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With the Legend at Santa Cruz Bodysurfing Championships

by Ryan Masters The last time I had competed in the Santa Cruz Bodysurfing Championships, Ronald Reagan was president, my wetsuit was DayGlo yellow, and Def Leppard dominated the Billboard charts. Today, I was slated to compete in the Men’s Senior Division. Unbelievable. At 8 am sharp the contest began. On the beach, I watched the […]

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Giant Concrete Arrows Across the United States

In terms of leaving a signature mark on the landscape the Egyptians built the pyramids, the Romans built straight roads across Europe, the Chinese the great wall. Here in the US we have…70-foot concrete arrows all across the country! It’s really true. There were 1500 of them built between 1923 and 1933, to guide pilots […]

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Beyond GoPro: Skiers and snowboarders can measure everything with apps, hardware

By Heather Somerville hsomerville@mercurynews.com At the end of a long day on the slopes, there’s only one reward as sweet as a cold beer and a fireplace to warm your toes — recounting your epic moves through the powder. “You won’t believe the air I caught!” “Did you see how fast I took that tree […]

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Sign Up for Ano Nuevo E-Seal Tours Tomorrow. Do it!

Male elephant seals get to 16 feet long and weigh 5,000 pounds—females are a petite 8 to 12 feet long and 1,000 to 2,000 pounds. They swim 13,000 miles a year (longest mammal migration on earth) and dive 1,800 feet to feed. And beginning in December they call Ano Nuevo home. If you have never […]

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Growing Possibilities: The Green Water Garden

Photos: Chris Killen When I bumped into Chris Killen and he told me about the Watsonville-based nonprofit where he works, The Green Water Garden Project, I immediately knew the idea had serious legs. Not only does the organization, which started in 2013, give individuals with special needs a sense of purpose, it is also helping […]

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Allen Bushnell, Fish Rap: Rockies, lings persist as Albacore Feed approaches

By Allen Bushnell sports@santacruzsentinel.com Despite the large northwest swell that steamed in from the Gulf of Alaska this week, fishing remained consistent all around the Monterey Bay. Rockfish and especially lingcod are the most common prey, though a few halibut were caught last week from North Coast areas, while patches of spawning squid toward the […]

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Saturday: Movie Night at Rancho del Oso

Hang out at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center with the grizzly bear and mountain lion while watching museum animals come to life on screen in the he hilarious (and child-friendly!) movie Night at the Museum. And why not bring a picnic dinner to enjoy on the deck before the movie? And hey: […]

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Bicycle-Powered Landscaping Returns

Starting a bicycle-powered landscaping service more than two decades ago, Ken Foster was truly a man ahead of his time. For more than 20 years Terra Nova Ecological Landscaping’s “Tread Lightly” landscapers pedaled around town towing trailers full of tools, implementing permaculture designs, creating edible landscapes and building food forests. “Tread Lightly was an authentic, […]

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