Grom of the Week: Willow Wilder Holman

Just how does a 5-year-old get into ’80s hair metal? That’s a question perhaps only Willow Wilder Holman, our featured Grom of the Week, can answer. Not only is Willow, a hard-charging kindergartener, into some of the raddest ’80s bands, but she’s also obsessed with the boardsports life, recently winning the SC Open Skate Contest’s highly competitive, and amazingly inspiring, 5 and Under division.

Team USA Goes Gold

After a high-pressure, high-stakes week of surfing at the ISA World Surfing Games in Huntington Beach, San Clemente’s Kirra Pinkerton came out on top, winning the women’s gold medal and leading the American squad to their first team gold since 2009.

At the Movies: ‘Don’t Worry Darling,’ There Are Still Worse Movies Out There

Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling is a run-of-the-mill psycho thriller starring Florence Pugh and Harry Styles as an idyllic, carefree, happy couple with no real worries or problems in a private Southern California community. Like a lot of psychological suspense films, Megan Bianco notes in her latest At the Movies column, the twists by the end either turn out “mind-blowing” or a letdown.” Unfortunately, in this case, it’s the latter.

Lindblad Makes History at Super Girl Pro

After Stephanie Gilmore styled her way to a record-setting eighth world title just a couple weeks ago at the Rip Curl WSL Finals at Lower Trestles, history continued to be made in the water last week, as San Clemente’s Sawyer Lindblad turned in a tour de force at the Super Girl Pro in Oceanside, becoming the youngest competitor to win the event.

Grom of the Week: Bella Kenworthy

This week’s featured grom is Bella Kenworthy, a San Clemente talent who was on a tear at the Super Girl Pro in Oceanside last weekend. Ripping through heat after heat, en route to a very respectable third-place result, she promptly dispatched North America’s top-tier talent, including American Zoe Benedetto, as well as Japan’s Anon Matsuoka

Life’s a Beach: The Gridiron Lines that Bind—September’s Saturday Night Lights

Saturdays, Monday nights … Thursday nights and, well, just about whenever football is on TV every fall and winter, means family gatherings and games at the Murphy household, Shelley explains in her latest Life’s a Beach column. Football has always been a part of the Murphys’ multi-generational family gatherings, but Shelley’s enthusiasm for the sport soared when she realized it could keep her family huddled together.