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By Ashley Breeding | June 26, 2008
Victoria Skimboards recently introduced the “Vic Cam,” a video camera that provides live footage of Aliso Beach on the company’s website. The purpose of the camera is to allow skimboarders to view weather and ocean conditions without physically going to the beach, General Manager of Victoria’s Trigg Garner said. He said the camera was installed less than three weeks ago, but the site has already received a multitude of hits. Aliso’s topography makes it one of the most popular skimboarding locations around.
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July 15, 2005
Mike Sciacca The best skimboard athletes in the world will come to Laguna Beach on July 22 to showcase their talents and compete at the Animal World Championships of Skimboarding presented by Little Trees and Victoria Skimboards. The three-day event, which concludes July 24, will be held at Aliso Beach. This year's competition, which is in its 29th year, has Animal Watches as its title sponsor. "We look to have about 180 to 200 competitors this year," said Tyler Palmer, retail specialist for Victoria Skimboards.
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By Ashley Breeding | July 24, 2008
The 32nd annual Victoria Skimboards World Championships of Skimboarding will take place Saturday and Sunday — and it’s back at Aliso Beach. After a sewage spill last year contaminated the skimboarding hot spot, the 2007 contest was moved to West Street — a location not nearly as conducive to skimming. Trigg Garner, manager of Victoria Skimboards, said he is excited about this year’s conditions. “Professional and amateur riders from all over the globe will compete,” he said.
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By Mike Sciacca | July 5, 2012
For the 36th time, some of the top local, national and international skimboarders will be in Laguna Beach to vie for top honors at the annual Victoria Skimboards World Championships of Skimboarding. This year's event starts Saturday and concludes Sunday at Aliso Beach Park. One key feature of the championships is that it is the only live broadcast of a professional skimboarding event, said Trigg Garner, general manager of Victoria Skimboards. Garner noted that the live web cast could reach more than 20,000 viewers worldwide.
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By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com | July 14, 2011
Throughout the years, the Victoria Skimboards World Championship of Skimboarding has evolved from a casual competition involving local riders to an event that's about to celebrate a big anniversary that includes international competitors. The Victoria WCS, originally known and still referred to as "The Vic," begins for the 35th time Saturday at Aliso Beach in Laguna Beach. The event wraps Sunday with division championship finals. Titles are up for grabs in the following Amateur divisions: 8-and-Under; 9-11; 12-14; 15-17; 18-21; 22-24; 25-29; 30-39; 40-and-Up, and Women.
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By Matt Szabo | April 30, 2010
Pamela Simpson has big plans for Skim Chicks, the organization she launched earlier this month with Richard Tibbetts. Skimboarding is a sport that started in Laguna Beach, but now Simpson — the Laguna resident — is hoping to help it branch out all over the world. And as you might guess by the company’s name, she wants to get “chicks” — female competitors — involved. They’re taking a huge first step toward that goal in June when the Victoria Skimboards World Championship of Skimboarding at Aliso Beach will hold its first-ever women’s pro division competition.
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By Mike Sciacca | July 12, 2012
Sam Stinnett did it again. The Laguna Beach resident came away with the title of Professional Men's Division champion Sunday at the 2012 Victoria Skimboards World Championships of Skimboarding at Aliso Beach in Laguna Beach. Stinnett, who won the Professional Men's title last year, fended off several challenges to repeat as champion. The winner of the Professional Women's Division was Keiao Gucwa-Bucasas of Hawaii. The competition was held in 2- to- 3-foot surf, with an occasional 4-foot swell.
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By Ashley Breeding | August 8, 2008
As the World Championships of Skimboarding wrapped up last weekend, the top four men split an $8,000 prize purse. The top women walked away with a free backpack, wallet and beanie. Avid skimboarder and Laguna resident Pamela Simpson said these “awards” exemplify how women are treated in the sport. “We [the ladies] are out there killing it just like the guys are,” she said. “We deserve to be rewarded just the same and have a pro division for women.
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By Bryce Alderton | August 15, 2013
When it comes to Aliso Creek, Tex Haines often looks below the water's surface. Haines, 61, who remembers coming to Aliso Beach Park when he was 6, is concerned about the amount of sand that workers shovel into the ocean to open up the creek's entrance into the Pacific. Haines, founder of the Victoria Skimboards World Championships of Skimboarding, held every year at Aliso Beach Park, said the ocean's current already takes sand south along the South Laguna coastline where it settles atop tidepools.
