SuperShe Island

Idyllic Getaway for Ladies Only

Written by SurfWritere Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Have you ever dreamed of going to Themyscira, the idyllic island where Wonder Woman was raised?

Visit SuperShe Island, the island paradise owned by entrepreneur Kristina Roth, and you’ll think that you’re there.

Roth took her dream of escaping to an exotic island to the next level – buying her own fantasy island. And now she’s opening it up to women worldwide. But men? Sorry guys, you’re not allowed.

SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel discovered SuperShe Island when Sunny got a personal invitation from Roth to visit and be a guest. Intrigued, we wanted to know more about this mysterious island.

Hidden away in the Baltic Sea off the coast of Finland, SuperShe Island is 8.4-acres of tree-dotted beauty with the kind of luxurious amenities you’d expect at five-star resorts. Beautifully decorated rooms, Finnish saunas and an array of daily wellness activities that include yoga, meditation, farm-to-table dining, cooking classes, fitness classes, nature activities and more.

Roth, who is from Germany, created her Amazonian island utopia with the profits she made from her business, Matisia Consultants. Bootstrapping the business with next to nothing, it had annual revenues of $65 million by the time she sold it, took the money and ran…to her island get-away.

Tired of the corporate life and working with men who constantly underestimated her, Roth was eager to take matters into her own hands. She also wanted to work with women and help them to achieve their goals, just as she had. She could see that her success story inspired them and, from her networking and professional speaking experience, knew that women wanted to be energized and have more positive feelings about themselves.

As they say in marketing, “Find a need and fill it.” And Roth did, creating a SuperShe Society and a special place where women could go to refresh, relax and renew. In short, a super networking group of super achievers.

Roth says about her SuperShe society and island, they are “meant to create a fun way for women to network — a way that men have been networking for years, whether it’s at the golf course or the cigar club.”

So now, thanks to Roth, women can channel their inner-Wonder Woman at their very own Ladies Only SuperShe Island retreat.

Just pack your Magic Lasso and go!

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Summertime Movietime!

An Endless Summer of Movies

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Summertime isn’t just beach time, it’s movietime!

 

When the temperature rises, what’s better than an air-conditioned escape to a world of adventure and romance and thrills and chills?

 

 

Movie-makers and theater operators have been coming up with new ways to draw us into the dark, cool confines of movie palaces like Grauman’s Chinese Theater since the early days of Hollywood.

Drive-in movies, parks and even lakes and resort swimming pools are in on the act. On hot, summer nights SurfWriter Girl Sunny’s family used to all pile into the station wagon and go to the drive-in. With five brothers and sisters it was a riot.

Kids growing up in the 1950s and 60s could make a whole day of it for 50-cents – with a double feature, cartoons, coming attractions, popcorn, and candy.

SurfWriter Girl Patti’s husband Greg’s favorite all-time movie getaways are Forbidden Planet and The Day The Earth Stood Still.

Patti’s parents knew Monty Schoedsack, the producer of King Kong, and she grew up hearing about the making of this blockbuster movie that set all attendance records for its day.

What’s summer without a scary movie monster to keep us glued to our theater seats…or inner tubes.

This summer look for 70-ft-long, sea monster Meg to ratchet up the excitement to a new level.

SurfWriter Girls can’t wait…for an endless summer of movies!

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Surf2Skate – from Liquid to Asphalt

International Surfing Museum Exhibit

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

 

Skateboarding has come a long way from the 1950s when kids used to pull apart a roller skate and nail the front and back wheels to the bottom of a board. That’s when “sidewalk surfing” took off and a new sport was born.

Check it out for yourself at the Surf2Skate exhibit at the International Surfing Museum in Huntington Beach.

Filled with vintage and new skateboards, photos, posters, memorabilia, and more, S2S is a blast from the past and a salute to the future.

“The exhibit is community-driven,” museum director Diana Dehm told SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel. “The people of Huntington Beach came up with the idea and they organized and put it together.” Surfers and skateboarders, volunteers and businesses all joined in to make it happen.

