Surfing

Surf Fest surf stokes locals
 August 9, 2019  Mike Purpus

Surf Fest surf stokes locals

by Mike Purpus Neither the surf nor the surfing at the Hermosa Beach pier on Saturday matched that of the Van US Open, taking place…

Swimmers Merril, Clausen take top two spots in Rock 2 Rock
 July 5, 2019  Judy Rae

Swimmers Merril, Clausen take top two spots in Rock 2 Rock

by Nathan Freedman Six-time UC San Diego All American Swimmer Alex Merril and former USC swimmer Scott Clausen finished first and second in the 22nd…

Breakwater: the early days  Longboards, no wetsuits and already hierarchical
 June 14, 2019  Mike Purpus

Breakwater: the early days Longboards, no wetsuits and already hierarchical

Photos by Leroy Grannis by Mike Purpus The first time I rode the Redondo Breakwater was the winter of ‘62. I was a 12-year old-grom.…

Ten for 10: Depth and dedication help Mira Costa surfers ride a decade-long streak of success
 June 14, 2019  Ryan McDonald

Ten for 10: Depth and dedication help Mira Costa surfers ride a decade-long streak of success

by Ryan McDonald There was a time last fall when Dickie O’Reilly thought it would be a typical South Bay high school surf season. Then…

Tide turns in South Bay/San Diego paddleboard rivalry
 June 9, 2019  Kevin Cody

Tide turns in South Bay/San Diego paddleboard rivalry

Last year’s inaugural South Bay Paddle was dominated by San Diego paddlers. San Diego was again well represented again this year, but the tide swung. Saturday’s three fastest times, and six of the top 10 times were by South Bay Paddlers.…

 Kevin Cody

South Bay Paddle season opens

South Bay Paddle season opens

Three-time Catalina Classic winner Max First and six-time UC San Diego All American swimmer Alex Merril engaged in a friendly duel during the eight-mile Oceans Prone paddleboard race last Sunday. This Saturday, June 8, the second annual South Bay Paddle will start at 6:30 a.m. at the Hermosa Beach pier. The 15-mile in-and-back course runs south to Palos Verdes, then out to the R10 buoy and back to the Hermosa pier.

 Ryan McDonald

BeachLife brings Big Wave Awards to South Bay

BeachLife brings Big Wave Awards to South Bay

by Ryan McDonald The sun was sinking behind surfer Alex Gray, illuminating the Beach Cities and Palos Verdes Peninsula surf breaks, where Gray has scored some pretty sizeable waves. But some far bigger waves were about to unfold right behind him, inside Redondo Beach’s Seaside Lagoon. Gray had the honor of presenting the men’s biggest […]

 Kevin Cody

HB Walk of Fame inductsshaper, singers, pro surfers

HB Walk of Fame inductsshaper, singers, pro surfers

by Kevin Cody “I might as well address the elephant in the room,” surfboard shaper Pat Ryan said at the start of his Hermosa Beach Surfer’s Walk of Fame induction talk. Listening with anticipation were over 500 people who attended the 2019 induction ceremony Saturday morning on Pier Plaza. “You’re all probably wondering why it […]

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