Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cowabunga – Christmas is Coming!




The Surfing Santa of Seal Beach


Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

When children in Seal Beach hear the sound of jingle bells ringing instead of looking to the rooftops, they look out at the ocean – for a glimpse of Santa on his surfboard.


And, to their wondering eyes, who does appear? Michael Pless Sr, minus the reindeer!


Known as the Surfing Santa of Seal Beach, Pless, the owner of M&M Surfing School, puts on a red Santa wetsuit and white beard every year and surfs up and down the shoreline to spread the joy of Christmas to one and all.

Pless, who has been doing this for two decades, has his wife Jill on board, too, dressed as Mrs Claus


and son Michael Jr. – as Frosty the Snowman – all riding the waves together.


Pless told SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel that he likes “keeping the spirit of Christmas alive for all ages.”


As the Surfing Santa of Seal Beach, he brings joy to the community and holiday magic while celebrating the sport he loves – surfing!  


So, when you’re walking along the sand in Seal Beach and listening to jingle bells coming from the ocean, don’t be surprised when you see Surfing Santa riding a big wave coming your way! 



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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Surfrider Celebrates the Season



Surfrider’s Holiday Party – Good Cheer…and Beer!



Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

The mood at Brewbakers craft brewery and restaurant/bakery in Huntington Beach was warm and festive during the annual Surfrider Foundation’s Tri-Chapter Holiday Party Saturday, December 6th. 


 

SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel were excited to see Surfrider members and guests from the Huntington/Seal Beach, Long Beach, and Newport Beach chapters.


 


 

Brewbakers owner and Surfrider member Manuel Florence made sure that everyone tasted the craft beers and sodas that his brewery is known for.




The Coffman family – Jeff, Sherrie, Charlie and Will – zeroed in on the root beer and cream soda.


Darryl Ferguson and Halie Schmidt liked the pumpkin beer.


So did Pam Conti, Mike BalchinSeth Matsonand the rest of the Surfrider crew.

 
 


 There were bratwurst sandwiches and pizzas, too…



freshly made in the kitchen.


Greg Kishel tried both and declared them a hit.


Now that the year is almost over everyone was talking about 2015 and the new surfing spots they want to explore and ways to protect the ocean and beach environment we all love.

Tony Soriano and Sona Coffee, the Environmental Programs Manager for Manhattan Beach, said there’s much work still to do.


With holiday shopping on people’s minds, we all agreed that a Surfrider membership would be just the gift for the people on our lists. 


It’s easy to wrap and is a gift that gives all year. What could be better than that?

In keeping with the holiday spirit shared at Brewbakers, SurfWriter Girls Sunny and Patti wish you this Irish toast: 

 
A Merry Christmas

And a Happy New Year,

A pocket full of money

And a cellar full of beer!
  


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