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#TBT: Pacific Ocean Park

A color aerial view. In this shot you can see the P.O.P. parking lot was basically where the big parking lot is now at OP26.
The famous entrance to Pacific Ocean Park.
Things began to change in the late sixties when the park fell on hard economic times. By the early seventies the park was closed and deteriorating.
After the park stopped pleasing visitors above the water, local surfers took advantage of the waves below the pier.
The situation went from bad to worse when the park caught fire and was severely damaged in 1974.
After the fire local surfers used the burnt out hulk of the park like a reef forming the Cove, a heavily localized and obviously gnarly surf spot.
A nice left breaking to the north of P.O.P in front of what is now Ocean Park Tower 26.


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