Under sunny skies and a warm offshore breeze, professional surfers hit the water at Ocean Beach on Tuesday morning for the Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco.
Hundreds of spectators flocked to the beach to see the 36 surfers, including surf legend Kelly Slater, at the event, which is expected to run for a total of 27.5 hours over four days. Read More
Federal officials are no longer willing to allow surfers competing in November’s Rip Curl Pro Search contest at Ocean Beach to be towed in by personal watercraft, reversing an earlier understanding.
The National Park Service had initially told event planners that they would create an exception to a law banning such vessels from national parks as a safety precaution for surfers catching waves larger than 10 feet at the contest, which is slated for Nov. 1-11. Read More
The waves at Maverick’s have been pretty puny lately. And if the trend keeps up, the annual contest at the fabled surf spot would be washed out this year.“It has been a less-than-stellar year,” said Mark Sponsler, a surf forecaster for the contest. So far this winter, the famous big-wave spot near Half Moon Bay has had just four swells. Last year, some 23 broke there. Read More
In the past, I may have joked that people in San Francisco will fight about every blade of grass, but this week it became official.
At a meeting for a proposed project to replace the deteriorating soccer fields at Beach Chalet with four artificial-turf pitches and lights, opponents of the plan — though considerably outnumbered — came up with a whole slew of new reasons to stop the ball rolling. Read More