Sunday, September 19, 2021

Carissa Moore Surfing Walk of Fame


     Huntington Beach Salutes Champion in 2021       


   Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Carissa Kainani Moore, the first Surfing Olympic Gold Medal Champion and winner of the 2021 Ripcurl WSL Finals at Trestles beach, is being inducted into Huntington Beach's Surfing Walk of Fame September 23. Moore is being honored as Woman of the Year at the event, which takes place at 10 a.m. in front of Jack’s Surfboards on the corner of Main St. and Pacific Coast Highway.

Moore, the World Surf League Women's World Tour Champion for 2011, 2013, 2015, 2019 and 2020, was only five years old when she started surfing with her father, Chris, on the beach at Waikiki, Hawaii. She recalls, "Dad taught me how to surf when I was about four or five years old, and I was immediately hooked."

In 2010, Moore first qualified to compete on the ASP World Tour (now the WSL). The following season, she was a rising star to watch on the World Tour and she lived up to her reputation, winning three events and claiming her first World crown, unseating four-time defending champ Stephanie Gilmore.

Moore finished third overall and was named Rookie of the Year. At age 18, she became the youngest person ever to win a WSL surfing world tour title. She took top World Tour honors again in 2013 and 2015.

Moore's illustrious career has earned her National Geographic Magazine's Adventurer of the Year award, Woman of the Year by Glamour Magazine and Top Female Surfer in the Surfer Magazine poll (numerous times). She was inducted into the Surfers' Hall of Fame in 2014.

When Surfing Walk of Fame CEO John Etheridge told SurfWriter Girls that Moore had been chosen as this year’s Woman of the Year we weren’t surprised, given all her accomplishments. Moore was one of the nine amazing women featured in SurfWriter Girls annual Women Making Waves story in 2020.

Carissa Moore, who calls the beach her “happy place,” believes that surfing not only brings out the best in her, but also brings people together.

The Surfing Walk of Fame inductions are being held at the same time the U.S. Open of Surfing (September 20 – 26) is going on at the Huntington Beach Pier. So, it will be a jam-packed week in Surf City USA!

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Monday, September 6, 2021

SurfWriter Girls Celebrate Ten Years


A Labor of Love

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Labor Day is the perfect day to celebrate the tenth year of our SurfWriter Girls beach and environmental lifestyles blog because it has been a labor of love from the very start.


Since writing the first SurfWriter Girls blog post on July 11, 2011, we've posted 305 feature stories about the people, places, events, organizations, and more that are making a positive difference in the quality of life on our planet, whether it's the ocean, beach, environment, or lifestyle.


We haven't been seeking fame or fortune. We've just wanted to use our writing and journalism skills to showcase the world around us and to make it a little better place. 

We've written about America's first surfer George Freeth, the US Open of Surfing, Surfrider Foundation's quest for clean beaches, board shaper Ben Aipa, surf artists and tiki culture, endangered species, Dr. Sylvia Earle, surfing champion Kelly Slater, Captain Charles Moore, the coral reef bleaching crisis, Aussie skateboarding cat Didga, Patagonia, Quiksilver, Volcom and Vans, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and more. 


We couldn't have reached this special milestone – ten years! – without the help of two very important people to us. Patti's husband Greg Kishel, who's always there to support us, cheer us on, and take photos! He's even appeared in some of our stories, including Energy Czar and How to Grill the Perfect Steak. 


And our friend and mentor Tony Soriano, the Surfrider Foundation's Huntington/Seal Beach chapter advisor, who got us involved in the Surfrider Foundation and keeps coming up with great story ideas for us.


They say, "Time flies when you're having fun" and that's what it's been for us. Even during the last difficult year that we've all gone through. We just love sharing stories and enjoying this writing adventure together. Working together is what makes it fun. As Greg says, we're "Two peas in a pod."


Thanks to our readers and supporters all these years and best wishes to you as we start the next decade. 


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Sunday, August 15, 2021

Women Making Waves 2021


Nine More Women Shaping Our Seas & Surfing


Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

This is the sixth year for SurfWriter Girls annual Women Making Waves story focusing on nine amazing women who are making a difference in the life of our oceans and the sport of surfing. 

