Monday, November 24, 2008

Little Shit's

Kai-Lining- photo-Thomas Bischoff

Kai Medeiros has some new friends. As an avid long boarder at Pleasure Point, he’s always enjoyed the presence of testy short boarders and treacherous beginners. Now, Kai has some awesome new neighbors in the lineup.

“On a nice summer day at the Point, my surf buddies can often include what seems like 500 people. For example, this afternnon I had the pleasure of surfing with a number of disciples of the new movement known as SUP (Stand Up Paddling). They must been really friendly, because they wanted to share every set wave with me and went out of their way to make sure that I would never be lonely on a wave,” he explains of his newfound friendship.

Despite the clogged lineups, Kai has been determined to better his surf game, and the results are starting to show, as he currently sits in first in the ISF High School Men’s Long Board division.

When he’s not dodging donkey’s and dorks at the Point, Kai uses his focus for sports,school, and volunteer work. As a Junior at Harbor High school, Kai currently holds down a 3.7 GPA, plays on the Water Polo Team and swims with the Varsity swim team. He also volunteers as a surfing escort with the Ride A Wave Program, which allows disabled and/or disadvantaged children and adults to experience the ocean and ocean-related activities.

With a good head on his shoulders, and talent to spare, Kai is on track to establish himself as an esteemed and respected Santa Cruz surfer in no time.

Friday, November 7, 2008

SC LEGENDS


ADAM REPLOGLE, AKA ROADIE


Adam Replogle began his journey as a Santa Cruz surfer as a mere tadpole, wriggling his way down the line at his favorite break, 1st Jetty in Capitola. Cappy is a traditional training ground for the region's aquatic youth, and helped develop young Adam's developing skills. Those skills improved when Adam took his pint sized act to the reeling rights found at Pleasure Point. As he grew, young Roadie developed an intimate relationship with the Point, surfing the place religiously and passionately. In return the Point has blessed him with one of the smoothest, tack sharp, powerful, and graceful style found on the planet. Roadie remains one of Santa Cruz's most accomplished professional surfers, a former World Tour competitor who proved his worth in stunning displays of power and flow at venues such as Jeffrey's Bay in South Africa. Nowadays, Roadie is busy raising a family, and running his successful Billabong Surf Shop. In between mentoring young grommets like Nic H'dez and his obligations to his work and family, Roadie still finds time to skirk out to the Point and blow every one's mind with his effortless shredding skills.

Community



The Core find a home
Neal Kearney - Sentinel correspondent
The Core has found a permanent home in Santa Cruz Skate Shop on 41st Avenue.



When Kim Clary started The Core in 2002, she had a clear vision what was needed for her nonprofit youth organization to succeed.

She knew the support of the community would be vital and that she would need entertaining and beneficial ideas for events and meetings. But finding a permanent home for the kids to hang out was key.

Now in its sixth year, The Core has grown tremendously thanks to community involvement packaged with a popular schedule of events including surf competitions like the Schralpfest and dodgeball tournaments.

Thanks to the generosity of Santa Cruz Skate Shop owner Danny Keith, starting today The Core will have a new home. Keith, a longtime supporter of The Core, has donated a section of his newly opened shop to the organization.

The area includes couches, a big-screen TV, an Xbox, a DVD player, foosball table, a ping-pong table and pool table. Eventually they plan to a homework computer station.

Fifteen-year-old Pleasure Point resident Seven Adams is one of many Core members eagerly awaiting the headquarters' grand opening.

"It means everything to the kids because if they are ever having a hard time at home or at school, or at life in general, they have somewhere to go and someone to talk to," Adams said.


"It's also a great place to go relax and just hang out with your friends in an accepting, fun and cool atmosphere."

Clary said she wanted to give kids something she never got to experience as a kid.

"Now that we have a full-time place to call our own, we can hang out every day," Clary said. "All I wanted when I was a teenager was a cool place to hang out with my friends because there really isn't that much to do in S.C. ... Now that I am a little older, I recognize the fact that if kids have a positive place to be and a great group to associate with, they are less likely to become involved in any of the number of negative things that entice our precious young people." Contact Neal Kearney at 429-2436 or jcopeland@santacruzsentinel.com.

If You Go
WHAT: The Core Open House. WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday. HOURS: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. WHERE: Santa Cruz Skate Shop, 912 41st Ave., Capitola. INFORMATION: 227-4204 or kim@kimclary.net.

Politix



PRESIDENT ELECT OBAMA!!!


Here at FrothSchpot we cannont express enough relief regarding the Nation's latest transfer of power. We had our Banana Boats rigged tight for an overseas exodus in case McLame had won. Now the midget slaves we had conscripted to man our sails can rest easy, as we aint goin no where! Hopefully we can turn the tide and erase all of the Bush scented skid marks from our national consciousness and work towards bringing about constructive change! America, Fuck Yah!