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Volume 4, Issue 38

Closing in on Compromise Have years of struggling over beach access through central- and mid-Strand gates brought the issue any closer to a solution? E Y E O N D P/ PAG E 5

Evan Frykman (left) and Kenny Murphy check the surf from one of two gated paths leading to Strand Beach through the Headlands at Strand neighborhood. Both agree that the hours are inconvenient for surfers and should be extended to, at the very least, open by 6 a.m. Photo by Andrea Swayne

Environmental Study for Harbor Work Available for Review

DA Says Capistrano Unified School District Atmosphere Toxic

Tom Blake: Two Life Lessons On Life and Love After 50




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City and Business Calendar Saturday, September 24

Monday, September 26

Headlands Cleanup 8 a.m.-10 a.m. The Center for Natural Lands Management and the Dana Point Headlands Nature Preserve host Nature Preserve Cleanup Day. Volunteers are needed to fill sandbags, trim vegetation, pick up trash and pull weeds. Bring gloves, sturdy shoes, refillable water bottle and a hat and check in at the Nature Interpretive Center, 34558 Scenic Drive. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information call Lee Ann Carranza at 949.218.1145 or see

City Council Meeting 6 p.m. City Council Chambers, 33282, Golden Lantern, 949.248.3501,

Marines wash your car, browse booths and police and fire vehicle displays. Sheriff’s Department will provide free Kid Print child IDs. Complimentary coffee, fruits, cookies, pastries, hamburgers, hot dogs and bratwurst will be served. Donations only please.

Saturday, October 1 VFW Patriot’s Day Marine Car Wash 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dana Point VFW Post 9934 is sponsoring the MAG 39 Camp Pendleton Patriot’s Day Marine Car Wash at the South Shores Church parking lot, 32712 Crown Valley Parkway. While the

Headlands Walking Tour 9 a.m.-noon. The Nature Interpretive Center, 34558 Scenic Drive, is hosting a docent-led tour of the Dana Point Preserve, Hilltop Park and Harbor Point Park. Advanced registration is required. For more information or to register, call 949.542.4755.

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...Chamber Director’s Resignation?

THE LATEST: Russell Kerr, Board of Directors Chair for the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce on September 15 announced the resignation of Executive Director Laura Ouimet. Ouimet said she intends to continue to support the Chamber and offer her assistance. “I am leaving to pursue opportunities more closely aligned with my personal goals,” she said. Ouimet was hired as Executive Director March 1, 2011 after serving as Interim beginning in November of 2010. Her resignation comes just one day after Assistant Director Kelly Straine’s last day at the Chamber. Straine—who served as Events Director since February 2008 and was promoted to Assistant Director in March of 2010—is leaving for a new position with the Riverside Chamber of Commerce. WHAT’S NEXT: Ouimet’s last day will be September 30. The board met on Tuesday to address the next steps toward looking for suitable replacements, said Kerr. FIND OUT MORE: www.danapointchamber. com —Andrea Swayne


…Another DA Report on CUSD?

THE LATEST: Capistrano Unified School District leaders acted legally when they discussed restoring a portion of teachers’ salaries, the District Attorney’s Office said in a report released Wednesday. That finding reverses earlier accusations by the DA that the actions were a violation of the state’s public meeting act. The DA issued the initial report in May, but came back and interviewed trustees Dana Point Times September 23–29, 2011

and other district officials. In the report issued Wednesday, the DA’s office said the closed-door discussions, and district’s contradictions on what exactly led to the restorations, gave the appearance of a Brown Act violation, but the close look found none. The DA did include some harsh words about the atmosphere at CUSD. “The OCDA’s investigation also revealed what can be described as a seemingly toxic atmosphere within the halls of CUSD. Evidence revealed examples of condescension or disdain for other Board members or dissenting members of the public,” the report says. “While mutual recriminations and concerns for contractual obligations, professional positions, political agendas, and labor peace were expressed, one was left with the impression that the very object of the entire organization, the education of the community’s children, had been allowed to fade into the background.” WHAT’S NEXT: Trustees meet next on Monday, September 26. FIND OUT MORE: See the full DA report at the Beyond the Blackboard blog at —Jonathan Volzke


wall and bulkheads within those basins, and replacement of gangways and security gates to both marina areas. Additionally, new Embarcadero/Dry Boat Storage Staging docks and dinghy docks, along with renovations to the marine services docks, OC Sailing and Events Center docks, guest slips, Harbor Patrol docks, commercial fishing docks, and sport fishing docks were included. The project also includes public access improvements to gangways and docks in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The report says all of the impacts are less than significant, except in areas where docks will further shade the ocean bottom. That will have a long-term adverse impact, the report says, but it is unavoidable and cannot be mitigated. WHAT’S NEXT: The public can comment on the report until November 4. FIND OUT MORE: See the report at the OC Dana Point Harbor website at www.ocdph. com or see the full report at the Dana Point library, City Hall or the county office in the harbor. —JV


…A Meeting on Harbor Improvements?

THE LATEST: Damage to kelp beds and reefs in Dana Point Harbor is the primary long-term negative impact of waterside improvements planned by the county, according to a draft environmental study now available for public review. The study looked at dozens of impacts of replacing waterside facilities in the West and East Basins in the harbor, connecting dock gangways with the quay

…Weekend Event Traffic?

THE LATEST: The City of Dana Point is expecting a large influx of people September 24 and 25 and has issued a traffic alert for Sunday’s inaugural Orangeman HalfDistance Triathlon. The course will see athletes swim off Salt Creek Beach Park, bike through Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano, then run along the Salt Creek Regional Trail. Dana Point will also host its first ever BBQ Championships at Sea Terrace Park Saturday and Sunday, the Dana Hills Cross Country Invitational at the high school and the Battle of the Paddle SUP contest at Doheny State Beach. WHAT’S NEXT: For the triathlon, traffic will

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be impacted from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. along Niguel Road/Stonehill Drive. City officials will be closing the right lane and bike lane on the north side of the street. “There may also be some intermittent traffic control where we stop traffic to allow the athletes to pass,” said Assistant City Manager Mike Killebrew. For the BBQ event, overflow parking will be provided at Strand Vista Park with a free shuttle transporting attendees to the Salt Creek Beach lot that connects to the park via a tunnel under PCH. “The Battle of the Paddle traffic should be well contained within the State Park,” said Killebrew. “And, while the cross country event is not expected to impact traffic, it will bring a lot of people to the city.” FIND OUT MORE: —AS


…Dana Point Symphony?

