Easy Reader Staff

Finding bliss in South Bay summer surf

Summertime in the South Bay offers dismal surf. With the natural breakwalls of Palos Verdes and Catalina shading our southern-most corner pocket, south swells on the right angle tease and might just flirt with Manhattan. Waves are generated by local wind swells that would stoke a Floridian surfer, make a Gulf surfer count his blessings […]

 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 […]

 Kevin Cody

Pipeline: Surf bros Beatty and Hall

by Mike Purpus Surfing may be an individual sport, but every surfer has a buddy out there with him in case you get hurt and, more importantly, to see your best rides. Conor Beatty and Austin Hall push each other to new limits on every wave. Conor, the 16-year-old 5-foot-10, 135 pound regular foot (left […]

 Kevin Cody

Surfers uphold local Bear Back tradition

Hypothermia charts show that “Loss of Dexterity,” followed by “Exhaustion, Incoherency and Unconsciousness” doesn’t set in until 10 to 15 minutes in 50 to 60 degree water.
So contest co-founder Jimmy Young decreed that this year’s heats would be 20 minutes.[Read More]

 Kevin Cody

Tyler surf Hammerland – Ouch [VIDEO]

Tyler at Hammerland – Ouch

 Kevin Cody

RB Breakwall portfolio by Broza

Photo by Brent Broza ( Click below on All Galleries for over 1,000 recent surf photos.

 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 […]