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Surfers, Sailors Honor Hobie Alter

Hundreds paddle out at Doheny to celebrate the life of the surfing and sailing legend E Y E O N D P/ PAG E 5

More than 1,000 people gathered at Doheny State Beach on Friday, April 18 to honor water sports icon Hobie Alter. This aerial photograph shows the hundreds gathered on the water for a traditional Hawaiian farewell. Photo: Tony Tribolet/

SOCSA’s ‘A Chorus Line’ Performance is One Singular Sensation DP LIVING/PAGE 14

State’s Water Taxi Requirement Postpones Dana Point Trolley EYE ON DP/PAGE 3

Local Yacht Club Builds Winning Tradition in Newport-Ensenada Race SPORTS/PAGE 16


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After discussions with the Harbor’s director, Fowler said, aside from special events such as the Dana Point Festival of Whales, there currently appears to be little need. During this year’s event, Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching ran a water shuttle, but the need may not be year round, Fowler said. Staff now wants the chance to evaluate the program. Fowler said the city hopes to find an agreement with the flexibility to install and utilize a water taxi when it is most needed.

Five things Dana Point should know this week California Gray Whales Venture into Harbor Waterways THE LATEST: A pair of migrating California gray whales, a mother and calf, made an unexpected and rare trip into Dana Point Harbor earlier this week. Capt. Todd Mansur, of Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, said his boat spotted the two whales coming into the Harbor and then turning toward Doheny State Beach. This is an unusual occurrence, he said, since whales often rely on their depth perception and other senses to judge where they were. Being in the Harbor might have made things difficult for them on their northward journey to their polar feeding grounds, he said. WHAT’S NEXT: Mansur said he believed the mother was allowing her calf a chance to “stretch its tail a little,” in the sandy areas near Doheny and that both whales appeared to be healthy. “There was a lot of playfulness,” Mansur said of the chance encounter. —Jim Shilander

Repairs to Harbor’s Island Way Bridge Underway THE LATEST: Orange County is scheduled to continue work on repairs to an aging Dana Point Harbor bridge and Island Way this week and into next. Island Way is a two-way road that connects Dana Point Harbor Drive to Dana Drive on the harbor’s island side. The bridge was built in 1969 and was seismically retrofitted in 2001. The estimated $1.42 million project will replace existing pavement, resurface the bridge deck and improve ramps and crosswalks to conform to the American with Disabilities Act. Work will also be done on bridge piers to prevent future corrosion. WHAT’S NEXT: Crews will work on bridge structures Friday, before moving to grinding asphalt on Island Way on Monday, April 28. Work is scheduled to continue the following day and into Wednesday, April 30 to pave the roadway. No work is Dana Point Times April 25-May 1, 2014

Stand-up paddleboarders get an up-close look at a California gray whale and her young calf that came into the Dana Point Harbor Monday afternoon. Photo: Frank Brennan,

Dana Point’s Summer, Special Event Trolley Not Likely Until 2015

Island Way and the bridge connecting the land and island sides of the Dana Point Harbor is currently undergoing $1.42 million in improvements. Photo: Andrea Swayne

scheduled for the weekend, according to OC Public Works. During construction, one lane of traffic and one sidewalk will be open at all times. Both traffic lanes will be open in the evening and the weekend. —Andrea Papagianis

CUSD Returns to Full 180-day Calendar Next School Year THE LATEST: Capistrano Unified School District students will have their first 180day school year in several years beginning this September after the CUSD Board of Trustees unanimously approved the calendar for the 2014-2015 school calendar Wednesday. Increases in funding from the state have allowed the district to restore the full calendar after having to cut school days during the recession. WHAT’S NEXT: The school year will begin for all students Thursday, Sept. 4 and includes a weeklong break for the Thanksgiving holiday. Winter break will begin Monday, Dec. 22 and last through Jan. 5, 2015. Spring break will follow Easter, which falls on Sunday, April 4. The last day of school for students will be Friday, June 15.—JS

THE LATEST: Dana Point’s planned trolley and shuttle system will not roll down streets this summer, as previously projected, after state authorities called for additional services, including a water taxi at the Dana Point Harbor, and uncertainties surrounding funding requirements loomed. The city will now ask the Orange County Transportation Authority, which awarded Dana Point $2.45 million over seven years for the summertime transportation system, for additional time to work out the project’s details, said Brad Fowler, the city’s public works and engineering director. Dana Point is among five cities set to receive funds through OCTA’s Project V grant. Locally, funds will support a seven-year program bringing a Pacific Coast Highway summer shuttle from area resorts through downtown, a shuttle from Dana Hills High School to the Harbor and special event shuttles throughout the year. The system would include 15 bus stops and would be free to all users. To fully fund the project, the city plans to use $1 million in coastal transit funds, but in order to do so, the city must come to an agreement with the California Coastal Commission. In February, the city received word the Commission was requiring a water taxi be included in a nine-year plan. The Commission previously mentioned the taxi under the notion it was required by the Local Coastal Program, a planning tool for municipalities. But according to Fowler, the program only suggests a water taxi, if it is feasible. Fowler said he fears a taxi will not be used. “You don’t want to spend your money on a water taxi if it will not be utilized,” Fowler said.

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WHAT’S NEXT: The OCTA grant requires an average of 10 boardings per hour for all services, meaning if the water taxi goes underutilized within the first year, the city could lose six years of funding. With summer approaching, Fowler said the city didn’t have enough time to get the program running. The city must also work out the service timeline discrepancies between the coastal commission and county. “This is certainly resolvable,” Fowler said. “It’s just a timing thing.”

Future Transportation Projects Could Move South of San Clemente THE LATEST: With the gap between Avenida La Pata and La Pata Avenue, which will soon connect San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano, being closed and the widening of Interstate 5 from San Juan Creek Road to Avenida Pico coming in the next four years, the future of south Orange County’s transportation infrastructure may be next on the agenda. San Clemente City Councilwoman Lori Donchak, a board member of the Orange County Transit Authority, told fellow council members at their April 15 meeting that the board will soon consider a longterm transportation plan for south Orange County. This could include an extension of the high occupancy vehicle lane to the San Diego County line. Donchak noted, however, that even with that widening, San Clemente could still be a traffic chokepoint for northbound traffic. As it now stands, San Diego County’s transportation master plan calls for 12 lanes, including four toll lanes, to end at the county border by 2050. WHAT’S NEXT: Donchak asked that staff prepare a response to the plan and asked that future maps remove any reference to the 241 toll road extension project that was withdrawn by Transportation Corridor Agencies last week.—JS

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Honoring Hobie Alter Hundreds paddle out at Doheny to celebrate the life of the surfing and sailing legend BY ANDREA SWAYNE, DANA POINT TIMES


ave a Hobie Day” is more than just the catchphrase of the proprietor of Southern California’s first surf shop, pioneer of the modern surfboard and Hobie Cat sailboat inventor. It was, and is, a motto—a way of life, shaped and revolutionized by Hobart “Hobie” Alter. For the hundreds who assembled at Doheny State Beach Friday to honor the life of Hobie, the gathering epitomized a Hobie day. Alter died, surrounded by family, at his home in Palm Desert on March 29. He was 80. Fulfilling his request for a traditional Hawaiian paddle-out memorial, family, friends and devotees paid their respects to the man and his gifts to surfing and sailing culture. Paddling prone on surfboards, stand-up paddling, kayaking, paddling outriggers, piloting Hobie Cats and other boats, or watching from the sand, an estimated 1,000 people congregated to honor and share their memories of Hobie Alter. The water ceremony began with a circling of attendees, a Hawaiian prayer and song. Eric Kaleolani Keawe, a Hawaiian spiritual leader known as a Kahu, offici-

A Hobie History Snapshot of the early Hobie days BY ANDREA PAPAGIANIS, DANA POINT TIMES

Attendees pin thank you notes, memories and snapshots to Hobie Alter during a celebration of life for the surfindustry legend who died March 29 at the age of 80. Photo: Andrea Swayne

ated the tribute. The ceremony included a ho’okupu offering from family members who scattered ocean water, sand, soil and rock salt from Hawaii along with flower leis—a tradition representing a final farewell, Keawe said. The group cheered, smiled, cried, held Hobie paddles in the air, set flowers afloat and splashed water during the ritual. Boats sounded their horns and the arcing water spray of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Harbor Patrol boat refracted the afternoon sunlight, casting a rainbow. The event succeeded as a celebration of life, and the fun brought to life by Alter. Alter’s transformation of the surfing and sailing industries and culture began in 1950 when he started shaping balsa wood boards in his family’s Laguna Beach garage. By 1954, Hobie’s father helped him

February 1954: As wood shavings on the garage floor grew right along with surfboard orders, Hobie’s father urged the 20-year-old to expand. $1,500 later, Hobie had his first storefront—Southern California’s first surf shop—located on Pacific Coast Highway, just blocks from where a Hobie Surf Shop stands today.

October 31, 1933: Hobie Laidlaw Alter is born in Ontario, Calif.

Hobie Alter circa 1952, carrying balsa wood from his parent’s Laguna Beach home. Photo: Hobie Family Collection, Courtesy of Surfing Heritage and Culture Center

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open a surf shop on Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point. It would become Southern California’s first storefront dedicated to the rising sport. It was there that, working with Gordon “Grubby” Clark, Hobie began the modern surfboard’s transition from wood to polyurethane foam and fiberglass. In 1967, Hobie’s love of sailing prompted him to apply his foam and fiberglass recipe toward the creation of a lighter and affordable sailboat—one that could be launched from the beach and piloted by a single sailor— the Hobie Cat. Hobie’s many design innovations to existing recreational equipment brought the masses along for the ride. His widespread influence was demonstrated Friday as those who joined Hobie in business ventures or simply enjoyed the playthings he made, gathered to pay their respects.

