Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Restaurants Champion Kids!

July 18th, 2014

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Champion Kids Ocean Friendly Restaurant Meeting

Want to learn more about Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Restaurants program? How do

restaurant practices affect the environment? What can restaurants do to help protect

the ocean and the animals that live there? And how can we as Surfrider volunteers

help them? This is a meeting for all ages and will answer all of these questions! This is

a great way to get involved and bring the kids!

Tuesday, July 22nd @ 6:30pm

Zimzala at the Shorebreak Hotel, Downtown Huntington Beach

RAP/OFR Chair
Jessica 949.370.9459

Surfing Museum’s Century of Stoke

July 17th, 2014

 Exhibit Showcases Huntington Beach Milestones

 A Surfrider Foundation Sponsor Story

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Less than an hour before the opening of the International Surfing Museum’s new exhibit Century of Stoke, Exhibit Director Dave Reynolds was on his hands and knees carefully laying cut-out footprints on the floor.

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The footprints, arranged in chronological order around the main exhibit area, “each represent a milestone in the history of Huntington Beach and the people who went before,” Reynolds told SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel.

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And what a history it’s been – taking the tiny community, once known as Shell Beach before oil and rail car mogul Henry E. Huntington put his name on it, and turning it into the surfing capital of the world.

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The 100-year procession of visionaries, entrepreneurs, surfers, board shapers, artists, musicians, community leaders, and more who forged HB into the Surf City USA of today is on display in Century of Stoke, curated by Reynolds and surfing’s first professional world champion Peter (PT) Townend.

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From the original 1914 cornerstone of the Huntington Beach Pier…

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To colorful surfboards used by surfing legends…

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A statue of Duke Kahanamoku…

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Awards and vintage photos…

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Paintings and artworks…

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Beach music record album covers…

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Movie posters…

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Even a replica of Gordie Duane’s famous surfboard shop…

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The milestones are here.

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And the memories…especially the memory of Natalie Kotsch, the transplanted Canadian and non-surfer, whose desire to preserve Huntington Beach’s surfing history led to the creation of the International Surfing Museum in 1987.

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The spirit of museum founder and muse Natalie, who passed away last February, is intensely present in the exuberance of the exhibit itself and within the hearts of those who are carrying on her legacy.

A highlight of the exhibit’s opening was the unveiling of the drawings for the museum’s planned expansion that will increase its square footage from 2,000 to 7,000 square feet and enable it to showcase even more surfing memorabilia and artwork.

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Museum Director-at-Large Cindy Cross said to SurfWriter Girls, “We’re incredibly proud of all the changes these past few years. And the expansion, it’s so good that Natalie knew about it.”

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Cross, who worked closely with Natalie to reach this point in the museum’s evolution, added that there is more work to do to turn the museum into what Natalie envisioned. “We still need to raise more money. About $2.5 million. That would give the museum the space and security to pursue the truly world-class facility this city deserves.”

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To help the museum reach its goal, proceeds from Huntington Beach’s 100 Years of Surfing events scheduled this year have been designated to benefit the International Surfing Museum.

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This includes the Greens Room Golf Tournament, Monday, July 28, at Seacliff Country Club. Named after the surf term, the green room, which describes the perfect spot inside the barrel of a wave, the tournament features professional surfers and surf industry leaders among the players and is open to the public.

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Tony Soriano, Chairperson of the Surfrider Foundation’s Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter, told SurfWriter Girls, “Surfrider is helping to promote the museum’s fund-raising efforts. It shares many of the same educational goals that we have and deserves as much support as the community can give it. The International Surfing Museum is preserving our surf culture and is recognizing the achievements that improve our sport and the beach community.”

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Looking around at everyone enjoying the Century of Stoke exhibit, SurfWriter Girls Sunny and Patti were definitely “picking up good vibrations.”

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Now that Huntington Beach is celebrating its centennial summer we’re excited to see where the next footprints lead!

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International Surfing Day 2014

June 25th, 2014

Ode to Joy of Surfing

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

When Beethoven composed his uplifting Ode to Joy for his 9th Symphony in 1824 he could have been writing about the joy of surfing

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Jan and Dean definitely were when they recorded their megahit song Surf City.

What other sport has inspired so many to rhapsodize about it? Musicians, artists and writers – all have tried to convey its wonders. So, it’s fitting that surfing has its own special day, June 20, for rejoicing – International Surfing Day (ISD).

