Surfers in San Francisco’s Ocean Beach Facing A Lot of Crap

by on February 2, 2010 · 1 comment

in Culture, Environment, Health


Surfer at Ocean Beach in San Francisco. Is that a shark fin?

Editordude: Did you know that there’s an Ocean Beach in San Francisco? Yup, right at the most western beach of the city. They have surf (dangerous with rips and sharks) and surfers there too. And the local surfers aren’t buying what the City is saying about all the crap in the water that they’re facing.

Surfers think city’s exposed sewage tunnel warning is a bunch of crap

By Chris Roberts / / February 01, 2010

Though less famous than its San Diego–area namesake, San Francisco’s Ocean Beach is anything but unknown to surfers: Its three miles of coastline provide “a world-class surf spot,” says surfer Josh Berry. Its rip current and big winter waves mean it’s for experienced riders only, and those riders come from “all over — not just [locally] — to surf here,” Berry adds.

However, the recent spate of storms means surfing at Ocean Beach could soon get shitty — as in, 10 million gallons of raw sewage shitty.

This winter’s heavy rains have caused the bluffs supporting a 900-foot-long stretch of the Great Highway to fall onto the beach. Underneath that stretch of road runs a huge underground tunnel, carrying half of the city’s wastewater. The Department of Public Works says it needs to immediately begin placing huge boulders at the foot of the eroding bluffs, at a cost of $2.6 million. If it doesn’t, and the rainstorms start again, the bluffs and road could deteriorate further, exposing the sewage tunnel. If the tunnel ruptures — well, sheeeit.

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Frank Gormlie February 7, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Did anyone even notice the shark fin in the background of that photo?


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