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The Brooks Turns 50, Finally

Started in 1955 by the Laguna Beach Recreation Department and billed as the world’s longest running surfing contest, the Brooks Street Surfing Classic finally turned 50 last weekend after a two-year break due to poor surf conditions. “We had a great swell all weekend,” said...

Local Currents

Anticipating Laguna’s Brooks Street Surf Contest “The 50th Annual Brooks St. Surfing Classic is on hold. We are currently watching an intense storm in the South Pacific, which has potential to deliver a nice swell for next weekend, 8/18-19. Hopefully, one worthy of the 50th...

Local Currents

A Contest of Our Own   “With Labor Day quickly approaching, I wanted to put out the very real possibility early that the 50th Annual Brooks St. Surfing Classic could happen this weekend. There was a very powerful swell generated in the Southern Hemisphere last week, and it...

Memories of Past Brooks Contests Stoke Excitement for the Next

On July 15, 1955, about 50 Laguna locals got together to hold a surfing contest at Brooks Street beach. None of those early pioneers could have imagined that, more than a half century later, hundreds would be waiting for the perfect waves that will launch this year’s 50th edition...

A Brooks St. 4th: Party, Parade and Paddle Out

By Steve Cohn, Special to the Independent This year, over 500 people gathered on Brooks Street to participate in the neighborhood’s fifth annual gathering to commemorate Independence Day. Before the parade, a flag that flew over an American military installation in Iraq was...

Where Locals Always Rule

Surf artist commissioned for 50th Brooks Street contest art This is how a surfer might envision heaven: waves flow strongly toward shore but less randomly than in nature. Dramatically crested, they resemble a watery highway just for surfers. No struggle for space here; everyone...

Accidental Fire Ignites in Home

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Fire. 11:05 p.m.. An accidental electrical fire ignited in the sub-floor of a kitchen in the 2200 block of Hillview Drive about 11 p.m. last Saturday, causing $50,000 in damage, fire Division Chief Jeff LaTendresse said. Though the home was equipped...