Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Beach Books Heat Up the Holidays!

Surf Lit in the Lineup

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

There's nothing like a good book to heat up the holidays...especially when it's got a beach or surfing theme.

SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel have been making up our own list and checking it twice to find just the right books for you and the surfers you know.

First We Surf, Then We Eat, by Jim Kempton, is a compilation of his favorite surf spots and recipes – 90 in all – gleaned from chasing waves around the world. With easy-to-follow recipes and beautiful photos, the book walks you through the steps of making dishes ranging from Korean Short Ribs to Moroccan Grilled Lamb. A former editor at Surfer Magazine and the president of the California Surf Museum in Oceanside, Kempton's ode to fine dining – surfer style! – is a literary feast.

Fly Me, by Daniel Riley, blends surfing, drug dealing and skyjacking in this blast-from-the-past novel set in the mythical SoCal beach town of Sela del Mar. A current bestseller, Marie Claire magazine calls it "An excellent time capsule of '70s nostalgia, capturing that devil-may-care beach-culture vibe." Told by Vassar grad-turned airline stew Suzy Whitman, the high-octane tale moves from up in the sky to the top of a careening skateboard. 

Hound of the Sea, by Garrett McNamara and Karen Karbo, chronicles McNamara's amazing quest to ride the most formidable waves on earth and his world record-breaking ride, surfing a 78-foot wave in Nazaré, Portugal in 2011 – a record he smashed two years later at the same break. Providing an intimate look into what drives McNamara to such heights and feats of danger, this book will definitely get your adrenaline going! 

Painting Surfboards and Catching Waves, by Drew Brophy, is a testament to what you can accomplish when you follow your passions. Filled with beautiful color paintings, Brophy's labor of love shows that a pen in the right hands can create wonders. This is especially true when it's one of the Posca paint pens surf artist Brophy uses to apply his electrifying images on stretched canvas and surfboards. Both insightful and inspiring, this book will brighten even the gloomiest winter day.

Pirata: A Novel, by Patrick Hasburgh, creator of the 21 Jump Street TV series, is a thriller about an ex-patriot American living and surfing in Mexico. Written in a similar style to Don Winslow's surfing mystery The Dawn Patrol, this new release with a surf bum narrator and a body washed up on the beach combines murder and mayhem in a volatile mix. It will keep you guessing and laughing at the same time...right up to the surprising conclusion.

San Onofre: Memories of a Legendary Surfing Beach, by David Matuszak, takes you back to the early days of surfing in California in the 1930s when San Diego's San Onofre Beach still had farm land and cattle ranches around the storied surf break. Including thousands of photos and interviews with 200 surfers, the book not only immerses you in the special place that San Onofre is, but in the surf culture itself and how it has evolved to present day.    

Surfer Chick, by Kristy Dempsey, will put a smile on the faces of the groms on your gift list – adults, too! With its whimsical acrylic and colored pencil illustrations and rhyming story, it paints a true surf heroine in Surfer Chick, who wants to conquer the waves and make her surfer dad proud. The rap style surf lingo and joyful exuberance make for a fun read and a rad ride. This spunky Surfer Chick is sure to win you over.     

The World Stormrider Surf Guide, by Bruce Sutherland and Antony Colas, explores each of the surf zones around the world, describing the local conditions, swells, and weather along with the food, culture and places to stay. Loaded with maps, photographs and statistics, it's the most comprehensive collection of surf-spot information in a single volume. Perfect for planning your next surfing adventure, for globe-trotting surfers it's as essential as a passport.

Whether you're in the mood for adventure, fiction or food, these eight beach books – one for each of Santa's reindeer – will heat up your holidays! 

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Rigs to Reefs - A Work in Progress

Creating New Marine Ecosystems

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

With its eerie, underwater-like hues and morphing shapes, the black-lit ambience of Surfrider Foundation sponsor the GlowZone in Huntington Beach made the perfect backdrop for marine scientists Emily Callahan and Amber Jackson's presentation on turning decommissioned oil and gas rigs into reefs to support marine ecosystems.

Co-founders of Blue Latitudes, a non-profit organization that is studying the feasibility of converting rigs into reefs, the duo works with partners around the world to come up with ways to utilize the rigs in developing habitats for ocean sea life.

The U.S. Department of Interior says there are over 500 reefed platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, providing "shelter, food and other necessary elements for biodiversity and a productive ocean. This creates a rich diversity of marine life, attracting divers and anglers" and "increased tourism and commercial fishing benefits for local economies." 

Echoing this, Dr. Milton Love, a marine biology professor at U.C., Santa Barbara, notes that the platforms as habitats can be "more productive than coral reefs, more productive than estuaries,”

In their presentation, Callahan and Jackson emphasized their goal is to research, analyze and evaluate the ecological, socio-economic, and advocacy issues related to rigs-to-reefs conversions. This involves working with oil companies, environmental organizations, government and community groups to determine whether a structure is a good candidate for the conversion process.

On the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 list for their work in the energy sector, the two graduates of U.C. San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography say, "Our vision at Blue Latitudes is to find silver linings in our oceans at the intersection of industry and the environment" in order to find the best outcomes.

Callahan and Jackson acknowledge that R2R programs have generated controversy due to concerns that the new "reefs" might increase pollution from the rigs' toxic materials, attract invasive species, and create safety hazards, while reducing oil companies' liabilities.

And, it was one of the reasons that the Surfrider Foundation's Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter invited the Blue Latitudes founders to speak at a recent meeting. With important decisions to be made about the world's unused oil platforms, informed discussion is essential.  

Dr. Jerry Schubel, President and CEO Aquarium of the Pacific, agrees. He says, "Blue Latitudes brings attention to a misunderstood and controversial issue that warrants further study and analysis”

With many of the world's coral reefs at risk because of environmental changes, it's more important than ever to find as many "silver linings" as we can. 


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Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel hold the exclusive rights to this copyrighted material. Publications wishing to reprint it may contact them at surfwriter.girls@gmail.com Individuals and non-profit groups are welcome to post it on social media sites as long as credit is given.