La Jolla’s Psychiatric Hospital Of The Beach – WindanSea Stories

This is from Doug from  Butch Van Artsdalen Facebook; stories from "Remembering Butch: The Butch Van Artsdalen Story" A little about what WindanSea was like back in the good ol' days .... La Jolla's  Psychiatric Hospital. MANONG -- "Dem WindanSea guys, dey was crazy. I nevah seen da kine games dey … [Read more...]

Chuck Hasley – WindanSea Surf Club – La Jolla

A former high school basketball coach, Chuck Hasley was known for his organizational skills, sense of humor and for having what his son, Chris, called "a little bit of the devil in him." Back in the early 1960’s Hasley suggested starting a surfing club of their own called the Windansea Surf Club. … [Read more...]

WindanSea Shack – La Jolla Historical Landmark

WindanSea Beach encompasses a historic stretch of scenic coastline located in La Jolla, a community in San Diego, California. It is named after an oceanfront hotel that burned down in the late 1940s. Geographically, it is defined by the beachfront extending north of Palomar Avenue (Big Rock) and … [Read more...]

La Jolla’s Blacks Beach Key – Surfers, UCSD & Scripps

Way back when, the Black Family moved to La Jolla and bought a bunch of acres on Torrey Pines cliffs alongside a canyon that lead to the beach.  A dirt road for horse and buggies followed the cliffs to what is known now as Torry Pine State Park.  With Del Mar Fairgrounds getting the A-OK for … [Read more...]

La Jolla’s WindanSea – Surfers, Flexy Flyer, Nazis Riding Storm Drains

Back in the early 1960s, everyone in California knew there was something different about the La Jolla's WindanSea crowd and surfers like Curren, Mike Diffenderfer (RIP) Tiny Brain Thomas, Billy Graham, and Butch Van Artsdalen (RIP)." Pat Curren and Mike Diffenderfer were known to hang at the Birds … [Read more...]

Butch Van Artsdalen – Legendary Surfer – WindanSea Lot

Recently I attended a memorial service for Harry Phillips, the former owner of Flowers by Adelaide in La Jolla.  I was having a conversation with some of the former delivery boys who worked for Harry over the years.  Randy Miller, Harry's nephew, told a Windansea Tale. Legendary surfer Butch Van … [Read more...]