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Started in 2005 by Surfing magazine and the Surfrider Foundation, ISD has become an annual event to celebrate this great sport and to give something back to the world’s oceans and beaches. Over the weekend there were 150-plus events in more than 30 countries.

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On Saturday morning surfers and sun worshipers alike were out in full force at the Huntington Beach Pier to enjoy the day and pay homage to the summer solstice.

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Surfrider’s Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter and Newport Beach Chapter had booths set up on the sand and hosted a jam-packed day of environmental education and entertainment activities, paddle-outs, beach cleanups, yoga, and more.

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SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel couldn’t believe how much was going on.

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KABC Eyewitness News and KTLA both came out to cover the story.

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So did Sustainability News and Entertainment online reporter Diana Dehm.

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HB’s Mayor Pro Tem Joe Shaw…

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and Surfrider Global’s Kyle Lishok, Laura Lee and Alexa Ward were there, too.

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Gina Maslach, who coordinated this year’s ISD event, told Surfwriter Girls there were “over 40 sponsors – an assortment of surf, stand-up paddle, canoe club, and yoga on the beach groups. Plus local businesses and surf industry leaders.”

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Maslach emphasized, “I tried to get as many green, eco-friendly businesses and organizations on board as I could,” noting that the pants she was wearing came from event sponsor teeki and were “made from recycled plastic bottles.”

Surfrider members/sponsors Seth Matsonand Manuel Florence were at the booths of their businesses, Orange County Clothing Company

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and Brewbakers – with Seth showing his latest cool T-shirts and hats and Manuel giving out root beer.

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Pedego’s electric bikes were on display.

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M&M and Banzai surfing schools signed people up for lessons.

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Aipa, Carrozza and 17th Street surfboards demoed their new boards.

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Red Bull’s promotion crew was all over the beach giving out energy drinks…

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and had a lounge tent set up that people could duck into to beat the heat.

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The Hula Girls Hawaiian shave ice booth had long lines waiting for their colorful iced concoctions.

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Noosa gave out samples of its Australian-style yoghurt…

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and Tongo Coconut Water its“healthy alternative,” electrolyte-packed drink.

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Rubio’s, Avocado Café, and Cabo Chips had samples and prizes, too.

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Denise Islas of the Lokahi Outrigger Canoe Club told SurfWriter Girls that “we paddle six days a week,” joking that “on the other day I get to see my husband.”

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It was great to see guitarist Tommy Clay back again, keeping the good vibrations going.

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Surfrider H/SB Chairperson Tony Soriano was everywhere, setting up booths, greeting people, and making sure that Surfrider’s environmental message got out.

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It was a big day for Tony – on Saturday night he was honored for his Surfrider volunteer work at the Angel Light Academy’s Coastal Above & Beyond Awards ceremony.

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International Surfing Day was even more special this year because it coincided with HB’s 100 Years of Surfing festivities commemorating the day George Freeth became the first person to surf the HB Pier on June 21, 1914.

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Tony Jones, who recently started The George Freeth Foundation to help inner city kids, set up a cardboard replica of Freeth near the pier and everyone had fun posing for photos.

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SurfWriter Girls stopped by the pier to watch the When Men Were Men and Boards Were Wood surfing competition and listen to champion surfer Peter (PT) Townend announce the action.

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This was a busy week for PT because he also curated (with Dave Reynolds) the International Surfing Museum’s Century of Stoke exhibit that just opened.

By the end of the day some 4,000 people came out to celebrate ISD-2014 and beach clean-up volunteers removed 188 lbs. of trash.

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All in all, you couldn’t have asked for a better day to crank up your favorite Jan and Dean songs and Ride the Wild Surf.

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To be continued – Stay tuned for more SurfWriter Girls HB Summer updates!

Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel hold the exclusive rights to this copyrighted material. Publications wishing to reprint it may contact them at surfwriter.girls@gmail.com Individuals and non-profit groups are welcome to post it on social media sites as long as credit is given.

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10th year anniversary of International Surfing Day a huge success!

June 25th, 2014

Surfrider Foundation Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter would like to thank our 40+ Industry Sponsors and Participants for making our 10th year anniversary of International Surfing Day a huge success! Which was in conjunction with the 100 year celebration of Surfing at the Huntington Beach Pier.

