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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.

SurfWriter Girls can’t wait!

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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

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

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

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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

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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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After a Final Rose ceremony in Thailand that ended with the couple riding off into the sunset on an elephant, Catherine and Sean, who met on Season 17 of The Bachelor, were married January 26, 2014. Sean’s father, Jay, a Baptist minister, officiated in a televised ceremony at Santa Barbara’s renowned Four Seasons Resort Biltmore just steps from the sea.

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SurfWriter Girls couldn’t be happier for the couple and think that the holidays are the perfect time to celebrate this new life journey that’s about to start.

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Thanksgiving Food For Thought

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When you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner do you ever wonder where the food came from? SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel found out some interesting food facts – from which state grows the most turkeys, who’s number one for cranberries, and where the classic green bean casserole dish came from.

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To get the facts on this special day, take a look at SurfWriter Girls story in the Orange County Breeze. Just click on: OC Breeze

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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Surfrider Gives Huntington Beach

Halloween Treat – A Clean Beach!

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

The Surfrider Foundation’s Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter hosted a Halloween Beach Cleanup in Huntington Beach. A pirate skull and crossbones marked the spot on the sand where everyone gathered.

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Chapter members – many in costumes – were on hand to greet the more than 300 volunteers who showed up eager to help.

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HB locals, students, church groups, volunteers from Subaru of America, Inc., the Marriott Hotels and Courtyard, and others all pitched in.

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Together they removed over 330 lbs. of trash from the beach.

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For HB it was a special treat! A Booooooootiful beach.

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Photos courtesy of Tony Soriano

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Minions Hit The Beach

For Halloween Party

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

After the worldwide release of their hit movie The Minions the fire plug-size stars are ready to party on Halloween at Minion Beach.

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Decked out in costumes and with treats on hand, the Minions are out in force…and on the lookout for things that go bump in the night.

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SurfWriter Girls Sunny and Patti are looking forward to the party. To join in the festivities, just head out to Minion Beach at El Macho’s Lair.

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San Diego – End of Summer Blasts

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

San Diego is where the end-of-summer action is for the next few weeks. With everything from spectacular sandcastles to surf competitions and a giant paddle out around the Ocean Beach Pier.

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The US Sand Sculpting Challenge on Labor Day weekend (September 4 – 7) is an international event that brings artists from around the world to compete to build the best sandcastles and creative works. (Story on Home Page.)

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Surf for the Sea (September 12 & 13) is an annual surf competition sponsored by the non-profit Surfrider Foundation in honor of local surfers who have passed away and to raise money to protect the environment. There will be raffles and prizes.

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Annual Paddle for Clean Water on Sunday (September 27), hosted by the Surfrider Foundation, draws hundreds of surfers to paddle around the OB Pier to build awareness of the importance of clean water.

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So, make San Diego your destination for end-of-summer activities!

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Summer Days Wind Down

Time to Go Off the Clock and Off the Grid!

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

With the end of summer fast approaching and everyone trying to cram as much as possible into the last golden days, SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel say “Whoa!” It’s time to slow down and enjoy the true pleasures of having free time before giving in to the demands of work and school.
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So, get ready to go off the clock and off the grid. Pour a cold drink, get comfy in your hammock or deck chair and take a look at SurfWriter Girls story in the Orange County Breeze. Just click here on: OC Breeze
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The OC Breeze, with editor Shelley Henderson at the helm, is a local treasure that keeps our community connected. Combining high journalistic standards with just the right dash of irreverence, the Breeze’s smiling tiki on the masthead tells you this is news SoCal style.

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Huntington Beach Hosts 2015 Surf Open

US Open of Surfing Still Off the Wall

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Japan’s Hiroto Ohhara and  Johanne Defay of France stole the show and the winners’ prizes with their upset wins at the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing 2015.

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The two champions, who were both underdogs, were elated over winning the Open and couldn’t believe that they had actually taken the top awards in this crown jewel of surfing.

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It was a week capped with surprises, but no surprise that host Vans and Huntington Beach would pull out the stops to put on a world-class show.

