You can tell a lot about a local surf break by what happens there when no one is looking.
I have surfed La Jolla Shores four times in 20 years - had my car broken into twice. Surfed Torrey Pines fives times in the same period. I (foolishly) parked under the bridge once and my car was broken into. Each break-in was into an old surf pick-up I had and occurred in the two hours I was in the water.
I was dismayed, but understood that petty theft can often go with the surf culture. Regardless, I quit surfing anything south of Encinitas.
But Stonesteps is different… here is why.
I go up and down the Stonesteps stairs about every other day, usually in the morning.
About ten days ago I noticed that there was something on the bench at the bottom of the stairs.
As I got lower, I noticed that it was a simple pair of flip flops.
Then I noticed the shoes were there every time I went down the stairs over the next 10 days.
The shoes were in exactly the same place… unmoved, untouched. Patiently awaiting the owner.
Other locals saw the shoes, and didn’t steal, didn’t borrow, didn’t take the shoes. They too left the flip flops there so the rightful owner could reclaim them.
So, here we are at Day 10, and the shoes remain hostage to the honesty and integrity of the Stonesteps locals.
How many other beach breaks can have this type of social morality?
Who can find the owner of these “lost shoes”?
So, what can an abandoned pair of flip flops tell you about a local surf break?