Surfing

 Brad Jacobson

Finally waves in the South Bay? It’s true. A fun surf swell hit in early September

Finally waves in the South Bay? It’s true. A fun surf swell hit in early September

Please excuse us for getting so excited but it’s been a while since we’ve seen waves over waist high here in the South Bay. The South Bay surf community had something to dust off their surfboards for, waist to occasionally over head waves. Surfers include: Luca Luhrsen, Alex Fry, Chris Wells, Colin Weinberg, Luke Petty […]

 Kevin Cody

First, Lansdown duel to finish in 32 Mile Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race

First, Lansdown duel to finish in 32 Mile Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race

Los Angeles County Lifeguard and 2014, 2015 and 2017 Catalina Classic winner Max First fended off Australian lifeguard and 2018 Catalina Classic winner Lansie Landsdown to claim his fourth Classic title.

 Mike Purpus

Surf Fest surf stokes locals

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 the same day in Huntington Beach. But the stoke was just as high. “I love this contest,” Christian Steutzman said of the International Surf Festival surf contest. He had reason […]

 Judy Rae

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

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 Annual Rock 2 Rock Paddleboard Race on Sunday. Pro surfer Kelly Zaun, of Manhattan Beach, was third. The 22-mile race begins in Two Harbors at the Catalina Isthmus and finishes […]

 Mike Purpus

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

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. I paddled down from 30th Street in Hermosa. A lifeguard truck spotted me at 26th Street and followed me the rest of the way. The Breakwater was a WPA (Works […]

 Ryan McDonald

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

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 the storms came. “We started in early October, and we went through until Christmas Break without any hiccups at all,” said O’Reilly, league director of the South Bay Scholastic Surfing […]

 Kevin Cody

Tide turns in South Bay/San Diego paddleboard rivalry

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.