Surfing Windandsea in La Jolla


In my last post, I wrote about sparking creativity on my visit to Windansea Beach in La Jolla. When I first arrived, the sun was high in the sky, and conditions weren’t ideal for photos. But as the day progressed toward evening, the light became beautiful, making for some striking photos of those surfing Windandsea.

Surfing Windansea is an experience many dream of, yet I’ve never been on a surfboard myself. This is a bit strange, given that I was born and raised in California and grew up less than ten minutes from the beach. Boogie boarding, kayaking, and swimming in the ocean are all activities I’ve enjoyed, but surfing has somehow eluded me.

I’ve always enjoyed watching surfers lazily gather out on the water and then occasionally catch a wave. It often seems like they do far more sitting than actual surfing, but I think that is the point. Imagine the calm of just sitting on the water, floating, and watching the waves. No phones, no computers—just you and the water, along with some of the most magnificent views on the planet. It sounds peaceful, doesn’t it?

In between these peaceful moments, surfers pick a wave and catch a ride. It is thrilling to watch their interaction with the water, not to mention the absolute beauty of the sun shining through the green-blue water or the splash of a wave, backlit with golden light. Surfing Windansea offers a unique combination of tranquility and excitement, making it a perfect spot for both seasoned surfers and spectators alike.

Windansea Beach is renowned for its powerful surf and picturesque scenery, attracting surfers from all over the world. The iconic Windansea Shack, a palm-covered structure built by surfers in the 1940s, adds to the beach’s charm and historic appeal. Whether you’re capturing the action with your camera or simply soaking in the atmosphere, Windandsea embodies the spirit of California’s coastal lifestyle.

Next time you’re in La Jolla, make sure to visit Windansea Beach. Whether you’re there to surf or to enjoy the stunning views, the beach offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

These photos were captured with my Canon R6 and 70-200mm lens, organized with Mylio Photos, and edited in Adobe Camera Raw (Photoshop) and Luminar Neo.

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  1. Kevin La Rue on May 24, 2024 at 7:21 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous (dare I say? “picture perfect”) shots, Angela! Thanks for the inspiration! Kevin

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