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By L'Oreal Battistelli | June 21, 2007
Surf bands in Surf City are a summer cliché. Still, the lineup for Surfin' Sundays at the International Surfing Museum may offer some authenticity. Every Sunday beginning in April, the museum staff clears its parking lot from 1 to 4 p.m. and invites entertainers from around the world to plug in their Fenders, set up their microphones and transport themselves back to the '60s. "When you have a guitar in your hands" and you hear the original, melodic surf tones, you can't help but remember music classics like 'Wipe Out,' 'Pipeline,' 'Baja' and 'Surfrider' said Craig Skelly of the Breakaways, which will be performing July 22. This weekend the museum hosts 3 Balls of Fire from Austin, Texas, along with '60s legend Jerry Cole and the Spacemen, as part of its Surfin' Sundays concert series.
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By Michael Miller | March 14, 2012
On an afternoon last week, Gary Sahagen played a role that he had watched many others play during his decade at the International Surfing Museum. The role of visitor. Sahagen, who joined the museum as a trustee in 2001, stepped down in January from his post as director-at-large. Before agreeing to meet at his former grounds for an interview and photo shoot, he admitted that walking through the front door might be bittersweet. But as he led an impromptu tour around the shelves and displays, Sahagen seemed like the man in charge, even if he wasn't any longer.
NEWS
April 12, 2001
Tariq Malik HUNTINGTON BEACH -- The International Surfing Museum will soon have a new weapon in its fight to bring the sport of surfing to the masses. The museum at 411 Olive Ave. is planning to take its show on the road this summer using a new customized trailer packed with information on the sport's history, legends and memorabilia. Though still under construction, museum officials are looking forward to the mobile surfing museum, which will sport the look of a woody car and serve as a microcosm of the main branch.
NEWS
September 21, 2000
AXING DOUBLE-DUTY PAY Ocean View School District Supt. James Tarwater has nixed the idea of receiving an extra salary -- $200 a day -- for doing the job of the assistant superintendent of business, a position that is vacant. The proposal, which would have given the superintendent roughly an additional $12,000, was tabled during the board meeting. Tarwater said he took the action because it "was for the best interest in the district." A UNIQUE-LOOKING SURF CITY City officials have OKd design guidelines for land developers planning new projects to encourage good-looking projects and create a unique look for the city.
NEWS
August 2, 2001
Tariq Malik Bursting with life, the lifelong Huntington Beach resident has focused her energies into preserving the very culture that personifies the city, all free of charge. For more than a year, Juhasz, 39, has spent her spare moments at the International Surfing Museum as a volunteer, serving as a docent to the rich history behind the water sport, balancing the books and manning the front desk to greet new visitors. "It's funny but when I started here, I didn't know anything about surfing, I just wanted to help out and do something," she said.
NEWS
March 1, 2001
Tariq Malik HUNTINGTON BEACH -- The greatest athletes and contributors in the sport of surfing will have their place among the honored. The City Council unanimously approved local businessman Aaron Pai's plan to build a Surfer's Hall of Fame in front of his Huntington Beach Surf & Sport shop at 300 Pacific Coast Highway. Pai, a lifetime surfing aficionado, will continue publicly what has gone on in his business for years -- the immortalizing of surfing's greatest in concrete.
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By Chris Epting | January 11, 2012
My son and I had the pleasure several weeks ago, thanks to the generosity of my friend Mike Taylor from PBS SoCal, to play ball at Angel Stadium of Anaheim with the one-and-only former Angel (and baseball ambassador extraordinaire) Rex Hudler. With his trademark high energy and positive view of life and his faith, Hudler gave both the 15 or so kids and us parents a wonderful pep talk before letting us roam the park for the day, hitting, fielding and soaking in all that big league atmosphere just a day after Albert Pujols was introduced to the city.
SPORTS
By Michael Miller | December 6, 2013
Imagine if, around the same time as the Oscars, another theater across the street hosted a similarly named ceremony - the Oswalds, say - that honored most of the same movies and people. Such has been the case for years in Huntington Beach, where a pair of complementary displays honor the legends of the surfing world. On the south side of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway, the Surfers' Hall of Fame features Grauman's Chinese-style concrete panels with names and handprints etched into them; a few yards north, the Surfing Walk of Fame sports honorees' names on Hollywood Boulevard-style squares.
NEWS
June 7, 2001
Angelique Flores The surf culture that thrived here in the 1960s will resurrect for the Endless Summer Rock 'N' Roll Jam in Newport Beach later this month. Like the Rendezvous Ballroom Reunion concert that began in 1999 and has twice sold out, the legendary lineup includes Dick Dale, The Chantays, The BelAirs, Jon and The Nightriders, Deke Dickerson and the Johnny Lopez Band. "It's not just the bands that are going to be there performing, but it's the whole surf music community who is going to be represented there," said Bob Frederickson, chair of the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum.
