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By Natalie Venegas | April 17, 2006
Move over Shaun White. Lindsey Jacobellis, please step aside. There's some new snowboarding talent rolling through. Meet 7-year-olds Sam Swanson and Chandler and Alex Pearce. Don't forget to catch the Tanbara kids when they're whizzing by. There's 14-year-old Leilani, 10-year-old Max and 8-year-old Dane. These rising stars from Costa Mesa just returned from Lake Tahoe, where they were among 39 riders representing the Southern California Snowboard Conference at the USA Snowboard Assn.
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By Dominic Perrone | March 19, 2007
The mere mention of the sport snowboarding is enough to frustrate Mike Starkweather. The Corona del Mar High boys' golf coach would be happy if the sport never existed. If that was the case or different decisions were made the Sea Kings might be at the start of a season with hopes of putting a banner in the CdM gym. Instead, two of the Sea Kings' top four golfers are out, due to broken arms sustained while snowboarding. Senior Jack Francis was the first to venture out. Over Christmas break he hit the slopes, literally, breaking his arm and putting his season in serious jeopardy.
NEWS
March 12, 2005
Bryce Alderton Chanelle Sladics grew up in Newport Beach, where she played soccer and field hockey for Newport Harbor High. In those days, a hit for Sladics meant striking a ball with her foot or a stick. She still hits, though the term has taken on an entirely new meaning for the 20-year-old. Sladics is a professional snowboarder. The "hits" now in her vocabulary refer to how many rails or jumps she successfully masters. Sladics, who turned professional in 2004, will join 14 other women competitors in SG Magazine's third annual EMU Australia Queen of the Mountain invite event, benefiting breast cancer research, at the Mountain High resort in Wrightwood today.
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February 16, 2001
Killybrooke Elementary School PTA is hard at work organizing its third annual Sock Hop and first silent auction. The festivities will begin at at 6 tonight with a barbecue, which will be cooked by PTA dads and served by school board members. There are many items to bid on, such as a Tourneau men's watch, gift certificates from Sports Chalet, Charbroil BBQ and various other restaurants. Some of the best items were donated by teachers, such as a day at Disneyland California Adventure Park, whale-watching on a racing sailboat, a script from "West Wing" signed by cast members, Krispy Kreme doughnuts and a day of snowboarding or skiing.
NEWS
December 15, 2003
Alicia Robinson There are few sports teams that feature a guy with an eight-inch magenta Mohawk. But if you can skate, surf or snowboard, Newport Beach entrepreneur Pat Newett will welcome the craziest hairstyles. Edgy punk style seems to be par for the course to him. A few months ago, Newett, an artist and Newport Beach native, started the skate, surf and snowboarding clothing company Vacant with his wife, Kim. The fledgling company sponsors a team of surfers and snowboarders that already has five members and is ready to welcome more.
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By Joseph Serna | March 20, 2010
They come from such a small town that it might as well have 5,000 inhabitants and two street lights. The winters are cold. Not Southern California, wear-pants-and-a-jacket cold. But Canadian, minus-40 degrees kind of cold. And now these two guys, who saved up thousands of dollars, took a year off from school and loaded up a 1979 motor home that runs on propane with the bare essentials, are ending their stay in Costa Mesa after a month and heading back home. “It started as a snowboarding trip.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Dave Brooks | April 21, 2006
Once reserved for stale theaters and old video-cassette players, the surfing film genre has seen an elevation in recent years to a status on par with popular independent films. In recognition of cinema dedicated to all things action sports ? surfing, snowboarding, skiing, skateboarding, biking and off-roading ? the Newport Beach Film Festival is introducing a new series dedicated to thrill-seeking. Surf movies are nothing new to the local film festival. The Newport event was the launch for the hugely popular "Step into Liquid" by Dana Brown, son of surf film pioneer and "Endless Summer" director Bruce Brown.
NEWS
January 22, 2008
Whether you?re a young pro looking for a ride to the mountains or a beginner looking for some lessons, Newport Beach?s Blue Angels Youth Ski and Snowboard Program gives kids a chance to enjoy the too-short snow season. Starting Saturday, boys and girls ages 7 to 16 have a chance to visit Mountain High Resort and hit the slopes. For five Saturdays, Jan. 26, Feb. 2, Feb. 9, Feb. 23 and March 1, kids can take a luxury bus to Mountain High and get five days of professional ski or snowboarding coaching, a ProTec snow helmet, lunch and a Billabong sponsor bag. Program enrollment is $749.
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By Mike Sciacca | February 24, 2010
Chandler Hunt has kept a keen eye on the performances at the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. Well, that is, when he isn’t on a snow run, himself, or in the pool for water polo practice with the Newport Harbor developmental program. This weekend, the 11-year-old will again experience the thrill of competition when he vies for titles in not one, but two, snowboard disciplines. Hunt will compete in boardercross events Saturday and halfpipe events on Sunday, both days, at Mountain High in the San Gabriel Mountains.
