Category: Member News
Say what you will about groms (always under foot, clogging up the beach and surf, etc.), but they are our future and we love to see them in the club. Whether it’s at the Family picnic, the menehune event at the Big Chill Out or at our monthly meeting, they’re a welcome addition and a constant reminder that surfing is something special that should be shared. The April Club meeting featured two presentations by some of our younger members and their love of the ocean was crystal clear.
Sascha, a P-town based second grader, received a special accommodation from the Club for her essay on Oceans. Sascha waxed poetic on the special characteristics of the ocean and why Big Blue means so much to her. On behalf of the club, Izzy Szczepaniak presented Sascha with a certificate and one week tuition for …Read more...
Saturday, May 12, 2012, Cowell’s Beach, Santa Cruz
Under partly cloudy skies, 35 children and young adults with special needs gathered at Cowell’s Beach for a day with the Ride-A-Wave founder Danny Cortazzo and his spirited staff of volunteers to participate in surfing, kayaking, boogie boarding and have a fun day on the beach.
This year my son Brennan had the opportunity to be a participant. We met the “check-in staff” at the Cowell’s Beach parking lot at 8:30AM, took care of paperwork and were assigned his “beach buddy” Lisa Ryner (PPSC member). A “beach buddy” is a volunteer who stays with the participant the whole time making sure his or her special needs are met, that they have an opportunity to participate in all the water activities if they want to, give them some encouragement if they need it, and just have …Read more...
This place was a trip. Bird (in the background) has a few boards, huh?
Bird loaned vintage boards to the Windansea guys who took 1st at the Log Jam this year. He said I could borrow one for next year. Nice guy!
Kurt, Rebecca and I were in awe of this collection.
It’s near the SD airport.
Gary Leong (one of our earliest club members) went down to Santa Barbara to compete in a Stand Up Paddle contest. On his way back Gary stayed a couple of days with us and we had a blast. He not only helped me fix a sink faucet but also got me back in the water!!
Gary is the “Thomas Edison” of the PPSC and always comes up with the most creative ideas. He along with Chris Sangiovani have the most inventive and out of the box minds in the surf world. Check out what Gary is up to on his Stand Up Paddle board http://www.youtube.com/pureshare You will get a big kick out of the video and it’s a must for our website viewers to click on.
Next up was Gary’s super secret Surf Vehicle that he is …Read more...
Bob Gruber joined the PPSC in 1988 during the first Surfari to the Santa Barbara area. He was great friends with Cam Pierce, grew up surfing Southern California and lived in Seal Beach for many years. Bob and his company, CEMCO, were generous supporters of the PPSC and all its charitable events. Despite living in Seal Beach he became a regular at all our surfaris, Surf Expos, Big Chill Outs and just surfing with us in Pacifica.
A few weeks ago Bob had a massive heart attack and passed at the young age of 66. Those years were packed with energy, love and enthusiasm. He not only surfed but was an accomplished sailor and fisherman. The ocean along with his family was the love of his life. Bob leaves behind his loving wife, Jenny Gruber, three year old son …Read more...
Jay Jansson is being honored as both a surfer and a journalist by the Pacifica Sports Hall of Fame on February 27, 2010. He started surfing and writing in the 1960’s. Jay was a pioneer surfer on the Gulf Coast. His journalism began as a sports editor for his high school’s newspaper and year book.
In 1968 he enlisted in the US Navy to “Surf the World”. That gave him the opportunity to surf the East Coast, the Caribbean, Mexico, California, Hawaii, Australia, the Mediterranean, the Persian Gulf and the Far East.
After his first tour in Vietnam, he met his soul mate, Peggy Jansson, in 1971 while stationed on a destroyer out of Pearl Harbor. Her sister lived on Pedro Point, where he surfed after being transferred to a SF based ship in 1972.
From 1973 to 1980 they moved …
PPSC member Glen Stenstrom is being honored as a two-time silver medalist collegiate wrestler at the state level and in 1976 won the silver medal at the Greco-Roman regional Olympic Trials. In 1966, while attending College of San Mateo, he was selected the team’s most valuable wrestler on his way to earning All-American honors. For six years he coached the Peninsula Grapplers, a youth wrestling program.
He has coached state, world and Olympic Champions. As a middle school teacher at Ortega in the 1970s he developed a wrestling program for the students.
Glenn has been surfing Pacifica beaches since the late 1950’s and has been a PPSC member for more than ten years.
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