Studying was my priority back then. I didn't spend much time on the beach, so every chance I get now, I'm there making up for it.
What time I did spend with the sand, was always shared with the tar, presumably generated from the off shore oil derricks. This was common to see on the beach and we would involuntarily takes it with us (bare feet, flip flops, and tennies) back to the dorms. Today, I see none of it around. Huh... the mussels do seem larger too.
On days like today, I remember why it is I pay almost 10% in local sales tax, assume the risk from imminent earthquakes, drive miles around high population densities, and have to/can't water my lawn. It's drop dead gorgeous.