El Niño 2016

 Kevin Cody

Fast and fun waves at Burnout, Torrance photos by McMahon

Fast and fun waves at Burnout, Torrance photos by McMahon

Photographer Peter McMahon offers a reminder from last December of days when Burnout is just a fun fast wave.

 Kevin Cody

El Nino 2016 delivers for Hammerland, El Segundo surfers and photog McConnell

El Nino 2016 delivers for Hammerland, El Segundo surfers and photog McConnell

Photographer Gus McConnell caught up with Hammerland’s regular crew, including Tyler Hatikian, Matt Pagan and Tom Seth, plus young new challengers Noah Collins and “Chewy” Chernega when El Nino delivered it’s first swell to the South Bay on January 6.

 Kevin Cody

El Nino 2016 swell at Torrance Burnout, El Segundo Jetty photos by Brad Jacobson

El Nino 2016 swell at Torrance Burnout, El Segundo Jetty photos by Brad Jacobson

Photographer Brad Jacobson met the first solid swell of 2016 at Torrance Beach’s Burnout, the moved north to the El Segundo. At Burnout he caught newly emerging South Bay chargers Conor Beatty and Angel Luhrsen. At Hammerland, he caught another new charger Noah Collins, as well as old guard surfers Tyler Hatzikian, Chris Wells, John Gillmore, Matt Mohagen, Matt Pagan and Damien Fahrenfort.

 Kevin Cody

El Nino 2016 at the Redondo Breakwater photos by Balzer

El Nino 2016 at the Redondo Breakwater photos by Balzer

Photographer Mike Balzer stationed himself at the Redondo Breakwater when the first solid swell of El Nino 2016 lit up Southern California Beaches on January 6 and 7. Balzer is president of the South Bay Boardriders Association, which sponsors the South Bay Big Wave Challenge. The contest honors surfers who ride the biggest South Bay waves of the the winter. For more information about the contest visit SouthBayBoardriders.com

 Kevin Cody

El Niño Swell No. 1 hits South Bay beaches

El Niño Swell No. 1 hits South Bay beaches

The “Godzilla” of El Ninos showed promise of living up to its hype by delivering 20-foot-plus waves to South Bay beaches in just the first week of the new year.

 Kevin Cody

Redondo Breakwater surfers rescue fellow surfer after fall on rocks

Redondo Breakwater surfers rescue fellow surfer after fall on rocks

Longtime Redondo Breakwater surfer Doug “Doc” Scheller was rescued by fellow Breakwater veterans Thursday morning after he fell into a crevice while attempting to jump off the rocks in 15- to 20-foot surf.

 Ryan McDonald

The South Bay prepares for a wet and wild winter

  by Ryan McDonald El Niño is known for upsetting the typically calm weather patterns that the South Bay usually enjoys. Heavy rains and stormy skies mean that public safety personnel respond to weather emergencies that pop up in unexpected places. So it was not too much of a surprise when, during the last severe […]

 Easy Reader Staff

Bombora Round Out: Big Wave surfers anticipate El Niño [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

Bombora Round Out: Big Wave surfers anticipate El Niño [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

by Ed Solt “El Niño” has replaced “stoked” as the most uttered surfer jargon in the South Bay. The promise of epic surf has many surfers preparing in their own ways. Mike Balzer, photographer and chief organizer of the South Bay Big Wave Challenge, might not be waxing his big gun but he’ll be cleaning […]