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Beach Fires Spark Debate in Orange County With air quality proposal on the table, beachside fires may soon be a thing of the past E Y E O N D P/ PAG E 4 More than 30 fire pits along Doheny State Beach and the four at Capistrano Beach Park could soon be useless, if the South Coast Air Quality Management District votes to ban beachside fires in Orange and Los Angeles counties. Photo by Andrea Papagianis

City Council OKs Short-term Rentals, with Regulations

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CITY AND BUSINESS CALENDAR SATURDAY, APRIL 6 Craft Fair and Farmers Market 9 a.m.–3 p.m. La Plaza Park, 34111 La Plaza Street. The Dana Point Farmers Market hours are extended to 3 p.m. to include a craft fair. Admission is free. For more information please call 949.573.5033 or visit

TUESDAY, APRIL 9 Preschool Storytime 10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m. The Dana

Point Library welcomes children ages three to six and their caregivers for stories, songs and silliness. No registration is required. Call 949.496.5517 or visit for more on upcoming events. VFW Veterans Assistance 1:30p.m.–3 p.m. Dana Point VFW Post 9934 offers free veterans’ benefits and veteran services membership assistance at the Dana Point Community Center, 34052 Del Obispo, call 949.248.1419, or email rfwlr61@ for more information.

THURSDAY, APRIL 11 Emergency Siren Testing Each of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station emergency sirens from Camp Pendleton to Dana Point will be activated individually for a few seconds. This is only a test. For more information please visit or call 949.248.3579.

FRIDAY, APRIL 12 Siren Testing Continues


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… Vacation Rentals Getting the Councils OK?

… the Potential for Class Size Increases in CUSD?

THE LATEST: The Dana Point City Council officially adopted an ordinance permitting and regulating short-term vacation rentals in a 4-1 vote Tuesday night, with Councilman Carlos Olvera dissenting. The vote, motioned by Councilwoman Lisa Bartlett, continued the second reading of the ordinance and the formal adoption, amidst boos from about 15 Beach Road homeowners and property managers who pleaded with the council to take more time to consider the ordinance. “Our homes are safe and friendly,” said Chris Jones, owner of Capistrano Reality, which manages more than 40 homes along Beach Road. “All we ask is to assist the city in proper language that helps us all achieve our mutual goals of safe homes, happy renters, happy owners and many happy years of TOT (Transient Occupancy Tax) … we will all benefit from your patience.” But after five years of working on the ordinance, city staff seemed anxious to move forward with regulations. “From a selfish-staff standpoint, we’ve put a lot of time into this ordinance and … it would be nice to have this part behind us,” said City Attorney Patrick Munoz. He highlighted that there would still be an opportunity to work through issues.

THE LATEST: Despite protests from parents the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday moved ahead with fee waiver requests that allow for increased class sizes. Fee waivers approved by the state Department of Education eliminate penalties for classes above state-prescribed limits. CUSD’s waivers will allow average class sizes for kindergarten, first through third grade and fourth through eighth grade to go above 31, 30 and 29.9 students, respectively.

WHAT’S NEXT: City Manager Doug Chotkevys said city staff will meet with residents to address further concerns regarding a home inspection checklist. Chotkevys clarified the meeting would not lead to a complete reworking of the ordinance, but rather a redlined approach in the form of amendments.

THE LATEST: The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees last Wednesday indefinitely tabled—in a 5-2 vote—a resolution calling for an adjudicated license amendment hearing for Southern California Edison’s proposal to restart the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Adopting the resolution would have put the board on record as opposing a restart of SONGS without an arbitrated license amendment hearing. Anti-nuclear activists called for a vote on the resolution, citing a

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WHAT’S NEXT: With teachers’ union negotiations expected to begin, following revision of the district’s budget in May, Superintendent Joseph Farley said the waivers provide financial flexibility at the collective bargaining table. At this point, Farley said, the district will likely have to cut $20 million from its budget.

vote in favor of a similar resolution by the San Diego Unified School District board in January. San Clemente resident Grace van Thillo said the formal, open hearing was necessary to regain the public’s trust. “All of our children are counting on us to keep them safe,” van Thillo told the board. A representative from Edison, Via Tran, said much of the staff at SONGS also send their children to CUSD schools, and they have a profound interest in keeping them safe, as well. WHAT’S NEXT: Since the resolution was tabled, it may not come before the board again before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission makes a restart decision on SONGS. The NRC has stated the decision could come in May. FIND OUT MORE: To read the full story, log on to —BP and Jim Shilander


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… the School District Tabling a SONGS Resolution?

… a Pot Shop Owner Pleading Guilty in Federal Court?

THE LATEST: A former Dana Point marijuana dispensary owner pleaded guilty Monday morning to federal allegations of drug and tax offenses. John Melvin Walker, 56, pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court in Santa Ana for conspiring to distribute more than a ton of marijuana and for maintaining druginvolved premises, according to a press release from the Department of Justice. Walker, who owned Safe Harbor Collective in Dana Point, was one of 14 indicted by a federal grand jury in October in a case that outlined a string of nine marijuana storefronts—all owned by a silent partner, Walker—throughout Orange and Los Angeles counties.

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According to federal authorities, the man known as “Pops” is said to have earned more than $25 million over six years in marijuana sales, under the radar of the Internal Revenue Service—an estimated $2.4 million came from Safe Harbor in 2009 alone. With the help of federal investigators, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department searched the then medical marijuana dispensary, located at 34102 Violet Lantern, and four associated homes in San Clemente in April 2010. During the searches, authorities found firearms, ammunition and more than $500,000 in cash. WHAT’S NEXT: Currently in federal custody, Walker is scheduled for sentencing on July 22. The remaining defendants named in the indictment are scheduled to go on trial on September 24. FIND OUT MORE: Visit for the entire story.—AP


… City Records Being Available Online?

