketable afros on the planet.

In spring 2010, Machado took his life to the big screen in The Drifter, a big-budget, highly stylized depiction of his surf wanderings that won top honors in the “Best Film” category at the Ombak Bali International Surf Film Festival. Machado’s nomadic journeys have taken him to some of the most pristine landscapes on the planet. He founded the Rob Machado Foundation in 2004 to fund and initiate programs that introduce children to the importance of maintaining a clean Earth.,

Post-surf afro flick.


Back when surfing superstar Kelly Slater was chasing Pamela Anderson on the set of Baywatch, another radically talented ripper with neoclassic style was emerging from North County San Diego: Rob Machado. Slater and Machado are of the same generation, but Machado ditched the pro circuit in 2001 to rekindle the passions that drew him to the sport in the first place—a sense of exploration, the lure of dream waves and a globetrotting lifestyle. Looking back on his childhood, Machado says becoming a surfer just seemed like the right thing to do.

Derek Dunfee



Pre-surf wave check in La Jolla. {May 2011}

Derek Dunfee honed his craft surfing the reefs off La Jolla and Black’s Beach. These days, the big-wave surfer constantly scours the globe for mammoth swells. On March 16, Dunfee was in the line-up with peer Sion Milosky and other elite pro surfers at Maverick’s, in Northern California’s Half Moon Bay, when Milosky failed to surface after a brutal wipeout. The tragedy cost Milosky his life and rocked the pro-surfing community. “Sion’s death is one of the

most horrible things that has ever happened,” Dunfee says. Last year wasn’t any easier for Dunfee. May marks the one-year anniversary of the day Dunfee’s close friend Noel Robinson died while surfing Puerto Escondido, the Mexican big-wave break that some claim is the evil twin of Hawaii’s infamous Bonzai Pipeline. “It’s a tough thing because I love surfing big waves, and (Robinson) did, too. And that’s how he drowned,” Dunfee says. “It’s really a

Dunfee on Easter Island.

Dunfee self-portrait, looking for an exit.


test of how bad I want it and what I’m willing to do for it.” In the professional surfing world, Dunfee has been labeled an underground charger, mainly because he came out of nowhere to win one of the planet’s most coveted big-wave awards, the 2009 Billabong XXL award in the Biggest PaddleIn category. He also was bestowed a Surfer Poll Award for the Worst Wipeout, a distinction most big-

wave chargers hope never to receive. See some of Dunfee’s death-wish rides and his arty surf video, Down with the Ship, at

Burch carving on a retro shape.


Ryan Burch


Burch: The mad scientist at work in his lab.

At age 22 and already jaded by the competitive surf scene, Encinitas surfer Ryan Burch slammed the brakes on entering contests to begin shaping some of the wackiest surfboards in the world. On any given day, Burch can be found surfing Cardiff-by-the-Sea, riding everything from a traditional board to what appears to be a piece of tree bark. He has an uncanny ability to surf all board shapes with style and grace. His experimentation has garnered him national attention, most recently from the widely respected The Surfer’s Journal, which praised Burch’s mad scientist approach to board design. “I definitely have been on the wrong board for the conditions and not performing to my full potential,” Burch says, “but I’ve definitely stepped outside the norm, and people have recognized that.” Keeping with this off-kilter

approach, Burch teamed with Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and Encinitas resident, Cyrus Sutton, to create Stoked and Broke, a film chronicling Burch and Sutton’s minimalist “Staycation Safari Epic on Zero Dollars.”   While most surfers venture to farflung locales around the world to chase waves, this dollar-short duo embarked on a 30-day, eight-mile walk from Encinitas to Point Loma, searching for waves, spare change and couches— sometimes finding only dirt to crash on. Stoked and Broke offers a creative, hilarious, and sometimes touching, look at what it means to be a true surf bum. It premiered in surfside cities nationwide last fall, culminating in three sold-out shows at the New York Surf Film Festival in Manhattan.



Local experts reveal the likelihood that a tsunami will strike San Diego

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After the utter devastation that befell Indonesia, everyone should have known to stay away from the ocean during and after a tsunami, right? Wrong. When the Tohoku earthquake struck Japan on March 11, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center advised people on the U.S. Pacific coast to stay clear of the beach. A lot of San Diegans did the opposite, heading to the ocean to see the mammoth wave roll in. Some showed up with surfboards to spit in the tsunami’s eye. “You just can’t underestimate people’s ability to do dumb things, but I’m not going to give up trying to educate (them),” says John Sandmeyer, a sergeant with San Diego’s Lifeguard Service who helped develop the city’s tsunami disaster plan. 50 { May 2011}

B u r g e Recent catastrophic tsunamis in the Pacific and Indian oceans have shown that these speeding walls of ocean water—which can cross the ocean at 600 mph—can be more destructive than the earthquakes that spawn them. According to some estimates, the tsunami that hit Japan produced wave heights of up to 100 feet. Rick Wilson, a senior engineering geologist with the California Geological Survey, says a local tsunami would bring a 10- to 15foot wave to the San Diego coastline. “People think a 10-foot wave wouldn’t do much, but if you think about it, the water column would be twice our height,” Wilson says. “You can’t swim a tsunami, because these things are going at about 30 to 40 miles an hour. It’s really just a hard

wall that’s hitting you, and sometimes these tsunamis have cars and boats and buildings caught up in them. “It only takes about a one to twofoot wave to lift a car,” Wilson says. “Those cars now become projectiles.” The Tsunami Research Center at the University of Southern California has published “Tsunami Inundation Maps” that show lowlying places like Coronado, Mission Beach and Ocean Beach would be highly vulnerable to flooding if a giant wave were to strike. Anyone living in these neighborhoods that feels a prolonged quake should flee two miles inland or 30 feet above sea level immediately. “It’s really up to the individual to react,” Wilson says. “There will be no warning from the government, because you only have about 10

to 15 minutes before the tsunami could arrive.” Nearly 60 percent of the time, the tide will recede an unusually long distance in the minutes before a tsunami strikes, offering an early warning for those paying attention, Wilson says. The obvious question: Can it happen here? Seismologists and tsunami researchers say it’s unlikely, but not impossible. Scripps Institution of Oceanography seismologist Debi Kilb says faults near San Diego can generate quakes of a magnitude 7.0 or higher, which is severe enough to cause injury or death, and crack water lines and freeway overpasses like bread sticks. However, they’re not likely to trigger a significant tsunami. This region’s most active fault is

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TOP: The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), located North of Oceanside and south of San Clemente, has a protective seawall that provides a barrier against a potential water surge from a tsunami.

floor. However, such events are extremely rare, he says.