Hobie Alter stands in his first storefront on Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point. The shop opened in 1954 and was California’s first store dedicated to custom surfboard manufacturing and retail. Photo: Hobie Surf Shop

Summer 1950: Taking his love of the ocean and woodworking, Hobie begins shaping balsa wood surfboards in his family’s Laguna Beach summer home for friends.

Mid-1960s: Hobie Surf Team members, on boards carrying the distinct Hobie diamond logo, catapulted to the top of the surfing world. Surf legends Corky Carroll, Phil Edwards, Joyce Hoffman and Mickey Muñoz were a few to represent the growing brand. In 1964, Hobie also delivered the developing skateboard industry a revolutionary idea: the polyurethane skateboard wheel.

Winter 1958: With balsa wood prices rising and the shaping process leaving much of the wood behind, Hobie was introduced to polyurethane foam. The material, which became commercially available in 1952, was lightweight and strong. With engineering student and surfboard laminator Gordon “Grubby” Clark on board the foam was adapted to Hobie Alter in the shaping room surfboards—forever changing the after utilizing polyurethane foam for surfboards. Photo: John Severson, manufacturing process., Courtesy of SHACC

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Following the water ceremony, and back on land, the crowd lingered to share stories and reminisce about the man, friend and mentor known as the “pioneer of fun.” The send-off included a standing row of foam surfboard blanks where people pinned photos and notes to Hobie as a visual remembrance and showing of gratitude. People of all ages and varying levels of connection with the iconic innovator expressed their thoughts on paper adding to the moving display. Ten-year-old Jack Culp of San Juan Capistrano was among those who penned a note to Hobie. “I feel honored to be here. He has made such a difference in the surf industry and everything water related. I came here because I really wanted to honor him for that,” Culp said. “Hobie was my friend’s great uncle. I think he was really lucky to have had him in his family.” As people mingled, admiring the large assemblage of classic Hobie surfboards, Hobie Cats and classic cars bearing the iconic brand name, many took a turn on stage, behind the mic to talk story and share fond remembrances of time spent with Alter. Among those sharing stories were Hobie’s son Jeff Alter, Mark Johnson of Hobie SUP Boards and fellow waterman and friend Mickey Muñoz. Sheri Crummer, a San Clemente-based surf photographer, summed up the day with heartfelt appreciation. “I would like to thank Hobie for all the joy and all the stoke he gave everyone over the years,” she said. The indelible legacy Hobie leaves in death—ingrained by his more than six decades of ingenuity and invention—will certainly live on. Hobie Alter, rest in peace. Visit to see a video of the day’s celebration. DP

Late-1960s: Taking his love of water sports to the masses, Hobie introduced the first of what would become many Hobie Cat models—an affordable, lightweight, beachable sailing catamaran that utilized the same polyurethane foam as Hobie’s surfboards. The Hobie line continued to expand as the world of water sports grew, including lines of kayaks and stand-up paddleboards along the way.

Hobie Alter “flies” his invention, the Hobie Cat sailboat. The boat was one of many of Alter’s creations that helped to change the face of surfing, sailing and other action sports. Photo: Richard Graham, Courtesy of SHACC



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.

Block (12:42 p.m.) A woman, whom the caller believed to be homeless, entered the post office and said she was having a problem with a homeless man. The man allegedly threatened “to put his foot in her butt.” The woman left but was still believed to be in the area, carrying a 12-pack of Shock Top beer.

UNKNOWN TROUBLE Del Prado Avenue, 24800 Block (9:46 p.m.) A man reportedly dropped a gun in front of Ralphs, picked it up and ran south toward a nearby recycling center. A witness described the weapon as being black with a wooden handle. The witness said the gun sounded like plastic when it hit the ground. Authorities checked security camera footage and were unable to identify the subject.

DISTURBANCE Doheny Park Road, 34200 Block (4:50 a.m.) The caller said a man was yelling about killing people for nearly two hours. The subject was near the Capistrano Beach post office. He was described as being in his 50s and having blond hair.

Wednesday, April 23

SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Camino El Molino, 34400 Block (8:57 p.m.) An unknown blonde woman in a black bathing suit was in the caller’s backyard hot tub. The caller said she had a temper and refused to leave.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Vista D’Oro, 24100 Block (1:23 a.m.) A unknown scruffy-looking man knocked on the caller’s door. Authorities received multiple calls regarding a man, possibly on drugs, wandering the neighborhood.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Street of the Golden Lantern, 32500 Block (6:14 p.m.) A man wearing a red T-shirt was reportedly selling drugs near Burger King. Authorities made contact with the subject. No arrest was made.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Pacific Coast Highway/Crown Valley Parkway (9:44 p.m.) The caller believed a group of people were taking down metal fencing near Gelson’s Market and loading it into a pickup truck.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Vista D’Oro, 24100 Block (12:50 a.m.) The caller believed someone was outside their home but could not see or hear any movement. A young resident reported earlier hearing someone say, “Don’t shoot me.” A subject, who may have been “tweaking,” was reportedly walking from house-tohouse earlier in the night.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Dana Point Harbor Drive, 34500 Block (5:46 p.m.) Authorities were alerted to an elderly man who was trying to pick up a 14-year-old girl near Baby Beach. The man was believed to be in his 60s. He was described as being about 6 feet tall, with dark hair and wearing a gray shirt, camouflage pants and glasses.

Tuesday, April 22

SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE La Plaza, 34100 Block (5:42 p.m.) The caller was approached by a thin 6-foot-tall man wearing a blue T-shirt who was attempting to purchase methamphetamine.

TERRORIST THREATS REPORT Street of the Amber Lantern, 34000 Block (7:26 p.m.) Sheriff’s deputies were alerted to alleged death threats and advised the caller to contact them if he was followed home or if someone showed up before authorities arrived. The call stemmed from an incident at a laundromat, where a man threatened to get his gun and kill the caller. The caller said the threats were an ongoing issue.


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SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Stonehill Drive/Del Obispo Street (10:58 p.m.) Albertsons employees contacted authorities about a man, about 50 years old, who thought he was being followed.

Monday, April 21

DISTURBANCE Elisa Drive, 33200 Block (6:25 p.m.) A group of young men threw a banana at the caller’s dog as they drove by. The caller followed the group to Sea Canyon Park where they were sitting inside a dark-colored Toyota truck.

DISTURBANCE Del Prado Avenue, 24500



The San Juan Capistrano City Council on Tuesday, April 15 directed city staff to study a project to build a shopping center between Mission San Juan Capistrano and Interstate 5. Dana Point-based developer Goveia Commercial Real Estate wants to build a 41,000-square-foot shopping center, called The Shops at Capistrano, on a 3.54-acre site, located on the northeast corner of Ortega Highway and El Camino Real. The project includes three single-story buildings, one 12,000-square-foot space for a grocery store and 194 parking spaces. Landowner Gretchen Stroscher Thomson had planned to build a 124-room hotel at the site, but after struggling for five years, she abandoned the project in November in favor of a shopping center. City Councilman Larry Kramer was the lone dissenter in a 4-1 vote. Kramer noted that council members and residents were critical of another proposed project in downtown encroaching on the historic Egan Dana Point Times April 25-May 1, 2014

Landowner Gretchen Stroscher Thomson is proposing to build The Shops at Capistrano, a 41-squarefoot shopping center, on the corner of El Camino Real and Ortega Highway. Photo: Brian Park

House. But while the Mission’s Great Stone Church is on the National Register of Historic Places, he said, the Egan House isn’t. “It’s world famous and we’re considering saying we don’t care what’s across the street from it,” Kramer said. “That makes no sense to me whatsoever.” Mayor Sam Allevato disagreed. “I just think we need to get critical mass downtown to keep it vibrant,” Allevato said.


Ann Chang of San Clemente, who was

struck by a vehicle at the corner of El Camino Real and East Canada on Tuesday morning, passed away Thursday as a result of her injuries. She was 60. Chang was crossing North El Camino Real in San Clemente around 11:25 a.m. in a marked crosswalk when she was struck by a southbound vehicle and thrown approximately 50 feet, said Capt. Steve Concialdi, spokesman for the Orange County Fire Authority. She was immediately transported to Mission Regional Trauma Center in Mission Viejo in serious condition, he said. The victim was still at Mission Thursday when she passed away. Officials responded within two minutes and Chang received immediate care, Concialdi said. The driver remained on scene and was interviewed by Orange County Sherriff’s Department deputies as part of the investigation. The crosswalk in which Chang was hit is marked by white paint, but is not by lights or controlled crosswalk signals as some other crosswalks along El Camino Real are. Dylan Barmmer, a resident of the neighborhood, said the crosswalk is frequently “blown through” by drivers. He said he had nearly been struck on two occasions in the nine months he’d lived in the area.

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Community Meetings FRIDAY, APRIL 25

Dana Point Symphony

7:30 p.m. The symphony presents Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. $20 for adults and $15 for students, seniors and members of the military. St. Edward the Confessor Church, 33926 Calle La Primavera. To buy tickets, go to SATURDAY, APRIL 26

Community Recycling Event

9 a.m.–11 a.m. Residents can drop off plastic bottles and aluminum cans at Dana Hills High School, 33333 Golden Lantern, in the rear parking lot near the pool and tennis courts. Event will be held rain or shine. No glass. Funds collected are distributed to student programs.

Dana Point Farmers Market

9 a.m.–1 p.m. Seasonal produce, flowers and local handcrafted goods are featured at this weekly market at La Plaza Park. Call 949.248.3500 or go to to find out about purchasing a booth.