Like the ninth wave in a set, which is bigger and more powerful than the rest, the women profiled this year have had a powerful impact on the environment and the world around us. 


So take a look at Women Making Waves 2021 and meet nine more incredible women. Scientists, surfers, entrepreneurs, environmentalists, artists and more. SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel are excited to introduce you to this lineup of dynamic women.  

Archana Anand, Indian marine scientist, received the National Geographic Young Explorer Award in 2018 and a Ph.D. from Hong Kong's Swire Institute of Marine Science, studying water quality and its impact on marine biodiversity. An environmental engineer and marine biologist, she has been conducting research in the Andaman and Nicobar islands in India's Bay of Bengal. She says the islands "are a cornucopia of life on this planet, yet remain scientifically unexplored."

Nina Brooke, ocean and surf artist, Cornwall, England, describes herself as a "travelling seascape artist." She has painted her "secret spots" in Cornwall, "vibrant surf culture" in Hawaii, "magical light" in Sri Lanka, and the ocean's beauty wherever she finds it. Her Oceans Above collection is "a joyful celebration of the incredible planet we live on." Brooke wants her art to "remind people about the importance of the sea as a source of life and sustenance to us." 


Pam Conti
, a teacher and Blue Water Task Force coordinator for the Surfrider Foundation's Huntington/Seal Beach, CA chapter, is at the beach almost every day. She conducts testing of the ocean's water for quality issues and teaches K-8 students at the nearby Pegasus School to do the testing and to respect the environment.  An avid surfer, Conti is excited to be one of Surfrider's Coastal Defenders and to "give back to the very thing that makes me the happiest, being in the water."


Lauren Hil
l, author of She Surf: The rise of Female Surfing, has spent the past decade surfing, freelance writing and exploring surf cultures around the world, focusing on the growing numbers of female surfers. "Women now make up 20 to 30 percent of surfers," she says, and "are claiming their rightful place in the sport." In addition to writing, Hill spends much of her time developing projects to promote sustainability and to empower women and girls through surfing.    


Ashlee Lillis
, the Nature Conservancy's Coral Manager for the U.S. VIrgin Islands, is helping to save coral reefs in the Caribbean. Calling coral reefs the "rainforests of the sea," she says they support 25% of the ocean's biodiversity and provide habitat for hundreds of fish species. With a Ph.D. in Marine Science from North Carolina State University, Lillis is working on projects to preserve and restore reefs, which are at risk from pollution and climate change.    


Caroline Marks
, champion surfer and US Surf Team representative at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, is most at home in the water. A multiple national champion, Marks is the youngest woman to compete in a World Surf League event. A Florida native, her home surf break in Melbourne Beach, FL, was just across the street. A natural athlete, Marks’ has gotten some of her competitive spirit from competing against her three older brothers. She’s always looking for “super rippable surf” and the “perfect wave.”  


Hanalei Reponty
, founder of surfwear/activewear brand Abysse, is the driving force behind this company that makes functional and sustainable fashion for women. Born and raised in Tahiti, the surfer and model says, "Growing up on an island shapes you. Nature is omnipresent and revered." She wants Abysse to embody this belief, explaining "My dream vision of a company: Produce less, produce well."  The company uses recycled materials and supports environmental and social causes.


Pat Smith
, founder of Final Straw Cornwall, a group that's cleaning Britain's beaches, took a stand against trash. The 70-year-old English grandmother became a woman on a mission - to clean 52 beaches in Cornwall and Devon. After seeing so much trash on the beach, she made a New Year's resolution to clean one beach a week for 52 weeks. She reached her goal, but couldn't stop. Saying, "The beaches need me," she started Final Straw to get others involved, too.   


Shannon Switzer Swanson
, a marine social ecologist and storyteller, is learning about and sharing the stories of the Sama-Bajau people on the Tawi-Tawi Islands in the Philippines whose lives center around fishing. A Stanford University Ph.D. candidate in Marine Conservation with degrees from Duke and UC Santa Barbara, she calls herself "a waterwoman, photojournalist and conservationist." She has been a National Geographic Explorer since 2009.


