KX 93.5 FM is looking for new co-host to fill Laguna Roundtable’s “Center Left” seat on Sunday program

Laguna Roundtable is searching the community for a new co-host. The popular news and politics program airs Sundays at 8 a.m. on KX 93.5 FM, “Laguna’s only FM.” 

“We are a community supported and funded radio station and are seeking a member of our community to fill the ‘Center Left’ open seat on the program. Anyone interested can submit either a demo tape or written sample on a current news topic to the station in person or via email,” states Jim Kennedy, Laguna Roundtable’s Founder and Host. 

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Candidate needed to fill “Center Left” seat on Laguna Roundtable

 “I feel this is a great way to involve the citizens of Laguna in the search for the new co-host of the program they are going to be listening to,” Kennedy continues. “If you are a person who wants to educate and entertain the public about important news and political issues of the day, we ask you to submit a sample to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .” 

Entries will be open until March 23. Those selected will get the opportunity to co-host an episode of Laguna Roundtable, with someone being selected as the full time “Center Left” co-host. 

 For more information, contact Laguna Roundtable via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Laguna’s Business Buzz: Reporting on local commerce

Agave Surf takes off with environmentally conscious surfboards now in production

Story and photos by MAGGI HENRIKSON

Launched almost a year ago, Agave Surf is at the cutting edge of environmentally conscious surfboard production. They are in production at the retail level, and the products are pieces of art as well as cool and functional, lightweight boards. It’s the essence of the company to work in harmony with nature; the boards are made of agave.

Agave, that plant that’s used to make tequila – except, in that case, the whole plant is used and therefore dies in production. Agave that’s turned into boards are made from only the giant stem that surges upward for the first time when the plant is about seven years old. If the plants are grown in patches together, their flowering stalk production continues annually, so cultivation is ultimately the key for Agave Surf. 

Meanwhile, in our residential areas here in Laguna, the company wants to help rid you of the shoot when it has lived its lifespan, thereby cleaning up your landscape and turning that plant material into sturdy and re-usable material. It’s a win-win situation according to co-founders, Nate Headrick and Ian Bryan.

A big part of the excitement of agave as a usable material is that it is natural, sustainable, and grows in nearly all surf-friendly environments.

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The Agave Surf business partnership (left to right) Ian Bryan, David Hendryx, Nate Headrick, and Bill Eddy

Nate Headrick saw his first agave surfboard when he was a kid and was struck by its cool, vintage look. Gary Linden and Bob Taylor (a Laguna guy) had the idea 40-something years ago and they were unique pieces owned by collectors. 

“It’s a craft – old craftsmanship with apprentices learning the process,” Headrick says, who is a board shaper. “We want to scale this so it can have an impact on the surf community to have a negative carbon footprint.”

The process it similar to board shaping that uses polyurethane – the same tools and specialized machines. “It has to stand up to that technology,” Headrick adds. But unlike polyurethane, agave is an environmentally friendly and durable product.

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Agave Surf’s board with artist custom fins

Headrick and Bryan, a Laguna artist and bamboo skateboard maker, met a few years ago and began brainstorming. They connected over the idea of agave as a very useful plant. Bryan, who was initially studying to be an engineer, adds “A full size agave has 40 pounds of water in one leaf, so it’s great for fire prevention, securing slopes, and mitigating run-off instead of into a storm drain.”

As a building material, agave can make attractive wall coverings and tabletops in shades of driftwood (in fact, Agave Surf is making a bar top right now for the new LB Beer Company, opening soon in the Canyon). In the years leading up to its incorporation, the pair researched full-scale production, and found investment partners in David Hendryx and Bill Eddy. 

Hendryx, a residential realtor who has lived in Laguna for more than 30 years, is also a paddle boarder. He met Bryan when he purchased a piece of his art. “I was intrigued by his authenticity and art,” he says. “After he started [this] with Nate, I said, I want to be in!” He is a self-professed rainmaker at Agave Surf. 

Bill Eddy, in retail real estate and also with the financial Aloha Group, is an investor as well. He’s a big fan of surfing and surf culture, and is working on a film about the legendary surf icon, Duke Kahanamoku. He is passionate about the future of board making with agave. “It’s very exciting – it comes at a great time in our society, our culture,” he said. “And the four of us enjoy working together.”

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A sample of agave used as building material

The Agave Surf office is what they’re calling a dream factory. A light and airy space located on Glenneyre, it’s a shared space with other creative types. This is where ideas happen and plans are set in motion. 

The company is making 12 boards this year that range from 5’10” – 9’8”, priced starting at $2,500. Additionally, the boards have found an artist’s collaboration with Steve Adam Gallery in town (760 S. Coast Hwy). Adam is a coastal artist who takes the surfboards to another level by custom painting them.

