Friday, July 22, 2011

Feeling groovy at 70s surf contest

(from OC Beach Blog)
The Surfside Seventies event is more than just another contest – it’s a way to pay tribute to those who paved the way to where we are today.
The laid-back event was held for the thirteenth year, bringing together about 75 competitors of all generations to take some waves, catch up with old friends, and just hang out on the sand at Anderson Street in Surfside, a small stretch of beach between Bolsa and Seal Beach.

“I’m digging the vibe,” said Shane Jones, who was competing for his first year. “Everyone is super mellow, I dig it. If I was born again, I’d want to be born in the 70s.”
There was a lot of talk on the sand about the past, and what the era did for the sport.
Gary Sahagen, of Huntington Beach, recalls it being the underground period where surfers didn’t dig contests, having a more anti- establishment mindset against businesses making money off the culture. Oh, and everyone had really thick moustaches. “The 70s were gnarly,” he said. “We all wanted to be soul surfers.” Then, Peter “PT” Townend won the first world championship, and along with the “Bronzed Aussies” started marketing the sport and making a living from it – helping to change the entire industry into what it is today.

“The 70s was pretty experimental,” said Townend, who along with his son Jye was in the contest. “Everybody did a different stuff. I was known for the soul arch and the lay back cut back. It was much more freestyle, and that’s the spirit of doing this contest.”

Boardwise, the designs were much different back in the day. Instead of just seeing the same ol’ thrusters in the water, there were the twin fins, single fins, wings and more. That was what was seen on the sand in Surfside. Competitors pull a number from a bowl before their heat, and that number determines what pile of old boards they can chose from. There were more than 100 retro boards from the 70s, many from the personal collection of Tony Alvarado.

The contest started when organizer Benny Bigler was working at Bruce Jones in the late ’90s, when people starting bringing in retro boards. He thought it would be a good idea to get a couple of friends together for an event. Surfboard shaper Tim Stamps once again took the win – his fifth Surfside title through the years. Stamps has entered the contest about ten times out of the last 13. “It’s just fun, there’s old boards and a collection of good surfers – young, old and in between. It’s about having a good time,” he said. “It’s a good vibe, everyone is happy. Win, lose or draw.”
Don Bigelow, of Orange, says it’s a lesson he tries to teach his kids: to pay respects to the guys who were doing this way before they were. “The older guys, they were the grass roots behind the whole movement of surfing,” he said. “It’s really important we know where the fundamentals of the sport came from, and what it’s all about.”

Did you miss it? Townend is also putting on a 70s contest in Huntington Beach on Sept. 17. The city event will allow 48 surfers to come out and competes 70s style – but they must have a board from that era, and it must be from a Huntington brand. To name a few: Robert August, David Nuuhiwa, Hawk … and there’s no winner announced, after the event everyone goes back to the Hilton, takes back a few beers, and talks about who caught the best waves – just like the old expression sessions four decades ago.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Vote for Absolutely Fabulous online

By now I'm sure just about most of you know of the store Absolutely Fabulous (at Springdale & Warner), but did you know they have been winning awards for how good their store is? They are up for another one and you can help them win it by voting for them on line...... and here is where you do that: The shop has so much cool stuff, really worth a visit.

Friday, July 01, 2011

Happy 4th of July Huntington Beach

Happy 4th of July Huntington Beach

I would suppose I don't need to tell you about what is going on for the 4th in our city now do I?
Our parade is only toted as the largest 4th parade west of the Mississippi. And of course there is so much else to do with the rest of the festivities down at Pier Plaza and the fireworks that night. Of course I'll be down there starting off bright and early with the residents 5k, then riding my (obnoxiously decorated) bike around, then the parade,,,etc etc.

If a back yard gathering is on the agenda, it is not too late to get a party platter of sandwiches done up by our very own Tommy Pastrami . Who can resist that pastrami!!! They have other stuff as well to make your party a yummy success.
Oh wait, you need beverages to go with that don't you? So, you know who you need to call? Mr. Keg's ! They have everything you need for spirits for the day, even if it is only a big ol' keg of beer. Contact info for both of them can be found HERE .
And finally, don't forget about Huntington Beach Propane to fill up the propane tanks for those BBQ's or outdoor heaters. These guys are the best. They come to you! And you don't pay extra for this service, in fact when I've seen tanks at the usual places it costs more and you have to haul it in yourself. No brainer to me. Find out more HERE .

Keeping this email brief this week. Been playing a lot of catch up,,,, last Sunday was the Pups N Pinot wine tasting I helped with, so now I'm getting back caught up with work projects. The event, by the way, was a huge success! Raised over $27,000 for A Leg Up Rescue. Photos will be posted with in a day or two, so check out to see them.

Happy 4th of July everyone. Have fun, be safe!