Newsworthy Information

Car Thieves are wreaking havoc on coastal surfers.

A long-running car-theft trend is growing in coastal areas. Thieves are targeting surfers and not only stealing their cars, but stealing their identities as well. TransWorld SURF talked to Detective Randy Avila of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department to get some tips on how to not get ripped off. “The first thing is to lock your car,” says Detective Avila. “A lot of times thieves just walk up and down the coastal roads trying door handles and ripping off the cars that have their doors open. It really boils down to common sense.”

Recently, TransWorld SURF sales rep Jeff Baldwin had his car stolen at Swami’s in Encinitas. “In Jeff’s case,” says Avila, “the thieves took his wallet and used his credit cards all over San Diego County. These guys nowadays will steal the car then steal your identity. It could end up costing you thousands of dollars.”

Here are some tips to help you keep you car and your identity.

1.Try to take your keys with you at all times. Put them in your wetsuit key pocket, tie them to your leash, or use a product that keeps the keys safe on your body. A local company called Code Red offers a waterproof wristband that keeps your key with you if you don’t have a key holder.

2.Park in populated areas, and be aware of your surroundings. Look around you while you’re changing. If you see sketchy-looking dudes with binoculars looking at cars, alert the authorities.

3.Try not to bring valuables with you to the beach. If you must bring your wallet, lock it in the trunk or hide it in the car.

4.Be a bro. Be on the lookout for creeps lurking around surfers’ cars.

If your car does get stolen, call the police right away. The longer you wait, the more chance you have of having your identity stolen and being f–ked over by some asshole car thief. Also, try to remember your license plate number and unique qualities of your car–stickers, roof racks, dents, etc. This will help the cops catch the thieves.–C.C.

On The Watch In Westport

Pacific Northwest’s surfing epicenters are in danger!

Two and a half hours west of Seattle, on the southern tip of Grays Harbor, is the town of Westport. While this sleepy little fishing village may not look it, Westport is unquestionably the nucleus of Washington surfing. Throughout the year, surfers from the Pacific Northwest make the drive to Westport in the hopes of grabbing some of its famed waves. The area itself is comprised of three distinct spots: the Jetty, which faces the open ocean, Half Moon Bay, better known as the Cove; and the Groins, which are located just inside the mouth of the harbor.

Like much of the Pacific Northwest, Westport doesn’t exactly inspire the same type of “warm fuzzies” that you might expect from an afternoon paddle out at T Street. To describe the water as freezing is an understatement. Moreover, the area’s powerful currents can be frightening, particularly at the Groins, where an outgoing tide can easily suck an inexperienced surfer out to sea. Still, for those surfers committed enough to make the paddle out, many rewards can be had–in the form of clean, cold, powerful barrels.

However, Westport’s waves are in jeopardy. The area’s coastline has seen alarming loss of beach over the last few decades, threatening both structures and the adjacent beach park. This problem reached crisis level in 1993, when a massive winter storm breached the small strip of land separating the Jetty and the Cove. While the Army Corps of Engineers was successful in filling the breach with vast amounts of sand and dredged material, this action provided oy a temporary solution. As the area has continued to erode, various proposals to stem the problem have been offered–including one to extend the eastern side of the Jetty all the way back to the Groins and fill in the Cove completely.

“That would’ve been disastrous,” says Ian Miller, Washington field coordinator for the Surfrider Foundation. “Not only would that project have destroyed the breaks at both the Cove and the Groins, it would’ve been incredibly detrimental to the numerous plant and animal species in the surrounding area.” Fortunately, the Surfrider Foundation, along with other community groups, was able to prevent the project from moving forward.

However, in 2000 the Corps was successful in installing a wave refraction mound in the inside of Half Moon Bay. The mound, which was designed to eliminate erosion on the eastern side of the cove, has instead shifted the erosion toward the bay’s western lip, near the 1993 breach site, threatening to turn the Cove’s crisp peeling lefts into an unsurfable mess of walled-up closeouts.

Surfrider Foundation continues to work with both the Army Corps of Engineers and other community groups to find a viable long-term solution to Westport’s erosion problem. “Our goal is to make sure that as these solutions are considered, all aspects of their impact, including environmental and recreation aspects, are taken into consideration,” said Miller. “We want to make sure that the statewide and local surfing communities are involved in the decision-making process.”

For more information on Surfrider Foundation’s efforts in Westport, Washington, visit surfrider.org/westport.

