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5 things to watch at the Shaw Charity Classic

5 things to watch at the Shaw Charity Classic

WATCH ABOVE: One of the highlights of the Shaw Charity Classic is the pro-am held at the Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club. It’s chance for local amateurs to tee it up with a legend of the game and raise money for charity. David Boushy reports.

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CALGARY— The Champions Tour hits Calgary for the second annual Shaw Charity Classic this week, with the first round starting Friday. The tournament, which sees many of golf’s legends over the age of 50 challenge Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club, was a resounding success last year with thousands packing the fairways to watch the likes of golf major winners Fred Couples, Mark O’Meara and Tom Lehman battle it out under the blazing sun. Eventually Rocco Mediate, known for battling Tiger Woods at the 2008 U.S. Open, emerged as the winner.

With that in mind, here’s five things to consider when heading down to the Shaw Charity Classic this week. The tournament pro-ams run Wednesday and Thursday, with the three-round main event running through Sunday.

The “59 guys”

There are three players—Paul Goydos, Chip Beck and Kevin Sutherland—in this weeks field who have recorded the lowest score ever shot at a PGA Tour sanctioned tournament. Beck shot his 59 during the third round of the Las Vegas Invitational in 1991, while Goydos shot his record score at the John Deere Classic four years ago. Sutherland is the most recent member of the group, narrowly missing a 58 when he bogeyed the final hole in the second round of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open two weeks ago.

Rocco Mediate

The winner of last year’s inaugural Shaw Charity Classic, Mediate is animated, talkative and a lot of fun to watch. He kibitzed with fans throughout last year’s tournament, even going as far as to make a joke when he hit a wayward drive on the 15th hole during the final round. He opened the tournament by shooting a course record 63 and closed with a 64. In between he won over the fans of Calgary and matched the lowest three round total ever shot on the Champions Tour.

“All I had to do was keep breathing and I’d win,” Mediate said after his victory. “And I kept breathing.”

The Canadians

The Champions Tour is a tough ticket to get punched, especially if you didn’t play regularly on the PGA Tour and win. But two Canadians—former Canadian Amateur winner Rod Spittle, and longtime standout Jim Rutledge—are regulars on tour and are in the field in Calgary, and Calgarian Darryl James, an instructor with the National Golf Academy in Calgary, qualified for the event and becomes part of the 81-man field competing for a purse of $2.25 million.

Of course, one of the biggest names at the tournament this week is Calgary’s Stephen Ames, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour, who is playing in only his second Champions Tour event since turning 50.

Charity

While there was plenty of interest on the fairways at the Shaw tournament last year, the real action was behind the scenes with the event raising a record $2.27-million, the largest charitable contribution in Champions Tour history. The charitable giving has already started this year, with Shaw Communications making a $1.275 million donation to Hull Services and YouthLink Calgary, funded by the Calgary Police Foundation.

Shaw Charity Classic concert

Last year saw Great Big Sea wow fans in downtown Calgary with a show run by Shaw Communications to celebrate tournament week. The free concert on Thursday is a hot ticket once again as all of the complimentary passes are already gone. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be thousands at Shaw Millennium Park to watch Randy Bachman and Fred Turner headline the show that will be opened by acclaimed Canadian rock band The Sheepdogs.

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Safety officials want to shut down west Edmonton nightclub – Edmonton

Safety officials want to shut down west Edmonton nightclub – Edmonton

Watch above: The Edmonton Public Safety Compliance Team is reasserting calls to revoke Encore nightclub’s business licence after a riot earlier this month. Quinn Ohler has the details.

EDMONTON – After a riot at a west end nightclub, Edmonton’s Public Safety Compliance Team is repeating its request to have the venue’s business licence revoked.

The Public Safety Compliance Team has been monitoring Encore nightclub since it opened in West Edmonton Mall in January 2013.

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“Since the venue opened, the Compliance Team has noted reoccurring incidents of weapons violence – specifically stabbings – assaults, large fights inside and outside the venue, drug activity inside the venue, the presence of the criminal element – including gang members – and noncompliance with regulations and various bylaws,” said Sgt. Jacob Montgomery.

