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Shark Park

shark%20park.jpg The first DVD to hit this spot, this surf flick about the massive, tempermental break off of San Miguel Island is a must-see for locals, foreigners, and anyone interested in surfing or the power of the ocean. The bonus up-close footage of a great white shark doesn’t hurt either.

Fuel Your Fire

The surf industry is a beast. From the boards you ride to the clothes you wear to the movies you watch, surf culture is-for better or worse-a wet, sandy, stoke-filled monster that survives, at least in part, by feeding off material things. Without a doubt, Southern California is the global epicenter of this feast and, though S.B. is a far cry from the madness of Orange County, we contribute more than our fair share to the long list of seasonal surf-oriented offerings. What follows is a review of some of Santa Barbara’s newest surf swag goods, and with winter swells grumbling to life at this very moment in the North Pacific, there is really no better time to fuel your fires of stoke. And like all things, if you’re going to buy, you might as well buy local.

SPORTIN’ Life

The Rehabilitation Institute at Santa Barbara (RISB), the only freestanding rehabilitation hospital between the Bay Area and Los Angeles, is having its annual Hot on Life workshop on Saturday, November 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UCSB Recreation Center.

Jocks to Rocks, BOSB’06

This has been a real triumph for new
businesses everywhere, seeing as this one won for camping gear only
three years after first opening. “We try to make people
comfortable, but we also steer them toward the people in the store
who have the most expertise in whatever aspect of camping the
customer wants,” said store manager Jessica Barcelona.

Hoop Dreams

Sometime in April, a whistle will blow, a ball will be thrown in the air, and-as two tall bodies leap after it-professional basketball will once again be played in Santa Barbara. Curt Pickering announced last week his plans to form a new S.B.-based team in the 2007 International Basketball League (IBL) season.

Champs!

Twelve years ago, I wrote a cover story for this newspaper on the Santa Barbara Foresters summer baseball team. It began, simply enough, “This is a story about baseball.” Well, this is another story about baseball, and a dozen years, more than 600 games, and an endless chain of hot dogs later, that story finally has an ending.

Foresters Rule

A shiny national championship trophy graced City Council and county supervisors’ meetings with its presence this week, as Santa Barbara’s beloved Foresters baseball team returned to town as the newly crowned World Series Champions of the National Baseball Congress (NBC).

A Day at the Races

Most people know what an outrigger is-it’s that canoe-like boat thingy that the Polynesians used to paddle from island to island in the South Pacific; it’s the floaty you rode the waves in as a tourist in Hawai’i. While you’d be right in both cases, outrigger canoe paddling is also a serious sport, both in California and Hawai’i. The spirit behind the sport of outrigger paddling is Hawaiian Albert “Toots”Minvielle. In 1951, he organized the first Molokai Channel race; in 1959, he brought the sport to California, with a race from Avalon, Catalina, to Newport Beach.

Over The Net

Local dude and beach volleyball player extraordinaire Phil Dalhausser is set.

Sandy Courts & Seaside Games: The East Beach Volleyball Scene

I’m a beach volleyball enthusiast. A volley-ho, if you will. I’ll play with just about anybody, nearly any time, any day of the week. You can call me a beach bum, if you like, but lying out in the sun isn’t the point. It’s about the game. The sport. The lifestyle.

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