We also want to thank over 4,000 people visiting our ISD village and our sincere appreciation to the 172 volunteers that came for our beach clean up picking up 187.67 lbs. of trash (of that 3.5 lbs. of Styrofoam)

Not to go unrecognized, we thank all our friends, chapter leaders and Surfrider Foundation volunteers for giving up their entire day from dusk to dawn setting up our environmental education, beach clean up and taking down our ISD venue.Our thanks and appreciation to ALL!

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Huntington Beach Celebrates 100 Years of Surfing!

June 16th, 2014

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George Freeth – America’s First Surfer

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Freeth Surfs Huntington Beach Pier – June 21, 1914

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Long before Huntington Beach became Surf City…

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Long before the Beach Boys and Jan and Dean came on the scene…

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Even before the legendary Duke Kahanamoku popularized surfing in the mid-1900s…

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There was one remarkable person who stood above all the rest:

George Freeth, the first surfer in the United States.

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If you haven’t heard of Freeth and how he put Huntington Beach on the map in 1914, SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel would like to introduce you.

Billed as The Man Who Can Walk on Water, George Freeth, who was born in Hawaii on November 8, 1883, was invited to California by railroad tycoon Henry E. Huntington to demonstrate the sport of surfing.

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Huntington read about Freeth’s ability to ride the waves in an article by Jack London, the renowned author of Call of the Wild, White Fang, and other adventure stories…

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and thought that Freeth could spark interest in his Los Angeles to Redondo Beach rail line. So, he asked him to put on a surfing show at the Redondo Beach Pier in 1907.

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The crowd was amazed by Freeth’s exploits. Indeed, he lived up to London’s description: “He is a Mercury. His heels are winged, and in them is the swiftness of the sea.”

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In 1914 when the Huntington Beach Pier was built, Freeth was first to surf it, too – on an 8’ wooden longboard – marking HB’s start to becoming the world’s surfing capital.

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Along with surfing, Freeth did many more things, including:

Promoting the aquatic sports of swimming, diving and water polo;

Becoming the first official lifeguard in SoCal and forming an organization that was the forerunner of today’s Lifeguard Services;

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Inventing the torpedo rescue can preserver used by lifeguards;

Saving seven Japanese fishermen from drowning when their boats were pummeled by a storm in Venice Beach December 16, 1908, and helping rescue others;

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Receiving the U.S. Life Saving Corps Gold Medal and other awards.

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Freeth, often in the limelight for his surfing derring-do, was more interested in water safety and training lifeguards. Sadly, he died April 7, 1919, at age 35, from lung damage due to his lifesaving efforts and contracting the Spanish Flu.

SurfWriter Girls talked to Tony Jones, who owns Coral Reef Wetsuits, and is working to get Freeth’s achievements recognized. Jones said, “I would like the community to create a memorial for Freeth and a fund in his name. The fund could help inner city kids get to the beach to discover another kind of life and become junior lifeguards.”

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As for the memorial, Jones and SurfWriter Girls discussed one that would benefit locals and tourists alike – a drinking fountain honoring Freeth on the HB Pier. It’s definitely something to think about!

Celes18te Hamil, HB’s 100 Years of Surfing project manager, has been working with the City and local groups to ensure that June 21 is a day to remember.

 

The 100 Years of Surfing committee is staging a When Men Were Men and Boards Were Wood competition at the HB Pier (from 10 am – 2 pm) with the surfers riding vintage or recreated wooden longboards.

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The International Surfing Museum opens Century of Stoke, curated by surfing champion Peter Townend and exhibition director Dave Reynolds, showcasing HB surfing history. The Museum is the beneficiary of HB’s 100 Years of Surfing.

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The Surfrider Foundation, which helps protect the world’s oceans and beaches, is hostinga beach event (at Sixth Street; 8 am – 1 pm) to salute Freeth and celebrate International Surfing Day, a day devoted to the joy of surfing, with paddle-outs, yoga, beach cleanups, surf industry displays, education and entertainment activities.

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On this momentous day – that coincides with the summer solstice – there’ll be a lot going on in Surf City. So, c’mon! Join SurfWriter Girls Sunny and Patti at the HB Pier on Saturday and let’s all celebrate the stoke!

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To be continued – Look for more SurfWriter Girls coverage of HB’s summer events! 

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surfwriter.girls@gmail.com

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