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…

 

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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!

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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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Find Your Fall Fashion Style!

Classic Tips from Belinda Barnard

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

autumn-leaves-fashionWith autumn leaves on the ground and the smell of pumpkin spice latte in the air, it’s time to think of fall fashions. Even in laid-back SoCal – where no one dresses formally or needs winter coats – it’s still nice to pull off a little style.

So, SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel went to a fashion expert to get some style tips – our friend Belinda Barnard, a former high-fashion model with photo credits in Glamour and other top fashion magazines.

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Barnard, a competitive swimmer who grew up in Tacoma, Washington, and studied and worked in Seattle, started modeling at thirteen and was represented by the prestigious Wilhelmina talent agency.dsc06737

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She worked with some of the world’s leading photographers, including the highly respected Jim Hadley and internationally-known Billy Pegram.

She also did something almost unheard of in the youth-obsessed fashion industry – maintain a successful modeling career for 30 years.

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The secret to Barnard’s success is something we all can do – developing her own look. Rather than trying to copy others or going with the “flavor of the month” styles, she was herself, unique and one-of-a-kind. That made photographers and designers want to work with her.

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“I always tried to add my own twist to a look,” Barnard told SurfWriter Girls. “A ‘Belinda twist’ that made the fashions stand out. It could be a hat, a flower in my hair or an accessory. A look or stance that caught people’s eyes.”

What’s your style? Beachy? Casual? Button-downed? Punk? Glam?

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Harper’s Bazaar agrees that it’s up to you, whether it’s retro chic or heavy metal. Style is personal. It’s nice to have so many choices.

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Whatever yours is, with California’s sun, surf and salty breezes taking a toll on everyone’s skin, SurfWriter Girls know skin care is critical. Talking to Barnard about this, we were surprised to learn what her favorite skin care product is. Nothing upscale or fancy, it’s Oil of Olay. “The glycerin in the cream keeps the moisture in your skin,” Barnard explained.

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“And always keep it simple,” Barnard advises. “Think of Grace Kelly. She was always elegant without appearing to try. One time she went to the Oscars with just one simple necklace as her accessory, while most of the other actresses were covered in jewels.”

Throughout Barnard’s modeling days she was always open to new opportunities. This includes representing Neiman Marcus as its Essence of Giving Model. Barnard also helped other models build their careers, giving them tips and advice. And, when she wasn’t modeling, she explored other creative careers. As a theatrical makeup artist for the Long Beach Civic Light Opera Youth Conservatory and the Courts Manager for the John Wayne Tennis Club in Newport Beach.

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Helping others has been a common thread throughout her life, dating back to her college days when she majored in pre-med. Now, after many detours along the way, Barnard has come full circle and returned to the medical field as a physician’s assistant, helping patients prepare for and recover from surgery.

Belinda Barnard is living proof that true beauty is internal more than external. And, when you have your own style, fashion is ageless…especially when you add a “twist of Belinda.”

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Party Aussie Style!

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Fashionista Kathryn Porritt Shares the Look

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Presented by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Say “G’day!” Throw a shrimp on the barbie and get ready to party in style the way they do in the Land Down Under.

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With summer parties still going strong in the Northern Hemisphere there’s always the question “What to wear?”

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When it comes to fashion, guys are lucky. Just pull on a classic T or Hawaiian shirt and you’re all set. But, what’s a gal to do?

SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug  and Patti Kishel just heard from Aussie fashion stylist Kathryn Porritt, the owner of online beach fashion website Bondi Lifestyle, that the answer to that is easy.

In a word, she says,”Kaftans!”

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Whether it’s cotton or silk, casual or chic, there’s a style of Kaftan that’s just right for any party occasion. Take a look at this story Kathryn wrote for Surf’n Beach Scene Magazine and channel your own summer fashion fantasies.

Kaftans are your Ultimate Summer Party Choice

Written by Kathryn Porritt

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The famous set are all wearing them at LA pools.  The glitterati are swanning around yachts in the Mediterranean in them.  The glamorous at the beach resort are all relaxing with a cocktail in them.

They’re everywhere, and they’re chic.  They’re kaftans and they’re your ultimate summer party choice.

For a Summer wedding or a party around the pool, a Kaftan embellished in crystals and sequins in the color of your choice, is the ultimate in party glam.  You’ll be ultra comfortable and incredibly chic all at once – and how many pieces of clothing do that for you?

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Feathers-Silk-Maxi-Kaftan-002Kaftans come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, but the most chic are maxi kaftans that fall to your ankles – either plain or embellished – and have sweeping batwing sleeves and low necklines.

This shape suits every size and shape, from the petite among us to plus size divas.  Showing off your décolletage with encrusted jewels at the neckline and floating in a silky maxi dress is the ultimate in summer chic.

The maxi kaftan evokes glamour and style – effortless resort chic, that never clings and always feels cool to the touch.  From hand painted kaftans that would look at home in a Grecian resort to a rainbow of sunset colors sparkling at dusk, your pick of hues that suit your mood and the theme of your soiree is unlimited.

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Indie and boho chic is everything right now, and if you want to get the boho look, but you left your inner hippie in the 70’s, kaftans will bring the look you want to your party style without compromising on your contemporary glamour.

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A linen, cotton or silk kaftan in a midi or maxi cut can be worn with sandals or brightly colored heels for an elegantly indie party look.  Add as much bling as you dare to your necklaces, wrists and ears with boho accessories that offer romantic sparkle. Natural loose hair in waves is just perfect with a fun plait on the side to bring a little bit of cheeky fun to the look at night.

