Editor’s Opinion: What the Bird?

A letter of (potentially) unpopular sentiment from our Editor in Chief …  Blah, blah, blah innovation. Blah technology. Blah the encroaching arm of disruptive businesses with aesthetically pleasing Instagram accounts and cool, one-word names. I get it. Those black scooters by Bird, a dock-less scooter share company based in Santa Monica, Calif., are solving some…

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‘If You Fall It’s Just Water’: Endless Sun Surf School Owner on Conquering Waves

Personal empowerment, a deep connection forged with the ocean, a calming sense of freedom in wave-churned chaos … If you’ve ever surfed, you know it’s so much more than balancing on a board. Of course, the fundamentals are important, too, and they’re what Amy and Tim Reda, the husband-and-wife owners of Endless Sun Surf School, teach…

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John Wayne Cancer Foundation Is Here to ‘Block the Blaze’

It doesn’t get much better than summer in Newport Beach. Locals spend their days alternating between refreshing dips in the ocean and barefoot walks along the shoreline, warm sand squishing beneath their feet. There is, however, one glaring enemy to summertime fun: a nasty sunburn. Not only is a bad sunburn irritating; it’s also unsafe and…

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Newport Beach Film Festival: Action Sports Film Series

 In Newport Beach, surfing isn’t just a sport, it’s a way of life. So, as a cinematic ode to such an important aspect of our coastal culture, it’s only fair that surfing should get its own series at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Launched in 2005, the Newport Beach Film Festival Action Sports Film Series is, as festival…

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Local Underwater Art on Display at John Wayne Airport

If you’re strolling through John Wayne Airport (JWA) in the next week or so seeking creative inspiration, look to the walls. Local underwater photographer Patsee Ober has her art on display until Feb. 19 as part of John Wayne Airport’s Community Focus Space Program. Photos can be seen on the Departure (upper) Level near security…

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Valentine’s Day Dinners on Balboa Peninsula and Balboa Island

A quiet, corner table, a candlelit dinner for two, a soft voice answering the phone with melodic exuberance, “Thanks for calling but we’re all booked up for tonight!” As Valentine’s Day approaches, it’s wise to plan ahead. Nobody wants to be the one stuck at home with two cans of tuna fish and a 12-pack…

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Harbor Patrol to Stand Up Paddle Boarders: Wear An Approved Jacket or Risk Fine

At the Jan. 23 Newport Beach City Council meeting, it was announced that Newport Beach Harbor Patrol will begin ticketing stand up paddle boarders (SUP) who do not have U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)-approved jackets. “If the jacket is the type that must be inflated, then it must be worn by the paddler,” explained Jeff Herdman, City Councilman…

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Poisonous and Rare Yellow-Bellied Sea Snake Spotted on Balboa Peninsula

A rare and venomous yellow-bellied sea snake was hanging on the beach by the 18th Street lifeguard tower Tuesday. The 25-inch female was spotted by strollers who saw it slithering weakly along the sand. The beachgoers alerted lifeguards, who oversaw its extrication off the beach. The snake was brought to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC)…

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Rain Advisory in Effect for Newport Beach: Swim at Your Own Risk

As steady rainfall descends on our fair Balboa Peninsula shores, the Environmental Health staff at the County of Orange Health Care Agency has issued the following rain advisory for swimmers (and by default, surfers): The levels of bacteria can rise in ocean and bay waters adjacent to storm drains, creeks and rivers during and after…

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8 Awesome Places to Watch the Sunset in Newport Beach

It’s a honeyed kind of light that settles on Newport Beach at sunset. Quiet, warm, calming. Just the ideal Southern California scenery to end a chaotic day. Some around here call sunset the golden hour. We simply call it magic. On Balboa Peninsula, watching the sunset is a ritualistic experience, like Sunday night football or…

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