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The Best of:

BIG WEDNESDAY HURRICANE MARIE

ISSUE 10:

INTO THE BLUE

FRANKIE

HARRER: A Dossier by

SURF ICON

SAM

GEORGE


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Cover photo of Frankie Harrer by Jim Jordan

Issue10

INTO THE BLUE EDITOR’S LETTER When I started this magazine one year ago, I began with the intention of putting out great content as often as possible. So far, we have delivered 10 issues in the last 12 months - and that feels pretty good. Issue 10, INTO THE BLUE evovled organically as most of our issues do, but with this one, the creative process climaxed with history making footage and stories. Making this a landmark issue for 90265 Magazine.

Our cover feature expresses the coming of age of Malibu’s own Frankie Harrer “ a future world champion if she chooses to be“ says pro surfer/folk singer Donovan Frankenreiter in the story FRANKIE HARRER; A DOSSIER written by surf icon, Sam George with stunning Bruce Weber-esque photography by Jim Jordan. At the beginning of August, exec. editor Steve Woods and I were fresh off recon in Maui ( to be seen in the next issue 9026FLY ) with our eyes on closing INTO THE BLUE, when the skateboarding world was rocked by the untimely death of Dogtown skate legend Jay Adams on Aug. 14. Close comrade and longtime Malibu local Dave Hackett ( pictured with me above ) stopped by my office to reminisce about the early days and contributed a touching tribute included in this issue. What could be more “Into the BLue” than Jay Adams living life to the fullest, charging incredible waves in Puerto Escondido, Mexico right up until the moment he passed away? It’s what legends are made of and legendary stories. As if that wasn’t enough to keep this issue from releasing in Aug., news of the historical swell getting ready to hit our coastline followed right behind Jay-Boy’s death with local surf legend Allen Sarlo calling Hurricane Marie “The Jay Adams Swell”. The powerful storm system sent what is being referred to as the biggest waves our shores have seen in 50 years. We have exclusive photos of World Champion Kelly Slater “surfing up a storm” on Big Wednesday in Malibu - it doesn’t get any better than that for INTO THE BLUE. Ground breaking coverage aside - another reason we are referring to this issue as the “breakthrough issue” is we have the priviledge and honor of introducing our ADVISORY BOARD, a group of estemeed local tastemakers and highly regarded members of our community who support 90265 Magazine. More importantly, these are people we hold ourselves accountable to as we seek to capture “the voice” of what Malibu truly is - an iconic coastal town filled with creatives, not the celeb hyped haven the world believes it is. They have a prominent position on our masthead and we look forward to a more formal introduction in the near future. CECE WOODS Editor in Chief

ABOUT THE EDITOR IN CHIEF -

INSTA-COVERAGE: @scott0707 nails a dynamic shot on BIG WEDNESDAY

Cece Woods is a 30 year verteran of the fashion industry with an extensive background in design, marketing, PR and branding, Beginning her career at 16 under one of fashion’s most successful designers, MAX AZRIA ( of BCBG ) Cece has continued her creative movement unabated . After working with major brands GUESS and BEACH BUNNY SWIMWEAR ( to name a few ) and being featured in national magazines INSTYLE, LUCKY etc.... Cece returned to Malibu, a special place filled with childhood memories spent on the sands of Zuma Beach with her mother and young brothers. 90265 magazine launched in 2013 as platform to showcase the authentic Malibu lifestyle. and become a voice for the true essence of this iconic coastal community. Cece has since formed Best of the Bohemians - NEW WAVE PUBLISHING producing unique branding and marketing publications based on the ultimate bohemian beach lifestyle with magazines launcing in the Hamptons and active, affluent mountain communities.


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Artist Ned Evans in a blue mood.

Superstar surfer Frankie Harrer is profiled by industry icon Sam George in FRANKIE HARRER: A DOSSIER

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Girls just wanna have fun at the Chili Cook Off

STORY Kelly Slater surfs Malibu’s Big Wednesday

BU WHO Longtime Malibu local David Hackett reminices about the legendary Jay Adams

ENVIRONMENT

Marathon runner BLUE Benadum

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A very intersting man: Harry Gesner


’B U WH O local icons

HARRY GESNER

The Most Interesting Man in MALIBU By Neil Tardio Harry Gesner photographed in Malibu. September, 2014

Harry Gesner stands 6 feet 3 inches tall with a shock of snow white hair and the most piercing blue eyes you have ever seen. At 89, his youthful enthusiasm, combined with his incredible intellect and sense of adventure, is intoxicating. Harry’s carefree youth was spent building hot rods, surfing the beaches of Malibu, and diving for abalone. Harry was the 1941 West Coast Trick Ski Waterskiing Champion. Harry’s symbiotic relationship with nature took shape early in his life and would become the strongest influence in his work and in the place he chose to build his home. After the war, in search of adventure and not wanting to return to Malibu quite yet, Harry headed to South America where he helped discover Inca ruins in Ecuador. The three main themes of Incan architecture were functionality, precision and austerity. These themes would greatly influence Harry’s work throughout his career. His travels then led him to Mexico City where a chance encounter with Errol Flynn led to work on Flynn’s yacht in Acapulco. But his love of architecture and the shores of Malibu eventually lured Harry back to the states. Not long after his return to Malibu Harry began work in the field of Architecture. Completely self taught Harry begins to design homes and commercial buildings. Harry’s strengths are in engineering and design, always with a nod to nature and how in balance it is. Relationships came and went in Harry’s life and he has 4 beautiful children Tara, Casey, Jake and Zen. Eventually Harry met and fell in love with starlet Nan Martin. Nan and Harry would remain together for 41 years. But life didn’t settle down for Harry, his sense of adventure continued to take shape in his work as an architect. As his career grew and his work began to be recognized for its unique style inspired by his love of nature, Harry became one of the only licensed architects in the state of California to never have gone to architecture school or to have been formally trained as an architect.

Portraits of Harry Gesner by Keith King

AT 89, HARRY WAKES UP EVERYDAY INSPIRED AND WORKS WITH THE ENERGY OF A 20 YR. OLD


’B U WH O local icons

Harry’s life and work is based on the one constant and the most powerful influence in his life, nature. There are no earth movers used to build a Gesner home. They are designed to go with the flow of the land. The homes he designs are some of the most recognized in Malibu. The Cooper Wave House was on the cover of Life Magazine in 1965 and even inspired one of the most recognized buildings in the world, the Sydney Opera House. The original architect for the Sydney Opera House, Jorn Utzon, said he was inspired by Gesner’s work. Other incredible homes include Eagles Watch, Ravens Eye and the Arch House. The Getty Museum, designed by Richard Meier, also includes the Scantlin House(now the administraitive office) yet another Gesner design where Meier lived while designing the Getty. Meier is said to have fallen in love with flow of the house. .And if that isn’t enough, there is also The Wing (above the Hollywood Bowl) and Boat Houses (also in Hollywood). And just to crank up the “cool factor” one more notch Harry also designed two homes for Marlon Brando. Harry continues to design spectacular homes and has recently created a new type of electric motor for cars. But his latest, and perhaps greatest, endeavor is The Autonomous Tent Co., is a revolutionary new direction in sustainable living that will allow people to enjoy the most beautiful places in the world without destroying the delicate ecosystems. The Autonomous Tent, is an exciting new form of architecture, which has been engineered as a permanent structure, yet can be raised in just a few days and then leave without a trace. At 89, Harry wakes up everyday inspired and works with the energy of a 20 yr. old. If you pitched the life of Harry Gesner as a film you would end up with something like Indiana Jones meets “The most interesting man in the world,” only better because it’s the real deal. Harry is, without question, one of the most inspirational people you will ever come across and one of the true treasures of Malibu. If you want to know what a Malibu ICON really is go and spend a little time with Harry Gesner. He will not disappoint.


KIMBER SISSONS: “This is my ninth year coming to the Chili Cook-Off - it never gets old. And this year, it was my teenage son Dylan dropping his mom off at “Parents Daycare” ( the wine tent hosted by local Winemaker Carol Hoyt ) and then we were off to celebrate Camille’s birthday. It was a great time.”


