Team USA Goes Gold

After a high-pressure, high-stakes week of surfing at the ISA World Surfing Games in Huntington Beach, San Clemente’s Kirra Pinkerton came out on top, winning the women’s gold medal and leading the American squad to their first team gold since 2009.

Lindblad Makes History at Super Girl Pro

After Stephanie Gilmore styled her way to a record-setting eighth world title just a couple weeks ago at the Rip Curl WSL Finals at Lower Trestles, history continued to be made in the water last week, as San Clemente’s Sawyer Lindblad turned in a tour de force at the Super Girl Pro in Oceanside, becoming the youngest competitor to win the event.

It’s Finals Time

The world’s top surfers have landed in San Clemente this week as they get set to compete in the Rip Curl WSL Finals at Lower Trestles sometime between Sept. 8-16. With the WSL’s top five men and top five women in town for the one-day, winner-take-all sprint for the 2022 world titles, it would appear, based on Surfline’s forecast, that Lowers could deliver some great surf for these competitors, including the top ranked Carissa Moore and San Clemente resident Filipe Toledo.

Want to Sell an Old Surfboard?

As a self-proclaimed surfboard hoarder still in the early stages of recovery, Jake Howard understands the hassle and heartbreak of parting ways with old boards collecting dust in the rafters of his garage. Fortunately for him this summer, USEDSURF in San Clemente came through, helping him offload some boards on the rack at home while putting a bit of cash in his pocket.

Rip Curl WSL Finals Lineup Locked In

With the 2022 WSL Championship Tour regular season wrapping up last week in Tahiti, it’s time to shift gears and get ready for the Rip Curl WSL Finals, Jake Howard reports. Defending world champ Carissa Moore and San Clemente resident Filipe Toledo, who has his sights set on capturing the first world title of his already accomplished career, come into this battle royal of a surf contest as the No. 1 seeds.

The Man Who Started It All

The Dana Outrigger Canoe Club’s annual Whitey Harrison Canoe Classic, during which 9-person outrigger canoes race for 20 miles from Dana Point Harbor to Laguna Beach and back, is a bit of living, breathing, paddling history, Jake Howard writes this week. Named after Lorrin “Whitey” Harrison, the race is dedicated to the man’s memory and legacy, as he’s considered one of the earliest pioneers of California surf and beach culture.

A True Beach Life

Surf pioneers and longtime friends were at last able to gather on Beach Road last week to say their final goodbyes to Wayne Penn Schafer, who died in his Poche Reef home at 91 in June 2020. Schafer, who lived a true beach life, always bringing his friends along for the ride, was instrumental in the development of the original Hobie Cat with the late Hobie Alter, Jake Howard reports this week.

Cross-Stepping Through the Glass Ceiling

Tory Gilkerson of San Clemente and Kirra Seale will become the first two women to serve as head judge and tour manager, respectively, of the WSL Longboard Tour, Jake Howard reports. The news drops ahead of the Vans Duct Tape Invitational and Festival, which is running in conjunction with the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach and takes place from Aug. 3-7.

Open Season Is Here

The Vans U.S. Open of Surfing is to set to roll into Huntington Beach this weekend. But, of course, the biggest local story percolating, Jake Howard reports, is San Clemente’s Griffin Colapinto and his quest to go back-to-back in Surf City. The Open’s been an event that Colapinto has shined in over the years, but he went next-level in 2021 to top the podium.

Let’s Keep It Clean

Following the recent release of Surfrider Foundation’s latest Beach Cleanup Report, Jake Howard this week highlights some of the key findings, while expressing his own frustration with some of the pollution he’s seen on our local shores.

It’s Brother Vs. Brother

A new surf film, DNA, by Stab Magazine, spotlights the atmospheric talent of San Clemente brothers Crosby and Griffin Colapinto. Though good-natured, friendly and happy to share a smile or a wave, they show that the long-standing tradition of sibling rivalries is alive and well, as their competitive fire burns hot.

A History of Hawaii’s Lifeguard Tradition Finally Told

From running the family business, to charging big waves, to filmmaking, local legend Marty Hoffman is a man of many talents, Jake Howard writes this week. Hoffman recently premiered his full-length documentary “Big Wave Guardians: First Responders of the Sea,” which details the long history of lifeguarding in Hawaii.

Colapinto Comes Up Clutch in El Salvador

San Clemente’s Griffin Colapinto moved four spots up the WSL leaderboard after earning his second victory of this year’s Championship Tour season. Colapinto, who barely edged out fellow San Clemente resident Filipe Toledo, now sits third in the world with three more events to go before the Rip Curl WSL Finals at Lower Trestles this September.