| Jul 2, 2012
Aeronautical engineer Jim Drake had already solved the "puzzle" of pairing a surfboard with a sail when a young man who stopped to admire "the Baja Board" in the late 1960s suggested what he called "the perfect name": the Windsurfer.
In his Santa...
| Jun 27, 2012
| 7:41 PM
A swimmer died Wednesday after Newport Beach lifeguards pulled him to shore, according to the Orange County coroner's office.
Tony Castleman, 59, of Tucson, Ariz., died at Hoag Hospital after firefighters took him there in serious condition....
| Jun 17, 2012
| 2:40 PM
See Spot surf at the Loews Dog Surfing Competition - the nation's original surfing competition for man`s best friend. Dozens of dogs take to the waves in the small dog, large dog and tandem categories.
The only event of its kind when first launched, it...
| Jun 16, 2012
Erma Bombeck, who had a pretty good way with words, once noted of her father:
"He opened the jar of pickles when no one else could. He was the only one in the house who wasn't afraid to go into the basement by himself. He cut himself shaving, but no...
| Jun 12, 2012
| 10:36 AM
As many vacationers and beach lovers know, boogie boards - also known as a body boards - are a staple of beach life. It seems everyone, both young and old, loves to grab a few rides on the shore break while simultaneously dodging groups of swimmers. If...
| Jun 8, 2012
| 4:33 PM
Is surfwear giant Quiksilver going after J. Crew and Madewell? It certainly seems like it from the look of the brand's first ever women's boutique, which opened this week at the Malibu Lumber Yard....
| 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.
| Jun 6, 2012
| 11:13 AM
During the month of June, thousands of high school graduates come to the beach. They come to celebrate the achievements they've made, and to spend time with friends before college. And, it seems, some come to drink.
"Senior Week doesn't turn out all nice...
| Jun 5, 2012
| 9:47 AM
First published on Aug. 28, 2011. Revised and expanded in early 2012.
We'll call the movie "Three Beaches and an Airport." It'll star Hugh Grant as a buttoned-up business traveler who is separated from his job, money and luggage at LAX, then befriended...
| Jun 2, 2012
| 11:41 AM
First published on May 29, 2011. Revised and expanded in early 2012.
Hear that? That dull roar, like the sound from inside a shell?
That might be the Orange County coastline calling you -- 42 miles of beach and beach towns, give or take, from San...
| May 30, 2012
| 2:26 PM
"It's not for the faint of heart," Tom Brashears said as he stood near the Huntington Beach Pier on Friday night, watching the few surfers who had made it over the crashing waves to pay a hard-earned tribute to his son.
The friends and family of Austin...