Earth Day Shred Day

9 a.m.–2 p.m. Safely and securely shred your documents for free at Monarch Bay Plaza, 32920 Pacific Coast Highway. Certificates of destruction available. Find out more at MONDAY, APRIL 28

Planning Commission Meeting

6 p.m. The Planning Commission meets City Hall, Council Chambers, 33282 Golden Lantern, to discuss area developments and more. Check out the meeting agenda at TUESDAY, APRIL 29

Dana Harbor Toastmasters

7 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Practice becoming a more confident communicator in a fun learning environment every Thursday at the Dana Point Library, 33841 Niguel Road. To find out more information contact Marshall at 949.441.6179 or visit THURSDAY, MAY 1

Youth Board Meeting

4 p.m. The city’s appointed youth board meets at City Hall, 33282 Golden Lantern.



Rotarians Honor Dana Hills Seniors for Academics, Volunteerism The Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club recognizes two local students each month for their achievements both in and out of the classroom. This month, Dana Hills High School seniors McClain Vail and Elizabeth Soewondo were named the club’s Students of the Month for their academic achievements and dedication to volunteering and serving their community. On Wednesday, April 23, Rotarians honored Vail and Soewondo at their monthly meeting. The club also recognized their parents and the Dana Hills staff, including Assistant Principal Dian Johnson, for nurturing the students’ talents. Rotary Club meetings are held at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa, which sponsors the club’s students of the month with a free breakfast. Find out more about the Rotary Club by visiting,

The Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club recognized two Dana Hills High School seniors for their academic success and volunteer service. Pictured (L to R) Zohreh Behbehani, McClain Vail, Elizabeth Soewondo, Cyndie Steinert and Alan Wickstrom. Courtesy photo

Dana Point Recognizes Easter Seals Services with City Proclamations Easter Seals Southern California was honored by the city Tuesday, April 15 as Dana Point Mayor Lisa Bartlett presented the organization and its DreamMakers Committee with city proclamations. The proclamations recognize the organization and its volunteers for their work providing services to area residents with special needs. Easter Seals is a nationwide nonprofit that provides aid to individuals with autism and developmental and mental disabilities, among other special needs, with a goal of ensuring all have equal opportunities to live, work and play in their communities. Through the organization’s programming, more than 1 million children and Dana Point Times April 25-May 1, 2014

adults are reached each year. Additionally, Easter Seals has been providing services to members of the military, veterans and families since 1945, by helping those transitioning into civilian life find jobs. In Southern California alone, Easter Seals has more than 60 program sites and longtime Dana Point resident Mark Whitley serves as president of the Southern California branch. On Saturday, May 17, the organization will host its 10th annual fundraising event at the OC Sailing & Events Center, located at 34451 Ensenada Place, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The event will feature food, music and live and silent auctions. Find out more about the organization at

Support Doheny Businesses at Kentucky Derby Fund-Racer The Doheny Village Business Owners Alliance hosts its first-ever Kentucky Derby Fund-Racer on Saturday, May 3, at noon at The Surfin’ Cowboy, 34325 Doheny Park Road in Capistrano Beach. Special Derby-inspired snacks and drinks will accompany the 140th running for the roses, which is known as the “greatest two minutes in sports.” Guests who come wearing derby hats will have a chance to win prizes in the alliance’s hat contest. A portion of the event’s proceeds will be donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley. Find out more about The Surfin’ Cowboy by visiting

Rose Society Hosts Annual South Orange County Garden Tour The Rose Society of Saddleback Mountain will host its annual south Orange County garden tour Saturday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees of this year’s event, named the “Elegant and Enchanting Garden Tour,” will have the chance to tour five gardens—four in San Clemente and one in Capistrano Beach. This self-guided tour gives visitors a look at floral displays, garden architecture and environmentally sound garden practices. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 the day of. A large portion of ticket sales support horticulture and plant science related scholarships for college and university students. Visit for tickets and additional tour information. Have something interesting for the community? We’ll put your submissions into “News Bites.” Send your information to Page 8



Letters to the Editor

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VALERIE READ, Capistrano Beach

My compliments to Maddie Curran and Cheryl McCarthy who work to keep Dana Point neat and clean. I believe it was Ann Landers who once said, “If you want to make the world a better place, start by picking up the trash.” I take that to heart and have been keeping my side of the street clean for more than a decade. Our home is near beautiful Pines Park, which means that dozens of high school students will be arriving soon to have their pictures taken before spring prom. We love to see the kids in all their finery but have one request: Please pick up after yourself. Use the trash cans until they are full, then if two or three families will bring along some large trash bags, the rest of the corsage boxes, excelsior, ribbons, etc., can be bagged neatly—sparing the gardeners and people like me the chore of picking up after you. It is a public park with many other uses such as weddings, memorial services, Tai Chi, picnics, meetings and religious services. Remember, other people use it, too. Leave it as beautiful as you found it. Oh, one more thing, to the guy who parks next to the park to have sex: Please dispose of your condoms yourself. They do not belong in the street. It is good that you are practicing safe sex. Now go one step further and go green, too. Thank you.


The Planning Commission’s rejection of the Doheny Hotel proposal was welcomed by residents but long overdue. The commission and city staff spent a great deal of time on the proposal, showing remarkable patience and dedication. Unfortunately, this prolonged process and the implied willingness to consider major exceptions to the city’s building codes sent the wrong message. As a result, the developer continued to test our commissioners and residents lost confidence in their city leaders. Developers who come to Dana Point are welcome but should understand how much we value and love our city, even with the vacant lots. Our leaders need to act responsibly and consistently with respect to the vision the community chose for the city. Only then can we expect developers to show Dana Point the respect it deserves and propose projects which are mutually beneficial. Dana Point Times April 25-May 1, 2014

CITY EDITOR Andrea Papagianis, 949.388.7700, x112 Protesters hold signs showing their opposition to the 241 extension at a San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board meeting in June. Photo: Andrea Swayne


Letter writer Mr. Johannes (“Revisiting Lantern District Signage,” Dana Point Times, April 4, Vol. 7, Issue 14) detailed his concerns regarding the City Council’s “action” on the poles and banners approved by the body that are to be installed at Blue Lantern. The rendering provided by the council is devoid of any professional input. If the rendering is an example of what is to be expected, then that would explain the original $250,000 being woefully short. The proposed increase to $500,000 can compensate the “paid consultants and city staff.” Of course the unpaid committee members, such as “representatives of the development” will receive other benefits owing to their altruism. Certainly a budget line item, increasing by $250,000 is not worthy of consideration. The city’s $24 million bond issued to pay for this boondoggle can easily handle such minor budget increases. And I thought that, in the elections, I voted for candidates with fiduciary responsibility.


A couple of weeks ago the Transportation Corridor Agencies, after two decades of trying, finally capitulated on trying to get approval for the extension of the 241 toll road. As it was reported in the Dana Point Times, Stefanie Sekich-Quinn from the Surfrider Foundation was very happy about her participation in defeating the TCA effort. So, we, the residents of Dana Point, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano, and towns further north, should thank Stefanie for condemning us to become prisoners in our homes on weekends. The already heavy traffic in both directions of Interstate 5 becomes really congested on Page 9

Saturdays and Sundays. For example, a trip from San Clemente to San Diego may easily take two hours or more if there is a traffic accident. We all remember the accident last month when vehicles in both directions were trapped on I-5 for more than four hours. I presume Stefanie was not involved in that. In fact I wonder if Stefanie ever uses the I-5 in our area. Does she even live here? Several years ago, the TCA made several open-forum presentations explaining to the public what the plans were and the reasons for needing the extension connecting the 241 to the I-5 south of San Clemente. It would not increase the traffic in the surfing beach areas. It would not have interfered with any surfing activities. In fact it was going to provide collection basins that would prevent dirty water from washing into the ocean. Only clean water would go into the ocean. At one of those meetings, the Surfrider Foundation and the Audobon Society, who was concerned about interfering with the pocket mouse in the area, bussed a large number of their members all the way from New Mexico and Arizona to protest against the TCA. And protest they did—vocally and rowdily. They interrupted with whistles and cat-calls those speakers who wanted to present viewpoints in favor of the 241 extension. They would not let them talk. For their participation they got T-shirts saying “Save Trestles.” After this disappointing meeting, I approached a couple of young men wearing these T-shirts and asked them why they thought the 241 extension would harm Trestles. They replied, “What is Trestles?” Stefanie: You are cordially invited to participate in one of our I-5 traffic jams and to enjoy the problem you helped to create.




