Women of Surfing: Art and History

Huntington Beach Exhibit – A Tsunami of Talent!

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

The Vans US Open of Surfing is over now, but some of the best surfing action you’ll see this summer isn’t on the beach. It’s at the Huntington Beach Art Center’s Women of Surfing: Art & History exhibit (now till September 2, 2017).

 

Featuring paintings and photographs by today’s top women surf artists, the exhibit is an ode to the joys of surfing and the beauty of the beach.

It’s also a tip of the hat (or board!) to the amazing women artists who are helping to capture the essence of the ocean and this sport of Hawaiian kings.

When SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel arrived for the opening night reception we got a big surprise.

Kathy Kohner-Zukerman (AKA “Gidget”), who inspired her father’s 1957 bestselling book Gidget that helped launch the surfing revolution, came over to greet us.

 

Taking a break from signing book copies, she told Patti she remembered meeting her before – a special gesture from an icon in the surfing community.

 

 

The exhibit – staged in collaboration with the Surfing Heritage & Culture Center – is curated by Costa Mesa surf artist Phil Roberts over a three-room space that creatively showcases the different styles and periods of art.

Among the artists represented are champion surfers Courtney Conlogue, Sage Erickson, Kim Hamrock. and Lynne Boyer.

This is Conlogue’s first time participating in an art show and it was clear that she was enjoying interacting with everyone who stopped to see her painting.

 

As you move from one gallery space to the next there are exciting discoveries around each corner, changing the artistic mood and direction…

 

much the way a wave can change course when you least expect it.

 

SurfWriter Girls were especially excited to see San Luis Obispo. CA award-winning artist Colleen Gnos – one of the nine outstanding women featured in SurfWriter Girls Women Making Waves 2017.

In addition to her paintings, Gnos is known for the mermaids she paints on surfboards and her murals on lifeguard stations.

Seeing Kim Hamrock was a thrill, too. A champion surfer, surfing instructor, artist and much more, Hamrock is one of SurfWriter Girl Patti’s former students.

She took Patti’s business start-up class at Cypress College when she was developing her Danger Woman surf school.

 

Reflecting the different viewpoints and visions of each woman, the paintings and photographs are as unique as the artists who created them.

But, they all share one thing in common: a love for the ocean.

 

 

Roberts says, “This exhibition is for us to see, feel and appreciate the ocean through the personal narratives of women who call the waves home.”

For ocean-lovers, Women of Surfing is a joyful homecoming. 

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Vans US Open of Surfing 2017 – Definitely Still Off The Wall

So Many Sights to See!

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

 

 

You never know what you’ll see at Vans US Open of Surfing (July 29 – August 6).

 

SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel love watching the surfing competitions and everything else. Whether you’re hanging off the Huntington Beach Pier or at the water’s edge, there’s always something going on.

Just ask HB local Rick “Rockin’ Fig” Fignetti. Fig has been the announcer at 19 Opens! And when surfers are in town they always stop by his surfboard shop on Main.

The top surfers, skate and BMX stars will be out in force to show their best stuff. Plus there will be games and activities for everyone.

 

To see the surfers of tomorrow, head North of the Pier for the annual groms Stoke-O-Rama hosted by Vans and the surfing Gudauskas brothers.

 

Surfrider Foundation members will be there sharing the stoke and helping to keep the beach clean.

There’s always something new at the Open…with the surfing community, organizations and businesses joining in.

 

One year a new company with a cool, action camera showed up to wow the crowds – it was GoPro!

McDonald’s introduced its McCafe at the Open, too. Its pop-up Cafe on the beach was a big hit.

And when Fiat wanted to showcase its mini Fiat 500s it made a gigantic splash – with the cars floating on the water!

Everybody – well, almost everybody – wants to be at the Open.

Who knows what you’ll see at this year’s Open?

To put your best foot forward, step out in Vans Custom Shoes.

It’s easy to design your own signature shoe. Just click: Shoes

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Vans Custom Shoes

Vans Shoes – The Perfect Artist’s Canvas


Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

 

When it comes to choosing the best artist’s canvas for your creative vision, sometimes you need to think outside the box. The shoe box, that is!

And, choose a Vans canvas sneaker or hi-top.

 

SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel had fun navigating the Vans Custom Shoe website to see all the different ways you can design your own signature shoes just for you.

Take a look at all the options. You’re sure to find the purrfect fit!

 

Red shoes, blue shoes

Hot shoes, cool shoes

 

Shoes with stripes and stars

Shoes with Hula girls and cars

 

 

Draw a flower, wave or squiggle

Something to make you gasp or giggle

 

 

These shoes are made for more than walkin’

They definitely will get people talkin’

 

 

Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.
– Marilyn Monroe

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Let The Sun Shine!