Nuclear Threat The tsunami that struck Japan in March gave the world its biggest nuclear scare since the Chernobyl event in 1986. The disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant occurred when the tsunami overwhelmed protective barriers, inundated the plant and knocked out backup power sources designed to keep cooling systems operating. Southern California Edison, which operates the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in northern San Diego County, recently completed a statemandated study of tsunami and seismic risks, concluding that the plant can withstand the largest possible quake and tsunami that local faults can throw at it. The maximum tsunami would hit the plant at a height of 23 feet, the study says. San Onofre’s seawall is 28-30 feet above sea level. While the region’s topography and manmade protections reduce the


the San Andreas, which is 100 miles inland and thus too far away to cause a tsunami. The Rose Canyon fault, which runs from Downtown north through La Jolla and into the Pacific Ocean, may be capable of triggering a devastating quake, but Kilb says the fault isn’t very active. Nor is it the type that would create a tsunami. The quake that devastated Japan happened along what is known as a subduction zone—where one tectonic plate of the Earth’s crust is being forced beneath an adjacent plate. Such quakes lift and drop the ocean floor violently, thrusting massive volumes of water upward, causing a tsunami. “It’s like somebody took the ocean and tilted it toward the land, and now you’ve got this flood of water coming on shore,” Wilson says. The faults found off San Diego’s coast are known as slip-strike, move horizontally and are therefore less prone to create tsunamis. What could lead to a local tsunami, Scripps seismologist Duncan Agnew says, is a quake that causes a landslide on the ocean

MIDDLE: The iCluster Wall at the Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. BOTTOM: A closer view of the SONGS seawall.

threat of tsunamis overwhelming San Diego, maximizing safety also requires common sense. The next time the

ground shakes, the best bet is to grab the loved ones, not the surfboard. —Pat Sherman contributed to this story





Strong currents and nudist culture converge at a scenic La Jolla beach B y



Though it’s known as a spot where the clothing claustrophobic can shed their inhibitions—and bikini bottoms—Black’s Beach has more to offer than a pound of flesh and moonlight drum circles. Its scenic, secluded shores beneath the bluffs of Torrey Pines 52 { May 2011}

are known by surfers worldwide as a great spot to catch steep waves. Black’s large, fast-moving breaks are largely a product of Scripps Canyon, a narrow underwater gorge located off the La Jolla coast. The path down Black’s unstable cliffs can be precarious, but the

vistas from top to bottom are as breathtaking as the long hike back up. Another feature that puts Black’s on the map is the Torrey Pines Gliderport, located atop the beach’s more than 300-foot cliffs. Jeremy Bishop, a tandem hang gliding instructor and president of

the San Diego Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association, has stepped off those bluffs thousands of times, sometimes making as many as three flights per day. “The prevailing wind is straight from the west,” Bishop says. “As it comes in, it hits the vertical cliffs,

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T R U T H LEFT: The heady mid-’70s, when the City of San Diego briefly loosened its official prohibition on public nudity at Black’s Beach. BELOW: Don’t let the serenity fool you; most San Diego surfers agree that the surf at Black’s rivals some of the most dangerous and powerful surf breaks worldwide. BOTTOM: The Torrey Pines Glider Port is another element that adds to Black’s allure.

Nudie Need-to-Knows Stripping on the sands of Black’s, though sanctioned by the City of San Diego from 1974 to 1977 and largely overlooked today, is still illegal. Bare buns may be cited by city officials on the southern, city-owned portion of the beach, should a wayward church group lodge a complaint. To dispose of their board shorts with a clear conscience (and rap sheet), exhibitionists venture north, to the portion of the beach owned and managed by the California Department of Parks and recreation, which turns a blind eye to bare breasts and dangling modifiers.

The siren song of Black’s To keep your visit safe, consider theSE points: Large chunks of the bluff above Black’s have dislodged in the past, killing sunbathers lying too close to THE BASE OF THE CLIFF. Inexperienced beachgoers should exercise caution in the water, as swimmers and surfers are frequently caught in strong rip currents, which can have fatal consequences. Through a grant from the University of California San Diego, the City of San Diego recently reinstated its lifeguard service at Black’s, which it nixed last year due to budget woes.

it’s the whales migrating, dolphins migrating or sharks migrating,” he says. “Plus it’s just the feeling—the gift—of free flight. It’s always been a dream of mine to fly like a bird. At Torrey Pines, that’s as close as you can get.”


generating the wind energy—the lift—that you need to sustain flight. That’s what makes that spot happen.” As many times as Bishop has soared above Black’s, he says he never tires of the view. “That area always seems to generate a surprise or two, whether


TOP: Members of the San Diego Coastkeeper patrol the shipyards in San Diego Bay to test levels of pollution, urban runoff, boat discharge and other marine debris. BOTTOM: An unfortunate, yet all-toocommon scene on local beaches.