THE LATEST: The city’s public records are now available and searchable through an online portal. Records available include City Council agendas and minutes, resolutions, ordinances and building permits dating back to 2009. The city has plans to add more records, as time allots. WHAT’S NEXT: To search city records visit, For searches regarding a building permit issued prior to 2009, contact Jennifer Ransom at 949.248.3529, or e-mail FIND OUT MORE: For more on the story, visit—AP


Beach Fires Spark Debate in Orange County With air quality proposal on the table, beachside fires could soon be banned at LA and OC beaches By Andrea Papagianis Dana Point Times


o drinking. No smoking. No dogs. No beach fires? What began as a local debate over whether or not the city of Newport Beach should remove dozens of fire rings from two beaches, Corona del Mar and Balboa, has grown into a two-countywide deliberation—between nostalgic beach-goers and state air quality officials—over the overall fate of Orange and Los Angeles county beachside fires. Newport Beach’s city council voted last March to eliminate fire pits from two beaches—over community health concerns and resident complaints that beach fires had become a public nuisance. And over the course of the last year, the city sought California Coastal Commission approval to remove 60 fire rings. Commission staff defended the fire pits and suggested keeping the fire pits as a free attraction to beachgoers, but the commission tabled its decision on the fire rings’ fate last month after state air quality officials became involved. Now, a recently introduced proposal by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD)—the state air pollution agency for parts of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties and all of Orange County—could ban beach fires, year round, on state beaches from Playa del Rey to San Clemente. In its findings, the commission pointed to an exemption in AQMD’s rules—for recreational fires—as a basis for allowing the rings to stay, but spokesman Sam Atwood for the South Coast Air Quality Management District said this exemption was misapplied. Atwood added the air quality agency didn’t want the Coastal Commission, or any other agency, to use their regulations as a rationale for not allowing the city to remove the rings, because in the end they are a source of pollution. So, AQMD staff took up the issue, and along with other proposals, introduced a ban on open burning on all district beaches. “The reason for doing this is simple,” Atwood said. “It’s the same reason that we adopt all of our other regulations, and that is to protect public health.” Currently, beachside bonfires are permitted in parkprovided fire rings throughout 14 beaches in the two counties, but the proposal would render some 890 rings useless. And those opposed to the ban aren’t convinced health interests spurred the proposal. “This appears to be a move by a small cadre of wealthy beach property owners in a well-heeled area of the county to deny the pleasures of a beach fire to the wide socio-

Orange County Fire Pit Locations Doheny State Beach Capistrano Beach Park Bolsa Chica State Beach Huntington City Beach Huntington State Beach Aliso Beach County Park Balboa Beach Corona Del Mar State Beach North Beach San Clemente City Beach San Clemente State Beach

Dana Point Capistrano Beach Huntington Beach Huntington Beach Huntington Beach Laguna Beach Newport Beach Newport Beach San Clemente San Clemente San Clemente

32 4 182 83 200 7 33 27 4 9 160

TOTAL: 741 Data provided by the South Coast Air Quality Management Division

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On May 3, the South Coast Air Quality Management District could ban beachside fires in Los Angeles and Orange counties. Photo by Andrea Papagianis

economic sweep of the general public,” said Ed Neely, the spokesman for the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association (DSBIA). Between Doheny State Beach and Capistrano Beach Park, Dana Point’s beaches are home to nearly 40 fire pits and neighboring San Clemente beaches to around 170. Murrieta resident Bob Landwehr, who has vacationed in southern Orange County with his family for decades, and spends five months of the year beachside camping with his wife, fears the ban will put an end to an aspect of camping he and his family hold dear. “We have pictures of grandma and grandpa before they passed, sitting around the fire ring with other relatives, cousins and uncles, and it’s been an integral part of our beach experience,” said Landwehr. “And I would very much hate to see it go away.” Bill Brooks, president of the DSBIA echoed the same sentiment. “This is a decision with statewide implications and if it passes here, it could spread up and down the state,” he said. “It’s an attempt to steal away historical and cultural traditions.” But spokesman for the air quality agency, Atwood, held that this one-line proposed amendment—in the overall agency plan to get the district in line with federally implemented standards by 2105—was indeed introduced with the best interests of residents in mind. “We know that wood smoke is not healthy to breathe, it contains thousands of pollutants, some of which are cancer causing,” Atwood said. According to the SCAQMD staff report—which introduced the proposed ban, included in changes to Rules 444 and 445—residents in the agency’s district are exposed to “some of the highest ambient concentrations in the nation” of particulate matter—described by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a particle pollution, a mixture of very small particles and liquid droplets, made up of components such as acids, dust particles, organic Page 4

chemicals and metals. While often too small to see, many particle pollutants like dust, soot and smoke can be viewed with the naked eye. Levels of these pollutants are measured and tracked by regional Ambient Air Monitoring Stations, and are highly regulated by the EPA. Atwood said the overall goal of the agency’s proposal was to tighten up and make existing rules more stringent to be in line with federal standards. He added, the air quality district was not currently meeting. The proposed amendments to Rule 444, relating to wood-burning devices, and Rule 445, regarding open burning, could also lower the threshold required to declare no-burn days. Ultimately, this could increase the number of no-burn days placed on home-based wood-burning fireplaces and stoves. According to the AQMD staff report, while smoke from firewood and opening burning is not the “largest source of the region’s particulate pollution,” it is one of the last “uncontrolled sources of particulates … and air quality modeling indicates that significant air quality improvements can be achieved by reducing these emissions.” Brian Ketterer, California State Park Superintendent for the Orange Coast District—which includes six state beaches from Bolsa Chica to San Onofre—said the air quality agency hasn’t done enough research to implement this ban, and added he doubted they could get an accurate reading on its effects in just one-months’ time. The SCAQMD Governing Board will meet on May 3, and is poised to decide on the proposal to ban beach fires across Orange and Los Angeles counties. Atwood said the agency’s findings would be available for public review before the meeting. The proposed amendments to the air quality district’s rules would not include bans on charcoal or gas cooking at beaches. The SCAQMD board meeting on May 3 will be held at 9 a.m. at South Coast AQMD headquarters, 21865 Copley Dr., Diamond Bar. DP


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Dana Point Police Services COMPILED BY ELYSIA GAMO 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 website.

Tuesday, April 2 SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE Violet Lantern/La Cresta Drive (9:22 a.m.) A 50- to 60-year-old man wearing sunglasses was seen sitting in his car for over an hour across from the Montessori school.