COACHILIN Photos by Lisa Boyle

Widely known as the “social event of the year”, the annual Chili Cookoff hosted by the Kiwanis Club was a spectacular sight in 2014 taking over the Civic Center area the entire Labor Day Weekend. Malibu’s version of Coachella started with “Locals Night”, a place to be seen - and a scene in and of itself. A strict “no paparazzi zone” was in place the entire event allowing super celebs like Jamie Fox and Jared Leto could roam freely sans entourage ( of bodyguards at least ). It was quite a sight to see, a sign that our little town, although globally known, takes care of it’s own. Malibuites Camille Grammer ( formerly of “Beverly Hills Housewives” fame ) and model-actress-turned-local-mom Kimber Sissons set out with a gang of girlfriends to celebrate Camille’s birthday at the Cookoff.

CAMILLE GRAMMER:

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LOCAL LOVELIES ( from left to right ) Kimber Sissons, Camille Grammer and Lisa Boyle all snuggled up to Ocscar winner-rock star-honorarly local Jared Leto who was ready to rock the carnival in his Malibu tee and fanny pack. What’s not to love about a mega celeb that knows how to #represent?

“It was like stepping back in time, reliving my childhood of summer’s past. Going on the rides with my

friends.. .The deep fried lobster - YUM - and “Parents Daycare” the perfect place to gather and sip

delicious local wine.”


“JAY

ADAMS IS THE ORIGINAL SEED; THE ORIGINAL VIRUS THAT INFECTED US ALL.”

- Stacy Peralta

Jay Adams was a mix of Hawaiian surf legends like Larry Bertlemann and OG Venice Lowriders. Photo: Brian Reid


INTO THE BLUE Malibu local Dave Hackett remembers legendary skateboarder Jay Adams who died in Puerto Escondido, Mexico on August 14, 2014 at 53 years old. A significant passing for our town as it is the true birthplace of “Sidewalk Surfing”, which had a profound influence on surf culture and Adams, being instrumental in propelling skateboarding into an international sport. - Cece Woods

JAY ADAMS 1961-2014 By Dave Hackett

JAY ADAMS was the first Z-Boy to compete at the legendary Del Mar Nationals in 1975 and his contribution to skateboarding is unparalleled. Adams is without a doubt one of the most influential skateboarders of all time. Since the age of thirteen “JayBoy” busted down the door of almost every aspect of skateboarding – freestyle, streetstyle, vertical, slalom, and downhill – you name it, he did it. Charging hard with wild abandon and youthful creativity he attempted anything and everything that hadn’t been done before – sometimes making it, sometimes not - but always setting new standards for everyone else to achieve. Adams is known for his insanely radical abandon, stylish execution and setting trends in everything he does; the Jay Adams design “Z-Flex board”, the Jay Adams “Fly Away” helmet, and The Jay Adams shoe by Osiris remain to this day some of the most sought after products ever made. JAY ADAMS’ contribution to skateboarding defies description or category. Adams is clearly the archetype of modern-day skateboarding. He’s the real deal. He is beyond comparison. Up until his untimely passing on August 14th, he was more vital, more dynamic, more exciting, more unpredictable, and more spontaneous in his approach than any other skater, dead or alive. He never skated the same run the same way twice. His deal was wickedly random, yet tight and beautiful to watch - he even invented new tricks during his contest runs! He destroyed all convention and all expectations. Watching him skateboard was something new every second: he was and will forever remain “Skate and Destroy” personified. Adams’ skateboarding was aggression, style, power and fury. Wild abandon, and destruction of all fear, Untamed Individualism, and a free-spirited Determination to rip, tear and shred FOREVER - 100% SKATER FOR LIFE. JAY ADAMS was named by Stacy Peralta, (Award winning director of DOGTOWN AND Z-BOYS) “the original seed; the original virus that infected us all.” By 1976, Jay Adams had won 1st place in the freestyle and the obstacle course events at the Hang Ten World Championships.

photo courtest of the Jay Adams Family archive


INTO THE BLUE With over 20 first and second placings in other contests and events up and down the California coast, Adams was on fire and blew minds! Skateboarders around the world were mesmerized by his performances and his low-slung aggressive style was copied by everyone - but rarely duplicated. Many of today’s’ aerial maneuvers are based on the first inverts and attempted “Hand Plant” airs that Jay blasted out of early empty pools. Born in 1961, Adams grew up in Santa Monica a.k.a. “DogTown” just a few blocks from the beach, where he learned to surf by the time he was 5. Adams has always considered his skateboarding an extension of his surfing, and has remained true to his roots from the very beginning to the very end, surfing 8-10 Foot Puerto Escondido right up to the day died - charging hard and getting some of the best barrels of his life.

LONGTIME LOCAL SURFER AND 90265 CONTRIBUTING WRITER DANIEL BRALVER REMINICES ABOUT THE EARLY DAYS OF JAY ADAMS: “I read that when Jay Adams recently died, he was 53 years old. When I was in my 20’s, I had a big old 1951 Chevy truck that during good swells I would park along PCH at Malibu and spend the night to have first crack at the morning’s surf.

LEFT: NO PAIN, NO GAIN. Jay paid his dues and beyond. Photo: Ben Reid ABOVE: Bros for life. Dave Hackett and Jay Adams.

Tribute to a legend: The wall at Surfrider tagged the day after Jay Adams’ death was released publicly.

Jay’s mom would drop him off to surf and he would ask her if he could spend the night and I always let him sleep on the floor of my truck. His mom was the sweetest lady, and Jay was the most stoked kid imagineable: enthusiastic, happy, talented. I saw him on the North Shore as a young adult, and, like a few of my other friends, his hero worship became a romance of outlaws; but quite a few of his skater contemporaries probably embraced similar ethics. But when I saw Jay, he lit up with that same stoked kid look, even recently when I saw him. When I saw that he had turned his life around and embraced a more wholesome lifestyle, I had faith that he would keep to it, because in rerealizing the freedom of a clear heart and mind there is a wonderful gift. I guess that gift got cut a bit short. That stoked little kid has a good place in my heart. “ - Danny Bralver

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The Best of:

BIG WEDNESDAY

The 50 year swell hits Malibu

History making waves from Hurricane Marie gets global attention Photos by Bill Parr


The swell that Hurricane Marie produced was the biggest I have ever seen at Malibu. Having a storm of that magnitude aimed directly at Southern California is what the watermen of Malibu have dreamt about our whole lives!! The perfect storm in a sense.. I grew up in Malibu and decided to come back and stay with family and get some surfing in. I had no idea that a storm like that would come together and produce the swell of the century. All of my friends thought I had some sort of inside info. Really it was just luck and a dream come true!! Aloha. - Zack Howard


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BIG WEDNESDAY THE

Photos by Bill Parr

MAGICAL

MOMENT By Brian Tieleman

There are moments when magic holds your hands down at your hips, suspends time, animates your mind, takes your breath away and pinches it between its teeth. The moment is a sacred thing that words run from, that largely defies describe and that is precious and rare and likened to hearing a black swans last song before it gives up its ghost to a nights sky and a cold wind that comes from no one knows. I had one of those moments the other evening just as darkness approached. I was coming down the Coast Highway hungry to dig into the chunky Mexican south swell that was pummeling all the pretty beach people’s houses, but nowhere I looked seemed to be lining up right. County Line was lumpy and lazy, Leo was scattered and soft and Latigo was wanting to, but fickle, bypassing the point and breaking only in the bay. I headed for Surfrider, groaning about my back pain, my stubbed and bloody middle toe that I kicked the cabinet with that morning and how overplayed all my sandscratched C.D.’s were. When I reached the bridge at the new lagoon the cars all came to crawl and I could see out at the ocean and felt it reach its fingers all the way up under and into my truck and shake it just a little bit like the beginnings of a big earthquake without escalating. The feeling was in all of me and the car, the street, the white-barked sycamores and all the other humans stuck now in caterpillar traffic with monkey- minds moving in millions of directions. I felt spellbound and enchanted as if some stoned pixie had inadvertently struck my forehead with her wand and had left my old bones rattled, rhythmic and turning into a shaken bowl of lime jello. I liked the way I felt: little and faithful and like getting naked and doing some jumping jacks. When I passed the wall and looked out at First Point, the ocean just rose up out further than I had ever seen a wave in fifty years of watching this body of water go through its liquid rituals. “Humaliwu,” I thought. The Chumash got it right. It’s where ‘the surf sounds loudly.’ It had a hungry toothpick grin to it and it shouted down cars, songs, conversations and thoughts, and traffic quite literally stopped and so did I and I parked my car in the slow lane and along with everyone else jumped up on the hood of my car and watched this woman, this wave dance with her long curvaceous serpentine lines, wrapping around this moment beyond domesticity and control, an abandoned magical wild child in need of no bow.


