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.

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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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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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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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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James Pribram, Laguna Beach Pro Surfer, Seeks Eco-Warriors for Beach Cleanup Saturday

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The Eco-Warrior has Saturday's beach cleanup in the bag.

Professional surfer James Pribram's Eco-Warrior Foundation sponsors beach cleanups in Laguna Beach Saturday as part of the California Coastal Commission's Adopt-A-Beach program.

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Tide Lines Environmental Documentary Screens at Newport Beach Aquatic Center Thursday

Three surfers visit beaches (and plastic islands) around the world via sailboat in Tide Lines.

Who wouldn't want to take in the view above from a sailboat? But there is more to behold than beauty in the documentary Tide Lines, which packs an environmental message for viewers who see it free Thursday evening in Newport Beach.

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50 Greg MacGillivray Quotes for the 50th Anniversary of MacGillivray Freeman Films

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Greg MacGillivray and Jim Freeman on their '60s surf film set.

MacGillivray Freeman Films, the Laguna Beach makers of some of IMAX's most successful documentaries including Everest, The Living Sea and the upcoming Journey to the South Pacific, is celebrating its 50th year in the biz. That milestone is actually being celebrated with events at the Newport Beach Film Festival this evening and Wednesday night.

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NBFF Recommendation of the Day: Five Summer Stories

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A surfer girl in Five Summer Stories. Notice the lack of dye, tats and piercings.

Heralded as one of the greatest surfing films of all time, Greg MacGillivray and Jim Freeman's laid back Five Summer Stories is not really a collection of five summer stories but a cinematic time capsule of the surfing sights and sounds of the early 1970s. It gets a nostalgic screening with a panel discussion at the Newport Beach Film Festival today in honor of 50 years of MacGillivray Freeman Films of Laguna Beach.

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Hobie Alter, OC Surfing Pioneer, Dies at 80

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Hobart "Hobie" Alter was born and raised in Ontario, but he will forever be known for what came out of his mind and hands from his summers at the family home in Laguna Beach, where his tinkering in the garage led to a balsawood surfboard and later, in his first surf shop in Dana Point, a foam-and-fiberglass board that revolutionized the industry.

Alter, who also created skateboards, catamarans, kayaks, remote-controlled gliders and more, died Saturday at his Palm Desert home surrounded by his family. He was 80.

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Mammoth Mountain is Big Winner in Late Feb. Snow Dump But Local Resorts are Grateful

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Chair 9 at Mammoth Mountain ski area Thursday.
Of all the California ski areas and resorts, Mammoth Mountain is forecast to get the largest late February gift from the winter storms moving through the area this week, with 3-4 feet of snowfall expected to bolster the 1 1/2 feet that just fell on the Eastern Sierra resort.

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