THE LATEST: Spring 2012 will usher in the arrival of the newly-formed Dana Point Symphony said Executive and Artistic Director Berenika Schmitz in a September 22 announcement. According to Schmitz, the mission of the DPS is to provide access to world-class classical music to the city and surrounding communities. In addition to music the symphony will present one visual artist exhibition at the meet-the-artist receptions. WHAT’S NEXT: The DPS will be led by conductor Dean Anderson and will feature a 50-piece symphony orchestra, international virtuoso violin, cello and piano soloists, as well as visual artists. Performances will be held at St. Edward’s Church, 33926 Calle La Primavera. FIND OUT MORE: See for a list of concert dates, ticket prices and performers. —AS

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Closing in on Compromise

ON THE STREET In an effort to gather public opinion from those regularly using Strand Beach and the access paths, we approached a handful of people at random to see what they had to say on the issue. Here is a sampling of what we found:

Have years of struggling over beach access through central- and mid-Strand gates brought the issue any closer to a solution?

Allen Davis, Los Angeles Surfing here is a great way to beat the LA crowds, but the gates make it inconvenient to surf dawn patrol in the early morning. Beaches should be open to everyone at all times. I think that when it comes to restricting access, the more we’re willing to give the more they’re willing to take. When you pave the roads, put sidewalks in and then put up gates that prevent people from using them during certain hours, the city’s argument that the access here is better than before and the gates are necessary to combat crime, seems more like spin or good PR on their part.

By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times


he battle for unimpeded access through two of the five accessways— four stairways/paths and a funicular (inclined elevator)—from Stand Vista Park to the beach below the multi-million dollar Headlands at Strand housing development has been heated since late 2009 when the California Coastal Commission demanded the city “revoke the hours and remove the gates” due to a lack of a Coastal Development Permit. Despite a refusal by all parties involved to yield in their stances, a recent attempt at a meeting seems to suggest the key players wish to avoid further litigation if possible. WHERE THE FIGHT STANDS NOW Since San Diego Superior Court Judge Joan Lewis sided with the Surfrider Foundation in their June 2010 lawsuit calling Dana Point’s passing gate hours by emergency nuisance declaration “entirely lacking in evidentiary support” and “based on pure speculation,” and ruled it unlawful for the city to keep the hours and gates without obtaining a coastal permit, the city has announced its intention to appeal. The city’s refusal to yield prompted numerous appearances by Surfrider members at the City Council podium as well as the release of the following formal statement: “By appealing the San Diego Superior Court’s decision compelling them to maintain unrestricted public access to Strands Beach, the City of Dana Point is sending a clear signal that it values placating the interests of private developers over the interests of the local community. Despite rulings by the California Coastal Commission and Judge Joan Lewis, the City of Dana Point has chosen to pursue further litigation, at a cost of tens, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars, at a point in time when other cities throughout California and the nation are doing everything they can to save money. The Surfrider Foundation calls upon the City of Dana Point to withdraw its Notice of Appeal, comply with Judge Lewis’ ruling, and allow free and unimpeded public beach access to Dana Strands beach,” the statement says. Munoz said that is simply not the case and that Surfrider isn’t fighting for free and unimpeded public beach access to Strand Beach but for unrestricted access to Dana Point Times September 23–29, 2011

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Kris Krigbaum, new to Dana Point, said he thinks the hours posted at the central- and mid-Strand gates don’t make sense and should be expanded. Photo by Andrea Swayne

775 linear yards of Strand Beach on four public accessways instead of two. “The Public always has unrestricted access to Strand Beach whenever Strand Beach is open—from 5 a.m. to midnight—pursuant to the city and Coastal Commission Approvals,” said Munoz. “The drawings incorporated with the original Commission approvals depict the gates at the two trail heads in question, and there is no dispute that the Commission approvals give the city the right to set hours for use of the trails leading to Strand Beach. Based on advice from its Sheriff’s representatives, the city has determined it is sufficient to enforce access trail hours on two trails with gates provided free of charge by the developer and specifically approved by the Commission when it reviewed the Headlands project.” He went on to say that taking the gates down would cost the citizens of Dana Point hundreds of thousands of dollars to achieve the same result with staffing by Deputy Sheriffs. A far cry, he said, from continuing the use of the gates that were erected at no cost to the city. “The City of Dana Point will not abandon its public safety obligations and fiscal responsibilities just because the Surfrider Foundation and the Commission have a philosophical distain for gates,” said Munoz. “The city believes that it—not the Commission or Surfrider Foundation—is lawfully entitled to control how its citizens’ public safety dollars are spent.”

IS COMPROMISE ON THE HORIZON? Despite all parties’ unwillingness to yield their stances, recent developments in the issue may suggest a movement toward an eventual compromise. Although a tentatively scheduled August 9 meeting between all involved parties was canceled due to scheduling conflicts—arising from both City Manager Doug Chotkevys’ and Coastal Commission attorney Jamee Patterson’s schedules—City Attorney Patrick Munoz confirmed that it will be rescheduled some time this Fall. But, Munoz’ statement confirming a future meeting was not the first mention of an attempt at compromise. Back in June, Surfrider filed a formal complaint against the city in response to citizen reports of a gate remaining locked after the posted opening hour on a summer weekend day. John Ramirez, an attorney representing the city, said in a statement answering the allegation, the locked gate was case of human error that resulted in the addition of a second person to check the gates at Strand to ensure they are open during posted hours. In his brief he went on to say that the city has begun discussions on how to resolve the operational hours without further litigation. “We’re happy to have conversation regarding changing hours to be reasonable,” said Munoz. “We think they are reasonable now but are open to the idea of a discussion.” DP

