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Summer's hitting its stride with the International Surf Festival and all its associated events: The lifeguard challenge, a beach run, the pier-to-pier swim and Manhattan Beach's famous/notorious Charlie Saikley 6-man volleyball tourney. 

And you have to feel like all's beginning to be right with the world when the 6-man creeps ever closer to the weekend again (the finals were on a Friday, not a Wednesday) and when Team Fletch, perhaps THE signature perennial entry, grabs another championship. (It had been since 2006 for the Chevy-Chase-inspired fanatics.)

Enjoy the final day of surf festivities and a great beach day!

When it's time to come in out of the sun for a bit, to plan your open-house tours for this week, try this Redfin map list of open houses,

If you're lucky, it's hard to mark time during the Summer.

Time just passes, with vacations and beach days and long, lazy nights.

So here's one midsummer marker: The changing of the (Junior) Guards. Session 1 has wrapped up with its celebratory competition, the Taplin relays. A new session starts Monday.

And then, at some point, the kids start complaining that everywhere they go, there are "back to school" sales. Not to worry, little ones, there's plenty more sunny days ahead.

(See DigMB's photo gallery from last week's Taplin relays here.)

To plan your open-house tours for this week, try this Redfin map list of open houses, or click here for the Beach Reporter list of opens.

Don't forget, when previewing homes here on MB Confidential, you can…

It's a happy day for folks who like toys. 

The Tesla Model S now comes with – or can be retrofitted with – a new option, the "ludicrous" mode, which speeds the electric car's acceleration from 0-to-60 to just 2.8 seconds. It's like "having your own private roller coaster," says Elon Musk.

That car already flies. This was an upgrade that absolutely no one needed. Kudos to Tesla for recognizing that little things like "cost" and "necessity" sometimes have no relevance if the question is: Should we do this? It's kind of cool.

Maybe what we like most is the truth-in-advertising aspect. This irrelevant but fun $10K upgrade is actually called "ludicrous" by the big boss. This is how they are marketing it.

What we're watching for: The first local real estate…

Happy Summer to you. 

Y'know, there are at least 8 reasons to be thankful that you don't live in North Carolina these days. Somehow the local beachgoers there have wound up out of balance in their relations with the local fish, and some kind of war has broken out. 

In Southern California, the worst we've heard recently is of a shark "bumping" a surfer in Huntington. Mostly, here, for the past year, the sharks have simply paraded for GoPros.

These fins, by the way, are dolphins. Nothing to see here.

To plan your open-house tours for this week, try this Redfin map list of open houses, or click here for the Beach Reporter list of opens.

Don't forget, when previewing homes here on MB Confidential, you can click "Open All Images" right above the main