 

 

Early Zephyr skateboards, made in the 1960s by legendary surf and skateboard shaper Jeff Ho, are show-stoppers.

Known for their vibrant colors and graffiti-style designs, Ho’s Zephyr boards – named after the god of the west wind – helped turn Venice Beach into a Mecca for skateboarding.

 

 

And don’t miss the first mass-produced skateboard – a bright red Roller Derby board made in La Mirada, CA in 1959. Sold in Roller Derby rinks, Thrifty Drugstores and Sears stores across the country, it propelled the skateboard craze into a movement.

There’s so much to see. Huntington Beach definitely pulled off a burly with Surf2Skate.

It will have you ready to grab a board and break some moves of your own!

Painting by Ricky Blake

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Have a Happy Handstand!

Glenn Sundby – From Muscle Beach to the World

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Now that summer is here and people are jumping with joy, it’s the perfect time to recognize the achievements of gymnast, publisher and showman extraordinaire Glenn Sundby.

The founder and publisher of International Gymnast magazine and one of the founders of the The United States Gymnastics Federation and The International Gymnastics Hall of Fame, Sundby put gymnastics in the public eye and helped it to gain recognition as a sport.

 

Known for his trademark greeting “Have a Happy Handstand!” Sundby was a virtuoso at doing handstands

He even earned a spot in Ripley’s Believe It Or Not for a stunt he did in 1949 – walking down all 898 steps of the Washington Monument…on his hands!

 

SurfWriter Girl Sunny Magdaug knows from her own experience what an amazing person Sundby was. He gave her her first writing job after college covering gymnastics events all over Europe. Handing her a Nikon camera and a list of sports events and contacts, he sent her on her way.

She even got her own column with a byline “Sunny’s Side of Gymnastics.”

“It was an unbelievable opportunity,” says Sunny. “Thanks to Glenn, I was able to be an international sports journalist and write stories about top gymnasts from around the world.”

Growing up in Los Angeles, Sundby (1921-2009) was fascinated by Hollywood’s movie stuntmen and the bodybuilders who used to hang out at Santa Monica’s famed Muscle Beach.

With Jack LaLanne, Vic Tanny and Joe Gold as his role models, Sundby honed his own athletic ability and soon joined forces with former professional wrestler George Long to form a touring acrobatic act The Wayne-Marlin Trio that included his sister Dolores.

During the 1950s the trio traveled across the country performing with legendary musician and bandleader Spike Jones. It also appeared on TV’s The Ed Sullivan Show.

In 1956, after starting an earlier gymnastics magazine, Sundby started International Gymnast (originally called The Modern Gymnast) and worked tirelessly to build interest in gymnastics and the competitors. This was especially true for Olympics events. “To me every Olympic competitor is important,” said Sundby. “They are the best from their country. Win or lose, it is an honor they can pass on to their grandchildren with pride.”

With Glenn Sundby as its primary booster, the audience for gymnastics grew exponentially, earning America not only a place on the international stage, but the winners podium.

As Sundby would say, that’s reason to celebrate… and have a happy handstand!

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Surf’s Up At The Royal Wedding!

Prince Harry and Mehgan Support Clean Oceans

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Even if you weren’t one of the 600 guests invited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding on May 19th at England’s Windsor Castle you can still join in the festivities by supporting one of the couple’s favorite causes Surfers Against Sewage.

Harry and Meghan, who are both environmentalists, have asked well-wishers to support the England and Wales-based non-profit organization that is committed to cleaning the United Kingdom’s beaches and getting pollution out of the ocean.

Started in 1990, Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) is widely recognized as one of the UK’s leading marine conservation organizations and deals with a wide spectrum of marine conservation issues from marine litter to climate change.

Sick of seeing sewage in the water and on the beach, SAS’s founders were fed up with the pollution that was hurting the ocean sports they loved and anything else that involved the sea.

