The stereotype of a typical surfer surely has evolved from the days when the pot-smoking slacker Jeff Spicoli ordered a pizza delivered to Mr. Hand's history class in the movie "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."
We can thank people like some of those featured in this space each week, guys like the Eco-Warrior James Pribram, or surf apparel businessman Dean Quinn, or Soul Surfing School operator Chris Williams, or Surfline.com founder Sean Collins.
The image of surfing, and those who surf, has changed for the better, and there was yet another example of why that has happened last Saturday at Three Arch Bay in Laguna Beach.
The event was called Surfing with Diabetes, an all-day event put on by the PADRE (Pediatric Adolescent Diabetes Research Education) Foundation. Teenagers aged 13 to 19 diagnosed with Type 1 (insulin-dependent juvenile) diabetes were able to participate in a variety of activities, highlighted by surfing instructions from Scott Dunton, a former professional surfer who also has Type 1 diabetes.