posted on Nov, 21 2012 @ 06:31 PM
Originally posted by estebantoledo
reply to post by Erongaricuaro
Did you ever see surfers on the island?
I used to surf off of nearby Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa islands. And I'd do so without stepping foot upon the islands. The surf spots on these islands
are not very well known. So... just wondering if SNI ever saw surfers.
Over time there has been some surfing there but there are no really good surfing spots I am aware of. I have known some avid surfers that have spent
time on the island but typically they don't pursue that activity there, or not for long. There have been various military officers in charge there
that have had different policies about permitting beach activities and under what circumstances and when they are allowed, often outright banning
surfing and ocean swimming activities altogether.
A spot known as Corral Harbor is a nice area for snorkelling and various spots for good fishing but over the years there have been some unfortunate
occurrences and even deaths, so recreational activities have gone through various policy changes. At best times any water activities have at least
required a buddy-system, much of it restricted to full-time island personnel only and only during certain seasons. The island is one of the few
spawning grounds for elephant seal and during those times the beaches are densely covered with these mammoth carnivores - the long-tusked males often
battling for rank and pick of the females, their necks scarred and bloodied. Not a nice place for 200-pound-weakling humans at those times.
Some 30-odd years I had been involved in activities on SNI and the final 8 years or so of my career worked and resided there full-time. I do miss the
old rock and its rugged beauty. The book Island of the Blue Dolphin
was written about San Nicolas Island and an old indigenous woman that was
overlooked when missionaries vacated the island in the 1800's sometime. She survived there 16 years in solitude until "rescued" at that time, taken
to Santa Barbara, California, but only lived a few more months likely succumbing to disease encountered in the populated world. A little bonus trivia
thrown-in for you because I felt chatty.