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Local advocacy groups fight to rid beaches of man’s dirty debris B y

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You see them on weekends roving local beaches, their gloved hands sifting through the sand or clutching aluminum grabbers. Their plastic pails are filled with the byproducts of San Diegans’ weekend benders and general disregard, including everything from cigarette butts and lost shades to beer cans and condom wrappers. At least twice a month, the San Diego chapters of Coastkeeper and Surfrider Foundation join forces to conduct volunteer-based beach cleanups, from Imperial Beach to Oceanside. It’s a simple contribution that makes a big impact. Last year, volunteers removed nearly four tons of trash from local beaches, including 40,000 butts. “Even with smoking bans, cigarette butts are still the most littered items,” says Ken David, a longtime Surfrider Foundation volunteer. While cigarette filters may look like harmless cotton, they are more typically made of a plastic that traps chemicals from the cigarette. Once in the water, the chemicals leach out and the nubs get nibbled by marine life, David says.   Eliminating trash does more 54 {May 2011}

than clean beaches. It helps decrease pollution that could otherwise clog local waterways, making them unsafe for people and wildlife. Beach pollution often originates inland, washing downstream to the ocean through storm drains and watersheds. The runoff contributes to what scientists have dubbed “garbage patches,” vast concentrations of plastic and other trash that amass in the middle of the ocean. Some patch plastics will not break down in the lifetimes of the grandchildren of the people who disposed of them. Clean-up crews use data cards to keep track of what they find, and the trash is weighed at the end of each outing. The records help quantify work done throughout the year. Beach cleanups, however, are just the beginning. Both groups advocate for clean water through educational and community outreach programs. Volunteers provide manpower needed to monitor local pollution levels, which gives the groups ammunition to help enforce state and federal laws, such as the Clean Water Act. San Diego Coastkeeper, which has a staff of 12, may be best known for the lawsuits it brought against

the City of San Diego in the late 1990s and early 2000s in response to chronic sewage spills. Rulings favoring Coastkeeper helped reduce spillage by 90 percent during the past decade, says the group’s volunteer and outreach coordinator, Dylan Edwards. Once a week, the Coastkeepers pilot their 19-foot Boston Whaler (a type of boat used by military and police search and rescue teams) to scout for signs of oil and sewage spills or excessive run-off from storm drains. A typical patrol

brings in plastic bags and chunks of Styrofoam. Then there are the larger hauls: strollers, life vests and shopping carts. One day last month, Edwards fished out a doormat that he took home and placed on his Pacific Beach doorstep. Rather than wind up in a floating “garbage patch” or a landfill, the doormat got a second life.  “We have only so much access to nature in San Diego, and a lot of that’s on the coast,” Edwards says. “I think we should protect it.”,

“Is Mission Bay Gross?” WHAT: Seminar, hosted by San Diego Coastkeeper, in which experts and a celebrity moderator will discuss Mission Bay’s ecosystem, development and land-use history. WHEN: May 12, 6 p.m. WHERE: Urban Corps San Diego, 3127 Jefferson Street, near Old Town

G r e at Pa c i f i c G a r b a g e Patc h ( a k a Pa c i f i c T r a s h V o r t e x ) Fa ct s LOCATION: North Pacific Ocean ESTIMATED SIZE: Twice the size of Texas CONENTS: It is estimated that 10 million tons of swirling plastic and slowly degrading garbage, as well as dead fish, birds, turtles and other marine life get snared in the vortex. Source: National Science Foundation, Greenpeace


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PacificSD’s Facebook family schools us on San Diego’s best fish tacos By Brandon Hernández p h o t o s by br e v i n bl a c h


he Windy City’s got pizza, the City of Brotherly Love’s got cheese steaks, and America’s Finest City has the world’s best tacos de pescado. In search of the best representation of our city’s claim to culinary fame, PacificSD cast our line online, hoping to reel in reader recommendations on the best place to hook this hometown specialty. While a few responders harpooned others as being one taco short of a combination plate, the hands-down winner was O.B.’s South Beach Bar & Grille. Catch and release? No way!

South Beach Bar & Grille 5059 Newport Avenue, #104, Ocean Beach 619.226.4577,

An Ocean Beach institution for nearly 20 years, South Beach serves about a dozen varieties of fresh fish tacos and has received props from Bon Appetit magazine and the Food Network. The restaurant’s most popular variety is the Mahi Taco, packed with fish that’s been marinated overnight in teriyaki sauce and pineapple juice. This out-of-the-box preparation is key to South Beach’s supremacy, as is the freshness of the fixins. “We bring in 200 pounds of fresh fish a day,” says South Beach manager, Kristina Goulart. “Each taco is made to order fresh every time. Nothing is pre-prepared about it, and our salsa isn’t from some salsa company.” Adding to South Beach’s allure is its casual atmosphere and sweeping views of the Pacific, both of which have doubled since a secondstory dining area opened last fall. “It’s just comfortable. You can sit here all day, eating, drinking and looking out at the water,” Goulart says. “The ambience is great. It’s not classy, it’s not too divey. It’s just right.” P.B. Shore Club

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Three amigos: Baja lobster, shrimp and mahi mahi tacos at South Beach Bar & Grille

4343 Ocean Boulevard, Pacific Beach

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Also favored by PacificSD’s Facebook fans, oceanfront party pad P.B. Shore Club won First Place in the 2010 BeachFest’s Best of the Beach Fish Taco Challenge. As is the case at South Beach, the mahi mahi is the biggest seller here. The lobster, shrimp and calamari tacos are also in high demand. Shore Club buzzes with a beach-bar vibe that ranges from chill to raucous. In addition to killer fish tacos, the boardwalk hotspot boasts beachfront views that inspired its slogan, “sunsets served daily.” 56 {May 2011}

“Mitch’s Seafood in Point Loma is a hidden gem. Fresh fish from local fisherman.” —Adrian O. “TJ Oyster Bar. It’s tiny and in Bonita, but has the best authentic Mexican fish tacos hands down.”—Vane S. “Saritas (Mexican Food) in East County! Everything is fresh and homemade, even the sauce!”—Gina C. “I’ve tried ‘em all, and somehow Rubio’s does it best.”—Vanessa M.

