South Bay surfer John Balk gets a south swell send off

By Easy Reader Staff

          Photos by Ken Pagliaro ( An early season south swell welcomed an estimated 100 South Bay surfers gathered in El Porto Saturday morning for a paddleout in memory of John Balk. The 2001 Mira Costa graduate was a standout in local surf lineups and surfed in Indonesia, Australia, Hawaii and the East Coast. In 1999, he was South Bay High School Surf League Champion. He started Auctiv sunscreen company while still in high school. “John…