Tricia Zines, 949.388.7700, x107 BUSINESS OPERATIONS MANAGER Alyssa Garrett, 949.388.7700, x100


> Lisa Cosenza ( San Clemente)


> Michele Reddick (San Clemente)

Group Senior Editor > Andrea Swayne

> Debra Wells (San Juan Capistrano)

City Editor, DP Times > Andrea Papagianis


Sports Editor > Steve Breazeale

Finance Director > Mike Reed

City Editor, SC Times > Jim Shilander

Business Operations Manager > Alyssa Garrett

City Editor, The Capistrano Dispatch > Brian Park ART/DESIGN Senior Designer > Jasmine Smith ADVERTISING/MULTIMEDIA MARKETING Associate Publisher > Lauralyn Loynes (Dana Point)

Accounting & Distribution Manager > Tricia Zines SPECIAL THANKS Robert Miller, Jonathan Volzke CONTRIBUTORS Megan Bianco, Victor Carno, Kevin Dahlgren, Catherine Manso, Madison May, Jenna Ross, Dana Schnell, Tim Trent

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The article entitled “Planning Commission Denies Doheny Hotel Proposal” (Cont. on page 10)

SOAPBOX (Cont. from page 9) written by Andrea Papagianis was very thorough and was much appreciated. There are always “developers” who come to any city who only have an agenda of “lining their pockets” as suggested by Drew Reynolds. Their proposals benefit no one but themselves and are done at the expense of city codes, ordinances and other laws put into place to ensure that our city will remain a preferred destination point, hopefully in the future surpassing Laguna Beach. The promise of the 100 modifications and conditions that “could” be enforced later is nothing more than a “scam in motion.” It was encouraging that the Dana Point Planning Commission displayed true vigilance in protecting the city and the residents who would be directly impacted by this grandiose scheme. The proposal to take city park land to enhance their profit margin manifests itself beyond normal greed. Since their flawed proposal has been denied along with their permits for coastal development,

height variance, conditional use and site development, one needs to wonder if they think that the City Council would be more “friendly.” One would certainly hope that the City Council supports the Planning Commission without reservation. Beverly Hills Hospitality Group knows that this project benefits only them and their “pockets” and not the city of Dana Point. This is America. It is respectfully suggested that Beverly Hills Hospitality Group, who is unable to comply with the codes and wishes of the Dana Point community, take their fear mongering and pencil and use their tactics elsewhere. This is a prime parcel of land and the city needs to wait for, and encourage a developer, that respects the plans and future of the city of Dana Point as a crown jewel in Orange County. 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.

GUEST OPINION: The Water Column by Andrew Brunhart, General Manager of South Coast Water District

Turning to Your Tap Save time, money and the environment by turning on the tap and reusing bottles


ou are running out the door but want to grab a drink. You know that drinking water is good for you, so you reach in the fridge for some agua. Do you grab (a) one of your store-bought plastic bottles of drinking water that can cost over $1 or (b) your reusable sports bottle filled with drinking water from your tap that costs a fraction of a penny? We at the South Coast Water District want the people we serve every day, and everyone else, to know why water straight from the tap is good for you, good for your pocketbook and good for the environment. “But the quality is different,” you say. “Bottled water is tastier and healthier.” Not so. Water from the tap repeatedly wins taste tests across the county. “But bottled water is convenient,” you say. “I can just grab one and go.” Let me ask you another question. What’s more convenient? Turning on the tap, filling a sports bottle and putting it in the refrigerator or getting in the car, driving to your store, loading water into your cart, standing in the supermarket checkout line, putting water in your car, driving it home and loading it into your fridge? There isn’t any question that using tap water is also better for your pocketbook. It simply costs less, a lot less. A dollar of SCWD water will fill more than 2,000 20-ounce plastic bottles, just like the one you buy at the store or get from a machine for $1.25 or more. It’s easy to see the better value. “But is our tap water safe,” you ask. Page 10

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the United States has one of the safest water systems in the world. The drinking water SCWD supplies is tested hundreds of thouTHE WATER sands of times a year. COLUMN Finally, there is the By Andrew Brunhart environmental impact of drinking from a plastic bottle instead of from the tap. Every plastic bottle of water requires the use of oil for making the bottle and transporting it to stores. Every year, 30 billion plastic bottles are used in the U.S.; most are not recycled. SCWD is taking action as well. We have used bottles of water with our name on them. They have been popular at community events. We will end that practice. We will still gladly come to community events and bring educational materials, but when our current supply of bottled water for events runs out, we will purchase no more. So those are the facts. Tap water is safe. Tap water is healthy. Tap water is less expensive than bottled water and it is better for the environment. Fill up that reusable sports bottle today. DP 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

949 Volleyball

activities in science, geography, cooking and music. Develop well-rounded children as they watch the lifecycle of butterflies and ladybugs, garden and observe root systems form and take part in our remarkable Brain Building Lego Camp. 24292 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.443.1193,

949 Volleyball club offers 12 summer camps for boys and girls ages 8-18. Players are introduced to the fundamentals of the sport as well as high-level techniques. Camp is held in our own state-of-the-art facility in San Juan Capistrano, just off of Interstate 5. Each session is $165 for four days of training. Camp ends with a tournament for prizes, where players can implement what they have learned. For more information, see or contact Space is limited, so sign up today.

Camp Broadway Bound The No. 1 musical theater camp in south Orange County. With a new themed musical show every week, we combine acting skill- and self-esteembuilding games, crafts, music, dance and fun. Camp meets in July and August, Mon–Fri from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, with a big camp show every Friday night. Join us for one or two weeks or the entire summer. No experience necessary. Last summer we sold out before school let out, so reserve your spot today. Locations in San Clemente and Mission Viejo. 949.388.3846,

Acting Academy for Kids Summer Performing Arts Camps serving ages 4-13. Campers are guided through a full theater immersion experience via four daily classes—music, art, acting and dance. The culminating event will be a Friday performance on the main stage at Camino Real Playhouse and the Cabrillo Playhouse. Children can participate for one week, the entire summer or anywhere in between. It’s time to watch your star shine. Camino Real Playhouse, 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, Cabrillo Playhouse, 202 Avenida Cabrillo, San Clemente, 714.747.4915,

AquaZot Swim Club The AquaZot Swim Club summer session is designed as a fun and structured program to develop swimming skills for 5- to 12-year-olds who are already water safe. Our experienced instructors employ the most recent aquatics methods to progress each student from basic to advanced stroke ability in all four competitive strokes. Mini swim meets will be held every two weeks as a fun way to judge each student’s progress. 714.470.3763,

The Arts Project OC San Clemente’s one-stop shop for all things art! We offer classes in acting, voice, music and studio art for creative kid ages 3 and up. Your aspiring

Capo Beach Christian School Summer Quest

Photo: Camp Broadway Bound

musician can make music at The Sound Studio. The Art Studio explores mediums such as painting, drawing and mixed media. In the Black Box Studio, become a triple threat in singing, acting and dancing. For more information, including fees, schedules and registration, log on to or call 949.276.ARTS (2787).

Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley The Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley offers summer day camp programs at three different South Orange County locations, including San Juan Capistrano, Aliso Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita. Day Camp runs from June 30- Aug. 29. Day Camp is offered Monday through Friday. Members participate in fun hands-on activities and field trips. Members’ age ranges, cost and hours vary by location. For more information, call 949.240.7898 ext. *28.

Boys & Girls Club of the South Coast Area The Boys & Girls Club of the South Coast Area’s PLAY GREAT Summer offers more than 25 summer programs including athletics, arts and crafts, computers, games, field trips and special events at a low cost of $30 annually, or free to our members (small additional fee for field trips). The club is located at 1304 Calle Valle, San Clemente. Summer program runs June 20–Sept. 6. Hours are Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m. 949.492.0376,

Broderick Montessori Broderick Montessori School is excited to announce a wonderful summer program for preschool, kindergarten and elementary children from June 30-Aug. 15. Give your child the Montessori academic edge while they explore

Summer Quest is a faithbased day-camp run by certified teachers with loving hearts. Each day brings hours of creative play, new friendships, character building and exciting adventures. With weekly beach days, pool days, park days and field trips to fun places like Knott’s Berry Farm, Legoland, county fairs and water parks. You will never hear those dreaded words, “I’m bored.” The small teacher-to-child ratio ensures safety and quality care. Located in Capistrano Beach. 949.496.3513,

City of Laguna Niguel Be a Squirrel or Coyote in the Laguna Niguel’s Parks and Recreation summer day camp programs! Campers explore Crown Valley Community Park and partake in activities such as handball, nature hikes, daily swimming, group games on pristine soccer fields, arts and crafts, construction toys, table games, camp songs, karaoke, Wii games and science exploration activities. Squirrels have weekly themed visitors, while Coyotes travel to the beach on Tuesdays and an amusement park on Thursdays. Register online at

DanMan’s Music School Not your father’s band. DanMan’s five-day intensive workshops let campers create and name their own rock bands and put on a real show for family and friends. Instructions on guitar, piano, drums, bass and vocals are provided by inspiring professional music teachers. Exercises include creating set lists, making band posters and rehearsing for the big gig. Cost is $225 per camp. Bring in DanMan’s ad from this issue before June 30 and receive $25 off. The jamming begins July 7. 24699 Del Prado, Dana Point. 949.496.6556,

Dana West Yacht Club Sailing Camp DWYC is again offering their popular Sailing Camp to community kids ages 8 to 18. The camp is three two-week sessions that can be enrolled in separately,

consecutively, or in combination. The dates of the sessions are June 30 – July 11, July 14 – July 25 and July 28 – Aug. 8. The camp now includes larger boats for older kids. Check out our junior video at Dana West Yacht Club, 24601 Dana Drive, Dana Point.

Endless Summer Surf Camp Celebrating its 22th anniversary, Endless Summer is the longest running surf camp in Orange County and caters to first-timers wanting to learn the basics of surfing and ocean safety as well as experienced surfers looking to improve their skills. Offering a new camp every Monday from June through September, the fun in the sun continues for 15 weeks

Photo: Endless Summer Surf Camp

at San Onofre State Beach. Day camps for kids 10 and older run Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. These camps are priced at $495 and include equipment, lessons, lunch, snacks, drinks and a T-shirt. Weeklong overnight camps are $895 and include accommodations, surf equipment, surf lessons, all meals, snacks,

drinks and a camp T-shirt. Also popular are our Surf & Turf surfing and golf camps, provided in cooperation with Talega Golf Course. Private lessons, group lessons and adult camps are also available. Sign up early. Camps sell out every summer! Call 949.498.7862 to register.