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Ned “Divine” feelin the flow at Surfrider.

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Dillon Perillo wondering if he was still in Indonesia.


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Keegan Gibbs slips into a Pipe looking mutant at Westward.

joel Tudor

Joel Tudor was one of the many, many, MANY coastal migrants who made the pilgrimage to California’s most revered point break.


“It was the biggest, most consistent swell in 50 years. I’m calling it the ‘Jay Adams’ swell. He sent this giant swell to all us surfers on his way to heaven.” - Allen Sarlo

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Hurricane Marie produced one of the largest, if not the largest southerly swells Southern California has seen in 20 years. Marie was an extra large intense tropical cyclone that entered the the So Cal swell window on Saturday the 24th as a category 5 storm ( winds stronger than 155 MPH ). While on Monday the 25th saw Marie weakend slightly to a category 4 storm it took a favorable Northwest track. As Marie gobbled up the remnants of tropical depression Karina for a snack out at sea, Marie wreaked havoc eroding beaches and destroying coastal structures including tearing out 13 pilings from the Malibu pier.


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Local ripper Pascal Stansfield right at home at Westward.

Allen Sarlo on a full tilt boogie to the pier.

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The Best of:

BIG WEDNESDAY E X C L U S I V E : 11 Time ASP champ Kelly Slater surfs Malibu on BIG WEDNESDAY

Most every local surfer will chuckle with a possible vengeful smile ( after all it is a tough lineup when it’s pumping ) seeing Wave Killer Allen Sarlo in this position epecially since 11 time world champ Kelly Slater took off far up the point before Big Al ( Allen Sarlo ) dropped in.

Photos by Carol Stoddard


INTO THE BLUE GETTING HIGH AT SURFRIDER: At 42, Kelly Slater just keeps getting better and better, higher and higher. Currently #2 in the ASP world ranking seen taking in a warm up session before the HURLEY PRO at Trestles.

PEACE OUT: A good surf sesh was had by all - photo of Kelly Slater in Malibu on Big Wednesday by Gabe Medina

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BIG WEDNESDAY SEAN WOODS:

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Photos by Bill Parr

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The “Changing of the Guard” will never end. Whether or not you agree with Neil Young that “it’s better to burn out than to rust” the fact remains that as time marches on, all surfers have a shelf life in their surf stoke before the next generational wave of surfers overlaps the preceding. As the older die hard and aquatic gladiators struggle against the tide of the inevitable, the next wave of over amped young groms lurk in the wake to devour any crumbs left behind when the alpha males battle for the meatiest waves. Mopping up the crumbs is vital for grom nourishment in order to grow their way into the respected top of the pecking order. It is no easy task to get the respect that established locals reluctantly dole out, but Sean Woods has done just that. ,

Having just turned 15 years old, Sean Woods has accomplished a lot in a short time. His devoted mother Laura and surfer dad Mike deliver him and his talented surfer brother Kyle to the best locations even if the waves are not all time epic ( which is more often than not ) anywhere between Trestles and Santa Cruz, with Malibu being his bread and butter territory. ,

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Below; Sean working his way up the pecking order chasing down one legend at a time. ( Seen on Big Wed sharing a wave with Laird Hamilton ).

SEAN WOODS

SPONSORS: Rip Curl, Osiris Shoes, Famous Traction, Sector 9, Oakley Sunglasses, Surface Sun Systems, J7 Surfboards, Revolution Surf Shop, Olas de Carlos Mexican Grill. CONTEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Winning 3 out of 4 (18 and under short-board) Malibu “Call to the Wall” contests - this year runner-up. 4th place “MENS shortboard” at age 12 in MSA (only kid competing) First place in Groms Division at MSA “Surf Yer Brains Out” at Malibu in 2013 He recently Won the “Mophie” award for best maneuver at the 2014 Rip Curl Grom Search in Huntington Beach Last season Finished 3rd Place in 2013-14 NSSA Boys Gold Coast conference and 2nd in 2013-14 NSSA Juniors Northwest Open Division Runner-up Rip Curl Grom Search National Champion in 2012 Has traveled and surfed in Hawaii, Cabo and Nicaragua and signed this month a new contract with Rip Curl his major sponsor. ,

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Next time you are at Surfrider and your eye catches a thin little blondie pulling off new school high speed 360 airs and continue to be in perfect sync with the rest of the wave, it just might be Sean Woods one of the nicest kids out there. He’s going to be a fixture for a while so remember, “little kids don’t always stay small”. Just ask Allen Sarlo and Laird Hamilton. ,

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INTO THE BLUE “Zuma set” on Big Wednesday by Bill Parr

DIGITAL WAVE

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INTO THE BLUE

FRANKIE

HARRER: A Dossier by

SAM

GEORGE

Photography by Jim Jordan Surf Photography by Morgan Maassen She is 16 years old, and when not wearing make-up and carefully styled hair for a magazine photo shoot, she looks like a pretty typical - and typically pretty - teen-aged Malibu girl. When she is wearing make-up and carefully styled hair, she is ocassionally mistaken for a supermodel, albeit one with well developed arm and back muscles and a sunburned nose. ,

She began surfing when she was a fourth-grader at Point Dume Marine Science Elementary. She says she was encouraged to learn how to surf by her mother Simone. Her favorite surfing spot used to be Little Dume, where she surfed with a group of fellow fourth-graders, all cute little boys. She says that for the first two years of her surfing career she was often mistaken for a cute little boy. She has not been mistaken for a cute little boy in a very long time. , ,

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RITE OF PASSAGE: Frankie in Tahiti riding a monster wave. The video went viral.

After completing fourth grade she was taken out of Point Dume Marine Science Elementary and began home-schooling. She recalls this with the obvious adjustments this gave her more time to surf. Despite growing up in the land of the right point and reef breaks she is a goofy foot. ,

Her earliest inspiration was five time world champion Stephanie Gilmore, from Australia, who surfs regular-foot. ,

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SOLID SUPPORT: The Malibu surfing community has been very supportive of Frankie’s career. Holding Frankie up are her childhood friends Thelen Mackenna-Worrell and Winston Churchill.


INTO THE BLUE While her fifth grade classmates were practicing “Once Upon A Mattress” for the school play she was in Sumatra’s Mentawai Islands on a chartered surf trip, invited by Billabong-sponsored pro and underground folk singer Donovan Frankenreiter, a family friend. When asked about her musical tastes she claims she listens to mostly 60’s and 70’s music, except when psyching up before a contest heat, when she listens to rap. ,

She began competing in the National Scholastic Surfing Association events at age 11, after having only been surfing for a little over a year. ,

In 2012, at age 12, she won the Rip Curl Grom Search 16-and-under division, held in Huntington Beach, California. At the trophy ceremony she wore hot pink flip flops. ,

Today, between surf trips and surf contests, she loves to have her nails done, fingers and toes. Current color: periwinkle. In January, 2012, she broke the NSSA’s record of most contest wins in a single season, taking first place in 40 events. ,

Throughout her epic 2012 season she maintained a relative scholastic grade-point average of 4.0. She also traveled to Indonesia and Fiji where she rode the biggest waves of her life. ,

When asked today she remembers the waves on those trips, but can’t immediately recall how many events she won to set the NSSA record. She does knows who her surfboard sponsor is: Channel Islands Surfboards, in Santa Barbara California. At her Malibu home there is a separate structure to house her surfboard quiver and trophy collection. She knows neither how many surfboards she has, nor trophies. She does believe, however, that there are at least a few boards she has never ridden, and a few second place trophies somewhere. “There must be...” she says. ,

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She does not currently have a boyfriend and feels it would be difficult to have a boyfriend who didn’t surf at least as well as she does. Her chances of finding a boyfriend using this particular criterian dimishes with every passing day. On a recent trip to Tahiti she successfully rode a ten-foot tube at Teahupoo, one of the world’s most dangerous surf spots. ,

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Despite this she describes her surf style as “mellow”, “cruisy”. When pressed she will admit to being the most successful competitve female surfer to come out of Malibu. She sees no reason why a girl surfer can’t be attractive and hot. Hot is not a term she would use to describe a really good surfer, but it’s what she means. She wishes she took better care of her hair, believing that that the sun and salt has “totally frizzed it out”. ,

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She regularly uses SHADE sunscreen on her face. “Any old sunscreen” on the rest. As of Sept. 10, 2014 she has 28,539 followers on Instagram. ,

Aside from when she is in the ocean she can’t remember the last time her iPhone was more than 24 inches away from her hand. She recently got her California Drivers License. She currently drives a black Audi, with no roof racks at 5’3”, and perhaps a solid 125 lbs., any surfboard she’d ride fits in the back seat. She loves to eat at the Malibu Farm Cafe, at the end of the Malibu Pier, overlooking Surfrider Beach. ,

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SURF’S UP: Frankie heading out to the beach with her posse. She has spent most of her childhood surfing with this crew. From left: Barron Hilton, Thelen Mackenna-Worrell, Conrad Carr and Winston Churchill.


