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Waves arrive from all angles as north and south swells greet west coast

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For your amusement (modest that it may be)...

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Daniel writes: Last Friday started like any other here in Florida. I woke up early, and I got my board, lunch and coffee together and headed out for the inlet.

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The Santa Cruz tow surfers who were fined $500 in March for using a jet ski out of bounds at Moss Landing had their fine increased to $2,500 Wednesday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sent a uniformed officer to surfer Jeff Martin's Santa Cruz house to give him notice of the increased fine and tell him he had 30 days to fight it.

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Find French girl, have her tie you up, eat whipped cream from your nipples (then return the favour) and shoot ping pong balls at you without her hands. Surf French beachbreak and lay down relaxed but amazing flare. Act like a young professional surfer living his dream and touring the world, instead of an overly-focused, programmed robot. All part of Matty Wilko's bag.

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Shea Writes: It is okay to be hesitant. I felt the same way at first. I had even battled similar stereotypes growing up on the Gulf of Mexico. But now that Brazilians have asserted themselves as true equals amongst the world’s best surfers, they also have a legit World Title contender amongst their ranks.

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Went out last week and took photos of the surfers at Ocean Beach while the sun was setting. More where this came from at www.simoluu.blogspot.com

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Legendary California waterman Mickey Muñoz's bio is a great collection of stories from a long life spent playing in the water. Review is here: http://www.thewatermanslibrary.com/Site/NoBadWaves.html

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Corky writes: It's that time of year again when the water and air start getting colder and surfers need to pay special attention to protecting their ears from the elements.

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Ocean Beach has become sufficiently well known as a surfing spot that it will host a major international competition in two weeks, but on Saturday a special group will gather to remember the time when only a few dared brave the cold, treacherous waters.

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Last week, Supervisor John Avalos, a San Francisco mayoral candidate, landed one of the city’s more coveted endorsements when he won the backing of DogPAC, a relatively new political action committee representing dozens of dog lovers’ groups citywide.

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