July 27, 1994 |
It was an all-too-familiar scenario for Kalani Robb. A little surf, solitude and . . . darkness? Robb, the world amateur surfing champion from Sunset Beach, Hawaii, got off to a quiet start at the Op Pro championships Tuesday, winning his first-round heat in the junior competition. Too bad hardly anyone saw it. Surfing the first heat of the contest, Robb emerged from the competition area on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier at 6:20 a.m. to find a couple dozen people on the beach.
May 1, 1998 |
Miscellany Wendell Pickens, the first athletic director and baseball coach at Orange Coast College, has died after a long illness. He was 86. Pickens was athletic director at the college for 29 years, beginning in 1948. He coached baseball from 1949 to 1968. Former world champion Tom Curren of Laguna Niguel advanced with San Clemente brothers Shane and Gavin Beschen in the men's main event of the Body Glove Surfbout XI at Lower Trestles in San Clemente.
July 25, 1997
Todd Miller of Newport Beach and Terence McNulty of San Clemente won their second-round heats Thursday to advance to the third round on the first of four days of the Katin Team Challenge surfing event on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier. The contest was marked by consistent three- to five-foot sets that provided good conditions. The same conditions are forecast for the rest of the week.
August 1, 1994 |
After five dawn-to-dusk days of competition at the Huntington Beach pier, the Op Pro Surfing championships came down to a familiar rivalry featuring two of America's best surfers--Rob Machado against Kelly Slater. And when it was over Sunday before 20,000, Machado, from Cardiff-by-the-Sea, was the victor, scoring seven- and eight-point rides for a final-round score of 29.11, the highest of the meet. Surfers are judged on their four best rides during 30-minute heats.
April 26, 2005 |
Pro surfing's men's Body Glove Surfbout begins today, and the women's SG Lowers Pro starts Thursday at Lower Trestles near San Clemente. Both Assn. of Surfing Professionals' World Qualifying Series contests have a four-star rating, attracting international surfers hoping to earn points to qualify or requalify for next year's elite World Championship Tour. Included in the men's field of 208 are twins and perennial WCT standouts C.J.
September 28, 2000 |
The good news Wednesday at the Billabong Pro was that the waves at Lower Trestles were a bit bigger for the second round. The unfortunate part of the story is that those breakers were few and far between until the last couple heats of the afternoon, when the swell picked up in both size and consistency. Australia's Taj Burrow says the waves at Lowers are "like a skate park." For the better part of two days, it's been the Kansas of skate parks. Flat.