Wild Sea : Eco-Wars and Surf Stories from the Coast of the Californias

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  • Copyright: 2011-02-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Arizona Pr
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Many people have lamented the pollution and outright loss of beaches along the coasts of California and Mexico, but very few people have fought on behalf of beaches as hard--or as successfully--as Serge Dedina. Whether taking on an international conglomerate or tackling a state transportation agency, Dedina is truly an eco-warrior. In this sparkling collection of articles, many written for popular magazines, Dedina tells the stories as only an insider could. He writes with a firm grasp of facts along with an advocate's passion and outrage. Sprinkled with just the right mix of humor and surf lingo, Dedina's writing is weapons grade--surfer speak for totally awesome. Dedina grew up in Imperial Beach, California, just north of the Mexican border, and he feels equally at home in Mexico and the States. An expert on gray whales, he eloquently describes the fight he helped to lead against the Mitsubishi Corporation, whose plan to build a salt-processing plant in the San Ignacio Lagoon in Baja California would have destroyed the world's last undeveloped gray whale lagoon. With similar fervor, Dedina describes helping to construct the unlikely coalition that succeeded in defeating a proposed toll road that would have decimated a legendary California surf spot. In between, he writes about the first surfers in Baja, the Great Baja Land Rush of the 1990s, Tijuana's punk music scene, the pop-culture wrestling phenomenon lucha libre, the reasons why ocean pollution must be stopped, and the way HBO took over his hometown. Anyone interested in what's happening to our natural places or just yearning to read about someone really making a difference in the world will find this a book worth sinking their teeth into.

Table of Contents

List of Mapsp. vii
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Introduction: Conflict and Conservation on the Coast of the Californiasp. 1
The Baja California Peninsula
The First Surfers in Baja Californiap. 21
Magdalena Bay's People of the Mangrovesp. 23
How Saving Whales Advances Democracyp. 30
Protecting Mexico's Natural Heritagep. 33
Life for the Sea: Fishermen and Surfers in Baja Californiap. 36
The Baja California Land Rushp. 40
The U.S.-Mexico Border
Searching for Cartolandiap. 51
Lucha Libre: Wrestling for Life in Tijuanap. 53
Viva Luis! Punk Rock and Politics on the Borderp. 56
Waiting for the Border Watchersp. 58
Terminal with Extreme Prejudice: Fighting Chevron-Texaco's Invasion of the Coronado Islandsp. 60
Brown Water on the Borderp. 65
Hasta la Bye Bye to Bajaguap. 68
Southern California
Watermen: Tales of the Tijuana Sloughsp. 73
Indian Summer: A Surfer's Guide to the Fallp. 83
Saving the Seals of La Jollap. 85
The New Rockford Files Goes Bluep. 88
The O.C. Meets South Park at the ASRp. 91
From Fast Times to David Milch: A Brief Cultural History of San Diegop. 95
HBO Invades Dogtown in Imperial Beachp. 97
Saving Trestles, Part I: Surfing with Schwarzeneggerp. 101
Saving Trestles, Part II: Five Lessons from Big Wednesdayp. 106
Saving Trestles, Part III: Rumble in Del Marp. 113
Surfing Can Change the Worldp. 115
Epilogue: Reclaiming the Coastp. 117
Glossaryp. 131
Notesp. 135
Bibliographyp. 141
Indexp. 145
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