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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.
7/15/2011
JUDGE ORDERS CARBON BEACH ACCESS
One of California's priciest beachfronts may become a little less exclusive after a judge sided with state coastal regulators fighting to build a public pathway next to an oceanfront Malibu mansion. In a ruling made public this week Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant upheld a 2009 California Coastal Commission order telling Lisette Ackerberg to clear the way for a public walkway to Carbon Beach along the edge of her property. The decision also revealed a private settlement between Ackerberg and Access for All, a nonprofit group that works to secure access to public beaches. In a deal that enraged coastal regulators, the nonprofit group agreed to abandon plans to open a pathway through her property in exchange for $250,000 in payments and attorneys' fees.
7/7/2011
"SURFING AT SIXTY" ARTICLE BY COLLEEN TURNER
"What better way to celebrate turning 60 than by surfing?" Sunset local Colleen Turner asks the question in an inspiring and humorous article about surfing at sixty, which is currently featured on the HuffPost Womens page and AOL's Healthy Living, Fitness, Graceful Aging, and Weird News. Congrats Colleen!
6/13/2011
DR. WILBUR'S PREVENTATIVES FOR SURFERS
Venice-based Dr Wilbur's Preventatives has just launched a line of organic preventative products and deluxe sundries for surfers to protect against the forces of sun and sea and celebrate our time on land and in the water.
6/7/2011
SHIPS ASKED TO SLOW DOWN TO PROTECT WHALES
A coalition of environmental groups is asking the federal government to require ships traveling though California’s marine sanctuaries to slow down to avoid fatal collisions with whales, a problem that they say has climbed to unsustainable levels. Four groups filed petition Monday asking the Commerce Department to establish a 10-knot speed limit for large commercial vessels traveling through California’s four marine sanctuaries.
6/1/2011
JUDGE DELAYS MALIBU LAGOON RESTORATION
A contested plan to restore pollution-choked Malibu Lagoon by reshaping it with bulldozers won't be getting underway as scheduled on Wednesday after a major setback in court. San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith issued a stay last week delaying the state Department of Parks and Recreation project until a lawsuit challenging it can be heard. He said the harm that would result from the plan going forward was "severe."
5/26/2011
TOPANGA RANKS AMONG 10 MOST POLLUTED BEACHES
Water quality at Los Angeles County beaches has worsened over the last year in a decline that may be linked to heavy rainfall, according to the most recent annual report published by Heal the Bay. Eight beaches in L.A. County received year-round Fs. Four of them — Avalon Beach on Santa Catalina Island, Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro, Topanga State Beach and Colorado Lagoon in Long Beach — made the list of "Beach Bummers," the 10 most polluted beaches in California.
5/20/2011
NEW SUNSET PHOTOS
A new set of 68 photos from Sunset is now posted in the gallery. These photos were all shot on the morning of May 20th. Enjoy!
4/19/2011
DEAD DOLPHINS AND SEA LIONS ALONG COAST
Two dead dolphins that washed up on the shores of Newport Beach on Sunday appear to have died from domoic acid, a poison that can be deadly to large sea mammals and birds. Mike Teague, animal control officer for Newport Beach, said experts at the Natural History Museum are also reporting that dead dolphins have also washed up in Los Angeles County.
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