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By Chris Williams | December 19, 2008
Buying a surfboard for a loved one this holiday season can be great, especially when you find one that matches the surfer’s skill and ability level. No surfboard wants to live its life in the rafters of your garage, eventually finding itself in the humiliating position of garage sale fodder. (Note: Many a surfboard have been rescued from said life and gone on to enjoy a reasonably happy and productive life, but I digress.) What size, shape, thickness is right for little Billy or Suzy?
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By James Pribram | March 6, 2009
In the world of surfing there is an age-old saying: When you’re great you can ride anything, even a door. Kelly Slater can do just that. I just never thought he would be winning contests on one. After winning the Pipeline Masters this past December on a snub nose 5-foot-10, Slater is continuing to play with conventional surfboard design. This past week at the first event of the year, the Quiksilver pro on the Gold Coast of Australia, it was Slater again winning his first round heat.
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December 4, 2009
Surfboard menorah to be lit Chabad Jewish Center will light a surfboard menorah at 2 p.m. Dec. 13 at Laguna?s Main Beach cobblestones for Hanukkah. The celebration includes live Israeli music with Jimmy Gamliel and friends, dancing, singing, arts and crafts, cookie decorating, fillable dreidel sand art, face painting, chocolate gelt and latkes. The surfboard menorah was constructed of old, damaged, unusable surf boards donated by Laguna Beach friends and congregants. The menorah was designed by Steve Sasche, who took the project under his wing and shared the idea with local contractors Mike Thomkins and Tony Hempen who put it all together.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Ashley Breeding | May 21, 2010
Jack Winter, a freshman film student at Laguna Beach High School, recently sat down with a local surfer to document his experiences as a volunteer with Surfers Healing, an organization that helps autistic children by exposing them to surfing. The interview was part of the making of a short documentary Winter was working on for the MyHero Film Project, which aims to enlighten and inspire people of all ages with hero stories from around the globe. In the film surfer Nick Hernandez talks about his connection to Izzy Paskowitz, founder of Surfers Healing, as well as his motivation to volunteer and what he gets out of spending time with the children on the water.
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By Mike Anton and By Mike Anton | April 4, 2014
When he was a young man, Hobie Alter had a clear vision of his future: He didn't want a job that would require hard-soled shoes, and he didn't want to work east of Pacific Coast Highway. He succeeded. The son of a second-generation orange grower, Alter is credited with innovations that allowed people who couldn't lift log slabs to surf and those who couldn't pay for yacht club memberships to sail. Known practically everywhere with a coastline or a lake simply as "Hobie," Alter developed the mass-produced foam surfboard.
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SPORTS
April 3, 2014
The Hobie baseball team honored the passing of their namesake, Hobie Alter, Wednesday night when it took on VFW in a Laguna Beach Little League Major Division game at Riddle Field. Mark Christy, owner of Hobie Surf Shop, gave a moving, pregame speech to the Hobie squad whose players wore black wristbands in tribute to Alter. Alter, a surfboard designer and instrumental and iconic figure in surfing culture, died Saturday at age 80. "If Hobie were here tonight, he would tell you to find something you love to do, whether it is baseball, art, science or math," Christy said.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2013
The annual lighting of the Surfboard Menorah took place Sunday on the cobblestones at Laguna's Main Beach. The menorah is composed of surfboards that are damaged or unusable, designed by Steve Sasche in 2008 and assembled by Mike Thomkins and Tony Hempen.
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By Ashley Breeding | May 21, 2010
Jack Winter, a freshman film student at Laguna Beach High School, recently sat down with a local surfer to document his experiences as a volunteer with Surfers Healing, an organization that helps autistic children by exposing them to surfing. The interview was part of the making of a short documentary Winter was working on for the MyHero Film Project, which aims to enlighten and inspire people of all ages with hero stories from around the globe. In the film surfer Nick Hernandez talks about his connection to Izzy Paskowitz, founder of Surfers Healing, as well as his motivation to volunteer and what he gets out of spending time with the children on the water.
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By Chris Williams | April 23, 2010
As the warm months of summer and spring approach, it?s time to take a quick look at buying a surfboard. This can be a great experience, especially when you find one that matches a surfer?s skill and ability level. Here are just a few basic answers to frequently asked questions: Q: I have never surfed before but want to learn. What type of surfboard should I ride? A: A nice, big, soft board. They provide stability and are easy to use, safe and durable. The last thing you want to do is get hurt and discouraged while trying something new. Q: My child has been using a soft board all summer, is ?
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December 4, 2009
Surfboard menorah to be lit Chabad Jewish Center will light a surfboard menorah at 2 p.m. Dec. 13 at Laguna?s Main Beach cobblestones for Hanukkah. The celebration includes live Israeli music with Jimmy Gamliel and friends, dancing, singing, arts and crafts, cookie decorating, fillable dreidel sand art, face painting, chocolate gelt and latkes. The surfboard menorah was constructed of old, damaged, unusable surf boards donated by Laguna Beach friends and congregants. The menorah was designed by Steve Sasche, who took the project under his wing and shared the idea with local contractors Mike Thomkins and Tony Hempen who put it all together.
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