Ryan McDonald

Surfing in the Material World

Surfing in the Material World

The Founders’ Cup brought perfect waves and thousands of fans to the WSL Surf Ranch. Will it change surfing as we know it? by Ryan McDonald Joel Parkinson, a square-jawed Australian and surfing’s 2012 world champion, was sitting in the water, waiting for a wave. And waiting. In the ocean, waves tend to come in […]

 Ryan McDonald

Live from the WSL Founders’ Cup

Live from the WSL Founders’ Cup

Saturday marks the beginning of the WSL Founder’s Cup of Surfing, held at the Surf Ranch, a revolutionary wave pool created by 11-time world champion Kelly Slater, in Lemoore, Calif, about 35 miles outside of Fresno.

 Kevin Cody

SB Boardriders claim West Coast title at Huntington Beach contest

SB Boardriders claim West Coast title at Huntington Beach contest

by Dickie O’Reilly and Kevin Cody A South Bay Boardriders Club goal when it was founded in 2008 was to resurrect the South Bay’s reputation as a center of California surfing, a position it owned during surfing’s Golden Years, but had relinquished to Huntington Beach. That year, the club’s application to the Malibu Surfrider contest […]

 Brad Jacobson

Swell Stories 2: Misleading Swell brings big but wonky surf to the South Bay.

Swell Stories 2: Misleading Swell brings big but wonky surf to the South Bay.

Welcome back to Swell Stories powered by Manhattan Beach Toyota and the Easy Reader Newspaper. This episode features two back to back swells that made their way into the South Bay bringing large surf but wonky conditions. The video was produced by Civic Couch.  

 Brad Jacobson

Swell Stories: Powerful swell brings well overhead surf to the South Bay

Swell Stories: Powerful swell brings well overhead surf to the South Bay

In this episode of “Swell Stories” we cover the swell that hit the South Bay early January . Typical South Bay swell with 1 good wave for every 10 but it was great to see waves with punch again! Surfers include: Alex Gray , Andy Prunauer, Angelo Luhrsen,Easton Jones, Cheyne Magnusson, Matt Meistrell, Noah Collins, […]

 Special Contributor

Endless Session, Day 889:  Returning Home

by Morgan Sliff 523 days, or 1.5 years ago, marked the last endless session entry.  Daily tracking has dwindled (now needing a bit of math to pinpoint streak currents) but everyday waves and stoke have ardently continued, adventures have multiplied like gremlins, love is in the air, and careers have shifted from 7 years in […]

 Brad Jacobson

Santa and his elves take a much needed break to go surfing in Manhattan Beach (Video)

Santa and his elves take a much needed break to go surfing in Manhattan Beach (Video)

December has been a long month preparing for the big day for Santa and his elves. All the hard work payed off, they finished all of their task before Christmas and took a well deserved break. They grabbed their boards and hit the surf. Surfers: Santa : Mike Siorida Female Elf: Morgan Sliff Male Elf: […]

 Brad Jacobson

Big walled out surf hits the South Bay beaches (video)

Big walled out surf hits the South Bay beaches (video)

Anyone who knows the South Bay understands that early winter big swells have no shape. The sand just hasn’t moved since last winter so the waves come in, hit flat sand and wall up. This November 28th swell was no exception. Our local talent was still out there charging into the head high plus surf. […]

 Brad Jacobson

Dancing on Water at the Hotdoggers Longboard Contest in Hermosa Beach (Video)

Dancing on Water at the Hotdoggers Longboard Contest in Hermosa Beach (Video)

The Subaru Pacific Hotdoggers Longboard Surf Contest took place October 7th at the south side of the Hermosa Beach Pier and featured some of the best long boarders on the west coast. They looked amazingly graceful in waist to chest high closeouts braking in knee high water. Video shot/produced by Brad Jacobson of Civic Couch. 

 Special Contributor

Wind, big surf challenge SBBC/ Spyder Kings, Queens of Beach

Wind, big surf challenge SBBC/  Spyder Kings, Queens of Beach

"I couldn't tell the chop from the waves," said Dave Schaefer, who blasted through six heats sick with what he later learned was pneumonia.

by Morgan Sliff The end of season, South Bay Boardriders “King of the Beach” contest, hosted by Spyder Surfboards two Saturdays ago, began with a clean, sizeable swell and light, offshore winds. Then, mid-morning, the wind switched onshore and the sky darkened, creating the most challenging conditions of the six-contest series. “I couldn’t tell the […]

 Special Contributor

Notes from the underground: Hermosa Beach surfboard shaper Jose Barahona

Notes from the underground: Hermosa Beach surfboard shaper Jose Barahona

How shaper Jose Barahona quietly became one of the sport’s most prodigious surfboard makers   by Morgan Sliff You can feel the power in the room. As you carefully step across snow piles of blank shavings, the sweet smell of resin filling your nose, your eyes are pulled to relics past and present — various tattered surf pictures masking-taped […]

 Special Contributor

Love Started With a Trip: A Week of Surf and Stories in Nicaragua

Love Started With a Trip:  A Week of Surf and Stories in Nicaragua

by Morgan Sliff Love can be felt in many contexts.  Its sensations aren’t just bound by the story of two star-crossed companions — love is the foundation in a group of close friends.  And for a specific group of South Bay wanderers this past week, love started with a trip.  A trip to a dirt […]

 Brad Jacobson

Worth The Wait – Best Surfing Day of the Year So Far (video)

Worth The Wait – Best Surfing Day of the Year So Far (video)

This is the second part of a swell that rolled into the South Bay this week.  The first part of the swell (see previous video) brought some fun, head high + waves into the South Bay on Tuesday, Jan. 24th. This video was shot on Wednesday, Jan 25th and had a little more punch and […]

 Brad Jacobson

It’s Been a While – Surf Video

It’s Been a While – Surf Video

It’s been a while since the South Bay has seen a decent run of waves with punch.  The South Bay receives our best and biggest waves in the winter, although this winter was off to a slow start until this swell. These clips were shot on January 24, 2017 in Redondo Beach.  Surfers include: Jalian […]

 Brad Jacobson

Chasing El Nino(full version), Surfing the 2015-2016 Season in the South Bay by Civic Couch

Chasing El Nino(full version), Surfing the 2015-2016 Season in the South Bay by Civic Couch

This is the full video released and produced by Civic Couch in association with the Easy Reader.   This is the South Bay. This stretch of beach is known for its million dollar homes, beautiful people, beach volleyball and surfing. The South Bay consists of fickle surf spots. A slight change in the swell or […]