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Surf’s Up in Huntington Beach!

U.S. Open of Surfing – July 25 to August 3

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

The U.S. Open of Surfing – the premier event in surfing – is Off the Wall again in Huntington Beach with host sponsor Vans pulling out all the stops for a jam-packed week of surfing, skate and BMX competitions.

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The U.S. Open generates over $20 million dollars for the OC economy. Find out what all the excitement is about and share the stoke.

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SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel are on the scene covering the action. The story’s in SurfWriter Girls blog.

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SurfWriter Girls Celebrate 4th Anniversary!

Blog & Magazine Cover the Beach

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Since July 2011 SurfWriter Girls environmental & lifestyles blog has brought you stories about the people, places, organizations and events that are shaping our beach communities -166 stories, in all. From the U.S. Open of Surfing to beach restaurant and art reviews, California’s drought, Surfrider Foundation events and Huntington Beach’s Century of Stoke.

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Along with this, we now have Surf’n Beach Scene Magazine to bring you even more coverage.

Look for our anniversary story in SurfWriter Girls.

Mahalo and thanks for your support!

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Surf City Does It!

Two Guinness World Records

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Way to Go, Surfrider Ambassador Duke Aipa!

Congrats to HB & All the Riders!

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Celebrate Surfing!

International Surfing Day – June 20

ISD POSTER ACome to the Huntington Beach pier (8 a.m. – 1 p.m.) and join the Surfrider Foundation in the beach activities.

Event sponsors include:

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Help Surfrider protect the world’s oceans, waves and beaches.

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Surf City Goes for Guinness Record

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Don’t miss history in the making as Surf City tries to break two Guinness World Records in the same day on June 20th, International Surfing Day (ISD).

The records targeted to come toppling down are: “Most people riding a surfboard”  and “World’s longest surfboard.

So, join the crowd and look for the action at the Huntington Beach Pier!

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Earth Day – A Time to Plant

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Imagine a billion new trees on the planet to nurture and sustain us, providing welcome shade and new life to our environment.

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ForestNATION, a member of the Earth Day Network, is encouraging people around the world to plant a new tree on Earth Day, April 22, 2015.

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According to the Native American culture, when you take something from the Earth you must put something back. Planting a tree is a way to compensate Mother Nature for all that she gives us.

 

Join SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel in pledging to give back on Earth Day.

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Award-Winning Film – Limited Engagement

Free Screening at Don the Beachcomber

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The Surfrider Foundation Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter is hosting a free screening of the award-winning film Plastic Paradise at Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach on March 19 at 6:30 p.m.

Documentary filmmaker Angela Sun’s eye-opening film chronicles how plastic pollution in the ocean has led to the ecological devastation of the Midway Atoll located thousands of miles from civilization.

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SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel urge you to see this important film and see firsthand what happens to the discarded bottles, bags, and other plastics that are used everyday.

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Surf City Marathon & Beach Beer Garden Party

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Grab some friends and drive over to the Huntington Beach Pier to start an early Super Bowl Sunday morning celebration and be part of the Surf City Marathon and ®Michelob Ultra Beach Beer Garden Party. Sponsored by the Huntington Beach Longboard Crew – Huntington Beach’s original surfing club – it will be held on Sunday, February 1, 2015 from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

This is the sixth year that the Longboard Crew has sponsored the event. “The Beer Garden is a service we provide to the Surf City Marathon. As ambassadors of the city, our members our proud of our sixth year of welcoming the marathoners to our city. At the end of the race there is a ‘tall one’ waiting for every over 21 runner and the Huntington-Beach-Longboard-Crew are the official hosts,” said Gary Sahagen, president and one of the club’s original founding members.

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LBC photo on beachFounded in 1984, The Huntington Beach Longboard Crew is a non-profit organization involved with various surfing contests and activities and giving to local charities, Sahagen told SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel. It’s all about enabling “people to feel good about giving back, whether it’s mentoring the younger surfers on how to do community service or just do well in an event.”

