| Aug 29, 2012
| 4:28 PM
Al Merrick has shaped surfboards for some of the best surfers in the world and is considered by many the best shaper in the world.
But he holds another title that is more important than any other: grandpa.
Merrick is the grandfather of Daisy Love...
| May 30, 2012
| 2:17 PM
The Oakley Surf Shop Challenge has come up with a new twist to its concept of team surfing competitions, and this one will feature some of the best high school surfers in the area.
The Oakley Orange County High School Surf Team Challenge will be held...
| Jun 6, 2012
| 2:45 PM
Ten high school surf teams. One winner.
They held the Oakley High School Surf Team Challenge last Saturday at 54th Street in Newport Beach, a new aspect of Oakley's Surf Shop Challenge series, featuring Orange County's top high school surfers.
| Jul 25, 2012
| 4:48 PM
While Vic was out on the ocean this past weekend, searching for pelagic birds on a trip with Sea and Sage Audubon, I went to photography boot camp.
Ralph Velasco, a noted local travel photographer, teaches this great refresher course periodically at...
| Aug 1, 2012
| 1:04 PM
He's traveled far and wide to the some of the most desired surf spots in the world, but no matter the exotic destination, Main Street, Huntington Beach, will always remain a magical place for Andy Verdone.
It's where the Huntington Beach High surf...
| Aug 1, 2012
| 1:53 PM
The U.S. Open of Surfing has become something incredible.
It's the biggest surfing contest in the world, with men's winner receiving a check for $100,000. I was down there Monday checking things out and I heard Rick "Rockin' Fig" Fignetti say on the...
| Feb 28, 2013
| 4:12 PM
The Boardroom will join the festivities of this year's Vans US Open of Surfing.
The freestanding, climate-controlled pavilion will be held alongside the world's largest surfing festival between July 23 to 27, during the last week of the competition....
| Feb 6, 2013
| 12:53 PM
Dave Reynolds gave his new exhibit at the International Surfing Museum the title "Minimal Surf."
An alternate name for it, which admittedly sounds like a spice or a cologne, could be "Essence of Surfer."
Reynolds, the museum's exhibits director,...
| Jan 22, 2013
| 3:47 PM
Linda Beutel says her daughter, Liz, is not that much different than any other 15-year-old.
Liz is boy crazy and she's into her iPhone and iPad. She'll sometimes say: "Have you seen Taylor Lautner's abs? Wow!"
Liz and her family live in Irvine, not...
| Nov 14, 2012
| 1:14 PM
Saturday afternoon, I sat in a cramped, paper-laden office inside Don the Beachcomber — the kind of setting that evokes thoughts of long hours and minute detail — and listened to a man on a computer screen talk about leaving reality behind:...
| Sep 27, 2010
| 3:10 PM
When the Rev. Christian Mondor began surfing, he was more of a menace to the waves than a blessing of them.
The vicar emeritus at Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Church in Huntington Beach first hit the waves in the late 1930s. At the time, he lacked a...
| May 27, 2010
Growing up on the beaches of Laguna Beach, I have always thought of the surfing community as one large family — not always happy, but more importantly, one that will come together when needed and necessary. Just like it did once again for Joe Epps'...