CATCHING WAVES AT CRYSTAL COVE NEVER GROWS OLD
Although much of Crystal Cove’s history can be traced back to the historic cottages, what was true back then remains true today: Life’s most important events were lived outside. Whether playing volleyball or exploring the tide pools, nothing quite compared to being out in the water waiting for that next wave.
With only a few off-duty lifeguards out in the water on their planks of balsa wood, surfing was not as common—that didn’t stop young Covites from rushing toward incoming swells with inflatable surf mats, however.
Today, surf culture is still ingrained in the minds of visitors to Crystal Cove. With an uptick in large swells crashing against the beaches of Crystal Cove, it’s heartwarming to know that the soul of the Cove has not been lost over the years. This recent picture, taken by photographer Chris Launi, shows that catching waves in the Park never grows old.
“The origin of California’s surf culture started in tiny beach communities like the one that CCA works to preserve in Crystal Cove’s Historic District,” says CCA President & CEO Harry Helling.