Robb Havassy’s Scenes of Summer

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

 

Surf Artist Robb Havassy knows how to celebrate the sun!

 

His electrifying paintings are an homage to the sun and surfing.

A Southern California native and long-time surfer, Havassy has turned his love of the ocean into memorable paintings that capture the intensity of nature and the relationship of man to the environment.

 

 

One of the most celebrated artists in the surfing community, Havassy’s works reflect the joy of surfing and the beauty of the ocean.

 

SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel always feel like smiling when we see Robb Havassy’s art.

The vibrant colors and bold strokes draw you into each painting and inside a technicolor world where the weather forecast is always “Sunny.”

 

Robb Havassy’s book Surf Story is a classic – a massive 440-page collection of surf art and stories from 88 of the surf culture’s most influential artists, writers, photographers and iconic figures.

 

In August the sequel, Surf Story V2, will continue Havassy’s epic project to archive and showcase the surf art and stories that define the sport and the world’s surfing culture.

“Surf Story” does a great job telling the truth, both through story and art, about what is so special about being a surfer.”

– Bob Hurley (surfer, founder Hurley)

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Poems from the Pacific Palisades

Images Pulsating With Delight

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Spring Cleaning can be a chore or a chance for discovery. Who knows what you’ll come across when you’re dusting, going through drawers, opening old boxes or rearranging books on a shelf?

Such was the case recently when SurfWriter Girl Patti Kishel found a slim, blue volume of poems entitled The Lambent Glow, written by a long-ago family friend, Abigail Heaton.

Seeing the book brought back vivid memories even though Patti only met the author once on a visit to her home perched high in the Pacific Palisades above Malibu Beach.

“I was only four or five years old,” Patti recalls, “and I remember my mother telling me we were going to visit her dear friend Auntie Heaton, as she called her, and see her beautiful garden. She also said that I would need to be on my best behavior because Auntie Heaton wasn’t used to having children running around her house.”

Fortunately, Auntie Heaton turned out to be the perfect hostess with tea and plates of sandwiches and cookies on the table. And an amazing garden filled with bright flowers, exotic plants and sea breezes.

Patti couldn’t wait to investigate it. Just as she couldn’t wait to read Abigail Heaton’s poems again when she took the book down from the shelf.

 

A cottage on a mesa

Feels not her low degree

For her near neighbors are the mountains,

A canyon, and the sea.

 

She glances down the canyon’s side

And oh, what she sees:

A silver brook and a waterfall

And overhanging trees.

 

And through the long siesta

She draws aside the screen

Of the canyon’s hidden recesses

And the deep ravine.

 

The birds in their green leaf cages

Flit and chat and sing:

Then fly away to a vine trapeze

And swing and swing and swing.

 

The ocean sends a playful breeze

To drive away the dream,

And the sun who speeds on his westward course

Awakes her with a beam.

 

The mesa lies in sweet repose

In serenest light,

And the cottage in the lambent glow

Pulsates with delight.

 

By the time she wrote her poetry book Auntie Heaton’s eyesight was fading. But the indelible images of her cottage home and tranquil garden in the palisades above the sea stayed with her and made their way into her poems.

And now – many years later – those images in the newly discovered book are still fresh and full of wonder.

Our jasmine is a chemist

Who makes a rare perfume

And seals it in small bottles

And hides it in her bloom.

 

Then at the rightful moment

She opens wide the jars

And sends with exultation

Her incense to the stars.

 

SurfWriter Girls know Abigail Heaton would be pleased that others are enjoying this glimpse into her garden…where every plant and flower brought so much joy.

Our cotoneaster tree

Is an oriental canopy;

It offers the inviting shade

Of leaves cut from the precious jade,

And over this inverted bowl

Are coral beads to deck the whole.

 
As you admire your own surroundings or make spring cleaning chance discoveries, we wish you fond memories and visions that pulsate in delight.

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Lot 579 in Huntington Beach

Bodacious Beach Eats

  Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel


Visitors and locals in Huntington Beach (Surf City USA) have a bodacious place to chill out and enjoy the latest in gourmet California casual cuisine. To find out for yourself, just head to Lot 579.

Located in the stylish, beach-themed Pacific City complex on Pacific Coast Highway, Lot 579 – named after lifeguard stations 5, 7 and 9 across the street – is a trendy, upscale food hall that gives new meaning to your typical shopping mall food court.

Just steps from the sea and sand, with ocean breezes, Lot 579 has everything under one roof.

From fresh-caught seafood, artisanal sandwiches, burgers and beer, and Italian specialties to tempting cupcakes, homemade ice cream and cool pops with your own custom flavors.

