Josh Hall Tells Us His Perfect Day in San Diego

Josh Hall Tells Us His Perfect Day in San Diego

We were able to get an exclusive interview with San Diego's Josh Hall. We asked him to tell us about his “Perfect Day” in San Diego.


Josh Hall is the golden (man) child of the San Diego longboard, retro-style surfboard shaping community.  He is a true Pacific Beach native who grew up surfing Felspar street and hanging around the shaping room of legendary Skip Frye.  Today he makes 100% hand shaped, custom build surfboards under the motto “one order, one blank, one custom at a time” which is increasingly rare in the days of surfboards being pumped out of shaping machines.  Josh is the real deal and you only have to look at his beautiful boards to know this. 

Josh Hall San Diego Surfboard Shaper

What is your morning ritual?

JH: Bulletproof coffee, then surf check

Best breakfast spot?

JH: If not drinking bulletproof coffee or it’s the weekend, Avocado toast with bacon and 2 packed eggs from the Little Lion Cafe.


JH: Don't do it cuz they all suck, except Bird Rock Coffee Roasters in La Jolla.

Favorite local adventure?

JH: I love the Anza-Borrego State Park for hiking, camping and 4x4 driving.  My local surf spot is Sunset Cliffs, so if I’m not working you can find me there!

Best lunch spot?

JH: Hands down favorite has to be El Pescador in La Jolla.  I always get the ceviche to start with a grilled halibut sandwich add avocado.  My second choice is Ragland’s grass-fed burgers.  Also, if you know me well, you’ve been to my secret spot Sab-e-lee in Linda Vista for papaya salad with Beef (blood) boat noodles and some fried pork ribs.

Josh Hall Surfing

Favorite beach?

JH: My roots are in Pacific Beach.  In my heyday, I was a bit of a Crystal Pier local.

All-time happy hour?

JH: Straight back from Crystal Pier is the best place I can think of for a sunset and a sundowner, Tower 23.

Best spot for dinner?

JH: Tadakoro secret spot for sushi in Old Town, Tajima for ramen.

After dinner drinks or party spot?

JH: Gotta love Kettner Exchange.

One place you always take out-of-towners?

JH: Cabrillo Monument in Point Loma, great view and maybe some hidden tide pools and rad hikes.

So, Josh, you've been known to sink a few cans while you shape, what's your favorite local beer?  

JH: Haha, lucky for me I’ve got Home Brew Mart - Ballast Point brewing right up the street from my shop.


Check out Josh's website here!

check out some board bags that would be great for any of josh's boards here!

Josh Hall surfing

Author Audrey Hill

Audrey is a 5th generation Californian who called La Jolla home for most of her life before moving to Sydney, Australia.  She now splits her year between Manly Beach, Australia, and La Jolla.  You can usually find her surfing, body surfing, camping and adventuring when she’s not working on her blog or chasing after her 3-year-old daughter, Valentina.  

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