In February 2014, the team submitted a report to the Chief Licensing Officer asking that Encore’s business licence be revoked.

Montgomery says the latest incident – a riot that happened during a rap concert on August 1 – was another reason the licence should be taken away.

“On August 2, 2014, Edmonton Police Services west division’s beat officers contacted us and let us know about the incident that happened at Encore during the Young Gangsta rap concert on August 1, 2014,” explained Montgomery.

Edmonton police responded to the nightclub when they heard a commotion inside. As they approached, about 800 people left the venue and spilled into the parking lot.

“Fights ensued and broke out, and just quite a bit of disarray throughout the parking lot,” said EPS spokesperson Scott Pattison.

Officers called for backup, which resulted in a major response, including tactical teams, K-9 units and mall security. The riot took about an hour to get under control.

“The rapper … has been charged with one count of conduct detrimental to a licensed premise,” said Pattison.

A couple of people were initially arrested, but no one else was charged.

Pattison added that there were known gang members inside, but it appears their IDs were not scanned upon entry.

The August 1 incident prompted the Compliance Team to submit another request to the Chief Licensing Officer.

“The team drafted a follow up report to include the latest incident,” said Montgomery.

“What happened on August 1, the riot, is just more of the same of what we’ve been seeing.”

Montgomery says no one was injured on August 1, but there have been other violent incidences there, including a stabbing during a rock concert in January.

“It’s a dangerous place, and that’s the stance the Public Safety Compliance Team has taken since February and our stance remains unchanged,” added Montgomery. “Our request is that the business licence be revoked as we do feel that public safety is at risk.”

Out of almost 1,000 licensed venues in Edmonton, Montgomery says Encore is one that the Compliance Team is “primarily focused on right now.”

Encore has until the end of August to appeal the submission.  The Chief Licensing Officer’s decision is expected in September.

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Edmonton’s Public Safety Compliance Team’s job is to increase public safety in and around licensed establishments. Montgomery explains the first step to addressing a problematic venue is always education, followed by ticketing venues for infractions. The final step, he explains, is revoking the business licence.

And, while problematic venues are rare, they are still concerning.

“You’re always going to have that minority – people that are in it for the money, not necessarily for the common good, public safety.”

Global News has reached out to Encore, Young Gangsta, and the concert promoter, but none has responded to the request for comment.

West Edmonton Mall will not be commenting on the incident.

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4 dead after crash east of Saskatoon

4 dead after crash east of Saskatoon

Watch above: 4 dead after crash east of Saskatoon

SASKATOON – Four people are dead after a single-vehicle crash east of Saskatoon Tuesday afternoon.

Two Humboldt RCMP officers came across a vehicle upside-down in a slough around 4 p.m. on Highway 5, about 50 kilometers east of Saskatoon.

It is not known how long the vehicle had been there, according to RCMP Sgt. Craig Cleary.

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“I think it was luck that our members came across it, found it, I believe the vehicle was still running at the time,” said Cleary.

The PT Cruiser was submerged to the top of the windows which were entirely below the waterline.

Four adults, two men and two women, were found dead inside the vehicle.

Officials say the two women are believed to be in their 70’s while one man is believed to be in his 80’s. The approximate age of the second man has not been confirmed. It is believed they are from Saskatoon.

Their names have not been released as police are still attempting to contact next of kin.

Highway 5 from St. Denis to Highway 2 was closed for several hours while police investigated.

The initial investigation into the fatal crash has determined the driver of the vehicle lost control and entered the south ditch where it rolled on its roof and into the slough.

An autopsy has been ordered on the female driver.

Whether the victims died during the rollover or once in the water has yet to be determined.

The investigation could take up to three months.

According to the Saskatoon Lifesaving Society, there’s an average of five vehicle deaths per year due to water submersion.

Travel on Highway 5 between Saskatoon and Humboldt is extremely busy. The shoulders of the highway where the incident occurred are very narrow.

