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    Speed, Power and Flow - Honoring Surfing Great, Phil Edwards

    via San Clemente Times                            
    words by Jake Howard
    Iconic surfer Phil Edwards smiles as he walks past a statue in his honor unveiled at Waterman’s Plaza in Dana Point on Friday, June 7, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    “I never charged Pipeline, I just survived it,” Edwards said when the San Clemente Times asked him about his experience at the famed Hawaiian surf spot.

    In 1961, Edwards became the first person to successfully ride Pipeline when he finally decided to break the seal and paddle out. Filmmaker and friend Bruce Brown was on hand to document the moment.

    “Once I made up my mind to do it, I didn’t wait around too much,” Phil said, laughing. “I’d been watching it enough that I knew what wave I wanted, what swell direction and all that. It’s a little touchy on which way they come at it, but I was pretty good at figuring out which one I wanted. Anyway, Bruce later tells me that he didn’t know I was going to take off that fast. He was still walking down the beach with his camera. That’s why if you look at the footage, it’s a little shaky, because he did this hand-held thing and didn’t have time to set up the tripod.

    On June 7, Edwards’ contributions to the sport, culture and lifestyle of surfing will be celebrated with the unveiling of a new bronze sculpture in Dana Point. The Edwards sculpture will sit alongside the Hobie Alter sculpture honoring one of his lifelong friends. The unveiling ceremony will be followed by the second annual Hobie Vintage Surfboard Festival at La Plaza Park on Sunday, June 9.

    “I really love how it turned out; it’s really an honor,” Phil said. “Every detail is so accurate and realistic. I can’t believe I’m getting a bronze sculpture for going surfing every day.”

    (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)
    In 1963, he won Surfer Magazine’s inaugural Surfer Poll Awards, and Hobie released the Phil Edwards Model, the first signature surfboard model.
    In 1966, he was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, making him one of the most recognizable surfers in the world at the time.
    By the end of the ’60s, the Shortboard Revolution had taken over the sport, and Edwards’ interests shifted to sailing, building boats and working with Alter on the Hobie Cat. In 1988, as longboard surfing came back into vogue, Hobie Surfboards relaunched the Phil Edwards model, a design still going strong today.
    For all his fame and influence, Edwards has been characteristically reluctant to stand in the spotlight. But after all of these years and all he’s done for surfing, it’s time to celebrate a true surfing legend.  

    Dos Semanas - La Saladita

    What I lacked in WiFi connection, I made up for in daily journaling and little doodles over the course of our two week adventure in mainland Mexico.

    The San Onofre Surf Co. Crew made the annual trip south last month to enjoy the 2019 Mexi Log Fest hosted by Israel Preciado and several event sponsors. We're ecstatic for our team rider Kevin Skvarna for not only earning an impressive fourth place finish, but an award for the highest score of the event!

    There were so many talented surfers down there and you couldn't have asked for a better setting to showcase traditional logging.

    We made arrangements to stay nearly a week after the event. Soaking up every bit of sun and getting all the lefts we could over the span of those two weeks, or en Español - Dos Semanas

    Here is a little recap of how things went down in the land of lefts:


    writing and photos - Hallie Rohr

    illustrations - River Covey, Karina Rozunko, Hallie Rohr

    NRC gives Edison go-ahead to resume moving nuclear waste at San Onofre

    "Nine months after work came to a screeching halt at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Tuesday, May 21, gave the green light to resume moving nuclear waste from wet fuel pools into safer, dry storage.

    “The NRC made its determination following extensive review of technical data submitted by(operator Southern California) Edison regarding the possible effects of scratching on spent fuel canisters during fuel loading operations,” officials said in an announcement. - FULL ARTICLE HERE