The local surf industry’s assimilation by the global economy, and its accompanying economic undertow; and the pressure on domestic board shapers to abandon their hand tools for milling machines to fend off foreign imports has not left South Bay surfers with warm feelings for the first decade of the new millennium.
Settling for wind swells by Michael Durand We’re half way through December, and swell wise, it seems Mother Nature is asleep at the wheel, again. Hopefully she snaps out of it soon and starts throwing some legitimate ground swells our way. Summer was bad enough. It’s time for her to punch the clock and make […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Annual Jimmy Miller Surf Fiesta has one of the strangest rules of any surf contests. Competitors can’t ride their own boards. Instead, each surfer on the weighted, four-member teams draws a playing card to decide the order of board selection. This year’s Jimmy Miller quiver of donated boards ranged from waterlogged long boards to […]
“I knew I came out strong,” Adam Buckley said. “And by the time I hit five miles I just kept my head down and kept going. I didn’t look back, and I didn’t want to hear anything from my boat crew about where anybody was.” The straight ahead strategy paid off for the 32-year-old, Hermosa […]
Early Saturday morning, before the droves of Six-Man attendees arrived, bodysurfers from throughout the state met at the Manhattan Beach pier for the International Body Surfing Championships. Roughly 50 spectators gathered near the north side of the pier to watch men, women and children compete in what is arguably wave-riding for purists. “Bodysurfing is just […]