Leaders in their chosen fields, each woman shares one thing in common - a passion for the ocean and a desire to make the world better. 

To see the previous Women Making Waves, click: 20202019201820172016 


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Sunday, July 18, 2021

SurfWriter Girls Best Beach Books – 2021


A Sea of Adventures and Surprises


Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

After a year of uncertainty and disruption, SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel are excited to bring you a tsunami of summer beach books to enjoy. From thrillers to surfing, spies and romance, whether you want to explore or escape, the books we've found for you are sure to recharge your summer days.    


Church of the Open Sky, by Nat Young, takes you into the world of surfing as lived by the Australian surfing champion, board shaper, film producer, writer, and conservationist. World Surfing Champion in 1966 and 1970 and winner of three Australian surfing titles, Young shares his insights on surfing as both a competitive sport and a way of life that soothes his soul and enables him to become one with nature.  


Code Name Helene, by Ariel Lawhon, is a World War II adventure story about a real life heroine and spy, whose daring exploits with the French resistance helped the Allies win the war. With a bounty on her head and hunted by the Nazis, Helene devised battle plans, led French troops behind enemy lines, and answered directly to Winston Churchill himself. SurfWriter Girls couldn't put this book down.   

Falling, by T.J Newman, is being called the thriller read of the summer. Passengers on an LAX flight to New York have no idea that the pilot has been ordered to crash the plane - or his kidnapped family dies. Newman, a former flight attendant, pulls out all the stops on this story that will have you holding onto your chair arm. "Stunning and relentless," says author Don Winslow. "This is Jaws at 35,000 feet."   


Into the Deep: A Memoir by the Man who Found the Titanic, by Robert D. Ballard, shares the ocean explorer's stories of treasure hunting, scientific research, and self-discovery. Overcoming challenges and personal  tragedy, Ballard has conducted over 150 expeditions and manages the EV Nautilus, a 64-meter scientific research vessel operated with NOAA. Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns says the book is "riveting." 


The Layover, by Lacie Waldon, is a fun summer read with flight attendant Ava and former pilot Jack, who she despises, stuck at a luxury resort in Belize when their plane has mechanical problems. Being stranded in paradise has its charms, though, as Ava discovers Jack isn't the bad guy she thought. Publishers Weekly calls this sun-soaked, tropical rom-com "a breezy, enemies-to-lovers romp."   


Leonard (My Life as a Cat), by Carlie Sorosiak, is the heartwarming tale of friendship between a space alien and a little girl named Olive. When Leonard crashes to Earth on a beam of light something goes wrong and he materializes not in the human form he expected, but as a cat. Now, with Olive's help, he needs to experience life and learn what it means to be human...before time runs out. SurfWriter Girls loved this charming and imaginative book.  


Malibu Rising, by Taylor Jenkins Reid, combines surfing siblings and celebrities, rivalries and secrets at an epic 1983 summer beach party to remember in Malibu. A blast-from-the-past that takes place in one wild night, by the time the party's over everything will have come to the surface. For escapist fiction and some retro California vibes, this fills the bill. Parade magazine calls it the "most-anticipated novel of the summer."       

The Russian Pink, by Matthew Hart, a diamond expert who's traveled from the Arctic to Angola tracking the rare stones, keeps the action moving in this thriller that Kirkus Reviews describes as "a fast-paced debut novel filled with greed, violence and politics." Centered around a giant 1,512-carat, rose-colored diamond named "The Russian Pink," the story has a global reach from the African jungle to the White House. 

The Venice Sketchbook, by Rhys Bowen, unlocks 60-year-old secrets that will have a modern-day impact, connecting two Englishwomen years apart with one of Venice's noble families. When Caroline Grant hears her dying great-aunt Lettie's final word, a whispered "Venice," and inherits her sketchbooks and three keys, she sets off for Venice little knowing the mysteries she will uncover or how her life will change.


SurfWriter Girl Patti was caught up in the book's intrigue and romance, especially since she had a similar inheritance - this painting of Venice by her grandmother that captures the magic of the ethereal floating city.    


With so many books waiting for you to discover, you're sure to find some you like. So find a comfy spot, reach for a cool drink, and see what new adventures and surprises await you in these summer reads. 


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