Whether you’re taking a break from surfing or sightseeing, shopping or sun worshiping, Lot 579 is the perfect port (with or without a storm) to drop anchor.

SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel give a BIG two surfboards up to Burnt Crumbs‘ signature spaghetti-grilled cheese sandwich mashup, a sandwich that’s gone viral on social media food sites. There’s also a fried chicken biscuit sandwich, classic turkey, pastrami, crispy pork, Reuben, and more.

The Bear Flag Fish Co. prides itself on offering “the best cut of the best fish. Fresh out of the ocean, expertly prepared.” Everything’s sustainably harvested and mostly local. So, whether you opt for a sashimi plate or ahi poke bowl or go for an order of fish tacos or a seafood plate, you know you’re making an environmentally-friendly choice.

Living up to its name, The American Dream will have you dreaming about its burgers and truffle mac & cheese.

Mahogany Smoked Meats definitely knows a thing or two about beef jerky, ham steaks, pork chops and sausages. Based in California’s High Sierras, they’ve been smoking premium meats over mahogany logs since 1922.

For a taste of the neighborhood – Italian style – look no farther than Il Barone Sicilian Street Food. With roots going back more than a generation to a family-run restaurant outside of Milan, the pizzas, fresh calzones, and more will have you singing ‘O Sole Mio.

Or how about something from the Land Down Under? SurfWriter Girls say, “Why not?” Better yet, Pie-Not. The Aussie-style bakery’s hand-held meat & veggie pies are savory and delicious.

For a special treat or dessert there’s Popbar, Frosted Cupcakery, and Hans’ Homemade Ice Cream to tempt you. The brightly-colored gelato on a stick, mini-cupcakes and creamy ice cream are definitely worth leaving room for.

If you want to just stop and relax, grab a cup of premium roasted coffee from Portola Coffee Lab or a cool beer at The Dude’s Brewing Company.

Or stop by Petals & Pop for a celebratory glass of Rose Champagne. They have lots of wine to choose from, gifts, and flowers, too – a whole bathtub filled with them!

Lot 579 is much more than just a place to refuel or escape the sun. It supports the beach community, lifestyle and environment. Donating to social causes, it recently hosted A Taste of Lot 579 benefit for the non-profit Surfrider Foundation, which is dedicated to protecting the world’s oceans, waves and beaches.

To find out more about the Surfrider Foundation benefit, check out the story in SurfWriter Girls. Just click: SRF Benefit.

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Bikinis, Boardshorts and Blue Jeans!

Jeans are Classic Beach Favorite


Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Blue jeans are as much a part of the beach scene as bikinis and boardshorts. And they’re definitely California cool, no matter where you wear them!

 

Created in 1873 when Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis made them for California’s gold miners, the rugged pants were an instant hit.

Their unique construction – with rivets at key pressure points – made the jeans last longer. Virtually indestructible, they were even granted a patent (#139,121) by the U.S. Office of Patents and Trademarks.

From casual to couture, ripped to rhinestones, boot-cut to bell-bottoms, blue jeans are as versatile as we are and go everywhere we go…especially the beach! Whether it’s foggy mornings, sun baked afternoons or starry nights.

SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel learned that 2017 is turning out to be the Year of the Blue Jeans. Designers are adding new styles and going retro with new spins on the classic flower power jeans of the 60s and 70s.

Fashion brands from Gucci and Valentino

to Citizens of Humanity, and Volcom are on board with new salutes to all things denim.

This year’s jeans aren’t just blue, says Glamour magazine. Add white and sand-color jeans to the mix. Or, make it a wave of color – orange, purple, lime green and turquoise!

Whether we call them Levi’s, blue jeans or denims (Levi’s original fabric came from Nimes, France – de Nîmes),  jeans are a classic beach favorite.

More than that, jeans are part of the fabric of our lives. Just ask Elton John, who’s even put them to music.

Blue jean baby, L.A. lady

Dreaming of my Chevy and my old blue jeans

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Earth Day 2017 – Friendship Blooms!

Ed Acosta – Master Gardener

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Earth Day (April 22) is the perfect time to “stop and smell the roses.” Better yet, why not plant a garden!

Now that spring is here and rain and snow are giving way to brightly-colored flowers, no one knows more about creating a beautiful garden than Ed Acosta.

SurfWriter Girl Patti and Greg Kishel found this out for themselves when their neighbor Ed showed up one day with tools and plants to transform their garden. A retired pharmacist and avid gardener, Ed knew that Patti wanted a more colorful garden. So, he decided to give her one.