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Preston the Weimaraner is jazzed to share breakfast with his human sidekick on the patio at Café 222.


Local eateries offer outdoor spaces for people and their pups By Brandon Hernández Ph o t o s by B r e v i n B l a c h


og owners rely on their hounds to be best buds and good listeners. Repaying such loyalty by leaving their pooches chained outside while they chow down at their favorite restaurants seems kinda…ruff. To stay ahead of the pack, several local eateries are offering the option to dine al fido, inviting customers’ four-legged friends to share tables on fur-friendly patios. Here are nine San Dawg spots where you and your pooch can sit, stay and eat.

Café 222 222 Island Ave., Downtown, 619.236.9902,

This downtown diner and waffle hotspot has hosted the Food Network’s Bobby Flay, and would be just as jazzed to welcome Benji or Lassie. “We have two areas of outdoor seating where we welcome dogs or cats—with their well-behaved owners,” says proprietor Terryl Gavre. So, as long as you mind your manners, you can munch on a plate of peanut butter and banana-stuffed French toast (which Flay dubbed the best breakfast item he ever ate), while your dog digs the complimentary doggie biscuits.

Bread & Cie Café 350 University Ave., Hillcrest, 619.683.9322,

Enjoy some of San Diego’s finest breads and pastries, while Rover gnaws a biscuit on the patio at this bastion of baked goods.

Hotel Indigo 509 Ninth Ave., East Village, 619.727.4000,

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DINING OUT “I’ve e v en seen someone feedin g their do g a brie omelet. ” — Café Chloe executive chef, Katie Grebow

The Wine Pub 2907 Shelter Island Dr., Point Loma, 619.758.9325,

Dogs are always welcome on the patio of this cozy Point Loma oenophile haunt (where canine visitors can get their pics posted on the Pub’s photo board), but there’s extra incentive to swing by on Woofer Wednesdays, when 10 percent of proceeds are donated to Loving Arms Pet Adoption. “We wanted to be dog-friendly because, when we opened, we had a 13-year-old beagle, Clarence, who loved to come to the Wine Pub,” says owner Sandy Hanshaw. “He’s passed on since and has been replaced by Frankie and Lulu, two six-month-old beagles that are the pub’s mascots.” Currently, dogs receive water and doggy bars, but a full-on doggie menu is in the works. Nothing makes Snausages pop like a dusty Cali cabernet!

Mitch’s Seafood 1403 Scott St., Point Loma, 619.222.8787

Salty dogs enjoy complimentary water and biscuits at Hudson Bay, where their masters can get hooked on delicious fresh seafood.

La Jolla Brewhouse 7536 Fay Ave., La Jolla, 858.456.6279,

Yappy hour events, special doggie treats and hand-crafted beer make this the paws-down choice for owners whose dogs play dual roles as confidants and drinking buddies. (Continued on Page 62 Courtesy The Wine Pub

TOP: Canines such as this Chihuahua named Reina (“queen” en español) get the royal treatment at The Wine Pub on Shelter Island. LEFT: The Wine Pub after dark.

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TOP: Diners and their dogs on the patio at Café 222 BOTTOM: The Wine Pub’s unofficial mascots

721 Ninth Ave., East Village, 619.232.3242,

French restaurants can be a bit stuffy, but that’s not the case at this East Village standout, where man and beast can take life—and an outstanding bistro menu—at their own pace. “We provide a water bowl by the door for our four-legged friends, as well as organic dog treats,” says executive chef Katie Grebow. “People bring their dogs and sit on the patio all the time, often at brunch. I’ve even seen someone feeding their dog a brie omelet, and I distinctly remember when someone ordered a medium steak for themselves and a whole medium-rare steak for their dog.”

O’Brien’s Pub 4646 Convoy St., Kearny Mesa, 858.715.1745,

You gotta love a beer bar with nationwide clout that’s still downhome enough to let Buster pull some pavement on the patio, while the guy on the other end of the leash downs an IPA.

S t. T r o p e z B a k e r y & B i s t r o 947 S. Coast Hwy., Encinitas, 760.633.0084,

Don’t stuff Rex into an airplane cargo compartment—the perfect Parisian escape is up Highway 101, where dogs are as much a mainstay as baguettes and crêpes.


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Take a worldwide, beach-drink safari without leaving town By Ida Rosenberg p h o t o by br e v i n bl a c h


n the 1970s, the South African town of Jeffrey’s Bay (aka J-Bay) was a haven for counterculture. Today, it’s one of the world’s top surfing destinations and host to the Billabong Pro J-Bay surf tournament, to be held July 15 to 25 at Supertubes, a 1,000-foot stretch of coastline regarded as one of the planet’s toughest high-performance surf breaks. (Beautiful beach, long flight.) Lucky for us, Dieter May and his crew at the legendary Pacific Beach eatery, World Famous, have brought South Africa closer to home with the South African J-Bay Wine Spritzer. This clearly irresistible thirst-quencher looks like a tall, cool glass of water, but it’s actually a refreshing blend of crisp, South African chenin blanc wine; sweet, wild elderflower liqueur and a lemon-lime splash. May hopes this cocktail and the other drinks comprising his annual list of beachthemed concoctions will kick-start summer in San Diego. If the rate at which people flock to his restaurant is any indicator, May may get his wish. Soak in photos of a dozen of May’s drinks at, then visit the beaches of Hawaii, Brazil, Tahiti and more at World Famous, located on America’s Finest beach at the end of Pacific Beach Drive. worldfamous.

