San Onofre : Birthplace Of California Beach Culture
San Onofre, and the surfing culture it has spawned, is an authentic piece of American culture. The San Onofre founding fathers, (like America’s) were a unique group of visionaries, rugged individualists, and memorable mavericks. Exploring the remote coastline of early 20th Century Southern California they found their own promised land: a temperate, timeless place in the sun where the waves were plentiful and the living was easy.
Influenced by the Hawaiian lifestyle, San Onofre surfers returned from their first
visits to the Islands eager to incorporate grass shacks, beach luaus, and ukulele
music. Gathering food from the abundant sea beds below the waves, they fashioned
a world of their dreams combining ancient Polynesian rituals and space-