by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photos by Soul of Photography 

Coastal Comforts

Chris and Amy Rosskopf love the beach, so it’s no surprise that the couple met in the ocean at 18th St. in Del Mar. “I caught a wave to the inside and when I kicked out she was right next to me, looking positively radiant,” recalled Chris of first meeting Amy. “I muttered a weak ‘nice evening, huh?’ and paddled back out kicking myself for not thinking of anything else to say.” Luckily, Chris and Amy ran into each other again by chance at a local market – the rest is history.

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Today, the couple have made roots not too far from where they met with daughters Sage and Kristen. “We love living here because of the great neighbors we have, the amazing schools, and the proximity to the beach and great hiking and biking trails.”

The coastal area of San Diego’s North County has always been a special place to the Rosskopfs. “The girls are fifth generation San Diegans,” explained Chris. “Their great-great-grandfather Colonel Ed Fletcher came to San Diego in 1888 and was instrumental in developing Solana Beach and Del Mar, where the extended family still gathers every July 4 for a family reunion.”

“We love living here because of the great neighbors we have, the amazing schools, and the proximity to the beach.”

Chris – who earned a B.A. degree from San Francisco State University – is a founding faculty member of High Tech High Media Arts in Point Loma. Amy graduated cum laude from UCLA and earned a master’s degree in French and francophone studies from San Diego State University. Today, she works as a lecturer in the Department of European Studies at SDSU.

When they aren’t helping to shape young minds, the Rosskopfs try to travel as often as possible. “Being teachers allows us to travel a lot during the summer,” said Chris. “This summer we will go to Costa Rica and on a road trip through southern Utah to follow my half-brother on the Tour of Utah bike race.”

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If you don’t find them traveling or surfing at the beach, the Rosskopfs enjoy eating at Jake’s Del Mar,hiking, skating, biking, reading, and watching movies. They shared, “We like to decompress after a long day at school and work by watching old Three’s Company reruns!”


Parents: Chris and Amy Rosskopf
Children: Sage (7) and Kristen (4)
Community: Del Mar/Carmel Valley
Hometowns: Chris – Hermosa Beach and St. Croix, U.S.V.I.; Amy – Point Loma
Occupations: Chris – teacher at High Tech High Media Arts; Amy – French lecturer at SDSU
Favorite Spots in Del Sol: Jake’s Del Mar, Bangkok Bay, 18th St., TRC Gymnasticsfamily_rosskopf5family_rosskopf4family_rosskopf3family_rosskopf2