| Aug 10, 2008
Summertime vacationers lounging on hotel balconies in Huntington Beach can see more than just waves crashing on the city's 8.5-mile ribbon of sand. There are also likely to be paintball warriors, volleyball players, dirt bikers, surf pros and, improbably,...
| Oct 6, 2008
Even before the sun rose high enough to light the water Sunday morning, surfer Digger Green had paddled far into the Huntington Beach waves, taking a beating under the rough water.
"This is my life," said the 52-year-old native of Queensland, Australia....
| Oct 24, 2007
Steve Lopez is in San Diego County reporting from the fires. He will file updates throughout the day.
5:00 p.m., Red Mountain Lane, Fallbrook
I'm standing on the front porch of a house that no longer exists.
The windows are gone. The front door is...
| Jun 9, 2009
A 30-year-old Mexican national was arrested while trying to smuggle 24 pounds of marijuana ashore on a surfboard, the U.S. Border Patrol said.
The suspect was spotted Sunday morning paddling north about 200 yards off Imperial Beach, near the Mexican...
| Jul 22, 2009
It would be hard to find a lovelier spot to draw lines in the sand than East Beach on the day after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger opened the door to new offshore oil drilling for the first time in 40 years.
Sunshine glinted off bright blue water. Beach...
| Aug 23, 2009
If you had seen Tatiana Reyes in the water at Zuma Beach last week, gliding smoothly toward the shore, you couldn't have guessed she was nearly killed in a crippling explosion while serving in Iraq. She looked like she could have been one of the surfing...
| Dec 9, 2007
CRRRRRRRRRR-FLAP. A skateboard careens down a low steel handrail anchored to the floor, flipping around 180 degrees the moment it lands. Its lanky rider, once grounded, resumes what he's come here to do -- shop for clothes.
SoCal board riders: Your mecca...
| Oct 15, 2008
LOOKING seaward from Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, there's almost no sign of the Beachcomber Cafe, but if you're astraddle a surfboard in the ocean off Surfrider Beach, you probably have a pelican's-eye view of what's so special about the place --...
| Jul 20, 2008
HEIDI MERRICK may not be a globe-trotting socialite from a high-profile family, but she is royalty. Surf royalty.
Her father is Al Merrick, the legendary board shaper whose Channel Islands surfboards are what surf gods Tom Curren and Kelly Slater ride....
| Apr 16, 2009
Richard "Dick" Baker, who helped shape the surf apparel industry as president of the Surf Industry Manufacturers Assn. and president and chief executive of the iconic Ocean Pacific brand, has died. He was 62.
Baker, who lived in San Clemente, died...
| Jan 13, 2008
Mavericks, a rock-studded, once-secret surf spot named after a dog, looked for all the world Saturday like the Super Bowl of big wave riding as thousands of people streamed to this fishing hamlet to see two dozen surfers challenge one of the world's...