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SOAKING UP THE SUNSHINE: Frankie enjoys a well deserved break after a hectic travel schedule this year. Sweater, Zadig & Voltaire, zadig-et-voltaire.com, 3868 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu. 310.456.7105. Bikini, Billabong. Billabong.com. Boots, Christian Louboutin. Styling by Jesseca Harvey, Hair; Kelsey Hale, M/U; Jim Jordan.


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BELOW; Frankie is FULLY COMMITTED to progressive moves.


INTO THE BLUE TEARING IT UP IN TEAHUPO’O: May 2014.

SOLITUDE IN BETWEEN SETS; Frankie takes a break before the next batch of waves come in.


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PATTERN PLAY: Frankie’s first choice for wetsuits? Billabong of course. They have a great collection with lots of choices - great patterns and colors and they conitnue this cool vibe for fall. Billabong.com

SEEN AND BE SEEN: Von Zipper sunglasses are made for shade and Frankie is rarely seen without them. STAX, $120 Vonzipper. com

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NOW AND ZEN: When Frankie isn’t surfing, she is striking a serious pose at Malibu Beach Yoga on Pt. Dume. Malibu Beach Yoga, 29169 Heathercliff Rd. Ste. 217, Malibu. info@malibubeachyoga. com

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INDO SPIRIT: Donovan and Frankie (12 years old at the time ) above and right on a Billabong trip in Indonesia.

Donovan FrankenrEiter “I met Frankie when she was 9 years old in Hawaii. I was amazed at her surfing talent the from the first wave I saw her ride. I remember asking her parents how old she was and if she had any sponsors. That night I called Billabong and spoke to girl’s team captain telling them they should be picking up this young, raw talent named Frankie Harrer that I had seen surfing that day. Within a week’s time, I got a call saying she was on the team. About 2 years ago we spent a week together in Indonesia on a Billabong trip where she was charging on big days and ripping on small days. Since then she has traveled the world and winning so many contests as an amateur and now is on her way to qualifying for the tour. I feel pretty lucky to have met her at such a young age and have been able to watch her grow into this amazing surfer. If she wants to, one day she can be World Champion.” , ,

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Artist Ned Evans is a special surfer. His paintings and sculptures are awash in a sea of prismatic play, infused with the light of California oceans, shore and skies. A citizen of Surfrider beach, he can be spotted there most days on his Scott Anderson custom mini noseriders, most of which carry his own graphics. Born in 1950, Evans has been surfing since he was 17, a Burbank boy drawn to the coast. That’s how he starts his day - a session in the water in either Malibu or Venice, and then into the studio where he spend his afternoons pushing color from different vantage points, “California is all about the light - California is special - we are so lucky” says Ned. Evans has two shows coming up next year at the Craig Krull Gallery/Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. Evans’ work is in private collections of the Eli Broad Family Foundation, Frederick R. Weisman Foundation, Merv Griffin, Robert Downey Jr., Ed Ruscha, Kenneth Branagh, Amy Ephron and more. His work can also be see in the public collections of Long Beach Art Museum, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, Oakland Museum of art, Boston Stock Exchange, Kaufman and Broad, Nissan Corp., Sheraton Hotels, Warner Bros., Hollywood Hard Rock Hotel, Ceaser’s Palace Vegas, Four Seasons Hotel, Houston.


PATH TO PARADISE: Stunning views of the Pacific Ocean surround the entry to Colette Brooks’ Malibu home.


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With Malibu as her backdrop, PR maven Colette Brooks uses an eclectic mix of style with a healthy dose of sustainability in her approach to the design of her eco contemporary home near Pt. Dume. Brooks tapped into the tao of the property by adding to the natural aesthetic of her surroundings, as well as keeping within the original envelope of the 1400 square foot mid-century block architecture. The design of a state-of-the-art “claw” over the existing home gave Brooks the ability to keep the story of the property intact and expand the footprint, all the while effortlessly embracing the home’s original character. However, the eco-minded Brooks preferred to keep it lean and green with a very indoor-outdoor flow and keep the home at 3000 square feet, using renewable, recycled and/or non toxic materials for structure itself as well as for all the surfaces and finishes. The home is a result of the true art of living. A combination of refined and repurposed, artistic and exciting... a veritable sea of inspiration. BELOW: Colette Brooks in her dining room; Dining room table and chairs are made from farmed mahogany and 100 yr. old reclaimed Brazilian peroba hardwood made from old barns. The gong ( not shown ) is antique, from Bali. Concrete floors are stained with zero VOC sealer.


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SUPREME SPOT: The Robbie Canol painting of Supreme Court justices preside over the light filled space in Brooks’ bedroom.

THE MASTER PLAN: Brooks married mid century vintage with a modern Malibu vibe in the sitting room off the master bedroom. Below; a mix of Brook’s favorite things.


Painting in the entry of Brooks’ home; Nicole Buffet. Che Guavera presides over the media room.

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Aphrodites Nectar By Tara Owens

An Interview with fragrance purveyor John Steele On a beautiful afternoon in Malibu, I interviewd John Steele, a scholar who has researched the anthropological significance of fragrance. A master in his profession and reknowned sourcerer of the purest most refined oils in the world, through his extensive travels he has come across the most exquisite oils and distillers who have produced alchemy and art in a very unique way. Steele was first introduced to essential aromatic plant oils in 1979 while living in London and shortly after began to select and sell essential oils. Steele has lectured for the American Society of Perfumers and has written “The Sacred Use of Fragrance in Egypt and American Shamanism” for the smell culture reader.

TO: If you were to choose five essential oils to increase sensuality what would they be? JS: Let’s start with my MANGO blend; it’s a citrus floral, which is uplifting and euphoric. Mango is the fruit of the god’s in ancient beliefs; it was originally developed for the atrium lobby of the Miami Marriott hotel as an environmental fragrance and it became so popular that I was asked to make it into a perfume. It’s also unisex. TUBEROSE. It’s voluptuous and heady, at the same time very feminine. It represents refined sensuality and is used in magical aromatherapy. Known for it’s ability to open the heart and calm the nerves, it restores peace, happiness and harmony. It’s also believed to protect one’s energy and personal boundaries as it embraces the one who wears it. JASMINE. For thousands of years Jasmine has been used as an intoxicating aphrodisiac. In many cultures it is called “the perfume of love.”, it is used to spiritualize sex, and to produce psychic dreams; it also helps boost self-confidence and alleviate depression. ROSE DE MAI. This rose has a subtle cherry note. Rose is known to open the heart in terms of energy and pure emotion, it’s almost universal within Goddess traditions, and it seems to have an affinity to the mother energy. It was known to be the flower of Aphrodite (Venus). YLANG YLANG. It’s rich and creamy tropical aroma has anti stress and aphrodisiac qualities. Ylang Ylang is sacred to the Japanese Sun Goddess, Amanterasu highest of all Shinto deities. In magical aromatherapy, Ylang Ylang is said to have the ability to cure jealousy.


