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June 22, 2001 | PETE THOMAS
It wasn't so much his considerable talent as a surfer, in waves large and small, that made Jay Moriarty one of the world's most popular wave-riders. It was his talent as a human being. That has been known for years by his many friends, by his wife and family, and even by casual acquaintances. Moriarty wore a smile wherever he went; he finished his sentences with a laugh and generally put those around him in a better mood.
July 25, 2000
A growing number of requests to hold surf competitions has prompted Newport Beach officials concerned about trash and traffic to consider limiting the events. "This is not in response to complaints," said Melissa Adams of Newport Beach Community Services. "It's because of increase in applications from seven in 1997 to 13 this year." The City Council tonight will consider banning surf competitions on Memorial Day and from June 15 through Sept.
May 5, 1990
A 66-year-old North Park man was critically injured Friday when he fell off a bicycle near Balboa Park, police said. A motorist found Lyndell Franklin Sharp unconscious about 12:45 p.m. at Upas Street and Villa Terrace, said police spokesman Bill Robinson. Sharp lives in the 3700 block of Herman Avenue. Robinson said Sharp was wearing a light helmet but suffered severe head injuries. He is in critical condition at Mercy Hospital, said a hospital spokesman.
October 7, 1995 | ENRIQUE LAVIN
Surfers learn Monday if their lobbying this summer will wipe out a 29-year-old ban on year-round surfing. "All concerns from need to feasibility to liability to cost have been addressed," said Bill Sharp, 34, a surf shop owner and leader of the effort to eliminate the ban. "The only hurdle [has been] a few emotional residents, who just don't like surfers," he said in a written statement. "But it's not their beach. It belongs to all of us."
November 8, 1999
Marion Sharp McHenry died Saturday at her home in Ventura after a brief illness. She was 75. McHenry taught elementary school in the San Fernando Valley until she retired in the late 1960s to become a homemaker, said her daughter Lisa Brown, 42, of Ojai. McHenry enjoyed ceramics, quilting and traveling with her family, friends and neighbors. She was also a longtime member of the Eastminster Presbyterian Church. "She was just a very good-hearted, happy person," Brown said.
September 18, 1998 | LESLIE EARNEST, Leslie Earnest covers retail businesses and restaurants for The Times. She can be reached at (714) 966-7832 and at
There were other new twists to the show. More companies were offering swimsuits, surf wear and skate clothes for young children, even 2-year-olds. Costa Mesa's Metropolitan Prairie Inc. presented its boys line, while Sugar and Spice Inc. in Newport Beach pranced out its girls swimsuits and sportswear. Skateboarder Tony Hawk displayed his new skate-inspired clothing line for boys.
A Carlsbad man won $50,000 Tuesday for riding a wave nearly 50 feet high in a contest sponsored by K2, a Costa Mesa sports equipment maker. Taylor Knox, 26, caught the winning wave in February off the Mexican coast. Despite being a former U.S. Tour champion and the 19th ranked surfer on the world pro tour, Knox said that riding the biggest wave of the winter came down to a simple thing: holding on.
August 2, 1995 | DAVID REYES
A standing-room-only crowd of anxious surfers who want to lift a surfing ban cleared a hurdle Tuesday night before the city's Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission. On a motion by Commissioner Ken Bonner, the commission voted unanimously to appoint surfers to a city panel to work out a compromise that eventually can remove the so-called "black ball" system, which prohibits board surfing at the city's beaches from noon to 4 p.m. daily.
January 20, 2004 | Pete Thomas
Cortes Bank is one of the most remote surf spots on the planet, a shallow seamount located 100 miles west of San Diego. It was first conquered by a group of tow-in surfers less than three years ago. Yet when a big swell hit early last week, it might as well have been down the road. At least 18 tow-surfing teams arrived before or just after dawn to greet a swell that had been predicted almost a week earlier.
No one ever regarded the surf industry as a source of glamour, but that notion may be reconsidered because of the attire strutted at the sixth annual Waterman's Ball at Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Beach on Saturday. More than 1,000 of the industry's designers, artists and leaders piled in under the white big top for the gala, which raised $175,000 for the American Oceans Campaign, the Orange County Marine Institute and the Surfrider Foundation.
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