 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to our friend, Ventura ripper Chad Compton, who suffered a severe and near-fatal head injury a few weeks ago while skateboarding. At press time, Chad was responding very well to treatment and hopefully, by the time this magazine comes out, Chad will be recovering at home. He has a long road ahead of him, and your kind words and letters of encouragement are greatly appreciated. You can e-mail Chad and read about his struggle at friendsofchad.com.

On Wednesday, April 7, Maui surfer Willis McInnis was attacked by a shark while surfing on the west side of Maui. Fifty-seven-year-old, Willis, was helped out of the water but died on the shore despite rescue efforts by beachgoers, police and paramedics. He was bitten in the leg and suffered severe blood loss, police Captain. Charles Hirata said. The bite on McInnis was twelve-to-fourteen inches wide, indicating that it was probably a large shark. It has to be a fairly good size shark to do that damage,” said Randy Honebrink, spokesman for the Shark Task Force of the State Department of Land and Natural Resources. “Right now we don’t have any idea of how big or what kind of shark it was.” One witness told police that the surfer missed catching a wave, turned back out and was paddling when the attack occurred. He was attacked about 300 yards off Kahana beach on Maui’s western shoreline. Reported by James Song for the Associated Press.

Sunny Garcia is back–again. After reinjuring his knee during a late season Hale‘iwa session, the 2000 World Champ is back where he’s been for the last nineteen years–the WCT. Good luck, Sunny, and keep the groms in line.

Dan Malloy recently coached the Jamaican national surf team at the ISA World Games in Ecuador to an impressive twenty-first place. Dan was presented with the opportunity after hanging out and surfing in Jamaica with reggae musician Billy Mystic and family. The team’s placing is commendable, because most of the kids on the team have only been surfing for a couple years and are surfing on less than ideal equipment–yeah, mon!

Big changes from the Hurley camp. Longtime teamriders Dan, Chris, and Keith Malloy have left Hurley to ride for Patagonia. The split was amiable, and all parties are happy. Patagonia is known around the world for its commitment to environmental causes, so look for the Malloys picking up trash and recycling cans at a beach near you. Not really, look for them climbing rocks and going on even crazier surf excursions with the backing of an outdoorsy company.

Don’t worry about Hurley, they’ve filled the Malloy void with one of the world’s best aerialists and world tour standout Tim Curran. Timmy will be rocking the “H” for a good five years and no doubt blasting his standard ten-foot airs around the world. “Tim is really happy to be back with Bob and Jeff Hurley and Paul Gomez,” says Rick Devoe, Tim’s manager and Grandview standout ripper. “He’s just stoked to be on the same team with his friends Rob Machado and Pat O’Connell. He’s really happy.”

Lost Enterprises has just released an energy drink. Why, you ask? Well, because they like to party and they like to get hyper, so what better way to do both of these things than with an energy drink? Hansen’s makes the drink, so you know it tastes good. Now you can get fired up to rip like Cory Lopez. Mike, feel free to send us a case anytime you want–we got deadlines coming up.

Planet Earth has a newly updated Web site. Check out earthproducts.com for all the team info, new clothes, and everything else that is Planet Earth. We heard they’re getting a new skatepark, too. We’ll keep you posted.

Rip Curl has announced the release of a special-edition Game Boy Advanced with cool Rip Curl logos and surf-style graphics. While the editors here at TransWorld SURF are still waiting for our own Rip Curl Game Boy Advance (hint, hint), the best handheld game system on Earth will be available in stores soon.

Coming into its sixth year, the Life Rolls On Foundation continues to bring together sports stars, Hollywood celebrities, and community leaders for one ambitious goal–to cure paralysis. Now, due to phenomenal growth and new partnerships, LRO is proud to announce its first Night By The Ocean Dinner And Concert on July 25, 2004. The popular Charity Golf Tournament will take place on the following day, July 26, 2004.For more information about this worthy cause please log on to liferollson.org. With the support of people like you, Life Rolls On has already raised over 70,000 dollars for the Christopher Reeve Foundation, as well as reached the hearts of thousands of people. A cure for paralysis is not impossible–do something about it!

Two lucky TransWorld SURF readers have just won brand-new custom surfboards! The winner of the Lost Whiplash board is Dylan Waring from Lahaina, Maui. We suspect Dylan’s dad, Richard, will be riding the board, but eventually Dylan should get his hands on his well-deserved Lost Whiplash board. Check out this postcard–is that not the best photo ever?