Photo: Nick Gates/Etnies Skatepark

Etnies Skatepark Etnies Skatepark offers the most dynamic weekly summer skateboarding camps in Orange County. Photography and videography camps are also available. Campers each receive a camp shirt and have the opportunity to create their own skateboard deck. During break time, campers have full access to our video game lounge to keep each day exciting and fun-filled. Etnies Skatepark covers 62,000 square feet, making it the largest free public skatepark in America. For more information, call 949.916.5870 or visit

Fashion Camp Create. Design. Sew. Fashion Camp is a creative learning space teaching the principles behind fashion design. We cover sketching, creating, designing and sewing. Our summer camps are geared toward beginners and perfect for those who have some experience too. Design Camps, Sewing Camps, Advanced Camps, Teen Camps and more. Ages 7-17. Half-day, full-day and weekend camps are offered. Early and late pickups are available too. 555 The Shops At Mission Viejo Road, Ste. 604A, Mission Viejo, 949.364.1856,

Bold Girlz Fashionista Fun Camp Bold Girlz is the ultimate party place for girls, offering fashion-themed parties and weekly summer fashion camps for fun selfesteem building. Girls will learn runway modeling, decorate T-shirts, enjoy spa day, hair and makeup, glamour shots and more. The last day of camp features a runway fashion show for family and friends. Girl Scout community service workshops, Happy Girlz Finishing School and walk-in Mini-Glam services are also available. Located at the Kaleidoscope, 27741 Crown Valley Parkway in Mission Viejo. For more info, call 949.348.1300 or see

Julie Foudy Soccer Camp The Julie Foudy Soccer Camp returns to Mission Viejo, July 15-18, for our 19th year! Our unique full-day camp is highlighted by U.S. National Team exercises, team building and leadership development from some of the most successful women soccer players and coaches in the game. New this summer, we’re excited to offer our College Prep program! Also, for the little ones, the Julie Foudy Happy Feet Program offers half-day fun for boys and girls ages 3-7.

Mathnasium Mathnasium can help you ramp up math skills this summer to set up for success in the coming school year. Our summer programs are designed to prevent summer learning loss and help students prepare for what lies ahead. All of our memberships offer a customized program with flexible scheduling—pick days and times that suit your schedule! In addition, four weekly Game Hours are available during the summer to both members and non-members. 888.962.6284,

Mission San Juan Capistrano Mission San Juan Capistrano is pleased to offer summer programs the entire family can enjoy, including weekly activities and summer camps. The weekly craft activities, for ages 6-12, will run from July 7 – Aug. 22. The summer camps include Ceramic Clay Camp, July 7-18 and July 21 – Aug. 1, and the popular Adventure Sleepover Night at the Mission, July 11-12. For more information on all the summer fun, call 949.234.1315 or see

OC Junior Guards OC Junior Guards is staffed and operated by OC Lifeguards. Junior guard instructors are certified lifeguards who teach students critical ocean safety fundamentals through hands-on experience in a variety of life-

saving and waterman/woman activities. Get safe for summer. Ages 8-15. Location: Strand Beach, Dana Point. Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Session 1: June 30–July 11 ($335); Session 2: July 14–Aug. 1 ($435); Session 3: Aug. 4– Aug. 22 ($435). Sign up at 949.443.0773,

Ocean Institute Let your child explore the mysteries of the ocean world through our unique, hands-on marine science and maritime history summer camps. Campers can study marine wildlife in our labs, take a cruise aboard our research vessel Sea Explorer, or even step back in time to the life of a tallship sailor of the 1800s. Camps are suitable for children and teens 5 to 17 years old and include weeklong day camps and overnight adventures. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274,

Our Lady of Fatima Falcon Summer Camp Falcon Fun Summer Camp in San Clemente is open to all children entering kindergarten through eighth grade. Camp hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m., July 7 – Aug. 22. Campers will experience positive reinforcement from caring adults, the sharing of adventures with a group of friends and the chance to participate in fun-filled summer activities. Daily activities include blocks of time for themed science, crafts, games, technology, light academics, weekly beach days and field trips to places such as Disneyland and the Aquarium of the Pacific, plus special guest Fridays. For more information, see and click on Summer Camps tab or call 949.492.7320.

Photo: Ocean Institute

Princess Dance Camps & More San Clemente Dance Performing Arts Center is celebrating our 20th anniversary with fun and exciting summer camps and workshops! We offer a wide range of options for all ages from 3 to adult, for beginning to advanced dancers. Eight-week summer session and weeklong dance camps with themes like “Frozen” and “Tangled” will be offered. Try a Dance Camp featuring all styles. Intensive Workshops are also available for serious dancers with California’s top teachers! For more information, call 949.498.7571 or see

The Shea Center Equestrian Camp

Photo: The Shea Center

The Shea Center’s integrated day camp for kids with and without special needs is a five-day introduction

to horseback riding, learning to appreciate and care for horses, and meeting and interacting with other kids. It is a comfortable, fun learning experience, taught by equestrian professionals who work with kids nearly every day. It is said, “No one knows and loves kids and horses more than The Shea Center equestrian staff.” Space is limited. For more information call 949.240.8441, ext. 123.

SLAM Sports Just like last summer, Slam Sports carries an abundance of Junior Lifeguard suits and boardshorts, as well as the mandatory “Duckfeet” fins. This year, they have continued the “Duck Swap” exchange program which allows parents to swap out last year’s fins for credit toward fins to fit growing feet. Owners Dan and Dagmar are continually coming up with creative ways to help the environment as well as save people money—definitely a refreshing business approach. Thanks Slam! 69 Via Pico Plaza, 949.429.7948.

Photo: The Johnson Academy

The Speech, Language & Learning Center and The Johnson Academy The Speech, Language & Learning Center and The Johnson Academy use research-based programs and one-on-one therapy to encourage academic success. Students will focus on strengthening the foundation for success in the areas of spelling, reading, math, language, comprehension, memory and critical thinking. Our summer program runs from June 16 through Aug. 22. Call us at 949.487.5251 to schedule your individual therapy, (recent evaluation required within the last six months).

Photo: St. Anne School

St. Anne School The Summer Knights Day Camp at St. Anne School is the ideal combination of fun and education for preschool through eighth grade, with convenience and flexibility for parents. Camp days are filled with a balance of light academics, arts and crafts, water play, weekly themes, special guests, cooking and field trips. The nine-week camp starts June 16 with full-day, halfday and extended hours options. Join for one week or all nine! 32451 Bear Brand Road, Laguna Niguel, 949.276.6711 or

St. Margaret’s Episcopal School Open to all students, camps for preschool through grade 12. Create, build, fabricate, invent, explore in STEM, arts and outdoor camps at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School this summer. St. Margaret’s Summer Exploration is a world of hands-on, mindblowing and fun opportunities for students of all ages. Exclusive partnerships with i2 Camp and the UCI School of Engineering. For more information, visit 31641 La Novia, San Juan Capistrano, 949.661.0108, Photo: St. Margaret’s Episcopal School

Photo: Tstreet Volleyball Club

Summer Soul Surf Camp Volcom presents the Summer Soul Surf Camp, located in San Clemente at San Onofre Surf Beach. Weeklong day and overnight camp programs for boys and girls ages 9–16. CPR and first aid certified instructors are experienced surfers committed to being role models both in and out of the water. Spend your summer surfing during morning and afternoon sessions. Learn to play the ukulele and eat s’mores by the campfire with friends. 800.522.1352,

Tstreet Volleyball Club Tstreet Volleyball Club trains over 350 athletes between the ages of 9 and 18 and is recognized as one of the top clubs in the country. Conveniently located in the Spectrum district of Irvine, Tstreet offers a full range of position-specific general skills and clinics throughout the summer. All participants, whether beginning or advanced, are placed in a serious learning environment. Experienced coaches, following in the footsteps of founder Olympic gold medalist Troy Tanner, teach proper volleyball mechanics in competitive fun drills. 949.305.8083,

Westwind Sailing

Westwind Sailing has been providing boating education in an atmosphere that’s safe, fun and encourages personal success since 1987. Summer fun at Westwind includes sailing classes, paddling classes and day camps for all ages and skill levels. Programs are sanctioned by US Sailing and Community Sailing, and are US Sailing, USCG, ASI, ACA, CPR and first aid certified. Camps and classes meet at OC Sailing & Events Center, 34451 Ensenada Place, Dana Point Harbor, 949.492.3035,

YMCA Summer Camps Reach high, play hard. Summer Camp at the YMCA is a fun, actionpacked adventure filled with sports and outdoor activities, field trips and specialty clubs! We offer licensed full- or part-time programs, weekly/ monthly rates, inclusion support for special needs, character development, service learning projects and clubs such as cooking, art, sports and more. Camp runs June 30 through Aug. 29, 6:45 a.m.-6 p.m. Find out more at


At the Movies: Not Your Average ‘Joe’


The List

What’s going on in and around town this week COMPILED BY STAFF

Friday | 25 A CHORUS LINE 7 p.m. South Orange County School of the Arts presents its spring musical “A Chorus Line” through Saturday, April 26 with two shows at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 for students and seniors, $15 for adults. Dana Hills High School, Porthole Theatre, 33333 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, LORD OF THE STRINGS: DOYLE DYKES 7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Music by the American country acoustic guitarist, Doyle Dykes, a Grand Ole Opry star, as part of the ongoing music series at the Dana Point Community House. Tickets $40. 24642 San Juan Ave., Dana Point, 949.842.2227, RAIN PLAYS THE BEATLES 7:30 p.m. Direct from Broadway, RAIN performs The Beatles’ discography live, including songs so complex the legends themselves never performed them for an audience. Tickets start at $30. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787,

