Tuesday, September 30, 2008

East Side Swing

Photo by Denny Michael

Paddle Board Resource

Great site for Paddle Board Sports. www.paddleboard.com

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Dale Velzy Surf Classic and Luau

Great write up on the 19th Annual Dale Velzy Surf Classic and Luau


Monday, September 22, 2008

Tribute to Bud Browne Packs them in at the Surfing Heritage Foundation

A great gathering of the surfing community paid tribute to pioneering surf filmmaker Bud Browne, known as "the father of surf films," this past Saturday evening, Sept. 13th, at the Surfing Heritage Foundation.

Bud lived most of his life in Orange County and was inducted into the International Surfing Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame in 1996. While a Lifeguard at Venice Beach, CA, he began shooting footage on 8 and 16 millimeter cameras in the late 1940s. He made his "underwater housing" that enabled him to be right in the wave with the surfers taking the tumbles right along with them in a "wipeout". He screened his first film, the 45-minute-long "Hawaii Surfing Movies," in California beach towns in 1953. Bud made handmade posters that he nailed to telephone poles near local surf spots, he debuted his first film, at John Adams Middle School in Santa Monica in 1953. Admission cost 65 cents. Bud would play taped music and do a "live" narration while running the projector. The career of a surf filmmaker was now born.

Local filmmakers such as, Bruce Brown of Endless Summer and John Severson founder of Surfer Magazine followed in Buds footsteps. Bruce Brown a longtime admirer of his film's, went to Bud to asked his permission to film surfers as well and Bud told him to go for it!

The evening at the Surfing Heritage hosted a number of Bud's friends and fans all shared stories amongst themselves as well as hearing special tributes from Greg Noll, Linda Benson, Anna Moore, and a tape presentation by Greg MacGilliveray of 5 Summer Stories fame.

Story by Denny Michael

Monday, September 15, 2008

Velzy event this weekend

19th Annual Dale Velzy Surf Classic and Luau this weekend at Doheny State Beach.

The Doheny Longboard Surfing Association's (DLSA) annual Dale Velzy Surf Classic and Luau will be held this Saturday, September 20th, at legendary Doheny State Beach, Dana Point, California.

“Down at Doheny where the surfers all go” is a famous line from the Surfaris' tune about the surfing life-style. Nothing could be more true than this Saturday when the 19th Annual Dale Velzy Surf Classic features a classic longboard surf contest, a traditional Luau with Polynesian dancing and a live band.

The event honors one of the most famous surfers and surfboard shapers of all time, Dale Velzy. DLSA has had the honor of producing this venue for 19 years and has continued its homage to Dale Velzy since he passed away in 2005. This event is open to the public and is for all surfers who enjoy the same things that Dale enjoyed; having fun with friends and family. It is in this spirit that DLSA holds this annual event so that everyone can enjoy the surf contest, luau, dancing under the stars and having a great time at Doheny.

The event kicks off with the surf contest at 6:30 a.m. The Luau festivities begin at 3:00 p.m. followed closely by the Polynesian review, awards ceremony, raffles and then on to the dancing. It’s great fun for everyone.

For Luau information, tickets and group rate discounts contact Jack Sutter at seastheday@cox.net
For Surfing event information and sign ups contact Mark Calkins at mc250c@aol.com
The Doheny Longboard Surfing Association is an organization comprised of individuals dedicated to the enjoyment of board surfing in a clean and natural environment. In relation to that philosophy, the DLSA will act as a support group to other organizations with similar views and objectives. PR contact: Denny Michael at dlsa10@hotmail.com