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December 6, 1990 | AMY WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Newcomers to Oceanside hear tales of a day gone by, when the city had no budget deficit and the now-eroded beach was wide and gleaming. Back then, old-timers remember, San Diego County's northernmost city was known for this cheeky motto: "Tan Your Hide in Oceanside." Times have changed some. Now, civic boosters prefer "The Beauty by the Sea" to describe this struggling resort town that many seniors and military families call home.
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May 19, 2013 | By Melissa Magsaysay, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Action sports and high fashion may not seem like the most likely of companions, but in the past decade designers have done more than dip a toe into surf culture; they have embraced the easygoing, sun-drenched lifestyle common to Southern California and found plenty of inspiration. The fashion industry's love affair with surfing became most apparent about 11 years ago, when Karl Lagerfeld sent models clutching Chanel-logoed surfboards down the runway as they modeled clothes for spring 2003.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 2003 | Matt Warshaw, Special to The Times
Surf wax used to be just surf wax: a necessary but forgettable little petroleum-based product rubbed on the deck of a surfboard for improved traction. Then California artist Rick Griffin, while making the poster for 1972's surf movie classic "Five Summer Stories," held up a fresh bar of Waxmate -- 3 ounces of paraffin cut with 30-weight motor oil and purple dye -- and detected the greater meaning.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 2003 | Matt Warshaw, Special to The Times
Surf wax used to be just surf wax: a necessary but forgettable little petroleum-based product rubbed on the deck of a surfboard for improved traction. Then California artist Rick Griffin, while making the poster for 1972's surf movie classic "Five Summer Stories," held up a fresh bar of Waxmate -- 3 ounces of paraffin cut with 30-weight motor oil and purple dye -- and detected the greater meaning.
IMAGE
May 19, 2013 | By Melissa Magsaysay, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Action sports and high fashion may not seem like the most likely of companions, but in the past decade designers have done more than dip a toe into surf culture; they have embraced the easygoing, sun-drenched lifestyle common to Southern California and found plenty of inspiration. The fashion industry's love affair with surfing became most apparent about 11 years ago, when Karl Lagerfeld sent models clutching Chanel-logoed surfboards down the runway as they modeled clothes for spring 2003.
NEWS
December 17, 1992 | Rick Fignetti and David Reyes
Yes, Christmas is almost here. Yes, the Christmas tree is trimmed with surf wax. But what really signals the end of the year is the Hawaiian Triple Crown of surfing. which is almost/now over, (INFO COMING 12/15 or 12/16). Fig: It's been a year of big changes for the world of big surfing, with new formats and seedings going on. Fig and I wanted to sit down and try and explain this year's tour ratings and next year's selection process.
NEWS
April 23, 1993 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From a distance, Ryan Turner looked every bit the surfer as he and his brother, Timmy, walked down Main Street in Huntington Beach, headed for the pier. They had the requisite wet suit: black with full sleeves and a splash of color. Their surfboards, tucked under their armpits, were loaded with logos: Rockin' Fig, Body Glove, Island Style. And they had the perfect, nasal-inflected, sing-song surf-speak down pat: "We like surfin' near the pier," said Ryan. "It's where the best waves are."
NEWS
July 19, 1999 | BOOTH MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Riding the wave of support for women's athletics generated by the World Cup soccer final, the women of surfing are hoping to draw attention to their sport at the U.S. Open of Surfing, beginning today in Huntington Beach. Australian Layne Beachley earned the title of world surfing champion by defeating the well-respected, four-time world surfing champion, Lisa Andersen, in 1998. At 27, Beachley is one of the anchors for the 1999 Billabong Girls' Team Riders, along with surfer-model Malia Jones.
NEWS
June 22, 2004 | Jamie Tierney
It's a miscalculation in the cooler-than-jocks conceit of board culture: Surfing once tried to emulate a ball sport. The slip lasted for only a few years when Herbie Fletcher of Astrodeck, a company known for its peel-and-stick traction pad for surfboards and other accessories, packaged a Major League Baseball-style card--180 different ones, in fact -- with every cake of surf wax. Sadly for some, the evidence survives in the display cases of Southern California surf shops.
NEWS
April 14, 1994 | ADRIAN MAHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Johnny Fain was Malibu's golden boy of surfing in the late 1960s. Known for an aggressive surfing style of quick, slashing turns and "hang-ten" riding (10 toes over the nose of the board), Fain became one of the world's top surfers, and was rewarded with endorsements and years on the professional surfing tour.
NEWS
July 19, 1999 | BOOTH MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Riding the wave of support for women's athletics generated by the World Cup soccer final, the women of surfing are hoping to draw attention to their sport at the U.S. Open of Surfing, beginning today in Huntington Beach. Australian Layne Beachley earned the title of world surfing champion by defeating the well-respected, four-time world surfing champion, Lisa Andersen, in 1998. At 27, Beachley is one of the anchors for the 1999 Billabong Girls' Team Riders, along with surfer-model Malia Jones.
NEWS
April 23, 1993 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From a distance, Ryan Turner looked every bit the surfer as he and his brother, Timmy, walked down Main Street in Huntington Beach, headed for the pier. They had the requisite wet suit: black with full sleeves and a splash of color. Their surfboards, tucked under their armpits, were loaded with logos: Rockin' Fig, Body Glove, Island Style. And they had the perfect, nasal-inflected, sing-song surf-speak down pat: "We like surfin' near the pier," said Ryan. "It's where the best waves are."
NEWS
December 17, 1992 | Rick Fignetti and David Reyes
Yes, Christmas is almost here. Yes, the Christmas tree is trimmed with surf wax. But what really signals the end of the year is the Hawaiian Triple Crown of surfing. which is almost/now over, (INFO COMING 12/15 or 12/16). Fig: It's been a year of big changes for the world of big surfing, with new formats and seedings going on. Fig and I wanted to sit down and try and explain this year's tour ratings and next year's selection process.
NEWS
December 6, 1990 | AMY WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Newcomers to Oceanside hear tales of a day gone by, when the city had no budget deficit and the now-eroded beach was wide and gleaming. Back then, old-timers remember, San Diego County's northernmost city was known for this cheeky motto: "Tan Your Hide in Oceanside." Times have changed some. Now, civic boosters prefer "The Beauty by the Sea" to describe this struggling resort town that many seniors and military families call home.
NEWS
February 24, 2004 | Matt Walker
Dale WEBSTER, the 55-year-old Sonoma County man profiled with his beach ball-size wad of used surf wax and heap of holey neoprene in last summer's documentary "Step Into Liquid," on Sunday will pass a milestone: 10,407 consecutive days of surfing in sharky Northern California waters. Why such an odd number? It falls on the fifth Sunday in a February, an anomaly that occurred in 1976 and stuck in Webster's mind as worthy of repeating.
BUSINESS
December 2, 1986 | JEFF ROWE, Jeff Rowe is a free-lance writer
Mike Borges wants to make it a better world--for surfers. Operating out of his Santa Ana apartment and from a rented mini-warehouse, Borges has unleashed on the surfing world a product that could revolutionize one of the oldest traditions of the sport--rubbing a gummy mixture of paraffin, beeswax and candle wax onto the deck of the board before paddling out. Borges has developed Ultra Deck, a clear, rubberized plastic that comes in spray cans and is applied to a surfboard deck like paint.
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