For more information about the Surf City Marathon and Beach Beer Garden Party event here’s the link: http://www.runsurfcity.com/Beer-Garden-s/70.htm.

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A Silver and Gold New Year

Friendship – the Perfect Blendship for 2015

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

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Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other’s gold.

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That popular campfire song of old is just as relevant now as we start the New Year.

 

To make 2015 a better year, SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel would like to see us all reach out the hand of friendship to the people we encounter in our everyday lives.

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Putting aside differences and disagreements, now is the time to focus on the things that unite us and to celebrate our shared hopes and dreams.

As writers who are out in the community, SurfWriter Girls are fortunate to meet new people practically everywhere we go…at beach cleanups, talking to small business owners, at civic events, and more.

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Along the way, many have become our friends, like Ocean Friendly Gardens expert Greg Goran…

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Up, Up & Away Kites owners Melissa and Jason Natanson…

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International Surfing Museum workers Cindy Cross and Dave Reynolds. The list goes on.

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Think of your own list and all the people with whom you come into contact. How many potential new friends are waiting there? How many old friends are hoping to reconnect? You might be surprised.

If you’d like to find out, it’s easy. Just make the effort. As the saying goes, “To have a friend, you have to be a friend.”

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Motivational speaker and author Dale Carnegie, once said, “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”

While focusing on friends – both old and new – may not seem like such a big thing, President Woodrow Wilson felt differently. Recognizing the importance of friendship, he stated, “Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.”

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SurfWriter Girls Sunny and Patti definitely agree. Sunny and her friend Cynthia Mejia Giudici have been friends since first grade, staying connected through marriages, divorces, births, deaths, and distance.

Patti and her friends from Culver City High School – Lynn, Linda, Barbara and Mickey – still get together every year for their annual CCHS Girls Thanksgiving Lunch.

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True friendship is like a velvety rose bud that, when nurtured, develops into a thing of beauty. With friends you can share special moments that you delight in, enjoying the small, but important things, that occur and the interesting places where life takes you.

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St. ThomasIn the words of noted theologian St. Thomas Aquinas, “Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.”

So, if you want to make a positive difference in 2015 – in your own life and the lives of others – just open your heart and mind and reach out to someone, offering them the gift of friendship.

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Now that all the holiday gifts have been unwrapped and put away, this is one more gift that can last a lifetime… turning from silver to gold.

Happy New Year!

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Silent Disco Rocks at the Holidays!

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

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“Do you hear what I hear?” sings the Drummer Boy. Everyone at the second annual Silent Disco at Fuzion, December 27th in Huntington Beach, produced by Kaleidoscope Productions, will have a lot to hear…on individual headsets – fifteen DJs playing on three channels.

Event co-planner Ryan Dettmer told SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel, “Silent Disco is a new and unique way to experience music. Each person at the event gets a headset that wirelessly connects to the DJs playing and lets them listen to three channels so they can listen to whatever music they want to enjoy.”

Along with the music, there will be Lazer Tag, Live Art, Face Painting, Mini-Bowling, Full Dave and Busters-style Arcade, Beer and Wine Bar, Clothing Vendors, and more!

silent disco kaleidoscopeproductions posterThe tickets cost $20 per person. To buy your tickets click on this link: Silent Disco Event.

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Venus In Fur on Stage at SCR

Graham Hamilton Gets Wave of Applause

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Surfrider Foundation West LA/Malibu Chapter Chairperson Graham Hamilton is temporarily trading in the wave break for the spotlight here in the OC where he is starring in South Coast Repertory Theatre’s production Venus in Fur.

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SurfWriter Girl Patti and husband Greg Kishel had front row seats and saw firsthand what a talented actor Hamilton is. “His performance is impressive,” says Patti, “as he changes character and point of view throughout the play and deftly switches back-and-forth between drama and comedy.”

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Playing the role of a stage director trying to cast the perfect leading lady for his upcoming play, Hamilton is joined by multifaceted co-star Jaimi Paige, who bursts into the room on a dark and stormy night – inverted, blown-out umbrella in hand – demanding to audition. Sultry and magnetic, she turns out to be more than she seems…with an agenda of her own.

