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Staying Safe

Whatever your cause or passion, the important thing now is to stay safe and well.

There will be time for socializing, meetings, and more later on. So follow the advice of the Surfrider Foundation and shred later.

Distancing is what connects us best now.

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World Water Day, March 22, 2020

Water and Climate Change

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

The theme for World Water Day, March 22nd, is “Water and Climate Change,” focusing on the link between water and changing climate conditions worldwide.

Climate change can affect our water supply so that some people don’t have water to drink or to use for personal hygiene and sanitation – things the UN says are universal rights.

It’s important to use water wisely on World Water Day and to support the United Nation’s efforts to encourage governments to “balance all of society’s water needs, while ensuring the poorest people don’t get left behind.”

Every drop must count.

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Marin’s Wave

Artist Robb Havassy On Book Tour

 Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Surf Artist Robb Havassy celebrates the joys of surfing and a father’s pride in his daughter’s accomplishments in his new young adult book Marin’s Wave.

Inspired by his daughter Marin’s developing love for surfing and living the Pura Vida lifestyle in Costa Rica, Havassy tells about her adventures.

After moving his family from California to Costa Rica to be closer to nature and a more relaxed lifestyle, Havassy has continued to focus on his art and family, while becoming part of the local community.

SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel are big fans of Robb Havassy’s art and books.

His epic books Surf Story and Surf Story II showcase the stories of the world’s leading surf artists and photographers.

Now, on this return trip to California, Havassy has the opportunity to share Marin’s Wave – a story for the next generation of surfers.

March 12th, 6 – 9pm, Resin Gallery, 618 Cypress Ave., Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

March 15th, 4 – 7pm, Ocean Room Gallery, 12 N. Fir Street, Ventura, CA 93001

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World Wildlife Day, March 3, 2020

Sustaining All Life on Earth

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) says the message of this year’s World Wildlife Day, March 3rd, is “Sustaining all life on Earth.”

World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate the beautiful and varied types of wild animals and plants around the world. Numerous events highlighting biodiversity and ways to sustain animal and plant life are scheduled.

At a time when 25% of the world’s animal species are currently threatened with extinction and natural ecosystems have declined by 47%, action is needed to protect them.

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National Kite Flying Day – February 8th

The Sky’s the Limit!

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Before you know it, National Kite Flying Day will be here – February 8, 2020.

Dating back to China in 470 B.C., kites have been adding color to our lives – to send messages to the gods, for ceremonies, to catch fish, to survey the lands around us. And, of course, to have fun!

Whether it’s a windy day at the beach or a public park, kites take to the sky.

From classic diamond-shaped kites to animal and dragon kites, there’s a kite that’s waiting for you to send it soaring.

The sky’s the limit!

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National Save the Eagles Day

January 10, 2020

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Take a moment to celebrate one of nature’s most majestic birds, the eagle, on National Save the Eagles Day, January 10th

Revered in mythology and religion since ancient times, there are over 70 different species of eagle around the world, many of them on the Endangered Species List.

The Bald Eagle, symbol of the United States of America, was almost extinct until it became protected under the Endangered Species Act in 1978.

Now there are some 10,000 nesting pairs of Bald Eagles across the country. A conservation success story, the Bald Eagle recovered enough to be removed from the list in 2007, but is still protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

To keep the world’s eagles safe, notify wildlife authorities if you notice an eagle’s nest that has been disturbed or see an injured bird. It’s also important to support conservation efforts to protect wildlife habitats and migratory flight routes.

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National Cocoa Day

December 13, 2019

December 13th is National Cocoa Day – the perfect time to settle around the fireplace and celebrate everyone’s favorite cold weather comfort drink.

Whether you call it hot cocoa or hot chocolate – one’s made with cocoa powder and the other with cocoa butter – we all agree that it’s just the thing to keep the cold away and put us in a relaxed mood.

Developed by the Mayas and Aztecs in Central America and Mexico 2000 years ago, the chocolate beverage was a favorite with the Aztec king Montezuma in the mid-1500s and became a sensation in European capitals when explorers brought it back from the New World.

In France, where chocolate is revered in all things from chocolates and pastries to dark rich hot chocolate (chocolat chaud), the drink served at Angelina of Paris is said to be the best. Iconic fashion designer Coco Chanel visited the bistro (started in 1903) daily just so she could savor its hot chocolate.

So, on December 13th bundle up, light the fire and make yourself a delicious cup of cocoa.

The antioxidants and flavonoids in it are good for your health…and it’s definitely in fashion!

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America Recycles Day

November 15, 2019

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Celebrate America Recycles Day, November 15th, by turning your unneeded, unwanted goods into useful resources.

Trash can become treasure when you recycle it.

So, take the pledge at #BeRecycled and help make America beautiful by reducing landfills and giving new life to paper, plastics, electronics, clothing, and more.

When we reduce, reuse and recycle we protect the environment and make the most of what we have.

Recycling gives you something to crow about!

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Paddle for Clean Water

Join Surfrider on October 6th

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Join the hundreds of participants who will be paddling their surfboards, SUPs, and kayaks around San Diego’s Ocean Beach Pier to raise awareness of what the Surfrider Foundation is doing to protect and advocate for clean water.

