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Category Leucadia

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.
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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.

Surfy Shapers on Surfline




Surfy Surfy Surf Shop in located in Leucadia, California, which is the north section of the city of Encinitas. When we launched this blog in 2005, part of our goal was to spread the word to the global internet surf community about our talented local shapers shaping and surfing in Encinitas.

Now that we are all connected by blogs, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the term “local shaper” no longer means what it did 20 years ago. Now we all can order, shape and ship each other surfboads coast to coast and continent to continent.

That said, regional shapers are influenced by the communities in which they live and certain areas become hubs of surfboard building. Encinitas enjoys a long history of influential shapers and surfboard companies. This Surfline feature touches on a few long time local shapers and a few accepted transplants. Several shapers profiled are in regular rotation in the Surfy-verse.

Surfline Shaper’s Alley: Encinitas >>> clicky to visit

The Surfing Madonna reappears in Leucadia, CA. Pray for Surf!

Artist Mark Patterson has installed the famed Surfing Madonna mosaic piece in the Cafe Ipe aka “Coffee Cofee”, Surfy Surfy and Santos Fine Art patio with the cooperation of landlord Keith Harrison.

Cruise down to 974 N. Coast Hwy 101 in funky Leucadia, California and see it person.
This is the original piece that was all over the news last year.
Union Tribune story
Photo gallery of the installation on the Santos Fine Art Gallery Facebook page.