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John’s Restaurant Has Local Vibe

Serving the Neighborhood

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

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When you’re in the mood for comfort food or want to hang out in the neighborhood everyone needs a special spot to go. For SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel that’s John’s.

Located in Cypress (on the corner of Cerritos and Denny), John’s checks all the boxes for what a great local restaurant should be. Warm, friendly, inviting. Check. Really great coffee with unlimited refills. Check. Delicious food. Check. Reasonable prices. Check. It’s one of those places that once you’ve been there you want to keep going back.

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Sunny, who grew up nearby in Los Alamitos, has been going to John’s for years. Now Patti is on board. We even have a favorite menu item. The spinach and feta cheese omelet. You won’t believe how much spinach and cheese they put in it! Better than any omelet we’ve had. We always order it with fresh fruit and warm corn tortillas.

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dsc06773John’s is especially busy on the weekends when people come to have breakfast and socialize.You never know who you’re going to run into. Plus you can catch up on the latest news, movie reviews, sports scores, surf conditions, whatever’s going on.

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During lunch John’s is packed with people ordering John’s burgers, sandwiches, Patty melts, Philly cheese steaks, Mexican plates, and more.

The burgers come in an array of sizes.  The 1/4 lb. John’s Original and 1/3 lb. Specialty Burger.

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Plus the 747 – two 1/4 lb. patties, bacon, ham, avocado, American and Swiss Cheese, mushrooms, green chiles, fried egg, tomato, red onions, pickles and mayo. If that doesn’t have your taste buds soaring, nothing will!

Dinner is popular, too, with people settling in over plates of roast beef and meatloaf, fried chicken, juicy New York and rib-eye steaks, and Surf & Turf combos. The fish and chips – made with wild-caught cod, battered fresh – is great to eat at the beach. Or Patti takes it home for her husband Greg.

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There are so many things to try, you’ll never get tired of working your way through John’s menu. Just as important as the food, though, is the sense of family that you feel when you walk in the door.

You’re always greeted with a wave and a smile and Maria waiting to pour you a mug of her fresh, steaming-hot coffee.

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The Holidays Are A Puzzlement

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

“It’s a puzzlement,” the King of Siam (now Thailand) says of the world to Anna in the Broadway stage and film hit The King and I.

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It’s a puzzlement at SurfWriter Girl Patti Kishel’s house during Christmas and New Year’s, too. That’s when her husband Greg tackles his annual jigsaw puzzle.

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It’s been a holiday tradition for years now…with lots of different puzzles taking shape.

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Seeing Greg organize the pieces on the table is like watching General Patton moving the troops across Europe.

Greg starts by putting together the borders, especially the hard-to-find corners. After that the battle is on!

Given the size and complexity of the puzzle – and some of the unique shapes of the pieces – it can take a few days or over a week to finish.

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Everyone who drops by for some hot apple cider or to say “Merry Christmas” adds a few pieces to the puzzle and watches the picture take shape.

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And, one way or another, before the year is out the final puzzle piece is put in place.

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Wishing you Piece on Earth in 2017

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Pacific Coast Magazine

Celebrates Iconic Coastal California Lifestyle

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

If you haven’t seen the premiere issue of Pacific Coast magazine yet, grab a copy while you still can. The pink, orange and yellow, Endless Summer cover (one of three cover options) lets you know from the start that this is a magazine devoted to the California dream of laid back days of sun, sand, and surf.

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SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug & Patti Kishel love the mix of beach-related stories, interviews, places to go and things to try.

The feature story 50 Years of Endless Summer not only evokes memories of the idyllic, early days of surfing, but will make you want to create new ones. Filmmaker Bruce Brown and legendary surfer Robert August share what it was like making the classic movie while chasing the perfect wave and bring you up to date on where their epic journey has taken them.

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And, if you’re hankering for a road trip, then come along for the ride in the Hit the Road story about a trip up PCH from San Clemente to Santa Barbara. Rather than putting the pedal to the metal and trying to get there as fast as possible, this is a leisurely 10-day trip with plenty of time for discoveries along the way.

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Other articles on SoCal’s craft brewery scene and Balboa Island will have you reaching for a brewski or trying to choose between a chocolate-covered frozen banana and a Balboa bar.