At 1,971 ft., it’s the longest concrete pier on the West Coast.

So, get ready to paddle and be part of the solution for clean water. Surfrider’s San Diego Chapter is eager to have you on board.

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International Coastal Cleanup Day 2019

Organizations COme Together For Ocean

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel  

International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICCD), Saturday, September 21, is one of the world’s largest annual volunteer preservation events for our ocean, waves and beaches.

It’s a global movement encompassing 6 million volunteers throughout the U.S. and in 90 countries. The Surfrider Foundation, Heal the Bay, Ocean Conservancy, Sierra Club, and other environmental groups are hosting activities and events at local beaches to clean the coastline and generate awareness of what people can do to promote healthy beaches on a daily basis.

Some of the top five most commonly collected items on ICCD last year were cigarette butts, plastic beverage bottles, food wrappers, plastic bottle caps and plastic straws.

To find an event, check with a Surfrider Foundation chapter near you or one of the other participating organizations.

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Vans US Open of Surfing Crowns Champions!

Yago Dora and Sage Erickson Celebrate Wins

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Brazilian Yago Dora and Californian Sage Erickson rode the Huntington Beach waves to victory on a day that required skill and patience to make the most of what the ocean offered.

Dora’s high-flying moves (posting the day’s top single score of 9.7) gave him the win and moved him into the #4 spot in the QS rankings. Thanking the crowd, he said it “gets me fired up to do my best and that’s what I did today.”

Erickson, who had to get past hometown favorite Courtney Conlogue in the finals, dedicated her win to her grandmother, who passed away two weeks ago, crediting her for “a lot of the lessons” she learned.

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Vans US Open of Surfing 2019

July 27 – August 4

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Huntington Beach, CA – Surf City USA – is getting ready to welcome the world’s elite surfers for the annual Vans US Open of Surfing.

The Open is one of the largest action sports festivals in the country, showcasing the best surfing alongside skateboard and BMX competitions, art exhibitions and hands-on creative workshops.

“The Vans US Open of Surfing presented by Swatch represents the very best of Vans’ heritage,” says Kristy Van Doren, Vans Senior Director, North America Brand Marketing

This is the second year that Swatch is a presenting sponsor and it will have a booth where visitors can mingle and see the Swatch Pro Team’s favorite watches and this year’s local artist collaborations.

Operated by the World Surf League, the Open brings together some of the best brands in sports and retailing. Official partners include Jeep, ULTRA, Red Bull, Jose Cuervo, Barefoot Wine, Hydro Flask, Harley-Davidson, Polo Blue, BF Goodrich, CLIF Bar and Frontier Communications.

So, mark your calendar and join in all the festivities!

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International Surfing Day, June 15th

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Get ready to head out to the beach to celebrate International Surfing Day. Sponsored by the Surfrider Foundation, there will be up to 200 events around the world – in more than 30 countries.

So, find out what’s going on at a beach near you. Then wax your board and load up the woody!

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World Oceans Day – June 8th

Celebrating Blue; Celebrating Life

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

On World Oceans Day, June 8th, people around our blue planet will be celebrating and honoring the ocean that connects us all.

A healthy world ocean is critical to our survival. In the words of National Geographic explorer-in-residence, marine biologist Dr. Sylvia Earle: “No water, no life. No blue, no green.”

“Even if you never have the chance to see or touch the ocean, the ocean touches you with every breath you take, every drop of water you drink, every bite you consume. Everyone, everywhere is inextricably connected to and utterly dependent upon the existence of the sea.”

There will be events spanning the globe from the Santa Monica Aquarium, CA, to the Coralpalooza in Key Largo, Florida, the Marine Biology Institute of Piran, Italy, oceans festival in Thailand, movies on the beach in Curacao, and many more.

Plus, the National Wildlife Federation is holding a contest with Joel Harper, author of All the Way to the Ocean, asking children to write Facebook and Instagram posts about how they are protecting the ocean.

So, find a World Oceans Day event near you and join in the celebration!

Celebrate Blue! Celebrate Life!

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Reduce Reuse Recycle Surf Off – May 18

Competition Puts Clean Ocean First

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Environmentalist Seth Matson is on a mission to keep our oceans and beaches clean…stopping trash at its source on land before it reaches the water.

To accomplish his objective, Matson is hosting this year’s Reduce Reuse Recycle Surf Off in Huntington Beach, CA May 18th at 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

More than a surfing competition, it’s an event that builds awareness about how we can keep trash, plastic and pollutants out of the upstream waterways that run to the sea.

Matson, founder of the non-profit group Drains to Ocean, has other organizations on board, including 5 Gyres Institute, the Sierra Club and Bolsa Chica Land Trust, to make it a fun and informative day for all with surf contests, educational activities, a beach cleanup, awards ceremony, and more.

SurfWriter Girls Sunny and Patti have seen firsthand what Matson is doing to protect the environment and know it’s up to all of us to help.

With eight million pieces of trash entering the ocean everyday, keeping the beaches clean is a big job.

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Hands Across the Sand – May 18

Event Promotes Clean Beaches

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Surfrider Foundation chapters across the U.S. are gearing up for the annual Hands Across the Sand event May 18, 2019.