In the ditch along Highway 5, approximately 400 meters east of the slough a cross marks the spot of a past tragedy.

On Wednesday afternoon, a couple personal items such as sunglasses and business cards lay strewn at the water’s edge, marking the scene of this tragedy.

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Western U. paper pulls issue encouraging frosh to date TAs – Toronto

Western U. paper pulls issue encouraging frosh to date TAs – Toronto

LONDON – Western University’s student paper is pulling its frosh issue from campus following complaints over articles it admits “appeared to promote excessive drinking, drug use and sexual advances on teaching assistants.”

In a statement issued Wednesday, The Gazette’s editorial board apologizes for what it called its “lack of judgment” in publishing the Aug. 19 issue.

The board says its goal was “to put out an entertaining issue for first-year students and Western as a whole,” but that it clearly missed the mark.

It pledges not to distribute the issue during the university’s orientation week and remove the offending articles from its website, though at least one could still be viewed Wednesday afternoon. The paper also says it will review its editorial practices in light of the incident.

One of the articles at the heart of the controversy, titled “So you want to date a teaching assistant?,” encourages students to “get sexual” with TAs by leaving the top buttons of their shirt undone, among other things.


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Critics – including the student council president and the London, Ont., university’s provost – said the frosh issue seemed to incite inappropriate and potentially dangerous behaviours.

In a letter to the editor posted on the paper’s website, Janice Deakin, Western’s provost and vice president academic, said the paper crossed a line with the TA article.

“Not only does the spirit of the article run contrary to Western’s efforts to have a workplace and learning environment that is free from sexual harassment, it is disrespectful of the essential contribution graduate teaching assistants make to Western’s academic mission,” she wrote.

Student council president Matt Helfand, meanwhile, called for an investigation through The Gazette’s advisory board, which he hoped would “ensure that, in the future, these topics are dealt with sensitively and with the utmost seriousness.”

Frosh activities at other universities have also come under the microscope in recent years.

Outrage over a frosh chant at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax last year that glorified non-consensual sex with underage girls has led the school to provide training to student leaders involved in orientation week activities.

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EXCLUSIVE: DND to stop compensating same-city moves for retiring military – National

EXCLUSIVE: DND to stop compensating same-city moves for retiring military – National

WATCH: Global News has learned the Canadian military will no longer foot the bill for senior officers to move within the same city when they retire. Jacques Bourbeau has the details.

OTTAWA – The federal government will no longer reimburse retiring Canadian Forces members’ same-city moves following a Global News series exposing the tab for several moves at hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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National Defence intends to announce a new policy that no longer pays military members for same-city moves when they retire, with exceptions for sick or disabled military members.

The government also plans to rein in open-ended costs.

“We will fix the system,” Conservative MP Parm Gill, parliamentary secretary for Veterans Affairs, said in an interview.

The decision follows a series of Global News stories that revealed it cost nearly $600,000 to move Generals, many of them retired, within the same city or just outside the city limits over the past five years.

The priciest move was that of Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Andrew Leslie, now an advisor to Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and who is hoping to run for the Liberals in the riding of Ottawa-Orleans. Leslie received $72,000 to move from one house in the upscale Ottawa neighbourhood of Rockcliffe to another just 2.5 kilometres away.

Included in that tab was $7.70 in mileage and $271.22 in per diems for the move.

Leslie did not file for those two payments; they were given to him automatically. But documents show he did sign off to receive them.

“Seventy thousand dollars for a move down the street in the same neighbourhood, I do not believe any Canadian sees that being a good use of taxpayers’ money,” said Gill, who represents the Toronto riding of Brampton-Springdale.

DND’s retirement resettlement policy was designed to allow soldiers, who spend their career being posted around the country and sometimes around the world, to expense one final move when they retire so they can choose where they will live.

In February, Leslie told Global News that he and his family moved 18 times and he bought the first  house in Ottawa on a very short trip without the input of his wife.

