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Shaping Surf Culture

Dick Metz spent plenty of time in Hawaii, riding the waves with locals, opening Hobie Surf Shops and starting his own surfwear brand before...
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The Shaper & The Painter

The Ranch at Laguna Beach adds two new exclusive cultural experiences to the mix. By Jennifer Pappas Yennie   Tucked away in a pocket of Aliso and...
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Surfin’ Safari

Dick Metz went on a worldwide wave-riding expedition in the late 1950s that helped to inspire the film “The Endless Summer.” By Sharon Stello   Dick Metz...
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Riding the Wave

Dick Metz grew up during surfing’s heyday in Laguna, experiencing the sport’s evolution firsthand. By Sharon Stello   When Dick Metz started surfing as a kid in...
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Deep Blue Diversions

A guide to year-round water sports in Laguna Beach. By Ashley Breeding   While it’s unknown exactly when surfing started, Polynesian cave paintings dating to the 12th...
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2011: Surfing Brooks

A true hometown event, the Brooks Street Surfing Classic is hailed as the world's longest-running surf competition. By Chad Nelsen It’s Saturday morning at 6 a.m.,...
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2007: Riding the Wave of Success

Why guitarist and surfer Donavon Frankenreiter has the coolest life ever. By Moira C. Reeve Donavon Frankenreiter’s fingers sweep along the fingerboard of the ancient Slingerland...

5 Watersports for Beginners to Pros

White, sandy beaches are what most people think about when they dream of Southern California. It’s true for a majority of the coast, but...