Kaftans for Beach Weddings

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A destination or beach wedding always brings excitement!  Planning the perfect outfit can be a disaster, though, if you’re not mindful of cool fabrics and easy to wear pieces.

A kaftan can be the perfect choice because the shape is flattering to every shape and size from petite to plus size, and the fall of the fabric never clings, so you’ll always feel cool, no matter if you’re scorchingly hot!

Depending on the time of day the wedding is being held, and whether it’s a resort or beach ceremony, wear your kaftan with high beaded sandals or low slung flats, masses of gold jewelled necklaces, stacked bangles, and a big statement cocktail ring.

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As you can see, Kathryn Porritt is a fashionista extraordinaire!

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Bondi Lifestyle, her beach fashion and leisurewear website – named after Australia’s famous Bondi Beach – is a top online marketer with customers from around the world seeking it out.

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Kathryn told SurfWriter Girls, “You’ll find a beautiful range of Australian kaftans shipped worldwide. Every season, shape and size are catered to.”

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Animals Go On Surfin’ Safari

Pets are Hotdog Surfers

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Let’s go surfin’ now
Everybody’s learning how
Come on and safari with me

People aren’t the only ones who are following The Beach Boys song and going on a Surfin’ Safari. Dogs of all sizes and shapes, cats, pigs, goats, and more are heading out on surfboards to enjoy the beach action.

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Every year surf dogs from around the world come to California’s Huntington Beach and Imperial Beach for Petco’s Unleashed Surf Dog Competition.

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With paws on the nose and tails wagging, the canine competitors go all out to see who’s Top Dog.

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Didga, the Aussie skateboarding cat phenomenon, shows that she’s got some surf moves, too, and isn’t afraid to get wet. Go, Didga! Go!

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SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel love seeing all the animals out in the water having fun. Our friend Huntington Beach surf artist Dave Reynolds is a sight to see when he goes surfing with his best buds Nacho and Lance, a Chihuahua and a Labrador mix. Nacho may be little, but he holds his own against the big dogs.

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When you’re on dry land, to keep the fun going for groms (and adults, too!), take a look at this book we discovered:The Surfing Animals Alphabet by Jonas Claesson, a Swedish artist and designer who lives in Australia.

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Featured in Surfer magazine, this illustrated alphabet book with animals in the ABCs lineup, is just the thing to get little surfer dudes and dudettes on board about reading.

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As for the animals, now that the dog days of summer are here they want to have fun!

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The Bungalow HB Opens!

Lounge Stakes Claim in Huntington Beach!

Hosts Surfrider Foundation Benefit Bash

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

There’s a new instant-classic place to chill in Huntington Beach these days – The Bungalow.

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A lounge with a private clubhouse feel…and a killer view of the HB Pier, it’s perfect for relaxing with a cool sangria, meeting friends, playing a game of pool or listening to music groups.

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Announcing its presence with a pre-opening bash July 7th, the event benefited the non-profit Surfrider Foundation Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter.

Featuring Brandon Boyd, Mike Einziger and Ben Kenney from multi-platinum-selling rock band Incubus, The Bungalow was jammed with people waiting to get inside.

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Surfrider’s Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter Chairperson Tony Soriano was at the door eager to greet everyone and help get the party going.

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Soriano told SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel that he’s excited about “the support The Bungalow is giving to Surfrider’s environmental cause and to the beach community.”

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Located in the trendy, beach-themed Pacific City mall (21058 Pacific Coast Highway), The Bungalow is the vision of owner Brent Bolthouse, who has another The Bungalow lounge in Santa Monica.

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Bolthouse says the goal of both lounges is to provide an “intimate setting” that’s like being in someone’s home. The 6,000-sq-ft.space is divided into separate rooms with sofas, comfortable chairs, pool tables, fireplaces, and a patio overlooking a million-dollar view of the beach.

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Warm and welcoming, The Bungalow is just steps from the sand, making it an ideal watering hole for beating the heat and savoring the lounge’s craft beer and signature drink selections.

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Add in an assortment of tacos, sliders and flat breads brought in from the lounge’s culinary partner The Bear Flag Fish Co. located downstairs and you’re all set.

Surfwriter Girls can easily see whiling away an afternoon or evening with Greg Kishel watching the beach action from The Bungalow’s patio or taking in one of HB’s picture-perfect sunsets.

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With The Bungalow on the scene, now there’s another reason for everyone to say “We’re goin’ to Surf City, gonna have some fun.”

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Five Best Surfing Spots in Europe

Epic Waves Await You!

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

sign to beachLooking to escape the summer crowds at the world’s top surfing spots?

Then put Hawaii, Australia and Indonesia on hold and set your course in a different direction – to Europe.

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It turns out that Europe isn’t just a premiere ski destination, it also offers epic waves and beautiful beaches that are perfect for surfing.

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From a world-class surf break In Ireland on a beach with 300-million-year-old fossils…

 

to sun-kissed waves on golden sands in Spain, everything you’re looking for is just across The Pond.

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And, don’t worry that the waves won’t be big enough.

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At one EU surfing spot on our list legendary surfer Garrett McNamara made the Guinness Book of World Records in 2011 when he rode the biggest wave in history, a 78-ft monster…a feat he repeated at the same spot in 2013, riding an even bigger, 100-ft wave.

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SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel were excited to discover these off-the-beaten-path, European surfing gems.

To check out the Five Best Surfing Spots in Europe for yourself, take a look at the feature story our friends at BookSurfCamps.com shared with us. Written by Cristina Costea, a self-described “passionate traveler,” it will have you packing your board and heading to the airport. Just grab your passport and click here: Surf Europe

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