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August 13, 1992 | MIKE REILLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Most people remember Vietnam the way it was in the early 1970s, a war-torn country with napalmed jungles and burning villages. But Josh Vesque will see a different Vietnam next week, one with vast, undeveloped, white-sand beaches--and wave after wave lapping against the shore, untouched by surfers. Paradise? Hardly. But for him, Vietnam is a land of opportunity--and potential.
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August 13, 1992 | MIKE REILLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Most people remember Vietnam the way it was in the early 1970s, a war-torn country with napalmed jungles and burning villages. But Josh Vesque will see a different Vietnam next week, one with vast, undeveloped, white-sand beaches--and wave after wave lapping against the shore, untouched by surfers. Paradise? Hardly. But for him, Vietnam is a land of opportunity--and potential.
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January 3, 1993 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For a dozen teen-age surfers from Orange and San Diego counties, it started out as a simple trip to introduce Vietnamese youths to the art of riding excellent waves off the pristine coast of Vietnam's fabled China Beach. But before the 17-day trip ended Saturday with their return, the youths said they felt like they were part of a peace mission forged with surfboards, boogie boards and way-cool T-shirts.
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July 15, 1993 | RICK FIGNETTI and DAVID REYES, Rockin' Fig is Rick Fignetti, a Huntington Beach surfer/shop owner. Times staff writer David Reyes has reported on U.S. surf teams competing in Bali and Brazil. and
The Fig was an announcer at the recent 1993 National Scholastic Surfing Assn. national championships at Lower Trestles, basically a contest of who's hot for teen-agers and grommets. Usually, most of the exposure in surfing is at the professional contests, said Figgy. But each year the NSSA nationals really puts out the cream of the crop from Hawaii, California, the East Coast and Gulf Coast. So these groms are not getting paid, Fig? Naw. It's not for money.
SPORTS
June 25, 1993 | MIKE REILLEY
It isn't so much the trophy that Cheyne Horan remembers. Not even the prize money. Or even the six-foot waves that swept through the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier that summer day in 1982. Instead, Horan remembers how he won the first Op Pro surfing championship. "I set a precedent with that backside 360-degree (maneuver)," Horan said. "Since then, every Op final has had one big move by somebody. It was one of those things people were looking for. It was cutting-edge."
SPORTS
June 11, 1993 | MIKE REILLEY
After a two-year absence, the Assn. of Surfing Professionals' world championship tour will return to the Huntington Beach Pier in the summer of 1994. ASP tour officials have added the $130,000 U.S. Open of Surfing for July 28-Aug. 7 of its 1994 schedule. The event will be at the south side of the pier, the same site of the Op Pro, which is now a world qualifying event in late June. The U.S. Open field will include more than 220 participants, beginning with a three-day qualifying event.
SPORTS
July 3, 1992 | MIKE REILLEY
You can't take this surfing stuff too seriously. . . . Sure, the five U.S. surfers who won the Op Pro surfing championships Sunday at the Huntington Beach Pier were showered with awards. They each got a medal, shared a trophy and earned $4,000 for the victory. But surfing is an individual sport. So why not hand out some individual awards? Best dramatic role: Kelly Slater, and not just for playing a surfer in upcoming "Baywatch" episodes.
SPORTS
July 23, 1991 | MIKE REILLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
San Clemente's Jolene Smith heeded the advice of her twin sister, Jorja, before paddling out for her first-round heat of the Op Pro surfing championships near the Huntington Beach Pier. "She told me to get four good waves in the beginning and do something with them," Jolene Smith said. "I didn't want to get eliminated." Jolene learned from her sister's mistake earlier in the competition.
SPORTS
July 22, 1991
Tom Curren gliding effortlessly across the waves. Mark Occhilupo banging his surfboard off the lip. Richie Collins tossing floaters and aerial maneuvers. The dominance of Frieda Zamba. All have become images of the Op Pro surfing championships. More than 250 surfers will paddle into the surf south of the Huntington Beach Pier this week with one thing in mind--winning the Op Pro, the largest surfing competition on the U.S. mainland.
NEWS
January 31, 1991
The waves looked the same, but their location was quite different for the 14 high school surfers and body boarders who hit the beaches of the French West Indies over winter vacation. Through the cooperative efforts of the International Surfing Assn., Sports America and the nonprofit Kalos Kagathos Foundation of Laguna Beach, the teen-age water enthusiasts visited the islands of Saint Barthelemy and Guadeloupe as part of a cultural and instructional exchange program.
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