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Times Staff WriterIt was instinct by now: Shirt off. Buoy on. To the beat of a bass drum in the chest. Lifeguard Mike Bartlett sprang into a wind sprint for the surf, the life buoy gripped like an orange pigskin, his knees pumping furiously until rising water sent him...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterHow much would you pay for a view? If the vista stretched from Laguna Beach to the far horizon over a glittering, roaring ocean, would it be worth $672.15 a night? (That's $575 for the room, plus $70.15 in hotel taxes and $27 for parking.) By my...
Times Staff WriterBrooke Pfautz knows that sales at his mortgage banking firm will probably plunge during the NCAA basketball tournament that begins Thursday. But for the second year in a row, he plans to show the March Madness games on the office big-screen TVs and...
MICHAEL SCOTT MOORE is a Fulbright journalist in Berlin and author of a novel, "Too Much of Nothing."The george freeth memorial in Redondo Beach is a salt-bitten bust of a lifeguard in an old-fashioned swimming vest, gazing with the stoicism we expect from early surf heroes into the deep mystery of a concrete parking garage. His back is to the Redondo...
Tags: Jack London, Sports, Hotels and Accommodations, Culture, Surfing
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterEven 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....
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...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterSummertime 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,...
Tags: Ocean Surfing, Surfing, Transportation, Marketing, Travel
Times Staff WriterTucked in a secluded cove off the surf track in Laguna Beach, maverick swell stalkers jockey for waves, which they'll catch, not by paddling but by sprinting smack into them. It's surfing as head-on collision, using a device that for most arbiters of...
I'm flying 4,000 feet above the desert near Las Vegas on a cloudless day, with a spectacular view out the window of majestic mountains, dramatically stark landscapes and shimmering lakes. So, what am I looking at? A dog riding a skateboard. That's...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterCardiff-by-the Sea, Calif. As Southern Californians, we have long been able to thumb our noses at the changing seasons (what changing seasons?) as one 70-degree day blends into the next. (OK, maybe it hits 110 in Woodland Hills every once in a while.)...
Tags: Ocean Surfing, Foods and Beverages, Sports, Hot Dogs, Surfing
Times Staff WriterTHE year my family vacationed on the French-Caribbean island of Martinique, Jimmy Carter was president, the state of Utah executed Gary Gilmore and John Travolta starred in the movie "Saturday Night Fever." Our hotel was in St. Anne, near the Club Med...
Special to The TimesSomething about the Derry Independent Hostel here made me suspect from the start that I might not fit in. Maybe it was Doris, the plump, 20ish manager clad in a camisole on a day that couldn't have been more than 70 degrees. Maybe it was the strum of a...
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