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December 25, 2003
Mike Sciacca On New Year's Day 2003, Angela Madsen paddled her way around the Huntington Beach Pier, her determined effort catching the eye of Gary Sahagen. "She was amazing out there," recalled Sahagen, president of the Huntington Beach Longboard Crew, which stages the annual New Year's Day Paddle Race. "Right then, we thought about opening up this race to the public." And so, on Jan. 1, the New Year's Day Paddle Race around the pier, previously a members-only event for those who belonged to the Huntington Beach Longboard Crew, will be open to competitors from the general public for the first time.
NEWS
By Michael Miller, michael.miller@latimes.com | March 16, 2011
Huntington Beach has reopened its pier and beaches after a tsunami advisory passed without major incident. Lt. Michael Baumgartner, the city's marine safety operations supervisor, said the pier reopened at 1 p.m. and the beaches at 4 p.m. Huntington Beach closed its seaside areas early Friday morning in anticipation of waves from the tsunami in Japan striking the coast. The city was under a tsunami advisory from the National Weather Service, which is less urgent than a tsunami warning.
NEWS
August 12, 2004
JERRY PERSON Can you imagine for just a moment what a lady who had spent more than half of her 74 years working would feel if she lost her business of 37 years and most of her dearest friends within an hour? This is just what happened to one of our legends of Huntington Beach. A while back, I received a letter from Huntington Beach resident Donald Sinex in which he recalled coming here from his home in Alhambra as a child in the 1940s to swim in our salt-water plunge.
NEWS
By Alicia Lopez | July 17, 2013
Notables Performing her patriotic duties Jenn Lucas sang the national anthem at the Huntington Beach Pier on the Fourth of July with Mayor Pro Tem Matthew Harper by her side. Lucas was also last year's national anthem singer. She is the former president of the Huntington Beach Youth Board as well as the recipient of the city's Youth Character Award, according to a news release. * Remembering the elephants Fountain Valley High School graduate Emily Lund will be traveling to Thailand this summer to work on behalf of the Asian elephant.
NEWS
April 4, 2002
Danette Goulet Clutching small bundles of flowers, friends and family members of Chelsea Toma gathered in front of Huntington Surf and Sport Friday to remember the young girl. "She made us all feel so comfortable," said Tack Shin, her manager at the surf shop where she worked for about two years. Shin told a crowd of mourners of how he could never be angry with her, even when she broke the rules. "She brought us all together at the surf and sport," he said.
NEWS
June 22, 2000
Kenneth Ma HUNTINGTON BEACH -- Up until about eight months ago, Chris Frei could be seen walking on the pier with his 2-year-old daughter, Maggie."
SPORTS
February 22, 2007
The Notion Clothing/AntiApparel Surf Series hit the waves around the Huntington Beach Pier Saturday for a six-event competition that drew surfers of all ages. Split into two divisions ? Pro-Am and Grom ? for surfers 17 and under, cash and product prizes were awarded for first- through fourth places. The competition offered free food and beverages as well as product giveaways and an after-party at Sharkeez on Main Street. The winners in the Pro-Am division were Matt King, Chris Waring, Jason Harris and Matt Mohegan.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Reger | November 19, 2009
One day, I bicycled on the boardwalk near the pier, and the restaurant on the lower level was called Chimayo at the Beach. It didn’t seem that long ago that it was called Savannah at the Beach. Now it was back to Chimayo, and before I pedaled into one of the pier’s concrete support pillars, I had to ask someone at the restaurant if the name was going to stay the same. I was assured it was. The company that owns Chimayo, Culinary Adventures, has had its share of tumult the past few years.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Josh Aden | December 27, 2007
What better way to cure the New Year’s Day hangover than a nice, refreshing dip in the Pacific Ocean — especially when taking the dive will benefit a local charity. That’s the Lions Club philosophy behind sponsoring Tuesday’s eighth annual Huntington Beach Pier Plaza Plunge. This is the second year the Lions Club is sponsoring the event, which is benefiting the Canine Companions for Independence program. Brave swimmers will receive certificates for participating in the New Year’s Day Pier Plaza Plunge, not to be confused with the Polar Plunge program which benefits the Special Olympics.
NEWS
May 22, 2003
Jenny Marder Ella Christensen, a prominent figure in Surf City for years and a "second mother" to many, died Friday at 89. Christensen passing strikes a deep chord in Huntington Beach, where her network of friends was far-reaching, encompassing police officers, fishermen, lifeguards and shop owners. "She was a fixture on the pier," Huntington Beach Police Sgt. Corby Bright said. "She was supportive of everything. She was a big supporter of all the fisherman, of everyone across the board."
