Editor’s Note: The views expressed below do not reflect the opinions of The Inertia and its staff. Any and every trip to the beach should be a peaceful, enjoyable experience.
Through violence, intimidation, and with the de facto blessing of the local police, the Lunada Bay locals have worked a miracle. They created for themselves a world where they can travel as they please, free to enjoy any wave, anywhere they want, while denying the world access to their own.
Before the apologists chime in and cry, “But you’ll ruin the spot. They’re just trying to protect a beautiful resource,” think on this: Lunada is a fickle wave, and only breaks a handful of times each year. The same sociopath who’s tossing rocks at your head as you climb down the cliff is surfing your local break most of the time. He’s paddling out in Torrance, Hermosa and Manhattan Beach. He’s taking road trips to Baja, flying to Oahu in the Winter. He’s joining the pack at Lowers, and snagging sets in Huntington Beach.