UC San Diego Ranked Top School for Serious-Minded Surfers

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Members of the UC San Diego surf team on the road to Black’s Beach. Courtesy UC San Diego

UC San Diego is regularly listed among the world’s top research institutions, but a new ranking puts it in first place for a popular sport — surfing.

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Surfer Magazine released a ranking on Tuesday that places the university first in the country for surfing, citing the proximity to Black’s Beach, a championship surf team and a unique 1-unit course titled “The Physics of Surfing.”

“UC San Diego is the best school to be a surfer because it’s the perfect cover-up,” said Evan Slater, an alumnus and now Hurley vice president of marketing, in the Surfer Magazine article. “People take you seriously because you’re going to a ‘smart’ school. In the meantime, you get to learn Blacks’ most intimate curves for at least four years.”

UC San Diego has many other famous surfing alumni including: Rusty Preisendorfer, founder and CEO of Rusty Surfboards; Ricky Grigg, big-wave pioneer and professor of oceanography at the University of Hawaii; Tom O’Keefe, founder of Red X Fin Systems; Isabelle Tihanyi, founder of Surf Divas surf school; Mark Massara, general counsel of O’Neill Wetsuits; and Jon Sundt, founder of the San Diego-based Altegris Investments.

Two other San Diego institutions also made the ranking’s top 10: Pt. Loma Nazarene University at third and San Diego State University at eighth.

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