Monday, April 1 DISTURBING THE PEACE Dana Point Harbor Drive, 25300 Block (7:19 p.m.) A caller reported hearing a

scream coming from a verbal argument between a man and a woman. The caller described the sound as someone “screaming bloody murder.”

caller told police the group may be intending to graffiti the bridge because it had been done in the past and was recently cleaned up.

TERRORIST THREATS Del Prado, 24500 Block (6:29 p.m.) A caller reported receiving a phone call from an ex-customer complaining and threatening to shoot and hang people at the location.

SUSPICIOUS MAN/ CIRCUMSTANCES La Cresta Drive, 24500 Block (12:32 a.m.) A caller reported a drunken man in his mid-20s was knocking on the windows of his current location.

DRUNK IN PUBLIC Avenida Las Palmas, 26600 Block (2:09 a.m.) A man reported his drunken stepdaughter, who threw a rock through his window, had fallen asleep underneath a vehicle in the driveway. The step-daughter, who listed her occupation as waitress, was arrested.

Sunday, March 31

DISTURBANCE Pacific Coast Highway/Crown Valley Parkway (4:55 p.m.) A man and woman were yelling at each other in front of a store on Pacific Coast Highway. It did not get physical between them, but the man ripped off his own shirt.

Friday, March 29 SUSPICIOUS PERSONS/CIRCUMSTANCES Santa Clara Avenue, 24500 Block (7:17 p.m.) A caller was concerned about numerous subjects gathered under the wooden bridge above the harbor. The

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Third Annual A Mile for Maddie Walk Set for May 18 uThe Maddie James Foundation has announced that the third annual A Mile for Maddie fundraising walk will be held on Saturday, May 18, corresponding with the grand opening of the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center at the Ocean Institute. All net proceeds from the 1.2-mile family-friendly fundraising walk, around the coastal bluffs of Dana Point, will benefit the institute’s new learning center named for 5-year-old Maddie James, who died from a brain tumor in March 2011. Pediatric Dentistry of San Clemente is sponsoring this year’s walk and returning as the event’s celebrity chair is marine life artist and conservationist Wyland, who will host an exclusive dinner on August 25 for the top fundraisers. Registered participants will be among the first to step foot on the new 300-foot

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dock, Ocean Science Discovery Landing and Historic Maritime Pier, the three key components of the new center. Construction on the center began in October of 2012. The walk begins at 8 a.m. at Strand Vista Park. Registration is $30 for adults and $20 for children, to register visit, For more about The Maddie James Foundation, visit

OCTA Seeking Members of Citizen Panel uThe Orange County Transportation Au-

thority is seeking community leaders to fill seats on the Citizens Advisory Committee. The 34-member committee meets throughout the year to provide input on a broad spectrum of transportation projects, studies and outreach activities and offers input to OCTA staff and board of directors. Appointed by OCTA’s board of directors,

CITIZEN ASSIST Avenida Las Palmas, 26900 Block (4:56 p.m.) A woman reported an ongoing issue with a neighbor who had been talking about her to other neighbors. The woman told police the neighbor yelled at her for having a dinner party and tried to tell her where she can and can’t park her car.

Wednesday, March 27

DISTURBANCE-FAMILY DISPUTE Avenida Las Palmas, 26600 Block (7:46 p.m.) A woman reported her 40-year-old daughter was yelling with her father out on the street. The woman said her daughter may have been under the influence of narcotics.


Thursday, March 28

DRUNK IN PUBLIC Doheny Park Plaza/Pacific Coast Highway (2:35 p.m.) Two men and two women carrying open containers of alcohol were bothering customers as they walked by.

the CAC is responsible for identifying opportunities for community input, recommending methods for obtaining public feedback on specific transportation issues, serving as a liaison between the public and OCTA and participating in roundtable discussions. Candidates must be at least 18, live in Orange County and be willing to commit to a two-year term. Potential committee members should also demonstrate a history of involvement in community and transportation issues, and be willing to dedicate at least 20 hours per year to OCTA meetings and activities. Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, May 7 and are available at www. The board is expected to select members by the end of June. For additional information, contact Alice Rogan by phone at, 714.560.5577 or by email,

Golfers to Tee Off for Guide Dogs on May 5 On Sunday, May 5 golfers will assist guide dogs and their partners, by playing in the Tee Off For Dogs tournament at Monarch Beach Golf Links. The event includes a friendly round of golf, boxed lunch and an awards dinner Page 5

One of the men was described as being in his 30s and wearing a green jacket. DISTURBANCE Doheny Park Road, 34100 Block (11:25 a.m.) A group of about eight to 10 people, described as possibly homeless, were seen drinking and using a trash can for a poker table outside of Donut World. The caller took photos of the group.

Tuesday, March 26 DISTURBANCE Nottingham Way, 33300 Block (7:37 p.m.) A woman reported that her drunken landlord pushed her mother and injured her. DISTURBANCE Perch Drive, 25200 Block (2:32 a.m.) A woman drove to pick up her boyfriend at his friend’s house. While transporting him back home, the boyfriend punched her in the face, broke her windshield and then took off running down the street.

Monday, March 25 SUSPICIOUS MAN/ CIRCUMSTANCES 0 Block (9:44 a.m.) A caller reported a homeless man who slept on the east side of the Palisades United Methodist Church and Preschool. No description of the man was given.

catered by the St. Regis with a raffle and silent auction, along with plenty of opportunities to meet guide puppies in training, volunteer raisers, working guides and their partners. This is the ninth annual tournament organized by Dana Point resident and guide dog user Frank Frand, who has raised over $250,000 to date. Proceeds from the event support Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) based in San Rafael, Calif. Since 1942, the organization has provided guide dogs to visually impaired people, along with intensive training and ongoing support for the human and dog teams, all free of charge. The program is supported entirely by private donations. Frand started organizing all-volunteer fundraising tournaments to thank GDB for the guide dogs, which restored his sense of independence and confidence after severe vision loss. The golfing connection goes deeper than fundraising, Tee Off For Dogs sponsored a young Southern Californian golfer who just received his first guide dog, Quebec. Tournament participants will play a “blind” hole and other activities that demonstrate how the visually impaired can continue to enjoy golfing with their friends. To register to golf or become a sponsor, visit For additional information, email Frank at



