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OutpostsDespite suffering a hairline fracture in his right foot three days ago, Kelly Slater stepped it up to win the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, beating reigning two-time ASP World Tour champion Mick Fanning in clean 3- to 4-foot waves......
Times Staff WriterWe're like kids on Christmas. Up before dawn, too excited to sleep, we tear into the huge canvas bags that have carried our flotilla of surfboards to the other side of the world. In the darkness, we rip off the bubble wrap and toss aside the beach towels...
Special to The TimesEight-time world champion Kelly Slater is the greatest competitive surfer of all time. What many don't know is that he's also a pro-level golfer, a musician and the voice of a surfing penguin in the animated film "Surf's Up" (opens June 8). Born in...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterHEIDI 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....
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIf you're old enough and native Californian enough to remember the days when simply putting surf racks on a car made you an instant "cool dude," you can also appreciate that the best surfer car can potentially be any old car. As car owners, surfers...
Huntington Beach was a sleepy town until the early-1920s oil boom, but its main claim to fame would come after the father of modern surfing, Duke Kahanamoku, introduced the sport to the area a few years later. With eight miles of uninterrupted surf,...
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Words & Ideas TODAY Greg Hise Aloud at Central Library presents "Ground Truth: How We Talk About Los Angeles and Why This Matters," a conversation between the urban historian and D.J. Waldie, author of "Holy Land." www.aloudla.org. Richard J. Riordan...
Times Staff WriterAs he did as a troubled youth growing up on Oahu's rugged west side, Sunny Garcia is turning to the ocean for salvation. Surfing helped keep him out of serious trouble. Garcia became a star on the elite world tour, a world champion, and he won the...
Special to The Times"Programmers don't surf. For one thing, getting a tan would undermine the programmer street cred; for another, surfers get up early and programmers generally sleep past noon. Without personal experience, simulating the thrill of surfing is a matter of...
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The Santa Cruz SentinelIt's early in the game, but Santa Cruz surfer Nat Young is on point to make another run to the final of an ASP World Tour event. Young won his first-round heat of the Billabong Rio Pro at Barra da Tijuca near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Thursday. In 3-...
For some, love and whiskey dance quite fluidly with each other. That may just be true for Irvine residents Sarah and Mike Dowdell, owners of the new Love & Whiskey boutique they opened last month at the Park Place shopping center in Irvine. "We both...
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