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2016 Spyder Surf Scare and Tear Spooks the MB Pier

2016 Spyder Surf Scare and Tear Spooks the MB Pier

by Ed Solt A haunting happened on the south side of the Manhattan Beach Pier in chest to high head surf on Sunday. Good corners and glassy conditions with light wind kept the spooks and goblins at bay all day at 2016’s Spyder Surf Scare and Tear Halloween surf contest. “The Scare and Tear was […]

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SBSSA Kick Off Surf Classic: Purcell, Williams and Neal Repeat

SBSSA Kick Off Surf Classic: Purcell, Williams and Neal Repeat

by Eddie Solt All photos courtesy of SBSSA The conditions could not have been much more ideal last Saturday for the South Bay Scholastic Kick Off Classic. A chest to head high combo swell, bringing warm water, greeted 42nd Street in El Porto. Sunny conditions and Santa Ana light offshore 80-degree winds prevailed all the way to the […]

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PV’s Luke Marshall’s AP surf course

PV’s Luke Marshall’s AP surf course

By Mike Purpus In a style evoking 1960s surf star David Nuuhiwa, the cool hand of Palos Verdes High senior Luke Marshall stays bent casually high in the air as he arches on the tip while perched on his 10’ metallic blue tinted Davenport Surfboards “4065” model noserider. Besides sharing the same silky smooth noseriding […]

 Brad Jacobson

Small but fun morning of surfing at El Porto

Small but fun morning of surfing at El Porto

El Porto in Manhattan Beach saw some surprisingly fun surf on September 23rd.  Tyler Hatzikian, Scott Johnsen, Mike Siorida, Wagner De Abreu and others were there taking advantage of the fun, knee to head high swell. The video was produced by Civic Couch.

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South Bay’s presence Felt at 2016 MSA Classic

South Bay’s presence Felt at 2016 MSA Classic

By Ed Solt For day 813, the “El Porto Streaker,” El Segundo’s Jeremy Porfilio, continued his surf streak at Malibu’s legendary first point —  with only five other surfers out. A member of the prestigious Malibu Surfing Association since 1999, Porfilio won the MSA Classic Invitational’s 40-49 division. Existing in some shape or form continually […]

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Pond strong: Lifeguard Kyle Pond fights leukemia, with a little help from his friends

Pond strong: Lifeguard Kyle Pond fights leukemia, with a little help from his friends

  By Ed Solt Until that day in May, the strongest fever local surf star and LA County Lifeguard Kyle Pond had ever felt was “surf fever.” Just the prior week, the 27-year-old South High graduate was “taking it to it” on his Tyler Surfboards noserider at his beloved Torrance Beach. What started gradually with […]

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Spyder Surfboards opens new shop in downtown Manhattan Beach

Spyder Surfboards opens new shop in downtown Manhattan Beach

By Ed Solt Spyder Surfboards founder Dennis Jarvis is bringing a storefront back to an area influential in the growth of surf culture, downtown Manhattan Beach, which has not had a core surf shop since Ocean Gear closed a decade ago. In the late 1940s, Dale “The Hawk” Velzy shaped his heavy redwood surfboards underneath […]

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Sandal Tan: Pro Surfer Alex Gray abroad in sunny locations [SURF VIDEO]

Sandal Tan: Pro Surfer Alex Gray abroad in sunny locations [SURF VIDEO]

Local Pro Surfer Alex Gray getting tubed in the Southern Hemisphere perpetuating his sandal tan. Credit turkeymelt.com

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HB Surfing Walk of Fame: Kelly Gibson Leads in the Surf Industry

HB Surfing Walk of Fame: Kelly Gibson Leads in the Surf Industry

Rip Curl USA CEO and Surf Industry Manufacturers Association President Kelly Gibson has become part of Hermosa Beach’s broadening surf culture legacy. The Class of ‘83 Mira Costa graduate will be inducted into the Hermosa Beach Surfing Walk of Fame on August 20. Fittingly, he will join fellow ‘80s pro surfer Ted Robinson, former Hermosa […]

 Kevin Cody

HB Surfing Walk of Fame: Pioneer Hermosa Beach surfer Chip Post credits his youth surfing to his career in public service

HB Surfing Walk of Fame: Pioneer Hermosa Beach surfer Chip Post credits his youth surfing to his career in public service

by Kevin Cody During the summer of 1962, Chip Post was with Roy Breen in his Ford in the alley behind Post’s home on 17th Street in Hermosa Beach, when the Beach Boys’ “Surfin’ Safari” came on the radio. “My first thought was, wow, surfing’s on the radio. My next thought was, it’s over. It’s […]

 Mike Purpus

Surfer Walk of Fame inductee Leininger was surfing stalwart

Surfer Walk of Fame inductee Leininger was surfing stalwart

by Mike Purpus John Leininger almost certainly has sold more surfboards than anyone else in the South Bay’s storied surf industry. Shortly after graduating from Bishop Montgomery High School in the mid-’60s, Leininger went to work for Walt Slike and Jim Wells at Skeg Surf Shop at 1st Street and Hermosa Avenue, in Hermosa Beach. […]

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10th Annual Beach Shorts: Barry Hatchett presents his final surf film fest Saturday

10th Annual Beach Shorts: Barry Hatchett presents his final surf film fest Saturday

By Ed Solt Ten years ago, a humble everyday surfer, Barry Hatchett, set out to share the aloha spirit with fellow surfers of the same ilk through his Beach Shorts Film Fest. Each subsequent year, jeering and cheering surfers filled the Hermosa Beach Playhouse to view the only film fest featuring six to ten minute […]

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Benefit this Wednesday for LA County Lifeguard Kyle Pond Leukemia Fund

Benefit this Wednesday for LA County Lifeguard Kyle Pond Leukemia Fund

Until that day last May, the strongest fever local surf star and LA County Lifeguard Kyle Pond had ever felt was “surf fever.” Just the prior week, the 27-year-old, South High graduate was taking it to it on his Tyler Surfboards noserider at his beloved Torrance Beach. What gradually started with a very high temperature led […]

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Local Star Longboarder Hudson Ritchie “Home for Summer” [SURF VIDEO]

Local Star Longboarder Hudson Ritchie “Home for Summer” [SURF VIDEO]

From filmmaker Cory Gehr, “Returning home for the summer gave me an opportunity to link up with 17-year-old Hudson Ritchie. A lot of early mornings, breakfast burritos, and van naps went into making this clip, and we are stoked on how it turned out. It is short, but so sweet and hopefully it gets you […]

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Local Surf Star Matt Pagan gets “Loose” [SURF VIDEO]

Local Surf Star Matt Pagan gets “Loose” [SURF VIDEO]

First installment of sandpipertv.com. The surfing took place mostly in LA, with clips around CA and ending off on Oahu. Edited by Mike Pagan.