Last year brought movie audiences one of the biggest acting comebacks in almost a decade, with Matthew McConaughey’s roles in Mud, Dallas Buyers Club and Wolf of Wall Street. This year may bring a comeback for another actor with questionable taste in movie choices: Nicolas Cage. Though not on the same career track as McConaughey, Cage headlines his own southern success this month with David Gordon Green’s Joe. The film also fittingly co-stars 17-year-old Tye Sheridan of Mud. In small-town Texas, an ex-con named Joe (Cage) makes a living poisoning weak trees to replace them with stronger ones when a teenager named Garry (Sheridan) asks if he and his dad (Gary Poulter) can work with his crew. Garry and his family are new to town, homeless and in need of money. Joe himself is looking for a fresh start. From there an unlikely friendship and mentorship is created between the anti-hero and boy. Joe returns filmmaker Green to his indie drama roots after a five years of directing Hollywood comedies like the stoner hit Pineapple Express. Cage has made a reputation out of spending his mid-career headlining mediocre action flicks rather than dramas like Leaving Las Vegas, for which he won Best Actor. Joe succeeds at reminding viewers he still has a talent and presence to carry already good material when he wants to and also shows that Green hasn’t completely sold out. —Megan Bianco

Saturday | 26 KELP FEST 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Join in the fun at Laguna Beach’s Main Beach to celebrate the healthy return of kelp forests off the coast. Enjoy live music, games, educational exhibits and more to learn more about this critical-Southern California habitat. 107 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, EARTH DAY GO GREEN AND BLUE 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Join the Ocean Institute to spread awareness and appreciation for Mother Nature. Create eco-friendly crafts and learn the importance of protecting natural habitats through hands-on activities. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274, MICRO-BREW FEST Noon–5 p.m. Sample 16 craft brews at this fourth annual event sponsored by Left Coast Brewing Co. Must be 21 or older to attend. Admission includes commemorative cup and 12 4-ounce tasters. Tickets start at $30. Left Coast, 1245 Puerta Del Sol, San Clemente, NATE HANCOCK 8 p.m. Live music overlooking the Dana Point Harbor at Wind & Sea Restaurant. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500,

Sunday | 27 SERRA CHAPEL TOUR 11:15 a.m. Tour at the Mission in honor of Father Junipero Serra, who was born 300 years ago this year. Admission $6-$9. 26801 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300, CHARITY CONCERT 3:30 p.m. Handbell choirs perform at this benefit concert for Family Assistance Ministries. Free. Donations help support FAM’s outreach efforts. Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 200 Avenida San Pablo, San Clemente.


Monday | 28 STUDENT ART EXHIBIT Noon. The Saddleback College Art Gallery presents its juried student art exhibition. Runs through Thursday, May 15. Free. Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and Thursday from noon to 8 p.m. 28000 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo, 949.582.4924. FAMILY PAJAMA STORY TIME 7 p.m. Children and their parents are invited for a night of stories, songs and fun. Don’t forget your PJs. All ages are invited. Free. Dana Point Library, 33841 Niguel Road, 949.496.5517.

Photo: Andrea Papagianis

California Wine festival • april 26 1 p.m.–4 p.m. Taste hundreds of California wines, craft beers and appetizers while enjoying live Caribbean music overlooking the Dana Point Harbor. Must be 21 years or older. Tickets start at $59 with advanced purchase. $80 at the door. Event benefits the nonprofit Surfrider Foundation. Lantern Bay Park, 25111 Park Lantern Road,

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Tuesday | 29 DANA WHARF WHALE WATCHING Times vary. Climb onboard a Dana Wharf vessel for a chance to see migrating whales. Trips are half price on Tuesdays. Page 11

Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 888.224.0603, STEMULATING SCIENCE 4 p.m.–5 p.m. Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens presents educational programs for kids 5-12, each Tuesday through June 3. Activities focus on science, technology, engineering and math. Admission is $5. Call to register. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,

Wednesday | 30 CAPT. DAVE’S WHALE WATCHING Times vary. Get up close to marine life aboard a Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari trip. Prices vary. Call for more information. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.488.2828, KARAOKE WITH LES AND JOEL 7 p.m. Every Wednesday at The Swallow’s Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188.

Thursday | 01 CLIFFHANGER 8 p.m. Performance at the Cabrillo Playhouse. Tickets $15-$20. 202 Avenida Cabrillo, San Clemente, 949.492.0465, For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at Have an event? Send your listing to



A Family Rock Affair

GUEST OPINION: On Life and Love After 50 by Tom Blake

Love: Keep It Simple Lasting senior love based on simple characteristics

Husband and wife have found their passion and stability behind the mic




family that rocks together stays together. It’s a statement that rings true for Lauren and Mike Lagosz. This Dana Point couple regularly rocks area bars and restaurants with original songs and covers of The Misfits, Buddy Holly, The Ramones and even the Cartoon Network show, “Adventure Time,” with their longtime band Society’s Grudge. In 2000, 15-year-old Mike started the band. Shortly after, Mike met Lauren, his then soon-to-be wife, and she started spending time at band practice. After numerous rehearsals, Lauren filled in on the drums until the group could find a reliable replacement. New members rotated in and out, but Mike and Lauren stayed consistent. Eventually, Lauren took on the bass, Mike the guitar and both provided vocals. Saturday, Society’s Grudge played to a crowd at Scarantino’s Sports Bar and Grill in Lake Forest. While their performance was a hit, the couple’s journey to today has been filled with many bumps. At 16, Mike’s parents sent him to Shamrock Acres, an all-boys school in Idaho. He had gotten into trouble, smoking marijuana and skipping classes, but school in Idaho led to other issues. “I’d wake up at 2 a.m. and guys would

“It was a very heavy transition for him. The band was his baby. He loved it so much but he knew it had to go in order to fix him.

—Lauren Lagosz

be in my room asking for knives or guns,” Mike recalled. When he returned to Dana Point a year later, Mike slipped into addiction, hitting harder drugs and alcohol. His parents had enough. They filed a restraining order against their son and Mike lost many friendships. “I lost a chunk of my life,” Mike said, “And I dragged her (Lauren) into that lifestyle.” The couple was homeless, engaged and, at 18, expecting their first child. Mike made the life turn he needed a few years later. He entered his parents’ home, sneaking in to take a few things before they Dana Point Times April 25–May 1, 2014

The Dana Point-based rock and punk group, Society’s Grudge, has found magic in the music in keeping their family together. Here, wife and husband duo, Lauren (right) and Mike Lagosz (left), perform with Lauren’s brother Alex Vincent in Lake Forest. Photo: Catherine Manso

returned. One of the items was a Bible. “We were living in a tent and I open the Bible to the book of Matthew and just started reading,” Mike said. “That was kind of the catalyst, because jail couldn’t really fix me … and no one could really change my mind set. But when God’s existence came into mind it was revolutionary.” Mike made the decision to stop drinking and doing drugs. He wanted to leave the lifestyle he was living behind. But to completely change, Mike decided it was necessary to stop performing—Society’s Grudge took a five-year break. “We ended Society’s Grudge because of this process I was going through,” Mike Lagosz said. “If I was going to be playing shows … I knew I would be getting hammered.” Mike left the band, and his music behind. “It was a very heavy transition for him,” Lauren Lagosz said. “The band was his baby. He loved it so much but he knew it had to go in order to fix him.” Over the past five years, their family has grown. Mike and Lauren now have four children under 11. Through their journey, they’ve come back to find the passion in performing. Ten years ago they were doing it for all the wrong reasons, now they have a new set of priorities—both on and off the stage. When they aren’t on stage, 30-year-old Mike works in construction and runs his own garage door company, and Lauren, 29, has a successful home business creating wreaths and floral arrangements. Though they’ve overcome much in the last 10 years, one problem remains persistent: the lack of a steady drummer. But Lauren’s brother Alex Vincent has been filling in. Society’s Grudge serenaded attendees of this year’s Dana Point Festival of Whales with rock-and-roll hits from the ’50s and ’70s punk rock. More Society’s Grudge performances are ahead, with a May appearance at Molly Blooms Irish Pub in San Clemente on the horizon. DP

s a relationship columnist for 20 years, I’ve heard lots of stories from people about why their marriages or relationships didn’t last. I’ve heard people disparage their exes. I’ve heard how couples have mistreated each other. The reasons for relationship failures become a litany of woes, which never seem to end. But in the last couple of weeks, something refreshing happened. Two widowed people, one man and one woman, independent of one another and from different parts of the country, sent me emails that were simple, and yet, contained information and tidbits about what characteristics help make marriages and relationships last. The first message came from Steve, an Orange County resident. After 42 years of marriage, Steve’s wife Linn passed away in January 2011, following a battle with leukemia that lasted two-and-a-half years. He said, “I miss her all of the time, since we felt like newlyweds every day. She was the first woman I had been with intimately.” Several months later, Steve called his 10th-grade high school sweetheart, Kathleen. During the conversation, he asked, “Are you married?” Her reply, “No, and I haven’t dated in 17 years.” Steve changed that when he asked her out and they started dating. Steve said, “I discovered she is sweet, kind, caring and has other qualities that Linn had. God has blessed me with another incredibly special person.” Sweet, kind and caring. Characteristics as simple as that. Toss in a person with thoughtfulness and compassion and those are the qualities important to Steve. Last summer, Steve and Kathleen attended their 50th high school reunion together. On his birthday in December, he asked her to marry him. She accepted. Steve said, “I’ve learned the secret to a

long and happy marriage. If the house needs dusting and vacuuming, do it yourself. Don’t berate your wife and just love her for who she is. And most importantly, remind yourself that you’re not that good of a catch.” ON LIFE AND LOVE AFTER 50 Steve is also humble. By Tom Blake The second simple message came from Ellen, a Georgia resident and widow of nine years, who recently met a widower of five years. She said, “We were both ready for a relationship. I think that is the important part. It takes a while to be ready to commit to someone again.” Ellen is right. If both members of a newly dating couple aren’t ready for a relationship, it won’t happen. If they are ready, and they’re compatible, bingo, they’ve got a match. Ellen added, “I got lucky and met a really terrific man who treats me like a ‘princess.’ One thing we both say is that we never want to take each other for granted. We both remember saying things to our deceased spouses that maybe we should not have said. So, my partner and I are careful not to say hurtful things. We live everyday like it is our last. It truly is wonderful.” Granted, what Steve and Ellen stated in their correspondences was basic and simple. Who said that finding love after 50, 60 and 70 has to be difficult to thrive? For more dating advice and stories visit, and to comment, email Tom at DP 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


