International Surfing Day ushers in a weekend of events and awareness
Etched on the walls of the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a quote by natural science writer Loren Eiseley that reads, “If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.”
Whether cascading fluidly on longboards or turning jaggedly on shortboards through incoming sets at any of the surf spots around the county, Santa Cruz’s brigade of surfers is infamous for its nearly holy communion with water. Really, where else in the world can you find so many (so many!) groms and grandmas waxing philosophical while waxing up their boards? So, it makes sense that in a our nearly mythological coastal town whose residents understand well Eiseley’s words of wisdom, you wouldn’t expect anything less than a full weekend of hoopla surrounding the 6th Annual International Surfing Day (ISD).
Mark Halfmoon and I have been on the road for 15 days now, having just left Los Angeles last night. We spent four days interviewing people and documenting the Los Angeles experience. In some ways this is where it all began for me, many years ago when I first moved to California and lived just north of Los Angeles. I instantly knew that California was where I wanted to be. It took me 20 years and many visits to finally move here and little did I know that I would end up in Santa Cruz, now my home for the last seven years. There were less people then and there were more prune and citrus fields, now replaced by housing complexes, but the spirit of California is very much alive.
With 100 million-plus gallons of oil spewed into the Gulf so far, who wouldn’t be? Santa Cruz may be quite a ways from the Gulf Coast, but that doesn’t mean residents can’t do something about it. As we approach 60 days since the BP rig exploded, here are some tips for getting your voice heard: Join Hands Across the Sand in a global protest against Big Oil on Saturday, June 26. Locally, the event will be at Cowell and Main beaches beginning at 11 a.m. (Visit handsacrossthesand.org for more information.) Organize your own event or fundraiser, or write to our federal representative, 17th District Congressman Sam Farr, or to the president (there’s a template on the Sierra Club’s site, beyondoil.com).
Call it fate, luck or chance that my fellow Obsessive Beauty writer Christa Martin and I happened to be in New York City at the same time. Our paths would only cross there by one day however, so it was imperative that we cram as much shopping as possible into a single 24-hour period. With much pre-planning and a trusty iPhone to guide us, we navigated the world class shopping streets of SoHo like native New Yorkers.
Man, what with the current Batman and Robin comic series, the awesome Christopher Nolan flicks and that whole "Return of Bruce Wayne" thing, it really is a great time to be into all things Batman. Actually now that I think about it, aside from those dark days during the Schumacher era its never been a bad time to be a fan of the caped crusader.
This week Bats hits yet another major milestone as his self titled monthly reaches the ripe old age of 700 issues and DC is pulling out all the stops. With artwork supplied by Andy Kubert, Tony Daniel and Frank Quitely (yes!), good old Grant Morrison tackles the comic with a story that's been kept tight under wraps - the synopsis is pretty simple revealing only that all 3 men to have donned the cape and cowl are featured to some extent. Bruce Wayne (past), Dick Grayson (present), and Damian Wayne (future). Whatever it turns out to be, I've already started to prepare my mind for the inevitable blowing of. Just to sweeten the deal (and lighten up the wallet), there are two covers for the book - one featuring art by David Finch (shown here) and another provided by Mike Mignola (the Hellboy dude).
Of course, there are a bunch of other comics coming out this week too but sorry fellas, you're taking the backseat to this one.
Local cyclists raise money to help fight diabetes
I don’t know about you, but I’m not a huge fan of diabetes.
In fact, I’d go so far as to say I am staunchly anti-diabetes. Not only has its prevalence doubled in the last 10 years, costing about $174 billion in direct and indirect costs, but diabetes also ranks as the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Worldwide, diabetes affects some 246 million people, and that number is projected to climb to 380 million by 2025. Shortly put, diabetes is a pretty big problem. Luckily for all those opposed to Diabetes mellitus, a team of Santa Cruz and Scott Valley cyclists, Team OTC, has raised almost $12,000 in the last three weeks for the Tour de Cure benefit ride to fund the fight against diabetes.
If you haven’t already heard of local Danny Keith (and his innovative youth-helping-youth approach to curbing hunger), you must be living under a rock. But that doesn’t have to stop you from helping him become People Magazine’s “All-Stars Among Us” 2010 winner. He is one of three nominees in the running for the San Francisco Bay Area, gaining the nod because of the success his charity Grind Out Hunger, in conjuncture with Second Harvest Food Bank, has seen in Santa Cruz (they’ve collected more than 500,000 pounds of food for children!). To vote for Keith, visit mlb.com/peopleallstarsamongus and click on San Francisco Giants. Voting ends June 20.