Pier to Pier Quest – surfers marathon, 20 miles on the beach – running, climbing, and swimming

Finally, a marathon for me.

Called the Pier to Pier Quest, it is a run/swim along the coast from one pier in the south to another in the north, approximately 20 miles. You run on the sand, swim around coves, climb rocks, traverse the harbor, and finish with an ice cream on the pier.

The starting point is the San Clemente Pier and you run through Dana Point and Laguna Beach, and then end at Balboa Pier in Newport Beach. The whole trip takes 8-9 hours.

Only a handful of people do it every year, even though it is has been done for the last 21 years. Most of the participants are lifeguards…guess that means I’m gonna have to train for this.

Every year the O.C. Register profiles the event:

 

The route from Google Maps:

**accurate except for the part in Newport Beach, where you would swim across the harbor instead of circling around

San Clemente Pier, starting point for the Pier to Pier Quest. (photo: El Frito)

We were promised jetpacks! (they’re here)

We were promised jetpacks! Well, they exist. I flew one last weekend, and it was awesome. Video of my flight with Jetlev Southwest is below. – Danny Sullivan

 

 

For Father’s Day 2012, my family got me a 30 minute flight with Jetlev Southwest. Best present ever. I got the hang of it fairly quickly and was even able to do things like “The Submarine,” where you dive under the water and come back up. They’re based in Newport Beach, and you’ll find more info here: http://www.jetlevsouthwest.com

 

Prices:

  • Intro (20 min) – $159 on weekdays, $199 on weekends
  • Jetlev (30 min) – $249 on weekdays, $279 on weekends
  • 10 min add-on – $99
  • Returning pilot
    • 10 min – $79
    • 20 min – $149
    • 30 min – $209

International Surfing Day Events in Orange County

International Surfing Day is tomorrow, Wednesday June 20, and I hope you can get in the water. If not, don’t worry because most of the events are this weekend.

Still, for Wednesday, Surfrider has lined up an all-day web-a-thon, an Instagram photo contest, and a few specials for membership. One of them is for a GoPro camera, where for the price of the camera ($300) you get a GoPro HD Hero 2 and a Surfrider membership, t-shirt, backpack, leash, sunscreen, wax, and a magazine subscription.

To see a full list of events for Orange County, check out the OC Beach Blog, here are a few of them:

  • Wed, June 20 – Salt Creek State Beach Clean-up – Food, prizes, surf session – 4-6pm
  • Sat, June 23 – Clean-up, Drink-up at A Restaurant, Newport Beach – 5-7pm
  • Sat, June 23 – Huntington State Beach Clean-up – Surf session, Paddleboard lessons, Yoga, coffee food, music surfboard display – 8-12pm

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Volunteer Events: Restoration and education at the Newport Back Bay (via the ROOTS program)

If you live in Orange County, here is a great volunteer event for you.

ROOTS, restoration events, one Saturday each month 9-12pm:

Volunteers help remove invasives species and plant natives in order to provide habitat for wildlife. Training, tools, refreshments, camaraderie and beautiful scenery are provided. All ages welcome!

Bring a water bottle, sturdy shoes, and sun protection. Restoration sites vary around the Bay.

Reservations are recommended, especially during the school year when events can fill up a month or two in advance. Please contact Matt Yurko at myurko@coastal.ca.gov or (949) 640-0286

Dates:
January 28
February 25
March 24
April 28
May 26
June 23
July 28
August 25
September 22
October 27
November 10
December 8

Check out the Facebook Page – CBREP

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Grand Opening – Island Cinema at Fashion Island in Newport Beach

**Grand Opening Event on Dec 13 at 7pm, screening of Young Adult with a follow-up celebration at True Food Kitchen**

I’m super excited about a new theater opening right-close by at Fashion Island. Check out the design/architecture:

  • Astonishing projection and sound to stimulate your senses.
  • Premium leather seats with extra leg room, and screening rooms for 21 & over.
  • A unique café offering beer & wine, coffee, gelato, and artisan sandwiches.
And, the full poster from the Fashion Island website..

My dream home

Once in a lifetime comes the opportunity to own a property this magnificent. Tucked away at the end of Ocean Blvd. in charming Corona del Mar, lies a luxurious residence beyond compare.

From the street, the home is all but hidden offering complete privacy. Yet from the water one sees a spectacular retreat nestled along the natural curve of the cliff.

2495 is the only Ocean Blvd. address with a private dock, a sweeping grass yard at waters edge, & a pool overlooking the glorious harbor.

3 levels of stunning ocean-view living space include a formal living & dining room, a gracious California-style kitchen that opens onto a spacious family room & dining area, a master suite with separate office & bathroom, 3 additional bedroom suites, outdoor decks at each level & a wonderful bonus room perfect for a personal gym.

Every room of this extraordinary residence offers breathtaking views of daytime boats, late afternoon sunsets & the twinkle of evening lights on the water.

Offered at $17.95 million

I couldn’t help myelf!

I had to look into this place. The website linked above has 10 more pictures.

The interior looks spacious but I definitely don’t like the design. It’s all about the pool, lawn, private beach, and glorious decks.

In case, you were wondering here is the location. From far away, neighborhood, to street-wise.