Tomorrow, June 10, 2015, 11-time World Surfing Champion Kelly Slater will call out SeaWorld during the company’s online annual meeting by submitting a question on behalf of PETA. Here’s the question he is submitting:
My name is Kelly Slater, and I’m here on behalf of PETA. The veil has been lifted on SeaWorld. All the ads in the world won’t change what the public now knows to be true: that the company imprisons highly intelligent, emotionally complex, social animals in tiny, barren concrete tanks, which leads to aggression and disease. SeaWorld is experiencing declining attendance and revenue, and dozens of companies, including Southwest Airlines, Panama Jack, and Mattel, have recently ended partnerships with SeaWorld. As a professional surfer, I’m lucky and privileged to be able to spend the majority of my time in the ocean—it’s the place where I feel most at home, and thus, I feel an obligation to protect that which I have a voice in influencing. Please, tell us, when will SeaWorld allow the animals it holds captive to return to their home—the ocean—by retiring them to a seaside sanctuary? And wouldn’t this at least be viewed, if nothing else, as a public relations win for you? By righting the wrongs you have committed in the name of corporate profit for so many years, you may actually be able to recoup some of the respect that has been lost in the eyes of the public and work toward an end to the problem of animal suffering. Thank you.
Wonder what their answer will be? Hopefully, it is soon.
“Reuniting local surfers from Carlsbad is a major part of this event, but it’s geared toward everyone,” Event Coordinator Ulises Thomas said. “It doesn’t matter it’s your first surf contest or you’re the average Joe from Wisconsin, you’re gonna have fun and experience the California lifestyle.”
For the official word from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Michael Massie, 54, reportedly died “while sitting on a Carlsbad beach” on Wednesday afternoon, April 10, 2013, according to a story in the UT San Diego.
Witnesses saw the Carlsbad man sit in the sand after riding his board near Terramar Beach, just south of the Encina power plant. He then leaned over into a strange position, and slid into the water, Ellano said. . . He was dragged back to the shore, and witnesses called 911. Massie was taken to Tri-City Medical Center, where he died at 7:03 p.m., shortly after he arrived at the hospital.
Massie reportedly died of “natural causes related to cardiovascular disease.” Our thoughts are with Massie’s family and friends.
Carlsbad surfer Taylor Jensen, 28, won his “second consecutive ASP World Longboard surfing title, defeating Hawaiian veteran Ned Snow, 30, to secure the CITIC PACIFIC ShenZhou Peninsula Pro hosted by Wanning in China today, November 29, 2012. Jensen had to fight through the flu, but the sickness didn’t stop him apparently.
“I didn’t know how bad my sickness was going to be, but it knocked me flat for 48 hours,” Jensen said. “It was touch and go as to whether I was up to surfing, my first heat was sketchy. It all came together. I got better everyday as the contest went on. You hear guys like Kelly Slater talk about building momentum through contests, and how the guy with the highest heat total usually loses in the next round. So I knew that getting through heats wasn’t a bad thing, I felt like I hadn’t surfed my best yet and that there was still something left in the tank. . . “It doesn’t seem real yet,” Jensen said. “My win in Italy just set in last week. It was always a goal to get more than one ASP World Longboard Title to solidify the first one, but to go back-to-back and now have two is amazing. I’m speechless. I haven’t even realised it happened yet.”
Congrats to another talented Carlbadistan surfer. Follow the jump for the official word from the ASP. [click to continue…]
There were some huge waves rolling through Carlsbadistan earlier today. Some of them got ridden, however, most (like this one) plowed right through untouched. Today there were more spectators than there were surfers. And we’re pretty sure the State Beach Life Guards were happy about that.
Looks like tomorrow (September 1, 2011) might be a great day to call in sick. Not that we would suggest anyone do such a thing. . . Taylor Knox just got back from getting pummeled at Teahupoo and here’s what he’s saying:
are you kidding me with this swell… had my bell rung this morning in C’bad! wasn’t expecting that! ha ha.
Well over 100 surfers paddled out this morning (Sunday, May 1, 2011) in remembrance of legendary lifeguard and surfer Doug Tico. Tico died at the age of 82 on Sunday, December 12, 2010, from complications of a stroke he had in August 2010. According to his obituary:
He was born at home on Topeka Street, Oceanside, in 1928. He was one of Oceanside’s first lifeguards and graduated from Oceanside/Carlsbad High when the two were combined. He was employed by the U.S. Post Office as a mail carrier, Helm’s Bakery as a delivery man, and worked at the La Costa Spa for 20 years as a fitness instructor. Doug lived 82 wonderful years and surfed for over 70 of those. He holds the 2002 Waterman Award from the Longboard Surfing Club and is included in the Oceanside Surfing Museum. He held a great love and respect for the ocean, enjoyed paddling out with his surfing buddies and watching the sun set every evening with his wife and friends at the end of Tamarack in Carlsbad.
Doug’s daughter Teresa Tico, and brother Dennis spoke to the surfers in the water, while Oceanside lifeguards gave a tribute with lifeguards standing on the railing for a moment and thenall jumping in together. Flowers were thrown. Waves were caught. It was a worthy sendoff for a Carlsbad waterman.
We will always remember the smile he met us with each time we passed he and his wife Beverly as they walked the seawall. [click to continue…]
The Carlsbad Lagoon is being dredged to help support local industry (powerplant, etc.) and today the pipes were blowing loads of sand right out into one of North County’s best surf spots at Warm Waters. Anyone upset by this? Or is it all good?