The University of California, San Diego, may be known as a school for serious academics, but the La Jolla university is also regarded as a top school for surfers.
The Surf Channel has just released a list of the “Top 10 Universities for Surfers” and UCSD comes in at the tubular No. 2 spot, mainly for its close proximity to Blacks Beach.
The list waxes: “Long, consistent lines with shreddable 10-12’ foot potential? Who are we kidding, how does anyone get an education at UCSD with Blacks Beach just a hike away?! Plus, if you’re trying to build a rep, UCSD has a rounded surf team that dedicates every week to early morning training, guess it shows with six national titles.”
“This ranking is a testament to the dynamic student experience at UC San Diego,” UCSD Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla said in media statement. “In addition to being an academic powerhouse, our vibrant campus community and incredible location on the Pacific Ocean offer students a variety of unique opportunities outside the classroom.”
“Having the ability to park in the Muir College parking lot, suit up, run across the street to go surfing and come back to go to class is a pretty unique experience,” said Shaun Burrell, senior co-captain of the UCSD surf team.
Other local universities that made the list of top schools for surfing include Point Loma Nazarene University (ranked No. 5) and Cal State San Marcos (No. 9).
UC Santa Barbara, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Florida Institute of Technology, Pepperdine University, Monmouth University and Cal State Long Beach also made the cut.
Finally, UC Santa Cruz earned top honors as the No. 1 school for surfers.
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