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January 18, 2001
The surf will meet the turf this summer in Huntington Beach when the first Surf & Turk Gold Tournament is held at Meadowlark Golf Course. The event, scheduled for July 27, will bring together the worlds of surfing and golf as amateur and professionals from the surfing industry take part in the shotgun tournament. So far, 23 surfers have committed to the tournament, event director Jeff Wermuth said Tuesday. "We'll have a sold-out field of 144 golfers," Wermuth said.
FEATURES
By Rick Fignetti | December 3, 2008
North Shore of Hawaii has been pumping for the Triple Crown of Surfing, which saw killer surf for the first event, the $135,000 Reef Hawaiian Pro. Tahiti’s 22-year-old Michel Bourez was getting some of the sickest barrels, pulling in and logging tube time, getting a 9.77 score to take the win. Bourez pushed himself up to No. 2 in the world qualifying standings, securing a spot on the world championship tour next year. In second was Jihad Khodr of Brazil who had some nice bowls too, while third was Hawaiian surfer Kekoa Bacalso who was giving his all, with some hard-driving turns and barrels especially in the semis, where he went off. And rounding out the top four places was 19-year-old Dusty Payne from Maui who caught some nice rides too. Equal fifth were Aussie rippers Joel Parkinson and Nic Muscroft, and equal seventh H.B.’s Brett Simpson, who racked up some big heats on the way, and Australian power surfer Bede Durbidge.
NEWS
July 27, 2000
A pair of Australians took center stage over the weekend as Michael Campbell won the Bluetorch pro, and Layne Beachley captured the Elleven Pro Women's title at the Huntington Beach Pier. Campbell's victory, played out before an estimated 40,000 spectators, came against ratings leader Sunny Garcia of Hawaii. The 26-year-old from Sydney surfed consistently throughout the 35-minute final to edge the 30-year-old Garcia, 19.60 points to 19.00. "I went out and tried my hardest, but I made a couple of mistakes," Garcia said.
NEWS
By Mike Sciacca | July 27, 2006
The 2006 Bank of the West Beach Games featuring the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing presented by O'Neill opened last Friday, but the main thrust of the games begins today at the Huntington Beach Pier. A wide range of events take place today on 12 acres surrounding the pier, beginning with U.S. Open of Surfing men's competition and ending with the Boost Mobile Pro Surf Trials. Also today, an interactive festival village officially opens and Teen Vogue Fashion Live! will take place on the concert stage.
NEWS
March 20, 2003
WET AND WILD WITH ROCKIN' FIG Over in Australia, the first leg of the Assn. of Surfing Professionals Championship Tour, the Quiksilver Pro was held in good 2- to 4-foot surf at Snapper Rocks. Taking the big win was up-and-coming Aussie Dean Morrison, who proved to be unstoppable. Morrison went off in the final, scoring two waves in the 9-foot plus zone, to defeat former world champ Mark Occhilupo. This is Occy's best start too, as the veteran will be turning a ripe 37 in June and is still known as one of the toughest competitor's in a heat.
LOCAL
By Amanda Pennington | October 26, 2006
Twenty-year surf industry veteran Sunny Garcia has been handed a three-month federal prison sentence by a U.S. District Court Judge in San Diego for failure to pay about $117,000 in taxes from 1996 through 2001. The Newport Beach resident pleaded guilty in June and will surrender himself in early January, Garcia's attorney Steve Toscher said. "He basically made some serious mistakes and didn't focus on his tax affairs," Toscher said after the sentencing Oct. 18. Garcia failed to report a total of more than $417,000 of his winnings to the Internal Revenue Service, William Cole, assistant U.S. attorney, said.
NEWS
November 25, 2004
RICK FIGNETTI Let's start this column out with a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Hopefully, you'll wake up, grab your hot cup of coffee, head on down to the beach and see some smoking surf, get a little sess in, go back home and have some big turkey grinds with the family. This weather has been a bit on the freaky side lately, with that last Santa Ana wind condition combo-ing with a storm last weekend and giving us offshore winds, clouds, rain and even two feet of snowfall in the local mountains.