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While you’re at it, be sure to check out Pacific Coast’s Photo Contest. The magazine invites you to upload your best photos of the Cali Coast’s iconic beaches on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. The winner of the contest (which runs through November 13, 2016) gets a 2-night stay at San Diego’s Hotel Del Coronado.

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With this bold first issue Pacific Coast is making a big splash!

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Fire and Water

Award-Winning Film Salutes Surfing

and New York Firefighters

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Now that red flag fire warning season is here, it’s important to give thanks to the firefighters who put their lives in danger to keep us safe.

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As it turns out, many of them are surfers.

The multi-award-winning documentary film Fire and Water by writer-director Thomas Brookins, which was a big hit at this year’s Newport Beach Film Festival, shows how the brotherhood of firefighters is also a surfing brotherhood.

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Featuring rare footage from over 50-years-ago, the film is about NYC firefighter and surfing pioneer Don Eichen. After following his dream to surf the big waves in Oahu, Eichen returned to New York to become a firefighter and introduced surfing there in the 1960s. Eichen surfed at Pipeline and Waimea alongside surfing legends who built the sport, capturing the surfing action on his Bolex camera.

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In addition to showing New York’s surfing culture and top surf spots from Rockaway Beach to Montauk, Brookins’ documentary includes Eichens’ footage of surfing legends Eddie Aikau, Greg Noll, Rob Machado, and more. In making the film, Eichen and Brookins were able to save a piece of surfing history.

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SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel think Fire and Water is as much a testament to director Thomas Brookins’ strong desire to get it made as to the lure of surfing. During production Brookins not only had to struggle to find funding and support to make his film, but waged a personal battle against stage-4 cancer.

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To see this homage to surfing and firefighting, check for screenings in your area. It will fire up your love of surfing!

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SurfWriter Cat Smokey In OC Breeze Story

Adventurous Cat Is Neighborhood Legend

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Anyone who writes knows what it’s like staring at the flashing cursor on a blank screen while trying to come up with a story. SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel have had more than a cursor to inspire us. Patti’s cat (SurfWriter Cat Smokey) was there to help.

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He would lie on the computer keys, adding his own words and phrases. Or poke at the mouse, thinking it was a toy just for him. At times,  Smokey even became the story. In Water is the Cat’s Meow he proudly showed off his sleek, smooth body after Dr. Silvia shaved his fur into a cool, summer sports do.

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Since Smokey passed away last February SurfWriter Girls have had to work harder. But, Smokey left us with one last story, which was just published in the Orange County Breeze. To find out more about Smokey and how he left paw prints on so many hearts, read Smokey, The Neighborhood Cat. Just click here: OC Breeze

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Tina Todisco, Smokey’s first cat mom, shared this background: Smokey was born in 1999 on a  Dairy Farm with lots of brothers and sisters, who were all adventurous and curious. “They all loved to jump into any vehicle that had access – the mail trucks and UPS especially!”

In his adopted home the neighbors quickly got to know Smokey. “One neighbor swore Smokey broke into her house and stole something (don’t recall what)!  She wanted Smokey apprehended for ‘breaking and entering’. I can imagine the cop’s response! Smokey was also famous for leaving ‘gifts’ – small birds, rabbits, etc on any front porch he wanted to impress…especially the pretty girl cats next door that would sit in the window and Smokey would flirt with.”

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Catching a Wave With Robbie Maddison

Australian motorbike rider pulls off amazing stunt!

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

When the weather is great and it’s an awesome day, what are you going to do – ride a dirt bike or go surfing?

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Maddo, the motorbike stunt double for James Bond actor Daniel Craig in the Bond movie Skyfall, spent two years preparing to live his pipe dream of surfing on a dirt bike.

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This year he succeeded, partnering with DC shoes to turn his dream into a reality, surfing on his dirt bike in Tahiti.

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Drawing stares and applause from amazed onlookers, Maddo’s stunt, immortalized on video by DC, has had more than 22 million views.

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To see Maddo’s epic bike ride and an exclusive interview with him by Cristina Costea, take a look at this feature story SurfWriter Girls friends at BookSurfCamps.com shared with us. Just click on: Pipe Dream

Then hold on for the ride of a lifetime!

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Celebrate Chinese New Year – 2016

Make Way for the Monkeys!

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Chinese New Year 2016 is the Year of the Monkey, the ninth animal in the Chinese 12-month zodiac cycle.

