The Longboard Grotto The Longboard Grotto in Leucadia, CA The Grotto was owned by Sam Ryan and enjoyed a solid 20 year run. The original 1926 facade added to the quirky nature of the Grotto. Grotto interior The Grotto specialized in surfy style memorabilia and empherma. Before the internet the coast highway strip of Leucadia was host to multiple eclectic antique shops and a flea market. The Grotto added surf and skate to that experience. $7500 OFF Surf Queens pinball. The infamous Grotto guardian would move around the store often and frighten unsuspecting shoppers. There is an urban myth that the city of Encinitas somehow forced the Grotto out of town. The truth is that Grotto owner Sam Ryan owned the building and sold it in 2008.