A priority now for Agave Surf is to find more agave. They have a truck ready to go, and are constantly scouring roadsides and property, always by permission, to harvest the big stalk. They are currently on deals for areas to cultivate off Ortega, and in San Luis Obispo. Property owners with agave plants are asked to contact Ian Bryan if they are interested and willing to have the stalk taken away. 

Their card reads, “Congratulations! Your agave plant sprouted a stalk. The agave plant blooms in the last few months of its life. Rather than let it fall over and cause damage to you or your property, we will remove the stalk for free. We harvest the stalk of your plant to create surfboards as renewable alternatives to toxic polyurethane foam used in today’s surfboards.”

To add your agave to this adventure, contact Ian Bryan at (925) 818-8211 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The future of surfboard creation is one that takes into account the ecosystem as a whole. Agave Surf is heading its boards in that direction.

Laguna Presbyterian offers Growing Through Grief Support Group program

Laguna Presbyterian Church is offering a Growing Through Grief Support Group for those who have suffered a great loss. If you are grieving a loved one who has died, you are invited to join this six-week program. 

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Laguna Presbyterian Church

The program will run each Monday afternoon, April 6 - May 14, from 4 - 5:30 p.m. The group will meet in the Brides Room. The cost will be $40. 

Register on the Church Patio on Sunday mornings beginning March 18, or online at www.secure.acceptiva.com.

For more information, contact the church at 949-494-7555, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The Church is located at 415 Forest Ave.

LB HERO FEST seeks entries of short films, art and songs to celebrate heroes around the globe 

MY HERO is looking for inspiring short films, art, and songs honoring heroes around the globe. Entries will acknowledge those working for Human Rights, Peace, Environmental Activism, Social Justice, Arts & Science Heroes, and Community & Family Heroes. 

Students and community members are invited to submit original work

to The MY HERO Project.
Awards will be given to students of all ages for original art, songs & short Films. 

Deadline for entries is Tues, May 1. 

Short Films: Prizes will be awarded for classroom projects, as well as individual work, for short films 10 minutes or less. Categories include: Documentary - Narrative - Music Video - PSA - Experimental - Animation – VR.

Art: Prizes awarded to student artists in Elementary, Middle, High School and University for portraits and Illustrations of heroism, personal, local and global. 

Songs: Prizes will be awarded to students and classrooms. Celebrate unsung, local and global heroes with original songs and music videos. 

The 11th Annual Laguna HERO FEST will be held on Sat, June 2, at the 

Forum Theater at the Festival of the Arts grounds at 7 p.m. Short videos, digital art, and original music will be showcased at this family friendly celebration.

Forum Theater is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Rd.

For details on submissions, go to www.myhero.com/contests.

To register online, go to www.myhero.com/register.

34 residents apply for nine spots on Historic Preservation Ordinance Task Force


Council members Toni Iseman and Steve Dicterow will conduct a meeting on March 20 at which they will select nine applicants to serve on the Historic Preservation Task Force.

Thirty-four residents applied for appointment to the task force, authorized by the council in January. Appointees will be tasked to attempt to reach consensus on the hotly contested ordinance and provide recommendations to the council.   

“I applied because I have been working on historic projects since 2007 when I did La Casa del Camino,” said architect Marshall Ininns.

Ininns is one of three applicants who have informed City Clerk Lisette Chel Walker that prior commitments prevent them from attending the March 20 meeting.

“I applied because I felt the task force has a chance to analyze the issues from a fact-based position with everybody on the same page and we could figure out how to preserve worthy properties and still provide owners with sufficient flexibility that they will recognize the advantages that historic preservation can offer,” said Becky Jones, a former planning commissioner. 

Iseman and Dicterow will serve as council liaisons and non-voting members of the task force.

Applicants listed in alphabetical order:

Marilyn Alexander

Andrew Allison

Jeffrey Benedick

Timothy Black

Cynthia Brake

Patricia Carpenter

Ann Christoph

Hillary Cole

Douglas Cortez

Steve Fairbanks

Peter J. French

Ian Furar

Patrick W. Gallis

Rick Gold

Norm Grossman

Ron Holman

Marshall Ininns

Michael Johnson

Becky Jones

Alison King

Michael La Riche

John Loomis

Robert McGraw

Lianne Mech

Larry Nokes

Chris Quilter

David Raber

Don Rosenthal

Michael Ray

Elisa J, Slee

Barbara Smith

Terry Trombatore

Monica Tuchscher

Dirk Van Wye

Michael Sfregola also applied, but was disqualified because he is not a Laguna Beach resident, a requirement for appointment to the task force.

Feb 28 was the deadline to submit applications. No late applications were accepted.

Does it get any more Laguna than this?

Photo by Tom Berndt

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Painting workshop at Heisler, overlooking the Pacific

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