Newcomers start tradition at Fletcher Cove

First summertime Boogie-boarding session took place last week

Debbie Vescuso moved to Del Mar from the New Jersey Shore last year.

“I’m used to warmer water,” she said.

But on Monday, Vescuso, spring-style wetsuit and all, got into the ocean at Fletcher Cove and tried Boogie-boarding for the first time. Vescuso, who said she mostly just road a raft back on the Jersey Shore, joined the Newcomers Club of San Dieguito for its first weekly Boogie-boarding session of the summer.

“That’s the beauty of it, it’s really easy to do,” said Solana Beach resident Christa Stahl, one of its founders. “We’ve even had non-swimmers try it.”

The club started nine years ago as a way to introduce those new to North County to what it has to offer, as well as potential friends. The Fletcher Cove Boogie-boarding group, which meets every Monday morning, has grown to more than 20 members.

Attendees received an informational lecture from Solana Beach lifeguard Lou Mathe before kicking off its summer season.

“So that the newbies can be more comfortable,” said member Marie Avellino, who joined last year.

But aside from Vescuso, most of the Boogie-boarders were longtime “newcomers.” Many have made it their weekly tradition.

“It’s more fun in a group — we do a lot of yelling, a lot of ‘yahooing,’” Stahl said.

Originally from Michigan, Stahl said the group is especially helpful to those who have retired since they no longer have their business colleagues as an everyday social circle.

The Newcomers club itself now has more than 200 members in 30 activities, which include poker, crafts, golf and hiking. It also offers Boogie-boarding sessions on different days of the week at other North County Beaches. For more information on joining the newcomers, contact Fran Newman at (760) 753-1455 or

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