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Since the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 210 AD) the Chinese have marked each year with an animal sign representing what the year holds in terms of fortune and prosperity. The animal also foretells the personalities of the people born under that sign. Linked to the phases of the moon, the Year of the Monkey lasts from February 8, 2016 to January 27, 2017.

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SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel learned that this year is likely to be a lively one especially in business, finance, and politics. Just look at how Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are shaking up the race for President. The Chinese believe the Year of the Monkey is a time to take risks and be innovative. Be alert for deceptions, though. The monkey is tricky and you need to focus on the facts, not your emotions.

 

Artists Doug Horne and Shag have captured the essence of the monkey in their art with playful monkeys that are always up to something. Now that their year is starting, you can be sure that the monkeys will be in a party mood.

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People born in the Year of the Monkey are sociable and confident – a little mischievous, too! – good decision-makers, creative and energetic. But, they can also be short-tempered and self-centered.

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If this is your year, some of the people you share it with are Leonardo da Vinci, Charles Dickens, George Lucas, Mel Gibson, Annie Oakley, and Elizabeth Taylor.

 

 

SurfWriter Girls friend Cynthia Mejia-Giudici, an Asian community liaison with the Seattle Art Museum, says, “The Year of the Monkey will be fun.” There are lots of ways to ring in the New Year – going out to dinner, giving red envelopes with money inside, putting up decorations, and setting off fireworks.

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Or, celebrate it surfer style and head out to the River’s End restaurant in Seal Beach where owner Mike Balchin has his good luck, surfing monkeys up front to greet you!

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Aussie Skateboarding Cat is Kool Kitty

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

In the Land Down Under where everyone knows how to have fun…even the cats want to get in on the action, as shown in this video of Didga, the skateboarding cat. Whether it’s hanging toes on the nose or going nose-to-nose with the doggy onlookers at the local skate park, Didga is the cat’s meow.

Didga.trainer Robert DollwetA rescue cat trained by Aussie Robert Dollwett, who goes by the name CatmanToo, Didga is a feline skateboarding phenom whose video exploits have been viewed by millions. He’s one doggone cat. Just ask all the dogs.

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Friends of the Library

Make Holiday Shopping Easy

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

“A friend with a book to read, is a friend indeed.” – SurfWriter Girls

During the holidays crowded shopping malls and maxed-out credit cards can put a damper on what should be a festive season.

SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel know how to turn shopping angst into shopping joy…with a little help from your Friends of the Library. To find gifts for everyone on your list, check out SurfWriter Girls story in the O.C. Breeze

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Books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, they’ve got it all.

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Fall – When More than the Leaves Change

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

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Fall is a time of transition. Between the sun-splashed days of summer and the festive days of winter, it’s a time to celebrate the earth’s bounty and take stock of where you’re going.

Take a look at SurfWriter Girls fall story in the OC Breeze. Then get ready for all the new changes ahead! Just click here: OC Breeze

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Make Way for the Minions!

Summer Movie Makes Big Splash

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

The Minions took in over $115 million on its opening weekend, grabbing the number one spot and turning the Minions into millionaires.

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With Minion-mania taking the nation by storm the Minions are showing up everywhere – from TV shows and shopping malls to McDonald’s.

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In the middle of all the fanfare lovable Minion Bob slipped away for a Ferris Bueller-style day off from the media and headed out to Huntington Beach.

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Away from his Minion cohorts and the Hollywood glitz, Bob spent the day in Surf City soaking up rays…and even catching some waves. After amazing the locals with his ability to do toes on the nose, Bob was ready to get back to being a movie star.

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Disney X Vans

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Man o’ man, check out the new Vans!

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Vans and Disney have joined forces to create a new clothing collection that just hit stores in time for summer.

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There are even backpacks in the line-up.

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Vans and Disney have been OC neighbors and partners going back to their early beginnings. Vans has made shoes for Disneyland cast members throughout the park – from its submarine ride to the monorail.

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Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and your other Disney favorites are ready to step out in style when you are.

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Artists Monkey Around

Hey, Hey, We’re the Monkeys!

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

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Summer’s the time to focus less on business and more on monkey business. Just ask tiki artist Doug Horne and 60s-retro artist Josh Agle (AKA Shag), whose tropical scenes often include a playful blend of monkeys and mayhem.

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Doug Horne’s monkeys are mischievous pranksters.

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Shag’s monkeys are 60s-style swingers.

