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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.
3/27/2012
LARRY STEVENSON, SURF GUIDE PUBLISHER AND SKATEBOARD INNOVATOR, DIES AT 81
Larry Stevenson, a Venice Beach lifeguard who helped popularize skateboarding in the early 1960s by marketing his Makaha boards to riders eager to essentially surf on land, has died. He was 81. Stevenson, who had Parkinson's disease, died Sunday at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center, said his son, Curt. "He was the guy who said, 'I can merge surfing with the skateboard culture,'" said Michael Brooke, author of the 1999 skateboarding history "The Concrete Wave." "At one point in time, there was nobody bigger making skateboards."
3/27/2012
GRAY WHALE SWIMS FREE FROM FISHING NET
A California gray whale found tangled in a fishing net off the Orange County coast swam free after a lengthy rescue over the weekend. Whale-watching boats spotted the young cetacean stranded outside Dana Point Harbor with about 50 feet of netting and rope wrapped around its fluke, or tail.
3/13/2012
KITE SURFER DIES AT TOPANGA STATE BEACH
A 28-year-old Los Angeles kite surfer who died after being pulled unconscious from the ocean off Topanga State Beach has been identified. The Los Angeles County coroner's office says Dante Torres of the San Fernando Valley was pronounced dead at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center. An autopsy will determine the cause of death. Sheriff's investigators say a lifeguard at the county beach east of Malibu was watching Torres and another kite surfer Monday evening when Torres hit the water. His rig went airborne but Torres stayed down.
2/16/2012
U.S. TO CUT FUNDS FOR WATER TESTING AT BEACHES
Health testing at beaches in California is at risk of being cut under a plan to eliminate federal funds for monitoring whether the water is too contaminated to swim in. Citing the "difficult financial climate," the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in its budget request this week that it would do away with $10 million in grants it gives each year to state and local agencies in coastal and Great Lakes states to test for tainted water.
1/11/2012
NEW SUNSET PHOTOS
A new set of 46 photos from Sunset is now posted in the gallery. These photos were all shot on January 5th. Enjoy!
12/28/2011
SEAN COLLINS, SURFLINE FOUNDER, PASSES AWAY AT 59
Sean Collins, an avid surfer and entrepreneur whose self-taught ability to forecast ocean swells changed the way surfers worldwide chase the perfect wave, died Monday after suffering a heart attack while playing tennis in Newport Beach. He was 59. The longtime Seal Beach resident was a founder of Surfline.com, the Huntington Beach company that employs a proprietary prediction methodology to forecast global surfing conditions weeks in advance.
9/6/2011
NEW SUNSET PHOTOS
A new set of 74 photos from Sunset is now posted in the gallery. These photos were all shot on September 1st. Enjoy!
8/27/2011
SURFER FILES PRODUCT LIABILITY LAWSUIT AGAINST CHANNEL ISLANDS
Recreational surfer Tom Gregg contends that a fin on his Channel Islands board cut a "deep gash" on his right leg when he wiped out off the coast of France in 2009. He said the fin severed muscles in his leg and caused injuries so severe that he will never regain full muscle strength in the injured leg. "The surfboard, fins and their component parts were unsafe for their intended use," Gregg said in the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. [Editorial note: This is a sad day for the surfing world, as it indicates that the litigious lunacy of the outer world has now extended to what once was a sensible group of humans.]
7/15/2011
NEW SUNSET PICS
A new set of 79 photos from Sunset is now posted in the gallery. These photos were all shot on July 11th. New pics from Topanga are also available in the gallery, shot on July 12th and 14th.
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