LOCAL
By Steve Smith | February 15, 2010
Forty-five years ago, students in the Los Angeles area public schools went to the opera once a year during a school day. I cannot tell you which operas we saw, but I do remember having to get dressed up for the occasion. That meant girls wearing nice dresses and boys wearing ties, and as much as the boys complained, we secretly liked the chance to wear fancy duds. Over the years, standards have relaxed, and Americans appear to be dressing down, or perhaps it is more accurate to say that they are not dressing up. There are many good examples, including the tendency of our president to dress down and the near-absence of church attendees in their Sunday best.
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March 31, 2014
Editor's note: Costa Mesa High sophomore Sammy Swanson, a decorated snowboarder, was in Colorado to compete in the 2014 USA Snowboarding Assn. nationals, where he placed sixth in boardercross on Sunday. This is his first-person diary of his experience: I'm there laying in my very warm, but uncomfortable bed, preparing to get up and step into the cold living room to get ready for the big day. I run through everything I have to do to get prepared and take a deep breath.
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March 29, 2014
Editor's note: Costa Mesa High sophomore Sammy Swanson, a decorated snowboarder, is in Colorado to compete in the 2014 USA Snowboarding Assn. nationals in boardercross. This is his first-person diary of the trip: I've been snowboarding since I was 4 1/2 years old, after I got a snowboard from Santa. My parents have been taking me to Big Bear every weekend since. This long road to nationals has been fun and frustrating at the same time. From winning qualifier competitions, to breaking bones, this journey has been time well spent.
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By Anh Do, Los Angeles Times | March 15, 2014
A man known as the "Snowboarder Bandit" was sentenced Friday to two years in state prison for robbing nine Orange County banks -- adding to the time he received last month of seven years and eight months in Riverside County.   Michael Brandon Franks of Riverside will serve the terms consecutively. He pleaded guilty last year in Orange County to a court offer to 10 felony counts of second-degree robbery and two felony counts of attempted second-degree robbery.   Then in February, Franks, 31, also pleaded guilty in Riverside County to four felony counts of burglary, three felony counts of robbery and two felony counts of attempted robbery.
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By Steve Virgen | April 11, 2013
NEWPORT BEACH - Chanelle Sladics posed a question to second- and third-graders at Newport Elementary School Thursday morning. "Are you guys excited to plant some seeds?" Sladics, the pro snowboarder, asked the kids. "Yes," the 23 Newport El students responded. Sladics ended up being excited too, to plant the seeds, figuratively and literally. Sladics, 28, visited her former school, and taught the children about organic foods, as well as planting within plastic bottles to help the environment.
NEWS
May 8, 2012
The accused "Snowboarder Bandit" was charged Tuesday with 12 felonies related to a string of Orange County bank robbers, authorities said. Michael Brandon Franks, 29, of Riverside County is allegedly responsible for robbing 10 area banks, including branches in Newport Beach and Irvine, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. He has been charged with 10 felony counts of second degree robbery and two felony counts of attempted robbery. Prosecutors said in each case Franks wore clothing similar to what a snowboarder would wear, including a beanie, and slipped the bank teller a note saying he had a gun and demanded money.
NEWS
May 5, 2012
The Irvine Police Department was part of a law enforcement team that was instrumental in the capture of the "Snowboarder Bandit," a man believed to be the suspect in a series of bank robberies. Riverside resident Michael B. Franks, 29, was apprehended Friday night based on information obtained by the Orange County Sheriff's Department and the FBI, which worked closely with Irvine police to catch him, according to an FBI news release. The three agencies were part of a larger group known as the Bank Robbery Apprehension Team (BRAT)
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By Bruce Bourquin, Special to the Daily Pilot | March 8, 2012
Sammy Swanson has goals that reach as high as the mountains he has shredded on his trusty snowboard, including one day becoming a Winter Olympian and X Games competitor. So far, as he's proven himself as among the nation's elite in the sport, it appears he is on track toward possibly reaching those goals. "I definitely have goals to get to the Olympics and the Winter X Games," Swanson said. "I want to get these smaller competitions done and get to the bigger ones later. It's hard now, because every kid sees what's possible, and then they're doing more difficult tricks.
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April 5, 2011
Two 12-year-old Newport-Mesa snowboarders are looking to light up the slopes in the coming days as they compete in the 22nd annual National Championships held by the United States of America Snowboard Assn. this week at Copper Mountain, Colo. Both Chandler Hunt and Sammy Swanson are already veteran snowboarders who have racked up multiple victories and sponsorships. They both are scheduled to compete in the half-pipe competition on Wednesday and the slope-style on Thursday.
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By Joseph Serna | March 20, 2010
They come from such a small town that it might as well have 5,000 inhabitants and two street lights. The winters are cold. Not Southern California, wear-pants-and-a-jacket cold. But Canadian, minus-40 degrees kind of cold. And now these two guys, who saved up thousands of dollars, took a year off from school and loaded up a 1979 motor home that runs on propane with the bare essentials, are ending their stay in Costa Mesa after a month and heading back home. “It started as a snowboarding trip.
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