CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1995 |
A surfer's loud "yahoo" rippled through the city's Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission meeting on Tuesday night, after the commissioners voted 7 to 1 to ease the summer ban on surfing. On Sept. 25, the City Council will consider the commissioners' recommendation to create all-day surfing areas on three, four-block stretches of the city's beaches.
August 30, 1986
Tom Curren of Santa Barbara, the defending world champion, advanced Friday to the second round of the main event at the Op Pro surfing championship at Huntington Beach. Curren, surfing in 4- to 6-foot waves, defeated amateur Jeff Booth of Laguna Beach to set up today's match with Brad Gerlach of Encinitas, who is ranked second behind Curren on the pro tour. Gerlach defeated Charlie Kuhn of Coco Beach, Fla. Losers in the two-man main-event heats are eliminated from the event, which ends Sunday.
August 10, 1993 |
Surf poetry. An oxymoron, right? Wrong, says Lee Mallory, who will emcee a reading of tubular verse Wednesday in Newport Beach. Trash the notion of poetry as a purely cerebral experience. Instead, says the Rancho Santiago College English teacher, think of surf poetry as writing that "captures the essence of a union with the forces of nature," the same union that surfers experience as they ride the wild waves.
August 3, 1986
John Shimoka, a 16-year-old high school student from Honolulu, won the U.S. Pro Surfing Championship at Huntington Beach Saturday. The U.S. Pro is the final regular-season contest of the six-stop United States Professional Surfing Tour. Shimoka's victory was worth $1,500, but he refused the prize money to keep his amateur status. Shimoka is the three-time Hawaiian National Scholastic Surfing Assn. juniors champion. His first-place money went to second-place finisher Scott Daley of Santa Monica.
July 19, 1999 |
If your knowledge of surfing is stalled somewhere between Duke Kahanamoku and Gidget, you might want to hop in your woodie and drive to the California Surf Museum in Oceanside. There, you'll learn that the Southland's first documented surfer was one George Freeth, who was sighted riding a wave off Redondo Beach in 1907. A Freeth exhibit is among current attractions at the museum, together with a salute to the Duke, the Hawaiian-born father of surfing who died in 1968.
July 31, 1994 |
Despite mostly gloomy skies, about 25,000 people flocked to Huntington Beach on the first weekend day of the 13th annual Ocean Pacific Pro Surfing Championship, but the event that once earned distinction as the city's biggest beach party this year lured a more sedate crowd. "I think you're seeing the hard-core surf fanatics out there, and that's what this event is all about," said Op Pro spokesman Mike Kingsbury. "It's not a beach party anymore.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2002 |
A new postage stamp honoring surfing legend Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, credited with popularizing the sport throughout the world, will be dedicated Sunday at the Huntington Beach Pier on Pacific Coast Highway. "The Duke Kahanamoku stamp reminds us of the lasting, positive influence of a talented individual and relatively unknown hero in our culture," said Huntington Beach Postmaster Jeanne Hannahs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 1990 |
While the politicians and business leaders gave speeches and smiled for publicity photos outside, David Nuuhiwa strolled into the new International Surfing Museum, alone, mumbling prayers while sprinkling seawater on the museum's walls, walkways and memorabilia.
October 24, 1992
Kelly Slater moved another step closer to clinching the Assn. of Surfing Professionals world tour title by advancing Friday to the fourth round of the $120,000 U.S. Alternativa Pro in Rio de Janeiro. Slater, a Cocoa Beach, Fla., native now living in Huntington Beach, can clinch the world title today if he defeats Tom Carroll of Australia. Friday, Slater defeated Peterson Rosa of Brazil, 21.5-18.1, and Carroll defeated San Clemente's Dino Andino, 20.7-19.3.