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By John Burton | September 10, 2009
Officially it’s still summer through Sept. 22nd, but the season ended for many of us on Labor Day. We had a lot more sunny, overcast free days than usual, the warmest ocean water for sustained periods since the big El NiƱo of 1997 and some good south swells, including the monster that coincided with the U.S. Open. We also had the ongoing effects of the recession. So how did the summer go for local surf shops? What is their take on the economic situation? I checked in with Paul Burnett and Duke Edukas at Surfside Sports.
By Dave Brooks | April 12, 2006
It was an unusual thing for his wife to bring home. Newport Beach surfer Shawn Maxfield said his wife, Michelle, usually has modest tastes, so he was surprised when she brought home what looked like an expensive handbag. "I said 'Honey, I know you're Swiss and I'm a banker, but we can't afford that,' " Maxfield joked during an interview Tuesday. Shawn found out that Michelle hadn't paid a dime for the bag ? her father had found it while clearing out his old San Diego ware- house.
By Michael Glenn | November 15, 2013
Just before Halloween, I met with TK Brimer, owner of the Newport Beach surf shop the Frog House, on a truly spooky subject: the surfing blackball. My goal was to get a better perspective on the issues facing water lovers: surfers, body boarders, skim boarders, swimmers, body surfers and people who, like me, just want to flop around in the shallows. The blackball is a flag flown by lifeguards to show surfers that it is not OK to surf in a particular spot. It is a means of letting body surfers and others have their time in the water without having to dodge surfboards.
By Mike Reicher, | February 16, 2011
The legendary surf shop, the Frog House, is one step closer to salvation. The Newport Beach shop's owner and other nearby property owners have applied to change the city's Coastal Land Use Plan so they can remain at their Upper West Newport locations. City officials mailed notices to other government agencies earlier this month, notifying them of the application. It ultimately has to be approved by the California Coastal Commission. Property owners want to change the zoning to allow for commercial buildings or mixed-use buildings on their land, in order to allow their businesses to stay.
By Mike Reicher, | October 19, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — It looks like the legendary Frog House surf shop is going to survive the city's new zoning enforcement changes, but without the same outpouring of public support it received, some nearby businesses may not be able to stay in their residentially zoned areas. A 22-year-old Balboa Peninsula tattoo parlor and a dentist who has been operating by Newport Harbor High School for almost 30 years are two examples of businesses that will also have to rely on the city to approve their commercial use. Due to an unintended consequence of a 2008 ordinance that restricted rehab homes, the city is now forced to remove other types of businesses from residentially zoned districts.
November 20, 2003
GREER WYLDER Fashion Island's festive tree lighting ceremony will take place today and Saturday at 6 p.m. The 115-foot tree will light up at the end of "Celebrate the Season," a song and dance performance by students from the Orange County High School of the Arts. Immediately after the ceremony, Santa will be at his house for photos and visits on Fashion Island's Atrium Lawn. Mondays through Wednesdays from Dec. 1 through 17, visitors can receive $2 off Santa photos with a carousel pass.
May 12, 2000
Alex Coolman NEWPORT BEACH -- The city's shoreline is one of the best urban beaches in America, according to a report that will be released next week by The Surfrider Foundation. The group's "State of the Beach" report, which it plans to release to the public Tuesday, is a broad assessment of the condition of America's beaches. It also contains a ranking of urban beaches. On that list, Newport comes in at No. 5. Christopher Evans, executive director of the group, said the overall picture of American beaches given by the report is not particularly encouraging.
By By Andrew Edwards | January 17, 2006
A month after the closure of industry titan Clark, shapers don't know who'll supply the foam.More than a month after Clark Foam stopped supplying blanks to the surfing industry, local board shapers are still playing the waiting game. "To tell you the truth, there hasn't been a lot of solid information on foam," said Jim Chalupnik, owner of Costa Mesa-based PureGlass. In early December, Clark Foam dispatched a letter to surfboard manufacturers indicating that the company would cease production of surfboard blanks, the templates that shapers craft into ridable boards.
May 15, 2000
"She's really, really nice -- I mean nice. If we need help, she helps us." -- Samantha Gracier, a Victoria Elementary School fourth-grader, on her teacher, Marilyn Wright, at a Teacher Appreciation Day event. "It's overwhelming that there's a major screw-up there. It's got to be especially insulting with the in-your-face violations," -- Rick Goacher, chairman of the Orange County Planning Commission, upon listening to neighbors' complaints of explosions at an Irvine Co. luxury housing development that is currently under construction.
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