San Onofre is a State Park, home to many world renowned surf breaks. Trestles, Cotton, Middles, Church, Old Man’s, etc. Trail Six is to the very south.
This natural beach is both a nude bathing refuge and is tangent to the Marine Corps military base of Camp Pendleton, one of America’s largest and most important military bases, training troops headed for missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and many other places. About 20 of us surfed together for International Gay Surfers’ Day. (Some were exhausted by the previous night’s revelry even before we paddled out. A good number of us also celebrated the day before on Saturday as we witnessed for the first time, active-duty enlisted men and women “like-us” marching in San Diego’s Gay Pride parade. Until now, acting upon our loving or sexual feelings of our minority sexual orientation, or even being seen in a gay bar, was punishable as “conduct unbecoming” and cause for dismissal without benefits such as pension. The policy of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”, (the policyname which is Orwellian Newspeak), has only very recently stopped being enforced, yet it is still on the books. Hence brazen significance of those who decidedly marched proudly, with heads held high). Nevertheless, we 20 or so, decided to forgo Sunday’s further Pride festivities to proudly do our part by hanging-ten or whipping up the face with other gay surfers instead. We ventured way up almost to the northern frontier of our county with our neighbor Orange County, to San O, more than an hour away.
This meetup introduced many different smaller pods that have been surfing on their own either in San Diego, Orange and some who came from Los Angeles. This event attracted those surfers who love the non-urban almost pristine landscape kept natural the way California was eons ago.
The allure of SanO calls afar even to those who could have attended their local LA or Orange venues.
On the way to Trail 6, we saw some women leaning against their truck, and thought they may be our kind??? We slowed, then backed up and rolled down the windows, and asked if Trail 6 is nearby. They responded that indeed it is, but it’s purported that the homos are infiltrating that break. We replied we heard, and that we’re sorry for being a little late. They hooted and laughed. We asked them, “what-up, with your sass, did you think we might be gay. “Duh!, only gays keep their pinkie finger up when they put their index and thumb together to motion “a little”. Big laugh. “Too crowded” for them, they said even if the website said Trail 6. “We’re here. We surfed HERE.”
The surf was wind chopped because of the usual mid-day shearing winds that kick up. And the tide was too high. But the water was close to 70° and the camaraderie was excellent. After a looonnngggg first session, we broke for lunch and shared stories of who usually surfed with whom and where we’ve travelled to go surfing. Costa Rica, Indonesia, chartering sailboats in French Polynesia anyone? There are no upscale cafés nor MacDonalds near pristine SanO. You have to hoof in your board, lunch, beverages, guilty pleasures, but we all came prepared, and shared what we had. Then as the day cooled, the tide turned and the wind subsided some — the surf got a bit better and so out we went out again.
Some almost-teen age boy warriors surfed amongst us, their faces painted with bright warpaint sunblock and wearing nothing else but their new pubes and unabashed bare-asses. No one was having more stoke than they for all the bravado they screamed and laughed. For some reason the current and swell kept washing us right into their group! They yelled at me as I knee-paddled back out through them and offered them a SHAKA-bra, “Hey are you GAY!!?” I glided past them, and knelt up high and gave them a two handed SHAKA and a reply, “You BET, are you GAY!!?”. They yelled back, “YEE-AHHH, ha-ha! Sure we are!”. We all had fun at that, and surfed, and surfed until our arms couldn’t move. Back in, some needed stretching out the knots quickly seizing our shoulders, arms and torsos, with an impromptu yoga session to stretch out the tightness, and then–we had to carry our boards, the remains of our lunch, our weary bones, and our thirst, back up that damn cliff and to that parking lot almost a quarter mile away. But what a view of our day, from the top of the golden cliffs as the sun set over the expanse as far as Hawaii. Back in town, those of us who live in metro SDiego ended up having dinner of seared tuna at our favorite slow food quick served place.
Hope to see you all again soon. What a blast! Next year though, we’re going to camp that weekend and catch the morning glass instead of the chop. But we hope International Gay Surfer’s Day isn’t always on Gay Pride Day in San Diego. I’m sure we’d have double the attendance if not for the conflicting schedule. How ’bout the week before or after instead?
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Nice summary wrap-up for San Diego Group- Thanks for posting group pic! Yep, camping the night prior sounds like a good suggestion for best waves- my small pod group camps often and have pop-up camp trailer and tents- So, please post/share logistics for San Diego Group for next year Summer 2012 Gay Surfer Day event. Suggestion: Potluck dinner that evening & breakfast early AM- BYOL- Bring your own lunch for mid surfing day. Yes, best if scheduled a week prior (or after) San Diego Pride weekend, but need to check that other cities pride weekend dates are not then coinciding & conflicting- It’s all good, til then, Happy Surfing!
P.S. Not related to our surf day event… ‘But’, since you commented on it wanted to share that, the day prior to Gay Surf Day Event, I marched with the first ever ‘military contingent group’ in the nation during San Diego pride. It was historical indeed- we received a constant non-stop clapping standing ovation- the entire parade route! Although I’m just an Army veteran I stood beside mostly active duty who put their careers on the line because Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy has not yet been resolved. I just wanted to happily report that Dept. of Defense responded with public written statement saying that those active duty who marched in SD Pride will ‘not’ be disciplined. Marching took courage and the reason we only had 200 show up instead of the 300 that signed-up online… and 25% of those who signed up were ‘straight’ active duty supporters of their active duty gay friends / co-workers. This was not a political statement- it was only an acknowledgment of ‘all’ military who served and to spotlight and honor those who just happen to be gay in the military (unfortunately forced to hide their orientation)- Hooo Rahh !
Hey Guys and Gals — if enough of us want to have another surf-sesh like this sooner than a year from now, then post a comment. If enough express interest then I’ll put out the effort to respond with another organized meetup soon while the Summer is still with us. I’ll ask for your help though! South swells still to be had before the autumn doldrums set in.
it was great of you guys to pick a break at the north edge of SD so we LA’ers could taste the rustic out of town. I’m game for a periodic group paddle out, thanks for taking the initiative & let me know how to help.
had a great time guys! met some cool new friends. hopefully I can meet some of them again on my next paddle out.
I’ll drive down south again , What a great group of guys ! Thanks for making me feel welcome !
just joined today, so would be great if there was another meetup sooner than a year from now.
The next event in SD =>
I live in Sacramento, but hang out at San O from mid-August to September — when the water is the warmest. I would love to join your group next year, but would need advanced notice of when the group will be meeting up.
The next meetup in SD is planned Saturday, August 20th. 10:00 a.m at Oceanside Jetty (not pier).
I am so sorry I missed this!!!!!!!!!! I hope I can join the next one or even if you do another one sooner.