Laguna Beach Ocean Lifeguard Foundation
The summer started out with the presentation of one of the Foundation's college scholarships to Laguna Beach High School grad Dylan Weeks.
The Foundation is sponsoring fifteen boys and girls this summer to participate in the Laguna Beach Junior Lifeguard program.
The Foundation purchased two new racing paddle boards for the guards to use in their competitions. The boards arrived from Australia just in time for the California Regional competition where they were put to good use. Laguna guards placed first in the men's individual paddle race, first in the men's paddle relay and second in the women's paddle race. See the competition page for more.
Summer is just getting started and we have already had a couple of nice south swells to make things interesting. Gavin Pike was the recipient of this year's Laguna Beach High School Scholarship presented by The Laguna Beach Ocean Lifeguard Foundation.
This summer the Foundation again presented a college scholarship to a Laguna Beach Lifeguard graduating from Laguna Beach High School. Congratulations to Colton Weeks. Additional scholarships were awarded directly from the Foundation to four well deserving lifeguard college students. LBOLF also provided scholarships to ten young people to attend the Laguna Beach Junior Lifeguard program who's families were facing some financial hardships.
On July 24th, the California Surf Lifesaving Championships were held at Huntington State Beach. Laguna showed up with an outstanding competitive team and did very well placing 3rd overall, and coming in 1st place in the small department category. Photos of the event can be seen on the Gallery page of this website.
Laguna Non-Profit Makes a Splash With New Paddle Boards
The Laguna Beach Ocean Lifeguard Foundation has purchased three new lifeguard competition racing boards for the Laguna Beach Lifeguards. The boards are manufactured by " Bennett ", an Australian company that has been making surf lifesaving racing boards for decades. This acquisition will enable Laguna's competitors to have state of the art equipment for the various competitions they will participate in this summer, and for years to come.
One On One Training With The Co-Founders
February 24th 2019
Sunday February 24th we had a get together at the Newport Aquatic Center where some of the guards got some training in surf craft. Patrick Hemmens was there and gave some paddling tips before sending paddlers out on the surf skis. The surf ski is a tricky craft and as would be expected, those observing from the beach got the opportunity to see the underside of the skis from time to time. However everyone one caught on pretty quickly, and some of the guards seemed to really excel.
Kip Kennedy and Robert Brunswick took turns taking future rowers out in the dory and worked with them on form and timing. Kip spent some time on the beach going over the dory and what it takes to care for it and prep it for a race.
We had a 10'6" racing board available which all the guards were very familiar with. They took turns doing some sprints while waiting to paddle the other surf craft. Afterwards we had a BBQ of burgers and hotdogs right there on the beach. It ended up being a fun day with a fired up group of Laguna Beach Lifeguards. Check out the gallery section on the website for additional photos.