CIVIC-MINDED: HOW THE CIVIC AUDITORIUM HELPED MAKE SANTA MONICA A FIRST-RATE SURF TOWN

Wave-wise, Santa Monica is not and never has been even remotely in the conversation as a great surfing town. You can scrape together a surf life here, but mostly by commuting up or down the coast to Malibu or Ventura or South Bay or Huntington. I learned to surf in Santa Monica at age nine, and by 10 I'd already learned to call Bay Street, "Bay Slop." Zero local pride, except maybe for POP Cove, but that's another story.

Nobody lives in Santa Monica in order to surf Santa Monica, in other ...