January 20, 2004 |
Cortes Bank is one of the most remote surf spots on the planet, a shallow seamount located 100 miles west of San Diego. It was first conquered by a group of tow-in surfers less than three years ago. Yet when a big swell hit early last week, it might as well have been down the road. At least 18 tow-surfing teams arrived before or just after dawn to greet a swell that had been predicted almost a week earlier.
September 30, 2003 |
Matt Warshaw has a reply ready for critics of his new book: "Write your own damn encyclopedia." But before you get to work on a project as ambitious as the "Encyclopedia of Surfing" (Harcourt), here's what to expect. First, saw off a year to build in the 1999 version of Filemaker Pro, the world's largest database of surf info, gleaned from every niche mag, movie, video and mainstream reference on six continents.
May 22, 2004 |
The Hawaii Board of Education has unanimously approved surfing as an official high school sport in the Islands. Despite being birthplace of surfing, Hawaii had never recognized interscholastic high school surfing teams, citing safety, cost and liability concerns. Hawaii public school students had been competing in surf meets as members of clubs. Those clubs can now be official school teams.
November 8, 1993
Chris Brown of Santa Barbara won the title at the Bud Surf Tour event Sunday in Ventura. Jeff Deffenbaugh of Huntington Beach was second and Tim Curren of Oxnard third. Brown won $4,000, Deffenbaugh got $2,250 and Curren won $1,300. Rob Machado of Cardiff was eliminated in the quarterfinal round but still clinched the tour's overall title. Deffenbaugh was fourth and Richie Collins fifth in the overall standings.
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March 11, 1990 |
Anthony Gorena was among the first to test the waters at a three-mile stretch of beach just opened after more than a month of being off limits. When the 15-year-old Fullerton resident and his five high school friends first saw the choppy waves about 6 a.m. Saturday, the water was ominously dark under dusky skies. It looked like oil. Then cloud-shrouded sunlight brightened the water and showed the sea to be a pristine blue. Anthony jumped in with his surfboard.
October 19, 1999 |
Surf wear's "A-list" has gotten increasingly crowded over the last year with established companies hanging tough as new labels have also vaulted to the top, local surf shop owners say. "There's a cat fight at the top that's absolutely unbelievable," said Dave Hollander, co-owner of Becker Surf N' Sport in Corona del Mar. The best-known companies, Quiksilver Inc.
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January 24, 1994 |
From his cramped kitchen that doubles as an office, Bruce Hopping is burning the midnight oil, pounding out yet another nightly blitz of faxes. Destinations: Rio de Janeiro, Morocco and Greece. "Nighttime is the only time I get to reach people in other countries because of the time differences," Hopping said, "so I rise every day about 10:30 in the morning and I don't get to bed till 3 a.m." His habits are those of an investment banker. But portfolios are not his interest.
July 23, 2004 |
Most of the top young surfers from across the country are scheduled to compete today in the inaugural USA Championships alongside the Huntington Beach Pier. The event was conceived and organized by Surfing America, the newly appointed national governing body for the sport in the U.S. The USA Championships includes prequalified surfers from the top amateur organizations in the country, the Eastern Surfing Assn., the Hawaii Amateur Surfing Assn., the National Scholastic Surfing Assn.
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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.