Over The Line Tournament

Over The Line – Fiesta Island is where they hold the annual O.T.L (Over the Line) Tournament which is held on the second and third weekends in July. OTL serves as the primary fundraising source for OMBAC’s year-round charitable programs. OTL is more than “beer, babes and bats on the beach.” With worldwide competition, OTL began as a San Diego original, played by men and women into their 80’s. It is one of the last pure Southern California traditions left untouched by commercialism. OMBAC is continuing to enjoy the respect and admiration of the community. Focused on serving amateur sports and youth athletics, OMBAC enjoys unmatched leadership. If not for the dedication of its members and the unselfish gift of their time, OMBAC would no longer exist. Any profits from OTL go back into our community.

Mission Bay Aquatic Center

Mission Bay Aquatic Center –www.mbaquaticcenter.com1001 Santa Clara Pl, San Diego,CA 92109(858) 488-1000The sailing program at the Aquatic Center is rivaled by no other collegiate facility in the nation in its diversity and depth. Their small boat sailing program is built on the premise that participants begin in a small single-handed boat and move into larger, more complicated boats. Students who progress through the Basic, Advanced or Laser Sailing, and Hobie Cat class can earn a USSAILING Small Boat Certification.For those of you who share the dream of someday chartering a sailboat and sailing to a tropical oasis, you’re not alone. The Basic Keelboat series and Basic Cruising Course are for you! The Basic Keelboat series uses the Aquatic Center’s fleet of two J/24s to teach the mechanics of sailing a 24 ft. keelboat. After you learn the fundamentals, they will teach you the skill of navigation and the art of anchoring. Students who complete Keelboat Sailing Level I, II and III are eligible to earn a USSAILING Keelboat Certification and are one step closer to making your dream a reality.  The final step on your path to chartering a boat in the tropics is the Basic Cruising Certification. Completion of this course will earn you US Sailing Basic Cruising Certification which is recognized by charter companies such as Moorings, and at exotic destinations throughout the world!  This is just one of many things that The Mission Bay Aquatic Center has to offer. Check out their website at www.mbaquaticcenter.com

Santa Clara Recreation Center

Santa Clara Recreation Center1008 Santa Clara PlaceSan Diego, CA 92109(858) 581-9928Located next door to the MB Aquatic Center is the Santa Clara Recreation Center which also provides a number of activities for all ages. Santa Clara Recreation Center is located directly on the water front in Mission Bay. It offers two rooms for rentals, tot lots, picnic areas, a softball field, outdoor courts, a weight room, plus various classes and programs. Please be sure to check out their latest Program Guide for more information.This center was dedicated in 1952. This recreation center has evolved into a popular location for the local community and visitors from around the globe. Complete with a scenic view of the bay, the ball field, basketball courts, and picnic areas serve as a wonderful spot to enjoy one of San Diego’s finest parks. This center has also become known for its special events throughout the year. Offering a variety of fundamental free weights and new fitness machines, the weight room is one of the oldest, but finest weight rooms in San Diego’s Park and Recreation Department.

