Saturday, July 16, 2016

SurfWriter Girls Celebrate 5th Year


Making a Global Splash!




Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Now that SurfWriter Girls is celebrating its fifth year, it's great to see the wave of support we're getting from around the world. From Australia to the UK and the Caribbean to Iceland people are enjoying and re-posting our stories, sharing the stoke and spreading the blog's environmental and beach lifestyle message.

Looking back, it all started with Tony Soriano and the Surfrider Foundation's Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter.
As new volunteers recruited by Tony, our very first story was "Tidal Wave of Trash - Surfrider Float Wins First Place in Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade." The story got picked up by all the surfing media. That launched the SurfWriter Girls blog, enabling us to put our journalism and creative skills to work to help protect the world's oceans, waves and beaches. 
 

Since writing our first blog post on July 20, 2011, SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel have written 192 feature stories about the people, places, events and organizations that are making a difference in the quality of life on our planet.

And, last year we started a sister online publication, Surf'n Beach Scene Magazine, which provides another - even more visual - platform for our stories.

We're excited to be able to make a contribution to the environment and the beach community by telling their stories. Over the past year some of the stories we've shared with you include: 
 
 
Huntington Beach Hosts U.S. Surfing Open



Patagonia - Clothing for Adventures



U.S. Cuba Ocean Alliance



 Alex and Norma Sellers Combat Beach Litter
  
Monterey Bay Aquarium's Window on the Sea



Didga the Aussie Skateboarding Cat

 

Coral Reef Bleaching Crisis

 
World Water Day

Octopus Houdini Escapes NZ Aquarium


Ohana and Earth Day



Energy Czar Greg Kishel On Board
 

Heifer Int'l Turns Hunger into Hope

Eddie Aikau Big Wave Event


El Nino Brings Unexpected Beach Visitors

Pollinator Decline Threatens World Food Supply


Women Making Waves


Surfrider's International Surfing Day

 Thanks for following our blog and for all your story leads. 
We appreciate your support and, most of all, your friendship.
 
Mahalo!
Sunny and Patti



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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

SurfWriter Girls Best Beach Books 2016



Chill Out With Cool Summer Reads!


Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Now that the hot days of summer are here chill out with the latest summer beach books. From thrillers and mysteries to surfing and romance, SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel have been scouting the best books to put in your beach bag. 


Kook, by Peter Heller, shares what the newbie surfer learned about "love, life and catching the perfect wave." An Orange County Register Book Club selection, it tells how surfing instructor Michael Pless,The Saint of Seal Beach, taught Heller how to surf, launching him on a life-changing surfing journey. SurfWriter Girl Sunny spent a day with the duo and got her own surfing and life lessons.   



The Knockoff, by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza, has two fashionistas - a Millennial and a Gen Xer - competing to be editor-in-chief at a fashion magazine. With insider knowledge, humor and style, People magazine calls it “The Devil Wears Prada meets All About Eve."

The Girl in the Spider's Web, by David Lagercrantz, is the 4th novel in the popular Lisbeth Salander series. Re-teaming genius computer hacker Salander with investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist, it's filled with spies and cybercriminals."Riveting and pyrotechnic," says Chicago Tribune.

Missing, Presumed, by Susie Steiner, puts police detective Manon Bradshaw to the test investigating a missing Cambridge University student. With plot twists and turns, it will keep you guessing. Publishers Weekly calls it a "compelling whodunit with an appealing, complicated heroine at its center."
 
Forty Thieves, by Thomas Perry (a SurfWriter Girls favorite), is a fast-paced, comic caper with husband-and-wife detectives squaring off against husband-and-wife assassins. With murder, mayhem and Russian jewel thieves it's a volatile mix. Wall St. Journal dubs it "a double-barreled Southern California thriller that moves almost faster than a speeding bullet.”

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life, by William Finnegan, gets rave reviews from both the surfing and mainstream press. From boyhood days surfing in California and Hawaii through a life of wave-chasing adventures in Polynesia, Thailand and South Africa, it chronicles his passion for surfing and the people he meets. "An epic adventure, beautifully told," says Dallas Morning News.

Double Cup Love, by Eddie Huang, Chef author of Fresh Off the Boat, blends family, food, China, and a marriage proposal into one savory dish. Foodies and romantics will want this on their reading menu. The Chicago Tribune says Huang is "an engaging storyteller...especially in the language of food."

The Games, by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan, has security firm honcho Jack Morgan in the middle of Rio's Olympic Games. Set against white sand beaches, Patterson (114 bestselling novels) ratchets up the action with disappearing persons and unexpected bodies. 

The Weekenders, by Mary Kay Andrews, is a classic beach read. When Belle Isle vacationer Riley Griggs goes to meet her husband's ferry boat there's a process server instead...and no husband in sight. The Atlanta Constitution calls it a "frothy tale with humor, mystery and romance."

Kona Heat, by Gregory and Patricia Kishel (SurfWriter Girl Patti), is a romantic thriller set on Hawaii's Big Island. Winner of Reader View's Best Regional Fiction Award, it pits science against superstition in a dangerous battle over a geothermal plant, leading up to a fiery climax in the heart of the Kilauea Volcano.

 

With so many cool summer reads... 
all you need is a shady spot and a frosty drink. 

 


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