Remember Manhattan Beach life before coronavirus? We do. Fondly.

Surfing and other "active recreation" will be allowed on beaches starting May 13. From the "Photowalks" series

By Jefferson Graham

A surfer walks out onto the Manhattan Beach sand at early morning, back in the pre-COVID era. From the “Photowalks” series

Miss seeing the ocean and her waves as much as we do? 

Walking on Ocean Avenue in Manhattan Beach, through the alley ways of the city just isn’t the same thing as getting to be on the Strand, right? 

But in these days of social distancing, we’ve got to do what we’ve got to do. 

Luckily, we’ve got the video archive. 

I’ve been compiling “Photowalk” videos of the beach cities for years, and just put together a compilation reel to remember the way things were–like in earlier 2020. 

Walking on the sand. Watching the sunset or the morning surfers from the Pier. Seeing the birds fly over the water. For many, the simple joy of beach volleyball, or working out in the sand. 

The beaches of Los Angeles County, which includes Manhattan, Hermosa and Redondo are currently closed, although there’s talk they may re-open soon, as early as May 15th. (

In the meantime, if you miss the beach as much as we do, we invite you to watch our “Manhattan Beach before quarantine” video. It opens under the Pier, back before anyone knew what a COVID was, (another lifetime ago, right?) and ends on the now empty bike path. 

Hang in —the month of May will be here soon. 


In addition, we’ve also put together a series of ocean videos at different times of the day, from early morning to mid afternoon and most spectacularly, sunsets. They feature no talking or music, just the sights and sounds of the South Bay beaches. Enjoy!





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