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I really don’t consider the gates a restriction. There’s access at both ends of this park. Certainly before 8 a.m. if someone wants to get to the beach they should just park closer to one of the un-gated paths. It seems unreasonable to say that the two constant accesses to the beach aren’t enough. The supposition that the gate hours will lead to the city or the developer toward “chipping away” at public access is unfounded. The gates and hours seem like a wonderful compromise for the residents of the community and the public and it seems like it works. The whole fight is much ado about nothing. This park is the best gift that a city can give to a community. There’s free parking, beautiful amenities and people are complaining about it? Susannah Fairbanks, Dana Point I think the hours should be a bit more open to surfers and beachgoers in general—maybe until 10 p.m. I’m kind of 50/50 on the issue. I understand both sides. If I lived in this neighborhood I would want some privacy, especially at night. The gates don’t affect me. I usually use the north stairs when I come here to run or walk. Kris Krigbaum, Dana Point I’m fine with the gates being locked during the night, for the sake of the homeowners here, but early in the morning, before 8 a.m. there’s no reason to prevent surfers or others who want to use the beach from walking through the neighborhood. The hours really don’t make sense and should be expanded. Clare Katebian, Laguna Niguel I walk the beach path five days a week and the hours on the mid-strand gates don’t affect my use at all. It used to be horrible to get down to the beach. The old wood stairs were dangerous and with so many paths to choose from, this is a huge improvement. Evan Frykman, Saddleback College student If there should be one access that is open 24/7 it should be the mid-Strand gate. It’s the most convenient for where I want to surf.

Eye on DP Dana Point Business of the Month for August, 2011:

Killer Dana Surf Shop

By Kelly Straine, Assistant Director Dana Point Chamber of Commerce


fter growing up with a love of surfing as members of the Dana Point community, Chris Andrews and Gary Wright became business partners in 1991. In June of that year, they opened Killer Dana Surf Shop—named after the historical California surf break. Two decades later, the business has become a leader in the action sports lifestyle and the shop remains a Dana Point icon at its original location along Del Prado (eastbound Pacific Coast Highway). The shelves in Killer Dana Surf Shop are stocked with equipment, ocean wear, beach gear and anything else you may need to catch a wave or enjoy the water. Surfboard rentals are offered, but the store specializes in the selling and maintenance of shortboards. Killer Dana offers customers what they’re looking for and it shows, as this is their second time being featured as Business of the Month and as evidenced by the multiple Dana Point Times Best of Dana Point People’s Choice Lantern Awards they have received.

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Killer Dana Surf Shop is also known for being a presence outside of the store walls and in their community. They recently partnered with The Ecology Center in neighboring San Juan Capistrano as a part of a community give back program and the store also has a team of local surfers. Killer Dana has co-sponsored multiple events with nonprofits like Ocean Institute, Surf for the Cause and Doheny Longboard Surfing Association. To show appreciation to their new and loyal customers, brand partners, and to mark the stores 20th anniversary this past June, they hosted a three-day, once-in-a-lifetime blow out sale accompanied by a free barbeque, giveaways, games and music. In the past 10 years, the business has expanded to include warehouse and online retail from While this has opened the virtual door to a larger customer base, it’s important to the Killer Dana business culture to keep

Mayor Scott Schoeffel presents Killer Dana Surf Shop co-owner Chris Andrews with a proclamation recognizing Killer Dana as the Dana Point Featured Business of the Month for August, 2011. Photo by Andrea Swayne

their marketing efforts grassroots and let people know they are getting a local product. But surfing is not just a product to them. The surf vibe is important to the shop and whether someone is buying a bar of surf wax or a $600 surf board, in the store or online, the goal is to make everyone feel welcome. The Dana Point City Council and the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce congratulate Killer Dana on being selected the Dana Point Featured Business of the Month for August 2011 and thank them for their commitment to the community and for representing Dana Point in the

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action sports industry. Killer Dana Surf Shop, 24621 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.489.8380, www.killerdana. com.

Each month, the mayor selects a featured business of the month that has demonstrated success in the city and a commitment to the community. The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the city, prepares and presents the recognition at a meeting of the City Council. The August Business of the Month award was presented at the September 12 City Council meeting—the first meeting following the Council’s summer hiatus. To see past recipients, log on to and click on “Business.” DP

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DP Sheriff’s Blotter Compiled By Jonathan Volzke All information below is obtained from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department website. The calls represent what was told to the deputy in the field by the radio dispatcher. The true nature of an incident often differs from what is initially reported. No assumption of criminal guilt or affiliation should be drawn from the content of the information provided. An arrest doesn’t represent guilt. The items below are just a sampling of the entries listed on the OCSD Web site.

Assist Outside Agency Pacific Coast Highway, 34400 Block (8:41 p.m.) A man staying at the hotel said he fell and punctured his lung.

Disturbance Calle Verano, 26800 Block (12:54 p.m.) Loud remote control gas cars were going up and down the street.

Citizen Arrest Buccaneer Street, 33000 Block (7:11 p.m.) A man came home and caught his 15year-old son drinking. The son was being cooperative.

Suspicious Persons/Circumstances Street of the Golden Lantern/La Cresta Drive (11:42 a.m.) Deputies were called to Shipwreck Park about a group of three or more males in dark clothing possibly dealing drugs.

Traffic Stop Pointe Sutton/Street of the Golden Lantern (5:30 p.m.) A 22-year-old man, who listed his occupation as auto sales, was arrested after a traffic stop.

Wednesday, September 21

Suspicious Persons/Circumstances Alta Vista Drive, 24500 Block (3:02 p.m.) Four carloads of juveniles were loitering near the caller’s residence.

Disturbance Calle Real, 26800 Block (10:21 p.m.) A woman in her 30s stated her boss had hit her. She refused medical treatment.

Hit and Run Misdemeanor Report Olinda Drive, 33800 Block (3:00 p.m.) A 12-year-old skateboarder was hit by a car, and the driver fled.

Vandalism in Progress Monarch Beach Resort/Niguel Road (9:45 p.m.) A caller reported his car window had been broken as he was driving down Pacific Coast Highway. The caller had seen people in a dark green Volvo wagon throw an unknown object that broke the window.

Suspicious Persons/Circumstances Crown Valley Parkway/Pacific Coast Highway (12:53 p.m.) Employees of a market called to report a person following them around the store and acting suspicious. At the time of the call, the man was standing outside and carrying two fish in plastic bag.

