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Hitting Rewind On The Momentum Generation

Ross Williams recounts how the winter of 1989/90 and the emergence of the Momentum Generation altered the course of modern surfing: Some of my closest friends growing up were Matty Liu, Jason Magallenes and Shane Dorian. We were head over heals in love with surfing....

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Joe Quigg: Design Alternatives (part 1)

Born in Los Angeles in 1925, Joe Quigg ranks among one of the most important surfers and surfboard builders of the modern era. Growing up in Santa Monica, he first took to the water when he was only four years old, building himself a crude billboard. By the time he...

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Early La Jolla Days: The Bob Insinger Story

Born in 1924, Bob Insinger landed in La Jolla in 1929 when his mother and step-father built the first home above the bay north of Bird Rock. By 1937, Insinger had found his way into the ocean and entrenched himself as one of a handful of La Jolla surfers. Riding...

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Lost LA: SHACC Featured On KCET

In the making of this episode, I was — to borrow a word from surf slang — “stoked” to chat with Dick Metz, who shares his encyclopedic knowledge of the evolution of surfing and the surfboard. Dick lived the history he narrates in the episode, witnessing dramatic...

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The Hobie Cat Turns 50

Officially launched to the public in 1968, this month, the Hobie Cat is 50 years old. On Saturday, October 27, Hobie and Dana Point are planning festivities to celebrate the milestone, including a regatta of more than 50 Hobie Cats from around the world in the Dana...

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Finding Quigg

Tony Geria had never really considered collecting surfboards until one day 30 years ago when a beautiful Joe Quigg-shaped board randomly "landed in his lap." Geria had been riding shortboards exclusively up to that point, but during a long flat spell one summer he...

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2018 Ohana Gala Highlights

Highlights from a very fine night. A huge thank you to everyone that made the 2018 Ohana Gala such a tremendous success. And for the Women Making Waves honorees, Stephanie Gilmore, Lisa Andersen, Rell Sunn and Joyce Hoffman, a very heartfelt congratulations and thank...

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WSL Announces Equal Pay For Women

The World Surf League has announced that it is making the move to bring equal pay to professional surfing. “This is a huge step forward in our long-planned strategy to elevate women’s surfing and we are thrilled to make this commitment as we reveal our new 2019...

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Local Legend, George Strempel Passes Away

Longtime SHACC supporter, George Strempel passed away on Wednesday, September 5, he was 91 and is survived by his wife Jere. Here's an article that Corky Carroll wrote about George last February: Corky Carroll: Surfing’s ‘Gorgeous’ George Strempel rocks 90 ORANGE...

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SHACC Correspondent, Jake Howard

I was just going to teach English and coach water polo. That was my plan after college. Growing up north of San Francisco, my surf life was well removed from the Orange County surf scene, but around 1998, I’d chased a lady friend to Seal Beach and ended up living...

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2018 Women Making Waves Ohana Gala: Honoree Lisa Andersen

Lisa Andersen’s rise to the highest echelon of the sport is a story of overcoming adversity, challenging the status quo and chasing the surfing dream to the fullest. Born in Long Island, New York, in 1969, her family moved to Ormond Beach, Florida, when he was 13...

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