Surf Industry unites to raise $30,000 for Waves For Water to aid Puerto Rico after hurricanes

Led by the SIMA Humanitarian Fund, the surf industry is coming together to help the victims of both Hurricane Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico. They have set a goal of raising $30,000, and all funds will be routed to Waves For Water, who is already on the ground in PR working to secure access to clean drinking water in the most impacted and neglected areas of the US Territory.

The water filters deployed by Waves For Water can serve clean drinking water to a family of 10 for over a decade. So far, Waves For Water has 1,500 filters on the ground, and the funds raised through this appeal will provide for additional filters as well as staff and travel to train the local communities on how to best use them.

“Surf culture and the surf industry have a long history with Puerto Rico, starting with the Fourth World Surfing Championships held there in 1968,” said Dylan Slater, President of the SIMA Humanitarian Fund. “The people, the surfing community and the surfing industry have been significantly impacted by these storms, and we feel an obligation to do what we can to help them get back on their feet.”

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Waves For Water provides water filters for access to clean drinking water

SIMA members, industry brands, surf industry employees and vendors are encouraged to join together to donate under this appeal via a donation page set up and maintained by the SIMA Humanitarian Fund. In order to expedite funds to Waves For Water, the deadline to donate is 5 p.m., PDT, Wed, Oct 11.

“It’s really tough down here right now. Disaster response work is always a game of logistics, but the widespread scale of impact from this one is almost unprecedented. It’s not just one place that was affected – island after island is wiped out,” said Waves for Water founder Jon Rose, who is on the ground in the Virgin Islands. “Our priority right now is focused around providing access to clean drinking water to help preserve life and prevent disease.”

The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) is the official working trade association of more than 300 surf industry suppliers. Founded in 1989, SIMA is a non-profit organization that serves to promote awareness of the surf industry and participation in the sport of surfing through public relations efforts and a variety of services, educational programs and research.

For more information, contact Shannon Park Zseleczky at 949-366-1164, ext 5, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To donate to Water For Waves, go to

Surfrider urges residents to attend free event warning of possible offshore oil drilling

On Monday Oct 9 from 6 to 8 p.m., Surfrider will present “Offshore Oil Drilling and the Threats to Southern California” at The Woman’s Club, 286 St. Ann’s Drive. The event is free and open to residents of every age. 

Oceana and the Laguna Bluebelt urge all who care about the future of our ocean and coastline to “please attend, get informed and get ready.”

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Waves were pocked with oil during the Santa Barbara oil spill

Our Pacific waters off of Laguna Beach are now under threat of new oil and gas leases, note Surfrider and Laguna BlueBelt. Under the current administration, President Trump has called for re-evaluation of the federal five-year national oil and gas leasing plan. 

Offshore oil drilling and inevitable leaks, spills and major accidents can happen at every stage of oil exploration, production and transportation, as witnessed in 2015 with the Refugio/Santa Barbara spill, as well as several monumental accidents such as the Deepwater Horizon spill. 

Panelists Pete Stauffer, Environmental Director of Surfrider Foundation, and Nancy Hastings, Campaign Orgnaizer for SC Oceana, will talk about our coastline and regional ocean environment and economy now facing many similar risks and answer questions about ways to prevent offshore oil drilling along our coast.

Moon over Laguna

Photo by Mary Hurlbut

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Simply beautiful – the moon, Wednesday Oct 4, 2017

“No Sleep till Brooks Street” – but it could be time for a nap after this weekend

“We’ve been monitoring a storm in the underworld for the past week now and it’s lining up perfectly to get the 54th Annual Brooks St. Surfing Classic in the water this weekend!” says Brandy Faber, Brooks St. Classic Contest Director. 

“Considering how flat it has been lately and how late we are into the Classic’s waiting period the forecasted SSW swell will be a much needed relief.” 