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Disturbance El Encanto Avenue/Selva Road (7:47 p.m.) A woman called deputies to report a group loitering in the area had threatened to stab her husband as he walked by with their 3-month-old. Citizen Assist Mediterranean Drive, 32600 Block (7:40 p.m.) A male juvenile was playing ding dong ditch.

Burglary Alarm – Audible Street of the Violet Lantern, 34300 Block (7:33 a.m.) Deputies responding to an alarm discovered no one home at the second-floor residence but numerous glass breaks throughout the residence.

Suspicious Persons/Circumstances Pacific Coast Highway/Street of the Violet Lantern (6:24 p.m.) A customer at the gas station told deputies the gas pump hacked his credit card and drained all the money from his bank account.

Tuesday, September 20

Disturbance La Plaza, 34000 Block (1:39 p.m.) Two transients with a dog were playing guitar and refusing to leave.

Suspicious Person/Circumstances Street of the Violet Lantern/Pacific Coast Highway (9:37 p.m.) A man who appeared to be drunk and smoking a cigarette was seen stumbling up the street while looking into parked cars. Disturbance Crown Valley Parkway, 32400 Block (8:46 p.m.) Seven people were in the pool being loud and possibly drinking. None of the people lived in the community, and they jumped the fence to gain access.

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Grand Theft Report Dana Drive, 24700 Block (10:59 a.m.) A kayak was reported stolen from the parking lot. Suspicious Persons/Circumstances Street of the Blue Lantern, 33600 Block (8:03 a.m.) School-aged kids were reported smoking cigarettes. The caller said the kids do not live in the complex.



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ALL HANDS, AHOY: By Beverli Jinn

Plastic: Can’t Live with It, Can’t Live without It


o one was in the water yet. Andy McTigue had briefed the 51 volunteer divers, explaining that the water was ten feet deep and the bottom layered with silt. Beverli Jinn Visibility would be zero. It was to be a slow dive. Safety, Andy stressed, was the main concern. Each diver must check in with him just before entering the water and check out when leaving. While the divers squeezed into their scuba gear, I waited at the railing of Gangway D, asking a lot of questions of Andy and Paul Lawrence and Brad Gross and anyone else working on this project. Between questions, I enjoyed gazing downward at the surface of the shimmering brown water and the line of boat reflections extending toward the harbor channel. Later, as the light shifted, the reflections were not of the boats themselves but of the masts. Somehow the masts were reflected as a line of corkscrews. An unease settled over me as I envisioned the trash that lay in the silt below, as I conjectured just how it all got there. Oh, sure, in previous cleanups divers had found a lot of stuff that could be expected—fishing poles, plastic deck chairs, barbecue equipment, broken pieces of the boat itself—but a toilet? A parking meter set in concrete? In a very real sense, this was an archeological dig. There were a lot of stories to tell. In pairs, the divers now were splashing into the water from the docks, each pair assigned to an area beneath the gangway and between gangways. Once in the water, they adjusted their gear and descended, leaving a circle of air bubbles expanding outward. Almost without exception, each soon surfaced and reported to his buddy: “I can’t see a thing down there.” Somehow in the next two hours, however, they figured out how to feel their way and bring a wide collection of barnacle encrusted stuff to the surface and onto Dana Point Times September 23–29, 2011

the docks. This was collected by other volunteers, many of them members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and wheeled up to the parking lot and dumped onto a large blue plastic tarp. My favorite? A construction size wheelbarrow. The largest? A bottom liner that was too heavy to pull out. While all of this was going on, the Coastal Cleanup was happening in three other areas: around the Ocean Institute, throughout the harbor commercial area, and southward from the Puerto Place jetty at Doheny State Park. A lot of people had a good time. A lot of cigarette butts were kept out of the ocean. The environmental consciousness of the Dana Point community most assuredly was raised. Still, we’re talking hundreds of people, not thousands. We’re talking temporary fix, not clean beaches, not a healthy Capistrano Bay. Can we expect—or even hope—that the 33,351 residents of Dana Point or the thousands of visitors to the community will do what is more important: take personal responsibility for a clean watershed? No, we cannot. Can we hope that 17,500 are on board? Eight thousand? Yes, of course we can hope. The reality, however, is that the only number we can count on is ONE. Each individual can guarantee only his own effort. Last week, at the monthly Coffee Chat held at Coffee Importers on the third Thursday of each month, we discussed the problem of disposal of plastic bags. I think it’s accurate to report that every one of the perhaps 30 people in attendance agreed that these non-biodegradable bags create a serious problem. There was no consensus, however, as to what should be done. Should the City ban their use? How would such a law be enforced? What about all the plastic bags and containers that cannot be recycled? Will scuba divers of the future have to focus on plastic bags, not just in our har-

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bor but as part of huge islands of floating plastic choking our once pristine ocean? In the meantime, let’s you and I embrace reusable bags. Let’s you and I scrunch up those plastic bags that markets foist on us and place them in recycle bins. Let’s you and I . . . Wait a minute. What about kitty litter? What about our trashcan liners? Some years ago, at her first opportunity, Beverli Jinn retired from teaching high school English. A lot of books inside her demanded to be written. Now, several years and six published books later, an altered compulsion, the care and feeding of our ocean, drives Jinn’s pen. She believes that the residents of Orange County’s South Coast can lead the way in establishing and maintaining a healthy watershed. She is the co-founder of Dana Point’s Earth/Ocean Society and is active in the DP Historical Society. Born and raised in Orange County, she has lived in Dana Point since 2001. Jinn welcomes her readers’ feedback via email at

ONLINE POLL With three big events in Dana Point Sept. 10-11—Doheny Days, Tall Ships Festival, RH Dana Charity Regatta— how do you think parking and traffic was handled? Very well. Offsite parking and shuttles helped tremendously.

79% OK, but there was room for improvement.

15% Poorly. The area was too congested.

6% Make sure to sound off on the “DP Times Poll of the Week” at Bookmark Dana Point Times today! The DP Times Online Reader Polls are not scientific and do not reflect the opinion of the DP Times.

