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The San Onofre Parks Foundation, in partnership with California State Park, presented the first event in their 2019 Summer Speaker Series: “Warm Winds and Following Seas—Reflections of a Lifeguard in Paradise,” with Mike Brousard on Wednesday, July 17.

The public heard from Brousard, a well-known ocean lifeguard, rescue boat operator, lifeguard chief and now-acclaimed author, as he took the audience on a spellbinding journey through the history and evolution of lifesaving on the California coast.

A reception and lecture were held at the Historic Cottage Visitor Center at San Clemente State Beach. Guests could also view the gallery exhibit, “San Onofre–Coastal Wilderness within the Heart of Southern California.”

Refreshments were provided by Artifex Brewing Company, Ste Michelle Wine Estates MERF and Trader Joe’s, and there was a musical performance by Hans and Janine.

The next speaker will be Jim Serpa, longtime park ranger, marine educator and SCUBA enthusiast, on Wednesday, Aug. 14, presenting “Sharks: Myth of the Monster—Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go to the Historic Cottage.” The reception will begin at 6 p.m. and the lecture at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, visit serpasharks.eventbrite.com. The Historic Cottage Visitors Center is located within the campground at San Clemente State Beach, 225 Avenida Calafia.

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