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Wherever there’s fun to be had, you can count on the monkeys to be in the middle of the action. To see more monkeys look online at tikiroom  and Shagthestore.

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Beach Bongo and Bikini Art

Shag – the Swinging Retro-Style Artist

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

 Josh Agle, better known as Shag to the many followers of his retro-style artistic creations, has a swinger’s view of life with a 60s sensibility.

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Looking at his paintings of hip people in Hugh Hefner, Mad Men-type settings – from cocktail parties to backyard barbecues – you feel immersed in the go-go era.

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Shag’s paintings are populated with an assortment of lounge lizards, glamorous women, Vegas Rat Pack types, night club-goers, and other cool cats (both human and feline).

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Karen Adler, owner of the Picture Show Gallery in Seal Beach (231 Main Street), told SurfWriter GIrls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel that Shaq has a unique style that really captures the essence of the 60s.

Gesturing to the paintings on display in her gallery, she noted the attention to period detail that Shag takes with each artwork.

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Adler, who has featured Shag’s artworks at the Picture Show Gallery for over a dozen years now, said, “Everything he does is creative, bright, and fun.”

Shag’s paintings are playful and draw you into his own mod world, filled with turtle-neck-wearing sophisticates, bikini-clad bombshells, martini-drinkers, and more.

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When you look at Shag’s beach art you feel like you’re in the middle of Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello’s Beach Blanket Bingo movie. So, get ready to party!

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In addition to the artworks on display locally at the Picture Show Gallery, Shag has his own gallery, Shag the store, in Palm Springs, located at 725 N Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262.

The Palm Springs gallery (and an online website) features a variety of original paintings and prints, cloisonné jewelry…

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pillows and beach towels, glassware, and more.

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So, when you’re feelin’ groovy take a look inside Shag’s retro world and slip into a pair of paisley bell-bottoms or neon mini-skirt.

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A Sea of Gifts to Discover

Celebrating Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s Gifts

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

During the holidays when much of the focus is on gifts – what to give and what we’re hoping to receive – the best gifts of all may not be in stores, but waiting for us to discover on the beach.

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“The beach is not the place to work, to read, to write or think,” begins Anne Morrow Lindbergh in her much-loved book, written in 1955 – Gift from the Sea.

“Rollers on the beach, wind in the pines…One falls under their spell, relaxes, stretches out prone. One becomes, in fact, like the element on which one lies, flattened by the sea, bare, open, empty as the beach, erased by the tides of all yesterday’s scribbling.”

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With “patience,” Lindbergh writes, one will come to experience the “gifts from the sea.” Whether it’s a rare shell or a perfectly-rounded stone, a strong emotion or a new sense of awareness, the gifts will come.

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Lindbergh, the wife of famed American aviator Charles Lindbergh, found solace by the sea and shared her musings in her books.

In keeping with this, SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel wish you a Christmas stocking filled with your own gifts from the sea:

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Simplicity. Studying a sea shell found on a walk, Lindbergh observes how simple it is. “One learns first of all in beach living the art of shedding, how little one can get along with, not how much.”

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Solitude. “It is a difficult lesson to learn today…to practice the art of solitude,” writes Lindbergh. Yet, alone on the beach, she “watched the gulls…dip and wheel and dive for the scraps I threw them.” And, felt a kinship. “The beauty of earth and sea and air meant more to me. I was in harmony with it, melted into the universe.”

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Friendship. Lindbergh savors the gifts of friendship exchanged on the beach, openly and freely. “The pure relationship, how beautiful it is!” she notes. “Strangers smile at you on the beach, come up and offer you a shell. Nothing is demanded of you in payment, no social rite expected.”

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Home. Gazing at the oyster beds, Lindbergh recognizes the importance of home and of “forming ties, roots, a firm base.” She sees each oyster “has its place on the rock to which it has fitted itself perfectly and to which it clings tenaciously.”

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Balance. Lindbergh’s closeness to the sea with the ebb and flow of the tides gives her a “balance of physical, intellectual, and spiritual life. Work without pressure. Space for significance and beauty. Time for solitude and sharing.”

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Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s love of the sea and her patient explorations of the beach environment enabled her to experience and share its gifts.

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At this holiday season SurfWriter Girls Sunny and Patti wish you these “gifts from the sea”… and more.

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Happy Holidays!

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Cowabanga – Christmas is Coming!

