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10/24/2012
FATAL SHARK ATTACK AT SURF BEACH NEAR LOMPOC
On October 23, 2012 Francisco Javier Solorio Jr., 39, of Orcutt was killed by a shark off Surf Beach near Lompoc, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. He was bitten by the shark in his upper torso. Solorio's surfing companion "saw the shark bite his friend," said Sgt. Mark A. Williams, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's. The beach has been closed by the authorities. This is the seventh confirmed unprovoked shark attack from the Pacific Coast of North America for 2012 and the fifth fatal attack since 2000. This is the third attack in four years at this location.
8/24/2012
TERRY 'TUBESTEAK' TRACY DIES
In 1956, Terry "Tubesteak" Tracy, freshly fired from his job at a downtown insurance company, bid goodbye to the 9-to-5 life and headed for the Malibu shore, where he built himself a shack out of wood scraps and palm fronds and sailed into surfing history. An impresario of Malibu beach when it became the most famous surf break in the world, Tracy died Wednesday at his home in San Clemente of complications of diabetes, said his wife, Phyllis. He was 77.
7/2/2012
FATHER OF WINDSURFING PASSES
Jim Drake, a Santa Monica surfing and sailing enthusiast who was instrumental in developing a modified board that helped spark the sport of windsurfing, has died in North Carolina. He was 83.
6/19/2012
INTERNATIONAL SURFING DAY NOW OFFICIAL
The California Assembly on Monday approved a resolution declaring June 20 International Surfing Day, and the head of the sport's international advocacy group is urging people to take the day off to hit the waves. "You have my permission to skip work," Surfrider Foundation Chief Executive Jim Moriarty announced on Twitter. "I'll even write your sick note." Moriarty drafted an official-looking form letter that gives you "permission to call in sick on June 20th and go surfing," suggesting to your boss that you "spend the entire day on the beach." A spokeswoman said the nonprofit is sending electronic copies of the letter to anyone who requests them.
6/10/2012
BERM SEPARATING MALIBU LAGOON FROM OCEAN OPENS
The berm separating the Malibu Lagoon from the ocean breached late Saturday, emptying polluted water into Surfrider Beach in Malibu, according to a California State Parks spokesman. "The berm breached somehow, either naturally or mechanically," said Tom Dore, a State Parks public information officer for the Malibu Lagoon project.
6/9/2012
L.A.'S SEARCH FOR TSUNAMI DEBRIS IS ON
The search for debris from the Japanese tsunami — already making landfall in Canada, Alaska and the Pacific Northwest — has begun in earnest in Southern California. Staffers for the environmental group Heal the Bay began systematic surveys Friday of the Los Angeles County coastline, searching for objects that may have been dragged to sea by tsunami waves that devastated Japan more than a year ago.
5/26/2012
TOPANGA AND SURFRIDER MAKE TOP TEN MOST POLLUTED LIST
According to the latest Heal the Bay report, Surfrider Beach is the 4th most polluted beach in all of California. Topanga State Beach is the 10th most polluted beach in all of California. Pretty sad...
5/24/2012
TERRY MARTIN DIES AT 74; LEGENDARY SHAPER
Over a nearly six-decade career, Martin is said to have shaped more surfboards than anyone — some 80,000 — although the exact number is unknowable. Martin himself once said he stopped counting after 50,000. Martin, 74, died May 12 at his home in Capistrano Beach after a battle with melanoma. His death was announced by the Hobie Surf Shop in Dana Point, where he worked off and on for 40 years.
4/23/2012
RALLY TO SAVE MALIBU LAGOON
More than 100 demonstrators turn out with signs and banners to protest the proposed plan to restore Malibu Lagoon State Park. Wetlands activists have filed an appeal in San Francisco Superior Court hoping to overturn a court decision allowing the bulldozing of Malibu Lagoon, a decision many believe does not comply with state law.
4/27/2012
BILL WOULD KEEP CONTROVERSIAL 'NO-OTTER ZONE'
A bill backed by House Republicans would stall plans to let sea otters reclaim their historical range off Southern California because of concerns that the threatened marine mammals would compromise commercial fishing and military training operations.
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