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By Michael Miller, michael.miller@latimes.com | August 9, 2010
Judging from the tributes made by fellow surfers at his induction Thursday, Rick Fignetti has been a local hero for quite some time. Now, though, it's written in stone — literally. Fignetti, a 10-time West Coast Surfing Champion and owner of the Rockin' Fig Surf Headquarters shop on Main Street, was inducted as this year's Local Hero on the Surfing Walk of Fame outside Jack's Surfboards. During the Walk of Fame's 17th annual ceremony, Fignetti joined six other inductees in receiving a shiny stone tablet with his name on it installed on the sidewalk by Main and Pacific Coast Highway.
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FEATURES
By Rick Fignetti | December 3, 2008
North Shore of Hawaii has been pumping for the Triple Crown of Surfing, which saw killer surf for the first event, the $135,000 Reef Hawaiian Pro. Tahiti’s 22-year-old Michel Bourez was getting some of the sickest barrels, pulling in and logging tube time, getting a 9.77 score to take the win. Bourez pushed himself up to No. 2 in the world qualifying standings, securing a spot on the world championship tour next year. In second was Jihad Khodr of Brazil who had some nice bowls too, while third was Hawaiian surfer Kekoa Bacalso who was giving his all, with some hard-driving turns and barrels especially in the semis, where he went off. And rounding out the top four places was 19-year-old Dusty Payne from Maui who caught some nice rides too. Equal fifth were Aussie rippers Joel Parkinson and Nic Muscroft, and equal seventh H.B.’s Brett Simpson, who racked up some big heats on the way, and Australian power surfer Bede Durbidge.
LOCAL
By Amanda Pennington | October 26, 2006
Twenty-year surf industry veteran Sunny Garcia has been handed a three-month federal prison sentence by a U.S. District Court Judge in San Diego for failure to pay about $117,000 in taxes from 1996 through 2001. The Newport Beach resident pleaded guilty in June and will surrender himself in early January, Garcia's attorney Steve Toscher said. "He basically made some serious mistakes and didn't focus on his tax affairs," Toscher said after the sentencing Oct. 18. Garcia failed to report a total of more than $417,000 of his winnings to the Internal Revenue Service, William Cole, assistant U.S. attorney, said.
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | July 31, 2006
The 2006 Bank of the West Beach Games featuring the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing presented by O'Neill opened last Friday, but the main thrust of the games begins today at the Huntington Beach Pier. A wide range of events take place today on 12 acres surrounding the pier, beginning with U.S. Open of Surfing men's competition and ending with the Boost Mobile Pro Surf Trials. Also today, an interactive festival village officially opens and Teen Vogue Fashion Live! will take place on the concert stage.
NEWS
November 25, 2004
RICK FIGNETTI Let's start this column out with a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Hopefully, you'll wake up, grab your hot cup of coffee, head on down to the beach and see some smoking surf, get a little sess in, go back home and have some big turkey grinds with the family. This weather has been a bit on the freaky side lately, with that last Santa Ana wind condition combo-ing with a storm last weekend and giving us offshore winds, clouds, rain and even two feet of snowfall in the local mountains.
NEWS
March 20, 2003
WET AND WILD WITH ROCKIN' FIG Over in Australia, the first leg of the Assn. of Surfing Professionals Championship Tour, the Quiksilver Pro was held in good 2- to 4-foot surf at Snapper Rocks. Taking the big win was up-and-coming Aussie Dean Morrison, who proved to be unstoppable. Morrison went off in the final, scoring two waves in the 9-foot plus zone, to defeat former world champ Mark Occhilupo. This is Occy's best start too, as the veteran will be turning a ripe 37 in June and is still known as one of the toughest competitor's in a heat.
NEWS
January 18, 2001
The surf will meet the turf this summer in Huntington Beach when the first Surf & Turk Gold Tournament is held at Meadowlark Golf Course. The event, scheduled for July 27, will bring together the worlds of surfing and golf as amateur and professionals from the surfing industry take part in the shotgun tournament. So far, 23 surfers have committed to the tournament, event director Jeff Wermuth said Tuesday. "We'll have a sold-out field of 144 golfers," Wermuth said.
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