The Surfing Santa of Seal Beach

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

When children in Seal Beach hear the sound of jingle bells ringing instead of looking to the rooftops, they look out at the ocean – for a glimpse of…

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And, to their wondering eyes, who does appear? Michael Pless Sr, minus the reindeer!

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Known as the Surfing Santa of Seal Beach, Pless, the owner of M & M Surfing School, puts on a red Santa wetsuit and white beard every year and surfs up and down the shoreline to spread the joy of Christmas to one and all.

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Pless, who has been doing this for two decades, has his wife Jill on board, too, dressed as Mrs Claus

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and son Michael Jr. – as Frosty the Snowman – all riding the waves together.

Pless told SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel that he likes “keeping the spirit of Christmas alive for all ages.”

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seal bch.surfersAs the Surfing Santa of Seal Beach, he brings joy to the community and holiday magic while celebrating the sport he loves – surfing!

So, when you’re walking along the sand in Seal Beach and listening to jingle bells coming from the ocean, don’t be surprised when you see Surfing Santa riding a big wave coming your way!

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Surfing Museum’s Century of Stoke

Exhibit Showcases Huntington Beach Milestones

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel       

Less than an hour before the opening of the International Surfing Museum’s new exhibit Century of Stoke, Exhibit Director Dave Reynolds and the museum’s Director of Business Administration Paul Taylor were on their hands and knees carefully laying cut-out footprints on the floor.

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The footprints, arranged in chronological order around the main exhibit area, “each represent a milestone in the history of Huntington Beach and the people who went before,” Reynolds told SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel.

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And what a history it’s been – taking the tiny community, once known as Shell Beach before oil and rail car mogul Henry E. Huntington put his name on it, and turning it into the surfing capital of the world.

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The 100-year procession of visionaries, entrepreneurs, surfers, board shapers, artists, musicians, community leaders, and more who forged HB into the Surf City USA of today is on display in Century of Stoke, curated by Reynolds and surfing’s first professional world champion Peter (PT) Townend.

Welcome to Huntington Beach circa late 1800s

From the original 1914 cornerstone of the Huntington Beach Pier…

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To colorful surfboards used by surfing legends…

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A statue of Duke Kahanamoku…

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Awards and vintage photos…

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Paintings and artworks…

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Beach music record album covers…

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Movie posters…

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Even a replica of Gordie Duane’s famous surfboard shop…

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The milestones are here.

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hbism 003    And the memories…especially the memory of Natalie Kotsch, the transplanted Canadian and non-surfer, whose desire to preserve Huntington Beach’s surfing history led to the creation of the International Surfing Museum in 1987. The spirit of museum founder and muse Natalie, who passed away last February, is intensely present in the exuberance of the exhibit itself and within the hearts of those who are carrying on her legacy.

A highlight of the exhibit’s opening was the unveiling of the drawings for the museum’s planned expansion that will increase its square footage from 2,000 to 7,000 square feet and enable it to showcase even more surfing memorabilia and artwork.

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Museum Director-at-Large Cindy Cross said to SurfWriter Girls, “We’re incredibly proud of all the changes these past few years. And the expansion, it’s so good that Natalie knew about it.”

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 Cross, who worked closely with Natalie to reach this point in the museum’s   evolution, added that there is more work to do to turn the museum into what Natalie envisioned. “We still need to raise more money. About $2.5 million. That would give the museum the space and security to pursue the truly world-class facility this city deserves.”

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To help the museum reach its goal, proceeds from Huntington Beach’s 100 Years of Surfing events scheduled this year have been designated to benefit the International Surfing Museum.

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This includes the Greens Room Golf Tournament, Monday, July 28, at Seacliff Country Club. Named after the surf term, the green room, which describes the perfect spot inside the barrel of a wave, the tournament features professional surfers and surf industry leaders among the players and is open to the public.

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Tony Soriano, Chairperson of the Surfrider Foundation’s Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter, told SurfWriter Girls, “Surfrider is helping to promote the museum’s fund-raising efforts. It shares many of the same educational goals that we have and deserves as much support as the community can give it. The International Surfing Museum is preserving our surf culture and is recognizing the achievements that improve our sport and the beach community.”

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Looking around at everyone enjoying the Century of Stoke exhibit, SurfWriter Girls Sunny and Patti were definitely “picking up good vibrations.”

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Now that Huntington Beach is celebrating its centennial summer we’re excited to see where the next footprints lead!

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