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TO: Regarding Queen Jasmine’s spell in the magical aromatherapy realm. Can you elaborate on it as an Aphrodisiac including the magic of hydrosols? JS: All Jasmine’s are anti depressive and euphoric, everybody benefits and it is also good for fears and phobias. It is useful for revealing the extraordinary nature or ordinary moments. Jasmine is playful and sensual; women becone the flower with Jasmine. The hydrosols have a magic of their own; they have a water solua aromatic component of the plant. Hydro-distillationis the most ancient form of aromatic plant distillation, dating back to ancient India. As this method suggests, the fragrant plant material is completely covered in water in the distilling vessel. Then it is distilled at a very low or zero pressure for a very long period of time, sometimes several days. The soul of the plant is then released. There are many uses of the hydrosols, you can add them to water to get the internal benefits of the plants, meaning the soul of the plant is released which can have many different effects depending on which hydrosol you are using. Jasmine in hydrosol form can encourage self-esteem and psychological optimism. In India it is considered both a sensual and spiritual perfume of love. Through drinking these waters, the possibilty exists when mental chatter ceases, for an almost telepathic communication between the plant soul and the human soul. TO: Can you tell us more about your theory of “the soul of the plant”? JS: I define the “soul” as an invisible field of identity, intelligence, emotion and spiritual wisdom. It’s immortal. In India, the soul of the plant could be understood as it’s deva or shining guardian spirit. Some traditions think of the soul as the angel of the plant. The botanical intelligence includes the photosynthetic, biochemical soil and water cycles of the plant, plus it’s pollinators, predators, bacteria, worms, insects as well as it’s relationship to other plants. This is the same terroir in the art of wine making. Different outcomes from different territories. For more information email info@lifetreearomatix.com


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VINTAGE MALIBU VINTAGE MALIBU, is a curated vintage boutique featuring a mix of timeless and chic collections including jewelry, watches and handbags from luxury brands such as Van Clef & Aroels, Cartier, Hermes, Chanel, Rolex, Patek Phillippe, Fred Leighton, Bulgari, Kwiat, Audemars Piguet and david Webb. A main focal point of the store is it’s unique selection of iconic and vinatge handbags including hermes Birkin bags and classic Chanel. Fashion lovers will also have the opportunity to buy, consign and trade their items through Vinatge Malibu to build and maintain their own personal collection of vintage treasures. - 3835 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu. 310-456-7100

MR CHOW MR CHOW is now offering a delicious selection of their signature Chinese haute cuisine dishes for lunch service at the Malibu Country Mart location. Choose from 5 Spice Tofu, Duck Salad or Shangai Cucumbers with many more delicious choices on the menu. 3835 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu (310) 456-7600


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azquez rocks taste. Chef Alberto Vazquez has the street cred to make us hungry and fill our needs for delicious, organic, fresh and absolutely amazing food – whether he makes it for friends and family at home or entertains guests at weddings and parties or serves the masses from his outstanding food truck, Rock Chef Rolls.

developing his own eclectic style that earned him Chef positions in the famous kitchens of Shutters on the Beach, Casa Del Mar, and Sherwood Country Club with David Murdock. Celebrities, athletes and people of interest from all over know him on a first name basis and trust him to make special dishes just for them to Twang their Buds.

He was born with the deep conviction that food should taste good – even great - or it wasn’t worth eating. His Father was a Santa Barbara Chef at Joe’s Café and Harry’s Plaza Café, who never made “just what you would expect” food – he made savory, mouth-watering Gotta Have It food. Born and raised in a kitchen, he knew perfect produce before he dated and the importance of organic before it was cool. It had to be sourced locally in order to be the freshest and most flavorful.

He brings to Malibu food that is authentic and not hyped up. This is food that you can grow, then harvest, then cook at home. This is food you can have him cater at your office or at your next party. This is food that you search out for lunch, for dinner because, over every other thing about it – it tastes so good.

Chef Alberto Vazquez has been training in different parts of the country with Top Chefs on 4 and 5 star properties,

He lives life with unbridled passion, surrounded by others who do the same. Serving unique, mouthwatering dishes, not only to the taste but to the eye as well – always reinventing. Always with passion. 90265 Magazine welcomes Chef Alberto Vazquez as their new Food Editor.

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SOYRIZO OLD SCHOOL TACO SALAD

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CHILI LIME VINAIGRETTE / INGREDIENTS

In a Blender cup add: 1 each Garlic Clove 3 tbsp. Olive oil 3 tbsp. Grape Seed or Canola Oil 1 tbsp. Honey 1 pinch Dry Oregano 1/2 cup chopped Fresh Cilantro Juice of 2 limes 1 tsp. Red Wine Vinegar 1/ tsp. Chipotle Powder or Chili Powder Salt and Pepper to taste • Blend on High speed for 1 minute or until all ingredients are Blended well. Store in a Jar or in a container that can shake the dressing before using. (“If you enjoy your salad with extra dressing just double up the recipe”)   • Prep is done now lets make the salad…In a large bowl add the soyrizo and the rest of the ingredients drizzle the dressing (a little at a time) and season with kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper gently tossing the salad until flavored to your liking. Serve on chilled plates and garnish with sliced avocado to really cali-bu it up! 

Enjoy!


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5 Gyres Leads The Fight to prevent plastic microbeads from polluting our waters By Claudia Taylor

With advisory direction by Randy Olson Photos by Sergio Izquierdo


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WHITE FRIGHT Dentists are now reporting finding plastic beads lodged in the gums.

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SKIN DEEP - Your glow is temporary with this microbeads cleanser, the plastic in this product lives on forever.

MicroBeads are villains of the sea. They are tiny salt sized specks that are in many personal care products. They are not biodegradeable, and cannot be removed easily by wastewater treatment plants. They are meant to be used in the shower, where they wash down the drain, eventually flowing out to sea. The plastic acts as a tiny sponge that absorbs toxins such as motor oil and pesticides. Fish unwittingly ingest them and they enter the food chain. They have become a plague to clean oceans and river waters. ,

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NO GLOW: Do you really want to scrub your body with polypropelene?

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SIMPLY WHITE and no microbeads. Tom’s Toothpaste leaves nothing but a clean, fresh feeling. from Tom’s. ,

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IT’S THE PITS - Burt’s Bees use peach and willow bark as natural exfoliants - the way nature intended.

These are alternatives to the use of plastic microbeads as these companies have discovered. In June of 2013, the ocean conservation group 5 GYRES orchestrated a massive social media effort to get PROCTER & GAMBLE, JOHNSON & JOHSON and L’OREAL to phase out the use of these microbeads. All three eventually agreed, but have not committed to a timeline, so the beads remain in circulation. How big a threat are these microbeads? The scale of the problem is significant. The estimate for California is 38 tons a year being flushed down our drains. These are approximately 350,000 beads in each package of products. ,

SEA THE DIFFERENCE - Acure Organics uses sea kelp and chlorella to gently scrub your skin. See a difference in your skin... and the ocean. ,

POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME - Lush cosmetics sugar scrubs are far more effective than microbeads so you have to exfoliate less often.

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The earth has 5 major ocean gyres, but only one organization named 5 Gyres dedicated to removing plastic from our waterways. A “gyre” according to Websters Dictionary, is a ringlike system of ocean currents rotating clockwise in the northern hemisphere and counter clockwise in the southern. If 5 Gyres has their way, we will some day have clean oceans, freed of plastic trash that is now an all too common sight. For now, their latest target has been plastic microbeads found in countless products. ,

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“Microbeads are just bad design” say Anna Cummins. She and her scientist husband Marcus Eriksen founded 5gyres.org - a non profit organization to raise awareness on the scourge of plastic in our seas, and to leverage their scientific findings to drive land based solutions. There is a good chance your child has been to an assembly at school Marcus or Anna have led on the subject. They have addressed Point Dume Elementary school, MUSE Elementary, New Roads School and the Boys & Girls Club through the years. They tell of their journeys on a raft made of plastic bottles, or their expeditions in which they have now covered over 40,000 miles of the world’s oceans. ,

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Eriksen and Cummins have dedicated much of their adult lives to studying the ecological impacts of marine plastic pollution. Since 2009, the 5 Gyres crew, made up of scientists, artists, filmakers, journalists, teachers, policy makers and business owners have conducted 15 expeditions across all 5 oceanic “garbage patches” to study the global impact of plastic. It was on these expeditions that the team documented the dark reality that plastics are ubiquitous in the world’s oceans - across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Ocean.