Started in 2009 by Surfrider member Dave Rauschkolb, the event brings people together to oppose new offshore drilling and fossil fuel development and to promote clean energy.

Among the organizations involved are Oceana, Healthy Gulf, SoWal Beaches, Earth Ethics, and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.

At 12 p.m. local time participants at beaches and parks around the world will join hands for 15 minutes to demonstrate their support for protecting our coasts and finding new energy solutions.

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Woodies On Display

Doheny Beach Showcases Classic Cars

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Fans of the classic woodie station wagons that hauled surfboards to the beach in the 1950s/60s are in for a treat when the Southern California Woodie Club hosts its annual vintage cars event at Doheny State Park April 27th.

With over 200 woodies on display it’s sure to be a genuine blast-from-the past.

Cars of every shape and style – many of them restored and even stacked with longboards – will be strutting their stuff at one of CA’s iconic surfing beaches.

Harking back to a carefree time of open roads and endless summer days at the beach, these wooden-sided wagons are guaranteed to make you smile.

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Rising Tide Summit

Saving Ocean Reaches New Heights

 

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

“The ocean is the most powerful economic engine on earth,” says Vipe Desai, founder of the Rising Tide Summit being held on March 27 and 28 in SoCal at the Port of Los Angeles.

“Without a healthy ocean, there are no healthy people, planet or profits,” Desai points out, explaining why this year’s summit is so important. “Our goal is clear and simple. To chart a new course in ocean conservation.”

And, there’s no time to waste. With the ocean under siege from plastic pollution, coral bleaching, over-fishing, loss of habitat, and debris from inland water runoff we need to come up with solutions to reverse the damage that is occurring.

The summit’s topics include how business alliances can affect environmental causes, combating the plastics in the ocean problem, getting the environmental vote out, updates from the 5 Gyres Institute, and more. Among the speakers are leaders from science and industry, adventurer Alison Teal, and surfing World Champion Shaun Tomson.

SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel are excited that environmentalists from so many different fields are working together to come up with actionable solutions to protect our oceans.

That’s something we all can support!

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World WIldlife Day – Life Under The Sea

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

The United Nations announced that in 2019 the annual World Wildlife Day (March 3) will focus on marine species for the first time.

This year’s theme Life Below Water: for people and planet highlights the critical issues facing marine wildlife and their value to our everyday lives.

UN Development Program Head of Biodiversity and Ecosystems Midori Paxton notes: “Over three billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods and primary source of protein.”

SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel learned that the market value of marine and coastal resources and industries is $3 trillion per year.

Plus, oceans help reduce the impact of climate change – That’s good for all of us!

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International Year of the Reef

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

The International Coral Reef Initiative, a partnership of more than 60 nations and organizations around the world working to preserve coral reefs and related ecosystems, declared 2018 the International Year of the Reef.

This is the third time since the organization’s founding in 1994 that it has declared an International Year of the Reef and the goal is to create awareness about the dangers to the world’s coral reefs and to generate support for helping to preserve and protect them.

Coral reefs have had continued increases in bleaching (losing their nutrients) over the past three decades due to stress from climate and environmental changes. In effect, they are literally losing their colors – the pinks, oranges, yellows and blues that signify healthy reef systems.

The ICRI encourages governments, the private sector, non-profit organizations, and academia to join forces to share information and develop effective conservation strategies.

Healthy coral reefs are essential for the well-being of the planet because they support 25% of all marine life, providing habitats for countless organisms including over 4,000 species of fish. They also protect our shorelines from erosion and contribute to local communities’ fishing, travel and tourism economies.

NASA research scientist Liane Guild says,”Coral reefs are considered ‘canaries of the oceans,’ acting as an early warning system for marine ecosystems.” Like birds in a coal mine warning of dangerous gas, the reefs are sounding an environmental alert.

In 2018 we need to take notice.

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Make the Season Bright!

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

December is the time to be of good cheer.

 

As Ebenezer Scrooge learns in Charles DIckens’ A Christmas Carol, the relationships we have with others and the good deeds we do are far more important than the wealth we acquire.

 

So, take time to catch some waves, mix and mingle…

Deck the Halls…

have charity toward others, and help make the world a better place.

Season’s Greetings to all and a Happy New Year!

Patti and Sunny

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National Cookie Day – 11/26 and 12/4

Celebrate America’s Favorite Treat

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

After Thanksgiving – just when you think you can’t eat another bite – get ready for National Cookie Day, November 26 and December 4.

 

That’s right – Two days to celebrate America’s favorite treat! “One day isn’t enough,” says SurfWriter Girl Sunny Magdaug. “We need at least two days.”

 

There’s always room for a cookie – especially when you bake them yourself!

SurfWriter Girls Sunny and Patti Kishel like to bake cookies for our friends and family, whether it’s classic chocolate chip or decorated Christmas cookies.

 

Like the Pillsbury Doughboy says:

“Nothing says lovin’ like something from the oven.”

 

What’s your favorite cookie?

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Halloween – Make It A Beach Treat!

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

On All Hallow’s Eve (October 31st) get ready to celebrate things that go bump in the night.

Carve a pumpkin, drink apple cider, trick-or-treat, or party on the beach!

Beach communities from California to Maine, Canada and Europe will be building bon fires and making s’mores.

