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Hanging out in grandpa's surfer rig on a Saturday afternoon.

Coming in for a win.

Oh, c'mon dad, it's my bucket.

Not Ipanema for sure, but just as fun for these two.

This green critter looks like he has a sweet ride and a cool chick to go with it.

San Clemente's new boat still had wet paint.

His parents could not get him to leave the water.

A little winded but he placed.

This is solid fun for these two.

Its all about timing it just right.

These look like very determined rubber ducks.

Golden glory on the end of a ribbon.

Future champion.

Good luck dashboard Hula girl.

Yes, he won it, but not by much.

A real Hula girl and a future champion.

Watching for dolphins, mermaids and pirates.

There's no stopping this one.

South of the San Clemente Pier.

Big smiles all say long.

Here's the rules guys so listen up...

Rob Rojas, always a winner.

Hey baby, is this great or what...?

Into the final stretch for the big win.

Neptune and Ariel were everybody's friend.

Two cuties.

Sumertime....really not anything else to say here.

Just a good time for everybody.

Powering it out for the last few meters to the line to place.

Right here guys!

A queen surveys her kingdom from a daddy chariot.

Bump, set, spike.

It's a great view from here.

Their clothes will be dry by the time they get home.

Sportsmanship was strong all day.

A good win begins with a good start.

They must have been pretty tired.

A real live mermaid gets her hair done up with a feather.

San Clemente's boat; this shot made the front page.


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Surfrider Foundation Assistant Enviromental Director, Mark Rauscher, is confident that after the California Costal Commission Hearing last Monday in Del Mar, California, meets again in January, the decision will be no Toll Road at Trestles Surf Beach.

DETERMINATION:Surfrider Foundation Assistant Enviromental Director, Mark Rauscher, is confident that after the California Costal Commission Hearing last Monday in Del Mar, California, meets again in January, the decision will be no Toll Road at Trestles Surf Beach.

 

 

 

This last week I got an assignment that no one else wanted.  I had written something on the Toll Road issue a couple of weeks ago; I finished the blog entry with a silent quest to find out more about the Toll Road Extension issue. 

 

I had mentioned before that I was 60/40 opposed to the Toll Road extension and now I will reveal that the percentage was due in large part on my wife’s strong opposition to the Toll Road(Disclosure:we both have TCA transponders in our cars).

 

My wife has a sharp political eye and I always listen to what she says because she is so much in tune with what is ultimately right and wrong and whether it’s a popular opinion or not.  I don’t always agree with her on everything and as we have not had a tv in our house in 20 years, we “discuss” and “go-over” things….a lot.

From a editorial photographer’s point of view, writing an article, is signifigantly more work than just taking the photos.  Don’t get me wrong, my eyes “sweat” to get just the right shot but the mind “sweat” I had over this article got my attention.  It was actually not that difficult to write, just putting down the words in a certain order really.

The harder work was effectively wading through the information to make it all acurate and balanced.  Usually the lense and camera body record exactly what I see but interviews and digging for that kernel of interrestingness is another matter.  I really enjoyed it and my point of view is a little selfish.  I am finding out how I see the Toll Road issue at the same time I am reporting on it.  I enjoy most the “detente” of staying impartial and delivering sentences that portray the situation as it is.

I wrote my article and turned it in a little over the deadline.  I had made some calls to the elected types and was a little down that, by the deadline, I hadn’t heard from them.  It would have made the article that much more interesting and informative.

 

I am hoping the story has legs and I can do a follow up.  Already, there are a few sidebars that I can write and most likely will.  Meanwhile I’ll continue to investigate and see where the facts clash and who is left standing at the end.  The good news for me is that, now, the Toll Road issue is in a holding pattern until January 7th, awaiting a decision from the Secretary of Commerce to make a decision; it seems like this will be a house by house street fight in the old school tradition.

 

Everyone is going to loose a little blood in this I think.

 

 

The Lariat News Story:

 

http://www.lariatnews.com/news/2008/09/30/News/Trestles.Hearing.Draws.High.Attendance-3461035.shtml?reffeature=textemailedition

 

My other article on Trestle’s Surf Beach:

 

https://fiveblocks.wordpress.com/2008/08/23/sano-terium/

 

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Looking north to Lost Winds from Riviera.

SUNDAY SESSION:Looking north to Lost Winds from Riviera.

Somehow like a swtitch it happens and Fall begins.  Its colder at night and the sun sets a little sooner each day.  There is that dampness that lingers,  climbs over everything and doesn’t let go until late in the morning.  The full suits go on and sweaters are packed in the top of the bag for a trip to the beach. 

I like the light in fall; its soft, sleepy and slow.  Its not really a haze in the air but that everything seems heavier.  Summer tans start to fade and if you are anywhere near the beach, the smell of the ocean is closer.  The sharpness of summer is gone and I’m always kinda glad.

 

FiveBlocks

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A view through the reeds from the estuary at Trestles.

A view through the reeds from the estuary at Trestles.

I helped a Photographer from the OC Register take some equipment down to Trestles last week for a shoot he is doing.  I’m not going to spoil it, but it’s a pretty clever feature on the bueaty that is so close to us at San Onofre State Beach.
I couldn’t help think about what a toll road would do to this precious spot we have and the fact that everyone has access to it.  Honestly, I am 60/40 opposed to a toll road…but that could be changing…I began to read in the Sun Post News some of the points of view that the city council candidates have in regard to the toll road going through or not…and the adjustments or solutions they have.
I think that before elections in November, we are all going to have to take a deep, hard look at what the exact situation is and what the options are.  A single punched hole in a numbered card that you make within a thin cardboard voting booth seems so simple to do but will have a such a lasting effect.
Before you vote, if its the only thing you do, examine well, exactly how you will vote. I suggest a walk down the path to Trestles; a couple of hours or even an entire day that you spend and how you feel at the end of that time, could mean decades of changes that can’t be un-done. 
I mean that as much for both sides of the issue; the toll road and maybe less traffic and a toll road and perhaps no natural disaster.
I encourage comments…
FiveBlocks.

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An upset in the fianl dory leg of the IronMan competition.

An upset in the fianl dory leg of the IronMan competition.

I got down to the San Clemente Ocean Festival a little later in the day but in time to see the final of the IronMan Competition.  Its a combination of swim, run and dory boat on an individual basis.  I think Mitch Kahn gets this every year and this year he did not disappoint.
There are other events that went on through out the day and will finish up tomorrow late in the day.  I shot some crowds and people on the beach; it is always fun to see people enjoying themselves.
Crowds did not seem to be to big this year as it was somewhat overcast.  I saw a lot of people lined up at the train depot heading back home.  Hopefully tomorrow the sun will come out and more people will go.  I am sure from a competitor point of view the hazy overcast is just fine.
A girls surfing competitor gets a "cheater five" out for the judges.

A girls surfing competitor gets a "cheater five" out for the judges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A boys surfing competitor gets a solid ride during his heat

A boys surfing competitor gets a solid ride during his heat

 

 

A girl competitor walks down the beach for the begining of her heat.

A girl competitor walks down the beach for the begining of her heat.

 
An IronMan participant approaches an official for his "place".

An IronMan participant approaches an official for his "place".

Family and friends watch the boys surfing heat.

Family and friends watch the boys surfing heat.

The girls are in the water and ready to go for their heat, late on Saturday afternoon.

The girls are in the water and ready to go for their heat, late on Saturday afternoon.

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