Hope Ranch Surf Club’s Hudson Ritchie

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Also surfing for MSA, off-again-on-again South Bay resident, Mike Siordia, took on a heavy field in the 30-39 division. In the last year between launching his own surf label, the Bandits, Siordia has been clocking time at the point break perfecting his South Bay hotdogging steeze with his trademark hair flip. In the 14-19 division, Redondo Beach’s Hudson Ritchie held the title of ultimate South Bay surf gremlin under the flag of Hope Ranch Surf Club.

“Mike and Hudson both blew minds in the early rounds,” said Porfilio. “Hang fives to hang tens —  they were on fire.”

Siordia made it all the way to the semifinals. Ritchie placed fourth. El Segundo’s Jesse Hinkle’s beachside understated demeanor, much like his teammate Porfilio, works to his disadvantage in a contest scenario. His personality reflects in his surf style. Judges often overlook calm smooth style for flashy big maneuvers.

January 3, 2016 Thomas Hope House

Hope Ranch was named after Thomas Hope, an illiterate Irishman who became one of the most successful ranchers on the South Coast. This success was reflected in his elegant Victorian home, which still stands at 399 Nogal Drive after a narrow escape from the wrecker’s ball. The Hope House cost $10,000 to build in 1875. ‪#‎HopeRanchLove   ‬‪#‎HopeRanchHistory‬

Read More: http://www.independent.com/news/2006/mar/16/hope-ranch/

Adrienne Schuele's photo.

January 6, 2016 Hope Ranch Lincoln Beachy Flight

Hope Ranch was the site of Santa Barbara’s first air show, presented by daredevil Lincoln Beachley, in 1914. A crated biplane arrived by train and was assembled on the shores of Laguna Blanca. Beachley thrilled the crowd by making thirteen consecutive loop-the-loops to break the world record of nine. He lost control, falling in a spin and crashed into an old oak tree. Despite a few cuts and bruises, he was still able to attend the banquet given that evening in his honor at the Potter Hotel. More about the Grand Potter Hotel to come soon.

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Lincold Beachy with Laguna Blanca Lake behind him.

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Lincoln Beachy

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The Potter Hotel

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January 5, 2016 Laguna Blanca Lake

Hope Ranch has long been known for its many recreational facilities. As early as 1829, the lake was a fashionable spot for picnicking by the residents and guests of Santa Barbara. More than once, as an expression of the old Santa Barbara hospitality, Laguna Blanca lake in the 1860’s was re-christened by the Mayor in honor of a visiting dignitary. For example, it became “Lake Fenton” in honor of the visiting Governor of New York…..Of course, as soon as the dignitary was on the train for home, it reverted to it’s traditional name, Laguna Blanca Lake.

The Lake on January 5, 2016

The Lake on January 5, 2016

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Rueben Fenton Governor of New York in the 1860’s

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July 2014 Laguna Blanca becomes a dry lake bed due to the great Drought of the 2010’s