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 World Gratitude Day – September 21

Celebrate the Good Things in Life!

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

 

September 21st is World Gratitude Day – a day to express gratitude and appreciation for all the wonderful things to be found in the world.

 

Started in 1965 in Hawaii – where people traditionally thank Mother Nature for Earth’s bounty, beautiful oceans, green landscapes and the Aloha spirit – World Gratitude Day was adopted by the United Nations in 1977.

 

Since then it has spread around the globe.

Now, when there is so much divisiveness in the news, SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel think taking a day to focus on all the positive things we have and the beauty around us is time well spent.

 

What do you have to be grateful for and who do you want to thank?

You may be surprised at how long a list it is!

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Vans US Open of Surfing 2017

Surf, Sun and Sustainability!

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug & Patti Kishel

Huntington Beach, CA, Surf City USA, is in the spotlight once more for the annual Vans US Open of Surfing showcasing the world’s best surfers, skateboarders and BMX riders. Running from July 29 – August 6, the event is about surfing and more.

SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel learned that this year the USOS is focusing on sustainability.

Vans says, “As part of a multi-year effort, the 2017 Vans US Open will divert waste from the landfill, utilize renewable energy to power the contest and webcast, support local community groups and charities, encourage alternative transportation, and offset the carbon emissions of the event.”

With competitions to watch, sports stars to mingle with, and lots of activities, workshops and games, the USOS has evolved into one of the premiere action sports festivals in the world. There’s truly something for everyone.

So, come on out to Huntington Beach and join the party!

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International Surfing Day 2017

Here Comes the Sun!

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

 

On Saturday morning, June 17, 2017, surfers and sun worshipers alike will be out in full force at Surf City, USA’s Huntington Beach Pier to enjoy this year’s International Surfing Day (ISD) and pay homage to the summer solstice.

Started in 2005 by Surfing magazine and the Surfrider Foundation, ISD has become an annual event around the globe to celebrate this great sport and to give something back to the world’s oceans, waves and beaches.

The action runs from 8 am – 1 pm and includes paddle outs, surf lessons, yoga on the beach, surf industry displays, ocean education, music and more.

So, as the Beatles say, “Here comes the sun…It’s all right, it’s all right.”

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 Pacific City’s A Taste of Lot 579

Surfrider Foundation Benefit – May 11th

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Surfers and foodies alike are all heading to Lot 579, the popular, beach-themed food hall in Huntington Beach’s Pacific City complex for this year’s A Taste of Lot 579.

Named after HB’s Lifeguard Towers 5, 7 and 9, located just across PCH from the complex, Lot 579 is the perfect place for this tribute to food and SoCal’s beach culture on Thursday, May 11th, from 7 – 9 pm.

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.

You’ll get to try an amazing array of foods from SoCal’s top restaurants, mingle with friends, enjoy music and more, and help support the non-profit Surfrider Foundation, which is dedicated to protecting the world’s oceans, waves and beaches for the enjoyment of all of us. What could be better!

With tickets just $20 and so many tastes to try, the evening will be cranking!

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Surfrider Foundation Ohana Day – April 15

Celebrate Family and Friends!

Make Saturday, April 15th, a fun, family day and head out to Seal Beach for Ohana Day – a Hawaiian-style celebration that’s all about family and Mother Earth. Sponsored by the Surfrider Foundation and Kohl’s department stores, there will be beach activities, demos, booths, entertainment, raffles, and more.

So, jump on your bike or load up the woody and get ready to join in the festivities and share the stoke!

Located next to the Seal Beach Pier, the event is from 9 am – 1 pm and is the perfect way to experience the love and warmth of Ohana.

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Girl Scout Cookie Centennial

Make Way for S’mores!

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It’s Girl Scout Cookie season again! And not just any season.

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the first year Girl Scouts started selling their tasty treats.

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SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel (former Scouts who sold lots of cookies!) were excited to learn the new flavor launched for the Centennial – S’mores (in Crispy and Crunchy versions).

new-smoresWhat could be more fitting? The recipe for that campfire favorite s’mores was first published in 1927 in the magazine Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts.

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Look for the Girl Scouts selling cookies until April to raise money for programs to help girls discover the outdoors and develop their leadership and life-skills abilities.

Girl Scouts from Rancho Santa Margarita Troop 2898 were eager to sell Patti boxes of the new S’mores and Sunny’s favorite Thin Mints.

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As you probably already know, the cookies are hard to resist. In an average season Girl Scout Cookies generate $800 million in revenues.

 

That’s a lot of Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Samoas,Caramel deLites and Do-si-dos.

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But, who can say no?

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Especially now when we always want S’more.

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Chinese New Year 2017

Year of the Rooster is Time to Crow!

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

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What’s the best way to celebrate Chinese New Year (Jan 28), the Year of the Rooster? With a Moscow Mule.

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Did you know that the Moscow Mule cocktail (the one served in a copper mug) was popularized at Hollywood’s legendary Cock ‘n Bull restaurant on Sunset Blvd.? So, what better drink to toast in Chinese New Year than one associated with a rooster?

A famous watering hole for celebrities – especially the Brits – from the 1930s through the 1980s, the Cock ‘n Bull was a hang out for actor Richard Burton and rockers Jim Morrison and Rod Stewart. Warren Beatty was a regular there, too.

