Kidnapped by Somali pirates, Michael Scott Moore

Kidnapped by Somali pirates, Michael Scott Moore

Kidnapped by Somali pirates, journalist Michael Scott Moore spent two and half years in captivity. At times he was held on land, other times at sea. Once, when he was on a 160-foot tuna boat, he tried to escape by jumping over the side at night.

“It was, like, a 20 foot leap off the deck of the ship, and I was just exultant at first,” Moore says.

Moore had hoped the pirates would leave him behind in the water. “The engine wasn’t in terrific shape, so I didn’t think there was a way to turn around the ship,” he says.

Instead, the captain cut the engine and let the boat drift towards him. As the big industrial ship closed in on him in the dark water, Moore made a snap decision: He opted to get back on board.
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“They found me eventually with the search lights and I raised my hand and they threw me a life preserver,” he says. “By that point everything was pretty desperate and pretty hopeless.”

The pirates had initially demanded a $20 million ransom, but as the years passed, Moore’s mother negotiated the figure down to $1.6 million. Eventually she raised enough money to free her son.

2018 BeneFiesta!

2018 BeneFiesta!

1. A May outdoor extravaganza benefit + fiesta to honor our Wounded Warriors, Veterans, Children and Volunteers whose lives have been forever changed by the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation.
2. Typically includes music, feast, a big splash and more. Must be fun! Beach Chic attire

A Mid-century Dream Home You Won’t Want To Miss
Magic moments of music, art and dining under the stars…and maybe a star or two!

When: Saturday, May 19

Where: The Whitehead Home
1130 Ronda Drive, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Time: 7:00 pm

 

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13th Annual Surf Festival

13th Annual Surf Festival

Over 100 surfers, from groms to pros, participated in the 13th Annual Jimmy Miller Surf Fiesta on Sunday at 40th Street in Manhattan Beach. Scoring was based on averaging the best rides by each surfer on the five-member teams. The surf was small and fast, but an offshore wind created plenty of opportunities for fun rides. Sponsors included the LA Kings and Fresh Brothers Pizza, who provided lunch. The Jimmy Miller Foundation provides ocean therapy for the physically and mentally ill, including military veterans. The therapy includes surf lessons for wounded veterans from the Veteran’s Hospital in West Los Angeles and at Camp Pendleton.

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Camp Surf Celebrates 20 Years

Camp Surf Celebrates 20 Years

Seeing a need for quality surf instruction, surfer and lifeguard Jimmy Miller decided to open CampSurf in the summer of 1997.

What began as a seasonal surf camp with private lessons and corporate events, celebrated it’s 20th anniversary this summer.

“Jimmy wanted to make enough money in the summer to pay for traveling the world to surf,” said longtime friend and current Campsurf owner Chris Brown.

The Brown and Miller families had been close for many years. Chris and Jimmy graduated from Mira Costa High School in 1987.

After Miller died in 2004 following a battle with mental illness, the Miller family asked Brown to continue running the program,

“It took many years to grow to the point where now have to turn people away,” Brown said. “We eventually added beach volleyball classes, which follow the same template as the surf camp.”

Campsurf offers a variety of programs including private lessons and videos so campers can review their surfing.

 

Campsurf owner Chris Brown credits the program’s 20-year existence to its highly qualified instructors. ER file photo

“In the winter, adults traveling from cold-area regions often have on their list of things to is to learn to surf,” Brown said. “In the summer the programs predominantly consist of kids ages 7-13. We also have camps on school-free days and after-school classes. Older participants have the opportunity to learn from professional surfers.”

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