Belmont Park

Belmont Park/The Plunge -http://www.belmontpark.com/The entire project was the idea of sugar magnate, John D. Spreckels, a major force in San Diego’s development.The 2,600 ft. long coaster was built in less than two months with a crew of between 100 and 150 workers. The original cost to build the coaster was $50,000, which included two, 18 passenger trains.The Mission Beach Amusement Center, as it was known, was popular through the 1930’s and 40’s and in later years it was renamed, Belmont Park. Back then, the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster was an extremely popular attraction. But by the late 60’s and early 70’s Belmont Park fell into disrepair and the park and coaster finally closed in December 1976.After surviving several fires, peeling paint and becoming the home for local transients, the owner of the coaster was under a lot of pressure to have it torn down and the demolition date was set.Roller Coaster Belmont Park Mission Beach CaliforniaA group of concerned citizens called “Save The Coaster Committee,” had the coaster designated as a National Landmark and asked that the ownership be transferred to them. By doing so, they saved the roller coaster and are responsible for ensuring that the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster exists today for future generations to enjoy. The committee was given a preservation grant, raised funds locally, and donated their time to work on the coaster, unfortunately, they were not able to raise the amount needed to restore the coaster to an operating condition.In 1989, the developer of the new Belmont Park retail specialty center contacted the Santa Cruz Seaside Company to see if they might have some interest in restoring and operating the Belmont Park Roller Coaster. The Santa Cruz Seaside Company is the owner and operator of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk amusement park.After a year of discussions the City Council of San Diego approved a long-term lease. A new company, The San Diego Seaside Company was officially formed to restore and operate the Giant Dipper. Over $2,000,000.00 was spent on the restoration of the Giant Dipper and one new train that was built. The new train had six, 4-person cars.The newly restored, historic roller coaster was reopened to the public on August 11, 1990. The response by the public was overwhelming. The restored structure, station house and train were beautiful. Local residents who had ridden the roller coaster years earlier brought their spouses and children to see and experience the ride that they had ridden when they were growing up. Annual ridership on the Giant Dipper in the first year was three times the original projections.The nostalgic look of yesterday and the strict safety standards of today are combined in Belmont Park’s Giant Dipper, along with a strong sense of historical integrity.The Mission Beach Plunge opened in May, 1925 as the centerpiece of Belmont Park. The 60′ by 175′ pool was, at the time, the largest salt-water pool in the world, holding 400,000 gallons of water. The building encapsulating The Plunge was designed after the Spanish Renaissance style buildings that were erected in San Diego’s Balboa Park between 1915 and 1916.Other than the Giant Dipper roller coaster, also located at the Belmont Park, The Mission Beach Plunge is the only remaining structure to survive from the original Belmont Park. It’s had over 1 million people learn to swim in its pool, including celebrities such as Esther Williams and Johnny Weissmuller.Eventually in 1940, when the salt-water began to damage the filter system in the pool, fresh water was brought in and The Plunge became “The largest indoor heated pool in Southern California,” at 12,000 square feet. The pool continued to run smoothly, but was closed in April of 1987 due to failed city earthquake and fire requirements.This closure applied to the entire park, including The Giant Dipper, the roller coaster featured in Park, as well as all retail centers located throughout the remainder of the property. The Plunge, as well as the remainder of Belmont Park under went some major renovation and eventually the 12,000 square foot Plunge reopened in the summer of 1988 with a whole new look. Though The Plunge endured many modifications, certain features historic to the pool were rescued and allowed to stay, such as the steps into the pool and the pedestal, located at the bottom of the steps. Currently the Plunge is closed due to lack of funds. No one is sure when it will reopen again.

Mission Bay (the Bayside of Mission Beach Peninsula)

Palms on the Bay Mission Bay San Diego
What is the difference between Mission Beach and Misson Bay?
Mission Beach proper is a peninsula that is about a mile and half long by a quarter mile wide at its widest point. The beach side is knows as Mission Beach. The bay side is known as Mission Bay. Really, it is that simple.
 The bay side of the peninsula is a much calmer area and also a calmer body of water. Usually, there are no large waves on the bay side, and more often, this side is quieter and calmer than the beach side of the peninsula. The bay side is where you see the sun rise each morning,  enjoy sail boats in the afternoon and ‘ohhhh and ahhhh’ at the Sea World fireworks each evening. (fireworks from Memorial day weekend to Labor day weekend only)
The bay side is the perfect setting for people with young families who prefer a calmer beach like setting and still want to have water views. Because the widest part of the peninsula is only a quarter mile wide,  it is very easy and quick to walk from the bay side to the ocean side to view the sunset each evening, or to let the kids play in the waves. If you crave the quiet of the bayside, but want to have the option of letting the kids play in the waves of the oceanside, don’t fret! The distance between the ocean and bay is one quarter mile wide at it’s widest point.  In some places you can walk from the bay to the ocean in less than two minutes.
Mission  Beach is the ocean side of the Peninsula. This is where the ‘action’ is and where people come to see and be seen. On Mission Beach you will view the sun set each night, and walk on the ocean front each morning looking for sea shells. Here you will see our locally famous ‘Slo-Mo’ who skates down the boardwalk in slow motion to classical music. Mission Beach has its fair share of locals who cruz the boardwalk looking for applause or a shout out. After a day or two, you will know who ‘they’ are. The ocean side of the peninsula is very busy in the summer months of June, July and August with families visiting Mission Beach from all over the world. But by about Labor day in early September the tourists are gone, the locals come out of hiding, the weather is amazing, vacation rental prices drop to the off season rate and the entire Mission Beach peninsula is relatively quiet once again.
The Mission Beach Boardwalk wraps from Mission Beach around to Mission Bay then over to Sail Bay and finally all the way to Ski Beach which sits right next to Sea World. (Locals Secret: you can bike or walk to Ski Beach and have the sparkle of the Sea World fireworks practically drop at your feet each evening during the summer months.)
Mission Bay is also home to SeaWorld San Diego, the world-famous marine life adventure park. With awe-inspiring shows, thrilling rides and unforgettable face-to-face animal encounters, kids of all ages will enjoy exploring the wonders and adventures of the sea. If sport fishing is your passion, a number of operators depart from Mission Bay with options for ½ Day, ¾ Day and Multi-day trips. During the winter months, many of these same boats also offer whale watching tours.