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Invented in 1941, the Moscow Mule – a mix of Vodka and ginger beer – got its name from Vodka’s association with Russia and the kick (like a mule!) that comes from the ginger beer.

So, you can make your own Moscow Mule, SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel have a recipe you’ll definitely crow about.

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Moscow Mule Recipe

Pour 2 oz. vodka, 3 – 5 oz. ginger beer and a half oz.lime juice into a mug (preferably a copper mug) over ice. Stir and garnish with a lime wedge.

Then you’re ready to chill out like a czar.

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Just watch how many drinks you have or you could end up seeing double.

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To add even more kick to your Chinese New Year, celebrate with rumaki appetizers. For SurfWriter Girls recipe, just click on: rumaki

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Election Day Update

Ban the Bag Passes!

People Voted YES on Proposition 67

Pins supporting the ban of plastic bags and voting Yes on Prop 67.

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Did you ever wonder what happens to plastic grocery bags after you use them? With 100 billion plastic bags used every year in America, it’s important to know.

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SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel learned that, all too often, these plastic grocery bags wash into our rivers, lakes, streams, and oceans. Once there, they are ingested by or entangle sea turtles, otters, seals, fish, and birds, who mistake the bags for food.

Later the animals die from the bags or are eaten by other animals, with the plastic bags working their way through the food chain and ultimately being eaten by man.

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Even when disposed of properly plastic bags clog our landfills, taking up to a thousand years to biodegrade.

Burning them isn’t an answer either since the plastic bags give off toxic gases.

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How can we stop this from happening? In California it’s simple. By getting rid of single-use plastic bags. 150 cities and counties in California have already enacted local laws to ban single-use plastic bags.

Now that Yes on 67 has passed this will make it a state-wide ban.
YES on 67 is a common-sense solution to reduce an unnecessary and deadly source of plastic pollution in the environment. It not only protects wildlife and ourselves, but protects our waterways for recreation and tourism. This is vital for our quality of life and for the state’s economy.

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Many environmental organizations and others supported YES on 67. These include the Surfrider Foundation (which is dedicated to protecting the world’s oceans, waves and beaches), California Coastal Commission, Sierra Club, The Nature Conservancy, Defenders of WIldlife, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Patagonia, Clif Bar, and more.

Single-use plastic bags are: Unsafe, Unsightly, Unwanted.

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Together, with the simple mark on a ballot, the people have spoken to stop the damage caused by single-use plastic bags in California.

 

“I firmly believe in the idea that each and every one of us can make a concrete difference in the health of our ocean and coasts.When we work together, we can scale that change into something meaningful on the national and global level. Each and every vote does make a difference and you have an opportunity to make your opinion count.”

– Dr. Chad Nelsen, Surfrider Foundation CEO

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Californians voted for the environment. They Voted YES on 67

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Rudy’s Barber Shop Opens in HB!

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Party & Free Haircuts – October 6

Benefit for Surfrider Foundation

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

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At Rudy’s Barbershop it’s about “more than just haircuts.”

Wherever Seattle-based Rudy’s opens its doors the goal is to become part of the neighborhood. Rudy’s wants to be “a relevant, cross-generational community center, buzzing with creative energy and welcoming its guests with a unique personality and fresh take on modern salon services meeting old-school barbershop inspiration and appeal.”

This is certainly true at Rudy’s 21st – and newest! – location in the beach-themed Pacific City mall (21010 Pacific Coast Hwy) just across the street from SoCal’s iconic Huntington Beach Pier.

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In a nod to the beach just outside its windows, Rudy’s is offering complimentary haircuts at its Opening Party, Thursday, October 6, 2016, and donating the tips to the Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter of the nonprofit Surfrider Foundation, which is dedicated to protecting the world’s oceans, waves and beaches.

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Providing top-notch, signature cuts for men and women in an inviting atmosphere that blends art and music, Rudy’s is excited to be part of Pacific City’s casual beach vibe.

So, join the party from 6 – 9 p.m. You’ll get a great haircut that turns heads on the beach and support the Surfrider Foundation! C’mon, there’s a chair waiting for you!

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Huntington Beach Green Expo – 2016

Surf City Says, “Go, Green!”

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As Kermit the Frog says, “It’s not easy being green.”

kermit-the-frog-recycleBut, if you go to the Huntington Beach Green Expo, on Saturday, October 8, 2016, you’ll find out everything you need to know to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

With over 50 vendors and exhibitors on hand, live music and fun zone activities, there’s something for the whole family.

The non-profit Surfrider Foundation Huntington/Seal Beach chapter is on board, too, with members educating and informing everyone what we can do to keep the beaches clean.

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So, head out to HB’s City Hall, 2000 Main Street, and join the Green Team!

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San Diego Becomes “Sandiego” – 2016

Sand Sculptures Amaze and Delight!

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On Labor Day Weekend, September 2 – 5, the City of San Diego is once again transforming itself into SANDiego when it hosts the annual US Sand Sculpting Challenge.

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Sand people are at it again

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Sand sculptors from around the world will be out in force to amaze you with their artistic visions. Don’t miss this chance to see their creations before the tides take them away.

