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Cyrus Sutton makes a wooden handplane out of some paulownia wood scraps left over from shaping an alaia and gets some fun rides on a small day in Huntington Beach, CA.

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He was a life-long educator, speaks Latin and quotes Socrates, Jesus Christ and Corky Carroll.

And right now, this 75-year-old with two artificial hips and five grandchildren, stands at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Main Street — the absolute soul of Surf City and the crest of his sport — as one of the game's all-time greats.

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San Francisco’s Aqua Surf Shop brings you the latest surf film from Kai Neville – LOST ATLAS! Kai created the already seminal film Modern Collective, so you can expect some futuristic ripping and killer camerawork.

Aqua will present the film in breathtaking CPL (in our Chilly Parking Lot) Thursday August 11 at 9pm.

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If you’ve been waiting for Grain Surfboards to come to your neighborhood so you don’t have to miss the waves at your local, you could be in luck… if you live in San Francisco that is. Two instructors from our crew are coming to the city by the bay to pull off a full seven-day board building class in an old firehouse that’s easy to get to by streetcar.

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Salem, Oregon — On August 4, 2011 Governor John Kitzhaber signed House Bill 2838 banning the sale, trade and/or possession of shark fins. Oregon joins Hawaii and Washington that have passed similar legislation banning the possession of shark fins.

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Something special from Nick Cook

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Everyone knows there's a homeless problem in downtown San Francisco, but it's also an issue in neighborhoods near the Great Highway, where it's not as noticeable. People are living on the streets there as well -- not outdoors, but in cars, campers and vans.

It is summer time and the RV's are lined up along La Playa Street, just below the Great Highway across from San Francisco's Ocean Beach. But they aren't vacation campers, the vehicles are people's homes.

"I've been living in this city all my life, where I live and how I live is none of your business," one person said.

The man was arguing with John Zwolinski who heads up the La Playa Neighborhood Watch. His group has had enough of the encampment.

Sometimes as many as 20 RV's park on a two block stretch.

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Montara State Beach — On August 3, 2011 Jeff Clark, professional surfer and surf shop owner, had been surfing at the S0uth end of Montara State Beach. It was 9:45 AM and he had been in the water for about 90 minutes. Air and water temperatures were estimated at 57 degrees Fahrenheit. The water was 10 feet deep over a sandy bottom with about 4 feet of visibility.

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Before their man-on-man showdown Thursday afternoon at the U.S. Open, Pat and Tanner Gudauskas went for a warm-up freesurf down the beach. Tanner ended up winning the heat, but Pat took top freesurf honors with this flip. Sequence: Jeremiah Klein

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We can only hope that this is the future of SUP. Home made and as big as a picnic table. I don't think too many of these would make it into the lineup.

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Teaching a child how to surf is sometimes tricky. Since ALL kids are islands unto themselves, nurturing a young love affair with surfing starts with you, the teacher. The key is patience, patience, patience. Don’t rush your child into the water and on to a board. If he just wants to hang on the beach and build a sand castle then so be it.

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