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Dana Point currently has no cold weather shelter for homeless and poor people to stay in during cold and rainy winter nights. The city enforces a 10 person maximum occupancy ordinance, without regard for weather or humane considerations. Pressure from our city forced a Capistrano Beach church to end its cold weather shelter in 2011. In early February 2013, a woman, who used to take shelter at the church, died of exposure in the alley behind the Big 5 store. There are many more people needing shelter on any given night. But the ordinance leaves them out in the cold. A recent census showed 55 homeless people living in the Doheny Park area of Capistrano Beach. Prior to writing this letter, I tried through multiple emails and phone calls to reach

Councilman Scott Schoeffel and Mayor Steven Weinberg to request their help with this situation and ask for a more reasonable occupancy limit. Neither official returned my calls or acknowledged my emails. They must have other priorities, like planting useless palm trees down the middle of Pacific Coast Highway. We are getting the government we deserve if we let their callousness become emblematic of our city. You can voice your opinion at the next council meeting April 16 at 6 p.m.


I moved from Corona Del Mar to Capistrano Beach a year ago, after finding my ideal beach home in south county. To be honest, I didn’t even know that Capo Beach existed … although I had driven through Dana Point often (absent a Town Center).

I am completely enamored with the area, the people and the vibe that Capo Beach offers. However, I am disappointed on a daily basis when I walk my dog along Camino Capistrano. While I enjoy the beachy, eclectic nature of this family-friendly neighborhood, it sickens me to look at the state of some of the vacant lots along the route. Two or three of these properties are so grossly overgrown with weeds and grass that they look like something that belongs in the wild—not in such a lovely neighborhood. Last year, one of these lots was so overgrown and dry that it became a serious fire hazard, in my opinion. I am tempted to buy a weed whacker and do the job myself, because it is apparent the lot owners do not give a rip about the state of their own property. Camino Capistrano is a beautiful walking street which leads to the sea via Palisades. Can we please maximize its

potential by simply cutting the grass and mending a fence? Even though I feel at times like we are going “into the wild” on our walks, they are always a pleasant success thanks to the amazing views and even friendlier people of Capo Beach.


Thank you to the Dana Point City Council for voting on the plastic bag ban. I used to shop in Dana Point at Gelson’s and Ralph’s, and in Capistrano Beach at Smart & Final. I now shop at Smart & Final in Lake Forest and Ralph’s in Laguna Niguel. Without the authoritarians on the council micro-managing my life, I would have never discovered these great shopping opportunities in the neighboring communities. More laws, more laws.

GUEST OPINION: Wavelengths by Jim Kempton

What if the Hokey Pokey Really is What it’s All About?


hen I was in Kindergarten the whole school would do the Hokey Pokey almost every day. We did it between reading class and Bible class and it was a perfect interlude between the two—a break of absolutely unmitigated delight that the teachers seemed to enjoy as much as all us kids. We would stand in a big circle and sing and dance and shake our butts and laugh like there was no tomorrow. It was as if the activity was part of our culture; something that had been around for generations if not millenniums. It still seems so today. “The man who wrote the song ‘The Hokey Pokey’ died peacefully at age 93,” was how my father would begin the joke he would tell us about its origins: “The most traumatic part for the family Dana Point Times April 5-11, 2013

was getting him into the coffin,” my dad would deadpan. “They put his left leg in ... and then the trouble started.” The origins of the phrase hokey pokey are generally considered to WAVELENGTHS refer to hocus pocus, the By Jim Kempton term used by ancient magicians. But the song itself seems to have much controversy as to who wrote it first. Songwriters from Great Britain, Canada, New Zealand and the USA all claim to have invented the song. The lyrics and meaning are also in dispute. Some consider the name may come from the corruption of one of several Italian phrases. Before the invention of

ice cream cones, ice cream was often sold wrapped in waxed paper and known as a hokey-pokey (possibly a corruption of the Italian ecco un poco - “here is a little”). An Italian ice cream street vendor was called a hokey-pokey man. According to “The Encyclopedia of Food” (published in 1923) hokey pokey (in the U.S.) is “a term applied to mixed colors and flavors of ice cream in cake form”. It is a flavor of ice cream in New Zealand, combining pure vanilla with honeycombed bits of toffee, and it has since become an important part of the Kiwi culture. So even though its origin may be obscure, the Hokey Pokey reaches across centuries, across continents, even across musical genres and cultures. It is really a simple, completely innocent, utterly joyous

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few minutes of unadulterated merriment. And to a large degree shouldn’t that really be what it‘s all about? Jim Kempton acknowledges his ardent allure of the arcane. He has extensively researched the origins of the Hokey Pokey to no avail. His current theory is that it most closely resembles longboard surfing both in spirit and practice. SC PLEASE NOTE: In an effort to provide our readers with a wide variety of opinions from our community, the DP Times provides Guest Opinion opportunities in which selected columnists’ opinions are shared. The opinions expressed in these columns are entirely those of the columnist alone and do not reflect those of the DP Times or Picket Fence Media. If you would like to respond to this column, please email us at




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THE LIST A day-by-day guide to what’s happening in and around town. COMPILED BY TAWNEE PRAZAK


LORD OF THE STRINGS CONCERT 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. World renowned finger style guitarist Richard Smith and his wife, versatile cellist Julie Adams perform at the Dana Point Community House. Tickets $30. 24642 San Juan Ave., 949-842-2227,


TOMORROW’S ARTISTS TODAY EXHIBIT 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Casa Romantica displays the student art exhibit with works by kids from local schools through April 18. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139, BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY NO. 9 7:30 p.m. Dana Point Symphony presents Beethoven Symphony No. 9 at St. Edward’s Church. $10-$15. 33926 Calle La Primavera, Dana Point, 301.832.0388, FIRST FRIDAY FILM 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Showing of the movie, Hope Springs, at the library. Donation $2. 31495 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.248.5132, GEORGE FRYER & ROBERT 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Live music and wine tasting at DaVine Food & Wine (wine tasting starts at 4 p.m.). Tasting fee $15 for 5 wines. 34673 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.493.4044, SCHOOL BOY CRUSH 8 p.m. Live entertainment at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa’s OverVue Lounge featuring pop rock. 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, 949.661.5000, STAFF PICKS WINE TASTING 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Wine tasting at SC Wine Company. Enjoy seven tastes for $15; includes complimentary cheese plate and chocolate. 212 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067, BRIAN YOUNG 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Live music at Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855, Dana Point Times April 5–11, 2013

