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Tim Morse’s SoCal Surfing Hideaways


Where to find the Richer Poorer co-founder when he’s sockless.

Tim Morse, one of the creative forces behind everyman sock brand Richer Poorer, might as well have gills—riding the rolling surf near his Laguna Beach hometown comes as naturally to him as breathing. “Our small town—with a population around 25,000—has produced some of the best surfers in the world including Ron Sizemore, Tom Morey, Jeff Booth, Hans Hagen, Jon Rose, and Pat O’Connell,” he notes. Here, Tim gives us the lowdown on where to catch the best waves the next time you find yourself in the Golden State. —seth putnam

Brooks Street: “One of my favorite surf spots in town is Brooks Street. The wave breaks in the summer, because of the big south swells that come up from New Zealand, and when the surf is big, Brooks is one of the only places in Laguna that can handle the size. It’s also home to the oldest-running surf contest in the world. When you go, you’ll find friends of all generations checking the surf early in the morning and hooting and hollering at guys as they ride waves from the outer reef all the way to the inside. By night, these stories turn into legend as they’re retold at local watering holes like Adolfo’s Mexican Food or a bar called The Sandpiper.”

Agate Street: “This is definitely the locals’ spot, and it’s a dependable beach where you can always find a wave to ride. A bit off the beaten path, there are a couple of fun little reef breaks you can choose from. As a kid in the summer, I’d skateboard down to Agate with a few bucks in my pocket, surf all day, and be home by dark—day-in and day-out for three months straight.”

San Onofre: “Just a few minutes south of Laguna is San Onofre, which is a fun place to take the family and spend a day out of town. It’s unique because it backs up against the Camp Pendleton marine base, so there’s no commercial development allowed. It’s one of the last true representations of California before people moved south and everything became mansion-ized. The waves here are a bit more manageable, which makes it a great place to teach kids the basics.”

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