PLEASE NOTE: The opinions offered here are solely those of the guest columnist and may or may not be shared by the Dana Point Times staff. We appreciate, however, their willingness to share their views, and we invite responses to be sent to


Virginia Reischl is an English teacher at Dana Hills High School. This year, among the five classes she is teaching, two are Advanced Placement classes. Mrs. Reischl is teaching both AP Language and AP Literature. Teaching one AP English class requires a huge time commitment—imagine grading and annotating 80 essays every week. It is almost unheard of to prepare for, teach and grade for two different AP courses. Mrs. Reischl does so with a smile and grace that makes her class one of “the” classes to take at Dana. She works Page 8

ridiculously long hours reading the reams of essays these kids write. One could understand if she wanted 20 minutes of free time over the weekend to spend with her family. Nope. Every Sunday Mrs. Reischl can be found at Starbucks helping students who want assistance. No charge—just come by on Sunday and she’ll work with you. In a world where all I read about is how bad, overpaid and underworked teachers are, let’s not forget all of the Virginia Reischls out there. To submit a letter to the editor for possible inclusion in the paper, e-mail us at or send it to 34932 Calle del Sol, Suite B, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624. Dana Point Times reserves the right to edit reader-submitted letters for length and is not responsible for the claims made or the information written by the writers.




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The List

A day-by-day guide to what’s happening in and around town this week. Compiled by Tawnee Prazak


Dana Point BBQ Championship 9 a.m. The City of Dana Point and the Kansas City Barbeque Society host a two-day world-class barbecue championship at Sea Terrace Park. Saturday activities include live music, refreshment garden, food, dessert contest and more. Pacific Coast Highway & Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.248.3530,


Fools 8 p.m. Romantic comedy at Camino Real Playhouse. Tickets $24-$40. Shows through Oct. 2. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082, Pedroncelli Wine Tasting 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. $15 for seven wines with cheese, crackers & chocolate. San Clemente Wine Company, 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067, Music & Wine Tasting 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Live music and wine tasting at DaVine Food & Wine. Cost is $ 20 and includes wine, cheese and crackers. 34673 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.493.4044,


Toast to the Casa 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Casa Romantica’s ninth annual gala fundraiser themed “The Crystal Ball” featuring food from local restaurants, wine, five live bands, dancing, live and silent auctions and more. Tickets $175 each. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,



The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band Utter the phrase “young blues guitarist” within earshot of anyone with even a cursory knowledge of the modern musical vanguard, and the first name that comes up will be Kenny Wayne Shepherd. The Louisiana born axe man and songsmith has been selling millions of albums, throwing singles into the Top 10, shining a light on the rich blues of the past and forging ahead with his own modern twist on a classic sound he has embodied since his teens. Courtesy photo DP TIMES: You just released the new album, How I Go last month. Tell our readers about the album. How I Go is a return to the middle ground between blues and rock, which is what I feel we do best. We worked very hard on this album and all aspects of the recording process, striving to give the listener the best musical experience possible. This record is a great representation of where me and my band are right now. What kind of set are you planning for The Coach House? Have you played the venue before? The current live show is half new material from the new record, and the other half is songs from previous records that I feel fans want to hear when they come to a KWS band show. Yes, we have played The Coach House before and enjoyed it very much. It has a very intimate feel, which I feel is important to the fans. They want to feel connected to the band and what’s happening on the stage. What other projects are you involved in currently? The current focus for us is touring in support of the new album. We are touring for the next year and a half with plans to go to Europe in November and other countries next year. The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, Friday, September 30. Doors open at 6 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $48., 949.496.8930 — A.J. Bardzilowski

7th Annual International Day of Peace Celebration 7 p.m. Event at the Baha’i Center with special guest speakers, live music and more to promote peace and unity. Free. 3316 Avenida del Presidente, San Clemente, 949.433.9555, Orange County Auto Show 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Weekend-long event at the Anaheim Convention Center with hundreds of new cars, hot exotics and more. $5-$10. 800 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, Character Counts! Annual Jamboree 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Annual family fair to teach good character traits in youths, featuring activities, displays, performances, arts & crafts, food for purchase and more at Vista Del Mar Middle School. 1130 Avenida Talega, San Clemente, 949.361.8368,


Blue Whale Bonanza Capt Dave’s Safari has daily departures for whale and dolphin watching on a high-tech catamaran. Call for more info. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.488.2828,


Ukulele Night 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Fun, weekly, free event at Hulaville. 2720 Camino Capistrano, San Clemente, 949.369.1905, Orangeman Triathlon 7 a.m. Athletes compete in a half-iron distance triathlon taking place at Salt Creek Beach. The swim is at Salt Creek, the bike course makes its way up through San Juan Capistrano on Ortega Highway, and the run goes through Dana Point.



Smokey Karaoke 8 p.m. Sing fearlessly at BeachFire and enjoy Mojito Monday. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,

Battle of the Paddle 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Annual stand-up paddle festival and exposition with races and demonstrations for all ages and skill levels held at Doheny State Beach. 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point,

Monday Night Laughs 9 p.m.-11 p.m. Live stand-up comedy every Monday night at Hennessey’s Tavern. 34111 La Plaza, Dana Point, 949.488.0121,

Dana Point Farmers Market 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Fresh produce and much more every Saturday at La Plaza Park, intersection of PCH and Golden Lantern in Dana Point.

Country Dancin’ with DJ Bubba 6:30 p.m. Mondays at Swallow’s Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188,

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Two-for-One at the Wharf Dana Wharf has half price on all fishing trips every Tuesday. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,

Ben Powell 7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, Basia 8 p.m. Concert at The Coach House, also featuring Jann Klose. Tickets $35. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,



Deblois Milledge Band 7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663,

Nik & Sam 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Live acoustic music at Salt Creek Grille. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.7799, Dan Lefler & The Danimals 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Live classic rock ‘n’ roll at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,



UFO 8 p.m. Concert at The Coach House also featuring White Lie. Tickets $30. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

Food Truck Fare Thursdays 11 a.m.-2 p.m. A variety of gourmet food trucks that change weekly at the OC Fair & Event Center. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1543, Dan Carlin & Friends 8 p.m. Live music at Wind & Sea. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500, *For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at Have an event? Send your listing to


SUDOKU by Myles Mellor Each Sudoku puzzle consists of a 9X9 grid that has been subdivided into nine smaller grids of 3X3 squares. To solve the puzzle, each row, column and box must contain each of the numbers 1 to 9. Puzzles come in three grades: easy, medium and difficult. Level: Medium