AT THE MOVIES: ‘THE HOST’ IS NOT THE MOST With the Harry Potter and Twilight franchises over and the next chapter in the Hunger Games series not due in theaters until fall, the latest young adult fiction adaptation, The Host, does little to satisfy fans of the genre. Following the mildly disappointing release of Beautiful Creatures last month, OpenRoad Films has released the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s The Host, her first book since finishing Twilight. Like Twilight and The Hunger Games, a girl is set up for peril while embroiled in a love triangle. In an alternate universe, aliens have begun to occupy humans’ bodies and erase their memories, thus killing them off. When Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) retains her human intelligence after an alien possesses her body, she convinces it to take her to where her © Open Road Films family and boyfriend (Max Irons) are. But not everyone is convinced Melanie is still human. She is also hunted by the Seeker (Diane Kruger), who is driven to find humans. Jake Abel, Frances Fisher and William Hurt co-star. Directed by Andrew Niccol, most famous for Gattaca (1997), The Host suffers from weak source material, with direction that drags on with not much action or romance. Irons and Abel are underused, though the film’s promos suggest a love plot. But the film is mostly Melanie talking to herself. Even two very talented actresses (Ronan and Kruger) can’t seem to make it entertaining. —Megan Bianco

SWING SHIFT 8:30 p.m. Live music at The Swallows Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188, ROGER CLYNE & THE PEACEMAKERS 8 p.m. Live music at The Coach House. Tickets $18. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, HOLLYWOOD BLONDE 8 p.m. Live music at StillWater. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,



DANA POINT FARMERS MARKET 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fresh produce and much more every Saturday at La Plaza Park, Intersection of PCH and Golden Lantern in Dana Point.

COUNTYWIDE OPEN HOUSE EVENT Surterre Properties hosts a south Orange County open house event April 6-7 featuring their listings from Newport Beach to San Clemente. 33522 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.545.2000 or 621 South El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.373.8600, BOATS 1 p.m. Australia’s Terrapin Puppet Theatre presents the story of Nick and Jof, and their fun adventures in Samueli Theater at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Tickets $20. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2121, CEREMONY FOR MARINES 10 a.m. The SC Chamber & City honor the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment at San Onofre Beach, Camp Pendleton. More info: SPRING WILDFLOWER WALK 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Hike at the Ladera Ranch East Trail with The Reserve/The Richard & Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy. Adults $10, kids $5. 949.923.2210, FAMILY FILM FEATURE 10 a.m. Watch the film, Wreck-It Ralph, at the San Juan Capistrano Library. Free admission and popcorn! 31495 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.1752, LA WOMAN (DOORS TRIBUTE) 8 p.m. Live music at StillWater. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, Page 8

FARM TO FORK: KIDS COOKING CLASS 11 a.m.2:30 p.m. The Ecology Center hosts an event where kids can prepare a farm-fresh dish with freshly harvested strawberries. Cost $20 member/$25 not-yet-member. 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223, NATURE TOUR 9 a.m.-11 a.m. A walk exploring the ecology and natural history of the Dana Point area starting at the Nature Interpretive Center. 34558 Scenic Drive, Dana Point, 949.542.4755, BIG PAPA AND THE TCB LIVE 8 p.m. Music at Sunsets Bar Capistrano Beach. 34700 Pacific Coast Hwy., Capistrano Beach, 949.276.8880, SASHA & JOE AKA LOVER’S QUARREL 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Live music and wine tasting at DaVine Food & Wine (wine tasting starts at 4 p.m.). Tasting fee $15 for 5 wines. 34673 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.493.4044, WYLAND ART LESSONS IN THE WILD 9 a.m. Dockside presentation and art lesson via video with Wyland at Dana Wharf, followed by whale watching at 10 a.m. Cost $25-$45. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, LOCALS NIGHT OUT 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Live band, Romantic Pop and Oldies at Brio Tuscany Grille. 24050 Camino del Avion, Suite B, Dana Point, 949.443.1476, BLUE MOONIES 8 p.m. Live music at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa’s OverVue Lounge. 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, 949.661.5000,


PYRATE TALL SHIP ADVENTURE SAIL 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Special cruise with the Ocean Institute on the Spirit of Dana Point. Adults $40; Kids $23. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274,


A CONCERT OF TWIN PIANOS 2 p.m. The Orange County Classic Jazz Festival presents the concert in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $20. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2121, (Cont. on page 12)

GETTING OUT (Cont. from page 8) FIRST SUNDAY BOOK SALE 9 a.m.-1 p.m. A variety of books for sale the first Sunday of the month at San Clemente Library. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.276.6342, THE OLD BIRD 5 p.m. Final night to see the special production on Stage II at Camino Real Playhouse. Tickets $18. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082, WINE & MUSIC CRUISE 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Dana Wharf’s cruise on a luxury catamaran with wine, snacks, music and more. Tickets $49. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, WHALE AND DOLPHIN TOURS Get eye-to-eye underwater with dolphins & whales without getting wet on Capt. Dave’s hi-tech catamaran sailboat for 2.5 hours daily. $55 adult, $35 child (3 to 12), under 2 free. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.488.2828, KEVIN CAMERON & THE PALE RIDERS 1:30 p.m. Live music and dancing at The Swallows Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188,


COMEDY & KARAOKE 9 p.m.-1 a.m. The night starts with live comedy and continues with karaoke at 11 p.m. at Hennessey’s Tavern. No cover. 34111 La Plaza, Dana Point, 949.488.0121,


COOKING CLASS: COLORFUL CALIFORNIA CUISINE 6:30 p.m. Cooking class with Chef Caroline Cazaumayou at Antoine’s Cafe. Cost $50 each; includes recipes, dinner and a glass of wine. 218 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.1763,


