Mike Purpus

South Bay Surf Series schedule announced by South Bay Boardriders Club

South Bay Surf Series schedule announced by South Bay Boardriders Club

The South Bay Boardriders Club has announced the schedule for its 2011-12 South Bay Surf Series. The contests are open to non club members: Sunday December 4, El Porto, sponsored by Becker/Billabong. Saturday, January 21, 26th St., Manhattan, sponsored by E.T. Surf. Saturday, Feb. 18, el Porto, sponsored by Dive N’ Surf. Saturday, March 17, […]

 Mike Purpus

South Bay High School Surf League Kick-Off Classic

Each year at this time, the South Bay High School Surf League Kick-Off Classic is held to give coaches and their surfers a chance to size up the competition. This year’s contest for the girls’ shortboard and boys’ longboard and body board division was held on Saturday at Torrance Beach in fun, three-foot, hollow peaks. […]

 Mike Purpus

Purpus High School Assembly Film to Screen at RUHS

Friday, September 23, Mike Purpus will narrate his original 1960’s High School Assembly film at the Redondo Union High School Auditorium. Along with Purpus, the film show rare footage of  Miki Dora, David Nuuhiwa, Gerry Lopez, Sahun Tomson and other top surfers of the transitional era from longboards to shortboards. The evening is being presented […]

 Mike Purpus

Terrible surf, great surfing at ISF 50th Anniversary contest

It was a stormy two foot, sloppy, onshore windy drizzly morning for the 50th Anniversary International Surf Festival Surf Contest on the south side of the Hermosa Beach Pier on Saturday. “I almost called it off.  But then I noticed there was enough surf to survive the high tide and started the contest,” director John […]

 Mike Purpus

Hey, Leroy: “I always thought Leroy Grannis was first a surf photographer and then a surfer”

Every Tuesday night when I was 12 years old Don Craig, Sparky Hudson and I would run down the street after dinner to go through Leroy Grannis’ trash cans. We separated the surf photos Leroy had thrown away from the rest of the trash and ran down the hill to Don’s house to fight over […]

 Mike Purpus

Redondo’s Beaty, Costa’s Hawks earn surf titles

Redondo Union High School’s Conner Beaty and Mira Costa High’s Madie Hawks were presented with the South Bay Surf League’s highest honors on Saturday, during the Hermosa Beach Surfers Walk of Fame Ceremonies at the Hermosa Pier.

 Mike Purpus

Dick “The Fox” Mobley gets bronze plaque on Surfers Walk of Fame

The best Christmas I ever had was the year I was 12 and saw a shiny, brand new, blue, 8-foot-6 Bing Surfboard shaped by Dick Mobley standing next to the Christmas tree with silver ribbon and big, gold bow. It was 1960. Dick had already shaped for the era’s biggest names — Dale Velzy, Greg […]

 Mike Purpus

High School Surf League All Star Qualifiers named

Tuesday morning saw 4-foot, medium tide hollow tubes spitting both ways on the South side of the Hermosa Beach Pier for the South Bay High School high Surf League’s second chance, short board surf-off. League director John Joseph had two areas going to give everyone a chance to advance to the South Bay High School Surf League Championships to be held at the Hermosa pier on Saturday, April 9.

 Mike Purpus

Aloha Leroy Grannis

Aloha Leroy Grannis

During the Golden Age of surfing, in the 1960s, the pictures in people’s minds, worldwide, when they thought of the newly popular Hawaiian sport was almost certainly a photograph taken by Leroy Grannis. Dewey Weber cutting back at 22nd Street, Greg “The Bull” Noll at big Sunset, Mike Purpus at Makaha, “Mr. Pipeline” Gerry Lopez […]

 Mike Purpus

Pipeline

Mira Costa surfed against Palos Verdes High School at 27th Street in Manhattan Beach last Thursday for the South Bay Surf League Championship.

 Mike Purpus

Pipeline: Classic resumes at Torrance Beach

Classic resumes at Torrance Beach The South Bay Surf League girls short and long board, body board and boys long board divisions of the Fall Classic took place last Saturday under ideal, summer like conditions. It was in the upper 80s, making for glassy mirror like conditions and perfect, four-foot tubes. Hundreds of spectators turned […]

 Mike Purpus

Pipeline: Big and ugly opens South Bay Fall Classic

Big and ugly opens South Bay Fall Classic The South Bay Surf League Fall Classic got under way Saturday morning under grey skies, threatening rain, slight onshore winds, and a 7-foot high, incoming high tide with a 4- to 6-foot, thick bumpy shore break on the South side of the Hermosa Beach Pier. It was […]

 Mike Purpus

Pipeline: Silva scores Trifecta in Surf League Finals

If Dayton Silva is ever given a plaque on the Hermosa Beach Surfer’s Walk of Fame, the first line will almost certainly read, “Only surfer ever to win the short board, long board and body board divisions in one South Bay High School Surf Championships.” The Mira Costa High surfer accomplished that feat Saturday morning, […]

 Mike Purpus

Tiger Makin: Surf Walk of Fame inductee

James “Tiger” Makin seemed a little shy out of the water. But in the water he was always pushing the envelope. The bigger it got the more Tiger liked it. He’d take off deeper than anyone else behind the bowl, then race through the tube. In the early ‘60s Tiger, a 5-foot-9, 150 pound, freckle […]

 Mike Purpus

A gift from Duke Kahanamoku

In the early 1960s I had two idols with two completely different personalities — Miki Dora and Duke Kahanamoku. Miki was surfing’s bad boy. He thrived on pissing everyone off. Duke, with his Aloha spirit, treated everyone with respect and grace. The Duke had a brand new Cadillac with a gold plated hood ornament of […]

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