Last week’s solution:


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A Million Meals


Two Important Life Lessons T oday’s column carries with it a couple of powerful lessons. The first: Opportunity often arises out of adversity, although during the difficult period of adversity we may not understand or be able to see the opportunity until sometime later. The second lesson reminds me of my mom. She often quoted her version of the proverb from Ecclesiastes 11:1 by saying, “Bread cast upon the waters is often returned in some form.” Keeping these two lessons in mind, a special woman named Jo, age 51, shared her story. Jo said, “I’m a widow of five years. My husband passed away from colon cancer at the young age of 46. We were married 23 years with a wonderful life we had created together. Needless to say, I struggled being alone and in the dating world at the age of 50. “My neighbor’s daddy—whom I’d only met briefly a couple of times—was diagnosed with leukemia. In hearing the news, I felt that pit in my stomach of what cancer news feels like. I love my neighbor dearly and her beautiful little family. I knew I had to go visit her dad, Bruce, in the hospital. “It was difficult for me to go to the same hospital where my husband was so many times, but my feeling that I needed to see Bruce was much stronger. I walked into his room and announced that I was his daughter’s neighbor and we talked for a couple hours. We shared many thoughts, feelings, fears and life stories; I dropped a few tears. “His prognosis was only a 23 percent survival and they were checking family for a bone marrow donor. I left my phone number for his wife to call me. If she needed anything I’d be there. As I walked out of the hospital, I felt a deep sadness. My thoughts at the time were: what an amazing man with an amazing family and life. I wish Dana Point Times September 23–29, 2011

I could call him ‘friend’ and I regret I’ll never see him again.” Jo said a few months later she heard the great news that Bruce had received the transplant and was home ON LIFE AND doing very well and LOVE AFTER 50 had plans of taking the By Tom Blake whole family to Hawaii. However, the story took a bizarre twist. Jo said, “After they returned from their trip, his wife died suddenly. Everyone was shocked because she was the healthy one and everyone expected he would be first to pass. I attended the funeral at the same funeral home as my husband’s funeral. It was very difficult but my feelings were strong that I needed to be there. “Months went by and my neighbor said her dad was asking about me and remembered our visit in the hospital. I said I would really like to see him and see how he’s doing. We had a few meetings of sharing our grief of our loved ones gone and the horrible experience of cancer. “He invited me to go horseback riding with him, something we both love doing. When we stopped for our lunch I told him what I loved about the day: that we were doing something I loved, he was sharing his passion with me, and I was getting my wish—my second chance to be able to call him ‘friend.’ “His reply was ‘I want to be your best friend.’ Well, it’s more than friends and we’ve been dating two months. I truly feel my husband chose him for me and keeps reminding me of my wish.” Jo added that one challenge they face is that his family and friends have a hard time seeing him with a new woman.

She mentioned another factor that enriches this story: “I have a swing on my back patio that is now called the ‘therapy swing,’ where long and deep conversations happen. Bruce never talked to anyone about his wife’s death till six months after her passing. He shares his Vietnam stories with me that not even his kids have heard. His daughter said she worries about him because he doesn’t talk about things. I told her on the ‘therapy swing,’ it comes out in buckets. Everyone should have a therapy swing! “The part I appreciate the most about him is that when someone has looked death in the face they live life to the fullest with no regrets and can appreciate the smallest things in life. As afraid as I am to be with someone who could have a re-occurrence of cancer, I think it’ll be worth it. Besides, who better to do it? I walked one great man to his end of life and I know I can walk another great man.” For Bruce, that first lesson we talked about—opportunity arises from adversity—happened. And Jo’s act of kindness to visit Bruce in the hospital—the bread cast upon the waters—came back to her in fulfilling her wish of calling him “friend.” Jo signed her email “Loving Life again!” Tom Blake is a Dana Point business owner and San Clemente resident who has authored books on middle-aged dating. To comment on his column, email him at See his website at DP PLEASE NOTE: The opinions offered here are solely those of the guest columnist and may or may not be shared by the Dana Point Times staff. We appreciate, however, their willingness to share their views, and we invite responses to be sent to

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Volunteers needed for event to aid needy, hungry in Haiti, Horn of Africa By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times


ids Around the World, in partnership with area businesses and churches, is hosting a volunteer project—Friday, September 23, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, September 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.—at Saddleback College, Parking Lot 1, 28000 Marguerite Parkway in Mission Viejo. The food-packing event, which is open to the public, is part of an effort to package and distribute one million meals to help the hungry in Haiti and the Horn of Africa. Dave Anderson of Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari in Dana Point is among the volunteers from over 30 churches, five schools and six businesses involved in this effort so far. “There is an incredible need in Haiti and Africa and this is a meaningful way that folks of all ages, even children, can actually, physically, help a child in these countries from here at home,” said Anderson. “My family and I learned firsthand how powerful this is when we got involved in a smaller event last year. Volunteering as a family is really fun too.” According to Regional Director for Kids Around the World, Paul Gates, the effort has reached 820,000 meals and is only about $45,000 dollars away from hitting the million meal mark. Volunteers sign up for shifts to package specially formulated rice and soy-based meals in an assembly-line fashion. For more information, email Learn more online at or www. DP

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Dolphins vs. Grizzlies, Mission Hills High School

Dana Hills Invitational, Dana Hills High School

Sept. 23, 7 p.m.

Sept. 24, 8 a.m.

Coming off defeat at the hands of Edison, the Dolphins aim to bounce back into top form as the team heads to San Marcos to face Mission Hills High.

More than 80 schools from as far away as Hawaii participate in this 35-year-old event through the hills of Dana Point.


Info: www.dhhsathletics. com/cc/dhi.html



A’s vs. Angels, Angel Stadium Sept. 24, 6:05 p.m. With just a handful of games left in the regular season the Halos take on Oakland before hosting a showdown with Texas. Info: www.losangeles.

Dolphin Report


Hawks vs. Dolphins, Dana Hills High School

Monarcas Morelia vs. Galaxy, Home Depot Center

Sept. 27, 6 p.m.

Sept. 28, 7 p.m.

It’s all hands on deck as the Dolphins hope to bang out some big goals in its effort to roll past Laguna Hills High in this nonleague match.

