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December 2, 2010
Van Alphen wins tennis event Six months ago, Sydney Van Alphen finished runner-up at the Laguna Niguel Girls' 14s Open Tennis Tournament. Sunday, she came away with the title. Van Alphen, 11, won the Laguna Niguel Junior Open Tennis Thanksgiving Tournament girls' 14s singles title Sunday at Laguna Niguel Racquet Club. But that wasn't all the Thurston Middle School sixth-grader came away with: she teamed with Emily Maxfield of Murrieta to capture the girls' 14s doubles crown, as well.
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By Chris Williams | December 12, 2008
On any given day down at Laguna’s surf breaks you’ll see it, an older surfer shredding across a wave being “hooted” on by a young surfer at just the right moments. Observe longer and you’ll most likely see the older surfer doing the same for the younger counterparts. In Laguna, surfing is a family affair. The Laguna surf scene is a place where great family moments are shared. I can attest to this as my dad and I spent many mornings surfing what seemed like perfect waves together down at Thalia Street.
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November 15, 2002
BEST BUY Toes on the Nose, a Costa Mesa-based surf company inspired by the art of longboarding, has a new flagship store in Laguna. It sells men's, women's and children's apparel, surfboards, accessories and Hawaiian-style bedding. Its signature one-off original hand-shaped boards with custom fabrics inlay are popular, as are its woven shirts designed by Shag, a local artist. Ask about its custom Aloha shirts, which can be designed for company gifts, golf tournaments, wedding parties and tradeshows.
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By Ashley Breeding | May 28, 2009
A popular Aussie surfboard line of 30 years is now making history in Laguna Beach. Nirvana Surfboards, whose mission is to produce high-quality surfboards for surfers opposed to mass-quantity boards for shopping malls, recently opened a flagship store at 912 N. Coast Highway. “We have a lot of history and soul, and we’ve learned from the best and most talented [surfboard shapers],” said shop manager Dylan Marschall. “What sets us apart from other lines is that we don’t try to pump out 300 boards a season, but try to make quality boards that people want to ride.
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By Ashley Breeding | March 12, 2009
Laguna resident and lifelong skateboarder Eric Kirkland has invented the Nuclear Pickle, a longboard that enables tool-free adjustments and smoother rides. Recently adopted by Alliance Board Sports in Escondido and scheduled to hit stores in the fall, Kirkland said it is the only longboard on the market that does not require a tool to make on-the-road adjustments to the truck — the axle unit to which the wheels are attached. “This board can cruise,” he said.
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By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com | October 14, 2010
Opening its season early Wednesday in surf that was fast, glassy, hollow and somewhat tricky to ride, the Laguna Beach High surf team rode the performance of its female surfers to a victory against Newport Harbor. The South Coast League contest was held at 56th Street in Newport Beach. The Breakers won both the girls' Longboard and Shortboard divisions and the Sailors won the boys' Longboard, Shortboard and Bodyboard events. "We did pretty well overall, especially the girls," Laguna Coach Scott Finn said.
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July 22, 2005
Mike Sciacca The world's largest surfing competition, the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing presented by O'Neill, will be held in Huntington Beach from July 22 to July 31. Among the contestants in this year's event are Laguna Beach professional surfers Mike Todd and Bron Heussenstamm. World-class athletes from dozens of countries will compete over a 10-day period in five divisions of competition. The event carries a $185,000 prize purse. Todd is the 132nd seed in the men's division, while Heussenstamm is listed as an alternate.
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By Bryce Alderton | May 22, 2013
Cousins Mason Bennett and Kenton Durfee are skateboarders on a mission. Bennett, 23, from North Salt Lake City, and Durfee, 23, from Mesa, Ariz., are nearing the end of a 650-mile skateboarding trip along the California coast to raise money for the nonprofit Bridge of Love, which raises money for abandoned and orphaned children in Romania. The two started on longboard skateboards in Santa Rosa on April 29 and were set to be in Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach on Wednesday.
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November 4, 2005
Thurston Wave Riders pick up five at La Jolla Shores competition.In its first Interscholastic Surfing Federation contest of the season, the Thurston Surf Club, known as the Wave Riders, earned five individual medals in stormy conditions Sunday at La Jolla Shores. The team, under the leadership of parent advisor Chris Castro, competed against other middle school teams in the county. Thurston's Kris Williams earned a spot in the boys' shortboard and longboard finals and earned a sixth-place medal in each division.
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December 2, 2010
Van Alphen wins tennis event Six months ago, Sydney Van Alphen finished runner-up at the Laguna Niguel Girls' 14s Open Tennis Tournament. Sunday, she came away with the title. Van Alphen, 11, won the Laguna Niguel Junior Open Tennis Thanksgiving Tournament girls' 14s singles title Sunday at Laguna Niguel Racquet Club. But that wasn't all the Thurston Middle School sixth-grader came away with: she teamed with Emily Maxfield of Murrieta to capture the girls' 14s doubles crown, as well.
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By Ashley Breeding | May 28, 2009
A popular Aussie surfboard line of 30 years is now making history in Laguna Beach. Nirvana Surfboards, whose mission is to produce high-quality surfboards for surfers opposed to mass-quantity boards for shopping malls, recently opened a flagship store at 912 N. Coast Highway. “We have a lot of history and soul, and we’ve learned from the best and most talented [surfboard shapers],” said shop manager Dylan Marschall. “What sets us apart from other lines is that we don’t try to pump out 300 boards a season, but try to make quality boards that people want to ride.
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By Ashley Breeding | March 17, 2009
Laguna resident and lifelong skateboarder Eric Kirkland has invented the Nuclear Pickle, a longboard that enables tool-free adjustments and smoother rides. Recently adopted by Alliance Board Sports in Escondido and scheduled to hit stores in the fall, Kirkland said it is the only longboard on the market that does not require a tool to make on-the-road adjustments to the truck — the axle unit to which the wheels are attached. “This board can cruise,” he said.
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By Chris Williams | December 12, 2008
On any given day down at Laguna’s surf breaks you’ll see it, an older surfer shredding across a wave being “hooted” on by a young surfer at just the right moments. Observe longer and you’ll most likely see the older surfer doing the same for the younger counterparts. In Laguna, surfing is a family affair. The Laguna surf scene is a place where great family moments are shared. I can attest to this as my dad and I spent many mornings surfing what seemed like perfect waves together down at Thalia Street.
NEWS
November 15, 2002
BEST BUY Toes on the Nose, a Costa Mesa-based surf company inspired by the art of longboarding, has a new flagship store in Laguna. It sells men's, women's and children's apparel, surfboards, accessories and Hawaiian-style bedding. Its signature one-off original hand-shaped boards with custom fabrics inlay are popular, as are its woven shirts designed by Shag, a local artist. Ask about its custom Aloha shirts, which can be designed for company gifts, golf tournaments, wedding parties and tradeshows.
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