PB Surf Club, volunteers revitalize Tourmaline surf park bathroom
by Mariko Lamb
Published - 01/18/12 - 03:30 PM | 6234 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Local artists Fernando Pinon and Michelle Josey volunteered their time and talents to make the Tourmaline Canyon Surfing Park mural vibrant again.                                    Courtesy photo
Local artists Fernando Pinon and Michelle Josey volunteered their time and talents to make the Tourmaline Canyon Surfing Park mural vibrant again. Courtesy photo
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Tourmaline Canyon Surfing Park recently got a much-needed facelift, thanks to a few dedicated volunteers and their vision of returning a blighted public bathroom mural to its old glory.

The facility is now complete with a depiction of Pacific Beach point, a trio of crashing waves, the surf spot’s shoreline and a classic old Ford Woody to boot.

“The original painting was from 1998, and it sat there in poor condition for several years,” said Greg Miller, mural project coordinator and longtime Pacific Beach Surf Club member. “The mural’s paint faded away long ago and was slowly peeling off.”

The Pacific Beach Surf Club knew about the mural’s dilapidated state and decided to do something about it. Nine months ago, the organization got city permission to renovate the old mural, agreed to fund the cost and set out on a search for an artist to get it done.

Meanwhile, two local artists, Fernando Pinon and Michelle Josey, had also noted the poor condition of the mural independent of the surf club’s call for action. The couple contacted the city and were informed that the surf club was in search of artists — and a partnership was born.

“Fernando and Michelle graciously agreed to volunteer their time, talent and expertise to the project,” Miller said. “The two have spent numerous hours in all kinds of weather working on the project.”

Miller said the duo encountered a few colorful locals along the way who were not shy in voicing their opinion about the restoration efforts.

With the mural completed, the restrooms will continue to undergo restoration with a fresh coat of tan paint on the inner and outer walls.

“I think the fresh paint and color change with the beautiful new mural will be a significant enhancement to Tourmaline Canyon Surfing Park,” Miller said. “So far, everyone has embraced the changes.”
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