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National Sea Serpent Day

August 7, 2016

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Get ready for National Sea Serpent Day! It’s a day to celebrate all the mysterious and mythic sea serpents of the deep from the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland to the Midgarosormr of Norse legends – a serpent so big it was said to encircle the earth.

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Sailors and others have reported seeing sea serpents for hundreds of years.

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In Medieval and Renaissance times (5th to 17th century) cartographers often included sea serpents on the maps and charts they drew.

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Sightings of “Nessie,” the famed Loch Ness Monster, date back 1500 years. And, in 1850 a sea serpent was reported in Ireland “sunning itself near the Clare coast off Kilkee.” More recently, in 1985 two brothers in San Francisco said they saw a sea serpent at least 60-ft-long swimming in the bay.

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Much like UFO sightings, people have debated whether sea serpents are real or even hoaxes made up to fool the public.

 

Whatever the truth may be, SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel remember another sea serpent seen by many – Cecil, the Seasick Sea Serpent.

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In the 1960s he and his sidekick Beany were the stars of the popular Beany and Cecil cartoon show.

Created by Bob Clampett for ABC-TV, the duo were the coolest personalities on television with legions of young fans following their adventures every week.

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The Mattel toy company even made a line of Beany and Cecil toys and lunchboxes that all the kids wanted. Today they sell for big bucks on eBay.

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So, in honor of National Sea Serpent Day, put on a beany cap and spin the propeller!

And, when you’re at the beach, look around. Who knows what you’ll see?

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Surf’s Up in Huntington Beach!

Vans US Open of Surfing – July 23-31

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Surf City, USA is in the spotlight again with the 2016 Vans US Open of Surfing showcasing the world’s best surfers, skateboarders and BMX riders. The event is about surfing and more and has evolved into one of the premiere action and sports festivals.

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With competitions to watch, sports stars to mingle with, and lots of activities, workshops and games, there’s something for everyone. So, come on out to Huntington Beach and join the party!

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The Art of Surf Exhibit

Benefit for The Kids of One Recovery

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Surf art by some of the world’s leading artists is on display at One Gallery, 1431 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, in The Art of Surf exhibit, thru July 14, 2016 (Opening Big Bash Party, July 9th at 7 pm).

This is your chance to see surf and ocean art by Drew Brophy, Joshua Paskowitz, Roy Gonzalez, Chloe Trujillo, Nathan Paul Gibbs, and more.

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Plus three iconic surfboards on display:

Legendary Hawaiian surfer/lifeguard Eddie Aikau’s rescue board

Patrick Swayze’s board from the the Point Break movie

Artist Rick Griffin’s painted board

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The exhibit benefits the One Recovery community-based, non-profit organization that focuses on helping struggling adolescents and their families by “replacing destructive behaviors with positive new pathways for growth and happiness.”

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“I am so stoked to be part of this exhibit,” says Drew Brophy. The fact that it benefits young people fits with his mission “to inspire generations of people to live the life of their dreams.”

SurfWriter Girls think The Art of Surf exhibit is a great way to celebrate the summer and to give back to others in need. For more information or to attend the party, call 888-852-2201 or go to the website: 1recovery.com

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Summer Art Camp

Creativity Blooms at HB Art Garden

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Orange County artists Letitia Di Luca and Sherri Coffman have joined forces to offer a summer art camp for children.  Designed for ages 5 – 12, each session focuses on a theme from Summer Dreams and Candyland to Music Masters and Sea Life.

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This is a great way to escape the heat and be creative. No sunscreen needed…just imagination and a willingness to have fun!

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Classes run from June 27 – September 2 and are held at the HB Art Garden, 21561 Surveyor Circle, Huntington Beach, CA 92646.

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There are two scheduling options available: Tuesday and Thursday mornings (9am – noon) and Monday, Wednesday, Friday afternoons (1-4 pm).  For more information or to register, phone: 714-397-1897 or email the artists at: signsott@aol.com.

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International Surfing Day 2016

Goin’ to Surf City, USA

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

On Saturday morning, June 18, 2016, surfers and sun worshipers alike will be out in full force at Surf City, USA’s Huntington Beach Pier to enjoy this year’s International Surfing Day (ISD) and pay homage to the summer solstice.

Started in 2005 by Surfing magazine and the Surfrider Foundation, ISD has become an annual event around the globe to celebrate this great sport and to give something back to the world’s oceans, waves and beaches.

The action runs from 8 am – 1 pm and includes paddle outs, surf lessons, yoga on the beach, surf industry displays, ocean education, music and more.

So, wax your board and join everyone goin’ to Surf City!

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May is National Bike Month

Get On Board!

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The Orange County Transportation Authority says “Get On Board”…your bike. May is National Bike Month. For 60 years bicyclists in communities across the United States have chosen May as the month to celebrate all things bike. Whether you ride your bike for play or work, to exercise or to help the environment, now’s the time to pedal out and enjoy the sights and sounds of the OC.

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Established in 1956 by the League of American Bicyclists, Bike Month was designed to showcase the wide range of bicycling benefits and to encourage more people to try cycling, Bike Month in Orange County continues to grow with fun bicycle events and promotions. There’s the UCI Bike Festival, OCTA Bike Rally, even a Blessing of the Bikes. So, c’mon out and experience stress-free cycling on the county’s designated bikeways – there’s over 1,000 miles to explore!