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Brook Street Classic 2014

This is what Surfline forecasts for Brooks St. this weekend: 

Building/peaking Saturday, holding pretty good size all day Sunday. Brooks should be in the shoulder-overhead range for the most part (4-6’ faces) with occasional sets up to a couple feet overhead. In terms of Southern Hemi swells, this one looks like it will be on the more consistent end of the spectrum. It’s also a pretty good direction for Brooks.

The NW swell-mix running may offer an occasional peakier wave, but should not have a negative impact on the size of the SSW swell.

Faber urges surfers to get down to Brooks bright and early Saturday morning to sign up as the contest will be starting early.

Ghost light dedication before Lagunatics 7 p.m. curtain will honor the memory of Lloyd Charton

This year’s 25th annual production of Lagunatics (Oct 13) will begin with a dedication of a new ghost light a few minutes before the 7 p.m. curtain. 

The ghost light, a centuries-old theatre tradition, is installed in loving memory of Lloyd Charton. Many locals will remember Charton as a successful attorney and longtime supporter of No Square Theatre who lost his life last spring in a mountain climbing accident. He was president of the No Square Theatre Board of Directors and well known for his wise counsel and good humor.

The ghost light is an electric light (they were gas before there was electricity) that is left illuminated on the stage when it would otherwise be dark. A bare bulb on a movable stand, it is placed near center stage. The last person to leave the theatre turns it on, and the first to arrive turns it off.

Originally, the ghost light was used as a safety precaution to prevent anyone from falling into the orchestra pit or bumping into set pieces when the stage was not lighted. Through the years, superstitions have arisen to explain the ghost light. Many legends claim it represents beloved actors or theatre “angels” who are no longer with us, watching over the theatre.

So at 6:45 p.m. on October 13, before launching into another season of poking fun at our beloved town, No Square patrons will pause to celebrate Lloyd Charton with a ghost light. It will serve as a continuing reminder of his contributions to the performing arts and to Laguna Beach.

No Square Theatre is in Historic Legion Hall, 384 Legion Street, two blocks south of the High School. The High School has ample free parking. Patrons can come early, and enjoy dinner and drinks al fresco before curtain. Seating is extremely limited and the theatre has enjoyed a long run of sold-out events, so tickets must be purchased in advance. 

Tickets are available at

Dennis’ Tidbits


October 6, 2017

Catalina sunsets have begun: It’s prime “green flash” time too

Using the top of the St. Ann’s Beach stairs as a vantage point for viewing our wonderful fall sunsets, in a couple of days (on Oct 8) they’ll be Catalina sunsets as the sun sinks behind Catalina Island on its north side, as it appears to move a tiny bit more toward the southernmost edge each day. 

Actually from that vantage point the setting sun clears the south end of the island and sets in the ocean between about Dec 16 and 26 and then starts edging back toward the north when it finally clears the northernmost side around next March 8. Catalina sunsets are the prime time for viewing the green flash phenomenon whenever atmospheric conditions are right. 

Ocean temps have rebounded lately, running at 67-70 which is about three degrees above normal for the first week of October thanks to a slackening of brisk afternoon westerlies.

We’ve got about another month left of Daylight Savings and then on Sunday, Nov 5 we enter the Dark Ages (no, I’m not referring to the current Administration). Daylight Savings returns on the second Sunday of next March.

2017 has been the worst south swell season ever, at least since I started keeping track of this stuff since 1958. 1959, 1967, and 2010 were bad but 2017 has been pathetic. Trestle has seen maybe a half dozen overhead days the whole season. The Eastern Pacific tropics remain in a serious coma and the southern Hemisphere has shown us nothing. 

I guess it’s time then to turn our attention to the North Pacific, the breeding grounds for west and northwest ground swells. The first one, by average usually appears around October 10, give or take a few days, but nothing has shown up on the radar as of yet.

It’s still up in the air (no pun intended ) as to what kind of winter we’re in store for. At this writing we’re not under the influence of an El Nino or La Nina so I guess anything goes. I’m not even going to try and predict what will transpire over the next five or six months so I’ll leave it at that. 


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