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eally like to hit ‘em hard,” says DJ Brett Bodley. “When I hit an exercise or boxing session, I go hard until it’s done. I do the same with DJing.” A native of Boulder, Colorado, Bodley, 26, began spinning high-energy house beats four years ago at Stingaree, where he first paid his dues as a lighting and sound technician. These days, he spins at Fluxx, Sidebar, Andaz and 207 at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, downtown; plus Thrusters Lounge in Pacific Beach. “My whole sound is very up-tempo, high energy, in-your-face,” he says. “I feel that you always have to bring that energy, no matter what kind of mood you’re in. You always have to take the party to the next level.” DJ Brett Bodley headlines at Fluxx nightclub (pictured above) May 20. Twitter @djbrettbodley

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Hip-hop haven to open beneath the streets of the Gaslamp B y PA T S H E R MAN


ightlife visionaries RMD Group, the team behind Fluxx and Sidebar in the Gaslamp, are unleashing a bangin’ new concept in San Diego club culture. Set to open this month at the corner of F Street and 6th Avenue (underneath Double Deuce), F6ix will offer an upscale, hip-hop experience in a discrete, subterranean locale. The 6,000-square-foot venue, designed by San Diego’s OCIO Design Group, will smolder below street level with rich blue, pink and red hues. A state-of-the art lighting

system and metallic, mirrored and wood surfaces round out the décor. With the goal of “redefining the hip hop experience,” RMD Group will put prominent local and international DJs at the entertainment helm of F6ix, luring patrons with hard-hitting bass, a spacious dance floor and a 50-foot bar. F6ix will open at 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and will feature bottle service and contemporary dining. Menu details have yet to be released. F6ix, 526 F Street, 619.238.0139,

eattle’s Fleet Foxes will bring their psychedelic neo-folk sound to downtown’s Spreckels Theatre May 6, but you’ll have to be sly to score tickets— the Casbah-sponsored show sold out fast. Before Starbucks introduced the Amish-looking Sub Pop Records act to caffeine junkies across the U.S., Fleet Foxes was floating around in music-nerd obscurity. Fast-forward to the present. The band’s music has been featured on a handful of big-budget film soundtracks and praised by critics in publications including Rolling Stone and Spin. They’ve already sold out nearly half their current domestic and overseas tour dates, including all points along the West Coast. Widely regarded as the band to see live, Fleet Foxes pay tasteful homage to the Beach Boys Pet Sounds era, infusing their tunes with cryptic, lyrical themes; lush, moody melodies; and cascading, four-part harmonies. Spreckels’ ornate interior should provide the perfect setting for the band, which describes its sound as “Baroque harmonic pop jams.” The venue’s intimacy and acoustics round out the auditory massage. The concert will likely include songs from the band’s new album, Helplessness Blues, slated for a May 3 release.,


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tingaree is getting a makeover—the Gaslamp mega-club’s first floor will be transformed into a sexy, ultra-lounge called Guest House. The new space will have a separate entrance and a seductively ambient library feel, comprising plush oversized couches and banquets, moody lighting and scattered bookshelves. Set to be complete in May, the project realizes 68 {May 2011}

the vision of Davis Krumins of Davis Ink, the design firm responsible for the upscale interiors at Stingaree, Sidebar, Bar Ninety and Fluxx downtown; plus Bar West in Pacific Beach. Despite the library vibe, don’t expect bespectacled librarians to be running around, shhhushing the crowd. The music volume and crowd-energy levels are sure to be cranked up.

Guest House will have a capacity of 350 patrons and will be open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday nights, with a special opening preview on Memorial Day weekend.

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“ We li v ed , ate , and breathed that life , ” sa y s G U I T A R I S T T O M P ritchard , w ho surfed e v er y chance he g ot, e v en namin g his first band Waterlo g g ed . “ I can pla y an y surf son g y ou can thin k of. ” dav e g o o d

Dynamite Walls front man replaces surf culture with airwaves By dave good


om Pritchard, vocalist and guitarist with San Diego band Dynamite Walls, was indoctrinated into surf music and culture from an early age. His dad played in one of the touring incarnations of the Surfaris, the legendary surf band responsible for the 1960s hit, Wipeout. The Surfaris practiced in the backyard of the family’s Fallbrook home, right outside Pritchard’s bedroom window. “We lived, ate and breathed that life,” says Pritchard, who surfed every chance he got, even naming his first band Waterlogged. “I can play any surf song you can think of.” Pritchard eventually left Fallbrook for Encinitas, where he still lives. He surfed hard until turning 23, and then stopped altogether when his current band, Dynamite Walls, started eating up all his swell time. Today, Pritchard eschews his surf-rock DNA, preferring an

edgier, alternative sound inspired by bands from Van Morrison to Coldplay and The Stokes. Dynamite Walls’ new single, Keep Spinning Around, is in regular rotation on 91X FM and a smattering of other radio stations across the country. The band’s first major label release, Chemicals, is due to drop any day on the Universal Republic label. Now that things are looking up, Pritchard says he’s about ready to kick off his shoes, grab his board and head for the water again. “I need the exercise,” he says, laughing., @dynamitewalls

MAY concert calendar

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5/1: Paul Oakenfold at Intervention sundays @ Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, 5/2: TV on the Radio @ 4th&B, 5/2: Beach Fossils @ Soda Bar, 5/2: Vivian Girls @ The Casbah, 5/3: James Blunt @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay,  5/5: Bostich & Fussible (norteño/techno), @ 4th&B, 5/5: The Dirty Heads @ House of Blues, 5/5: DJ Mark Knight @ Fluxx, 5/6: Atmosphere @ House of Blues, 5/6: Fleet Foxes @ Spreckels Theatre, 5/6: Robert Cray Band @ Belly Up Tavern, 5/8: Ricky Martin @ Valley View Casino Center, 5/10: Coheed and Cambria @ House of Blues, 5/10: Lauryn Hill @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay,  5/11: Mogwai w/ Errors @ Belly Up Tavern, 5/13: Channel 933 Summer Kickoff Concert featuring Usher, Justin Bieber, Akon, Ke$ha and Pitbull @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, 5/16: The Black Angels w/ Sleepy Sun @ BellyUp Tavern,

