Steve Sorensen

Sorensen started writing features for the Reader after winning a writing contest in December, 1976.

The following are some of his stories from the print archives:

Dec. 9, 1976 A Kingdom Bought and Sold (life at triplexes in Encinitas near Moonlight Beach)

April 13, 1978 Don't Fence Me In (off-road vehicles at the Salton Sea)

Oct. 26, 1978 River run (hiking the San Diego River)

May 3, 1979 Pilgrims by the Shore (Easter vacation at the Colorado River)

March 15, 1984 Making Waves (Mike Doyle- one of world's most talented surfers)

Aug. 2, 1984 The Devil's Peak (hiking 10,000-ft. Baja peak)

Nov. 7, 1985 The Spirit of Steve Ponchetti (Santa Ysabel Indians)

Feb. 13, 1986 Great Top Spin Never Stops (Bobby Riggs)

Oct. 23, 1986 Ten-Speed Terror (danger on two wheels)

Feb. 11, 1988 Fifty Miles of River (San Dieguito River - from Volcan Mountain to Del Mar)

Oct. 20, 1988 The Sport of Surfing Is: 1) Epic 2) Formerly Bitchin' 3) A Business Opportunity (Mike Doyle and commercialization of surfing)

Nov. 23, 1994, page 42 A Shirt for a Surf Hero (mega success of surf god Rusty Preisendorfer)

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Articles by Steve Sorensen

Please Don't Tell Anyone That Old Surfers End Up Here

A wonderful world well south of the border.

Not long after the New Year, my friend and neighbor here in Zacatitos, Marilyn Z, sent me an email saying that, at 81 years of age, she had lost her battle with cancer and had ...

Dreamy, Creative, and Shrewd: Five San Diego Micro-Publishers

Chris Ahrens lives in the kind of house any surfer would love. It’s on the hill above Cardiff, with a view of one of the best reef breaks in San Diego county. Wet suits are ...

Don't Pitch Your Tent on San Clemente Island

It's the Navy's paradise, not yours

“We went over to Santa Catalina Island and trapped eight goats, fit them with radio telemetry collars. Because goats are gregarious and tend to congregate together whenever possible, the Judas goats led us to the remnant herds.”

Heaven Sent

“There are four or five dealers in Imperial County who buy scrap off the range, and none of us has been harassed by the law. But the range runners have really been harassed.”

The Good Seed

Customers file in one at a time

“What’s the right time to plant celery?” “What’s the best thing to control whiteflies?" "Which beet is the best for making borscht’” "How do you get rid of gophers too smart to trap?"

The Meal Man

100 hot meals a day to Pala, Pauma, La Jolla, Rincon, and San Pasqual Indian reservations.

Foster, a Shawnee Indian originally from Oklahoma, has been delivering about 100 hot meals a day to homebound elderly people on the Pala, Pauma, La Jolla, Rincon, and San Pasqual Indian reservations.

There's Only One Hitch

If you have to thumb a ride, you have to tell a story

The smartest hitchhiker I heard about was a guy who hitched carrying his belongings in a gas can with the bottom cut out. Drivers who will never pick up a hitchhiker will stop for a motorist out of gas.

We're the New Wardens

One by one, the men went around to all the traps and stole the lobsters that were inside. Foley watched the hoop netters until two in the morning, then she met them at the Shelter Island ramp.

Daggers of Light, Patterns of Power

Local rituals of Winter Solstice

The Christmas decorations came to Balboa Park the second week in November this year. Curious people couldn’t help but stop and stare at the strange sight of plastic reindeer dragging Santa’s sleigh toward the organ ...

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