After two heated battles on the road, the LA Galaxy head home for a CONCACAF match against Monarcas Morelia at Home Depot Center.





By David Zimmerle

FOOTBALL • Dana Hills (1-2) had trouble getting its offense in gear as the Dolphins were upended 34-13 while playing host to Edison High School in nonleague action on September 16. Both teams remained deadlocked 7-7 after the whistle blew on the first quarter as the Dolphins got on the board first when Colton Freedman scoped and interception that went for six points, while the Chargers (3-0) answered next capping a solid offensive drive with an 8-yard touchdown run by Marquis Ross. For the next two quarters, Edison stymied Dana Hills’ offensive production as the Dolphins were kept from crossing the goal line until late in the fourth quarter when Hunter Briggs was targeted by quarterback Shane Scambray for a 13-yard touchdown while the extra point attempt by Logan Warren failed. Scambray finished the game going 26-for-44 with 231 yards passing and one touchdown, while Marcus Hughes led the ground game with 61 yards on 13 carries. Briggs led the receiving core with eight catches for 73 yards. Log on to to read more and see a photo slideshow of the action. Next 7 days: Sept. 23 at Mission Hills, 7 p.m.

Sept. 27 at *Aliso Niguel, 3 p.m.; Sept. 28 at Newport Harbor, 3 p.m.; Sept. 29 vs. *Aliso Niguel, 2:30 p.m. GIRLS TENNIS • The Lady Dolphins (1-1) had a great start to opening the 2011 season, beating Palos Verdes 13-5 on the road September 13. Results are as follows: Singles: J. Perez def. N. Scotten 6-1, def. D. Wong 6-2, A. Tayles (DH sub) lost to H. Rees 4-6; M. Pletcher 6-1, 6-2, 6-2; C. Spearman lost to N. Scotten 5-2 (def. inj.), def. H. Rees 6-1, E. Mattson (DH sub) lost to D. Wong 0-6. Doubles: Stewart-Wilcox (DH) lost to Gerber-Lee 3-6, def. Mar-Sunada 7-5, def. KocarsianHawke 6-0; Ludwig-Gold (DH) 6-2, 6-3, 6-3; ZuabiButcher 0-6, Olson-Sempre (DH sub) def. Mar-Sunada 7-6, Zuabi-Butcher def. Kocarisan-Hawke 6-4. But the girls couldn’t regroup for a win against Peninsula September 20 losing 13-5 to its opponent. Next 7 days: Sept. 27 at San Clemente, 3 p.m.; Sept. 28 vs. Santa Barbara, 3 p.m.; Sept. 29 vs. Tesoro, 3 p.m.

BOYS AND GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY • Both the boys and girls varsity cross country teams are finally back on the mainland after participating in two separate invitationals in Hawaii. Now Dana Hills preps to host the annual Dana Hills Invitational this Saturday. Next 7 days: Dana Hills Invitational, Sept. 24, 8 a.m.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL • After cruising past San Juan Hills 3-0 on September 8, the Lady Dolphins (2-1) had a little trouble with Rosary High losing 3-1 to their opponent on September 14. However, the girls bounced back to beat St. Margaret’s in four sets, rolling past the Lady Tartans 25-21, 25-27, 25-15 and 25-21 on September 16. Next up, Dana Hills faced Santa Margarita September 20 before hosting University on September 21. Next 7 days: Sept. 23-24 at Dave Mohs Tourney, TBA; Sept. 27 at Orange Lutheran, 6 p.m.

GIRLS GOLF • Sporting a No. 9 ranking in the county, the Lady Dolphins (8-0, 1-0 SCL) are on fire as of late beating Trabuco Hills 210-221 and 205-224 September 14-15 before having several of its individual golfers swing for success at the annual Rainbow Sandals/Lady Triton Invitational on September 17. The girls next faced La Costa Canyon September 19 and went on to defeat their opponent 229-238 before nailing down their first South Coast League win of the season on September 20--a 208-244 shellacking of Mission Viejo. The team got after it yet again with another round against the Lady Diablos on September 21. Next 7 days:

BOYS WATER POLO • The Dolphins (1-2) made an impressive debut to 2011 narrowly losing to Servite High by the final score of 13-12 on September 13. But the team fired off a statement win after edging past Edison 12-10 September 14. Next up, the Dolphins had trouble corralling Los Osos as Dana Hills fell 7-5 at home on September 17. The boys then picked up South Coast League action against San Clemente on September 20 before heading off to play in the South Coast Tourney September 22-24. Next 7 days: Sept. 27 vs. Laguna Hills, 4 p.m.; Sept. 29- Oct. 1 at Villa Park Tourney, TBA

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Team BioDynamax Coach Ken Baum stands with his award winning team (L to R) Joe, bronze Kumite; Donovan, bronze Kumite; Nick, participation medal; Amelia, silver Kumite, unnamed student, gold Kumite, bronze Kata and Caden, gold Kata, bronze Kumite. Courtesy photo

MARTIAL ARTS Team BioDynamax entered six athletes in the Disney Martial Arts Tournament in Anaheim, August 26 through 28. The team collectively brought home two gold medals, one silver and four bronze. The team faces competitors from around the country as well as Venezuela and Cuba. Team BioDynamax competed in traditional Karate. “We had three goals going into the tournament: 1. have fun; 2. get better and 3. win,” said Team BioDynamax coach Ken Baum. “We were successful in all three, as we had a great time, everyone improved and we won our first gold medal in Kumite (fighting). And, another athlete won a bronze for his first Kumite medal ever.” Baum also coaches the world-class Team Paul Mitchell Karate team and other pro athletes. Baum’s BioDynamax Training Center is located at 34921 Doheny Park Road in Capistrano Beach. For more information call 949.498.9990 or visit the website at


