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11/15/2012
NO UNDERWATER SEISMIC TESTS
The California Coastal Commission, concerned about harm to fish and marine mammals, on Wednesday scuttled Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s plan to conduct seismic surveys with underwater air cannons offshore of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. The commission's 10-0 vote followed a marathon hearing in the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Commission staff and environmentalists debated utility officials throughout the day over the potential damage the sonic blasts would cause near scenic Morro Bay on the Cental California coast.
10/30/2012
SURF ATTACK IN HUMBOLDT COUNTY
A 25-year-old surfer was seriously injured Tuesday when he was bitten by a shark in Humboldt County, authorities said. The attack came after a 39-year-old surfer was killed last week after being bitten by an apparent great white shark while riding waves near Lompoc. In Tuesday's incident, the surfer was bitten shortly before noon while surfing the North Jetty near Eureka Municipal Airport, the Humboldt County Sheriff's Department said. The surfer suffered a 14-inch wound and other injuries.
10/24/2012
DONALD TAKAYAMA PASSES
On October 22 iconic surfboard shaper Donald Takayama died of a heart attack. He was 68 years old. "We lost another legend today, Donald Takayama has gone on to shape and surf perfect waves for eternity. Our thoughts go out to Donald's family and friends," read a post on The Surfing Heritage Foundation's Facebook page.
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...
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