“We decided to retire in Ottawa and not move out of the city. My wife found and chose the perfect house … fixed it up and here we are,” he wrote.

Leslie said he knew how much the real estate and legal fees cost, which was the bulk of the bill, but did not know the full cost of his 2013 move.

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Northern lights dance across Canadian skies

Northern lights dance across Canadian skies

TORONTO – If you were up early enough here in Canada, you may have caught a glimpse of the northern lights in the early morning sky Wednesday.

A coronal mass ejection – a stream of particles thrown out by the sun – reached Earth early Wednesday morning, sparking the dancing lights.

Garry Stone captured the northern lights as they danced across the sky near the Gardiner Dam in Saskatchewan Aug. 26-27.

FIle/Courtesy of Garry Stone

The Kp index, which is used to measure Earth’s magnetic strength, peaked at 4, which meant that high-latitude sky watchers across Canada were in the best place to catch the lights.

Notanee Bourassa captured a timelapse of the northern lights as they danced across the sky north of Regina, Saskatchewan.

WATCH: Northern Lights across Saskatchewan

The northern lights, or aurora borealis, were also spotted as far south as Wisconsin, in the United States.

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‘Cops’ crew member killed in police shootout – National

‘Cops’ crew member killed in police shootout – National

WATCH: Police Chief Todd Schmaderer describes the situation and what led to the shooting of the “Cops” crew member

OMAHA, Neb. – Police who opened fire while disrupting a robbery at a fast-food restaurant in Omaha struck and killed a crew member with the Cops television show and the suspect, who was carrying a pellet gun, authorities said Wednesday.

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Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said witnesses and officers thought the robbery suspect’s Airsoft handgun was real, but that it fires only plastic pellets. He said the suspect fired from the pellet gun before officers returned fire. The suspect was struck by gunfire, but fled outside of the restaurant before collapsing.

Officers continued firing on the suspect as he exited the restaurant, and that was when the Cops crew member was also struck, said Schamaderer.

Schmaderer said he believes the three officers involved acted properly during the attempted robbery Tuesday at a Wendy’s in midtown Omaha.

Schmaderer said 38-year-old Bryce Dion who worked for Langley Productions and the suspect, 32-year-old Cortez Washington, were killed.

Schmaderer said video captured by another crewman of the Cops reality television show shows the chaotic situation in the restaurant. He said police would not release the video but that it will be part of the grand jury investigation into the shooting.

All three officers are on leave.

Langley Productions is based in Santa Monica, California.

“We are deeply saddened and shocked by this tragedy and our main concern is helping his family in any way we can,” spokeswoman Pam Golum said. “Bryce Dion was a long term member of the Cops team and very talented and dedicated person.”

Cops is a reality TV show that depicts law enforcement officers in action. According to its website, the show has been filmed in at least 140 U.S. cities and three foreign counties.

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Des Hague to donate $100,000 and serve 1,000 hours of community service

Des Hague to donate $100,000 and serve 1,000 hours of community service

WATCH: The dog abuse allegations against Centerplate CEO Des Hague have reached the U.S. The company is launching an internal investigation and NFL fans are pressuring stadiums to drop Centerplate. Asa Rehman reports.

A high-profile CEO recently caught allegedly abusing a dog in a Vancouver elevator will donate $100,000 and serve 1,000 hours of community service, but will not be fired.

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Centerplate, which offers catering to sports teams across the world, fined and censured Des Hague today following an internal review.

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He will be given a written censure, forced to serve 1000 hours of community service for an organization that protects animals, and personally donate $100,000 USD to create the Sade Foundation, which will support the protection and safety of animals in Vancouver.

Centerplate will also contribute a portion of their sales to the Sade Foundation

In a statement, the company wrote: “The company finds Mr. Hague’s personal behavior unacceptable and outside the bounds of our high standards and expectations of all of our staff. We do not condone nor can we overlook the mistreatment of animals and Mr. Hague’s personal misconduct.”

They also wrote that “Mr. Hague is truly ashamed of his actions and has expressed sincere remorse and shame for erratic behavior that is uncharacteristic of him.”

