From SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel
Fact, foto & fun notes about surfing and the coast
March is the windy month – the perfect time to fly a kite on the beach. These photos from Seal Beach show how much fun it is.
If you need a kite or kite-flying lessons, talk to Jason and Melissa at Up, Up & Away Kites in Old Town Seal Beach. Than let out some string… and see how high you can fly!
Test Your Knowledge:
1. A young surfer is called a:
a. tadpole b. grom c. munchkin
2. When you’re riding a wave and are enclosed inside the tube you’re in the:
a. green room b. boardroom c. control room
3. At Bogart’s coffee shop in Seal Beach a painting of what well-known surfer is on the wall?
a. Brett Simpson b. Kelly Slater c. Michael Pless
4. People who use lots of plastic bags or don’t recycle them are called:
a. Plasticos b. Bag Monsters c. Cyclotrons
5. The non-profit Surfrider Foundation, which protects the world’s oceans, waves and beaches, was started 30 years ago at what beach?
a. Malibu b. Doheny c. Huntington
Answers: 1. b; 2. a; 3. c; 4. b; 5. a
Why did the surfer cross the beach?
To get to the other tide.
The sign on this early surfboard shop in Huntington Beach was spelled wrong, but the owner kept it anyway to save money on a re-do.
Every year 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide. Of those, 100 billion bags are used in the United States alone.
Seabed mining – excavating the resources on the ocean floor – barely existed a decade ago. Now over 450,000 sq. mi. of sea bottom are under contract to mining operators, creating questions about the effect this will have on the ocean eco-system.
Gidget, the “girl-midget” teenage surfer of the 1957 novel and 60s surfing movies, was based on a real person, Kathy Kohner. Author Frederick Kohner turned his daughter’s surfing adventures in Malibu into the fictionalized stories that launched the surfing craze.
Even with the recent rains that California received, more than 98% of the state remains in a drought, making it more important than ever to emphasize water conservation.
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