Star Tracks: Monday, May 16, 2016 42 years, 2,191 covers and 55,436 stories from PEOPLE magazine's history for you to enjoy
- Corbin Bleu Is Married! The High School Musical Alum Ties the Knot!
- Read the Cover Story: JFK Jr.: The John We Loved
- VIDEO: Why Amy Winehouse's Mom Has No Regrets: 'I Couldn't Have Done Anything Different'
- Tom Hiddleston Attends Comic-Con After Trip Down Under with Taylor Swift
- WATCH AND SHOP: This Self Tanner Works Instantly (Then Lasts for Weeks!)
On Newsstands Now
- Matthew McConaughey: In His Own Words
- Jessa Duggar's Wedding Album
- Brittany Maynard's Final Days
Pick up your copy on newsstands
Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine
People Top 5
LAST UPDATE: Tuesday February 10, 2015 01:10PM EST
PEOPLE Top 5 are the most-viewed stories on the site over the past three days, updated every 60 minutes
- December 09, 1991
- Vol. 36
- No. 22
Wave Pollution? Bummer! Surfer Solution? Take the Spoilers to Court, Win $5.8 Million.
In 1988 word of the spot's continuing desecration reached Mark Massara, 30, a San Franciso lawyer and dedicated surfer. Intrigued, he headed up to Humboldt Bay armed with a surfboard and yellow legal pad. "You could taste the pollution and see it," he says. "There's a pungent chemical smell. There's a black foam, stringy black stuff. I remember thinking this was the most egregious case of water pollution I had ever seen."
To Massara, the culprits were obvious—two lumber-pulp mills that were allegedly dumping waste into the bay. He sued in federal court on behalf of the Surfrider Foundation, an association of 17,000 surfers formed in 1984 to protect good wave sites. "People think of a surfer organization as a self-canceling phrase," says Rob Caughlan, 48, a Menlo Park, Calif., advertising executive who is the foundation's president. "I think I was asked to be president because I have white hair and a couple of neckties."
In September, after two years of litigation, the companies, Simpson Paper and Louisiana-Pacific, while denying liability, agreed in an out-of-court settlement to pay fines of $2.9 million each and to install treatment plants. "There are a lot of surfers saying, 'Cowabunga, dude!' " says Caughlan.
Massara and Caughlan and their legion of surfer conservationists are looking ahead to other battles, including a protest over fees for California's public beaches. "Part of me wants to quit while I'm ahead," says Caughlan. "But I want to ride the wave a little longer."
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
The most buzzed about stars this minute!