Dynamite Walls

5/17: Citizen Cope (acoustic show) @ BellyUp Tavern,

Tom Pritchard (Vocals/Guitar)

5/19: DJ Markus Schulz @ Fluxx,

Alex Blundell (Lead Guitar)

5/21: System of a Down @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre,

Allan Bates (Bass/Vocals)

5/21: Yeasayer with Smith Westerns @ Belly Up,

Paul Kimmel (Keys)

5/22: Jamie Foxx @ Harrah’s Rincon Casino,

Eric Pritchard (Drums)

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Bartender Erika Rose trains a top contender in P.B. Shore Club’s weekly goldfish races.




rika Rose poured her first drink six years ago, when a fellow member of the swim team at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, offered her a job at the bar he managed. “He’s like, ‘Erika, I need a female bartender and I need to find somebody that I can stand to be around for more than an hour. I can teach you how to bartend if you promise not to annoy me.’ I’m like, ‘Deal!’” The plan went swimmingly. These days, the un-annoying drink slinger can be found behind the bar at P.B. Shore Club, located on the boardwalk at Grand Avenue. One of her shifts is Wednesday nights, during the venue’s popular goldfish races. To “compete” in goldfish races, patrons blow bubbles through drinking straws to propel goldfish through tubes of water and across the finish line. The competitive swimming, if not the goldfish in a glass, must rekindle Rose’s memories of college. Well acclimated to So-Cal life, the native Minnesotan tries to makes all of her customers feel at home. “We’ve all moved here from somewhere,” she says. Catch the race action Wednesdays at Shore Club or meet Rose Friday and Saturday nights, when she tends bar at Fluxx nightclub in the Gaslamp.



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ust another day in paradise. Waves breaking, seagulls squawking, tourists saying “Cheese!” and pointing at sea lions. Not a cloud in the sky. An ideal spot for soaking in the waterfront scene is. Brockton Villa, a cozy restaurant perched atop La Jolla Cove. The historic oceanfront structure was erected in 1894 as a weekend retreat for a city-slicking physician who paid $165 for the site. (At the time, La Jolla was a four-hour journey from downtown San Diego.) The restaurant sits among trees a few steps up from Coast Boulevard, offering seclusion in the heart of the village. Dr. Seuss (aka Theodor Geisel) is said to have written and found inspiration for some of his books here. “Quaint” would be an understatement. Will a perfect day equal a perfect date? Let’s see. Blind daters Nikki and Daniel are about to meet for the first time on the patio at Brockton Villa. Before they arrive, let’s review the predate interviews.

PacificSD: Where are you from and where do you live now? DANIEL: I’m from the San Francisco Bay Area, originally, and now live in Mission Valley. NIKKI: I’m from Santa Monica, but live in San Diego. What do you do for a living? DANIEL: I’m a personal banker with Wells Fargo. NIKKI: I’m in outside sales. I sell food, specifically fresh produce. I work with chefs at restaurants, hotels and country clubs. What do you do for fun? DANIEL: I enjoy playing sports and being active. I love being adventurous and trying out new things to do. NIKKI: Luckily, I love to cook and be creative in the kitchen. I also enjoy being active, working out, hiking, et cetera. Time with family and friends is a big part of my life. A cocktail by the pool never hurt anyone, either. 72 {May 2011}

What are you looking for in a date? DANIEL: I look for someone who is bubbly, positive and cheerful. Ideally, someone who enjoys being active and is physically fit. NIKKI: Physically, a handsome face, fit physique, polished look. Personality would be down-to-Earth, goalorientated and keeps me laughing. What is your biggest fear? DANIEL: Failure. NIKKI: Being too focused on the past and future that I forget to enjoy the present. What’s your sign, religion or spiritual belief system, if any? DANIEL: I’m a Capricorn. I’m of the Christian faith, but definitely don’t go (to church) as often as I should. NIKKI: I’m a Taurus, very loyal and a

Diego’s beaches? DANIEL: The water is a bit cold. NIKKI: The randoms from all over that come visit. Go home. little bullheaded, too. Ok, stubborn, fine. I’m Jewish, more so culturally than religiously. What kind of music do you like? DANIEL: All kinds. You name it and I’ll love it. Well, except for country. NIKKI: I’m such a girl. I like upbeat, fun stuff that makes me feel energized. Yes, Britney! What’s the best thing about San Diego’s beaches? DANIEL: They are vibrant and full of life. NIKKI: The view, sunset happy hour.

If you could do anything on any beach in the world right now, what would you be doing and where? DANIEL: Surfing in Costa Rica. NIKKI: I would love to be on the coast in Italy; the Amalfi coast sounds like heaven. The daters meet and sit at a table on the patio. They toast with pomegranate mimosas and begin to get acquainted. (Continued on Page 74)

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fter talking over wine and appetizers at Brockton Villa for more than an hour, Alex and Nikki head to La Jolla Shores for dinner. They’re in for a treat: at legendary gourmet restaurant, The Marine Room, executive chef Bernard Guillas and chef de cuisine Ron Oliver have prepared an exquisite tasting menu of seafood delicacies. The couple sits in a booth by a majestic picture window that seems to bring the beach indoors. (Waves have crashed through these windows in the past; the replacement panes are now made of much sturdier glass.) As they sip wine in advance of their underwater culinary adventure, they’re split for mid-date debriefings.

