The water is warm, the sun is shining and the waves are pumping.
A fun swell showed up on the coast Tuesday, giving a late-summer vibe to the coastline as unseasonably warm weather lingers and surfers blew off work and school to paddle into some fun waves.
It didn’t matter that Otis Hopson is legally blind, the result of an injury sustained serving in the Vietnam war decades ago.
And so what if he is turning 71 in a few months? Or that the Mississippi native had never been in the ocean.
On Saturday, he became a surfer.
A video shot from an Orange County Sheriff’s Department helicopter gives an overhead view of great white sharks hanging around near shore in Capistrano Beach as officers warn paddleboarders and swimmers near the surfline.
“Lifeguards are asking we let you know … you are paddleboarding next to approximately 15 great white sharks,” Deputy Brian Stockbridge said in the video shot at 1:53 p.m. on Wednesday above the Dana Point beach. “They are advising you exit the water in a calm manner. The sharks are as close as the shoreline.”
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The sharks were spotted from Capistrano
An ocean tribute for surfer and musician Eric Reno was held on Sunday in Sunset Beach, drawing about 200 friends and loved ones to the quaint Orange County beach community for a final farewell.
After a night of rain, the skies cleared Sunday morning for the tribute in front of Reno’s home. Forty-seven people entered the water for the memorial in honor of Reno, a 46-year-old who was pulled from the water while out surfing on April 21.
The Orange County Coroner’s Office has not released a cause of death.
Reno’s uncle, Alex Kiilehua of Corona, delivered a prayer to the crowd