WindanSea Welcome – Butch Van Artsdalen

From "Remembering Butch: The Butch Van Artsdalen Story" by Douglas Cavanaugh: GREG NOLL-- "It was as if someone moved Bellvue Psychiatric Hospital to the beach and turned the inmates loose there at WindanSea. I remember filming there and Tiny Brain Thomas was getting rolled down the cliff in a … [Read more...]

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...]

Police Raid WindanSea, La Jolla – Mac Meda July, 1968, Convention

Brian Munoz probably summarized it best; after getting a few "to-go orders"  for a beer run, he went to the Liquor Box, filled his truck with cases, and when he started pulling out of the parking lot  heading down Nautilus St -  that’s when he slammed on his brakes. He suddenly had become the … [Read more...]

Cop Rolls Car Busting La Jolla, WindanSea Convention

Here is how the story goes. Huge Mac Meda Convention at WindanSea. Cops like always were waiting out of sight, usually lined up like a fright train somewhere in Bird Rock or at the top of Nautilus St; glued to their radios, tapping fingers on the dashboard, just waiting to  bust underage … [Read more...]

WindanSea Sunsets – Social Network of Beach Life

In the Florida Keys, each night around two hours before sunset masses of people flock to the water's edge to experience a soul-soothing, gorgeous, spiritual happening to play homage to the sun as it sank into the Gulf of Mexico. Vendors set up little trinkets shops and  performing artists like … [Read more...]

La Jolla Pumphouse Crowd – Beach Life

Just for starters, Tom Wolfe's book, The Pumphouse Gang," which he claimed immortalized the Mac Meda Destruction Co, " ... was a bunch of Bullshit," MacPherson said during a winter 2006 conversation he had with a San Diego Magazine writer in 2006. According to many that who was interviewed in the … [Read more...]

La Jolla’s WindanSea Wall – Social Status

We all know famous addresses,  the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and Sherlock Homes, 221b Baker St,  but for the La Jolla beach-goers crowd, 4811 Neptune, otherwise known as WindanSea's "The Wall,” was thee spot to  hangout at. Not all could share its space. Only the coolest of the cool hung … [Read more...]