Directions to Mission Beach & Mission Bay

Getting to Mission Bay:
From the North: Take I-5 Freeway south and exit on Clairemont Drive/Mission Bay Drive. Make a right onto Mission Bay Drive. Then head north on Mission Bay Drive or south on East Mission Bay Drive
From the South: Take I-5 Freeway north and exit on SeaWorld Drive. Make a left onto SeaWorld Drive. You can turn right onto East Mission Bay Drive for park access or continue down SeaWorld Drive to SeaWorld and Mission Beach
From the East: Take either I-8 west of 94 west to the I-5 north. Then exit SeaWorld Drive. You can turn right onto East Mission Bay Drive for park access or continue down SeaWorld Drive to SeaWorld and Mission Beach
Public Transportation: Access to the beach is limited on Public Transportation. Bus Route 30 will take you to the northern end of Mission Bay and into Pacific Beach. Bus Route 9 passes by SeaWorld on its way to Pacific Beach. Bus Route 8 will take you along the coasts of Mission Beach and Pacific Beach. Bus Routes 35 and 923 take you into the heart of Ocean Beach.
Here is a snapshot of the map showing Mission Bay and Mission Beach, easily accessible from San Diego freeways.

Mission Beach

Mission Beach Surfer on the Beach
Mission Beach –  
Spanning about one and a quarter mile in length, Mission Beach is a at the center of the Golden Strand, between South Mission Beach and Pacific Beach. One of the most popular beach areas in the City of San Diego, Mission Beach draws large crowds in the summer due to the long three mile stretch of golden sand.  There are many vacation rental units for rent that sit directly on the boardwalk. All you have to do it walk out your front door and you are just steps away from the sand and glittering pacific ocean.
If you choose to be on the ocean front, this area also has a 3 mile stretch of boardwalk where you can jog, bike, skateboard or even Segway your way up to Pacific Beach where you can walk on on the famous Crystal Pier. You can start at the south mission jetty and work your way up to the famous Crystal Pier.A few steps further you find your self at Palisades Park where you can sit and watch the sun set each evening in hopes that you will see the illusive ‘green flash’. Cool breezes, tranquil waters and soft sand beaches attract recreational enthusiasts to the Mission Bay and Beaches area throughout the year.Located just minutes from downtown San Diego; Mission Bay Park is the largest park of its kind in the world. The 4,600-acre aquatic playground is surrounded by 27 miles of meandering shoreline, with a variety of waterways, inlets and islets to explore. Enjoy water sports activities of all sorts, from laid-back sailing outings to action-packed kite surfing, there’s something for every age and skill-level.On land, families can picnic, BBQ or celebrate with bonfires right next to the water on the bay side of the peninsula. (Don’t forget the s’mores)Things to know if you plan on visiting Mission Beach or Mission Bay: Traffic can be heavy in the peak summer months. Plan on arriving to the beach early or going later in the day. Public transportation to the beach is limited but still possible from Downtown and Mission Valley. No alcohol or smoking is allowed on the beach or boardwalks. Lifeguards are on duty daily during the summer and on weekends during the winter. There are plenty of rental shops for beach equipment (surfboards, bikes, kayaks, jet skis, etc.)

Mission Beach Street Names

 Street Names-
The street names on the peninsula of Mission Beach start with Aspin in South Mission Beach and end with Zanzibar in North Mission Beach with Mission Boulevard being the main north-south thoroughfare on the peninsula.There are sixty-five short east-west passageways which intersect Mission Boulevard. The larger passageways, or Places, are named after California Missions (Santa Clara Place, San Jose Place, El Carmel Place)The shorter passageways, or Courts, are named after beaches from all over the world (Avalon Court, Devon Court, Neptune, Court, Liverpool Court, Zanzibar Court…) The Places are larger intersections , usually with a stop sign or stop light. The Courts are walking passages between the residences on the peninsula. Since there were fifty-two Courts and only twenty-six alphabet letters, obviously some letters had to be used more than once. Also, some letters have a stubborn way of resisting initial use. Here is a list of all the Court and Place names:

Aspin – There is an Aspen Beach in Canada. However no one seems to know why Aspin Ct is spelled with an I.

