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August 17, 1990 | SHEARLEAN DUKE, Shearlean Duke is a regular contributor to Orange County View
Jill Bramlette's bodyboarding classes all begin with the same lesson: Be afraid of the water. Yet, when Bramlette asks her students, "Do you have any fear of the water?" the answer is a resounding, "No!" After all, these are adventurous 7- and 8-year-olds, mostly boys, strong swimmers who are fearless and competitive. That's why safety is the primary emphasis of Bramlette's classes, offered for the first time this summer by the Dana Point Harbor Youth and Group Facility.
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September 2, 2011 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
Bodyboarding pro Jason Bitzer and Redondo Beach watersport company Body Glove International are entangled in a nasty legal battle. Bitzer, a 30-year-old New Jersey native, contends in a lawsuit that Body Glove and marketing company Sport Dimensions Inc. used his name and likeness to sell bodyboards without his permission. The lawsuit seeks $500,000 in damages. "He's one of the top-known bodyboarders in the country," said Bitzer's attorney, Dan A. Druz of Manasquan, N.J. "He's like any celebrity — he wants to be paid for the use of his name.
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January 3, 2001 | LAURA WIDES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The body of 16-year-old Juan Jose Mejia Jr., who disappeared in heavy surf off Redondo Beach on Christmas Day, was recovered Tuesday, Los Angeles County lifeguards said. People aboard a 36-foot cruiser notified authorities after seeing the body about 11 a.m., floating near debris nearly 1 1/4 miles from where Mejia had disappeared, lifeguard Capt. Steve Moseley said.
HEALTH
October 1, 2007 | Valerie Ulene, Special to The Times
A good knock on the head can teach you more than you ever wanted to know about brain injuries. A friend of mine learned that lesson the hard way. Several weeks ago, while bodyboarding, he went after an enormous wave that sent him tumbling. The facial lacerations and broken nose he sustained were the least of his troubles. The force of the wave also slammed his head into the sand, and the impact caused a concussion that produced far more frightening and lasting problems.
NEWS
May 27, 1994 | ROSE APODACA JONES
Getting up at six a.m. is tough enough. But also dealing with abusive strangers who snarl threats while submerged in numbing, salty water really doesn't sound like fun. Which might question the sanity of Huntington Beach High School seniors Ryan Dowe and Shannon Henry. As bodyboarders, they consider this daily ritual a way of life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 1997 | DAVID REYES TIMES STAFF WRITER
Scott Sailer is tired of bodyboarders gettin' dissed. In Sailer's world, the ranks of body boarders who zip across ocean waves aboard a polyethylene foil may be growing, but it's the surfboarders who get all the attention. "The problem," said Sailer, a 25-year-old Golden West College student who lives in Huntington Beach, "is that in and out of the water we've been treated as a redheaded stepchild." He's been trying to change that, but has met sometimes bitter resistance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 2000 | LAURA WIDES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As more than 40 relatives and friends gathered on the sand to pray Tuesday, helicopters and boats continued to search the Redondo Beach coastline for the body of a 16-year-old boy who disappeared while bodyboarding on Christmas. Officials held out little hope that Juan Mejia, a Harbor City resident and a junior at Narbonne High School, could have survived in the rough, 58-degree water. Waves were as high as eight feet Monday, the result of a storm front moving south from Alaska.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2002 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's shortly before 10 a.m., and the Wedge seems to be on steroids. Hurricane Hernan is sending meaty 6- to 8-foot swells into the world-famous surf spot on the tip of the Balboa Peninsula. At this freak of physics, the incoming walls of water carom off a rock jetty and collide with the following swells, morphing them into giant, triangular waves with vertical faces of 15 to 20 feet. They break close to shore with explosions of white water, cavernous tubes and the rumble of a freight train.
NEWS
August 15, 1993 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA and MIKE REILLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Staggering out of the water on a warm summer afternoon, Paul Choi felt a little groggy and very lucky. After taking off on a six-foot wave, he was tossed and turned like a load of laundry, then deposited on the beach. Choi, 18, a novice bodysurfer from Anaheim, suffered only a minor setback--he lost a swim fin.
SPORTS
June 27, 1991 | MIKE REILLEY
Mike Hopkins can run the basketball court as well as anyone in the Big East Conference. But paddling in the Pacific Ocean was a different gig for him. Hopkins, a forward at Syracuse, got a lesson in conditioning last weekend when pal Matt Allen took him bodyboarding in San Clemente. "We were out there five minutes, and Mike was huffing and puffing," said Allen, a pro bodyboarder from Costa Mesa who was a teammate of Hopkins' on Mater Dei High School's 1988 State championship basketball team.
