People travel to San Diego for many reasons, but one very popular reason is the great surfing available up and down the San Diego coastline, starting with Trestles at the northern end to Coronado and Imperial Beach near the southern end. Some of the more well-known and visited surfing spots are described on “San Diego Surf Scene: Where to Surf.” SAA meeting attendees can get to surfing spots in Coronado via a ferry ride across the bay and walk or cab ride out to the beaches. A car is required to get to most of the other surfing spots in the list.
There are numerous places in San Diego to rent surfboards (long, short, freestyle), as well as wet suits. A list of many with customer reviews can be read on Yelp*. Likewise for surfing lessons (Yelp*). In most instances, surfing rentals and lessons can be found fairly close to a particular beach, such as the Coronado beaches.
If your spirit is inquisitive but less adventurous, you can visit the California Surf Museum in Oceanside, CA. A pre-digital example of crowd sourcing, the museum was established in 1986 in response to a newspaper ad inviting all interested persons to a planning meeting. During its existence, the museum has collected artifacts and other materials documenting the history of surfing in California. Exhibits have featured surfing technology, high profile surfers, and surfing trends. In addition, staff in the Special Collections unit in the San Diego State University Library has built a substantial surfing collection (MS-0246).