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Grom of the WEEK Malia Osterkamp Age: 13, Vista del Mar Middle School Malia Osterkamp is making her mark early in the 2011/2012 surf season, already having reached the podium a total of six times. She kicked off the contest season with a fourth place finish in the Girls U14 division at the Gatorade WSA Championship Tour Event No. 1, August 6 at San Onofre State Park, Trail 6. She then capped off the month with her first ever win in the NSSA Southwest Explorer Women’s division at event No. 1, August 20 in Huntington Beach. In that event she also took home second place honors in the Girls division. So far this month in NSSA competition Malia has taken third place in the Girls division at Open event No. 1 at Oceanside on September 3-4 and at Explorer No.2, September 18 at Pacific Beach, she was once again a double finalist, taking second in both Women and Girls. Her second top two result in Explorer Women saw Malia rise to the top of the ratings board in that division. A veteran of the Vista del Mar surf team, Malia is expected to once again be a key player when the Scholastic Surf Series (SSS) Malia Osterkamp. Courtesy of NSSA starts up. Malia is a focused student who, as busy as she is surfing multiple series, says she will continue to study hard in pursuit of a college education and a career as a pro surfer. —Andrea Swayne

Call to Battle

SURF RESULTS NSSA Soutwest Conference Open Event No. 2, September 10-11, Huntington Beach, Pier

The 4th Annual Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle Set for September 24-25 at Doheny State Beach

First place and local finishers only. MEN: 1. Taylor Clark, Encinitas; 2. Trevor Thornton, San Clemente. JUNIORS: 1. Brogie Panesi, Pacifica; 3. Griffin Colapinto, San Clemente. BOYS: 1. John Mel, Newport Beach. MINI GROMS: 1. Zach McCormick, Solana Beach; 2. Ethan Mudge, Capistrano Beach; 4. Ryan Martin, San Clemente. WOMEN: 1. Kulia Doherty, San Clemente; 3. Tia Blanco, San Clemente. GIRLS: 1. Frankie Harrer, Malibu; 2. Tia Blanco, San Clemente. LONGBOARD: 1. Cody Canzoneri, San Clemente/Texas. PERFORMER OF THE EVENT: Taylor Clark, Encinitas.

Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times


ith Rainbow Sandals’ Battle of the Paddle stand-up paddle contest heading into its fourth successful year Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25 at Doheny State Beach, we caught up with Marketing Director / Event Codirector Pat Huber to discuss how far the sport of SUP has come and how the event has evolved because of it. Here is a sampling of what Huber had to say. Going into the 4th Annual Battle of the Paddle, what do you think about the hold SUP has taken in the surfing world and how Rainbow Sandals has played a part in its advancement? I think SUP has taken a journey through the surfing world but inevitably started to create a world of its own. By originating in the surfing world, SUP went through growing pains having to share the same waters as traditional surfers but it seems like everything has calmed. People that never surfed and started SUP surfing are more educated and have acquired ocean etiquette and people that disapproved the sport from the beginning have to come to terms with themselves on why they actually do it now. However, you don’t need waves to SUP and you can have just as much fun, if not more, exploring places you’d never go just paddling around. A third of our competitors in the Battle of the Paddle come from places where there is no ocean. Are there any new additions to this year’s battle events? Because of the higher than expected entries into the Elite Race last year, we created two qualifying heats. The top 25 paddlers of each qualifying heat will enter Dana Point Times September 23–29, 2011

Stand-up paddlers participate in the 2010 Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle at Doheny State Beach. Hundreds are expected to return to compete in this year’s fourth annual event, Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25. Photo by Tom Servais

into the final Elite Race at 2 p.m. The first heat will be at 9 a.m. and the second heat at 10 a.m. We primarily did this as a safety precaution. Is there anything special about this year’s battle that you’d like to highlight in a story? What’s special about this year is the increase in youth and world participation and the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association kids’ activities. So far we have competitor entries from 30 different countries on five continents and there are already three entries into the Elite Race from kids ages 12, 14 and 16. Seeing more and more kids get into the sport at a high competitive level show’s promise in the sport’s future. Also, the DSBIA, our benefactor, will be holding a larger kid’s zone concentrated in the middle of the event site. Don’t hesitate to bring the family down to participate in all the weekend activities. ON THE WEB: Find out more and tune into the live webcast at DP

Surf ForecasT Water temp: 63-68˚F Water visibility and conditions: Local: 12-15’+ Poor-Fair; Catalina: 10-20’+ Fair+ Remarks: Small South/Southwest swell and minor Northwest swell keep the surf rideable on Thursday. Surge is generally pretty light, and visibility is okay, making for generally poor-fair to fair diving conditions. Short range: Size is in the 2-3’(knee-waist high) zone for most of the region on Thursday morning, with a few slightly larger peaks for top exposures. Size holds in the 2-3’ (knee-waist high) range on Friday off a mix of Southwest and Northwest swells. Conditions look clean for the mornings and generally fair overall. Long range: A small Southwest/South-Southwest groundswell mix is on tap over the weekend, mixing with small Northwest windswell. Conditions are looking clean for the mornings; with most breaks holding steady in the 2-3’ (knee-waist high) zone. Stay tuned to Surfline. com for updates.

Hurley Pro Updates Online With the conclusion of the Hurley Pro Trestles expected after press time, updates will be posted online at Page 22

NSSA Southwest Conference Explorer Event No. 2, September 18, Pacific Beach, Crystal Pier Local finishers only. BOYS: 6. Kei Kobayashi, San Clemente. MENEHUNE: 6. Noah Hohenester, San Clemente. SUPER GROMS: 3. Ethan Mudge, Capo Beach; 5. Kade Matson, San Clemente. WOMEN: 1. Kulia Doherty, San Clemente; 2. Malia Osterkamp, San Clemente. GIRLS: 2. Malia Osterkamp, San Clemente. Full results online at

BOARD SHORTS Surfing America Prime Event No. 1 Relocates Due to scheduling conflicts, the event previously set for September 24-25 on Camp Pendleton at DMJ’s will now be held in Cardiff by the Sea at Seaside Reef on the same dates.

UPCOMING EVENTS September 24-25: Battle of the Paddle, Doheny State Beach September 24-25: Nike 6.0 Surfing America Prime West Event No.1, Cardiff by the Sea, Seaside Reef October 1-2: Gatorade WSA Championship Tour Event No.2, Ventura, Surfers Point October 1-2: NSSA Southwest Open Event No. 3, San Onofre State Beach, Uppers October 8: Surfing America Prime West Event No. 2, San Onofre State Park, Church Beach October 8-9: Seafest T.Patterson Surf Contest, San Clemente, Pier

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