NEWS
July 7, 2005
Mike Sciacca As the madness that is the Fourth of July in Huntington Beach began to unfold early Monday, Mike Bone was ready to handle a record number of participants who would take over downtown Huntington Beach for the annual Surf City 5K race. As race director of the event for the past six years -- the last three with his company, Spectrum Sports Management -- Bone had prepped a racecourse that would accommodate 3,550 entrants. Many of those participants were locals, but 21 athletes from Arizona, 14 from Texas, 11 from Utah, plus a smattering of runners from 15 other states, came to Surf City to enter the event.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | February 25, 2014
Natalie Kotsch, who founded the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum but never rode a wave, has died. Kotsch succumbed Thursday to a decade-long battle with cancer. She was 76. Though she never surfed herself, she deeply loved the sport and its culture. "I told the guys that are planning to do a paddle-out for her that her second time in the Pacific Ocean, she put her foot in it once and didn't like it," said Julie Holson, Kotsch's youngest daughter. "But she just liked the surf culture.
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SPORTS
By Michael Miller | January 15, 2014
It was a jarring note to begin a year of celebrating surfing - an image of a shark with its mouth wide open, looking set to devour a board like the one it was painted on. But if it garnered attention for a cause, mission accomplished. Tuesday morning at Duke's by the Huntington Beach Pier, the Rotary Club of Huntington Beach kicked off its Surfboards on Parade campaign with the first of 25 boards that will be displayed around town in the coming months to help fight skin cancer.
SPORTS
By Michael Miller | December 6, 2013
Imagine if, around the same time as the Oscars, another theater across the street hosted a similarly named ceremony - the Oswalds, say - that honored most of the same movies and people. Such has been the case for years in Huntington Beach, where a pair of complementary displays honor the legends of the surfing world. On the south side of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway, the Surfers' Hall of Fame features Grauman's Chinese-style concrete panels with names and handprints etched into them; a few yards north, the Surfing Walk of Fame sports honorees' names on Hollywood Boulevard-style squares.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | March 14, 2012
On an afternoon last week, Gary Sahagen played a role that he had watched many others play during his decade at the International Surfing Museum. The role of visitor. Sahagen, who joined the museum as a trustee in 2001, stepped down in January from his post as director-at-large. Before agreeing to meet at his former grounds for an interview and photo shoot, he admitted that walking through the front door might be bittersweet. But as he led an impromptu tour around the shelves and displays, Sahagen seemed like the man in charge, even if he wasn't any longer.
NEWS
By Chris Epting | January 11, 2012
My son and I had the pleasure several weeks ago, thanks to the generosity of my friend Mike Taylor from PBS SoCal, to play ball at Angel Stadium of Anaheim with the one-and-only former Angel (and baseball ambassador extraordinaire) Rex Hudler. With his trademark high energy and positive view of life and his faith, Hudler gave both the 15 or so kids and us parents a wonderful pep talk before letting us roam the park for the day, hitting, fielding and soaking in all that big league atmosphere just a day after Albert Pujols was introduced to the city.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | October 28, 2009
Chris Hawk, the renowned surfer and shaper who was inducted into the Surfers’ Hall of Fame last month, died of cancer Friday at the age of 58. Along with his brothers, Sam and Tom, Chris Hawk won a reputation as a skilled surfer during the 1960s and ’70s. To many, though, he was more famous for shaping boards — a craft that involves taking a piece of foam or wood and carving it into a surfboard shape, which is then coated in glass to waterproof it. Gary Sahagen, the executive director of the International Surfing Museum in Huntington Beach, said Hawk played an integral role in what he termed “the short board revolution” of the ’70s, in which surfers began trading in their long boards for new ones that were 2 or 3 feet shorter.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Josh Aden | September 13, 2007
Summer’s crowds are dissipating and now it’s time to do something for Huntington Beach’s locals. A Surf and Art Walk will shut down Main Street to host a two-day celebration of Huntington’s music, art, businesses and, of course, surfing. Three blocks of Main Street will be blocked at Pacific Coast Highway to accommodate the fair, which is meant to showcase the beach-side spirit that dominates Surf City culture. “This is a great opportunity for our local artists to show off what they do,” said Connie Pedenko, executive director of the Downtown Business Improvement District, which is putting the event on. Josh Serafin, a painter who grew up in Huntington Beach, said the event is an important opportunity for local artists to see their work displayed.
ENTERTAINMENT
By L'Oreal Battistelli | June 21, 2007
Surf bands in Surf City are a summer cliché. Still, the lineup for Surfin' Sundays at the International Surfing Museum may offer some authenticity. Every Sunday beginning in April, the museum staff clears its parking lot from 1 to 4 p.m. and invites entertainers from around the world to plug in their Fenders, set up their microphones and transport themselves back to the '60s. "When you have a guitar in your hands" and you hear the original, melodic surf tones, you can't help but remember music classics like 'Wipe Out,' 'Pipeline,' 'Baja' and 'Surfrider' said Craig Skelly of the Breakaways, which will be performing July 22. This weekend the museum hosts 3 Balls of Fire from Austin, Texas, along with '60s legend Jerry Cole and the Spacemen, as part of its Surfin' Sundays concert series.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Alexander | April 4, 2007
The Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum is starting off its Surfin' Sundays concert series this Sunday by paying tribute to the band that gave Surf City USA its name. Surf band The Nocturnes will play a tribute to the Beach Boys. Appetizers and beverages will be served and admission is free. The event celebrates the opening of "Surf Sounds, Part 1," an exhibit of Beach Boys memorabilia from throughout the band's career. For kids, the exhibit includes a karaoke machine donated by Singer's Choice Karaoke, which gives them a chance to sing along to a book full of popular songs.
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