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By Anthony Clark Carpio and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | November 13, 2013
Lifelong Huntington Beach resident Andrew Arnold, 54, died Nov. 5 after being injured while body surfing. His death marks the end of three generations of his family working as Farmer's Insurance agents at the Huntington Beach branch. Arnold died after suffering unknown injuries while body surfing on the north side of the Huntington Beach Pier on Nov. 4, Interim Marine Safety Chief Michael Baumgartner said. Arnold's older brother, Tom, said his sibling suffered a neck injury, possibly from hitting a sand bar under the water.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | September 25, 2013
The picture that Yatzie Dee took down from the wall looked, to an uninformed eye, like a depiction of a myth or a tribal memory - certainly nothing that reflected life in modern Southern California. But as Dee spoke in his soft, high voice, the image took on layers of meaning. In his tight booth at Huntington Beach's Pier Plaza Art-A-Faire last week, Dee cradled his painting, "The Evil Dance," and gave a detailed explanation. The framed watercolor-and-Sharpie picture depicts a sequence in which a Native American, midway through a dance, is assailed by a dark figure whose face consists only of beady eyes.
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | July 25, 2013
Courtney Conlogue has her groove on at the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing. Just don't ask her how she's slipped into it. "I don't want to think about it....I don't want to jinx anything," said the 20-year-old, eyes smiling and with a light, rolling chuckle in her voice. "All I know is that I was relaxed today. " Relaxed, perhaps. Smart in her approach and the leader throughout the Women's Round 3 30-minute heat Thursday at the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier, definitely.
NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio | July 24, 2013
Thousands of people flocked to Huntington Beach on Monday to watch surfing legend Kelly Slater and other professionals ride the waves during the U.S. Open of Surfing. But Huntington Beach Lifeguard 3 supervisor Greg Eisele and Lifeguard 2 supervisor Sean McLaughlin were busy watching the beachgoers from the pier, radioing to ground and water units if people were too far out in the water. "It's really easy to see the rip currents [from the pier], so we can help the tower guards out," Eisele said.
NEWS
By Alicia Lopez | July 17, 2013
Notables Performing her patriotic duties Jenn Lucas sang the national anthem at the Huntington Beach Pier on the Fourth of July with Mayor Pro Tem Matthew Harper by her side. Lucas was also last year's national anthem singer. She is the former president of the Huntington Beach Youth Board as well as the recipient of the city's Youth Character Award, according to a news release. * Remembering the elephants Fountain Valley High School graduate Emily Lund will be traveling to Thailand this summer to work on behalf of the Asian elephant.
NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio | July 10, 2013
The morning after the Fourth of July is a time for people to get rest from the celebrations and libations enjoyed the night before. In the Huntington Beach Pier Plaza parking lot Friday morning, however, there was no rest for the dozens of vendors setting up their booths in preparation for the second day of the holiday's Pier Plaza Festival. The event, now in its eighth year, was put together by the Fourth of July Board and closely resembles the weekly Surf City Nights. Around 70 vendors made the pier their temporary home as they set up shop for four days, offering all kinds of goods and entertainment for residents and tourists during the holiday weekend.
NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio | June 26, 2013
The signs advertising local businesses line the Huntington Beach Pier in advance of the city's Fourth of July celebrations. The 35 large banners represent funding for the city's annual July 4 parade but they come with a price: animosity from some who consider the holiday proliferation a blight. The banners representing Lexus of Westminster, McKenna Volkswagen, Wendy's and other businesses hang from the north and south sides of the pier. They will be taken down July 8, said Huntington Beach spokeswoman Laurie Frymire.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2013
Around 3,000 rubber ducks were dumped off the side of Huntington Beach Pier on Saturday for the 2013 Duck-A-Thon. The annual event helps raise funds for the AltaMed Medical and Dental Group in Huntington Beach - a medical group that assists the uninsured in the city. Michela Engle's duck was the first to float back to shore, earning her the $1,000 grand prize. - Anthony Clark Carpio Twitter: @acocarpio
NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio | April 24, 2013
In an act of solidarity, about 80 runners from Huntington Beach and Orange County gathered Monday at the Huntington Beach Pier in a run for Boston. Wearing running bibs with the date of the attack and the Boston skyline underneath, participants ran for about 15 minutes away of the pier and another 15 minutes toward it. "The way that the running community has come together just speaks volumes to how strong everyone is," participant Brian Cook said. "Runners are determined and strong and we're going to come back and run again and we're going to run Boston again.
NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio | March 13, 2013
Nearly 100 people gathered at the north side of the Huntington Beach Pier on Saturday morning for one purpose - to fly kites. Some traveled as far as San Diego, Washington, Pennsylvania and Canada. A few even flew out from Germany and Tasmania. These kite fliers congregate to Huntington Beach for their yearly Kite Party, now in its 11th year. There's no flying competition or any judging of kites. These participants had only one thing in mind: a weekend of flying their kites in the beach air and having fun. "It's kind of addictive," said John Mason, 65, of San Diego.
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