Mike Purpus

Redondo High’s Hughes joins new generation of chargers

Redondo High’s Hughes joins  new generation of chargers

by Mike Purpus Ryan Hughes started boogie boarding before he could walk, then skim boarded and at 11 got his first surfboard. The fair-haired, freckle-faced, 5-foot-11-inch Redondo High senior learned to surf from his father Daren on an 8-foot-4 Becker at Torrance Beach. “The board was really old. I think it was made in the […]

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Up-and-coming surfer talks boards, ‘California’s answer to Pipeline,’ and the day he became a reef fillet

Pipeline: Ryan Hughes by Mike Purpus Ryan Hughes started surfing when he was 11. He started on a Boogie board before he could walk and advanced to a skimboard and then a surfboard. Now he’s cap[tin of the years old but was riding a skim and Boogie board before he could walk. The fair-haired, freckle-faced, […]

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Stutzman steps up to claim ISF longboard title in Manhattan Beach

Stutzman steps up to claim ISF longboard title in Manhattan Beach

A new format for the International Surf Festival Surfboard contest was complimented by a powerful, head high swell at the Manhattan Beach pier on Saturday. Contest director John “JJ” Joseph did away with the conventional age and shortboard divisions in favor of an open longboard contest.

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Lifeguard Kip Jerger will join the three lifeguards who saved his life when he is inducted into the Surfer Walk of Fame

Lifeguard Kip Jerger will join the three lifeguards who saved his life when he is inducted into the Surfer Walk of Fame

From rescued to rescuer by Mike Purpus In 1977, Kip Jerger was awarded the Los Angeles County Lifeguard Medal of Valor for rescuing a fisherman off the rocks at White Point in San Pedro. Jerger was stationed at the Lifeguard tower overlooking the rocky point. “Lifeguard Recurrent” magazine printed Jerger’s account of the rescue: “There […]

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Torrance Beach ‘better than Pipeline’ for 13th Annual Ratopia Surf Classic

Torrance Beach ‘better than Pipeline’ for 13th Annual Ratopia Surf Classic

by Mike Purpus The annual Ratopia Surf Classic was founded in 2005 to raise funds for 22-year-old local surfer Denny Bales was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Over the ensuing decade, the contest has raised $127,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which has recognized contest organizer Nick Weber with its de Villiers Society Award. The […]

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ET Surf celebrates 45 years of stoking So. Bay surfers, skaters

ET Surf celebrates 45 years of  stoking So. Bay surfers, skaters

by Mike PurpusEddie Talbot is celebrating the 45th anniversary of ET Surfboards and Surf Shop, arguably the most successful surf shop in the South Bay since the late 1960s. In the mid-Sixties, Eddie and his best friend, Pat “Gumby” Ryan, were groms on the Greg Noll Surf Team. Even then, Eddie had a pretty good […]

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Champion skateboarder, surfer Ty Page invented pop shove-it

Champion skateboarder, surfer Ty Page invented pop shove-it

    by Mike Purpus Former professional skateboarder and surfer Ty Page passed away last Thursday, just two days before the memorial paddleout for Redondo Beach surfboard shaper Don Swift. Page passed away, at age 59, at his home in Park City, Utah. Both he and Swift succumbed to inoperable brain tumors. Page was a […]

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Cash in the barrell: Cash Cherry gave up his Rubik’s Cube for a surfboard

Cash in the barrell: Cash Cherry gave up his Rubik’s Cube for a surfboard

  Cash in the barrell   Cash Cherry gave up his Rubik’s Cube for a surfboard. Now he’s applying his problem solving skills to competitive surfing and shaping boards   by Mike Purpus   Cash Cherry may sound like a nickname. It’s not. “We named him Cash because we always pay in cash,” said his […]

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Hermosa Surfers Walk of Fame to induct Pipeline finalist Chris Frohoff

Hermosa Surfers Walk of Fame to induct Pipeline finalist Chris Frohoff

Chris Frohoff credits his volleyball playing older brother Brent for starting him surfing, in a sibling rivalry sort of way.
One day, Brent was surfing between volleyball games and lost his board. Chris grabbed it and never gave it back.

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Redondo Beach’s Don Swift plans swift return to surfing, with help from friends

Redondo Beach’s Don Swift plans swift return to surfing, with  help from  friends

Everyday, Don Swift sat in his spot, 40 yards southwest of the end of the Topaz jetty waiting for the next set wave. He had been out there for as long as I could remember, at least 30 years. He always got the wave of the day, facing into the bowl and coming off the bottom with a smooth turn into the top part of the curl with style and grace. But Don has been missing in the lineup since October 14 when he was diagnosed with a malignant tumor attached to his brain.

 Mike Purpus

Surfer Walk of Fame inductee Leininger was surfing stalwart

Surfer Walk of Fame inductee Leininger was surfing stalwart

by Mike Purpus John Leininger almost certainly has sold more surfboards than anyone else in the South Bay’s storied surf industry. Shortly after graduating from Bishop Montgomery High School in the mid-’60s, Leininger went to work for Walt Slike and Jim Wells at Skeg Surf Shop at 1st Street and Hermosa Avenue, in Hermosa Beach. […]

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Hermosa Beach surfer Pete Briggs ‘rode the nose’ ’til the end

Hermosa Beach surfer Pete Briggs ‘rode the nose’ ’til the end

Pete Briggs had a smooth, Kemp Auberg style with a beautiful drop knee cutback while Ronnie and I went after the Dewey Weber hotdogger look. Last summer, at 68, Pete was still walking the nose at San Onofre.

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A Purpus Endless Summer: 60s and 70s surf star Mike Purpus is inspired by Bruce Brown’s “The Endless Summer”

by Mike Purpus In the early 1960s, surf movie posters were hung in the windows of all the hangouts. Hermosa Beach’s Foster’s Freeze, Winchell’s Donuts, (both long gone) and Mickey’s Deli (still kicking) and Stan’s Liquor Store in Manhattan Beach (also long gone) were just a few of the establishments with posters in the window. […]

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Poznik loved spearing white sea bass, riding white sharks

Poznik loved spearing white sea bass, riding white sharks

I first met Taras Poznik about 10 years ago when my next door neighbor Bob Carlson

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Fog, big surf add drama to ET/South Bay Boardriders contest

Fog, big surf add drama to ET/South Bay Boardriders contest

The December South Bay Boardriders’ contest was canceled because the waves were too small. The January and February contests were canceled because the waves were too big. Then Saturday morning, the fourth contest date in the six contest series looked like it might have to be aborted because, as SBBC president Mike Balzer said, “Hey, we have waves. You just can’t see them, yet.”

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