When locals think of WindanSea Beach in La Jolla, they think of a little wooden structure known as The Surf Shack. The small shelter was originally built in the 1940s by WWII soldiers who enjoyed surfing at the famous WindanSea break.
The small shelter was originally built in the 1940s by WWII soldiers who enjoyed surfing at the WindanSea break.
The Surf Shack was designated as a historical landmark in May 1998. It’s located on some rocks, overlooking the ocean, off the 6800 block of Neptune Place.
A high tide pummeled The Surf Shack in December 2015, but the little shelter was rebuilt by the local group, Friends of WindanSea in June 2016.
La Jolla Light reports that a tiny plaque was installed at The Surf Shack in February 2017. The plaque reads: “Historical Landmark 358, The Surf Shack [at] WindanSea Beach built by returning World War II [soldiers who were also] surfers in 1947 for shade and aloha.
According to the
Historical Resources Board (HBR) The Surf Shack, although a simple structure, “Could be considered a unique creative effort that does not reflect a specific design period of style.
The HBR says The Surf Shack’s design “is of high quality, exhibiting a special design and care in construction.”
Typically, in the summer months, The Surf Shack is covered by a thatch made of palm fronds, which provides shade for surfers getting ready to go out or coming back in from the ocean.
In the winter months, the thatch is removed so as to not be blown away by strong winds and storms.
Due to its “impermanent nature,” the HBR says the shack has been reconstructed several times, which is why it was designated as a “cultural landscape feature” rather than a permanent structure.
The La Jolla Light reports that the newly installed plaque at The Surf Shack was the result of efforts by the local group, Friends of WindanSea.
To this day, The Surf Shack serves as a meeting spot for surfers at WindanSea Beach.
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The HBR says the structure was “[built] and sued primarily as a focal point for most local beach social activities and by surfers for the care and maintenance of their surfboards.”
The Surf Shack, at WindanSea Beach in La Jolla in March 2017.
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You can't miss The Surf Shack at WindanSea Beach. It's on the rocks off Neptune Place.