Monday, July 21, 2014

SurfWriter Girls Make Beach Memories



SurfWriter Girls Celebrate 3rd Year – More Adventures!

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel       

Borrowing comedian Bob Hope’s signature song – Thanks for the Memory – SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel want to thank everyone for another great year. And lots of memories!

It’s hard to believe that we’re already celebrating the Third Anniversary of our beach environmental and lifestyles blog SurfWriter Girls.


Since writing our first blog post on July 20, 2011, we’ve written 124 feature stories about the people, places, events, and organizations that are making a difference in the quality of life of our North Orange County beach communities.

We also write for local publications...


and are volunteer media consultants for the Surfrider Foundation, helping to promote its environmental goals of protecting the world’s oceans, waves and beaches. 


Some of the highlights we’ve shared with you include stories about:

George Freeth surfing the HB Pier in 1914


Legendary surfboard shaper Ben Aipa


Environmentalist Rachel Carson


Ways to make a Filipino feast


Ocean Friendly Gardens Go Native



California’s sea otters – still playful and cute


Special events on Ohana, Water, and Earth Day
 

A Last Wave to Natalie Kotsch – Int’l Surfing Museum founder


14 Best Valentine’s Day Beach Movies


Sea of plastic endangers the ocean


Surfing Heritage and Culture Center treasures


Kite flying on the beach


Bolsa Chica Wetlands refuge


Surfrider’s Fearless Leader Tony Soriano


U.S. Open of Surfing



Inside Quiksilver, Volcom and Vans


Jill Pless – Seal Beach Surfin’ Mama


International Surfing Day/summer solstice


These and many other memories are painted in our minds…


and we hope that we have created some good memories for you. We know how fortunate we are to be able to experience the joy and spirit of our beach communities and to share it with others.

Look for us wherever there’s something happening in and around Surf City and Seal Beach. SurfWriter Girls will be there with our cameras and notebooks getting the story for you!


 Cheers to the coming year! – Sunny and Patti



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Monday, July 14, 2014

Surfing Museum’s Century of Stoke



Exhibit Showcases Huntington Beach Milestones

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Less than an hour before the opening of the International Surfing Museum’s new exhibit Century of Stoke, Exhibit Director Dave Reynolds was on his hands and knees carefully laying cut-out footprints on the floor. 



The footprints, arranged in chronological order around the main exhibit area, “each represent a milestone in the history of Huntington Beach and the people who went before,” Reynolds told SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel.


And what a history it’s been – taking the tiny community, once known as Shell Beach before oil and rail car mogul Henry E. Huntington put his name on it, and turning it into the surfing capital of the world.


The 100-year procession of visionaries, entrepreneurs, surfers, board shapers, artists, musicians, community leaders, and more who forged HB into the Surf City USA of today is on display in Century of Stoke, curated by Reynolds and surfing’s first professional world champion Peter (PT) Townend.


From the original 1914 cornerstone of the Huntington Beach Pier…


To colorful surfboards used by surfing legends…


A statue of Duke Kahanamoku…


Awards and vintage photos…


 

Paintings and artworks…  






Beach music record album covers…


Movie posters… 


Even a replica of Gordie Duane’s famous surfboard shop…


The milestones are here.


And the memories…especially the memory of Natalie Kotsch, the transplanted Canadian and non-surfer, whose desire to preserve Huntington Beach’s surfing history led to the creation of the International Surfing Museum in 1987.  
  

The spirit of museum founder and muse Natalie, who passed away last February, is intensely present in the exuberance of the exhibit itself and within the hearts of those who are carrying on her legacy.

A highlight of the exhibit’s opening was the unveiling of the drawings for the museum’s planned expansion that will increase its square footage from 2,000 to 7,000 square feet and enable it to showcase even more surfing memorabilia and artwork. 

 
Museum Director-at-Large Cindy Cross said to SurfWriter Girls, “We’re incredibly proud of all the changes these past few years. And the expansion, it’s so good that Natalie knew about it.” 


Cross, who worked closely with Natalie to reach this point in the museum’s evolution, added that there is more work to do to turn the museum into what Natalie envisioned. “We still need to raise more money. About $2.5 million. That would give the museum the space and security to pursue the truly world-class facility this city deserves.”


To help the museum reach its goal, proceeds from Huntington Beach’s 100 Years of Surfing events scheduled this year have been designated to benefit the International Surfing Museum.


This includes the Greens Room Golf Tournament, Monday, July 28, at Seacliff Country Club. Named after the surf term, the green room, which describes the perfect spot inside the barrel of a wave, the tournament features professional surfers and surf industry leaders among the players and is open to the public.  

    
Tony Soriano, Chairperson of the Surfrider Foundation’s Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter, told SurfWriter Girls, “Surfrider is helping to promote the museum’s fund-raising efforts. It shares many of the same educational goals that we have and deserves as much support as the community can give it. The International Surfing Museum is preserving our surf culture and is recognizing the achievements that improve our sport and the beach community.”

  
Looking around at everyone enjoying the Century of Stoke exhibit, SurfWriter Girls Sunny and Patti were definitely “picking up good vibrations.” 



Now that Huntington Beach is celebrating its centennial summer we’re excited to see where the next footprints lead!  


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