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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.
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.
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.
June 17, 1990 | JOHN PENNER
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.
July 6, 1996
For 24 years, Scott Morlan has taught people of all ages, especially children, how to surf as part of a summer program offered by the Newport Beach Community Services Department. A surfer since 1962, Morlan, 47, says he believes surfing is a recreational activity that lifts the spirit and cleanses the mind. The frame for his car's license plate reads: "There's nothing that a good day of surfing can't cure."
August 3, 2002 | Dan Arritt
Lisa Andersen of Florida and Melanie Redman-Carr of Australia, two of the top female professional surfers on tour, were eliminated Friday morning in the round of 32 at the Philips U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. Kim Hamrock of Huntington Beach and Erica Hosseini of Newport Beach, the only Southern Californians remaining in the women's round of 32, also were eliminated. The women's semifinals are set for 3 p.m. today and the final will follow at 4:10 p.m.
January 12, 1996 | DEBRA CANO
Surf City will continue to live up to its name this fall when it hosts the International Surfing Assn. World Cup, a prestigious competition that officials say will draw as many as 700 athletes from 40 countries. Community Services Director Ron Hagan said the city completed negotiations this week to hold the event in Huntington Beach from Sept. 28 to Oct. 6.
September 2, 1995 | ENRIQUE LAVIN
With surfers lobbying on one side and a homeowners' group on the other, the city's Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission on Tuesday will consider recommending that a surfing ban on part of the beach be lifted. For nearly 30 years, a yellow flag with a black ball in the middle has been raised to call surfers out of the water between noon and 4 p.m. from June 10 through Sept. 15. The ban was established to separate bathers from surfers in an effort to thwart injury.
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