Global News was first to show the video that appears to show Hague kicking a dog, who he says belonged to his friend, several times before hauling it from a leash.

WATCH: Security Camera video from the elevator showing alleged dog abuse. Warning: disturbing content.

“We were surprised that the company still chose to employ somebody who apparently has anger management issues and clearly an appalling case of compassion towards animals,” says Leanne McConnachie with Vancouver Humane Society.

“They might have been better off to actually take that $100,000 and donate it to animals in need today.”

Chief Prevention and Enforcement officer for the BC SPCA Marcie Moriarty says it is inappropriate for them to comment on the most recent development as the enforcement agency responsible for the investigation.

“But we are pleased that the incident is not being ignored by the company,” says Moriarty.

Hague still faces the possibility of charges and fines for his actions. The SPCA is investigating and a search warrant has been issued.

People in Vancouver have called on BC Pavilion Corporation, which operates BC Place and the Vancouver Centre, to drop their relationship with Centerplate, but have thus far declined.

Hague has apologized publicly through his legal counsel for his actions, saying “a minor frustration with a friend’s pet caused me to lose control of my emotional response. Unfortunately, I acted in appropriately, and I am deeply sorry for that.”

Centerplate’s full statement:

Centerplate’s Board of Directors recently convened a special meeting following the completion of an internal investigation and review of an incident involving animal cruelty by its CEO Des Hague.
We pride ourselves as individuals and as a company on how we treat others—both humans and animals. The company finds Mr. Hague’s personal behavior unacceptable and outside the bounds of our high standards and expectations of all of our staff. We do not condone nor can we overlook the mistreatment of animals and Mr. Hague’s personal misconduct.

Thus, upon internal review of the incident, and recognizing that Mr. Hague is truly ashamed of his actions and has expressed sincere remorse and shame for erratic behavior that is uncharacteristic of him we have decided to take the following immediate actions:

Mr. Hague will be given a written censure by the Board whereby he will be placed on indefinite probation stating that any further acts of misconduct would result in immediate termination.
As a condition of his continued employment with Centerplate, Mr. Hague will personally donate $100,000.00 USD which will be donated towards the establishment of the Sade Foundation in honor of the dog he mistreated in the elevator to help support the protection and safety of animals in the city of Vancouver where the incident occurred.

Further, we are requiring Mr. Hague to serve 1000 hours of community service in support of an organization that serves to protect the welfare and safety of animals.

Centerplate in no way condones the mistreatment of animals, and as a strong sign of our conviction, we the company will also contribute a portion of our sales to the Sade Foundation. Additionally, we will open this foundation to all Centerplate employees and the general public who want to support and contribute in the hope that meaningful change can come out of this tragic situation.
Mr. Hague still faces potential charges in Vancouver, where he is personally responsible for charges and fines in relation to the incident.

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Independent candidate added to Fredericton South – New Brunswick

Independent candidate added to Fredericton South – New Brunswick

FREDERICTON, N.B. – The riding of Fredericton South will see another candidate on their ballot this upcoming election.

Courtney Mills, 28, is running as an independent in the already tight race. That pits her against incumbent PC candidate Craig Leonard, Liberal Roy Wiggins, the NDP’s Kelly Lamrock, and Green Party leader David Coon.

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“I’m not intimidated, I’m honoured to be running alongside these very qualified and experienced men,” said Mills. “At the same time, I feel that we need a change and I’m bringing a different perspective to the issues and to the type of candidate that we typically see.”

A recent graduate from UNB’s law school, Mills says she can’t find a job in her field. Instead, she’s serving at the King Street Ale House, and says most of her coworkers are in the same boat. So she’s making post-secondary education a corner-stone in her campaign.

“The parties have already decided to dictate what the issues of this election are going to be, and they’re not really listening to what New Brunswickers are talking about,” she said.

As one of only a handful of independents in the province, Mills says she has more freedom than other candidates, which is appealing to some voters like Norm Skelton.

