Surfer, 13, hasn’t missed a day in a year

There are the perfect, glassy sessions — like Christmas Day, when Meg Roh caught waves for six hours. Then there are the stormy mornings, so messy that Meg would be the only one in the water, her stepfather, Sam Hann, watching and staying dry under the lifeguard tower with the…

Mermaids: Fantasy or For Real?!

Okay, so this isn’t exactly surf related…but thought it would be an interesting discussion for all general ocean lovers. Did anyone else watch the special on Animal Planet about the Mermaid or “Aquatic Ape” theory last night? While I’m personally a skeptic of “mythical creature” theories and stories such as…

After the Agony of Youth, the Ecstasy of Surfing

When I was 8, my parents divorced and my mother married a man whose career took us from Washington to Melbourne Beach, a town on the “Space Coast” of Central Florida, where I learned to surf. The ocean proved a refuge from the new, volatile atmosphere at home. Surfing became…

Steph Gilmore En Vogue

I was a little thrown off when I saw that e-mail in my inbox. “Steph Gilmore in Vogue” the subject read. “Who cares?” I thought. But then the longer happy hour went on, the more it sunk in. This matters. This is no normal surf magazine, no usual picture of…

San Onofre’s future relies on finding cause of abnormal tube wear

On Jan. 31, alarms alerted the control room at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station that a radiation leak was occurring in one of the nearly 39,000 tubes that carry radioactive water in the steam generators. That failure led to an unparalleled shutdown of one of California’s two nuclear power…

Iconic surfboard shaper Terry Martin dies

It was the same outcome every day for six months as Terry Martin hauled the 85-pound, 13-foot board to the beach to try to catch a wave. Paddle, paddle, paddle…pearl. The nose of the big, wooden board would go straight down toward the ocean floor, the wave tossing his board…

Remembering a World Before Plastic Pollution

I spent a lot of time surfing a spot in Indonesia called G-Land.Remotely located on the edge of the Alas Purwo National Park, on the southeastern tip of Java, it was, relatively speaking, far from civilization. Actually, as the Indonesian sea eagle flies, it was only about 15 kilometers from…

City Sends Concerns About Lagoon Project to Coastal Commission

The city of Malibu sent a letter to the California Coastal Commission on Monday expressing some last-minute concerns about the Malibu Lagoon project.In the letter, the city outlined its objections to a monitoring and final dewatering plan that the California State Parks submitted to the commission as part of the…