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July 10, 1994 | SCOTT HADLY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Dennis Mongrain swings his surfboard around in the water, points himself toward shore and starts paddling. As the wave lifts his board, he jumps to his feet and begins to skirt across its smooth, arching surface. His face brightens with a broad smile. It's a moment of joy and peace, something akin to a religious experience for Mongrain, who should know about such things because he is a Roman Catholic priest. "I really look forward to getting out there," Mongrain said at the rectory of St.
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April 1, 2014 | By Patt Morrison
If you love to spend your beach time on top of the water rather than in it, you can thank Hobie for helping you do it. Hobie Alter, the “Henry Ford of surfing,” who revolutionized surfing and put his name on whole lines of surfboards and catamarans, died at age 80 , leaving as his legacy a flotilla of floating devices, beginning with the first lighter-than-wood polyurethane foam surfboard crafted more than 50 years ago. But Alter was...
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March 21, 2014 | By Stacey Leasca
What's it like to stare down a 78-foot wave? It's really no big deal. Or so big-wave legend Garrett McNamara claims. “I got desensitized by riding so many big waves that I don't really get a rush anymore,” McNamara said with a laugh, adding, “I'm hoping I get the rush someday when I find a big enough wave.” It's hard to tell if he's kidding because McNamara has ridden many of the world's largest waves. So many that it's hard to keep track of all his record-setting rides.
SPORTS
April 1, 2014 | By Stacey Leasca
Quiksilver announced Tuesday that it had ended its more than 20-year sponsorship of surfer Kelly Slater. Slater, one of the world's most recognizable surfers and athletes, has been sponsored by the Huntington Beach-based action sports company since he was 18 years old. Slater is the youngest and the oldest surfer to win the ASP World Championship; among his multiple wins was the ASP title at both age 20 and 39. “There is little I...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1996
Recently, I happened to see and experience a phenomenal occurrence that seems so unusual and unheard of in this troubled world of ours: groups of young people, from all over the world, participating in an international surfing contest in Huntington Beach. It was like an Olympic spirit pervaded the beach, and they all had one common goal. MICHELLE GARCIA Huntington Beach
MAGAZINE
July 29, 2007 | Dan Neil
Thirty-two years ago, in the warm green water of North Carolina's Outer Banks, I learned to surf on a 6-foot-8-inch Con Butterfly surfboard. That surfboard, if I owned it today, would be worth the price of a trip to the North Shore. The last time I saw it, it was skittering in pieces down the highway, having been blown off the racks of my friend's van. All we are is just polystyrene in the wind. Surfing in the 1970s on the East Coast was about as esoteric as surfing ever got.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 29, 2010
Surf's up at one of Southern California's most famous beach towns. The 2010 U.S. Open of Surfing rides a wave into Huntington Beach this weekend as more than 300 competitors vie for more than $300,000 in prize money. Skateboarding and BMX competitions will also be staged, and a free live concert gets rocking when the action is over each day. Huntington Beach, Sat. through Aug 8. Check website for event schedule and times. (424) 653-1900; http://www.usopenofsurfing.com.
NEWS
July 27, 1990
Surfing has emblazoned American culture with many images and symbols over the past 30 years. It has inspired movies from "Endless Summer" to "Beach Blanket Bingo", influenced rock 'n' roll, and to this day set trends in fashion from coast to coast. WHEELS Immortalized by the hit song "Surf City," wood-paneled station wagons like this 1940 Ford were the sterotypical mode of transportation for surfers in the 1950s and 1960s.
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June 1, 2013 | By Carlos Lozano
Nick Gabaldon, a Santa Monica High School student who in the 1940s became the first documented surfer of African American and Mexican descent, is being celebrated Saturday with a number of activities at Santa Monica Beach. Sponsored by Heal the Bay, the event features free surfing lessons from the Black Surfers Collective and other groups and a welcome ceremony that will include paddling out to sea in a tribute to Gabaldon. Free admission will also be offered at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.
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March 30, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
Hobie Alter, who shaped Southern California's signature surf culture by pioneering the mass-produced foam surfboard and later popularized sailing by inventing a lightweight, high-performance catamaran, died Saturday at his home in Palm Desert. He was 80. The announcement of Alter's death was posted on www.hobie.com , his company's website. No cause was disclosed. Full obituary: Hobie Alter dies at 80 A self-taught design innovator and entrepreneur whose “Hobie” brand earned him a fortune, Alter was nonetheless a reluctant businessman who eschewed suits for cutoffs and was guided by his imagination above all else.
NEWS
March 21, 2014 | By Stacey Leasca
What's it like to stare down a 78-foot wave? It's really no big deal. Or so big-wave legend Garrett McNamara claims. “I got desensitized by riding so many big waves that I don't really get a rush anymore,” McNamara said with a laugh, adding, “I'm hoping I get the rush someday when I find a big enough wave.” It's hard to tell if he's kidding because McNamara has ridden many of the world's largest waves. So many that it's hard to keep track of all his record-setting rides.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
Strong winds and high surf could churn up hazardous conditions in parts of Southern California on Thursday and Friday, forecasters say. The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory late Wednesday for strong winds with gusts up to 50 mph in Los Angeles and Ventura County mountains, the Interstate 5 corridor, the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Santa Barbara County coast through at least Friday morning. Some of the fiercest winds are expected in the Antelope Valley, where they could down trees or cause power outages, according to forecasters.
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March 1, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
After the founder of the International Surfing Museum dipped a toe in the beautiful, blue Pacific, she never bothered to hang the other nine. It was too cold, and the last thing a Canadian farm girl wanted in California was cold. Even so, Natalie Kotsch was intrigued by surfing culture, in love with the town that calls itself Surf City, and unrelenting in her drive to establish a museum devoted to the sport. Kotsch, an effervescent real estate broker who grew up more than 600 miles from the nearest ocean and never swam, much less surfed, in the Pacific, died Feb. 20 at her home in Huntington Beach.
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February 27, 2014 | By Anthony Clark Carpio
The founder of the funky but memorabilia-rich surf museum in downtown Huntington Beach has died after a lengthy battle with cancer. Natalie Kotsch never surfed but fell in love with the sport and the lifestyle that surrounded it. She had battled cancer for a decade. She died Tuesday at the age of 76. Kotsch was the founder of the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum and earned a spot in the beach city's Surfing Walk of Fame for her effort to preserve the memorabilia and artifacts of the surfing culture.
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February 27, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A series of storm systems hitting Southern California has prompted a high-surf advisory in Los Angeles County, with forecasters warning of possible beach erosion and high tides that could cause property damage. The advisory is slated to be in effect until at 5 p.m. Sunday, said Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service in Oxnard. In addition to potential property damage, the high surf could create strong and dangerous rip tides, Seto said, as well as waves that can suddenly wash people off of rocks and jetties, known as sneaker waves.
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February 26, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
New York kosher restaurateur Joey Allaham is taking over the St. Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point for a kind of extravagant Passover meets luxury summer camp. The weeklong all-inclusive event is set for the 400-room hotel from April 14 to 22. "From a toddler to an 80-year-old man, there's something you'll want to be a part of," Allaham says of the Prime Passover Experience he has planned in detail. Kitchens will serve kosher California farm-to-table cuisine. Guests will be entertained with CEO business lectures and cooking classes, singers, educators and even a mentalist.
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