World Title heads to Hawaii

December 9, 2017 Life

The roar of the surf shakes the foundations of beachfront mansions and tiny shacks alike on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Each winter, the top 34 surfers in the world descend onto the 7-mile miracle for the most sought after trophy in professional surfing: The Pipe Masters. The eleventh and final stop on the ...

Gator’s rooftop drop lands him in Thrasher Magazine

November 1, 2017 Life

His skateboard was perched atop a rain gutter. In his head, it seemed easy enough. Drop from the rooftop and let gravity do the rest. The margin for error was great.  His landing pad was the downslope of a cement banister barely as wide as the skateboard itself. One misstep and a trip to the ...

The dichotomy of Bay Area surfers

October 30, 2017 Life

As the Bay Area awoke this week to red skies and tragic news from the Wine Country Fires, many stayed indoors to avoid unnecessary smoke inhalation. San Francisco surfers in need of their daily escape paddled out at Ocean Beach in surf that had been groomed to perfection by the north easterly breeze. Offshore winds ...

The search for the perfect wave is over

September 28, 2017 Life

People don’t go on vacations to see empty football stadiums. Soccer fields and baseball diamonds without players are nothing more than grass and dirt. Surfing might be the sole exception. The ocean as a natural amphitheater is more of a draw for fans than the sport itself. “As a custodian of the sports history, I’ll ...

San Francisco legend joins Gator family

September 28, 2017 Life

In 1956, there were tales of all-night parties and free love radiating from the streets of San Francisco. Artists, poets, writers and musicians from around the country were drawn to the city like moths to a flickering flame. The youth who flocked here would leave a mark on San Francisco that would forever characterize this ...

Lower Taraval is getting a local makeover

September 27, 2017 Life 1 Comment

Outer Sunset locals bring well-known stores to lower Taraval street from their original locations 10 blocks away. In 2015, a fire destroyed the Great Highway Market and half of Riptide, a bar on 44th and Taraval. It left the block with Bashful Bull Too and Brothers Pizza as the only options for food and drink. ...

Bay Area celebrates International Coastal Cleanup Day

September 21, 2017 News

Volunteers armed themselves with gardening gloves and refillable mugs for complimentary coffee, as well as decomposable garbage bags and buckets, in hopes to change a statistic, Saturday morning. The 2016 World Economic Forum estimated that given our projected plastic use, “there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050.” “Events like Coastal ...

Late alumnus Jack O’neill, surf pioneer, leaves legacy on Ocean Beach

September 5, 2017 Life

There is no plaque or symbol of historical significance at the corner of Wawona Street and 46th Avenue in the Outer Sunset District of San Francisco. At that intersection, there is a vacant, gray house standing in the shadow of a new shopping center being built across the street. Despite its unassuming architecture, this house ...

Alumnus tackles Mavericks’ big surf

August 30, 2017 Life

This week, according to the World Surf League website, the WSL purchased the Mavericks surf contest to add it as a stop on the Big Wave World Tour. SF State alumnus and three-time invitee of the Mavericks event has his fingers crossed for one of the six available spots for local surfers. Colin Dwyer, 26, ...