PacificSD: How’s it going so far? DANIEL: It’s going good. Fantastic locations. I’m having a good time. NIKKI: Very nice time. He’s easy to talk to, and we’ve had some good laughs and good food. What were your first Impressions? DANIEL: She had a great smile. Didn’t like the shades, but she had, you know, a good body. She’s very easygoing and I could tell that she is very mature and very professional. And part of what she does for her job makes her that way, but I had a good vibe in terms of her level of maturity, which I liked a lot. NIKKI: He looked friendly and really nice, easygoing. How was Brockton Villa? DANIEL: It was good. I had the crab cakes, which were phenomenal. Good view of the ocean, very intimate setting. It was a great place to go on a date. NIKKI: The view was beautiful. It was a nice place to go. Is this the type of person you’d normally date? DANIEL: I do like her demeanor. 74 {May2011}

I like blondes, also, typically. Yeah, I think so. I think I can probably date someone like Nikki, definitely. NIKKI: Um, not right off the bat. I have a type—a little bit more edge, I think. But we’ve had a nice time hanging out. What’s the most attractive thing your date has done so far? DANIEL: When she opened up and she started laughing, I liked her humor. I like the fact that she is very ambitious and driven, so there’s a lot of attributes that I find very endearing with Nikki. NIKKI: Been a gentleman. What would your parents say? DANIEL: Gosh, um, so my parents have a negative history with my brother dating blondes, and some of the wives that he picked were kind of questionable, so her first reaction would be, ‘Why a blonde?’ But then they’d probably warm up, because she’s a pretty good girl. NIKKI: They would probably say

he’s really nice, easygoing demeanor. They’d probably think he would be different than my type. Rate your date’s looks on a scale from one to 10. DANIEL: 7.5. NIKKI: Seven. How about for personality? DANIEL: Eight. NIKKI: Eight. Do you want to kiss your date right now? DANIEL: Possibly. NIKKI: Not particularly. Does your date want to kiss you right now? DANIEL: I have a feeling, no. NIKKI: Who knows?

be starting out all-wet. Perhaps a fantastic meal (with more wine and fewer photos) will help. As their first course is served, the daters are finally given more privacy— not much more, however. The magazine crew stays to eat dinner in another part of the restaurant, out of the couple’s sight. No way we were going to miss chef Guillas’ tasting menu. We start with a squid ink sesame cone filled with ahi tuna tartare. Next comes a spice-dusted wild prawn on top of a scallop (perfection), followed by a goat cheese brûlée. The thymerubbed free-range veal tenderloin is divine. Topping it off is a dessert trio of hazelnut chocolate crunch, ginger crème and pistachio halvah. (Continued on Page 76)


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unset dinner at The Marine Room is fabulous. As the magazine crew fights over the last piece of pistachio halvah, here come Alex and Nikki, walking toward our table. They pause a few paces from where we’re sitting and, in an awkward exchange, say goodbye and head toward the door. WTF?! The daters leaving before the crew? That never happens. The rest of us stick around, sipping espresso and trying to guess what made the couple bail so early. Or maybe the seafood was an aphrodisiac, and they ran out to the car for a quickie? Our imaginations run wild. We call the next morning to find out what we missed.

PacificSD: Overall, how was the date? DANIEL: I absolutely loved the restaurants and the food was amazing. Nikki seemed to be a nice, attractive girl, so overall I had a good time. NIKKI: The date was fun. My perspective on most things in life is “you only live once” and I thought it would be something interesting

to add to my rap sheet. I’m such a private person in many respects, so it was challenging to open myself up to the cameras and questions during the date. I’m glad that I tried something new and met a new, fun person. How was the Marine Room? DANIEL: The view was quite

amazing, and the staff gave exceptional service. I enjoyed the entrees, the desserts and the wine selection. NIKKI: The Marine Room was great. Gorgeous views of the water and sunset. Couldn’t ask for a better place to eat dinner. Funny part is, I don’t eat any seafood. They were very accommodating at swapping out all of the seafood on the prix-fixe menu for me with other stuff. The desserts were a nice end to a great meal. (EDITOR’S NOTE TO SELF: Ask future daters if they won’t eat food from a certain category before taking them to a restaurant famous for said category.) What was the best part of the date? DANIEL: We had good food and drinks in a great place without burning a hole in my wallet. NIKKI: The best part of the date was trying two new places neither of us had tried—and gorging on the desserts. Yum! Funniest part? DANIEL: The wardrobe malfunction during one of the photos. NIKKI: Funniest part was that I kept having a wardrobe malfunction. My sweater kept sliding off my shoulder and dropping too low. I didn’t even charge for the free show. I think the photographer has a few pictures of me on display. Photog, I better not see those online anywhere. I may want to run for office in the future. Oops! Describe any romantic connection

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between yourself and your date. DANIEL: I wouldn’t say there was a romantic connection, but she was good company and we had fun. NIKKI: We shared a napkin, since I lost mine. Was there a kiss or romantic moment? DANIEL: A good night hug was as close as it got. NIKKI: Not really. I think we connected in many ways, but would only be good friends. Will there be a second date? DANIEL: I would say probably not. NIKKI: I enjoyed his company— smart, funny and very much a gentleman, which is very attractive in a man. I see us hanging out as friends, rather than a date.

AFTERMATCH: For your reading pleasure, PacificSD had hoped to kickstart some summer lovin’ last night. The formula seemed so perfect—the blue skies, the sunset, the panoply of gourmet flavors. Despite our effort and the delicious food, however, the date fell flat. It lacked spice. Long story short, we took bland to the beach. The good news is, at least nobody got crabs. (P.S.: PacificSD is selling Nikki’s wardrobe malfunction photos on eBay. Sorry, Nikki, we bet our bookie that you and Daniel would at least make out— we have to recoup our losses somehow.)

