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By Kelly Strodl | December 14, 2006
Director Greg Schell had nearly completed editing his second feature film when a phone call convinced him to cut his movie by nearly 45 minutes and replace the footage with shots thought to have been lost forever. Photographer Greg Weaver, who spent nearly 40 years documenting the evolution of surf culture in the hottest and often most secret surfing spots in the world, had found a long-lost reel of his best work. "I got this excited phone call that [Weaver] found the footage; I had to go back and re-cut," Schell said.
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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.
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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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August 5, 2004
Lots of cities try to lay claim to the moniker Surf City, but as another fantastically successful U.S. Open of Surfing has come and peacefully gone, it's clear that Huntington Beach is the real thing and the rest are just posers. It's enough to make even the Beach Boys proud. Summer in Huntington Beach just wouldn't be summer anymore without the high-octane surfing that pumps up the crowds and amps up Main Street like nothing else. And despite crowds reaching as high as 100,000 for Sunday's finals, police, organizers, participants and visitors all deserve hardy congratulations for pulling off the extreme-sports extravaganza and music festival without serious mishap or chaos.
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By TOM TITUS | July 31, 2006
We are now approaching what seems to have become the "local slot" in the schedule of the Huntington Beach Playhouse. Last summer, you may recall, the theater staged an original musical, "The Golden Dream," by Huntington Beach resident Joe Syiek. Fast forward to summer 2006 and another Huntington Beach playwright is about to see her creation take wing at the playhouse. That would be Shirley Orlando, who's penned the book, music and lyrics for her original musical, "Surf City, USA," opening next weekend.
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By By Dan Beighley | October 27, 2005
Institution marks its 20th birthday with the premiere of ukulele documentary, 'The Jumping Flea.'The Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum is preparing to celebrate two decades of service with the premiere screening of "The Jumping Flea," a documentary about the ukulele directed by Paul Kraus. Kraus said he is thrilled to be included in the celebration and hopes to reconnect with old friends from his days in Huntington Beach in the late 1960s. Museum founder Natalie Kotsch expects a strong turnout, with visitors from as far away as Hawaii and a local crop of ukulele players who will perform before the screening.
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By Amanda Pennington | July 27, 2006
In the 1960s, the black ball flag was introduced to Huntington Beach, much to the dismay of local surfers who previously enjoyed surfing whenever a swell hit, regardless of what time of day it was. Enter Bob "The Greek" Bolen, a local surfer, shaper, fin developer and ? after today's ceremony, which will land him a spot on the Surfing Walk of Fame ? a local hero. After looking into the language of the black-ball law, which initially outlawed boards longer than 5 feet, he said, The Greek answered with a board of that length.
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By Steve Virgen | April 22, 2009
Life was a party. Life was empty. Life was a drag. But that’s all in Joey Buran’s past. The famed surfer says he’s now living life beyond the dream, working as a pastor in Fountain Valley, coaching the U.S. surf team and national junior squad, and keeping busy as a father of four with his wife, Jennifer, in Costa Mesa. Does he ever relive his past? It’s hard not to, especially when he’s the producer of the film about his life. “Beyond the Dream: the Joey Buran Story,” a documentary-style movie will be part of the Newport Beach Film Festival, which starts Thursday and ends April 30. Buran’s film will be viewed at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday at Lido Theatre, as part of the Action Sports series.
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By L'Oreal Battistelli | July 26, 2007
Chuck Linnen tells a story about how he helped save the life of a surfer at Waimea Bay during a Hawaiian Christmas vacation in 1966. Linnen, an 11-year Southern California lifeguard, and another guard, noticed the surfer clinging to a rock, as the ocean grew more fierce and threatened to swallow him in its monstrous maw. The two lifeguards paddled a surfboard out to the stranded surfer, who paddled it safely to shore. Now the two watermen were stranded in an angry ocean with one board between them.
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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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By Mike Sciacca | August 1, 2012
He's traveled far and wide to the some of the most desired surf spots in the world, but no matter the exotic destination, Main Street, Huntington Beach, will always remain a magical place for Andy Verdone. It's where the Huntington Beach High surf coach first discovered the local surf culture, and it's where he will be immortalized in its history. On Friday, Verdone will go into local lore when he joins Rabbit Kekai and Dane Reynolds in the 2012 induction class to the Surfers' Hall of Fame.
