Mike Purpus

Ratopia Surf Contest: South’s Browning rips at Torrance Beach

Ratopia Surf Contest: South’s Browning rips at Torrance Beach

By Mike Purpus and Ed Solt The 11th Annual Ratopia Surf Contest got underway in 1 to 3 foot frozen zippers last Saturday morning at Torrance Beach. It was so cold judging the first heat that the judges thought we were up in Big Bear waiting for the chair lift to open. “The water is […]

 Easy Reader Staff

Torrance South defends its local surf spot against El Segundo

Torrance South defends its local surf spot against El Segundo

Photos and story by Ed Solt The South Bay Scholastic Surfing Association presented by Subaru Pacific resumed after the Thanksgiving break with South High taking on El Segundo High at Torrance Beach December 9. After losing to Mira Costa in a landslide two weeks prior, South claimed the pride of their local beach and beat […]

 Easy Reader Staff

Positively Jen: How Jennifer Stevens lived through the San Bernardino shooting and kept her kindness intact

Positively Jen: How Jennifer Stevens lived through the San Bernardino shooting and kept her kindness intact

by Ed Solt Jennifer Stevens recognized Syed Farook. They both worked for the San Bernardino Environmental Services Department, where Stevens had started working part-time last May, shortly before graduating from UC Riverside. In mid-November, Stevens was hired full time. Her goal was to become an environmental health inspector. It was work she loved. Stevens, 22, […]

 Easy Reader Staff

Annual Ratopia Classic goes off

During the summer of 2005, lifelong surfer Denny Bales, born and raised in Palos Verdes, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma disease. He was 21. “We all were in college in our spirits were high,” said Nick Weber, one of the founders of Ratopia Surf Classic. “It was a shock at the age when we all […]

 Brad Jacobson

A Day of Barrels in the South Bay

The South Bay is know for it’s block long closeouts.  Once or twice a year a swell comes along and produces legitimate waves.  This day saw one of those swells. Surfers include: Conor Beatty, Bryce Lowe-White, Matt Hinson, Chris Wells, Chris Frohoff, Andy Prunauer, Easton Jones, Kyle Brown and others.

 Kevin Cody

South Bay Boardriders contest cancelled, Big Wave Challenge on

South Bay Boardriders contest cancelled, Big Wave Challenge on

Local surfers are expected to take advantage of the South Bay Boardriders cancellation of tomorrow’s contest to look for waves large enough to qualify for the South Bay Boardriders Big Wave Challenge. Tomorrow’s swell is forecast to be the first large swell since the contest window opened November 7.

 Brad Jacobson

Going For Broke, Part 2 of a South Bay December Swell [VIDEO]

A second swell hit the South Bay fresh on the heels of a larger swell just days before this. While this one didn’t pack the same size, it still produced fun chest to well overhead waves. Surfers featured are Daniel D’Castillo, Michael Luhrsen, Dane Zaun, Chris Wells, Bruna Schmitz, Greg Browning, Scott Johnsen, Bobby Kithcart, […]

 Kevin Cody

Manhattan Beach’s Bob Hogan was waterman’s waterman

Manhattan Beach’s Bob Hogan was waterman’s waterman

Bob Hogan, one of lesser known South Bay waterman pioneers, is revered by those who know the impact he had, not just by founding the Catalina Classic, which kept paddleboard racing alive, but in establishing the South Bay waterman tradition.

 Brad Jacobson

The Largest Waves So Far for the South Bay’s 2015-16 Season (video)

The Largest Waves So Far for the South Bay’s 2015-16 Season (video)

The largest swell to hit the South Bay so far (for the 2015-16 season) made it’s arrival on Saturday December 5th. Surfers Matt Mohagen, Tyler Hatzikian, Noah Collins, Jake Kirchenbaum,Greg Browning, Flavio Pires, Scott Smith and others scored a few gems. Music by Chamomile Video by Brad Jacobson of Civic Couch  

 Brad Jacobson

Pulling Into Closeouts in Manhattan Beach (Video)

Pulling Into Closeouts in Manhattan Beach (Video)

Lined up closeout waves hit Manhattan Beach on Tuesday December first as a head high plus swell made it’s way into the South Bay.  Noah Collins, Wil Reid, Chris Wells, Easton Jones, Flavio Pires and others make the best of the early December swell. Because Manhattan Beach has not had many sizable swells yet this […]

 Kevin Cody

Hermosa surfer Bryan Newman sparkled in the water

“When I was learning to surf, I’d watch Brian the Hall brothers and Marco Franco at the pier and Brian was the best, the best in the world because he was the nicest,” Marcus Fender recalled.

 Easy Reader Staff

Third annual “Hey Turkey” art show celebrates South Bay culture [PHOTOS]

Third annual “Hey Turkey” art show celebrates South Bay culture [PHOTOS]

Photos by Eddie Solt M1SK organized another killer “Hey Turkey” Art Show the night before Thanksgiving, celebrating local art and culture. The artwork was diverse, ranging from the lens work of Brent Broza to the comic satire of “The Bubble” by Ian Freshman. All work centered on South Bay cultural roots.

 Easy Reader Staff

Palos Verdes High prevails over El Segundo at their home break

Palos Verdes High prevails over El Segundo at their home break

The South Bay Scholastic Surfing Association made the rounds to 38th Street in El Porto, where a rebounding Palos Verdes High beat El Segundo High last Thursday. Both teams were hungry for a “w.” A week earlier, South High beat PV in the closest meet of the season so far while El Segundo was dominated […]

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Greg “Da Bull” Noll ignites the spark for the South Bay Big Wave Season [PHOTOS]

Greg “Da Bull” Noll ignites the spark for the South Bay Big Wave Season [PHOTOS]

all photos by Saul Zaragoza Surf Legend Greg Noll paid a visit to Dive N’ Surf in Redondo Beach, Saturday November 7th to launch the South Bay Big Wave Challenge. All afternoon, Mr. Noll met and greeted old friends and fans before taking the mic and running through old time surf stories.    

 Easy Reader Staff

SBBSA: Costa Crushes South [VIDEO + PHOTOS]

SBBSA: Costa Crushes South [VIDEO + PHOTOS]

photos by Marty Tuesling The South Bay Scholastic Surfing Association presented by Subaru Pacific resumed this week with the undefeated Mira Costa High School surf team taking on undefeated Torrance South High. Mira Costa star surfer Cody Purcell was absent, giving South a much better chance to beat the Costa team — which has been […]

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