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Pura Vida – Surfing on the Gulf Coast

What a week of surf! Tuesday I surfed at Ed Walline.  Paddled out by myself and found a group of younger guys in the water heading out to the second sand bar. Keep in mind we are just now starting to see it break out there since we lost it in Hurricane Opal.  Growing up, we use to love to surf the “outside.”  Today proved to bring back many of those old memories.  The biggest memory is what a long...

Pura Vida – Surfing on the Gulf Coast

Sometimes it’s just what you need it to be I surfed by myself today in Miramar.  I just needed to get away.  It was kind of funky at first but around dark the wind let up and the tides got right.  It was a blast.  About chest to head high with long swell intervals which can be good if you have a lot on your mind. Sometimes surfing is not just about the surf as it is about clearing my...

Pura Vida – Surfing on the Gulf Coast

Catching head-high glassy bombs I finally made it into the water today. It has been flat since my last post.  I guess this is as good thing since my back has been out from a training program I am doing.  This whole getting old thing is a real pain.  I don’t think I am adapting very well. Anyway, a good friend and I worked our way from Blue Mountain west looking at the various breaks. The wind began to shift...

Scenic signs

Scenic 30A now sports colorful signs New signs for Scenic C30A have been installed along the scenic corridor. Formally known as County Road 30A, the road was officially designated by the Florida Department of Transportation last February. With the designation, Scenic 30A is entitled to state grants and funding to provide trails, lighting and historical information. Walton County’s Scenic 30A spans along the beaches of South Walton County, Florida....

Stir it in the Sauce Jan. 17

Gumbo and games at Fonville Press Saturday, January 17, 5-8 p.m. Fonville Press All you can eat chicken and sausage gumbo, s’mores and hot cocoa. Live music by the Coconut String Band. $10 for adults, kids 10 and under eat free. $5 pitchers of beer, $4 glasses of wine. As always, enjoy petanque, ping-pong, bocce, horsehoes and a firepit. Come back for Superbowl XLIII Sunday, Feb. 1 at 5 p.m. The game will be shown on the big screen! Grilled...

Breakfast with a Park Ranger Jan. 10

Have breakfast with a Park Ranger at Topsail Location: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Saturday, Jan. 10 – 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. The Department of Environmental Protection’s Topsail Hill Preserve State Park will be holding its Breakfast with a Ranger. Join the Rangers of Topsail Hill and ask them all the questions you can think of about park wildlife. This program is family oriented and ideal for the whole family to enjoy. Park at the Day-Use area off Hwy...

SWFD beach safety flag warnings changed

Beach flags will not fly in Jan. and Feb. Beginning January 1, 2009 the South Walton Fire District (SWFD) and the Beaches of South Walton (Tourist Development Center/TDC) will no longer fly “beach safety flags” on the 30 public beach access flag poles during the months of  January and February. The SWFD continues to enhance the effectiveness, efficiency, and economy of our Beach Safety Division. During the 2008 End of Season Review and Analysis, several program enhancements were developed. One...

Sharing an autumn sunset

Reeling in a beauty Local Tom Sloyan went fishing on Nov. 1 at Dune Allen Beach. Tom didn’t catch any fish, but reeled in some sunset beauties. Tom is co-owner of Daisy’s Garden shop on Veteran’s Road. 850.200.5571. Watch a slideshow of Tom’s sunset pictures. watch?v=CKlyoymEtdc...

Ugh… Dog flies are here!

Dog Flies and their habits When fall comes to our area, those refreshing weather fronts will move through from the north bringing lower humidity, lower temperatures and the infamous dog fly. The stable fly, known as the dog fly in northwest Florida, is a blood feeding fly that is a nuisance to man, pets, and livestock. From August through November the dog fly congregates on the Florida Panhandle beaches. This fly originates from farming areas in southern Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia...