Monday, May 4, 2015

Have a Beach Burger Blast!



May is National Hamburger Month



Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Popeye’s friend Wimpy would be in Hamburger Heaven if he could eat hamburgers every day for a whole month.


Did you know that Americans eat 48 billion hamburgers a year?


The hamburger got its name as early as 1896 when an article in the Chicago Daily Tribune newspaper called a 5-cent steak sandwich a “hamburger sandwich.”
 

The hamburger, which traces its origins to Hamburg, Germany, became an American star when it was served at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. And, by the 1950s it was being served at hamburger stands everywhere... including Hamburger Handout in Culver City, CA.



Today hamburgers have their own Facebook page – a definite sign that hamburgers have come into their own with some even going gourmet.


SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel find it hard to resist a good hamburger, especially when we’re relaxing at the beach.


If you really want to jumpstart your taste buds on a SoCal beach day, then make a pit stop at Sunny's favorite spot, Volcano Burgers (3652 Cerritos Avenue) in Los Alamitos, a restaurant that’s been making burgers for over 30 years.


You’ll get a hamburger ($2.59) unlike any other that you’ve tasted. When you see how big it is, with the ingredients spilling over the bun, you’ll be glad that the take-out orders come in boxes instead of bags.


The same goes for the chili cheese fries ($3.69), which are hard to consume in a single sitting.


The melted cheddar cheese covering the fries in lava-like splendor tells you that these fries are fit for a king or, in this case, a goddess – Pele, the Hawaiian Volcano Goddess. Be sure to ask for extra napkins. Lots of them!


 Whether you grill it yourself, get it from your local drive-in or a gourmet restaurant, now is the time to celebrate the hamburger.


So, pick your burger – be it beef, turkey, pork, or veggie – pile on your favorite fixin’s and get ready to enjoy an American classic. 

 

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Shaping the Sport of Surfing



Ashley Lloyd Surfboards – Creating Joy


Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

With summer just around the corner it’s swimsuit season and more – time to think about a new surfboard.


In a crowded marketplace of competing surfboard brands, SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel found one that stands out from the rest – Ashley Lloyd Surfboards.


Santa Cruz-based surfboard shaper Ashley Lloyd Thompson – one of the few women in the male-dominated field of board shaping – has made a name for herself with her colorful, custom-designed boards.


Starting with the basic blanks that make up the body of each board, Lloyd Thompson transforms them into individualized works of art, conceiving the design and then painstakingly shaping and sanding each board.


Putting her passion for surfing and for life into every board, Lloyd Thompson has expressed that she is creating joy for herself and others through the boards she makes.


Lloyd Thompson, who started surfing while growing up in Malibu, also has taught surfing and competed professionally.


Later, she was mentored by board shaper Danny Tarampi and was a Bing team rider and board shaper.



Ashley Lloyd boards have gotten an international following. Along with this, they particularly appeal to women surfers because she understands their physical needs and creates customized boards that enable them to get the most out of the sport. 


Lloyd Thompson also has achieved something else unique in the world of surfboard shaping – a feature story in Oprah Winfrey’s O magazine.


The magazine chose her for being a woman “with an amazing story and a product we love.”

And, showing another side of her artistic abilities, she and her husband Alex are part of a band appropriately called The Shapes.



Ashley Lloyd Thompson has discovered that through hard work success is inevitable. Whatever she does, she is following her own path, catching the next wave…and putting her talents into all the things she creates. 

 

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Cash in your Lawn!



Turf’s Up!


Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Cowabunga!

In water-starved California the new greeting is “Turf’s Up!”


With the state experiencing a severe drought many residents are replacing their water-thirsty lawns with low-water usage, eco-friendly, native landscapes.



The Municipal Water District of Orange County will even pay you to swap out your grass for cacti and other drought-tolerant plants.


Through the MWDOC’s Turf Removal program home owners are paid $2 (or more) per square foot of grass that is removed.


The Water District said that applications to participate in the Turf Removal program jumped from 10 homes per month in 2014 to currently 150 homes per month.

So, why not get on board? You’ll be reducing your water usage and helping the environment, too.


Water runoff from lawns (with its fertilizers and pesticides) is one of the main pollutants in our waterways and oceans.


To find out more about the Turf Removal program, contact the Water District.


And, when you’re ready to put in your new landscape...


the non-profit Surfrider Foundation’s Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter can show you how to create an Ocean Friendly Garden that’s beautiful to look at and beautiful for California.  



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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Huntington Beach’s Own Surf Legend



Rockin Fig – Rockin the Surf World

A Surfrider Sponsor Story


Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Huntington Beach local Rick Fignetti – known as Rockin Fig to his friends and fans – is a surfer’s surfer.


Along with multiple surfing championships and a surf board shop on Main Street… 

 

Fig is in both the Surfers’ Hall of Fame and the Surfing Walk of Fame.


Anyone in earshot of Fig is likely to recognize his voice from his many years on the radio as KROQ’s Surfologist.


Or as the longtime announcer of the U.S. Open of Surfing (19 years in a row).


Fig’s life revolves around surfing whether it’s catching waves on the north side of the HB Pier, hanging out at Rockin Fig Surf Headquarters (316 Main Street), sponsoring the Fig Team Riders surfers, or mentoring the local groms.


Whenever SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel see Fig at beach events he’s always right in the middle of everything, lending a hand and helping to represent the community.


Fig has made the Rockin Fig surf shop more than a place to find boards and accessories.


It’s a meeting place where everyone from beginning surfers to surfing legends can stop by to share stories and talk about the sport they love. If you’re lucky enough to be in the shop on a day that Fig is there get ready for a warm welcome and a chance to learn a lot about surfing.


Just being around Rockin Fig will put a smile on your face. For someone who’s in the surfing stratosphere, it’s surprising how down to earth he is.

Tony Soriano, Surfrider Foundation Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter Chairperson, says, “Fig is a real surf community hero, who supports Surfrider and a clean environment of our oceans, waves and beaches"


In an age when so many celebrities seem superficial and manufactured by the media it’s clear that Rockin Fig is the real deal.



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