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June 3, 1998 | MICHAEL QUINTANILLA
Southern California and beaches. The two are havens for stars and starfish, bodybuilders and bodyboarders, perfect for people watching along the 70 miles of coastline in Los Angeles County, 42 in Orange County. But who's counting? With every wave, every ripple, every grain of sand, the lure of the sea roars--Godzilla-like--a mighty mouth beckoning beach lovers. She's so salty, our Pacific, our summer seductress. And her beaches--from Malibu to Zuma to Dana Point--well, are heating up.
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NEWS
June 3, 1998 | MICHAEL QUINTANILLA
They "dink" and "chuck," "joust" and "hammer." And when a "flosser" breezes by, you gotta show off and give someone a "facial disgracial." We're talking volleyspeak, the lingo of the official sport of summer: volleyball. It's not enough to look the part in wraparound Killer Loops and Billabong board shorts, and gulp massive amounts of Evian. You gotta talk the talk, dude. Here's how: * Chuck: A ball that is pushed or thrown. * Coverage: Backing up a partner's hit.
NEWS
June 3, 1998 | PAMELA WARRICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite the sand and the occasional sand fly, changing tides and baking sun, eating at the beach can be a picnic. To serve a decent meal at the shore requires a dash of panache and more than a dash of preparation. Whether your menu is fried chicken and lemonade or caviar and vodka, the first ingredient for a successful beach picnic is food safety.
NEWS
June 3, 1998 | KATHLEEN O. RYAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Even a lifetime of pool swimming here in sunny Southern California isn't preparation enough for the unforgiving nature of the sea. Last year, Los Angeles County lifeguards rescued a record 14,096 people from the ocean. Although records aren't kept on who gets rescued, Lt. Mike Cunningham of the Los Angeles Fire Department's Lifeguard Operations says the majority is teens and young adults who misjudged their abilities.
NEWS
June 3, 1998 | MICHAEL QUINTANILLA
They swoosh and whoosh, sling and fling, boomerang and bounce. It's not the same old beach ball anymore. Football, soccer, basketball--prepare for the onslaught of surf turf toys--for kids and grown-ups.
NEWS
June 3, 1998 | MARTIN MILLER
It's rarely a day at the beach for parents when they bring small children to the shore. But there are several spots in Los Angeles and Orange counties that are ideal for such outings. During the summer months, Westside parents and their kids flock to Mother's Beach in Marina del Rey (in front of the Cheesecake Factory). It's easy to see why. A semicircle of sand in the middle of the marina, it has no waves and the water's shallow.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1998 | JULIE SCHEERES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
At least 16 million gallons of raw sewage has spewed into the ocean from a sewer main that ruptured in Thousand Oaks, prompting officials to close 30 miles of beach in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. Heavy flooding in Arroyo Canal washed out 30 feet of pipe along one of two trunk lines to the city's sewer plant Tuesday morning and crews have been working around the clock to stem the flow, said Don Nelson, the city's director of public works.
NEWS
January 31, 1998 | DAVID REYES and DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Powerful waves as high as 20 feet gave Southern California beaches a beating Friday, forcing the closure of landmark piers, flooding coastal homes and strewing impassable debris along Pacific Coast Highway in Ventura County. Hard hit was Capistrano Shores, a north San Clemente enclave of 90 mobile homes and cottages built on the sand. The community was besieged by giant billows that crashed through storm shutters and picture windows before the 10:13 a.m. high tide.
NEWS
December 7, 1997 | JOE MOZINGO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For surfers who didn't mind getting trounced or having their sinuses flushed with saltwater, Saturday's storm rumbled onto some Southland beaches with the thumping call of heavy surf. Whereas a storm in the immediate area often generates a wind-battered mess of foam and chop, this storm produced a clean groundswell that peaked above 10 feet on South Bay beaches. At El Porto Beach, many surfers watched from their cars, too intimidated to go out.
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