Rites of Passage

by on June 17, 2009 · 6 comments

in Energy, Environment, OB Flashes!, Ocean Beach

Photo: Jim Grant

SUNSET CLIFFS, CA. Ah, the rites of Spring, the rites of passage. Jim Grant, local photographer best known for his amazing sunsets, sent us this pic of local kids doing the jump.  Ah, to be young again.

In my youth, just a few moons ago, I did this jump a number of times. I even swam through the yucky seaweed to the cave, walked in a few yards and found the hidden stairs to the old locked door that leads to the secret passageway.  It was used during Prohibition for booze runners. They hadn’t heard yet of the ‘no alcohol’ ban in San Diego parks.

Anybody else do this jump? Come on, admit it, Dave Cave.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

jon June 17, 2009 at 12:34 pm

I love this jump! Good times have been had here.


Frank Gormlie June 17, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Jim Grant’s original that he sent was of higher quality but a HUGE file that wouldn’t fit. So I had to scale it back, and in the process lost the crispness that it had.


mr fresh June 17, 2009 at 1:52 pm

that looks dangerous. quick, call the city! maybe thay can block it off with all the benches they removed.


jettyboy June 18, 2009 at 10:00 am

I remember it well, that nagging lump in my stomach, my balls entering my throat, the exhilaration, the just plain fun! Hiding from the lifeguards/police when they showed up thinking they could stop a ritual that has been going on for decades in OB.
Both my sons spent many days jumping when the surf was flat. Who needs water-parks!


PSD June 23, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Pardon my ignorance, but donde esta? Looks a lot safer and more fun than another cliff I was known to jump off as a kid…twentysomethings still count as kids, right? Girlfriend has told me to stop before our five year-old wants to follow me…


Frank Gormlie June 24, 2009 at 7:43 am

PSD – this favorite jumpin off spot is just north of Froude Street along Sunset Cliffs Blvd.


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