Last week’s solution:

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

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A Springtime Celebration

All for the Love

Hundreds gather for city’s annual egg hunts, petting zoo, puppet show and more

SOCSA’s ‘A Chorus Line’ Performance is One Singular Sensation



ana Point’s annual Easter egg hunts drew hundreds of children, and admiring parents, grandparents and older siblings, to two local parks Saturday to meet the Easter Bunny, compete in sack and egg carrying races and, most importantly, to grab as many eggs and sweet treats as their colorful baskets could hold. There were two opportunities to join in the springtime celebration as the city hosted festivities at both Pines and Sea Canyon parks. Sea Canyon Park attendees were also treated to a pancake breakfast, served up by volunteers from the Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club and its student arm, Dana Hills High School’s Interact Club. The meal, which was donated by Stacks Pancake House, raised about $1,200 for the Rotary Club. DP

Xandy Lopez and Keegan Marquis act out the tumultuous past of Cassie and Zach in ‘A Chorus Line.’ PHOTO AND STORY BY ANDREA PAPAGIANIS, DANA POINT TIMES


Rylan Goluboff, 3, and Trey Torres, 7, visit with the Easter Bunny a day before he was set to deliver holiday treats.

Pictured (L to R) Isabelle Provins, Raelyn Beckleiz and Taylor Burton enjoy the city’s springtime festivities at Sea Canyon Park on Saturday.

Families get up close with animals Saturday at the event’s petting zoo.

Dana Point Times April 25-May 1, 2014

s the words “won’t forget, can’t regret, what I did for love” echoed through the theatre, one thing became clear: the chorus resonated with each cast member standing on the Porthole stage. The iconic song from one of Broadway’s longest running productions, “A Chorus Line,” holds significant meaning for the 28 cast members taking center stage this weekend as the South Orange County of the Arts tackles the well-known, and difficult, Marvin Hamlisch musical that follows dancers through the theatre auditioning process on one of New York’s most renown streets. More than half of the cast, made up of some of the school’s most talented dancers, singers, actors and stage crew will leave Dana Hills High School in June to pursue their dreams. For some that means Broadway, for others smaller theatres and university degrees. Regardless of the path these young artists take, their final musical at Dana said it all, “But I can’t regret what I did for love.” Those words ring true for Shelby Barry. The senior will enter UCLA’s musical theatre program this fall with her eyes set on Broadway. Playing the sheltered Vermont transplant, Val, who dreams of becoming a Rockette, Barry’s vocals explode on stage. She belts out the plastic surgery tales of the “unfortunate” looking performer who has her chest and rear enhanced to fit the Broadway mold. Fellow hopefuls stand in the shadows, passing critical stares as Val auditions for the chorus line. It’s Barry’s time to shine. “This is really the story of every performer,” Barry said. “It’s about everyone’s struggles.” Throughout the show’s two acts, each cast member has their time in the spotlight. Here, supporting roles are few. Senior Spencer Martin’s monologue, as

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the young dancer Paul, takes the audience on an emotional journey through his childhood, time as a drag performer, his parent’s reaction to his lifestyle and his own dealings with homosexuality and manhood. Fellow seniors, Xandy Lopez and Keegan Marquis, take on the tumultuous relationship between longtime dancer, Cassie, and Broadway director, Zach. Battling their past, the pair fights through abandonment, career failures and the desire to come home. “These kids are coming into their own right before they graduate,” said SOCSA musical director Masie Wilson. “That’s the whole point. We are here to prepare them for college, to become professional artists.” With musical theatre teacher and director Brittany Casey on maternity leave, the cast, crew and supporting staff stepped up to the plate. Theatre arts instructor Samantha Sanford took on the director’s role, while the fine arts students elevated their commitment, often practicing during lunch, at home and well after their classmates had gone home for the day. “It gave everyone a push to work harder,” Wilson said of Casey’s absence. “Everyone stepped up their game for her, and for themselves.” As the performance comes to a close, those in the spotlight meld into one. With matching, flashy gold costumes they come together. Each performer that made a connection with the audience is suddenly lost among the crowd—an unending ensemble. For these performers, this is a culmination of their time at Dana Hills, on the Porthole Theatre’s stage with their friends and cast mates. “It’s a big reminder of why we do what we do and why it is worth it to take the risk,” Barry said. The musical runs through Saturday, April 26. All shows start at 7 p.m. with one matinee on Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for students and seniors, or $15 for adults. Visit for tickets. DP



A Winning Tradition Dana Point Yacht Club gears up for historic Newport to Ensenada race BY STEVE BREAZEALE, DANA POINT TIMES


he Dana Point Yacht Club has been racing in the Newport Ocean Sailing Organization’s Newport to Ensenada race since the club’s inception in 1952. It is a race that all the club’s members gear up for every year and is a part of Dana Point Yacht Club’s offshore championship series. The 2014 version of the race, set to take place on Friday, April 25, will carry even more weight for the Dana Point-based group, as they attempt to go for a threepeat of the race’s major perpetual trophies. In 2012, the Dana Point Yacht Club captured the South Bay Yacht Racing Club, Jeff Deaver and Spirit of Ensenada perpetual trophies. The hardware is awarded to the club with the most entries, most first-place winners and the most club winners, respectively. Dana Point Yacht


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Track and Field Sweeps Tritons

Both the Dana Hills boys and girls track and field team defeated San Clemente in a league dual meet on April 17. The boys team won 10 of 16 events at the meet, grabbing enough points for an 84-52 win. Both Dolphins relay teams earned victories. The girls success in the field events helped pave the way to a convincing 9640 win. The Dolphins won all six of the meet’s field events and sophomore Summer Higgins picked up wins in the long jump and triple jump. The Dolphins competed at the Mt. SAC relays on April 20 and had several strong showings. The boys 4x100 meter relay team of Justin Hunter, Connor Higgins, Marou Marquina and Nick Van Vliet won the event with a time of 42.49. Chloe Deol broke her own school record in the 400 meter seeded event with Dana Point Times April 25-May 1, 2014

Club won all three trophies again in 2014, along with a fourth consecutive Caroline Starr trophy, awarded to the first-place all-female crew. “We’re going for a three-peat,” Dana Point yacht Club member John Berry said. “The club has definitely had a really strong success in the race for the last 30 years. It’s one of the bigger races on the calendar and it’s been a long standing tradition that we pump it up to all of our members.” Berry has competed in the 125-mile race that stretches from Newport Beach to Ensenada in Baja, Calif., Mexico 34 times. Last year, he was aboard Horizon, which claimed the PHRF-A Class trophy. Berry said that the race attracts all kinds of skill levels and offers some of the most competitive elite class fields on the yacht racing calendar. In years past there

a time of 56.95, good enough for a secondplace finish.

Dolphins Tennis Topples Tesoro

The Dana Hills tennis team relied on the efforts of their doubles units in a 12-6 South Coast League win over Tesoro on April 22. The doubles teams needed to be sharp given the fact they accrued only three points in the singles format. Senior Chase Masciorini, the team’s No. 1 singles player, won all three of his games while Tesoro won the remaining six points that were up for grabs. But the Dolphins (4-8, 2-5 league) doubles teams, consisting of Chase Aplin, Corey Stephens, Jon Alami, Nick Kouracos, Arjun Boddu and Tyler Bloom, routed the Titans later in the day.

Boys Golf Eyeing League Title

The Dana Hills boys golf team has rattled off seven consecutive wins dating back to March 26. The winning run has put them one game ahead of Tesoro in the South Coast League standings. The Dolphins (12-5, 5-1) recently capped off four consecutive league wins with a 201-206 victory over Aliso Niguel at El Niguel Country Club on April 17. Tanner Podres shot a 38 (+2) on the front nine to earn medalist honors. The highlight of the winning streak came on April 15, when the Dolphins shot a collective season-low 182 at Aliso Viejo Country Club in a 182-202 win over Aliso Niguel. Dana Hills’ Matt Fry and Hayden

The Dana Point Yacht club’s Horizon crew members pose with their first-place trophy from last year’s Newport to Ensenada race. Courtesy photo

have been former America’s Cup winning boats competing in the field. The average boat finishes the trek in 14 to 18 hours, with some of the cruising class boats taking as long as a day to finish. The race is also one of the Dana Point

Yacht club’s largest fundraising events. The club raises money for three Ensenada-based charities that help homeless families, seniors and newborn infants at Hospital General Ensenada. To follow the race online, visit DP

Hill both shot 35 (E) on the front nine to earn co-medalist honors. Dana Hills was set to play Laguna Beach in a nonleague match on April 24. Results were not available at press time. If the Dolphins can win their two remaining league matches against Trabuco Hills on April 29 and April 30, they will claim the title outright.

to a 6-3 victory. Senior pitcher Lindsey Cassidy threw a complete game, allowing five hits while striking out a season-best nine batters. Dana Hills will travel to play Tesoro in a league game on April 29.

