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By Matt Szabo | July 3, 2009
LAGUNA BEACH — At 10 years old, Laguna Beach native Brandon Sears first competed in the Victoria Skimboards World Championship of Skimboarding with a Victoria “foamie” board. He’s been a mainstay at “The Vic,” making it to the final heat of the professional division several times but never coming out with a win. That changed Sunday, as Brandon C. Sears – also known simply as “BCS” – got his win, taking the professional division final at the 33rd annual event held over the weekend at Aliso Beach.
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By Matt SzaboCoastline Pilot | June 29, 2009
LAGUNA BEACH --- At 10 years old, Laguna Beach native Brandon Sears first competed in the Victoria Skimboards World Championship of Skimboarding with a Victoria “foamie” board. He’s been a mainstay at “The Vic,” making it to the final heat of the professional division several times but never coming out with a win. That changed Sunday, as Brandon C. Sears  – also known simply as “BCS” – got his win, taking the professional division final at the 33 rd annual event held over the weekend at Aliso Beach.
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By Josh Aden | July 27, 2007
Organizers of the World Championship of Skimboarding had to scramble to relocate the annual competition Saturday when a sewage spill closed the event's traditional Aliso Beach location for the weekend. The spill that saw about 1,000 gallons of raw sewage enter Aliso Creek and flow into the ocean had competition organizers sweating. The competition was moved further south to West Street Beach. Trigg Garner, who works for Victoria Skimboards and organizes many parts of the competition said it was hectic moving the competition, but once it got reorganized, the skimboarding action was intense.
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By Mike Sciacca | July 19, 2007
A new twist to the World Championships of Skimboarding takes place Saturday and Sunday with the staging of the first invitational contest on the 2007 United Skimboarding Tour. Hosted by Victoria Skimboards of Laguna Beach and touted simply as, "The Vic," the contest is invite-only and will be played out at Aliso Beach — considered home of one of the best and most demanding shore breaks for skimboarding in the world. "The world championships are in their 31st year and it is the longest running contest on the circuit," said Trigg Garner, general manager at Victoria Skimboards who helps run several aspects of the contest.
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By Ashley Breeding Special to the Coastline Pilot | July 28, 2008
The advantages of riding Aliso waves year-round was evident when the final round of the Professionals division in the 32nd annual Victoria Skimboards World Championships of Skimboarding came down to four Laguna Beach natives Sunday. The two-day event took place at Aliso Beach, which served up a mixture of sun and clouds and produced some gnarly three- to five-foot swells for competitors from all over the world to show off their skills. Brandon Rothe took the 2008 title, followed by last year’s winner Bill Bryan in second, Brandon Sears in third place, and Brendan “Noogie” Stevens in fourth.
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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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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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By Matt Szabo | October 9, 2009
For many locals, summer in Laguna Beach without “The Vic” wouldn’t be the same. Victoria Skimboards general manager Trigg Garner, who grew up in Laguna, certainly feels that way, and not just because the company sponsors the annual World Championship of Skimboarding at Aliso Beach. After 33 years of competition, it’s a staple of the city, but Garner felt it was threatened this summer. During setup for the second day of the contest, a park ranger came to the event and said Victoria Skimboards might have to move the event out of the summer months due to too much traffic at Aliso.
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By Matt SzaboCoastline Pilot | June 29, 2009
LAGUNA BEACH --- At 10 years old, Laguna Beach native Brandon Sears first competed in the Victoria Skimboards World Championship of Skimboarding with a Victoria “foamie” board. He’s been a mainstay at “The Vic,” making it to the final heat of the professional division several times but never coming out with a win. That changed Sunday, as Brandon C. Sears  – also known simply as “BCS” – got his win, taking the professional division final at the 33 rd annual event held over the weekend at Aliso Beach.
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By Matt Szabo | June 26, 2009
Brandon Rothe is so smooth on a skimboard, he might not even get all the credit he deserves. He’s the kind of rider who might not overly impress some in person, but go home and check out his clips on YouTube and jaws might start to drop. Technically, he’s tight with his craft. Rothe takes it seriously, which is not to say he doesn’t have fun, but the time in the water is time for business. “Some people, big competitors, have told me that maybe flailing your arms around will get you extra points,” said Rothe, 24. “I’m really big on just skimming the way I do. Everyone’s got their own style, so it’s cool.
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By Ashley Breeding | August 1, 2008
The advantages of riding Aliso Beach waves year-round was evident in the final round for the pros at the 32nd annual Victoria Skimboards World Championships of Skimboarding. Four Laguna Beach residents battled for the top spot in the two-day event at Aliso Beach, which served up a mixture of sun and clouds and produced some gnarly 3- to 5-foot swells for competitors from all over the world. Brandon Rothe took the 2008 title, followed by last year’s winner Bill Bryan. Brandon Sears was in third place and Brendan “Noogie” Stevens was fourth.
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By Josh Aden | July 27, 2007
Organizers of the World Championship of Skimboarding had to scramble to relocate the annual competition Saturday when a sewage spill closed the event's traditional Aliso Beach location for the weekend. The spill that saw about 1,000 gallons of raw sewage enter Aliso Creek and flow into the ocean had competition organizers sweating. The competition was moved further south to West Street Beach. Trigg Garner, who works for Victoria Skimboards and organizes many parts of the competition said it was hectic moving the competition, but once it got reorganized, the skimboarding action was intense.
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