Lost Winds offers equipment for diving sports

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By Breeana Greenberg

At 8 years old, Eric Martin was snorkeling off San Clemente. At 12, he was spearfishing with a three-point spear.

“I entered it when I was a child; I was a lifeguard for 12 years with State Parks – in the water every day,” Martin said. “I grew up surfing.”

Decades later, when Martin went to work in a commuter service in San Francisco, he “felt like a fish out of water.”

After quitting a job in San Francisco and returning to his hometown of San Clemente, Martin saw that there was a noticeable lack of dive shops in the area and sought to fill the void. So he opened up Lost Winds.

“I decided it was time to start my own business and provide service to the unsatisfied community,” Martin said.

Lost Winds opened as a physical store in August 2016 in San Clemente after four years of online sales. The name, Lost Winds, comes from the nickname of Lasuens Beach in San Clemente, the beach from which Martin started diving as a child.

“Everyone when I was growing up called it Lost Winds,” Martin said. “I don’t think it’s on state literature because it’s not the real name of the beach, but locals still know Lost Winds is the name.”

Over the past six years Lost Winds has grown to provide gear for everything from scuba diving and freediving to spearfishing.

“We’re sort of known as a one-stop-shop for spearfishing in particular,” Martin said.

This year, Martin decided to expand Lost Winds to Dana Point after realizing there was “a market here that was underserved for spearfishing and freediving.”

(Left to right) Eric Martin, owner of Lost Winds, Mike Koepsell, store manager, and James Blaydon, sales associate, celebrated the opening of the dive shop in the Prado West development, at Pacific Coast Highway and Amber Lantern on September 24. Photo: Breeana Greenberg

“I wanted to come and give this community a fresh look at diving and provide top-notch customer service so the local community could get in the water,” Martin continued. “The store is a full service dive shop, which means snorkeling, snorkeling, spearfishing, scuba diving. We do certification; we are going to organize a charter next year.

One of the services offered by Lost Winds helps outfit customers with the best spearfishing, snorkeling, and snorkeling masks for their face shape. Staff members explain to customers how a mask should fit comfortably and create a good seal against their face.

Martin encourages customers to contact us if they have any questions about their equipment.

“We encourage everyone to text us, send us pictures and call us, because often when I think of spearfishing and/or scuba diving in general, there’s a description, but there are different adapters and certain sizes for a lot of things, especially spearfishing, different environments,” Martin said.

The dive shop also offers scuba diving and freediving certification courses. Each dive course offered by Lost Winds has a maximum of four people per class to ensure the best possible experience. All snorkel gear and air are included in the class.

“We live in one of the most beautiful places in the world,” Martin said. “A lot of people who live here don’t understand that we also have some of the best diving in the world.”

“We have Catalina off our coast that you can hop on the Catalina Express,” Martin continued. “I actually teach a freediving course every weekend and have an instructor who teaches scuba diving lessons every weekend.”

Lost Winds opened its Dana Point location in the Prado West development at Pacific Coast Highway and Amber Lantern on September 24 and plans to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the coming weeks.

Breeana Greenberg

Breeana Greenberg is the city reporter for the Dana Point Times. She graduated from Chapman University with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Prior to joining Picket Fence Media, she worked as a freelance journalist for the Laguna Beach Independent. Breeana can be reached by email at [email protected]

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