Written by David Ives and directed by Casey Stangl, Venus in Fur puts a new spin on the “casting couch,” exploring the boundaries of seduction and power, fantasy and reality.

If you’re looking for an intelligent, witty, sexually-provocative play, this is it – a one-act, one-scene, 90 minutes of total entertainment. It runs through October 26. For tickets go online to: scr.org Or call 714-708-5555.

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Surf Off!! In Huntington Beach

Reduce, Reuse, Recyle Surf Off!! – October 4th

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 Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

 Wax your board and get ready to join in the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Surf Off!! Competition, October 4, 2014, from 7 am – 4 pm, at 9th Street and PCH in Huntington Beach!

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Spearheaded by longtime Huntington Beach resident Seth Matson, owner of the Orange County Clothing Company (OCCC),

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the non-profit event combines surfing and educational activities and is geared toward surfers of all levels. education-surf-logo

Along with the surfing contests, “we’re looking to encourage competitors to learn about ongoing issues of litter in our city streets and beaches, pollution in our oceans…

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and even our drinking water,” Matson told SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel.

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The event’s focus is on “bringing friends, family and the community together for a fun-filled day at the beach,” Matson said, adding that everyone will “get to surf, eat a super-healthy lunch provided by Whole Foods Market Huntington Beach, clean up the beach, create some eco art, and meet professional surfers.”

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Along with the OCCC, other sponsors who’ve signed on to help produce the Surf Off!! include: the Surfrider Foundation Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter, Bolsa Chica Land Trust, Jack’s Surfboards, Whole Foods Market HB, and Rainbow Environmental Services.

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“We are happy to support this event with all the other great sponsors,” said Tony Soriano, Surfrider H/SB Chapter Chairperson. “The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our oceans, waves, and beaches, so this is right up our alley.”

Surf Off!! has five divisions: Grom (11 & under), Youth (12 – 16), Guys (17 & over), Girls (all ages), and Longboard (all ages).

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The standard entry fee will be waived with a donation to any of these non-profits: Surfrider Foundation, Bolsa Chica Land Trust, or Shipley Nature Center.

During the event there’s a Beachside Recycling Eco-Drive going on, too. So bring any aluminum cans, plastic or glass bottles and other recyclables you have.

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Following the Surf Off!!, there’s going to be an Awards Ceremony, live music, and an Eco- Art Show at Four Sons Brewing (18421 Gothard Street, HB), featuring local artists, along with winners’ trophies, prizes and a raffle. Each entry donor will get a free T-shirt and refreshments.

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To find out more or sign up, call (714) 536-6200 or go online to: rrrsurfoff.com

SurfWriter Girls Sunny and Patti can’t think of a better way to spend the day – having fun at the beach and helping the environment. So, mark the date and grab a spot on the sand for the Surf Off!!

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Hurricane Marie Surfs Long Beach at the Art Theatre

Sunday, September 28

Layout 1The Long Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and Seventh Wave Surf Shop are hosting a show-and-tell event at the Art Theatre of Long Beach to memorialize the spectacular surfing that took place in Long Beach August 26 – 28, 2014.

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Seamus Ian Innes, Surfrider LB Chapter vice chairman, told SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel, “Photographers and videographers will present their stories about surfing in Long Beach during that epic swell.” Guest photographers are Justin Rudd, Tony Soriano, Dan Caspers, John Contreras and more.

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Come see what the future of beach recreation in Long Beach will look like without the Breakwater!  Get your “Surf Long Beach” stickers and buy a Surfrider T-shirt to support the Sink the Breakwater campaign.

When: Sunday September 28, 11:30 AM – 1 PM

Where: Art Theatre of Long Beach, 2025 E 4th St., Long Beach, CA 90814

Cost: $5/ea

Huntington Beach Surfing Museum After the Open

ISM after the open.2014After the US Open of Surfing ends the surf’s still up at the International Surfing Museum’s Seaside Circus. SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel can already taste the saltwater taffy and cotton candy. So, come one, come all, don’t miss out on the fun!

 

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