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Rick Metzler, chief instructor at The Pit Malibu, likes to think his 14-year-old son, Sage, was sensing the rhythms and patterns associated with Cacoy Doce Pares Eskrima stick fighting while still in his mother’s womb.

“Sharine was earning her second-degree brown belt at the time, so she was fighting, doing rolls and sparing with sticks while she was pregnant with Sage,” Rick said. “You can hear things in the womb, and there’s a lot of rhythm, motion and patterns that are associated with the Eskrima system.”

Ashleigh Fryer

There are a lot of cars in Malibu that evoke emotion and I’ve had the privilege of driving many. But when Frank Nesta suggested I drive his black 1977 Chevy Corvette from Malibu Cars & Coffee to the Surfrider parking lot for a shoot, I got really excited. Over the history of the Vette, it’s been sculpted and shaped into many variations, but, this sexy, curvaceous and tantalizing version has always rattled my emotional cage. Which is why it’s this week’s Ride of the Week.

Chris Bashaw

Robb Stephenson first laid eyes on Bluffs Park 14 years ago as he drove down Pacific Coast Highway.

He had just arrived in California, after “packing everything in a Dodge pick-up, just me and my dog,” and moving from his hometown in the Texas panhandle. 

“I saw that field and all I could think was, ‘that’s got to be an amazing place to coach,’” Stephenson said. 

Ashleigh Fryer

“Should we do this?”

That was the message Estel Day sent Mark Tango on the social networking site, Friendster, in 2004. He lived in Los Angeles, she lived in New York and the pair hadn’t spoken in years. 

“Yup,” was the reply she received. 

The brief exchange was enough for Day to immediately jump on a plane and move back to Los Angeles, where she and Tango would begin work on the “this” they had been dreaming of since they met; the Malibu-based fashion design and music duo, Mark and Estel.

Chris Bashaw

Hip-hop music and environmental awareness merged at a post-Earth Day celebration at the Malibu Library on Friday, April 25. 

Archie Hill, founder of Third Rock Hip-Hop, presented a video version of the first four chapters of his upcoming five-chapter book, “Third Rock and Friends: A Trip to the Beach” to a crowd of about 25 children from Juan Cabrillo Elementary School.

Chris Bashaw

With a quick motion, a pair of yellow-green eyes — each with a black, vertical slit — came into view against a dark brown chair in Bank of Books Malibu.

The form of Malibu resident Karen Smythe’s feline friend, Kool Kat — who is black in color — soon became apparent as he quietly sat above Rachel Hasserling, who was reading a book to her children; Hasserling’s young son, Caleb, reached over to stroke Kool Kat’s back.

Chris Bashaw

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the Merrick family announces the sudden and untimely death of longtime Malibu resident and surfing legend, Shelley Merrick.  

Shelley was the eldest daughter of the late honorable Judge John J. Merrick and Roberta Roberts Merrick. 

Ashleigh Fryer

When I first saw John’s apple green ‘57 Lotus Eleven at a car show, I was instantly transported back to the 60’s. Visions of what was on Channel 52 here in Los Angeles flooded my pea-brain in waves of delicious green apple pie. Make sense? No? Well, who cares; this car is awesome.

Ashleigh Fryer

Seaira Moore, senior goalkeeper for the Malibu High School girls soccer team, wasn’t at all interested in sports when she was younger. 

But, her mother, Dina, insisted she play because of a family rule to do so. 

That led to Seaira join the American Youth Soccer Organization, where she was reluctantly placed as a goalkeeper. 

“I didn’t like being goalkeeper at all,” Seaira said. “I actually cried a lot when I was younger because it was a lot of pressure.”

Chris Bashaw

To her husband, Gary, Alison Richardson’s propensity for experimentation is innate. 

“I had a little inkling that she was a chemist in another life,” Gary said. “I’ve been the tester for everything so far; food, facials, all kinds of stuff. She has a special talent for it.”

In many ways, Alison is a chemist. Donning a white overcoat, reminiscent of laboratory garb, Alison dashes and dabs, mixes and morphs until she has created the ideal combination. The only thing missing from this chemist’s concoctions are chemicals. 

Chris Bashaw

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