As a result, SAS became a strong catalyst for change, highlighting the need for investing in sewage infrastructure and much higher water standards, which now protect hundreds of coastal locations throughout the UK. SAS also is working to reduce plastic pollution in the ocean and guard against the effects of climate change.

SAS Science and Policy Manager David Smith says its program, “Plastic Free Coastlines currently has over 150 communities across the UK, as well as some internationally, that are working towards gaining Plastic Free status. The success of the project and the ethos it brings has been vast.”

Working with over 50,000 volunteers each year, the Surfers Against Sewage community of ocean activists organizes beach cleanups and education programs, protects local beaches and gets people on board to reduce single-use plastics usage.

SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel think it’s great that Harry and Meghan are making their special day a special one for the planet, too. In fact, the wedding is taking place on the same day as Endangered Species Day, which highlights the need to protect at risk animals around the world.

That’s definitely something to toast at the royal wedding!

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Rose Garden Memories

Labor of Love Creates Family Legacy

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

 

They say that the rose – written about by poets and painted by artists – is the most noble of flowers.

Patricia Alorro Magdaug, SurfWriter Girl Sunny’s mom, thought that.

After seeing the Exposition Park Rose Garden in Los Angeles, a landmark with 15,000 rose bushes in more than 100 varieties, Sunny’s mom was enthralled by the flowers’ beauty – and decided to plant her own rose garden.

Sunny remembers visiting plant nurseries with her mom on the weekends and walking in local neighborhoods to admire the gardens and get ideas for their own garden. Sunny and her mom filled the yard around the family’s house in Los Alamitos, CA with a variety of roses.

Finding just the right flowers, planting and tending them was something they could do together, making the garden a place the whole family could enjoy.

Years later, when Sunny’s mom was losing her memories to Alzheimer’s disease, fresh-cut roses from her garden could always make her smile.

Now, Patricia Alorro Magdaug – lovingly called “Mama Pat” by her large, extended family in California and the Phillippines and “Lola” by her grandchildren – has passed away. But the roses remain and the love she shared with everyone.

Lovely Spring While Roses Bloom

Written by Sunny Magdaug

Red rose petals are fragile in velvety dew,

Glistening and abundant in the Spring mornings about sunrise.

 

Imagine you and me meeting in lovely Spring while roses are blooming…

A precious moment in Heaven that will have eternal value.

 

In Loving Memory of Patricia Alorro Magdaug

August 25, 1925 – October 29, 2017

 

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Ron Croci Book is Bodacious!

The Illustrated Atlas of Surfing History

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

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Famed surf artist Ron Croci is a multimedia artist with over 40 years of commercial and fine art experience whose paintings are in galleries around the world.

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Ever since meeting Ron a few years ago at the International Surfing Museum in Huntington Beach SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel have been big fans.

 

A true waterman, Croci’s love of surfing and diving comes through in all of his paintings, which are energetic blends of color and movement.

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So, when Croci told SurfWriter Girls that his new book, The Illustrated Atlas of Surfing History (written by Joel Smith and Illustrated by Croci), was out, we were excited to see his latest creation.

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For the Illustrated Atlas, Smith (a documentary filmmaker and TV writer-producer)) and Croci speculate on just how far back surfing goes. To before the early Polynesians.

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To ancient Egypt and Syria 10,000 years ago. Or maybe even to the Stone Age.

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With each page in the book, Croci’s illustrations vividly bring the history of surfing to life.

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Croci, who got his start in advertising and film, helped design over 200 ads for the likes of 7-Up, Swatch watches, and Quiksilver’s Roxy division and worked on the design teams for close to 50 films from The Blues Brothers to Planet of the Apes and Ghostbusters. He’s also been in high demand as a book illustrator.

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When it comes to using a pencil, brush or stylus, there isn’t anything Croci can’t do!

The Illustrated Atlas of Surfing History shows just how talented Ron Croci is… taking you right into the barrel of the waves.

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