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Deeply Rooted in Newport

NBM_26_Scott Sanchez_By Jody Tiongco-9Growing up in Southern California, I have very distinct memories of Newport Beach. One of my most unforgettable moments—though perhaps not the fondest—dates back to my pre-teen years, when I thought, at age 12, that I could tackle the 10-foot-high surf at The Wedge after a little “encouragement” from my sister and her boyfriend. I survived (barely), and went on to spend the better part of my early 20s picking up girls at the pier and Balboa Fun Zone with a good friend.

As I got older, that near-drowning experience stuck with me, but I braved the water again to surf the local breaks. My days were filled with trips to Pirate’s Cove for bouldering and listening to local bands like Common Sense perform down by the pier.

Today, with a beautiful family by my side—not to mention, some added maturity—I relish the fact that I have an inside look at this ever-evolving city. I find that no matter the time of year, one of the best ways to explore is by stepping outside to experience Newport as nature intended.

My thrill-seeking, daredevil days at The Wedge may be behind me, but I still love all the aquatic activities this coastal environment offers. Stand-up paddleboarding in the Back Bay is not to be missed, and one thing that never gets old is taking a stroll along the preserved coastline at Crystal Cove. In our “Awakening the Cove” feature (page 50), we explore its thriving historic district and upcoming plans to renovate the remaining north beach cottages for public use.

In this issue of Newport Beach Magazine, we share many opportunities to make new memories and revisit old ones. In particular, the dining scene—and my appreciation for fine foods—has come a long way since afternoons spent on the beach inhaling slices of Perry’s Pizza. New retail, restaurants and activities ensure that there’s never a dull moment in this amazing city.

Even as trends and establishments come and go, Newport Beach is woven deeply into my past and present—and I don’t see that ending anytime soon.

Sincerely,

Scott Sanchez

Publisher and Chief Technology Officer

scott@firebrandmediainc.com

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