Surfing

 Kevin Cody

Chill air stokes Ratopia Classic surfers, raises funds for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma research

Chill air stokes Ratopia Classic surfers, raises funds for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma research

by Mike Purpus The 15th Annual Ratopia Surf Classic was held in freezing cold offshore winds with fast peeling, 3-foot waves in front of the Torrance Beach Snack Bar. Contest director Nick Weber welcomed the big turnout by singing “The Star Spangled Banner.” He should be singing for all the Dodger games.  Jenna Newburn helps […]

 Kevin Cody

‘Shreddin’ Santa’ brings early winter waves to Jacks/SB Boardriders Manhattan Beach surf contest

‘Shreddin’ Santa’ brings early winter waves to Jacks/SB Boardriders Manhattan Beach surf contest

Surfing Santa made a surprise appearance at the Jacks/South Bay Boardriders season opening contest in El Porto on Saturday, bringing with him a bag full of big waves. After watching Santa (Tracey Meistrell) throw spray like a snow making machine, delighted groms began calling him “Shreddin’ Santa.”

 Mike Purpus

A mentor in and out of the water

A mentor in and out of the water

    Mike Doyle was as smooth on land as he was surfing by Mike Purpus Editor’s note: Hermosa Surfing Walk of Fame inductee Mike Doyle was a champion longboarder and tandem surfer, an author and painter and co-inventor of the soft top surfboard and surf wax. Doyle passed away from ALS on April 28, […]

 Ryan McDonald

Take two waves and call me in the morning: International Surf Therapy Organization brings ocean healing into the mainstream

Take two waves and call me in the morning: International Surf Therapy Organization brings ocean healing into the mainstream

by Ryan McDonald Carly Rogers was told there was “no way” she would be able to pull it off. Jamie Marshall was told, “I don’t know what you’re going to do here.” And Joel Pilgrim was told that he was “just a surfer who wants to get paid to go surfing.” The last one wasn’t […]

 Kevin Cody

Skateboarders Alva, Whitehead, Silva, to appear at Third Annual King of the Redondo Harbor Skateboard Championships

Skateboarders Alva, Whitehead, Silva, to appear at Third Annual King of the Redondo Harbor Skateboard Championships

Pro skaters Tony Alva, Cindy Whitehead and Mason Silva will make guest appearances at the Third Annual King of the Harbor Skateboard Championships on Sunday, Nov. 17 at the Redondo Beach pier.

 Kevin Cody

Mike Doyle remembered as Renaissance Waterman at Hermosa Beach paddleout

Mike Doyle remembered as Renaissance Waterman at Hermosa Beach paddleout

Mike Doyle was the greatest waterman of his era,” Chris Bredesen said. Their fellow Jacobs team rider Don Craig concurred. “Mike long boarded, short boarded, tandem boarded, windsurfed, kite surfed, foil surfed and for something to do in winter, he invented the monoski (a precursor to the showboard),” Don Craig said.

 Kevin Cody

Jimmy Miller teams score sun, family friendly waves 

Jimmy Miller teams score sun, family friendly waves 

    The 15th Annual Jimmy Miller Memorial Surf Fiesta, on Sunday at 42nd Street in Manhattan Beach, drew over 180 surfers for a team surf contest in small, family-friendly waves. Funds from entry fees, T-shirts, raffles, and a silent auction will go to JMMF ocean therapy programs. Sub Bum Best Performance by a Family […]

 Mike Purpus

Hermosa tests hotdoggers

Hermosa tests hotdoggers

The Fourth Annual Subaru Pacific Hotdogger Surfing Championships drew 50 of the top-rated longboard surfers from around the world to the south side of the Hermosa Beach Pier on Saturday. The sun was out and so were plenty of fast, glassy, 3-foot tubes to ride.