Kevin Cody

Nikau Kai, SB Boardriders plan Stand-Up Surf Classic in Manhattan Beach

Chuck Patterson, the first stand-up paddler to surf Cortes Bank’s giant waves, and winner of the first Dana Point Battle of the Paddle in 2009, is among the SUP paddlers scheduled to compete in the Nikau Kai Classic SUP Surf Contest at the Manhattan Pier on Sunday, August 26. The contest is being held in […]

 Easy Reader Staff

Hope for skaters in Hermosa

Photos by Brad Jacobson (CivicCouch.com) Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night junior high and high school kids swarm the fly boxes, quarter pipes and seven-stair, and parallel ledges at a former Albertson’s supermarket in Hermosa Beach. On a recent evening, one of the park’s regular shredders, 13-year-old Adams Middle School student Marcus Williams, explained the […]

 Kevin Cody

California Invasion Tour storms Southland

Body Glove team riders Jamie O’Brien, Anthony Walsh, Matt Pagan, Nate Yeomans and Cheyne Magnusson show their soulful sides and not so soulful sides during last month’s California Invasion Tour, from LA to San Diego. The tour began Saturday morning in Huntington Beach with the team giving surf lessons to kids from the Mauiola Foundation, […]

 Kevin Cody

Rachel Tominaga carves out her place in the line-up [SURFING]

Rachel Tominaga and her father Scott started surfing at the same time. “I started surfing when I was eight at the Kanoa Surf Camp. I only surfed in the summer time because I hated to wear wetsuits. They were just too tight and restrictive,” said the 15-year-old Mira Costa sophomore. “Then, when I was 12, […]

 Easy Reader Staff

Cousteau: PBDEs: from Killer Whales to unborn children

by Jean-Michel Cousteau As a result of our investigation into the health of killer whales, we have become urgently concerned about the impact on children and pregnant woman of a class of toxic flame retardant chemicals called PBDEs. Our findings are reported in the two-hour PBS special “Call of the Killer Whale,” Our concern stems […]

 Kevin Cody

Drop Zone People

  Jack Bark “wrestles alligators” in the middle of the Molokai Channel on his way to becoming the youngest paddler ever to win the stock division of the Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard World Championships.  “A lot of water moving for sure, big open ocean swells,” Bark said of the race, held Sunday, July 29. Other […]

 Easy Reader Staff

Young warriors

When we started the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation (“JMMF”) over seven years ago, we worked with abused children. Children from shelters. Children who had been beaten up emotionally, physically and psychologically. In a very real sense, these kids had been living in a war zone all of their young lives. Although they lived just a […]

 Easy Reader Staff

Ocean stars light up for Jimmy Miller Benefiesta [PHOTOS]

Ocean explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau, Navy SEAL, Act of Valor star Rorke Denver and big wave rider Alex Gray formed the honorary host committee for the first annual Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation (JMMF) Benefiesta. The event held June 16 at the Manhattan Beach Strand home of Rob DeSantis raised over $130,000 for the foundation. USMC Major […]

 Special Contributor

Rock to Rock [PHOTOS]

Rock to Rock [PHOTOS]

Photos by Ken Pagliaro Brothers Brian and Mike Murphy celebrate their division wins. Daley Meistrell with his escort flotilla.

 Easy Reader Staff

Baywatch South Bay [SURFING PHOTOS]

Baywatch South Bay [SURFING PHOTOS]

John Leininger, the face of Becker Surf for over three decades, retired last month, after trying to retire for the past three years. Leininger’s encyclopedic knowledge of surfing, drawn from personal experience and his extensive surf book collection, made him the South Bay’s go to guy for journalists and anyone else who needed to understand […]

 Mike Purpus

Gentle Ben: Ben Fortun brings the Aloha spirit to his old school longboarding

Gentle Ben: Ben Fortun brings the Aloha spirit to his old school longboarding

    Ben Fortun, a 19-year-old, 5-foot-9, 180 pound Redondo High grad, looks like an Ala Moana local. His dad looks like one of Buffalo Keaulana’s Makaha surf bro’s. “My father Tony started shoving me into little waves at Redondo’s Saphire Street before I could walk,” Fortun said. “He was such a good windsurfer that […]

 Kevin Cody

Tyler Surf unveils mid-size board at bbq [PHOTOS]

Tyler Surf unveils mid-size board at bbq [PHOTOS]

Story by Mike Siordia. Photos by Brent Broza (BrozaPhoto.com The unveiling of Tyler Hatzikian’s new “Designated Hitter” model, a midsize,  user friendly surfboard that can be ridden in all types of waves, was the highlight of Tyler Surfboards’ Annual Factory Open House on Saturday, July 14. “We have been getting requests to build more midsized […]

 Easy Reader Staff

Lead remains a major problem in soil throughout the world

Lead remains a major problem in soil throughout the world

Fish bones left over from processing fish, specifically Pollock in the North Pacific, can be used to clean up lead contamination in neighborhoods where children are susceptible to lead poisoning. Lead remains a major problem in soil throughout the world. It is spread by car exhaust fumes, e-waste, and lead-based paint. Lead poisoning has serious […]

 Easy Reader Staff

Surfer Matt Pagan is back on top

Surfer Matt Pagan is back on top

Last January, Matt Pagan wiped out on a set wave while competing in the Volcom Pipe Pro. When he resurfaced, he had a fractured knee cap, a hematoma on his back, and a gash in his head that required seven stitches. Three months later Pagan, 22, was back in the water, winning contests. “Thanks to […]

 Easy Reader Staff

Kelp Clippings: Masks, Snorkel, Fins . . . Oh My!

Kelp Clippings: Masks, Snorkel, Fins . . . Oh My!

by Dave Jensen It’s time to upgrade your snorkeling and other skin diving gear. You have done some research and talked to a few friends, but now you walk into your local dive shop to make the purchase. This can be an overwhelming experience due to the number of mask and snorkels on display. And […]