FREE SPRING BREAK GARDEN WORKSHOP FOR KIDS 10 a.m.-noon. Hands-on workshop for kids ages 7-10 at Casa Romantica that explores the Casa Gardens and teaches the importance of water-wise gardening. Reservations required. Happening on April 10 as well. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,


HALF-PRICE WHALE WATCHING Noon & 2 p.m. Dana Wharf offers half-price whale-watching trips and more Tuesdays and Wednesdays this month. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, DUSTIN FRANKS 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663,


WINE DINNER AT VINE 7 p.m.-9 p.m. A 4-course wine and food pairing at Vine. Reservations recommended. $40. 211 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949-361-2079,


ALL-STARS LIVE 8 p.m. Get onstage and sing at StillWater. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, BRIAN YOUNG & THE BLUES STATION 7 p.m.10 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663,


ROUTE 66 8 p.m. Cabrillo Playhouse presents a musical review of the classic ‘50s-’60s automotive songs onstage. $20-$25. Shows through May 12. 202 Avenida Cabrillo, San Clemente, 949.492.0465,


JT DOUGLAS 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Live music at Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855, PASION GITANA- GYPSY KING COVER BAND 8 p.m. Live at at StillWater. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

UPCOMING EVENT: APRIL 21 SALT CREEK HALF MARATHON 8 a.m. Sign up and start training now for the half-marathon in Dana Point; there’s also a 10K, 5K and kids run. Entry fees $15-$99. More info: *For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at Have an event? Send your listing to





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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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GUEST OPINION: It’s History by Carlos N. Olvera

Lantern Bay


s you head down the Street of the Golden Lantern and enter the Dan Point Harbor, you are driving on what was once a creek, carved into the 200-foot bluff of the coastline. Directly to the west is Old Golden Lantern, the original path laid out in 1924. The development on the east and west sides, including the Ralphs shopping center, is the development called Lantern Bay. Conceptual designing for Lantern Bay began in 1968 and plans were announced in 1972, to turn this undeveloped land into the entrance of the newly opened Harbor. With a $25 million price tag, Dana Point Co. planned to build some 390 homes on the 76-acre development. The company, consisted of Smyth Bros. Inc.—an established homebuilder in Orange County owned by identical twins, —and Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company, both of Newport Beach. Zoning for the project was approved in August 1972 and the South Coast Regional Coastline Commission approved plans in July 1973. California’s Proposition 20 soon followed, with voter approval in November 1972, creating what is now called the

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California Coastal Commission (CCC). On an appeal to the newly established commission, the granted permit was revoked in an 11–0 vote, leading the developers to file $23 million lawsuit against the state. With interest costs nearing $1,500 per day, the delays were costly. Originally owned by George Capron, the land was considered as a location for the 1968 Orange County World’s Fair, but the terrain was deemed to rugged and too far out of the way. The land was stripped and graded by the Army Corps of Engineers during the construction of the Harbor in the early 60s. Grading left tiers with over one million cubic yards of land for planned highdensity, high-rise housing. In a new proposal, Smyth planned for low-density, high-cost housing with the endorsement of the Dana Point Citizens for Action, but a permit reapplication to the CCC was denied in November 1974. In April 1975, an agreement was approved but included a reduction in housing and the addition of a hotel. In an apparent show of support for the project, the regional coastal commission

An aerial view of the Dana Point Harbor, from 1982. Photo courtesy of the Dana Point Historical Society

voted to let the developer proceed without obtaining permits for the project, but the state coastal commission rejected the proposal for a third time. But the Smyth Bros. did not give up, even after the lawsuit climbed to California Supreme Court. To complicate matters, in 1977 the state eyed the property, among others, to purchase for parks and recreation. In competition with Lantern Bay for the money was the Dana Point Headlands. The state wanted to put some 110 campsites where Lantern Bay Park is today, but then turned to the Headlands, as discussions for a hotel filled the needs of visitors. By April 1981, the regional coastal commission approved the project once again. Now with a price tag of $165 million, the project included plans for two hotels 25 acres of parks, two restaurants, 112 condominiums and 112 single-family homes. On the leading edge of Lantern Bay Park is the Smyth Brothers Amphitheatre, which was donated to the county by the brothers’ company along with a $500,000 fund for maintenance. A plaque installed there reads, “Named in recognition of Charles W. Smyth and Edward A. Smyth for their contribution to Dana Point through the Development of Lantern Bay. The Smyth brothers’ community spirit and generous cooperation with the county is reflected in the creation

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of the park that surrounds this amphitheater—Orange County Board of Supervisors, 1983.” The city of Dana Point acquired the park in 2006. Edward Smyth moved his family to Dana Point in 1968, where some family members were among the first graduating classes at Dana Hills High School. He was a board member of the then newly formed Marine Institute—now called the Ocean Institute—and donated the original Lantern Bay Realty sales office to be their first building, at the institute’s current site. Smyth was a resident of Dana Point until his death in 1998. But the Smyth family’s involvement in the city continues to this day. Steven Kazarian, a grandson of Edward Smyth, drew this year’s Festival of Whales logo design—which has been a contest for Dana Hills students for the last two years. Carlos N. Olvera is past president of the Dana Point Historical Society, current vice chair of the OC Historical Commission and a Dana Point city councilman. In an effort to provide our readers with a wide variety of opinions from our community, the DP Times provides Guest Opinion opportunities in which selected columnists’ opinions are shared. The opinions expressed in these columns are entirely those of the columnist alone and do not reflect those of the DP Times or Picket Fence Media. If you would like to respond to this column, please email us at


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The Ocean Ohana Catalina Challenge Relay is a grueling 39.8-mile open water race from Catalina Island’s Avalon Bay to Baby Beach in Dana Point Harbor. Although race organizers say water conditions are generally calm, it takes anywhere from six to more than 10 hours to finish. Needless to say, it’s a feat that takes hours of paddling and concentration. But that’s exactly why blind paddlers Anthony Ramsey, 26, from Brea and RJ De Rama, 38, of Irvine, are up for the challenge. On April 7 the two will join the field of competitors, which includes many Dana Point-based athletes. “The completion of this race will

