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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Photos courtesy of Mammoth Lakes Tourism Board
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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Hurley Brings Out Star (and Surf) Power for Project Delivering Clean Water Around Globe

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Costa Mesa-based Hurley, some of the action-sports giant's surfers and other celebrities are joining forces to bring 100,000 people around the world access to clean water to help mark World Water Day 2014.

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Dave McCoy, Mammoth's 98 y.o. Founder, Talks About Proving the Naysayers Wrong: VIDEO

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Dave McCoy, skiing the dream.
Dave McCoy, Mammoth Mountain's 98-year-old founder, sat down for a brief video interview to mark the ski resort's 60th anniversary.

He was a hydrographer with the city of Los Angeles when he made it his life dream to bring alpine skiing to the mountain in the High Sierras, despite there being no roads and way too much snow, as naysayers were quick to point out at the time.

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Ski Free at Mammoth Mountain with Your Same-Day United Airlines Boarding Pass

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Starting Saturday, if you fly United Airlines from John Wayne Airport to Mammoth Yosemite Airport (MMH) and then show your same-day boarding pass at the Mammoth Mountain ticket window, you can ski or snowboard the rest of the day for free.

That's a savings of $99, the cost of a regular lift ticket.

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Newport Beach Weighs Outsourcing Lifeguards

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Newport Beach lifeguards made national news--especially Fox News national news--a few years back after it was disclosed its top earner received $211,000 in pay and benefits, including a $400 sun protection allowance.

Fast forward a couple years and the city was considering layoffs due to rising pension costs. Fast forward to this coming Tuesday night, and they're considering outsourcing lifeguards.

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Illario Niko Johnson, Outed by Social Media as Surf City Riots Arsonist, Pleads Guilty, Gets Jail

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An 18-year-old Chino man arrested after bragging via Twitter that he had been involved in the Huntington Beach riots that followed the U.S. Open of Surfing in July recently pleaded guilty to having set fires on Main Street.

Illario Niko Johnson, whose tweet was forwarded to Huntington Beach cops who made him the first to be arrested after the riots, copped to felony arson of property and misdemeanor counts of participating in an unlawful assembly and recklessly causing a fire to the property of another.

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Major Breaking Blockbuster! Newport Beach's Long Paddle Board Theft Nightmare is Over

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First it was stealing waves, now it's stealing boards.
The fair citizens of Newport Beach, California, can rest easy tonight: The suspected thief of paddle boards from docks and residences throughout the beach town over the past 10 months has been nabbed.

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6 More Arrests for Huntington Beach Surf Riots

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Six more people have been arrested for alleged crimes during the riots that broke out in downtown Huntington Beach after last summer's U.S. Open of Surfing came to a close, according to a police statement.

Half of those arrested had Huntington Beach listed as their hometown, and two of those were juveniles, as was a third from Long Beach.

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ActCoastal to Hold Feet of California Coastal Commission to the Fire(fish)

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The Surfrider Foundation and two other environmental nonprofits have joined forces for a campaign aimed at reminding the California Coastal Commission about the coast they've been mandated to protect for all. Joining San Clemente-based Surfrider in the California Coast Accountability Project citizen engagement campaign are Environment California, a Los Angeles lobbying organization for state and national environmental legislation, and WILDCOAST, an Imperial Beach- and Tijuana-based international coastal/marine ecosystem/wildlife conservation group.

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