San Diego Sports and Recreation

San Diego has the type of ideal climate that encourages year-round outdoor excitement. The region has more than 70 miles of coastline to explore, and many great locales to experience sports and recreation in the great outdoors. Action sports are prevalent among locals, with San Diego producing legends like Tony Hawk and Shaun White. San Diegans embrace an active, healthy lifestyle, full of surfing, skating, hiking, biking, and more. Sports fans are sure to have a great time at a Chargers or Padres game while in town.

San Diego Surf Scene
On any given day, summer or winter, rain or shine, you can find people out enjoying the San Diego surf. For many locals surfing is a way of life, as much a part of their daily routine as a morning run is to other athletes. San Diego has 75 miles of open ocean coastline and as many distinct surf spots. Most of the shoreline consists of long beach breaks with primarily southwest exposure, but Point Loma and La Jolla are rocky points with a variety of reef breaks that work on north, west or south swells depending on their orientation. There are also patches of reef between Del Mar and Encinitas, manmade jetties at the Oceanside and Mission Bay harbor entrances, and the famous rivermouth set up of Trestles at San Diego's northernmost limits.

No sooner had people discovered the thrill of riding waves in San Diego than they started sidewalk surfing. The first skateboards were homegrown inventions made from old scooters and roller skate wheels, but as soon as the trend took hold, companies started developing customized axle, wheel and deck designs. Among the first to mass produce the skateboard were local surfboard makers like Hobie and G&S.

Even the briefest of map studies of San Diego County immediately reveals that the region is ideal for backpacking, climbing and camping. But the colors and swirls of a topo map hardly do it all justice. Camping experiences range from the oceanfront variety a la Torrey Pines State Beach, to the pine forests of Mount Laguna. San Diego is one of those wondrous places where, just a few miles in from the trailhead, the sense of oneness with nature and the peaceful sound of your own footfalls on the dirt trail make it is possible to forget that civilization is so near. Small wonder that the Pacific Crest Trail, that hiker's byway stretching from Mexico to Canada, spends its first 150 miles in San Diego County.

Mountain Biking
The mountain biking in San Diego varies from gentle beach cruises to rugged mountain climbs. But no matter where you ride, there is a sensory onslaught: the sharp tang of sea air, the warm gust of an afternoon breeze, the jitter and bump of a rocky singletrack, the nurturing patter of a mountain waterfall, the refreshing spatter of mud after tearing through a puddle. San Diego is alive like that, a rich, vibrant land that fairly begs to be experienced.