Anacapa – One of the northerly group of Santa Barbara Islands.

Allerton – Allerton Point, Mass., is north of Nantasket Beach.

Asbury – Asbury Park, N.J., is a resort city on the Atlantic coast.

(San Luis Rey Place intervenes.)

Avalon – Resort town and bay on Santa Catalina Island, California.

Balboa – Beach resort in Orange County, California.

Brighton – English resort on English Channel.

(Capistrano Place intervenes.)

Cohasset – Summer resort and town on Massachusetts Bay, southeast of Bos­ton.

Coronado – San Diego County’s own famous beach city and resort.

Deal – Seaside resort near Dover, Eng­land.

(San Gabriel Place intervenes.)

Devon – English county with miles of rocky coastline.

Dover – English Channel port on the Strait of Dover.

Ensenada – Port and resort, Baja Califor­nia, Mexico.

(San Fernando Place intervenes.)

Island – Several possibilities: Island Beach, Ocean County, eastern New Jersey; Island Park, village and shore ­resort in Nassau County, N.Y.; or even possibly a generic name.

Isthmus – Again, several possibilities: the Isthmus of Panama; a misspelling of Isthmia on the Peloponnesus, Greece; or a generic name.

Jamaica – Perhaps the Island in the West Indies; or even Jamaica Bay, Long Island, N.Y. (Santa Barbara Place intervenes.)

Jersey – Take your choice: one of the Channel Islands off Normandy, France; or Jersey City, N.J., in Upper New York Harbor.

Kennebeck – A fascinating study in pos­sible misspellings. The Kennebec (with­out a final “k”) River in Maine has no port nearer the Atlantic than Bath. But Kennebunk, Maine, is both a port and summer resort.

Kingston – Among the possibilities are Kingston, Jamaica, a port; Kingston, Mass., on Plymouth Bay; and Kings­ton-on-Thames, near London, a resort suburb.

(San Luis Obispo Place intervenes.)

Lido – Island resort in Northern Italy, near the Lagoon of Venice.

Liverpool – Second largest port in Great Britain, near the mouth of the Mersey River.

Manhattan – Our well-known giant on the Hudson; or possibly locally known Manhattan Beach in Los Angeles County. Local pride points to the latter.

(El Carmel Place intervenes.)

Monterey – California’s own famed resort and scenic region below San Francisco.

Nahant – Beach resort town on Massa­chusetts Bay, near Lynn, Mass.

Nantasket – Another resort town on Mas­sachusetts Bay, opposite Nahant.

(San Juan Place intervenes.)

Niantic – Resort village in Connecticut, part of East Lyme.

Ormond – Resort city in northeast Flor­ida.

Ostend – City, port, and seaside resort in Belgium.

(Santa Clara Place intervenes.)

Portsmouth – Port or resort cities by this name are found in Hampshire, Eng­land, and in New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Virginia, U.S.A.

Pismo – Resort beach famous for clam­ming, San Luis Obispo County, Califor­nia.

Queenstown – Fishing town on the East­ern Shore of Maryland, on Chester River estuary.

Redondo – Beach resort, Los Angeles County.

Rockaway – Rockaway Peninsula, New York is the site of many resort communities;

(San Jose Place intervenes.)

Salem – Port and harbor in Massachu­setts.

Seagirt – Sea Girt is a resort borough in New Jersey, near Asbury Park.

Sunset – Sunset Beach, resort town near Long Beach, Ca.

Tangiers – Tangier (singular) is in Moroc­co, on the Strait of Gibraltar;

Toulon – A French port on the Mediter­ranean.

Vanitie – (Unknown; probably coined.)

(San Rafael Place intervenes.)

Venice – You may choose between Ven­ice, Italy, or Venice, a resort in Los Angeles, which was in its heyday in 1914.

Verona – Verona, Maine, is on an island in the mouth of the Penobscot River.

Whiting – Town in Maine on Dennys Bay, southwest of Eastport.

Windimere – Another study in misspell­ing. Probably comes from Lake Win­dermere in the Lake District of England, which has many resorts. The name, Windermere, is also repeated in Canada at lake resorts.

Yarmouth – Another sturdy English name, applied to more than one resort in England, and to several more in the New World. In the U.S., there are at least two popular summer resorts named Yarmouth; one in southwestern Maine, another on Cape Cod, Massa­chusetts.

York – York, Maine, includes a summer resort called York Beach.

Zanzibar – An island off the east coast of Africa.

(Santa Rita intervenes.)