Jaimal Yogis lives in the top floor apartment of a surf shanty on La Playa, just down the street from the iconic surf cafe, Java Beach. It’s a pink house with murals of St. Francis on the side, sea horses on the shutters and plants and art spilling onto the sidewalk. As we ascend to his perch, we meet his landlady, Carol Schuldt, a septuagenarian with weathered skin and wild hair, an Ocean Beach water woman who continues her lifelong passion of body surfing every day.
“Without a wetsuit,” Yogis notes, admiringly, passing his quiver of surfboards perched on the stairs. Five boards of varying lengths are at the ready lest the wind drops.