Maika Scott, left, and Anthony Ramsey, a blind canoe racer, will compete as a team in the Catalina Channel Relay on April 7. Photo by Cody Silverster

change my life because I will prove to myself that I can overcome my disability and any doubts I have that come

feet) and long jump (17 feet 7 ¾ inches). The girls team also finished fi fth in the 4x100 and second in the 4x200 relay events. Next Meet: 4/5-6 at Arcadia Invitational, TBA

Dolphin Report By Steve Breazeale

For a full version of this week’s Dolphin Report, visit TOP-RANKED TRITONS EDGE DOLPHINS IN FIVE-SET THRILLER The San Clemente and Dana Hills boys volleyball teams have a long and historic rivalry with one another. For the past 11 years, it’s been either the Tritons or the Dolphins claiming the South Coast League title. Their April 2 matchup had all the makings of yet another classic battle and after the dust cleared, with San Clemente claimed a 3-2 come-from-behind, five-set win. The No. 1-ranked Tritons (19-0, 4-0 league) came into the match with an undefeated record on the line while the three-time defending league champion Dolphins (18-4, 2-1) were looking to make a statement in-league and stretch their winning streak to five games. After claiming the first two sets 25-21, 30-28, behind the strong service games of junior Christian Hessenauer and senior Bryce Yould, the No. 6-ranked Dolphins looked to be in the driver’s seat to win the match. The Dolphins had the momentum after erasing an 11-6 second set deficit and surviving four Tritons set-point opportunities to take an early 2-0 lead. But the Tritons suddenly found their game as senior setter Jack Yoder dished out passes to senior middle blocker Garrett Costello in the third set. Costello recorded four of his 16 kills and had an ace in the third as the Tritons went wireto-wire to claim a 25-19 set win. Yoder would end up recording 75 assists on the night. The Tritons also benefited from six Dolphins service errors in the set. Dana Point Times April 5-11, 2013

from being blind,” said Ramsey, who became blind as a result of a motorcycle accident. De Rama first met Ramsey through the Makapo Aquatics Project, a canoe club he co-founded in partnership with the Newport Aquatics Center that caters to the blind and visually impaired. The two have trained together and will race in separate boats with their own sighted teammates, making history as they go. “The 39.8 miles is nothing to shake a stick at and it will be a great accomplishment for Anthony and me,” De Rama said. —Steve Breazeale

Dana Hills senior outside hitter Doug Hamann (left) and senior middle blocker Bryce Yould tallied 16 and 11 kills, respectively, in the Dolphins 3-2 loss to San Clemente on April 2. Photo by Tony Tribolet/

“I just told our guys, we can’t keep making mistakes and hurting ourselves…so after (the second game) I was just hoping we could get our feet underneath us in game three,” San Clemente head coach Ken Goldstone said. “(Dana Hills) gave us a couple of points and gave us the lead and we got our confidence back.” After the Tritons took the close fourth set 25-22, the Dolphins looked poised to take the fi fth and final set after running out to a 6-4 advantage. Hessenauer and Yould combined for four of the Dolphins six points at the time. Tritons senior Lucas Yoder, a USC commit, immediately took over, tallying an ace and two kills down the stretch, including the 15th and final kill to give the Tritons a 15-13 set win, completing the comeback. “We just weren’t playing our game in the first (set). They came out ready to play and just destroyed us those first two games,” Yoder said. “In the fourth (set) we kind of turned it around and in the fi fth we just kind of played our game.” Next Game: 4/16 vs. Trabuco Hills, 6 p.m. DOLPHINS COMPETE AT TRABUCO HILLS INVITATIONAL Several members of the Dana Hills boys

and girls track and field squads had successful days at the Trabuco Hills Invitational, which was held from March 29 to March 30. The boys relay squads had an all-around solid effort after placing seventh in the 4x100 meter relay and fourth in the 4x200 meter relay. In the throws, senior Alex Cranford placed seventh in the discus after a toss of 162 feet 11 inches. Senior Elliot Sutherland-Dunning cracked into the top-10 of the high jump by clearing the 6-foot-1-inch mark, good enough for a ninth-place finish. The girls team had a strong day in the distance races behind two fi fth-place finishes. Junior Sara Madden took home fi fth-place in the 1600-meter with a time of 5:26.19. Sophomore Camille Fodor also placed fi fth in the 3200-meter (11:45.38). Junior Michaela King and senior Brenna Barker finished fi fth and tenth, respectively, in the 100 meter hurdles. King also went on to place second in the 300-meter hurdles (44.99). Barker continued her jumping success in 2013 with a first place finish in the triple jump, posting a distance of 37-feet10 ¾-inches, and grabbing a pair of third place finishes in both the high jump (5-

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DOLPHINS SOFTBALL SCORES EARLY TO CLAIM 2-1 WIN OVER TRITONS Junior pitcher Olivia Baltazar went the distance against rival San Clemente on April 2, pitching a complete game en route to a 2-1 Dolphins win. Baltazar (2-0) helped lift the Dolphins (5-10, 1-1) by scattering six Tritons hits over seven innings, while striking out six and walking only one batter. Dana Hills scored two early runs in the second inning off San Clemente’s ace Lauren Gonzales-Willis, who lasted only four innings before exiting the game. Pitching with the two-run cushion, Baltazar did not allow a San Clemente run until the top of the sixth inning. The win snapped an eight-game losing skid for the Dolphins and pulled them to .500 in South Coast League play. Next Game: 4/16 at El Toro, 4:30 p.m. DANA HILLS BOYS LACROSSE EYES THIRD STRAIGHT LEAGUE WIN The last time the Dana Hills boys lacrosse team played South Coast League opponent San Juan Hills, the Dolphins walked away with a convincing 12-2 victory. After that win, the Dolphins (5-4, 2-0) lost two out of their next three. The Dolphins and Stallions were set to compete on April 4. Results were not available at press time. Next Game: 4/5 vs. Amador Valley, 5 p.m. BASEBALL BOUNCES BACK WITH TOURNEY WINS The Dolphins baseball team went 4-1 overall in the Anaheim Lions Tournament from March 30 to April 3, defeating West Covina, Serra, Bishop Manogue and Woodrow Wilson. Next Game: 4/8 at Aliso Niguel, Noon