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5/1: Intervention Sundays with Paul Oakenfold Venue: Float at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, Downtown Tickets: $25 and up Info: Another season of primo pool parties explodes with the return of mega trance DJ, Paul Oakenfold. Also performing this month are DJ Robbie Rivera (5/15) and Benny Benassi (5/22). Courtesy Hard Rock Hotel San Diego


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As many as 3,000 professional and amateur athletes will invade Moonlight Beach this month for the sixth annual Encinitas Sports Festival, May 14 and 15. The festival is comprised of triathlons, a 5K run, standup paddleboarding, open water swims and a Encinitas Sports Festival Dates: May 14-15 two-day sports expo featuring health and Chris Hardylive music and food. Where: Moonlight Beach, wellness trends, downtown Encinitas On the following Saturday, May 21, Info: San Diego Century 2011 challenges bicyclists to complete in 103-, 66- and 37-mile bike tours of North County. Race fans can fan fill up at the Taste the Hills food fair at Mira Costa College, the location of the race’s start and finish lines.




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5/2: vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:05 p.m. 5/3: vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:05 p.m. 5/4: vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 3:35 p.m. 5/6: vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 7:05 p.m. (Padres Beerfest) 5/7: vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 3:35 p.m. (LGBT Pride’s Out at the Park tailgate party, free Bud Black Bobbleheads,) 5/8: vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 1:05 p.m. (free foam fingers for kids) 5/18: vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:05 p.m. 5/19: vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:05 p.m. 5/20: vs. Seattle Mariners, 7:05 p.m. (fireworks show) 5/21: vs. Seattle Mariners, 7:05 p.m. (free Padres car tchotchkes) 5/22: vs. Seattle Mariners, 1:05 p.m. (free Padres cap for kids) 5/23: vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:05 p.m. 5/24: vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:05 p.m. 5/25: vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 3:35 p.m.

5/8: Mother’s Day with The B-52s Venue: BellyUp Tavern, Solana Beach Tickets: $68 Info: She brought you into this world. The least you can do is take mom to see the B-52s perform Rock Lobster. If Maine lobster is more her speed, there’s always the tried-and-true bouquet and Mother’s Day brunch (don’t say we didn’t remind you).

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5/15: North Park Festival of the Arts Where: 30th Street and University Avenue, North Park Tickets: $25 Info: North Park’s Ray Street arts district will showcase its amazing painters, potters and other artisans, plus live music, a craft beer festival and plein air painting (French term for “painting outdoors”).

5/21: Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge (Roc Race) Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds Racetrack Registration: $55 Info: Climb over cargo nets, dodge swinging boulders and overcome other ridiculous obstacles at VAVi Sport and Social Club’s whacky, game show-inspired 5K ROC Race. For enduring such madness, participants will be treated with an equally insane after-party of DJs, beer and other goodies.

5/6-5/8: Gator by the Bay Where: Spanish Landing Park Tickets: $25 - $75 Info: Whether you call ‘em crawfish, crawdads or mudbugs, 8,000 lbs. of these tasty, Cajun crustaceans will reach boiling point as San Diegans drink up and boogie down to more than 50 Louisiana-style Zydeco and blues bands. Bring your beads! North Park Festival of the Arts featured artist, Karin Grow





C o u r t e s y RX B a n d i t s

5/20: SANDAG Bike to Work Day The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is urging San Diegans to bicycle to work, school, the local dispensary—wherever you happen to be going. Don’t do it because some bureaucrat says so; do it because reducing carbon emissions is cool, and gas is expensive. 5/14: OMBAC Coming Out Party Where: Mariner’s Point, Mission Beach Tickets: $10-$15 Info: The Old Mission Beach Athletic Club and 91X FM present a day of live music from Full Blown Stone, BoomSnap, the Aggrolites, RX Bandits and more. The event, held nearly every year since 1953, was first organized by a former prisoner of the Korean War, to celebrate his release. 80 {May 2011}

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5/22: San Diego Sicilian Festival Where: India Street, Little Italy Admission: Free Info: If strains of an accordion and the aroma of sizzling Sicilian sausage make you long for the homeland (or a rerun of The Godfather), drop by Little Italy for a day of food, music and Peroni, the official beer of the San Diego Sicilian Festival. Headlining the event is Giada De Laurentiis, the Emmy Award-winning chef and star of the Food Network’s hit show, Everyday Italian.

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What’s hidden inside…is about to come out

In preparation for the upcoming Cinco de Mayo celebrations, PacificSD challenged our Facebook family to imagine human piñatas—and what they’d be stuffed with. Grab a broomstick, put on a blindfold and get ready to tap that ass! Amy B.: It would have to be OBAMA and inside would be JOBS FOR EVERYONE!!! Michelle D.: Charlie Sheen filled with mini bar bottles. Rachael D.: Heidi and Spencer Pratt and its full of all the countless hours none of us will ever get back. Suzanne C.: Gary Busey and it would just be full of babble and useless acronyms, and it would still be more clever than the Pratt’s, Charlie Sheen and Obama combined. April Y.: My ex and it would be full of crap just like him. Sean H.: Richards Simmons, inside would be happiness and rainbows!!! James K: The brewers at Alpine. All of their tasty beers would rain out. Laura A.: Mean people, inside would be tolerance, education and peace Dexter O.: well, i’d make my piñata sort’a like a “turducken.” this way, i can beat the crap out of 3 really annoying celebs: the outside would be charlie sheen. then, once i’ve beaten that layer off, underneath it would be lindsay (lohan). finally, once that’s done, it’d be kobe bryant... ahhh...i feel much better now... ;-) Chris G.: Turn Donald Trump into the piñata and put all his money, and Obama’s birth certificate inside. Small bills only, open it on a windy day. Sharon B.: Barney Frank and lots of little housing bubbles. Wiz Z.: Piñata of Ahnold filled with enough cash to balance the CA budget. Nessa A.: my ex. so i can beat the sh*t outta him ;-) 82 {May 2011}

“I’d hit that.”

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Pacific San Diego Magazine, May 2011 issue  

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Pacific San Diego Magazine, May 2011 issue  

Pacific San Diego Magazine, May 2011 issue