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By Chris Williams | September 25, 2009
What is that down at the Laguna coastline that?s been blotting out the sun recently? A solar eclipse, a low-flying blimp perhaps? Not quite, it?s just a pack of stand-up paddlers stroking by in perfect harmony, looking equal parts graceful and imposing with each stroke of their svelte graphite paddles. Over the course of this past summer I noticed a growing trend that has taken hold here ? stand-up paddle surfing or ?supping? as it is also called. Hailed by many as a great workout and an easy way to enjoy the waves from a unique vantage point, supping has attracted what appears to be a growing legions of local fans.
NEWS
December 5, 2003
Mike Swanson A Laguna Niguel man with rescue-diving training died Sunday after he sank near Treasure Island Cove while trying to fix a faulty inflator hose on his scuba gear. Daryll Shatz, 55, was 10 to 15 yards offshore when he tried to fix his equipment while still wearing his weight belt, Chief of Marine Safety Mark Klosterman said. Shatz also hadn't put on his fins yet, waiting until he had passed the surf line as many experienced divers do, Klosterman said.
NEWS
July 18, 2003
Mike Swanson A 53-year-old man died while bodysurfing off Main Beach Wednesday in conditions deemed "relatively calm" by Laguna Beach's chief of marine safety. Rod Thomas of the Orange County Coroner's Office said he wouldn't speculate on the cause of death until an autopsy is done. "It'll be a very rare story if it turns out to be a drowning," Chief of Marine Safety Mark Klosterman said. "It'd be the first drowning on a guarded beach [in Laguna]
NEWS
April 17, 2009
The faltering local economy is one good reason for the city to allow a kayaking concession at Treasure Island Beach, although it?s not the only one. Opening up another avenue of interest, another drawing card, for Laguna Beach this summer will serve not only the concessionaire but other local merchants struggling to keep their businesses going. And that is all to the good. Of course, establishing a business close to the surf line will require some finesse, and the operator knows there are watchdogs ready to pounce on anything that might be detrimental to the beach environment.
NEWS
April 7, 2006
One thing all agree on is that Aliso Beach must be cleaned up. But this is a lot easier to demand than to accomplish. Aliso Beach is one of the most beautiful spots along the Laguna coastline, and one of the most accessible for beachgoers and surfers. It's the site of an annual skimboarding competition and skimboarders are attracted to its unusual sand and surf formation: Waves run up on the beach and meet the creek flow, making it the perfect spot for skimming. But the creek that creates these perfect skimboarding conditions is notorious as one of the most-polluted streams in South Orange County.
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By Barbara Diamond | March 21, 2013
Increased stand-up paddleboarding and related businesses have city officials worrying about the safety of Laguna beachgoers. The City Council on Tuesday directed staff to review how other coastal cities have dealt with the increasing popularity of stand-up paddleboarding. The report will be passed along to the Planning Commission to consider while it devises an ordinance to regulate the recreational and business activities on the beach. "The primary concern is safety for the participants and for other beachgoers," said Community Services Director Ben Siegel.
BUSINESS
October 3, 2008
Sunscreen previews at all-female surf bout Laguna Beach-based Smart Girls Who Surf, an all-natural sun care products company, previewed the newest addition to their product line, ?FanSea Face,? an SPF 20+ tinted moisturizer, at the ROXY Jam in Cardiff Sept. 19 to 21. Smart Girls was a title corporate sponsor of the third annual, all-female longboard competition where all proceeds go directly to the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy. The Smart Girls Who Surf product line is all-natural, water-resistant, sweat-proof, and provides both UVA and UVB protection.
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By Cindy Frazier | September 18, 2009
I got the chance to see a different side of Laguna Beach two weeks ago. I went snorkeling in South Laguna. My guide, Carey Conklin, was so persuasive that this was the absolute best day of the year to bob around a reef that I changed my long-overdue hair appointment. He wasn’t wrong. Water temperature: 74 degrees. Surf: gentle. Breeze: non-existent. “You have to come out here,” he said. “This is a once-in-a-year thing.” But snorkeling?
NEWS
By CATHARINE COOPER | January 12, 2007
"All the dirt that's fit to print," shares my editor, paraphrasing a famous quote from the front page of the New York Times. That's what my editor tells me in the midst of a discussion about local news. We chuckle over her remark, but it sets in motion a series of thoughts and conversations. I sent her a copy of a news brief from the Seattle Times in which a writer, Danny Westphal, states, "I think intensely local, professionally gathered news is due for a comeback. It's the one thing you can't get anywhere else."
LOCAL
By Cherril Doty | July 18, 2008
I was lost in reverie as I walked the sands of Crystal Cove on a recent morning. There was much on my mind and this long walk was designed to bring clarity as well as renewed energy for the day ahead. Writing in my journal earlier, I had set in motion the idea that the day would be filled with abundance of beauty and its counterpart — beauty of abundance. Vague enough and yet purposeful, too. There had been too much loss touching my life the past couple of months, and it seemed important to refocus.
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By Chris Williams | September 25, 2009
What is that down at the Laguna coastline that?s been blotting out the sun recently? A solar eclipse, a low-flying blimp perhaps? Not quite, it?s just a pack of stand-up paddlers stroking by in perfect harmony, looking equal parts graceful and imposing with each stroke of their svelte graphite paddles. Over the course of this past summer I noticed a growing trend that has taken hold here ? stand-up paddle surfing or ?supping? as it is also called. Hailed by many as a great workout and an easy way to enjoy the waves from a unique vantage point, supping has attracted what appears to be a growing legions of local fans.
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