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GROM OF THE WEEK Jack Benjamin Age: 8, Marco Forster Middle School Jack Benjamin, a longboarder from San Juan Capistrano, has been surfing competitively for only a year and a half but has already made great strides in SSS and NSSA interscholastic competition as part of the Marco Forster Middle School surf team as well as in the WSA. In WSA, Jack is currently the No. 6 ranked surfer in the Junior Longboard U18 division. The former club ice hockey player decided not to return to the rink after suffering a broken foot while running hurdles in PE class. “After my foot healed my mom told me I had to either join the marathon team or surf,” he said. “I chose surf and got sucked in by how mellow it is compared to all the rough play and fighting in hockey. Now, thanks to my mom, I love it.” Jack has recently taken an interest in learning how to shape. He has been talking to and watching shapers and is working on some of his own boards. When not surfing he likes to cheer his three younger siblings on in soccer and baseball or join his whole family to surf just for fun. Jack is a straight-A student whose first priority is school. He plans to go to college but is still unsure of what type of career he’ll pursue, though he is fairly Jack Benjamin. Courtesy photo certain it won’t be pro surfing. “I just want to have fun with it. It would be cool to get a sponsor but mainly I just enjoy it and being around my family and all the good people in the surf community.” —Andrea Swayne

Locals Prevail in Surftech Shootout

BOARD SHORTS Oakley High School Surf Team Challenge Returns for Second Year

Boehne and Appleby take top honors at Santa Cruz SUP event By Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times


ave Boehne of Dana Point and Candice Appleby of San Clemente emerged victorious from among the largest field of competitors ever at the 2013 Surftech Shootout stand-up paddle surf contest, March 22 through 24 in Santa Cruz. Thirty-two male SUP surfers and eight female surfers—a first for the event—battled it out in the solid 4- to 6-foot swell under clear skies and summer-like weather at the iconic Steamer Lane. The lineup of women also included San Clemente’s Diane Wenzel (runner-up) and Terri Plunkett. Appleby was the lone female competitor with previous contest experience at The Lane, having tested her skills in the men’s division at the previous two events. “It feels really good to win here in Santa Cruz in front of my Surftech family and the community. Steamer Lane is an incredibly fun wave and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to surf there with only three other women in the lineup,” said Appleby in a Surftech interview following the awards presentation. “Huge thanks to Surftech for taking our sport to the next level by creating a women’s division and for pairing me up with my awesome shapers Joe Bark and Ward Coffey, who help make my race and SUP surf wins happen.” Plunkett endured a gash that required more than 80 stitches after going over the falls in the semis. After receiving medical care, she returned to watch the remainder of the event and forfeited her spot in the finals to a local Dana Point Times April 5-11, 2013

Dave Boehne of Dana Point and Candice Appleby of San Clemente celebrate their wins at the 2013 Surftech Shootout SUP contest at Santa Cruz’ Steamer Lane, March 22-24 Photo © Surftech

woman. In men’s competition, Boehne turned in his winning performance after having to settle for 13th place in last year’s contest. With an entertaining mix of high performance maneuvers and tube rides, he dazzled the audience—hundreds of enthusiasts watching from the cliffs and 23,000 tuned into the live webcast—and earned the judges’ top score. Dana Point’s Tommy Lloy (runnerup) and Brandon Rambo (third place) of San Clemente also turned in some great performances. The event, presented by SUP Magazine, also included the 6.2-mile Surf & Sand Duel SUP race. Anthony Vela of San Clemente was a leader among the 75 competitors racing. In the end it was Hawaii’s Slater Trout winning among the men and Appleby finishing first among the women. Event organizers also added competitor’s combined scores to choose the winners of the Lone Ranger top overall performance awards. Glynn won among the men and Appleby among the women, making her the first competitor ever to win both the surf and race events in the same year. Both took home a $2,000 prize. SC Page 18

SURF FORECAST Water Temperature: 57-59 degrees F Water Visibility and Conditions: San Clemente: 8-12’+ Fair; Catalina: 20-30’ Fair-Good Immediate: Blend of leftover south-southwest swell and small, steep-angled northwest swell prevails on Thursday for ankle-kneewaist high waves, (1-3’) at better exposures. Standout focal points see a few more waist high sets around the proper tides. A new round of long period southwest groundswell and shorter to mid period west swell builds in on Friday, setting up knee-waist-shoulder high surf, (2-4’) at the better breaks in the morning. More size shows by the afternoon for top combo and Southern Hemi focal points. Long Range Outlook: Plenty of waves on tap through the weekend; southwest groundswell peaks Saturday, as west swell lingers and long period new northwest swell fills in. The fresh northwest groundswell peaks Sunday as southwest swell holds/slowly eases. Better exposed breaks offer plenty of waist-chesthead high (3-5’) waves, with overhead+ (6’+) sets for standout spots. Check out Surfline for all the details!

SURFER magazine announced the 2013 return of the Oakley High School Surf Team Challenge in collaboration with the Oakley Surf Shop Challenge. Two stops—Southwest on April 6 and West on June 1—will host competition between 10 high school teams for the regional title. Each winning team will receive $5,000—$2,500 for their athletic department and $2,500 for their science department. A $1,000 Spirit Award, donated to the Associated Student Body fund, is also on the line for the most spirited school in each region. The high school division debuted in 2012 with teams from San Diego and Orange Counties. This year, the Southwest regional will take place at Seaside Reef in Cardiff by the Sea, where 2012 Champions Torrey Pines High School will defend their title. The West regional will be held in Newport Beach at 54th/56th Street, where defending champions Newport Harbor High School will defend last year’s crown. Local high schools will compete in the West division. The complete list of West invited teams includes: San Clemente High School, Dana Hills High School, Newport Harbor, Corona Del Mar, Edison, Woodrow Wilson, Huntington Beach, Aliso Niguel, Tesoro and Santa Margarita Catholic High School. For more information, log on to

UPCOMING EVENTS April 6-7: WSA Championship Series, Event No. 9, Oceanside Harbor April 13: SSS Orange County Middle School and High School make-up event, Oceanside Harbor April 20-22: SSS High School State Championship, Oceanside Harbor April 20-21: NSSA Southwest Open, Event No. 10, San Onofre State Beach, Upper Trestles

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