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Sunday, July 22, 2007 – Waves of Nostalgia

The Call to the Wall Surf Festival on Saturday, July 21, 2007 – Surfrider Beach, Malibu

Waves of Nostalgia

By Bob Patterson

Malibu, 21 July 2007 – While a wave of nostalgia has swept over the Southern California surfing community, the 16th annual "Call to the Wall" event held by the Malibu Boardriders Club was conducted over the weekend of July 21-22.

Coors joined the long list of sponsors for the annual surfing competition held, at the appropriately named Surfrider Beach, which is just north of the historic Malibu Pier.  The pier was built in 1905 to support the operations of Fredrick Hastings Rindge’s Malibu Ranch.

Included in the list of events for the weekend, was a Saturday night screening, on the pier, of the film "One California Day."

Southern California Newspapers have been noting that the summer of 2007 commemorates the 100th anniversary of when Hawaiian style surfboard riding was introduced to the Venice area of Los Angeles.  Orange County TV affiliate, KDOC, is broadcasting surfing films each Sunday night at 8 p.m. and is calling the series "Endless Summer."

Just Above Sunset magazine’s news team visited this year’s event on Saturday afternoon, when the surfing conditions were rather calm and not very picturesque.

The Svetla Award honors Svetla Krasteva who was an honored member of United Stuntwoman’s Association. She died of brain cancer in 2003 and the annual surfing award is presented, in her honor, to the tandem woman surfer who shows integrity, sportsmanship, and grace in the ocean.

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches, for all people, through conservation, activism and education. Among the Foundation’s suggestions for a better ecological world is: "Don’t water the driveway.  It won’t grow."
The weekend festival included the Tommy Zahn Memorial Paddleboard Race from Zuma to Surfrider. Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times also conducts their Day at the Beach in conjunction with the annual competition.

As the Saturday photo safari by the JAS news team was concluding, one of the surfers called the photographer’s attention to some deer that were grazing on a hillside on the opposite side of Pacific Coast Highway. It seemed like a fitting end for a day that is intended to mark the rewards of low pollution outdoor activity.

The Svetla Award honors Svetla Krasteva who was an honored member of United Stuntwoman’s Association.
Deer on Malibu hillside

Links for more information: http://www.malibuboardriders.com and http://www.malibusurfsidenews.com - and see this from The Argonaut, the beach weekly, an item on George Freeth, the man credited for bringing surfing from Hawaii to Southern California in the early nineteen hundreds.

Text copyright © 2007 – Robert Patterson

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