This monument honors the past and present surfers at Tourmaline Canyon Surfing Park who have embraced its beach, surf and camaraderie. Since the opening of the park in May 1963, Tourmaline’s local surfers have shared their time, skills, and wisdom with all who have been interested in receiving them. Great surfers and fine men and women have grown up within the Tourmaline culture, and carry the positive traits learned here into their lives and those of the people around them.
We were a bit surprised by the usage of “spreading” aloha, as we always thought of aloha as a greeting. So we decided to find out more about its real meanings.
And huna.org/html/deeper.html describes the deeper meaning of aloha:
Aloha is being a part of all, and all being a part of me. When there is pain – it is my pain. When there is joy – it is also mine. I respect all that is as part of the Creator and part of me. I will not willfully harm anyone or anything. When food is needed I will take only my need and explain why it is being taken. The earth, the sky, the sea are mine to care for, to cherish and to protect.
The magic of the sea captivates many of us. And although I’m not a surfer, I believe that passionate surfers cherish the sea. And that the surfer community is strong, much like the strong communities of RVers and bloggers that we have discovered.
“How to read the incoming sets, the beautiful calm of sitting on your board outside the break riding gently up and down the swells, paddling to “catch” the wave, the magic moment when the wave rises up behind you and the fleeting time when you get to actually ride it. And finally, the awesome power of the wall of water when the all too common fall happens.”
As for me, any opportunity to be by the water makes me happy. I love the smell and sound of the ocean. Coming from the Caribbean, however, I don’t get to experience actually being in the water here in the Pacific – way too cold for me, even with a wetsuit. But two out of three isn’t bad.
The surf culture is really present in San Diego, there are a lot of devoted surfers here. We’ve seen lots of cars with surfboards on their roof, but also bicycles, mopeds and other contraptions with surfboards attached.
We thought of our friend Carlos, another photographer, who is currently working in South Africa and has rediscovered surfing while there. Aloha Charlie!
One very clear afternoon, we stayed to watch the sunset. And had an unexpected surprise; we saw the green flash for the first time ever! Well, actually Hector saw (and photographed) the green flash, I had looked away just at that moment and missed it. But we have the photo. So cool!
So in closing my dear friends and readers, I wish you all Aloha.