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INTO THE BLUE Stiv Wilson, Associate Director of 5 Gyres, joined 5 Gyres’ first expedition across the North Atlantic in 2009, and joined the team immediately after. The first expedition was funded entirely from the crew - 5k each. “In some places the plastic trash looks like endless confetti floating in a perfect night sky.” - Stiv Wilson, Associate Director, 5 Gyres. ,

After 5 Gyres’ scientific findings of plastic microbeads in the Great Lakes, Wilson spearheaded the grass roots campaign to engage major manufacturers in eliminating plastic microbeads from their products. He negotiates with members of the Personal Care Product Council, and helped draft content that has become a bill that was sponsored in California by State Assemblymeblyman Richard Bloom in May of 2014. ,

The bill came up for vote on August 22nd, but lost by a single vote. 5 Gyres and other partners are working to try to ressurect the bil. A similar bill was introduced in New York. And now a national campaign is underway. ,

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This is how 5 Gyres works. They conduct the science at sea (or lake), then use their findings to develop campaigns on land to protect our waters. They know the task is daunting, but with each policymaker, corporate partner, and individual engaged, they are moving us one step closer to a planet with plastic free oceans. Visit 5gyres.org to follow the endless expeditions throughout the worlds waterways, and support their efforts so we can have a plastic, pollution-free planet one day. ,

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Mary Osborne, Patagonia surf ambassador and ocean host.


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FACT: California

flushes approximately 38 tons of microbeads into our water systems every year. ,

FACT: The amount of plastic in the North Pacific Gyre has increased 100 fold in the last 40 years. ,

FACT: 8% of

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FACT: Every piece of plastic that has ever been produced still exists, unless it has been incinerated. ,

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“As a former Marine from the first gulf war,

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AN OCEAN FREE OF PLASTICS”

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CALL TO ACTION: BAN THE BEADS

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Go to 5 Gyres’ campaign page and sign the petition to ban plastic microbeads in 2015. We lost in 2014 by one vote - in 2015 we’re gearing up for a win.

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A GIANT STEP TOWARD A SMALLER FOOTPRINT By Colette Brooks Over the last few years, there’s been heightened awareness about the alarming use of excess plastic in our production and waste stream, ultimately leading to increased pollution in our oceans. In addition to the shocking images of plastic bags and six-pack holders strangling endangered marine life, the health of our planet is in jeopardy, threatening the very resources upon which human survival relies.

A WORLD OF PLASTIC FREE POLLUTION. “This is a producer responsibility issue,” says Linda Kahler president of Rainbow Light Nutritional Systems. “Since the beginning, our mission has always been to foster both personal and planetary health. This longstanding commitment to integrated wellness has helped make Rainbow Light the number one most trusted natural vitamin brand.” Nearly 25 years ago Rainbow Light commissioned the industry’s first environmental impact study to establish best practices for reducing its packaging footprint. “By repurposing existing plastic material, we learned we could decrease our reliance on virgin fossil fuels while reducing plastic pollution in our oceans. Moreover, we’ve been able to abate our carbon emissions seven-fold over other alternatives,” adds Kahler. The study led to the development of FDA approved Eco-Guard bottles, which are made from 100% post-consumer recycled and infinitely recyclable plastic. With this technology, Rainbow Light now keeps approximately 10 million bottles from entering the waste stream every year. “What’s really exciting is that since converting to Eco-Guard bottles, we’re inspiring other manufacturers to follow Rainbow Light’s lead,” notes Kahler.

THE NUMBERS •Over 330 million metric tons of plastic were produced in 2010. An estimated 6.8% of that was recycled. •A U.N. survey estimates 80% of all plastic debris and pollution in the ocean comes from land and watersheds and about 20% comes from ships. •Nearly 30 million tons of virgin (non-recycled) plastic are generated annually, requiring more than 1.5 million barrels of oil for production. •Less than 2 million tons of plastic are recovered for recycling. •90% of ocean debris is plastic.

THE UPSIDE OF UPCYCLING •If we recycled the remaining 75% of the wasted plastic, we could save one billion gallons of oil a year. •By converting to Eco-Guard plastic bottles, Rainbow Light has reduced its carbon footprint by 92 percent. •Recycling plastic generally takes 88 percent less energy than making plastic from raw materials.


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Back to the future? A century old I.W. Taber photograph shows the beautiful Hetch Hetchy Valley and Toulumne River before the dam and reservoir buried this national treasure in a scene from DAMNATION. Photo: Matt Stoecker

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By Randy Olson

GUESS HOW MANY DAMS ARE CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN THIS COUNTRY. ZIPPO. After going “dam crazy” for much of the last century, America has finally sobered up and started a new trend DAM REMOVAL. This is part of the message of the outstanding new documentary feature film “DamNation”. On August 8, UCLA and the La Cretz Foundation hosted a sold-out screening. I moderated the post screening panel discussion which featured the co-Producer of the movie, Matt Stoeker and two local folks involved with the issue of dam removal - Jamie King of State Parks and Karina Johnson of the Bay Foundation. National momentum is building behind the film since premiering this spring at SXSW Film Festival where it ran away with the Audience Appreciation Award. Now it’s packing theaters nationally as the issue of dam removal is present in every state -- including right here in our back yard where the Matilija Dam near Ojai serves as the culminating scene of the movie as well as the poster artwork.

THE FILM IS A MIX OF YOUNG AND OLD -- THE YOUTHFUL MATT STOEKER WITH THE LEGENDARY FOUNDER OF PATAGONIA, YVON CHOUINARD. Stoecker and Chouinard, with co-Directors Travis Rummell and Ben Knight, and producer Beda Calhoun have created a powerful and sweeping movie that is both entertaining and profoundly insightful on the future of dams in America. I thought so highly of it, the week after our screening I wrote an item for my blog asking whether DamNation is simply the best environmental documentary ever made. No one has disagreed so far.


INTO THE BLUE The overall message of the film is clear - dams are a thing of the past, now being removed almost as fast as they were once put in. All across the country. Which might make some people cRINDGE ( locals will understand ), but it’s simply the way things are headed. damntionfilm.com

Extremely cold water trickles out of the Glen Canyon Dam into what’s left of Glen Canyon, forming an unnatural stretch of trout water on the Arizona/Utah border in a scene from DAMNATION. Photo: Ben Knight

Prevented from migrating any further upstream, a spawning pair of pink salmon flirt over a gravel bed a stone’s throw from the now removed Elwha Dam powerhouse in a scene from DAMNATION. Photo: Matt Stoecker

MALIBU ENVIROS ATTEND DAMNATION SCREENING AT THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM Executive editor Steve Woods, Editor in chief Cece Woods with Ginette Lemonnier.

Below: JOB WELL DONE - Anna Cummins, Colleen Hard and Lisa Boyle congratulate Randy Olson on moderating the panel without making any blunders. Executive editor Steve Woods, Editor in chief Cece Woods, DamNation producer Matt Steoker and Tom Hix and Christine Carter Conway of the Malibu Institute.

THE GANG’S ALL HERE: Left to right: Malibu City Council member Laura Rosenthal, Steve Woods, Surfrider Foundation’s Nancy Hastings, Randy Olson, Cece Woods, Ginette Lemonnier, enviro attorney Lisa Boyle, DamNation producer Matt Stoeker, Anna Cummins of 5 GYRES, environmental filmmaker Colleen Hard.

Right: THE PANEL - Randy Olson moderates the panel; Jamie King of State Parks, Karina Johnson of the Bay Foundation with producer Matt Stoeker.

UNDER THE STARS - The Natural History Museum provided a beautiful setting for the outdoor screening of DAMNATION.


INTO THE BLUE

ARTAND ACTIVISM


Poetic Vision and Art Activism with Lindsay Carron Interview and photos By Jackie Robbins

