Gale force winds challenge SBBC surfers

The Judges trying to stay warm.

Photos by Steve Gaffney (

Gale force winds, approaching 20 miles per hour during the South Bay Boardriders/El Porto Surf Shop in El Porto contest two Saturdays ago left announcer Mark Cole at a loss for words. 

“I’ve said, ‘Challenging conditions’ a hundred times already. I need a new word,” he apologized   over the mic, midway through the morning.

“Try ‘Character building,’” competitor Jani Lange suggested.

It was an appropriate description for a day when a falling tide, and rising wind, and swells pushed the limits for competitors at all levels.

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