Ricky Whitlock & The Road Back

by The Editors on October 30, 2012

Carlsbadistan surfer Ricky Whitlock ran into some trouble while surfing the North Shore of Oahu’s Pipeline on January 25, 2012.

Ricky took off on his second wave of the morning, which broke on top of him and slammed him into the reef, breaking two vertebra in his back. This is his story.

The film is narrated by Carlsbad High School graduate Sal Masekela. It’s like an all Carlsbadistan cast. We’re glad Whitlock is back at it.

[Link: Surfing Magazine]

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Afternoon Swell Backs Off

by The Editors on September 1, 2011

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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.

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Big Carlsbadistan Walls Incoming

by The Editors on August 31, 2011

Surf Tomorrow

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.



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Sara Locke Shreds Carlsbadistan

by The Editors on June 5, 2011

Gravity Skateboard’s Sara Locke talks skateboarding and surfing in Carlsbadistan.


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Carlsbad, Oceanside Surfers Remember Doug Tico

by The Editors on May 1, 2011

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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…]

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Warm Waters Getting Sand Blasted

by The Editors on March 3, 2011

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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?

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Austin Ganz Holds It Down For UCSB

by The Editors on February 11, 2011

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Former Carlsbad High surfer Austin Ganz helped lead the University of California Santa Barbara surf team to a win the NSSA West Coast College Surfing Season 2010-11 Title, by finishing 4th in the Men’s Short Board on Monday, January 17th at D Street in Encinitas.

When asked about this, Ganz said, “Surfing and education go hand in hand, competitive surfing teaches you to work hard for something you want like a college education.”

Austin was one of only 3,600 new Freshmen admitted to UCSB this year. Austin’s degree at UCSB is declared as Marine Biology (Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology EEMB).

In the future Austin will be supporting UCSB as a scientific scuba diving and underwater researcher for Santa Barbara Coastal Long Term Ecological Research program.

“Carlsbad is a great place to grow up, it has given me a great appreciated for our oceans, and I look forward to continuing my education and one day being a Marine Biologist,” Ganz says.

We can’t say we disagree with Austin. Congrats!

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Carlsbad Pipelines Launches New Website

by The Editors on January 30, 2011

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Witt Rowlett announced via Twitter (@Wittscarlsbad) today (January 30, 2011) that the new Carlsbad Pipelines website is now live. Here’s what Witt said:

The new website is officially up and ready for business! Check it out and let us know what you think.

Witt’s legendary surf/skate shop, located at the corner of Carlsbad Blvd and Elm Street Carlsbad Village Drive, has played an integral roll in the development of action sports as we know it. If you don’t believe us, just ask Tony Hawk. It’s great to see Witt embracing the digital era. Stop by, or click by the new online store and check it out.

[Link: Carlsbad Pipelines]

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Carlsbad Middle School Surfers Stay On Top

by The Editors on January 26, 2011

Sss LogoTeams from two Carlsbadistan middle schools finished 1st and 2nd for the second time this season at the Scholastic Surf Series contest last Saturday, January 22, 2011 at the Oceanside Pier.

The Aviara Oaks Middle School finished in first place, as they have in each of the three contests so far this season. The Vikings Surf Team from Valley Middle School finished in 2nd, for the second time this season. That finish along with a fourth place in another contest keeps the Vikings in second place overall.

Students from all three Carlsbad middle schools placed in the finals of each division. The next contest will be February 5, 2011 at D Street/Moonlight Beach in Encinitas.

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Carlsbad Remembers Surfer Andy Irons

by The Editors on November 15, 2010


Yesterday, November 14, 2010, the world remembered Andy Irons with a memorial service on the three-time world champion’s home break at Pine Trees on the island of Kauai, but surfers in Carlsbadistan gathered over a week ago (November 6, 2010) to remember the 32-year-old surfer, according to a post on

Irons was found dead in a Dallas, Texas hotel room on November 2, 2010. He had been feeling ill and was on his way home to Hawaii from Puerto Rico. when he died. Click the link for more photos.

[Link: Transworld Surf]

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