( Left ) No one embodies the best of the UC San Diego surf team more than Bill Lerner ’ 84 . The perpetually upbeat , amiable , two-time National / World Champion kneeboarder has surfed Black ’ s consistently for the last 40 years . ( His chiropractic kinesiology practice also happens to be conveniently located within striking distance .) Photo : Robert O ’ Toole
( Below ) A blast from the past — the beach scene at a UC San Diego surf team try-out in the early ’ 80s . Check out the foreground — conventional surfboards had just changed from longer single-fins to thick , three-fin ‘ thrusters .’ Photo : Mark Johnson ’ 88
Black ’ s wasn ’ t just a great training ground ; it also provided a social framework .