Friday, August 7, 2015

Nancy Hastings Has New Port of Call



Surfrider Says "Good-bye...and Thanks!"


Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel


Nancy Hastings is a familiar face at Surfrider Foundation beach cleanups and chapter meetings up and down the California coast.



"The very first Surfrider Foundation meeting I attended, I drove home the new Chair of the Malibu Chapter," Nancy recalls. "I finally found something that got all my synapses firing. I wasn't going to let that opportunity pass me by." 


Since that day Nancy has been part of Surfrider’s California team, helping to coordinate activities, working with Sarah Damron to plan regional conferences, and interacting with the surfing community.




Currently serving as Surfrider's Southern California Regional Manager, Nancy loves nothing more than spending time at the beach.


"Who am I?" she asks. "I'm a surfer, musician, artist and activist. I am simply nuts about the ocean."
 

In fact, it's difficult for Nancy to remember a time that she hasn't been connected to the coast in some way. This has made her the perfect advocate for Surfrider's mission in California...and why it's so hard to say "Good-bye" to her.


But, just as the ocean currents change, life does, too, and Nancy's is taking her in a new direction. Massachusetts is Nancy's next port of call as she relocates to be closer to her family.
 

Announcing her move, Nancy said, "I have truly enjoyed working for the Surfrider Foundation and the wonderful opportunity to work with each and every one of you. I have shared a unique camaraderie, which I hope will continue in the years to come."



SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel know that everyone has a story to tell. To learn Nancy's all you have to do is look at the hand sewn quilt her mother-in-law Betty Hastings made for her – from Nancy's old Surfrider T-shirts. Each square represents a special moment...one in a lifetime of memories she will take with her to Massachusetts. 




After 12 years with Surfrider Nancy Hastings is leaving California for Massachusetts, but not the surfing community.
  

So, look for her at beach cleanups on the New England shore. Even bundled up in a sweater on chilly days she will be easy to spot by her warm California smile.

 


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Monday, August 3, 2015

Big Upsets at U.S. Open of Surfing



Ohhara and Defay Win it All
 

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

With a come from behind charge in the last four minutes, 18-year-old Japanese surfer Hiroto Ohhara took the lead in the 2015 Vans U.S. Open of Surfing to become the first Japanese Open Champion.


Ohhara’s win stunned the surfing community since he was the last competitor to be included in the men’s field. Overwhelmed as he claimed the winner’s $100,000 prize, Ohhara said, “I’ve learned everything here.” 


Frenchwoman Johanne Defay staged an upset win, as well, over Sally Fitzgibbons, winner of the Fiji Pro. This was Defay’s first championship final and the 21-year-old was overjoyed by the win.


Last year’s Rookie of the Year, Defay has shown that she’s definitely a force to contend with on the women’s surf tour. “I guess it’s all the work I’ve done and it’s all come together,” Defay said, still trying to absorb the win.


Host Vans and Huntington Beach were winners, too, with all the good will and revenues the event generated.  

     

This year’s U.S. Open of Surfing was filled with surprises. But, it was no surprise that it would be a week to remember and an epic stop on the world surfing tour.

 

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Huntington Beach Hosts 2015 Surf Open



US Open of Surfing Still Off the Wall


Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Action footwear and apparel brand Vans is back on board for another US Open of Surfing (USOS) in Huntington Beach (July 25 – August 2).


Along with the surf side viewing stands, there’s a sponsors’ village, on-site Vans retail store, and more. Lots more!





Positioned on the pier with a bird’s eye view of the action, SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel could see that everyone was sharing the stoke. 

  



Vans has stated that it’s eager to create a community and family-friendly environment.


Doug Palladini, Vans Vice President and General Manager of North America, said, “The Vans family, along with partners IMG, WSL and the City of Huntington Beach, is looking forward to our third straight year of providing action sports and summer fun for thousands of fans within this historic surf community.”


Huntington Beach is used to being in the limelight, as it was earlier this summer when it staged its Epic Big Board Ride to break two Guinness World Records for the Largest surfboard and Most people riding a board.


A key stop on the men’s and women’s pro surfing tours, the USOS always attracts the world’s top surfers and this year is true to form.

The 2014 Mens and Womens USOS winners, Felipe Toledo and Tyler Wright, are back to try for two-peats.


Other top surfers in the men’s lineup include: Brazilians Willian Cardoso, who finished  2nd last year, Alejo Muniz, and Caio Ibelli. The women’s lineup features:  Californians Courtney Conlogue and Lakey Peterson and Brazilian Silvana Lima.


And local favorite Brett Simpson, who’s the only surfer to win the USOS in back-to back years – 2009 and 2010 – is a solid contender and crowd-pleaser.


All in all, over 300 world-class athletes – in surf, skate and BMX events – are expected to compete.





During the week 500,000 people are anticipated to come out to watch the competitions and join in the festivities.

Stop by the Vans Custom Culture booth and you can enter the contest to design your own dream shoes… with a chance that Vans will make them.





SurfWriter Girls Sunny and Patti could feel all the excitement around us as people hugged the pier railing to get a good view or crammed into the surfing village.


Surfrider Foundation members from the Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter were out to see the events, too, and a beach cleanup is scheduled with sponsor Red Bull.  


Fiat’s 500 AWD all-wheel-drive model 


 and Jeep’s new Cherokee are both drawing attention.


F45, the functional team-training program that originated in Australia, is on hand with an elaborate, multi-story fitness center set up on the sand...


and a contest with a $5,000 winner’s payout.



Even though World Surfing Champion Kelly Slater isn’t competing this year, his presence can be felt at sponsor PB Teen’s booth, which is showing his line of eco-friendly furniture and accessories.



Pacifico, G-Shock and GoPro are back again, too.


And Samsung is drawing crowds with its futuristic, Galaxy virtual reality display.





The Open not only generates a lot of enthusiasm for surfing, but adds over $20 million to the OC economy.


On a warm California day it’s nice to indulge in cool treats and find a shady spot to escape the heat.


All in all, it’s a great time to chill out in Surf City USA. 

 


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