Todd Glaser by Todd Glaser in Blacks Beach, San Diego, CA

Blacks Beach is a relatively remote beach in the middle of San Diego. Access is granted by walking in from the beaches of Torrey Pines or Scripps both roughly 2 miles north or south of the main break. The other option is to scale down a large cliff through a number of trails such as the Goat Trail, the Ho Chi Minh, or the Road. Each one gets you much closer to the wave, but can be a leg burner on the way up. In the background you can see the La Jolla Cove which is famous for its snorkeling and on the biggest of swells can break as a long, heavy left. The day this image was made at blacks was on a hot, high pressure afternoon with a negative low-tide and a very clean west swell. I had been shooting water photos most of the afternoon when I went in after feeling sick. This had been the 5th day in a row of waves. As I was walking up the beach I saw this set coming and stopped to shoot a photo of it through my housing. The funny thing about this image, is that it appears empty, in reality, there were probably 150 guys out.

Name:Todd Glaser

Photographer/button pusher


T-shirt folder at Mitch’s Surf Shop

Tell us about the place you live:

San Diego has great food, a variety of waves to surf from reefs to beachbreaks, an active community, half an hour from Mexico, an hour and a half south of LA.

A perfect day?

My perfect day is to wake up at 5, surf until the sun comes up, drink some coffee, surf a bit more, eat lunch, nap, maybe surf again at sunset, than make dinner at home or go out to one of the restaurants around town.

What is the best thing about your spot?

It’s home. My family and friends are all here, the weather is always pretty good, and whenever I am flying home from a trip, there is someone on the plane flying here for a vacation so it can’t be that bad!!

What is the worst?


What would be surprising about this place to an outsider?

The waters not always as warm as it should be in the summer.

Before I die I want to visit:


Who are three of your favorite artists?

Michael HalsbandPatrick TrefzSpike Jonze


Name:Todd Glaser

City:San Diego

Favorite place to eat:

Bretts BBQ

Favorite place to drink:

Honeys Bistro in Encinitas

Favorite shop:

Mitchs Surf Shop

Local Tip:

Don’t forget to pay the parking toll at the State Beaches, those tickets aren’t cheap. Also, be sure to check out the Belly Up for good live music or the Pannikan has great coffee too.

Must Do:

A picnic on the beach at the La Jolla Cove is really nice