Santa drops in on surfers at Jack’s/SB Boardriders contest in Manhattan Beach

Lisa Boos dominated the Women's Open division and had the second highest adult division score. Photo by Steve Gaffney (

Photos by Steve Gaffney (

by Kevin Cody Surfing Santa and his surfing Elf Jani dropped in on surfers at Jack’s Surf/South Bay Boardriders’ season opening contest on Saturday, Dec. 10 in El Porto. Santa made sure a storm lingering off shore stayed offshore until the sold out contest, with over 200 entries, ended in the late afternoon.

German born, Manhattan Beach surfer Lisa Boos dominated the women’s open division with an 8.67 score, second only in the adult divisions to Men’s Open winner and Redondo High team rider Dane Acosta with a 9.03.

Mira Costa team rider Jake Rosenberg won the open longboard division with a score of 8.33.

The largest division, the juniors (18 and under), with 48 entries, was won by Dylan Morrisroe, who edged out Acosta, who finished second. 

The upset of the day took place in the Super Legends (60 and over) division, when Manhattan pier local Otts Akamine snuck past wave magnet Ross Russell, who caught seven waves in the 15-minute heat. Otts caught just three waves, but only the top scoring two waves count, but one was a set wave he executed a turn on that impressed the judges enough for Otts to win the heat. Only the contestants’ top two waves are scored.

Dave Schaefer gets air with local aerialists. He later won the legends division. Photo by Kevin Cody

The second of the seven contest SBBC series is the Dive N’ Surf contest on Jan. 7 at Torrance Beach. For complete results, visit ER


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