University of San Diego

The Scene at La Jolla's WindanSea: Surf Culture lesson taught at The Shack

The Scene at La Jolla's WindanSea: Surf Culture lesson taught at The Shack

Legendary WindanSea Beach surfer Jack “Woody” Ekstrom said he bought his first 79-pound 11-foot balsa redwood board in 1944. “That was the first surfboard I owned, and I paid $7.50. It was a good deal,” he explained during a guest lecture for University of San Diego (USD) students at the local surfing spot.

Every four years, USD Associate Professor of Anthropology Jerome Hall teaches a “Surf Culture and History” class at the university. For the 2017 winter semester, he took his students on a field trip to WindanSea where Ekstrom and another veteran surfer, La Jollan Ken Haygood, taught them about the culture and history behind the local surf scene.

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