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To find out all the bike-related events going on in May, click on OCTA  Then pump up the tires, grab your helmet and get ready to roll.

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Surf’s up at Newport Beach Film Festival

April 21 – 28, 2016

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

A great way to cool down after a day in the sun is to slip into a darkened movie theater and settle in with a box of popcorn. Surfers and film enthusiasts alike are in for a treat at this year’s Newport Beach Film Festival.

For the perfect double bill (April 25 at 6 pm) there’s Return to Cape St. Francis, the long-awaited sequel to The Endless Summer film classic that turned a generation on to surfing, and The Biggest Board: Surf City USA’s Epic Ride about catching a wave into the Guinness World Records Book.

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Other surf films to keep an eye out for include: Mad Dogs, about three Brazilian surfers going after the world’s most famous waves; Psychic Vibrations, Volcom’s compilation of 20 years of influential surf films;  View From a Blue Moon, surfing from the point of view of champion surfer John Florence.

So, grab the popcorn and get ready for the lights to dim. It’s movie time!

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Ohana Day Celebrates Family

April 16, 2016

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Head out to Seal Beach on April 16th to join in the fun on Ohana Day – a Hawaiian-style celebration that focuses on family and Mother Earth. Sponsored by the Surfrider Foundation and Kohl’s department stores, there will be beach activities, demos, booths, entertainment, raffles, and more.

Located next to the Seal Beach Pier, the event is from 9 am – 1 pm and is the perfect way to experience the love and warmth of Ohana. For more information see complete story on Surf’n Beach Scene Magazine Home Page.

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Surfing Pastor Benefit – April 9

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Share the spirit of Ohana and join in the celebration to honor Huntington Beach Pastor Sumo Sato and help raise funds for his medical treatments. For more information see complete story on Surf’n Beach Scene Magazine Home Page.

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Minions Holding Giant Easter Egg Hunt

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C’mon and join the Minions for an Easter egg hunt and party at Minion Beach!

Minions Easter egg huntThe mischievous Minions – Bob, Stuart, Kevin and the rest – will show you how to make your own Minion-inspired, decorated eggs and put together the perfect Easter basket.

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easter-minionsWhat could be better than fun in the sun and treats for everyone?

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So, load up the woody and join the party at Minion Beach at El Macho’s Lair.

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Eddie Aikau Big Wave Event is a Go!

John John Florence Wins Surf Invitational

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

The Eddie Aikau Big-Wave Invitational, one of the most prestigious – and certainly the rarest – surfing events in the world took place on Thursday, February 25, 2016 in Hawaii on Oahu’s North Shore.

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Elite surfers from around the globe waited excitedly on standby to hear if the surf conditions were right. They were …and the event was on. With monster waves as high as 60 feet.

Hawaiian surfer John John Florence took first place by catching four enormous waves and earning a total score of 301 points. The second youngest surfer to win the event, Florence, 23, thanked the Aikau family and Quiksilver for sponsoring it and said it was a dream come true to compete against surfers who were his heroes growing up.

Eddie_Aikau wikiNamed after Waimea Bay’s first lifeguard, Eddie Aikau (1946-1978), the invitation-only surfing event has been held just nine times in its 31-year history. That’s because the tournament rules require that open-ocean waves reach a minimum of 20 feet (which translates to a wave face height of 30 or more feet).

Aikau, who loved surfing the Big Waves, is legendary for saving over 500 people as Waimea’s lifeguard. Not one person was lost while he was on duty. No matter how dangerous the surf, Aikau would plunge in to make a rescue, leading Islanders to say of his exploits, “Eddie would go.” Unfortunately, Aikau’s life was cut short when he was lost at sea on a 2,500 mile sailing expedition retracing the ancient Polynesian migration between Hawaii and Tahiti.

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To find out more about Aikau’s amazing life and his legacy, check out these two books written by Stuart Coleman: Eddie Would Go: The Story of Eddie Aikau and Eddie Aikau: Hawaiian Hero.

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Along with this, the International Surfing Museum in Huntington Beach is currently showcasing Aikau in its exhibit: EDDIE GOES! Aikau’s brother Clyde Aikau is shown here with museum chairman Brett Barnes and exhibits director Dave Reynolds, who also designed the event poster.

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Anyone who cares about surfing will definitely want to make this exhibit a go!

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Nancy Hastings – Great write-up ladies! Proud to report my blood-cousin (My uncle’s son) Steven Estabrook was a judge at this year’s Eddie Aikau contest.  This is the 2nd time he has judged!   My cousin has lived on the north shore of Oahu for over 20 years, so I guess he has made friends with all the right people.  🙂

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

From Cafe au Lait to Love

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Would you like to go out for coffee? Why don’t you come inside for a cup of coffee? How many romances – in the movies and real life – have started with those words?

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While much attention has been given to the link between chocolate and romance, coffee isn’t far behind. In addition to being the “think drink” many of us turn to for inspiration or when we’re on a deadline, coffee is also the lubricant of romance. Some may even say it is essential. SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel learned that in Saudi Arabia a woman may divorce her husband if he doesn’t keep her supplied with coffee. Talk about grounds for divorce.