Lindsay Carron came to Malibu from Wisconsin to attend Pepperdine University, where she studied Art and Psychology. She found California very accepting and felt is was a great place to develop her art and to develop as a person, so decided to stay after graduating. One of her friends and a collector of her artworks, Debra Collodel, told her about “Keep it Clean Malibu” and the storm drain project and recommended her for it. This was a project designed by the City of Malibu, driven and facilitated by Casey Zweig, regarding Areas of Special Biological Significance. After an arduous application process and the submittal of her detailed concept and plans, she won the grant and commission. Her concept centers on rain gardens. Each one starts with a rain garden on the top part or the sidewalk area, working their way into a healthy ocean life scene. Part of the process of submitting work for this project was creating a theme or functional idea. Lindsay told me, “So that people would not only be looking at ocean life, which is so easy and I wanted to go further with it, and give them an option of how to support healthy ocean life, especially related to urban runoff. My research brought me to a very functional and very easy way to have a hand in preventing urban runoff, and that is the rain garden. They are planted typically on the edge of people’s property. It creates a buffer, using very sandy soil, which is great for filtration, capturing all of the extra water running off the property. Much of this runoff water has pesticides and fertilizers and all things bad for ocean life. So none of that reaches the storm drain, especially in a climate that doesn’t get much rain. I think it’s great that cities are giving a lot more support for the arts and people realize how important they are to communicate ideology that is important.” On Heathercliff Road in front of the Bank of America where the bus stops we see the beautiful mural she painted on the storm drain, of sea lions frolicking in the surf. The second mural is on the storm drain in Trancas Park, at the top of Trancas Canyon Road. It features some very happy looking dolphins. Drive up Morning View from the PCH, pass the high school and turn right on Phillip to view the third storm drain, where the tiger shark is featured. The final storm drain of the four on Cross Creek Road in front of the Malibu Country Mart at the bus stop, is all about the octopus. We talked about gentrification…in towns and cities, shopping centers and just about everywhere we look…and Lindsay’s thoughts on this were unique and inspiring. “I think there are good and bad things about gentrification. Currently it is getting a lot of bad rap and people are really resisting it. The idea behind gentrification is that you have a really bad area, low income and there are a lot of not so great things going on there. All of a sudden a few artists, a couple of creative minds decide to move there and start doing their work. That becomes the catalyst for everything else to then come in and beautify that place. What I see about this constant cycle is that those creative’s who may no longer be able to afford to live there, have the opportunity to then push themselves to move on and start another amazing transformation of a different area.” Lindsay told me about her inspiration, message and the ecological impact that she thinks the storm drain paintings would have on the community. “I was most excited about this project because of the idea of the storm drains affecting the viewer. I wanted to make sure the viewer realized they are more than just a pretty picture or a painting of an ocean scene. I liked the idea that making art on a storm drain puts attention on the ecological impact. As I was painting them I was thrilled because people would come by and they would start talking about urban runoff. They seemed to say, wow, what goes down in the storm drain goes out into the ocean here. I felt, YES, perfect, you get the idea!”


WHO’S

BLUE By Claudia Taylor

Chances are you’ve seen Blue Benadum as a blur out of the corner of your eye as he runs PCH at a super human-clip. He’s a sub 2:24 marathoner, but 90265 Magazine was able to catch up with him for a few questions. Blue was born into a pedigreed surfing California dream family. His father Dennis got into surfing early at San Diego State and worked patching surfboards for Gordon and Smith in the late 60’s. As an artist, he was known for his innovative designs in the long to short board era, shap- ing alongside legendary surfboard shapers Skip Frye and Billy Hamilton. His most famous design was the G&S Magic. Dennis, with his wife Sunday, moved to Carpinteria and started Wilderness Surfboards with Bob Duncan and George Greenough, as well as his own Sundance Surfboards. He estimates he’s shaped around 10,000 boards. He’s surfed Rincon, and has enjoyed long surf trips to Baja and Mainland Mexico. Years later, after retiring as a hunting guide in Santa Cruz Island, Dennis and Sunday moved to Colorado. Blue was raised high in the Rocky Mountains on a 1,000 acre ranch called Falls Creek, bordering National Forest land. Adventuring and roaming the endless mountains and searching for arrowheads on long hikes with dad was how he spent most of his time. The family took surf trips to Cali and Mexico and it was only a matter of time before Blue would be moving to the Pacific in search of waves. In middle school Blue found an album of his dad’s : Natty Dread by Bob Marley and The Wailers. He grew dreadlocks, causing never ending strife between him and rednecks, and started playing reggae with band Soul Mystic. Blue emulated Marley when he learned of his “disciplines in the stamina” long runs up to 18 miles along the shores of Kingston. So Blue gave distance running a try. The running seed was planted. The dreadlocks only lasted until high school graduation day.


INTO THE BLUE Blue moved to Malibu when he was 21. He did some acting but soon got a job at the Cross creek Starbucks so he could spend every possible hour riding his Lauren Yater Ultrlight Longboard at Surfrider or up at County Line carving heavy bottom turns on his Wilderness shortboard. Coffee shops get old quick and he decided to use the family carpentry skill he honed with his dad and got a job with local contractor Scott Haley & Associates. He learned structural concrete and funded his surf habit for those years. He also took up kite surfing with Haley and the gang. A few years later, he went into business for himslef and worked together with Michael Lee producing his signature scaffold plank furniture for high end Malibu homes he was putting his touch on before flipping. Lots of good waves were found and many epic Baja surf trips were funded. Blue got into running marathons in 2006 with long time Malibu resident Alberto Perusset, who is known for his barefoot marathon running. He talked Blue and his brother, state lifeguard David MacVittle, into running the San Diego maraton and they somehow agreed it would be a great idea. Their training consisted of daily barefoot 6 mile beach runs at Zuma, with a couple longer 8-9 mile Point Dume loops and periodic 15 mile out and back long runs up Sycamore Canyon to round out the program. Blue finished San Diego in 3 hours 14 minutes and when it was over he thought he would never walk again. The pain was deep but he came back again next year, with the insistence of Alberto, and before long he had developed a new habit. Two years later, he ran 12 marathons in 12 months and did the same the following year. All the running was getting crazy, but his times were getting faster, and he plateaued around the 2 hour 42 minutes mark. He had finished at least 8 marathons at that pace before learning there was much more to learn when it came to running marathons. Enter Richard Diaz of Camarillo, CA. who helped change his views of running and what his potential could become. Richard Diaz operates Diaz Human Performance and specializes in coaching and training athletes to reach their highest level. Blue went for his assessment at his VO2 max and video gait analysis lab and it had such an effect, he apprenticed under Richard and became a coach in his own right. But Blue is more than just one of Malibu’s most recognizable runners. He’s also made a permanent mark on the marathon scene by co-founding the Malibu Marathon alongside his friend and former mentor, Alberto Diaz, on a long car ride up to Lake Tahoe Triple Marathon which are three marathons in three consecutive days that circumnavigate the entire lake. They wanted to host a race in their own backyard, and Blue mapped out a course that would run 26.2 miles from the Camarillo airport down to Zuma Beach. He stashed some waters along the course and ran it solo one afternoon. It was tough, but beautiful. They had the course, now they just needed everything else. Initially, the city council was opposed to the idea, but after many months of planning and negotiation, they came to an agree- ment and the permits were granted. A friend, Dave MacVittle, his girlfriend Lisa Olsen, and his brother in-law, Hale Kpetigo, helped organize the event. They formed a company under the name Forever Runners, the name of a running team he had started with Alberto earlier that year. The race came together and they held the inaugural Malibu International Marathon in November of 2009. The Malibu Marathon grew and matured in its first few years. Blue retired from building and began coaching marathon, track and field, and cross country full time while pursuing his semi-pro running career. In 2010, Blue met firefighter and Stand Up Paddle stud Seth Springer, and the idea of putting together a dual sport event combining running and SUPathon was born. Blue had been in Athens, Greece running a marathon and in one of the museums noticed that most of the original Olympic events were titled “____-athlon”. Runner run in the first half ( 6.5 miles ) of the Malibu Half-Marathon, then jump in the water at Leo Carillo and paddle to the Zuma beach finish. At the height of the Malibu Marathon, in 2012, Blue’s dad produced one-of-a-kind surfboard shaped mile markers, and their families helped organize the event each year. Talented runners and charities started making Malibu their annual race destination and things were looking good. Internally though, the comapny was at odds with direction and decisions regard- ing the future of the event. In 2013, after giving it much thought, Blue resigned his position with Forever Runners and the Malibu Int’l Marathon.

WHERE IS BLUE NOW? FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BLUE BENADUM & THE SPEED PROJECT AT 90265MAGAZINE.COM


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An Interview with design doyenne and local philanthropist Bobi Leonard about Last Chance for Animals and their 30th Annual Gala in October

As a prominent force behind the revitalization of Main St. in Santa Monica, Bobi Leonard, a successful entrepeneur in the design and skin care industries had made the commitment to support at least one charity a year back in 1975 when she first opened her design showroom, now a landmark building in Santa Monica. 90265 magazine sat down with Bobi Leonard at her Malibu home to ask a few questions about her relationshhip with LCA and her commitment to animal causes. 90265: Why did you pick animal charities over all the other charities out there to choose from? BL: Animals and children are the neglected ones because they have no voice. Where I grew up, animals were equal to people. 90265: Why LCA in particular? Last Chance for Animals 30th Anniversary Gala host designer Bobi Leonard with artists Alison Van Pelt and Ivo Spirov who will be donating their art to the live auction along with artist Laddie Dill on Oct. 25

BL: I did a lot of research and realized Chris DeRose was doing brilliant work to expose, educate and impose policies to protect animal rights. I couldn’t say no to such a dedicated organization.

