Photographer Myles McGuinness Makes the O’side Art Scene Click
When the California Surf Museum moved into new digs on Pier View Way, they needed a statement piece to capture the essence of the Oceanside surf scene. Photographer Myles McGuinness’ adrenaline-pumping shot of the break at Wisconsin Avenue was the answer. MORE Myles wasn’t born in O’side, but he’s a dyed-in-the-wool O’sider who plunged headfirst into the O’side art scene more than a decade ago, setting up a local studio and helping to start the First Friday Oceanside Art Walk event series. Now, art-loving O’side has been designated an official California Cultural District, and the monthly downtown art walk is a favorite way to experience O’side’s vibrant wall murals and gallery spaces. Pop into the Oceanside Art Museum, a short stroll away from Artist’s Alley, and you may find frequent visitor Myles getting inspired by the collection of contemporary art, landscape painting and even neon sculpture. Wherever in the world his famed surf photography takes him—the beaches of Bali, a sick break in Bora Bora—he always comes back to O’side. That guy in the hat with the long lens, hanging over the side of the pier, shooting the scene and calling out to his buddies in the break? That’s Myles, O’riginal O’sider.
Golf Icon John Ashworth Tees Up O’side Local Life
Nearly a decade ago, driving through O’side, golf icon John Ashworth knew he’d found the spiritual home for Linksoul, his break-the-rules golf apparel brand. Now, the Linksoul HQ on South Coast Highway is both the brand’s nerve center MORE (with a retail store for scoring its surfwear-influenced threads), and a gallery space where the O’side art gallery Hill Street Country Club curates shows in collaboration with John’s artist/nephew/business partner (and O’side resident), Geoff Cunningham. After opening Linksoul together, John and Geoff championed Goat Hill Park, saving the beloved public course and O’side icon from development. Today, it’s a local landmark; one of the most popular courses to play in golf-loving O’side; and a hub for junior golfers, with a Saturday junior golf clinic, a 3-hole dedicated kid’s course opening in 2018, and a brand new disc-golf course. From golfers in flip-flops to the craft brew on tap, the Goat Hill vibe is pure O’side. Experience it during the Mandatory Friday Golf Skins game. Chances are you’ll be playing against John. So be sure to say hello afterwards, when you’re unwinding fireside, sipping a pint with this O’riginal O’sider.
Renegade Chef Davin Waite is an O’side Tastemaker
Want to know where to eat in O’side? Chef Davin Waite can draw you a map, complete with old-school breakfast joints and new-school eateries, MORE farmers markets, chef hangouts, and the coffee shops that will keep you going during an all-day eating tour. His own South O’ restaurants, Wrench & Rodent Seabasstropub and The Whet Noodle, epitomize the farm-to-table ethos that first put O’side dining on the map. Hang out, and you’ll meet local fishermen and O’side farmers like Luke Girling of Cyclops Farms, dropping by with fresh fish and produce. The restaurants are family affairs, with Davin’s wife Jessica running the front-of-the-house and the couple’s young sons in and out of the kitchen. Like their dad, the boys have surfed and skated almost as long as they’ve been able to walk, and they’re as train smitten as Davin, too. If you see a lanky, tattooed guy hanging out with his family, skateboarding and trainspotting along the Coastal Rail Trail, odds are it’s Davin, O’riginal O’sider.
Maker Maven Julie Rais Ellis has O’side Style in the Bag
The stretch of South Coast Highway that runs through South O’ has become a bit of a style destination, thanks to entrepreneurs like maker maven Julie Rais Ellis of Rais Case. The former high school art teacher and her long-term shop collaborator, Shem Gott of Mr. B’s Necessities, MORE share their block with local boutiques like Captain’s Helm, renowned for vintage; Reap & Sow, for holistic home, beauty and wellness; Boom Boom Brazil, all about the bikini shopping; and Clothe+Arrow, for boho flair. The street is a microcosm of O’side style and the hub of the monthly South O Walkabout. Heavily influenced by O’side street style, Julie captures the scene on her popular Instagram account, hosts a bustling DIY table at the shop, works with other local artisans on original textiles for her bags, and even names new bag styles after O’side landmarks (Cassidy is a top seller). Cool, kind and creative, she’s an O’riginal O’sider.