Landing Zone (LZ) Carol was like Gilligan’s Island. Our days were spent perfecting our tans and telling headquarters we were winning the hearts and minds of local villagers. LZ was on the tip of a peninsula that jutted out 500 yards into Dam Trao Lake. It was 300 miles north of Saigon and light years away from what most grunts were enduring.…
"The Endless Summer" film maker Brue Brown will be honored on the 50th anniversary of his landmark film at the South Bay Film and Music Festival at the Hermosa Beach Community Theater on Saturday, June 4.…
Surfboard Manufacturer Icon, Hap Jacobs and Jacobs Teamrider Mike Purpus during the Drop Zone’s gathering of personal insights on Donald Takayama.
It’s been a very pivotal week in surfing as Legendary Surf and Shaper, Hermosa Beach Surfing Walk of Fame Member, Donald Takayama, passed away Monday October 22nd. Mainstream media as well as the surfing world have published and posted tidbits and obituaries, while social medias have been overflowing with grieving, remembrances, and celebrations of Mr. Takayama’s life. The Drop Zone is crafting a cover story for the November issue worthy of Mr. Takayama’s legacy through insights and the eyes of other surfers, friends, and people of the industry who still or at one time were locals of the South Bay.Above Video Clip courtesy of Matt Warshaw (another former South Bay resident) and the Encyclopedia of Surfing. https://www.facebook.com/encyclopediaofsurfing.
Drop Zone paid a visit to Adam Davenport of Surfboard’s by Davenport shaping bay (formerly Rick Stoner’s of Rick Surfboards). Here he is making the first cuts on his 4065 model.
Don Kadowaki of Don Kadowaki Surfboards with a recent finished 5’8″ that has a smorgasbord of fin options. Two fin, three fin, five fin with trailer, four fin, whatever the rider desires works with this stick.
The Drop Zone street team paid a visit to the Hippy Tree Headquarters this week in Torrance Beach. Left to right: Team Manager Mike Siordia and owners Josh Sweeney, and Andrew Sarnecki. Unannounced and with out any style, the street team showed up and Hippy Tree gladly showed off their newest threads for the fall line.
Brent Broza Photography/Tyler Surfboards collaboration post card taken in the front of the legendary Green Store on 22nd st. and Hermosa Avenue. This area is rich in surfing history which will be explored in the November issue. To purchase: www.tylersurfboards.com
Wayne Okamota of Oak Foils surfboards talks story with Drop Zone. The Drop Zone loves making trips to shoot the shit with local shapers and get the latest on what they’re working on. Here’s a link to Wayne’s happenings: oakfoils.blogspot.com
In mainstream surf society, lately many contemporary professional surfers have been inspired by the arty “cultural-ism” out of Williamsburg as a way to develop a marketable image. This does not apply to Alex Grey. Let’s face it, dude charges 40 foot waves. Let’s see: 40 foot waves or out-of-focus “film” (yet we know it’s digital with a filter) pictorial of surfers “discovering” New York City. Hmmmm, just do the math here now. Drop Zone borrowed this pic from Grey’s Facebook page with a description of: “Spoke to 3,600 Mira Costa high school students this morning in Manhattan Bch, CA. Now headed to Hawaii in 2 hours for the weekend swell :)” For more on the hardworking and charging Grey check out his site: TurkeyMelt.com
Jamie Ellet, running the show at Open Ocean Surfshop in Redondo Beach. Here he is in hyper-focus mode studying the Pulitzer Price potential of the Drop Zone.
Drop Zone Lifestyle advocate, Mike Siordia, sticking “the immaculate Hang Ten” this week along the shores of El Porto and not North Manhattan Beach. Photo by Kiyo Okada classicwaves-usa.blogspot.com
A pic from Brad Jacobson of Oakfoils teamrider Chris Wells locked in during this week’s little wind swell. For FULL coverage with some tasty surf pics check out: civiccouch.com
[scrollGallery id=510]Captions and Photos by Eddie Solt Jr, unless already noted.
Eddie Solt, Jr. can be reached at ESolt@Easyreader.info
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