 

 

Since then their garden has been in Ed’s hands…with Patti – and especially Greg, who loves to garden! – as his assistants.

 

 

Ed, who’s also a photographer, is always adding something here or changing something there, planting and pruning until their garden is picture-perfect.

Now, it’s just what the doctor ordered!

SurfWriter Girls Sunny and Patti can’t think of anyone who embodies the spirit of Earth Day more than Ed.

Ed Makes the Roses Red

There’s no one like Ed

to make your roses red.

Ed knows what every garden needs

and all about plants and seeds.

There’s no one like Ed

for a blooming flower bed.

“Color is the key.

Yes, indeed!” says he.

So, our special neighbor

went about his labor,

using his trowel like an artist’s brush

to make our garden green and lush.

After all is done and said,

There’s no one like Ed!

SurfWriter Girls are always eager to visit Ed and his wife Marty. Not just to see their lovely garden, but to share in the warmth of ohana – the sense of family that comes from being part of each other’s lives.

Everyone should have a friend and neighbor like Ed Acosta to help them create a beautiful garden. And, in a way, we do – the non-profit Surfrider Foundation!

Its garden specialists will not only show you how to turn your landscape into a garden that’s beautiful to look at, but one that’s ocean friendly, too, and doesn’t pollute the environment with toxic pesticide and fertilizer water runoff that gets into our waterways and oceans.

For Ocean Friendly Gardening tips and ideas, click on: OFG.

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California’s Iconic Forests At Risk

Trees Dying Off At Unprecedented Rate!

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

 

American poet Joyce Kilmer (1886 – 1918) admired the beauty of a “tree that may in summer wear a nest of robins in her hair,” noting that “Poems are made by fools like me, but only God can make a tree.”

 

Seemingly strong and invincible – some as old as 2,000 years – California’s ponderosa and sugar pines, giant redwoods and sequoias are falling victim to years of drought, fires, beetle infestations and other perils.

Since 2010 over 102 million trees have died in California. In 2016 alone the state lost 62 million trees. Most were in the Sierra Nevada mountains at elevations between 5,000 and 6,000 feet.

 

Even Northern California’s famous 150-ft-tall “drive-thru” Pioneer’s Cabin Tree, estimated to have been more than 1,000-years-old, died this year. Carved into a tunnel in 1880, when people weren’t aware of environmental issues, the giant sequoia finally toppled over.

Environmental researchers are calling the trees’ demise “shocking” and “scary.” Replacing the lost trees would take centuries.

 

This winter’s heavy rains won’t be enough to undo the drought-caused damage to California’s forests. What’s more, the loss of these majestic trees extends beyond the state, potentially impacting climate patterns and ecosystems on a global scale.

Along with hoping for continued rainy weather, scientists are focusing on ways to enhance forest-management techniques that emphasize sustainability and biodiversity. This includes conserving the quality of the soil that trees depend on for nutrients and minerals and as a stable base for root expansion.

Oceanographers say that building up the Pacific Ocean’s pastures of plankton might help save trees, too. Plankton – the bacteria, algae and other floating organisms that drift in the sea – give off tiny aerosol droplets that create moisture-giving fog and rain.

SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel hope that man – and Mother Nature – can halt the devastation to California’s trees. In addition to their beauty, trees provide shelter and food for wildlife, combat soil erosion, clean our air, cool the environment, and benefit the planet in many other ways.

But, like the tree in Shel Silverstein’s beloved children’s book, The Giving Tree, trees can only give so much.

If we want them to be there for us, we need to give back.

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Life is a Beach on St. Patrick’s Day!

A lineup of Lucky Limericks

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

A limerick is a funny, five-line poem popularized in Irish pubs in the 1800s.

In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel wrote these beach limericks for you –

 

Surfer Dave

There once was a surfer named Dave,

Who went looking for the perfect wave.

But, just when he found a winner,

A whale ate him for dinner

And Dave’s surfboard was all they could save.

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Lotion Commotion

There was a young lady who went to the ocean.

She sat on the sand and put on her sun lotion.

But, her yellow bikini

Was incredibly teeny

And this caused a major commotion.

**********

Surfer Girl

There once was a surfer girl named Jasmine.

Like a magnet, she attracted all the men.

When she went out to compete

In any surfing meets

It’s so crazy how she always would win.

**********

Rude Dude

There once was an arrogant surfer dude,

Who would hog all the waves and act rude.

He’d steal waves away,

Keeping the angry surfers at bay,

Until they realigned his attitude.

**********

Beulah’s Hula

There was a shapely lady named Beulah,

Who could really shake up the hula.

The men would all gather

And get into a lather

And Beulah would rake in the moola.

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For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way –
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Sunny & Patti

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