The lucky winner of an Op Twinnie is Wyatt Campbell of Malibu, California. His weird postcard fell out of the bag and right into our laps (maybe it helped that there was a scale model of the twinnie attached to the postcard. Either way, people really do win in TransWorld SURF. Keep reading and writing and you could be the next winner!

Sponsor Changes

Mike Morrisey to Electric eyewear

Jensen Callaway to Billabong

Ikaika Kalama to No Fear clothing

Mike Dodd to No Fear clothing

Justin Lambert to No Fear clothing

Mikey Bruneau to Arnette sunglasses

Matt Beas and are surfing on less than ideal equipment–yeah, mon!

Big changes from the Hurley camp. Longtime teamriders Dan, Chris, and Keith Malloy have left Hurley to ride for Patagonia. The split was amiable, and all parties are happy. Patagonia is known around the world for its commitment to environmental causes, so look for the Malloys picking up trash and recycling cans at a beach near you. Not really, look for them climbing rocks and going on even crazier surf excursions with the backing of an outdoorsy company.

Don’t worry about Hurley, they’ve filled the Malloy void with one of the world’s best aerialists and world tour standout Tim Curran. Timmy will be rocking the “H” for a good five years and no doubt blasting his standard ten-foot airs around the world. “Tim is really happy to be back with Bob and Jeff Hurley and Paul Gomez,” says Rick Devoe, Tim’s manager and Grandview standout ripper. “He’s just stoked to be on the same team with his friends Rob Machado and Pat O’Connell. He’s really happy.”

Lost Enterprises has just released an energy drink. Why, you ask? Well, because they like to party and they like to get hyper, so what better way to do both of these things than with an energy drink? Hansen’s makes the drink, so you know it tastes good. Now you can get fired up to rip like Cory Lopez. Mike, feel free to send us a case anytime you want–we got deadlines coming up.

Planet Earth has a newly updated Web site. Check out earthproducts.com for all the team info, new clothes, and everything else that is Planet Earth. We heard they’re getting a new skatepark, too. We’ll keep you posted.

Rip Curl has announced the release of a special-edition Game Boy Advanced with cool Rip Curl logos and surf-style graphics. While the editors here at TransWorld SURF are still waiting for our own Rip Curl Game Boy Advance (hint, hint), the best handheld game system on Earth will be available in stores soon.

Coming into its sixth year, the Life Rolls On Foundation continues to bring together sports stars, Hollywood celebrities, and community leaders for one ambitious goal–to cure paralysis. Now, due to phenomenal growth and new partnerships, LRO is proud to announce its first Night By The Ocean Dinner And Concert on July 25, 2004. The popular Charity Golf Tournament will take place on the following day, July 26, 2004.For more information about this worthy cause please log on to liferollson.org. With the support of people like you, Life Rolls On has already raised over 70,000 dollars for the Christopher Reeve Foundation, as well as reached the hearts of thousands of people. A cure for paralysis is not impossible–do something about it!

Two lucky TransWorld SURF readers have just won brand-new custom surfboards! The winner of the Lost Whiplash board is Dylan Waring from Lahaina, Maui. We suspect Dylan’s dad, Richard, will be riding the board, but eventually Dylan should get his hands on his well-deserved Lost Whiplash board. Check out this postcard–is that not the best photo ever?

The lucky winner of an Op Twinnie is Wyatt Campbell of Malibu, California. His weird postcard fell out of the bag and right into our laps (maybe it helped that there was a scale model of the twinnie attached to the postcard. Either way, people really do win in TransWorld SURF. Keep reading and writing and you could be the next winner!

Sponsor Changes

Mike Morrisey to Electric eyewear

Jensen Callaway to Billabong

Ikaika Kalama to No Fear clothing

Mike Dodd to No Fear clothing

Justin Lambert to No Fear clothing

Mikey Bruneau to Arnette sunglasses

Matt Beacham to Arnette sunglasses

Eric McHenry to Arnette sunglasses

Josh Buran to Arnette sunglasses

Ashley Francis to O’Neill clothing and wetsuits

Tim Curran to Soundkase

Beacham to Arnette sunglasses

Eric McHenry to Arnette sunglasses

Josh Buran to Arnette sunglasses

Ashley Francis to O’Neill clothing and wetsuits

Tim Curran to Soundkase