Eddie Solt

Swell, wind, tide line up perfectly an “all-time” El Niño day for surfers

Swell, wind, tide line up perfectly an “all-time” El Niño day for surfers

  by Ed Solt all photos by Brad Jacobson of CivicCouch.com After a week in which the ocean reminded them that she still can get flat, local surfers  were greeted by a surprisingly strong northwestern El Niño winter swell Friday morning. What made this particular swell unique is that it fell well under the radar […]

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South Bay Customs hosts fest

South Bay Customs hosts fest

Blowtorched food, rock n’ roll, and craft beer at Crude Craft by Ed Solt Saturday night, everything crude and crafty will be celebrated at South Bay Customs,  the American motorcycle shop tucked away in El Segundo’s Smoky Hollow district that is also an art gallery and music venue. The event will feature craft beer, food, […]

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Chasing Purple Blobs: South Bay Big Wave Surfer Scotty Bredesen

Chasing Purple Blobs: South Bay Big Wave Surfer Scotty Bredesen

“Surfing big waves isn’t only about the actual act of catching big waves. It’s about making the decisions to drop everything and being at the right place at the right time.” — Scotty Bredesen by Eddie Solt The buoys were banging. It was the first big swell of the season. Ocean Beach, just south of […]

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Redondo High Surf team gains composure and closes out on El Segundo

Redondo High Surf team gains composure and closes out on El Segundo

  by Ed Solt El Niño is in full effect. The South Bay Scholastic Surfing Association league director Dickie O’Reilly and league coaches have their hands full. The decision to give the “go” on a contest is made the night before each contest. “It’s been a winter of never-ending swell,” as deemed by O’Reilly. The right call was […]

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Graceband goes big, Elvis-style

Graceband goes big, Elvis-style

by Ed Solt The Graceband came together to celebrate The King three years ago. The band honed its chops at Torrance cultural institutions like the Gable House Bowl and Hale Hawaii, the latter a tiki bar that retains an 80s vibe and is overseen by an owner resembling Mr. Miyagi from “The Karate Kid” who […]

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Sy in the Sky

Torrance Airport legend Sy Symons returned from WWII and immersed himself in the two cultures that would come to define the South Bay, aviation and surfing by Ed Solt Merlyn “Sy” Symons’ hanger at the Torrance Airport was adorned with war medals and seven decades of photos, antique airplane parts, and tools, all housed around […]

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Mira Costa remains undeated in the local High School Surf League

Mira Costa remains undeated in the local High School Surf League

by Ed Solt All photos by Saul Zaragoza After a wave abundant winter break, the South Bay Scholastic Surfing Association presented by Subaru Pacific resumed its season at Torrance Beach on Friday, January 14th. With a four and one record, Palos Verdes High School took to the water against undefeated Mira Costa. “It is the […]

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Mira Costa cruises through the SBSSA Team Challenge at the Hermosa Beach Pier

Mira Costa cruises through the SBSSA Team Challenge at the Hermosa Beach Pier

On Saturday January 16, all 11 schools in the South Bay Scholastic Surfing Association competed at the Hermosa Beach Pier in the league’s Annual Team Challenge. Surf was consistently fun with waist to chest sized waves. “The team challenge is an unique event,” said SBBSA League Director Dickie O’Reilly. “Each surf team picks three shortboarders, one bodyboarder, one boy’s […]

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Bombora Round Out: Big Wave surfers anticipate El Niño [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

Bombora Round Out: Big Wave surfers anticipate El Niño [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

by Ed Solt “El Niño” has replaced “stoked” as the most uttered surfer jargon in the South Bay. The promise of epic surf has many surfers preparing in their own ways. Mike Balzer, photographer and chief organizer of the South Bay Big Wave Challenge, might not be waxing his big gun but he’ll be cleaning […]

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The year of the committed surfer

The year of the committed surfer

El Nino arrives, Mike Balzer presides, Costa glides, Dane Zaun flies, Steve Buchan revives, John Balk survives, and Morgan Sliff rides, rides, rides by Ed Solt We remember days of epic surf. Doldrums tend to be forgotten. Who can really recall going out at the Hermosa Beach pier on a blown-out, one-foot day? We’re stoked […]

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Mickey Avalon and Dirt Nasty to play NYE at Saint Rocke

Mickey Avalon and Dirt Nasty to play NYE at Saint Rocke

During my enrollment in the Southern California college culture of the mid 2000s, Mickey Avalon’s underground hits, “Jane Fonda,” “Mr. Right,” or “My Dick” (featuring Dirt Nasty and Andre Legacy) were all the rage, heard in dorm rooms, house parties, or bumped out of a heavily tinted late model foreign car. Mickey introduced us to […]

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South beats RUHS in closest meet of SBSSA surf season [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

South beats RUHS in closest meet of SBSSA surf season [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

The shores of the South Bay usually greet any hint of swell with the same outcome —  close-outs. But on December 16, the South Bay Scholastic Surfing Association presented by Subaru Pacific featured a surf contest between Torrance South and Redondo Union high that had both big swell and great shapes. A freight-training left broke […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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