The French, long associated with amour, created the French press coffee maker in the 1850s to brew the perfect coffee. The standard size press makes just the right amount for two.

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A coffee aficionado herself, Paris Folies Bergère cabaret performer Josephine Baker (1906 – 1975) once said about the man she loved, “He was my cream, and I was his coffee. And when you poured us together, it was something.”

To find out more about the connection between coffee and couples, Dunkin Donuts commissioned a survey to take a closer look at the subject.

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Among the good news for the popular donut and coffee shop was that 50% of the survey respondents said they would rather receive a fresh cup of coffee from their sweetheart on Valentine’s Day than flowers. Along with this, 70% said they would have coffee as part of their Valentine’s Day lunch or dinner celebration. Nearly two-thirds said that they had gone out for coffee on a first date.

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According to the survey, the most romantic flavors of coffee are vanilla (38%), mocha (16%) and caramel (15%). And, if you want to turn up the romantic heat, opt for a cappuccino. It was selected the most romantic beverage by 30%. And guys, a word to the wise, 31% of women said they would rather give up their sweetheart for a week than give up coffee for seven days. Ouch!

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In the spirit of romance, Dunkin Donuts not only has its coffee pots and cappuccino makers ready to accommodate sweethearts year-round, but for Valentine’s Day it makes special heart-shaped donuts filled with Bavarian Kreme or Vanilla buttercreme.

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On a first date, when you’re wondering if this is Mr. Right or Ms. Right, can your date’s coffee preference actually provide you with insight into his/her personality? According to Dr. Alan Hirsch, neurological director of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, it most certainly can.

“Based on our work, people who take their coffee black tend to be lively, outgoing, and extroverted, thinking more about the present than the future,” Dr. Hirsch says. “People who add sweetener to their coffee are natural leaders, enjoy being in control, and expect the best from all. Those who take their coffee with cream are particularly social and engaging. And, those who add skim milk to their coffee most enjoy company and usually prefer to draw attention to others versus themselves.” So, pay attention if your date reaches for the Sweet and Low.

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Given what SurfWriter Girls discovered, there’s a good chance that coffee will be on your Valentine’s Day menu. In addition to Dunkin Donuts, there are many coffee houses to choose from in the OC. Of course there’s Starbucks. And, for something more locally-grown, head out to Old Town Seal Beach where you’ll find many coffee houses on and around Main Street.

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Bogart’s, named after legendary screen star Humphrey Bogart, is just across from the Seal Beach Pier, which provides a romantic backdrop for your café au lait. And, with a life-size, replica of Bogie, known as much for his romance with actress Lauren Bacall as his films, standing by “looking at you, kid,” how can you go wrong?

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Patti & Sunny

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Surf City Marathon & half marathon

February 7, 2016

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Start carbo-loading and getting your practice runs in because Sunday, February 7th, is the Surf City USA classic oceanfront marathon in Huntington Beach.

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Surf City’s exclusive oceanfront course is a runner’s California Dream! It takes you on the Pacific Coast Highway past Huntington Beach’s iconic pier and along SoCal’s legendary surfing beaches.

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Along the way, retro surf bands keep the good vibrations going. And, when you reach the finish line, the party really kicks in with bodacious surfboard medals for the runners and a beachside beer garden to celebrate in.

The Huntington Beach Longboard Crew, Surf City’s oldest surf club, is joining Samuel Adams beer company in hosting the Annual Beer Garden Beach Party. So you know it will be rockin!

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Celebrate Rubber Ducky Day!

January 13th

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Rub a dub, dub, fill up the tub! Before you know it National Rubber Ducky Day on January 13th will be here. Created and patented by Los Angeles sculptor Peter Ganine in the 1940s, the bright,yellow duck, that has become a familiar sight in bath tubs everywhere, even has its own day now. Who would’ve guessed it? Or that over 50,000,000 rubber duckies have been sold. According to London’s The Sun newspaper, even Queen Elizabeth has one in her tub. As further proof of its wide following, in 2013 the rubber duck was “induckted” into the Toy Hall of Fame, joining an illustrious group of only 52 other toys.

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Many countries around the world from North America and Europe to Australia hold rubber duck races to raise money for charity. And, in recognition of the larger-than-life stature the yellow duck has achieved, Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman created the world’s largest rubber duck in 2007, measuring 54 x 65 x 105 ft and weighing over 1,300 lbs.

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HOLIDAY GREETINGS & HAPPY NEW YEAR

SUNNY, PATTI, GREG & SMOKEY

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HO!   HO!   HO!

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What’s New – Pink or Blue?

Catherine & Sean Lowe to Welcome Baby on Board!

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Philosophers often describe life as a sea voyage with the journey beginning at birth. Catherine and Sean Lowe (ABC-TVs The Bachelor) are finding this out firsthand as they get ready to add to their own voyage with a baby on board.

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SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel were excited this week when Sunny’s longtime friend Cynthia Mejia-Giudici called to share the news that her daughter Catherine and son-in-law Sean are expecting their first child.

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“Sean called to tell me that the baby is due in June,” Cyn said, eager to welcome her first grandchild. “They’re going to be here in Seattle for the holidays and I can’t wait to see them. Catherine’s sisters Monica and India will be here, too. So, it’s going to be a great time for all of us together.”

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