Sam Devine

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Always wanted to try kitesurfing? Here's how to get started

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CULTURE They're out there in the water at Ocean Beach and Crissy Field, whipping by the toll plaza, sailing giant kites like crescent moons. Those freaky, flying water monkeys — soaring around the bay via kites strong enough to tow cars — are kitesurfers, also called kiteboarders.Read more »

Trunk show: Anchor launches its new IPA

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Read Sam Devine's story on Anchor's planned waterfront brewery in this week's paper.

Last week, Anchor Brewing and Distilling launched an IPA to much fanfare at their Mariposa Street brewery. Initially, one may be surprised that Anchor has joined the frenzy of hoppy West Coast beers. But this is not the first IPA it has released. Originally brewed in 1975, its Liberty Ale was the first IPA to be brewed on the West Coast after Prohibition.

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Full steam ahead

Anchor deepens its SF roots with proposed new facility

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BEER Just across McCovey Cove from AT&T Park, the San Francisco Giants and Anchor Brewing Company are concocting a beer-filled future for Pier 48. As part of the Mission Rock development project, the new Anchor brewery, slotted to break ground in late 2015, would allow Anchor to quadruple production and remain in San Francisco.Read more »

They came, they saw, they burned: scenes from the 2013 Dirtbag Challenge

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This is a follow-up to Keep Choppin'. You probably wanna check that (and this blog post) out first.

The go-to joke is that Alex "Koshka" Verbitsky claimed the Dirtbag Challenge — held Sun/13 at the end of Quesada Ave. — for Moldova. His 1969 CB 450 build took home not only the Coolest Bike title as voted by the fellow builders, but also the People's Choice Award. His build was inspired by old-fashioned board-track racers, taking chopping back to its roots in the 1910s and '20s.

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Live Shots: Prepping for the Dirtbag Challenge!

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A look behind the scenes of the recently released Dirtbag by Vargas Films, and a sneak peak at the bikes being built for this year's Dirtbag Challenge. Check out the full article on the Challenge, coming up Sun/13, here.Read more »

Keep choppin'

Grease, guts, and glory power the 10th annual Dirtbag Challenge this weekend

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CULTURE It's 6:35pm in Hunters Point and Poll Brown is about to be late to a documentary about himself. The puckish man from South End, Essex, and a small crew of bikers are scrambling to fix a snapped throttle cable. This is a way of life for them: always under the gun, always fixing things, always a little behind. Like a rag-tag task force, they rip a cable out of one bike and marry it to another. There's not enough time.Read more »

Feast: 9 breakfasts to go

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Going without breakfast can turn your brain into a fritzing light bulb that repeatedly buzzes: "Eat something ... zzz ... Eat something." But who wants to take the time for a real meal when you can press snooze another 10 times? Read more »

Careers & Ed: Paid by Pandora

How Tim Westergren built the world's smartest jukebox
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Before Tim Westergren founded the Music Genome Project and Pandora, an online radio station–music recommendation site that's developed a cultlike following, he had no idea what he was going to do for a living. Read more »

Summertime ... and the swimmin' is easy

A guide to Bay Area public pools
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By Sam Devine

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It just doesn't feel like summer without a trip to the pool. Marco Polo, chips and soda, suntan lotion on your face, pushing your brother in the deep end — it's all a part of your balanced, nutritious summertime experience. But don't fret if you don't happen to have a lap pool on the roof of your railroad apartment. Read more »

Locals only?

Not For Tourists Guide to San Francisco may not be for residents either
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BOOK REVIEW Not for Tourists Guidebooks has just released the fourth edition of its Not for Tourists Guide to San Francisco. Besides having a mad grip of inaccuracies, the title is problematic: this tome is definitely not not for tourists.

The first thing I found wrong with the book was its only foldout map. It's a highway map, which is weird, since most city dwellers tend to stay clear of the damn things. They're for the bridge-and-tunnel crowd and, uh, the tourists. Read more »