It’s not just about surfing, it’s about being in the water.


Cody Bollerman and Severin Studer surf Del Mar.

Locals?

Cody: Yeah!

Severin: No, I am from Bern, Switzerland.

How often do you surf?

Séverin: 3 to 4 times a week

Cody: maybe 2-3 times a week

How long have you been surfing?

Séverin: 2 and a half years

Cody: 20 years old

Favorite surf spot?

Cody: This place (Del Mar) and Beacon’s. I mean, word has already gotten out there, so yeah, probably Beacon is in Leucadia.

Séverin: Here and Sunset Cliffs.

Favorite time in the water?

Cody: We have this thing, where if we have a really good [surf] session, shall we say, if a shark attacked us, we wouldn’t even retaliate. We would just give up. I would let him catch me. These are the days when the weather is nice. The water is pleasant; probably a little taller than today, like 4-5 feet. These are the best times.

Séverin: I agree, good conditions. I like a sunny day and a little bigger [waves] than today.

Surf injuries?

Cody: Just one. A longboard got me. I had to put stitches on myself. He was making a foot that day. They say it’s more dangerous to surf when it’s smaller than it is bigger, because you get more complacent.

What surf etiquette do you want people to follow?

Cody: Read where people are coming from. If they are coming from the right or the left, do the opposite.

If you could surf anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Séverin: Bali. The water is very nice and warm and the people are friendly.

Any advice for new surfers?

Séverin: Go over and over again. The first two times you won’t like it because you are just going to fall over and over again. But, as soon as you stand on your first wave, you are going to love it.

Cody: I ​​would say, do it! Once you’ve been there a few times it’s not just about surfing, it’s about being in the water. Don’t worry about the crowds or if it’s territorial. Outside of PB and OB, which are a bit more territorial than they used to be, everywhere else in San Diego, it’s pretty cool. Just get in the water and have fun.


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