WindanSea Surf Shack: A Historical Landmark

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.

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The small shelter was originally built in the 1940s by WWII soldiers who enjoyed surfing at the WindanSea break.
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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.
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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.
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The 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.
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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.
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The HBR says The Surf Shack’s design “is of high quality, exhibiting a special design and care in construction.”
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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.
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In the winter months, the thatch is removed so as to not be blown away by strong winds and storms.
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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.
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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.
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To this day, The Surf Shack serves as a meeting spot for surfers at WindanSea Beach.
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The views from this spot at WindanSea Beach are breathtaking.
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Beautiful views aplenty at WindanSea Beach in La Jolla, California.
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Everywhere you turn, the view at WindanSea Beach is unreal.
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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.”
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The Surf Shack, at WindanSea Beach in La Jolla in March 2017.
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Picturesque perfection at WindanSea.
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You can't miss The Surf Shack at WindanSea Beach. It's on the rocks off Neptune Place.
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