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By Joe Haakenson | June 13, 2012
The Surfers Hall of Fame has announced its 2012 class of inductees who will be honored in a ceremony in front of Huntington Surf & Sport on Main Street on Aug. 3, during the weeklongU.S. Openof Surfing. Rabbit Kekai, Dane Reynolds and Andy Verdone will join the others who have been recognized since the hall's inception in 1997 for their impact on the sport, the surf industry and surf culture. "Rabbit Kekai, Dane Reynolds and Andy Verdone are three surfing legends that have influenced generations of surfers past, present and future," Surfers' Hall of Fame founder Aaron Pai said in a release.
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By Joe Haakenson | May 23, 2012
The National Scholastic Surfing Assn. West Coast Regional Championships had some fun surf last weekend on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier, and a couple of local surfers came up big. Tony Bartovich, 18 and a senior at Huntington Beach High, won the Longboard division, and 12-year-old John Mel of Newport Beach won the Open Boys. A couple of San Clemente surfers came close to claiming championships, as well. Colt Ward came in second place in the Open Men's, falling short of champion Hiroto Oohara of Japan, 16.34 to 11.90 in the final four-man heat, which scored each surfer's two best rides.
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By Steve Virgen | April 22, 2009
Life was a party. Life was empty. Life was a drag. But that’s all in Joey Buran’s past. The famed surfer says he’s now living life beyond the dream, working as a pastor in Fountain Valley, coaching the U.S. surf team and national junior squad, and keeping busy as a father of four with his wife, Jennifer, in Costa Mesa. Does he ever relive his past? It’s hard not to, especially when he’s the producer of the film about his life. “Beyond the Dream: the Joey Buran Story,” a documentary-style movie will be part of the Newport Beach Film Festival, which starts Thursday and ends April 30. Buran’s film will be viewed at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday at Lido Theatre, as part of the Action Sports series.
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By Josh Aden | April 24, 2008
Huntington Beach makes a point to be known as Surf City, but it’s doubtful anyone would care much about the title if it weren’t for local resident Dean Torrence and a tune he sang with his friend Jan Berry. In the early 1960s Jan and Dean became synonymous with the sounds of summer, tanned teens and surfing — that new rebellious sport that was sweeping the beaches. Along with compatriots like the Beach Boys, Jan and Dean exported the reverb-laden taste of California around the world.
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By L'Oreal Battistelli | July 26, 2007
Chuck Linnen tells a story about how he helped save the life of a surfer at Waimea Bay during a Hawaiian Christmas vacation in 1966. Linnen, an 11-year Southern California lifeguard, and another guard, noticed the surfer clinging to a rock, as the ocean grew more fierce and threatened to swallow him in its monstrous maw. The two lifeguards paddled a surfboard out to the stranded surfer, who paddled it safely to shore. Now the two watermen were stranded in an angry ocean with one board between them.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Kelly Strodl | December 14, 2006
Director Greg Schell had nearly completed editing his second feature film when a phone call convinced him to cut his movie by nearly 45 minutes and replace the footage with shots thought to have been lost forever. Photographer Greg Weaver, who spent nearly 40 years documenting the evolution of surf culture in the hottest and often most secret surfing spots in the world, had found a long-lost reel of his best work. "I got this excited phone call that [Weaver] found the footage; I had to go back and re-cut," Schell said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | July 31, 2006
We are now approaching what seems to have become the "local slot" in the schedule of the Huntington Beach Playhouse. Last summer, you may recall, the theater staged an original musical, "The Golden Dream," by Huntington Beach resident Joe Syiek. Fast forward to summer 2006 and another Huntington Beach playwright is about to see her creation take wing at the playhouse. That would be Shirley Orlando, who's penned the book, music and lyrics for her original musical, "Surf City, USA," opening next weekend.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Amanda Pennington | July 27, 2006
In the 1960s, the black ball flag was introduced to Huntington Beach, much to the dismay of local surfers who previously enjoyed surfing whenever a swell hit, regardless of what time of day it was. Enter Bob "The Greek" Bolen, a local surfer, shaper, fin developer and ? after today's ceremony, which will land him a spot on the Surfing Walk of Fame ? a local hero. After looking into the language of the black-ball law, which initially outlawed boards longer than 5 feet, he said, The Greek answered with a board of that length.
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