78 Percent of OC Voters Oppose Extending the 241 Toll Road: State Parks Foundation

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Photo by Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly
A thumbs up is given to stopping the 241 toll road extension ... way back in 2008.
The thousands who have turned out at every turn to oppose the Michael Myers of Orange County road projects--the alive/dead/undead extension of the 241 toll road through San Onofre State Beach and perilously close to Trestles beach--can now find solidarity with many others.

They are otherwise known as 78 percent of registered voters in Orange County.

That's the conclusion of a California State Parks Foundation survey released Wednesday that also showed 64 percent of respondents strongly oppose the damn extension. Jeez, I think an international airport in South County drew more support.

"Orange County voters continue to overwhelmingly oppose the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) proposal to build their toll road through San Onofre State Beach--California's fifth most popular state park," says Elizabeth Goldstein, the foundation's president.

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High Surf Coming But Not as High as It's Been

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Photo by Eric Hood/OC Weekly
How have things been at The Wedge? Swell.

High surf is predicted through the start of the weekend along the Orange County coast, but it won't be as high as it's been--like 25-foot sets at The Wedge--the past couple days.

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Hurricane Marie-Whipped High Surf Pounds Balboa Pier But Occupants Don't Seem to Mind

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Photo by Matt Coker/OC Weekly
Heavy surf pounds Balboa Pier Wednesday evening.
It's a mystery why anyone would want to line a pier or dine at the Ruby's at the end of it as hurricane-whipped surf pounds the wooden structure, but that's exactly what happened Wednesday at Balboa Pier in Newport Beach.

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Hurricane Marie is Bringing High Surf, Mucho Traffic and Scant Parking: Update

See the update at the end of this post on Newport Beach officials warning of high traffic and scant parking because of people flocking to the coast to see high waves, particularly at The Wedge.

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AccuWeather.com
Buckle up, OC!

ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 25, 11:06 A.M.: If you thought the surf that pounded Orange County beaches was treacherous this past weekend, you apparently ain't seen nothing yet.

But you will very soon, according to forecasters.

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The Wedge Like You've Never Seen It Before

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HLN
From Entourage to The Wedge.

SHFT, "a lifestyle platform founded by film producer Peter Glatzer and actor-filmmaker Adrian Grenier," sounds so La-La-Land as to be repellent to many behind the Orange Curtain. But we're down with their stated mission ("to convey a more sustainable approach to the way we live through film, design, art and food") and really, really down with a video they just shared of The Wedge in Balboa.

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Did HBPD Go Overboard in Enforcing the U.S. Open of Surfing?

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John Gilhooley
The only alcohol at the U.S. Open.

As previously reported in our 2014 U.S. Open of Surfing cover story, Huntington Beach significantly scaled back the event, barring music, alcohol, vendors and side activities while upping police manpower and enforcement--changes that reflect an overall attempt to clean up downtown. Now that the event is over, it's clear that the Huntington Beach Police Department took the effort to heart.


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Teen Allegedly Makes Threats Before U.S. Open of Surfing Begins; 45 78 Weekend Arrests

See the update at the bottom of Page 2 upping the number of arrests downtown during the U.S. Open of Surfing's opening weekend.

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Illustration by Luke McGarry; cover design by Dustin Ames/OC Weekly

ORIGINAL POST, JULY 28, 6:31 A.M.: It's unclear if a 16-year-old boy took our "Surf Bros Must Die" cover story literally, but Huntington Beach Police accuse him of making credible threats against the U.S. Open of Surfing via social media before a search of his home produced a handgun and a shotgun.

The alleged threats were posted Thursday, the kid was booked into juvie Friday night, the nine-day event opened Saturday morning and by Sunday night police had made more than 45 78 more arrests, mostly for booze-related offenses. [See update!]

But no riots. So far ...

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Ben Carlson, Fallen Newport Beach Lifeguard, Remembered with Memorial Services and Fund

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See the update on page 2 with details on a memorial fund and services for Ben Carlson as well as more about the fallen lifeguard.

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City of Newport Beach
Ben Carlson presumably drowned while saving a swimmer near 16th Street.

ORIGINAL POST, JULY 7, 8:26 A.M.: A 15-year veteran of the Newport Beach Lifeguards last evening became the first city lifeguard to die in the line of duty.

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Chuck Patterson, Legendary OC Waterman, Trades Board for Skis Off Maui: Video

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Mike Waltze Films
I know global climate change is causing glaciers to melt, but this is ridiculous!

There's an unusual video that went up on YouTube last week of a San Clemente athlete skiing last winter. So what's so unusual about that? Well, consider the athlete was legendary waterman Chuck Patterson and his "slopes" were more like melted ice.

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A Century of Surfing and the Huntington Beach Pier is Celebrated This Weekend

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California Surf Museum
Samples of wood boards
If you're south of the Huntington Beach Pier Saturday and you notice surfers with a noticeable lack of wetsuits--let alone surfboards made out of fiberglass--you are not seeing things.

Henry Huntington, the railroad magnate and real estate tycoon, invited Hawaiian waterman George Freeth to the opening celebration of Huntington Beach's first concrete municipal pier in 1914. Asked to demonstrate his "surf riding" skills, Freeth became the first surfer at the pier--on a wooden board, of course.

As part of the yearlong celebration of a century of surfing in Surf City, a demonstration titled "When Men Were Men and Boards Were Wood" will have 50 experienced surfers riding vintage or new wooden surfboards Saturday, including one "celebrity" surfer who will reenact Freeth's first ride on a replica of his original handmade wood board.

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