Boys Volleyball Loses Two in a Row

After giving up an early 2-0 set advantage in an eventual five-set loss to San Clemente on April 15, the Dana Hills boys volleyball team was swept by Tesoro on April 17. All three of the sets against the Titans were closely contested but the Dolphins lost 25-22, 25-23, 25-22. The Dolphins lost ground in the league standings and now find themselves in a tie for second place with Tesoro. San Clemente is two games clear at the top of the standings. Dana Hills will return to league play with a match against Capistrano Valley on April 29.

Softball Bounces Back

Following a loss to top-ranked Mission Viejo to open up South Coast League competition, the Dana Hills softball team has bounced back with three consecutive wins. Two of the wins came against league opponents San Clemente and El Toro. The game against the Chargers on April 22 saw the Dolphins (14-4, 2-1) score all of their runs in the first four innings en route

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Dolphins Baseball Still in First

The Dana Hills baseball team continued their run through the Sea View League on April 22 with an 8-3 victory over Laguna Hills. The Hawks had no answer for Dolphins junior starting pitcher Marrick Crouse, who dominated the Hawks bats on the mound while also producing at the plate. Crouse picked up the victory while throwing a complete game four-hitter, striking out six batters and giving up three runs. At the plate, Crouse was able to collect two hits, including a two-RBI single in the top of the second inning to give Dana Hills a 2-0 lead. Crouse sped through the first five innings on cruise control, allowing only one hit and two base runners until the sixth inning, when the Hawks scored two runs on two hits and a walk. Crouse’s dominating performance on the mound included a stretch of ten straight batters retired from the second to fi fth inning. Currently atop the Sea View League standings with a 6-1 record, the Dolphins will play the Hawks again April 25. —Kevin Dahlgren We want to run your scores, results and sports announcements. Email or drop off the information to us at 34932 Calle del Sol, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624.


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Five Decades of Endless Summers SHACC honors Bruce Brown and celebrates golden anniversary of ‘The Endless Summer’ BY ANDREA SWAYNE, DANA POINT TIMES


hen filmmaker Bruce Brown set out with Robert August and Mike Hynson to document their surf travels on film, the idea of chasing the summer season around the world in search of waves became the title for the 1964 documentary that would follow. It also became an aspirational and enduring representation of the adventurous surfing lifestyle—living the dream—for generations. The San Clemente-based Surfing Heritage & Culture Center will host a tribute event celebrating Brown and the 50th anniversary of his film The Endless Summer on Saturday, May 3 in Huntington Beach at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort. The Endless Summer was Brown’s sixth surf film. He began showing it to small audiences in 1964 with live narration. With his narration and music by the Sandals added, Brown and promotions manager R. Paul Allen booked the movie on a successful tour, selling out theaters across the country. It was picked up for worldwide distribution in 1966. The event will bring together Brown, August and Hynson, along with Allen, Sandals band members, Bob Bagley, a former business manager at Bruce Brown Films and John Van Hamersveld, the artist who designed the iconic movie poster. SHACC will be presenting Brown with its first ever Lifetime Achievement Award. Other luminaries from surf and film expected to attend include Greg Noll, Peter “PT” Townend, Fred Hemmings, Greg MacGillivray, Randy Rarick, Joey Cabell, Jericho Poppler, Lance Carson and Renny Yater. Endless Summer II (1994) stars Pat O’Connell and Robert “Wingnut” Weaver

will also be in attendance and Wingnut will serve as one of the event emcees. “There will be over 80 pieces of memorabilia and personal effects on display, such as Bruce’s movie cameras, tape recorder and projector, original sketches, photos, Robert August’s passport, matching trunks and jacket, foreign movie posters and more,” said Barry Haun, curator and creative director for SHACC. “Many of the items have never been seen in public.” Along with the tribute, the opportunity to mingle among surf legends and the memorabilia exhibit, the evening will also include a sit-down dinner, live and silent auctions. Boyd Scofield, SHACC media and sponsor committee member, said the event promises to be the biggest surfing culture event of the year. “Bruce Brown’s milestone documentary is one of the most viewed surf films of all time, spanning generations of fans and enthusiasts,” Scofield said. “I saw the original film and met Bruce in 1964 at Gunn High School in Palo Alto, before it hit the big screen and Bruce was still narrating every line in person. I am looking forward to showing him the original program he signed for me back then. To have all of these people in one room 50 years later is a once in a lifetime event.” Tickets are $200 for SHACC members and $250 for non-members and are available online. Tickets to the VIP pre-party and for tables of 12 are also available. Proceeds from the event will benefit SHACC and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, both nonprofit organizations. For more information or to buy tickets call 949.388.0313 ext. 0 or visit DP

Rhyn Chambers. Photo: Andrea Swayne


Rhyn Chambers


hyn Chambers met up with us at T Street, one of his favorite surf breaks, to shoot the breeze and talk about his life growing up as a surfer in San Clemente. The 9-year-old Concordia Elementary School third-grader spoke about his diverse interests, favorite things and dreams for the future. Rhyn on surfing: “I’ve been surfing for about five years. My dad taught me. He’s a really good teacher. I like both shortboarding and longboarding. Gliding on the waves is fun and it’s fun to jump off the back of the wave.” Rhyn on sports: “I play baseball, soccer and basketball. I also like swimming, running and surfing, of course.” Grinds: “My favorites are hamburgers,

RESULTS NSSA Open, Event No. 9, April 19-20, Oceanside Harbor, South Jetty MEN: 1. Colt Ward, San Clemente 12.83; 2. Nic Hdez, Santa Cruz 12.77; 3. Griffin Colapinto, San Clemente 12.43; 4. Jake Marshall, Encinitas 11.90. JUNIORS: 1. Griffin Colapinto, San Clemente 14.20; 2. Nolan Rapoza, Long Beach 13.27; 3. Jake Marshall, Encinitas 10.33; 4. Eithan Osborne, Ventura 8.33. BOYS: 1. Nick Marshall, Encinitas 17.50; 2. Tommy McKeown, Oxnard 12.07; 3. Ethan Mudge, Capistrano Beach 11.30; 4. Jackson Butler, Encinitas 5.73. MINI GROMS: 1. Jett Schilling, San Clemente 15.10; 2. Taj Lindblad, San Clemente 11.57; 3. Levi Slawson, Encinitas 10.00; 4. Connor Marshall, Encinitas 8.20. WOMEN: 1. Tia Blanco, San Clemente 16.00; 2. Juli Hernandez, Costa Mesa 9.60; 3. Tiare Thompson, La Jolla 9.00; 4. Rachel Tominaga, Manhattan Beach 6.10. GIRLS: 1. Tiare Thompson, La Jolla 12.00; 2. Alexxa Elseewi, San Clemente 11.70; 3. Sidney Johnson, Carlsbad 7.07; 4. Ashley Beeson, Trabuco Canyon 3.83. AIRSHOW: 1. Griffin Colapinto, San Clemente; 2. Kei Kobayashi, San Clemente; 3. Kevin Schulz, San Clemente; 4. Gunner Day, San Clemente; 5. Jordan Kudla, San Clemente; 6. Jake Marshall, Encinitas. PERFORMERS OF THE EVENT: Griffin Colapinto; Nick Marshall; Tia Blanco.

UPCOMING EVENTS Bruce Brown, filmmaker of the iconic surf documentary ‘The Endless Summer’ will be honored by the Surfing Heritage & Culture Center at a May 3 event celebrating the movie’s 50th anniversary and the presentation of SHACC’s first ever Lifetime Achievement Award. Photo: Courtesy of Bruce Brown Films, LLC

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April 26-27: NSSA Open, Event No. 10, San Onofre State Park, Upper Trestles May 10-11: WSA West Coast Championships, San Onofre State Park, Church Beach

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pizza, apples, yogurt and my mom’s homemade fruit smoothies.” Hobbies: “Building with Legos is fun because you get to make up your own designs.” Careers: “I want to be a building contractor like my dad, or an architect, or a professional baseball player. I’m not that interested in being a pro surfer but I want to surf for forever.” Contests: “I want to keep doing stuff like the San Onofre Surf Club contests and the Stoke-o-Rama. I might try the WSA series next year.” Favorite surf breaks: “I like T Street for shortboarding and San O for longboarding.” Travel: “I’ve been to Mavericks for the big wave contest and surfed in Costa Rica and Baja. I really want to go to Teahupoo someday too.” School: “I really like it—especially math.”—Andrea Swayne

SURF FORECAST Water Temperature: 60-62 degrees F Water Visibility and Conditions: 8-10’+ poor-fair Immediate: Thursday’s fun south/southwest groundswell continues along with modest northwest wind and groundswell mix. Surf in the waist-chest high (3-4’) zone prevails at better exposures, as top combo and summer focal points see plus sets around favorable tides to shoulder high+ (4’+). Conditions remain most favorable in the morning with calm to light southeast flow. Winds trend south to southwest through the morning before a light+ afternoon sea-breeze develops. Size backs down a notch for Friday as our northwest swell eases and modest south/southwest swell continues. Morning conditions remain semi problematic with a fun combo running for the exposed beachbreaks. Longer Range Outlook: Solid new south/southwest groundswell builds in over the weekend along with a modest+ northwest swell. Size builds into the shoulder-head high-overhead range at good breaks (4-6’), with larger surf developing for standouts by the end of the weekend. Winds and conditions look problematic Saturday, improving substantially for Sunday. Check out for all the details!

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