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Orange Coast College prepares for reunion

August 10, 2003

Orange Coast College will host a reunion for its intercollegiate surf

teams Aug. 24 on the Huntington Beach side of the Santa Ana River

Jetties. The reunion will begin at 3 p.m. next to Huntington Beach

State Park.

OCC fielded a competitive surf team from 1977 through 1982. The

Pirates captured the state surfing championship three times, in 1977,

1978 and 1980. Surfing was dropped as an intercollegiate sport on

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campus in 1983.

The surf teams were coached by Laird Hayes, who continues to teach

in the college's physical education and athletics division. Hayes has

been OCC men's soccer for more than a decade.

Hayes, who will teach two sections of an OCC surfing class this

fall, is also an NFL official, and a UCLA and Princeton graduate.

For more information, contact Hayes at (949) 645-7150 or he can be reached by e-mail, lairdhayes@earthlink.net.

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