NEWS
August 3, 2004 | Travis Hunter, Special to The Times
A clump of bodyboarders churns toward the west jetty at Newport Harbor, jockeying for one of the morning's best waves. The guy who will ride it is still standing on the beach. "I got it!" he yells. He takes three quick steps, jumps on a skim board and slides into a 2-foot wave that has bounced off the jetty and is moving east -- not toward the shore, but along it. Within seconds, this "side wave" collides at a 90-degree angle with the other wave, now a 6-foot-tall seawater slab.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A shark attack near here had an assistant Santa Rosa city attorney recovering in a hospital Friday after surgery on his badly bitten legs. Michael J. Casey, 48, was bodyboarding Thanksgiving Day off Salmon Creek Beach when a 16-foot shark latched on and thrust him into the air. Yells from nearby surfers may have made the shark let go. "He still has all his fingers and toes," said his wife, Maureen, "but I think he's a little bummed, because he had a whole surf weekend planned."
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September 30, 2002 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's shortly before 10 a.m., and the Wedge seems to be on steroids. Hurricane Hernan is sending meaty 6- to 8-foot swells into the world-famous surf spot on the tip of the Balboa Peninsula. At this freak of physics, the incoming walls of water carom off a rock jetty and collide with the following swells, morphing them into giant, triangular waves with vertical faces of 15 to 20 feet. They break close to shore with explosions of white water, cavernous tubes and the rumble of a freight train.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Lifeguards Wednesday found a 19-year-old man believed to have drowned while bodyboarding near the Seal Beach Pier. Sgt. Donna Soto, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Department's Harbor Division, said that the man was reported missing about 8 p.m. Searchers found his body about 9:45 p.m. near the pier. He had not been identified late Wednesday. Conditions were calm with a slight breeze but no strong currents or riptides, Soto said. An autopsy is scheduled for today, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2001 | From Times Staff Writers
A 23-year-old Westminster man on an outing with friends Wednesday apparently drowned at Huntington State Beach, officials said. Four men were in the water about 3 p.m. near an unstaffed lifeguard tower by Pacific Coast Highway and Newland Street when one of them slipped from a bodyboard and did not resurface, lifeguard supervisor Joseph Milligan said. One of the other three rushed to another lifeguard tower and summoned help.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2001 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Defending himself publicly for the first time, a Newport Beach man told a jury Thursday that he did not kill his wife during a 1997 boating trip and that when he told his girlfriend he did it was a lie meant to impress her. In the most dramatic moment of a six-week murder trial, Eric Bechler took the witness stand to explain his wife's mysterious disappearance at sea--and several incriminating statements he later made to his girlfriend.
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September 20, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Lifeguards Wednesday found a 19-year-old man believed to have drowned while bodyboarding near the Seal Beach Pier. Sgt. Donna Soto, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Department's Harbor Division, said that the man was reported missing about 8 p.m. Searchers found his body about 9:45 p.m. near the pier. He had not been identified late Wednesday. Conditions were calm with a slight breeze but no strong currents or riptides, Soto said. An autopsy is scheduled for today, officials said.
NEWS
April 8, 1992 | JIM WASHBURN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Mel Thoman 1 hates seeing Boogies2 at the Wedge 3, which is why his Felix the Cat 4 tattoo is hoisting a black-ball flag 5. Perhaps a few footnotes would be in order before we continue: 1 He's actually Kevin Thoman, but there were these aliens on "Star Trek" called the Kelvins, so friends started calling him that, which some guys misheard as Melvin, and now he's Mel. These guys are all bodysurfers, which may explain the water in their ears. 2 Boogies are folks who ride Boogie Boards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 2001
I am not a lifeguard but I have swum in the ocean and surfed for most of my life in Southern California. I have even had the opportunity to save a foundering ocean novice who did not pay attention to the most important rules before entering the ocean in the winter: 1) Have a great respect for the ocean and be aware of its power; 2) Be certain and confident in your swimming abilities; 3) Always wear a wetsuit in the winter; 4) As the lifeguards always remind, swim and surf near a manned lifeguard tower.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 2001 | LAURA WIDES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The body of 16-year-old Juan Jose Mejia Jr., who disappeared in heavy surf off Redondo Beach on Christmas Day, was recovered Tuesday, Los Angeles County lifeguards said. People aboard a 36-foot cruiser notified authorities after seeing the body about 11 a.m., floating near debris nearly 1 1/4 miles from where Mejia had disappeared, lifeguard Capt. Steve Moseley said.
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