90265: It’s one thing to support charities by donating money, but hosting these events is a lot of work. When did you start that phase of your commitment? BL: I started organizing and hosting charity events over 25 years ago. It was a level of commitment I felt was necessary to help charities like LCA reach their funding. I am very proud to say myself and my company Bobi Leonard Living INC. have raised a lot of money over the years. 90265: How does LCA compare to other charities? BL: They are all good, but the humbleness and the dedication of the people involved in LCA inspires me to do more and continue my involvement with these events every year. 90265: Why are so many celebrities and high profile people involved? BL: When you meet Chris DeRose you become very humbled by his caring and commitment for the last 30 years to support the animal world. We also have a wonderful Host Committee who is dedicated to bringing awareness to LCA and the 30th anniversary Gala on Oct. 25. LCA is the 2nd highest grossing charity and one of the most rewarding that anyone can be involved in. That’s why we have such high profile support. LEARN MORE ABOUT LCA AND THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY GALA HERE: LCA.ORG OR CALL: 310-271-6096 Learn more about Bobi Leonard at Bobileonard.com

Artist Laddie Dill’s art is prominently displayed in Bobi’s master bedroom and will be donating his pieces for the LCA event on Oct. 25 Photos by Dan Amezcua


30

YEARS

OF FIGHTING ANIMAL CRUELTY

When actor and Last Chance for Animals founder Chris DeRose began protesting vivisection three decades ago, the term “animal rights” hadn’t yet reached the mainstream radar. And when he and his team broke into UCLA’s brain research lab in 1988 to film animal experiments, they shocked the world with never-before-seen images of traumatized cats with electrodes screwed to their skulls. Today, LCA has grown in numbers as well as sophistication, and goes undercover around the world to expose abuse, educate the public and change the policies that enable animal exploitation. Chris DeRose On October 25, LCA will commemorate the past and look to the future with the 30th Anniversary Gala, to be held in Bel Air. With live entertainment, video presentations, an auction and vegan fare, the event promises to offer a festive vibe while tackling the serious topic of animal cruelty. Co-hosting the event is famed entrepreneur Bobi Leonard, a longtime Malibu resident and “three-peat” LCA gala host. Bobi is a revered name in interior design, real estate and skin care, and one of LCA’s many prominent Malibu supporters. Also co-hosting is Christopher Ameruoso, animal activist and celebrity photographer best known for his images of celebrities with their pets. Christopher recently teamed up with Priscilla Presley to create the bestselling photography book Shades of Elvis, a tribute to “the King.” Pop star Taylor Dayne will entertain the crowd, and Sam Simon of The Simpsons fame, as well as activist siblings Alexandra and Jonathan Paul, will accept awards for their contributions to animal causes. Alexandra is an actor with more than 70 credits, most notably the role of Lt. Stephanie Holden on Baywatch. Taking center stage at the gala will be LCA’s work to combat animal cruelty. Over the years, the group has fought to end suffering in research labs, puppy mills, fur farms, circuses, dogfighting rings and other exploitative industries. Helping bring abusers to justice, LCA investigations have led to numerous arrests as well as the first-ever felony conviction for pet theft. In that landmark case, an LCA operative named only as Pete helped bust an animal dealer who sold stolen dogs to labs for experimentation. Most recently, LCA infiltrated the Chinese dog and cat meat industry, helping shut down 33 meat vendors and a dog slaughterhouse. Investigators also went undercover onto rabbit farms in Spain and fox and raccoon farms in China, documenting systematic torture of animals raised for fur. In addition, LCA is campaigning the government of Nepal to stop the Chris Ameruoso world’s largest animal sacrifice at the Hindu Gadhimai festival. Along with building awareness of animal-rights issues, LCA’s 30th Anniversary Gala will serve as a fundraiser to help the organization continue its work. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 310-271-6096 x25, or e-mail development3@LCAnimal.org.

Taylor Dane performs at 30th Anniversary Gala on Oct. 25

Sam Simon ( left ) Aleandra Paul ( center ) and Jonathan Paul ( right ) will all accept awards for their contributions to animal causes at the LCA 30th Anniversary event.


From Malibu to Montauk:

CRUSHING on both

COASTS: KASSIA MEADOR Reported by Laura Rubin, @laurarubin

Longboarding lass, photographer and musician Kassia Meador made her annual visit from Malibu to Montauk this summer. We caught up with the surf pixie at LOVE Yoga to talk ( in her trademark raspy voice ) about what both locations mean to her and the importance of ocean conservancy. LR: When did you first visit “the end” and what brings you back?

Kassia Meador leads the beach cleanup at Ditch Plains beach.

KM: I first visited Montauk with Mikey Detemple and Joey Termini back in 2003. The waves were epic, the landscape was beautiful and pristine and there was no one around. I was tripping! I’ve been going back almost every summer since. I really love Montauk; the treetops fall into the sea, the huge sand dunes, the lakes, wildlife and beaches. It’s all just so magical. LR: You chose to pair your visit this summer to Montauk with a local beach cleanup, which is a pretty great message to send. What inspired you? KM: Well, it’s pretty simple, really. I love traveling, I love the beach and I love the ocean. I gain so much from every place I visit, but as much as I gain I want to try to give back. This time I worked with Nick Lynn of Surfrider’s NYC chapter to organize a beach cleanup at Ditch. We just wanted to bring everyone together and spend a nice morning talking about environmental awareness, cleaning up some trash and hopefully inspiring some of the other beachgoers to do the same. LR:How did it go? KM: People on the beach were stoked to see us out there and some of the local crew that usually picks up trash on their morning got to take the morning off. We filled about 20 trash bags with everything from huge machinery pieces to many cigarette butts. The beach is a bit cleaner and we hopefully inspired others to do the same. All in all it was a great time! LR: How has your ocean conservancy affected your career? And what can a consumer do to have a positive impact? KM: I’m a fan of organization that is helping to keep our beaches clean. All of the organizations out there bringing awareness to the state of our world’s waterways, and helping to clean them up are crucial for our future. In my travels over the years I have seen many pristine beaches and oceans get clogged up with plastics, crude oil and other trash and waste. It is just really hard to witness. Things need to change in a huge way. Some people think, “ What can I do? I’m just one person and it’s a big world out there. But I urge everyone, if you’re going for a walk on the beach, a surf, a swim, anything and you see some trash, pick it up. Every bit counts every day. The issue of debris washing up on our beaches is, unfortunately, is just a small part of a much larger issue.

RIGHT: A great turnout for the beach cleanup lead by Kassia Meador in Montauk.

LR: In your travels, where have you come in contact with the most dramatic signs of ocean pollution?


INTO THE BLUE KM: The Maldives is a place I visited on one of my first surf trips ever, 15 years ago. It was one of the most magical places I have ever been., so pristine, so beautiful. I just recently went back and was so appalled by how much trash was everywhere. One afternoon we went to a sand spit where one of the island resorts would take honeymooners. As we got on land, we started to notice the whole sandspit seemed like it was also the local dump. We ended up bringing back a bunch of trash bags and filling up 8 huge bags to the brim before the sun set and we had to stop. LR: Montauk and Malibu are two very specific locations. What do you feel they have in common and how are they different in your point of view? KM: Well they both start with an “M” and they both have an epic parking lot hang scene. But one is a left and the other is a right. And they both have the same sort of magic I can’t quite put my finger on. They’re special places that keep people coming back for more. LR: You’ve been surfing Malibu for over a decade. What are some of your fondest memories of this iconic spot? And how has the scene changed over the years? KM:Yeah, I’ve been surfing Malibu half my life at this point. It’s like a home away from home. Some of my best times were back in the day like ‘98-’99 when the palapa crew was in full effect. Josh Farbrow was the mayor of the rat pack and we were on the beach all day every day as groms should be, just sunburnt and stoked. For sure it’s changed a whole bunch in the past few years. When I started surfing down there traditional logging wasn’t really in vogue so it was a lot less crowded in the lineup than it is today. But I guess that’s cyclical because when you speak to the old boys they say it was more crowded in the 60’s during the Beach Boys Gidget craze. LR: Thank you Kassia! FOLLOW KASSIA MEADOR: @kassiameador kassiameadorphotography.com


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