“Party politics has been the destruction of democracy in Canada for the past 27 years,” said Skelton.

“I’ve been a card carrying Liberal for most of my life, but – it’s a secret ballot right?”

As for the possibility of “splitting” a vote, Mills says that might be her ticket to the legislature.

“People are tired of the status quo and the going back and forth between the liberals and conservatives. So the vote is already going to be split, I’m hoping that potentially could work to my advantage.”

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Hurricane Marie causing storm surge along southern California coast – National

Hurricane Marie causing storm surge along southern California coast – National

WATCH: Surfers are flocking to the southern California coast as Hurricane Marie is churning in the pacific causing the monster surf.

SEAL BEACH, Calif. – A low-lying street in the Southern California shore community of Seal Beach was inundated by rising seawater early Wednesday while authorities along the coast braced for an even bigger storm surge brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico’s Pacific coast.

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Several homes and garages were flooded after water cleared a 2 1/2 foot wall along several blocks of an oceanfront street, said police Sgt. John Scott.

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Resident Blanca Dubonbrown told City News Service she woke up late Tuesday to find her first-floor apartment bedroom under 3 inches of water. Several of her neighbours in ground floor apartments also experienced flooding.

“I was getting ready with the sandbags, but it was too late when I tried to put them up,” she said.

A bogieboarder rides a wave at the wedge in Newport Beach, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Southern California beachgoers experienced much higher than normal surf, brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off the coast of Mexico.

AP Photo/Chris Carlson

Another breach was reported less than a mile to the north, in the Peninsula neighbourhood of Long Beach, where a sand berm was overtopped by the storm surge, causing minor street flooding, according to fire department spokesman Jake Heflin.

No injuries were reported.

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Seal Beach Marine Safety Chief Joe Bailey said crews were trying to dig a channel to allow water that had breached a beach wall to drain back into the ocean.

Workers were also piling sandbags along the streets and erecting a sand berm to hold back the storm surge before the next high tide, expected shortly before 11 a.m.

“I’ve been doing this for 25 years, and this is the biggest southern swell I’ve seen,” Bailey told City News Service.

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The National Weather Service said beaches stretching 100 miles up the Southern California coast would see large waves and rip currents. Swimmers and surfers were urged to be aware of the dangerous conditions.

This image provided by NASA shows Hurricane Marie taken fom the International Space Station Tuesday Aug. 26, 2014.

AP Photo/NASA, Reid Wiseman

At The Wedge in Newport Beach, a famous surfing spot, dozens lined the beach on Tuesday to watch bodysurfers get pounded by storm-driven waves up to 10 feet high. People took photos and video and clapped, whistled, and cheered when a bodysurfer caught one of the swells.

Lifeguards with flippers and rescue batons at the ready patrolled the edge of the water and two rescue boats kept an eye on the dozen or so brave souls in the water. An ambulance was on stand-by.

Would-be big-wave surfers who came out said they were hoping for swells up to 30 feet Wednesday. If they materialize, it will be the biggest wave event at The Wedge since 1997, when Hurricane Linda produced monster swells, said Tim Burnham, who’s making a documentary about the famed surfing locale.

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“This is the stuff that you dream of: rainbows, unicorns, Southern Hemi swells, hurricane swells,” he said as he dried off from a session in the waves.

“You definitely have a healthy amount of fear,” Burnham said. “You know, you don’t want to be stupid. You’re here to push yourself, but at the end of the day you want to go home to your family.”

Some 60 miles to the northwest in Malibu, where waves were 6-to-8 feet high, a surfer was pulled unconscious from the water at Surfrider Beach on Tuesday and later died at a hospital, authorities said. It was not clear whether the death was related to the surf and may have been from a medical condition, Kyle Daniels, a Los Angeles County lifeguard captain, told the Orange County Register. Malibu Pier was closed after a piling was knocked loose Tuesday in big waves.

–Associated Press writer Christopher Weber contributed from Los Angeles.

©2014The Canadian Press

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