Artist Paints Beach Memories

Jim Krogle’s California Dreamin’ Art

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

To experience California’s classic beach and car culture, look no farther than artist Jim Krogle’s paintings, prints and posters.

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Before you know it, you’ll be cruising down PCH in a vintage woodie, heading to the beach, or racing to catch the Balboa ferry.

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Krogle really knows how to capture the essence of California’s laid back lifestyle and the memories of countless sunshiny days of surf and sand.

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Karen Adler, owner of the Picture Show Gallery in Old Town Seal Beach (231 Main Street), has been a long time fan of Krogle and told SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel that his California artworks are popular with visitors to her gallery, as well.

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She noted that the beach images and brightly-colored cruisers and station wagons loaded with surfboards always put a smile on people’s faces.

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A California native, Krogle was raised in the San Fernando Valley before moving to Huntington Beach in 1963. With a childhood spent sailing, fishing and surfing and art degrees from Orange Coast College and Chouinard Art Institute, before long he was painting the SoCal scene.

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Even if you didn’t grow up surfing and sunning on California’s beaches, when you’re looking at Krogle’s art you’re likely to feel a pull of nostalgia for those endless summer days of tooling around the beach in a cool car or stopping at the local drive-in for burgers and shakes.

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SurfWriter Girls Sunny and Patti were especially drawn to Krogle’s Catalina artworks – the Yacht Club and Casino – because we both have fond island memories. Sunny worked for Catalina Adventure Tours and Patti used to camp and sail at Catalina’s White’s Landing.

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Whether you’re a surfer, beach-goer, car guy or gal, or just love the romanticized California coast lifestyle, check out Jim Krogle’s art and chill out.

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You can find his artworks at the Picture Show Gallery or online at jimkrogle.com

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Surfrider’s Ohana Day Gala in Seal Beach

Surfers Celebrate Earth and Family

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

The family is one of nature’s masterpieces

– George Santayana, philosopher

The Surfrider Foundation Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter and co-sponsor Kohl’s hosted the annual Ohana (Family) Day celebration Saturday, April 11, at the Seal Beach Pier.

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Friends and neighbors turned out in force to join in the festivities.

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SurfWriter Girls Patti Kishel and Sunny Magdaug love this fun-filled beach day that brings everyone together to relax and learn about our earth – especially the ocean.

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The Algalita marine research organization was on hand with executive director Liesl Thomas explaining the damaging effect that plastic pollution has on the sea ecosystem.

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This year’s Ohana Day celebration included environmental education programs and lots of hands-on activities and demonstrations.

 

 

There were surfing lessons from M&M Surfing School.

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kayaking and paddle boarding.

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And beach cleanups led by Surfrider volunteers… with bags and bags of trash sorted for recycling.

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Even this poor little stuffed dog was found and rescued from the trash.

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Butts Out campaign coordinators Norma and Alex Sellers used some of the discarded cigarette butts they gathered to make a satirical display showcasing how toxic the beach can be when it’s littered with cigarette butts.

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There were raffle prizes, giveaways and information provided by sponsors.

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Music by Tupua with Polynesian dancers.

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By the end of the day everyone felt a real sense of community, which is what Ohana Day is all about.

 

The spirit of ohana, which originated in ancient Polynesia, is the belief that “we are all connected to each other and to the earth itself.”

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Just as the shoots of the taro plant come from a common bulb (oha), the Polynesians felt that we are all one family (ohana) and must work together and honor the land and sea that nurture us all.

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Huntington Beach’s Own Surf Legend

Rockin Fig – Rockin the Surf World

A Surfrider Sponsor Story

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Huntington Beach local Rick Fignetti – known as Rockin Fig to his friends and fans – is a surfer’s surfer.

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Along with multiple surfing championships and a surf board shop on Main Street…

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Fig is in both the Surfers’ Hall of Fame and the Surfing Walk of Fame.

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Anyone in earshot of Fig is likely to recognize his voice from his many years on the radio as KROQ’s Surfologist.

KROQ radio Or as the longtime announcer of the U.S. Open of Surfing (19 years in a row).

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Fig’s life revolves around surfing whether it’s catching waves on the north side of the HB Pier, hanging out at Rockin Fig Surf Headquarters (316 Main Street), sponsoring the Fig Team Riders surfers, or mentoring the local groms.

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Whenever SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel see Fig at beach events he’s always right in the middle of everything, lending a hand and helping to represent the community.

 

Fig has made the Rockin Fig surf shop more than a place to find boards and accessories.

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It’s a meeting place where everyone from beginning surfers to surfing legends can stop by to share stories and talk about the sport they love. If you’re lucky enough to be in the shop on a day that Fig is there get ready for a warm welcome and a chance to learn a lot about surfing.

Just being around Rockin Fig will put a smile on your face. For someone who’s in the surfing stratosphere, it’s surprising how down to earth he is.

Tony Soriano, Surfrider Foundation Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter Chairperson, says, “Fig is a real surf community hero, who supports Surfrider and a clean environment of our oceans, waves and beaches”

DSC03240AIn an age when so many celebrities seem superficial and manufactured by the media it’s clear that Rockin Fig is the real deal.

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