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LOS ANGELES, Sept. 9, 2003 – Southern California is widely recognized for its diverse geography and adventurous outdoor recreation. Starting today, the Los Angeles Times is launching Outdoors, a new weekly section that will be the definitive...
Times Staff WriterJust after dawn Friday, a veteran group of surfers put on their wetsuits, jumped in the cold ocean and set out to ride some of the Earth's largest waves--more than 100 miles off the Southern California shore. Long known to abalone divers and commercial...
The air that killed Mark Tostado on Labor Day weekend was calm and hot, the product of the sunny days that draw boaters year-round to Lake Havasu, on the California-Arizona line. Tostado, 31, a Huntington Beach personal fitness trainer and military...
Special to The TimesKauai is a romantic island, perfect for honeymooners with Bali Hai beaches, double rainbows and coconut groves. But a different side of Kauai awaited me, one not typically lauded in the glossy, gauze-lensed brochures. I was going with my family —...
A lanky cowboy out of the Dakota Badlands, one quarter Lakota Sioux, Hoddy Younger first rode the place in 1937 and never left. It was that kind of wave. He dubbed the spot Tijuana Straits and so it would be known, though principally among those...
Tags: River Surfing, Surfing, Death, Sports
Times Staff WriterOn a quiet, crisp morning in an Iowa field, John F. Kerry wades in the tall grass and lays a shotgun on his shoulder. Clad in forest green and blaze orange, against a patchwork of brown fields, he inspects the neck of a freshly killed pheasant —...
Times Staff WriterHere along the Southern California coast, beach season arrives slowly, then seems to disappear far too soon. School begins. Lifeguard stands close. The Pacific quickly regains its native chill. This year, my wife and I decided to do our best to prolong...
Tags: Hotels and Accommodations, Family, Beaches, Tennis, Pizzas
Farewell, Bali. Hello, Laguna. That's the new year's travel buzz. Luckily for Southern Californians, there are plenty of nearby options to entice. Within easy reach, from San Diego to Mammoth to Las Vegas, new faces in familiar places await. Given the...
Special To The TimesLeonard Clark's great-grandfather arrived on the Magdalen Islands clinging to a lifeboat after the Good Intent, the ship he traveled on from England, lost its rudder in a gale in December 1855. His wife's grandfather floated ashore on a ladder several...
Tags: England, Australia (movie), Sculpture, Vehicles, Missing Persons
Times Staff WriterMost surfers say that what makes their sport special is its simplicity. They grab their boards, paddle out and become one with nature as they ride the swells. But for some, surfing no longer is simple. It has come to involve customized, heavier and much...
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...
Tags: Weather, Entertainment, Kelly Slater, Gaming, Video Games
Times Staff WriterMike Parsons stepped out of the sun to answer the phone. "What are you doing at Tavarua?" a caller asked. It was a silly question. Parsons was doing what everyone does at the remote Fiji island. "I'm just surfing and having a blast," he answered,...
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