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By Mike Sciacca | July 4, 2013
The title of Pro Men's champion of the Victoria Skimboards World Championships of Skimboarding still belongs to a rider from Laguna Beach. This year's title was won by recent Laguna Beach High graduate Blair Conklin who captured the Pro Men's division for the first time. Conklin, 18, emerged victorious from a highly-competitive field. He defeated Bill Bryan (fourth place), a 14-time world champion, in the semifinals, then got past Brandon Sears in Sunday's final at Aliso Beach Park in Laguna Beach.
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By Dave Hansen | July 2, 2013
If you can imagine surfing culture maybe 50 years ago, that's what skimboarding is like today: young, eclectic and positive. It's a fun, rambunctious family with distant cousins in Japan, Chile, Australia, Portugal, Philippines, Spain and Mexico. Dragging boards and an extra pair of shorts - or not - they show up at your house and hope you have a couch. Hundreds of them showed up June 29 and 30 for the 37th annual Victoria World Championship of Skimboarding, aka "The Vic," at Aliso Beach.
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June 27, 2013
The 2013 Victoria Skimboards World Championships will be held Saturday and Sunday at Aliso Beach in Laguna Beach. The contest gets underway at 8 a.m. Saturday with competition in the 8-and-under division. Amateur divisions competitions follow, and the Professional Women and Men divisions will run when best conditions are available during both days. "The VIC," as it is known, is in its 37th year and will be broadcast live on the Internet. — From Staff reports * Pitz takes third at NSSA championships Taylor Pitz of Laguna Beach, a student at UCLA, earned a third-place individual placement in the College Women's division at the 2013 National Scholastic Surfing Assn.
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By Brittany Woolsey | August 20, 2012
Brothers George and Bill Bryan, natives of Laguna Beach, credit the city as the inspiration behind their film company, 10th Street Bros. Films. "We made our first movie in my bedroom on Tenth Ave. in South Laguna," George said via email. "They call the beach [there] Tenth Street, which was a magical place at the time. Unfortunately, due to what many think is overdevelopment, there is way more sand there now and the wave doesn't break anymore. " The company makes movies around their favorite sport - skimboarding.
OCNOW
August 13, 2012
Matthieu Thibaud, a Laguna Beach local and Victoria Skimboards professional team rider, has a new promotional video. The three minutes and 38 seconds long video highlights Thibaud's abilities and also aims to promote the sport of skimboarding, according to the video's creator, David Kushner. Thibaud is currently competing on the United Skim Tour. He will travel to Japan in September.  Check out the video below!
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By Mike Sciacca | July 12, 2012
Sam Stinnett did it again. The Laguna Beach resident came away with the title of Professional Men's Division champion Sunday at the 2012 Victoria Skimboards World Championships of Skimboarding at Aliso Beach in Laguna Beach. Stinnett, who won the Professional Men's title last year, fended off several challenges to repeat as champion. The winner of the Professional Women's Division was Keiao Gucwa-Bucasas of Hawaii. The competition was held in 2- to- 3-foot surf, with an occasional 4-foot swell.
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By Mike Sciacca | July 5, 2012
For the 36th time, some of the top local, national and international skimboarders will be in Laguna Beach to vie for top honors at the annual Victoria Skimboards World Championships of Skimboarding. This year's event starts Saturday and concludes Sunday at Aliso Beach Park. One key feature of the championships is that it is the only live broadcast of a professional skimboarding event, said Trigg Garner, general manager of Victoria Skimboards. Garner noted that the live web cast could reach more than 20,000 viewers worldwide.
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By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com | July 21, 2011
New faces went big places at the 2011 World Championships of Skimboarding at Aliso Beach. The 35th annual championships saw two first-time winners in the Men's and Women's Professional divisions and viewers from around the world taking in all the action from a live feed of the two-day event. The championships started Saturday and concluded with finals action Sunday. Youth was served in the Men's and Women's Professional divisions, as local athlete Sam Stinnett won the men's title and Catherine Squillante, who traveled from Fredericksburg, Va., claimed the women's crown.
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By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com | July 14, 2011
Throughout the years, the Victoria Skimboards World Championship of Skimboarding has evolved from a casual competition involving local riders to an event that's about to celebrate a big anniversary that includes international competitors. The Victoria WCS, originally known and still referred to as "The Vic," begins for the 35th time Saturday at Aliso Beach in Laguna Beach. The event wraps Sunday with division championship finals. Titles are up for grabs in the following Amateur divisions: 8-and-Under; 9-11; 12-14; 15-17; 18-21; 22-24; 25-29; 30-39; 40-and-Up, and Women.
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