Eddie Solt

South Bay’s presence Felt at 2016 MSA Classic

South Bay’s presence Felt at 2016 MSA Classic

By Ed Solt For day 813, the “El Porto Streaker,” El Segundo’s Jeremy Porfilio, continued his surf streak at Malibu’s legendary first point —  with only five other surfers out. A member of the prestigious Malibu Surfing Association since 1999, Porfilio won the MSA Classic Invitational’s 40-49 division. Existing in some shape or form continually […]

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Music Preview: In Apache Wilds, a new band brings winds of change to South Bay sounds

Music Preview: In Apache Wilds, a new band brings winds of change to South Bay sounds

by Ed Solt Dirty Hippie Radio began with the purpose “to expand people’s minds.” Founded by former Easy Reader music columnist Jeff Vincent, the online radio station plays to the underground. It includes bands from different genres: surf, psychedelia, blues, and experimental, the latter best expressed as the “wtf?” genre (exemplified by DHR’s love of […]

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Beer Bros: A baby and a brew, Adventures in pre-parenthood at Zymurgy Brew Works

Beer Bros: A baby and a brew, Adventures in pre-parenthood at Zymurgy Brew Works

Words and photos by Ed Solt After eight and half months of forced sobriety, I decided to “reward” my pregnant fiance Sarah by “asking” her to join me to brew our own beer at Zymurgy Brew Works & Tasting Room in Torrance. Prior to a little blue strip acknowledging that there’s a little creature inside […]

 Eddie Solt

Lost Beach’s Cosmic Indie Rock ‘n’ Roll

Lost Beach’s Cosmic Indie Rock ‘n’ Roll

By Ed Solt   Lost Beach’s moniker is partially inspired by lead singer Jonny Perdue’s surname, which means “lost” in French. But after playing in bands all over the LA music scene, the five musicians of Lost Beach found what they were looking for at home at the beach: their own distinct sound. Lost Beach […]

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Pond strong: Lifeguard Kyle Pond fights leukemia, with a little help from his friends

Pond strong: Lifeguard Kyle Pond fights leukemia, with a little help from his friends

  By Ed Solt Until that day in May, the strongest fever local surf star and LA County Lifeguard Kyle Pond had ever felt was “surf fever.” Just the prior week, the 27-year-old South High graduate was “taking it to it” on his Tyler Surfboards noserider at his beloved Torrance Beach. What started gradually with […]

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Spyder Surfboards opens new shop in downtown Manhattan Beach

Spyder Surfboards opens new shop in downtown Manhattan Beach

By Ed Solt Spyder Surfboards founder Dennis Jarvis is bringing a storefront back to an area influential in the growth of surf culture, downtown Manhattan Beach, which has not had a core surf shop since Ocean Gear closed a decade ago. In the late 1940s, Dale “The Hawk” Velzy shaped his heavy redwood surfboards underneath […]

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Sandal Tan: Pro Surfer Alex Gray abroad in sunny locations [SURF VIDEO]

Sandal Tan: Pro Surfer Alex Gray abroad in sunny locations [SURF VIDEO]

Local Pro Surfer Alex Gray getting tubed in the Southern Hemisphere perpetuating his sandal tan. Credit turkeymelt.com

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HB Surfing Walk of Fame: Kelly Gibson Leads in the Surf Industry

HB Surfing Walk of Fame: Kelly Gibson Leads in the Surf Industry

Rip Curl USA CEO and Surf Industry Manufacturers Association President Kelly Gibson has become part of Hermosa Beach’s broadening surf culture legacy. The Class of ‘83 Mira Costa graduate will be inducted into the Hermosa Beach Surfing Walk of Fame on August 20. Fittingly, he will join fellow ‘80s pro surfer Ted Robinson, former Hermosa […]

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Progressive obsession: Ted Robinson to be inducted into the Hermosa Beach Surfing Walk of Fame

Progressive obsession: Ted Robinson to be inducted into the Hermosa Beach Surfing Walk of Fame

By Ed Solt Ted Robinson has never stopped progressing. The 53-year-old surfer has yet to peak and exhibits strong skills on all types of surf equipment. With his motto, “The right board for the right time,” his eclectic quiver allows Robinson to surf nearly every day. The 2016 Hermosa Beach Surfing Walk of Fame inductee […]

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10th Annual Beach Shorts: Barry Hatchett presents his final surf film fest Saturday

10th Annual Beach Shorts: Barry Hatchett presents his final surf film fest Saturday

By Ed Solt Ten years ago, a humble everyday surfer, Barry Hatchett, set out to share the aloha spirit with fellow surfers of the same ilk through his Beach Shorts Film Fest. Each subsequent year, jeering and cheering surfers filled the Hermosa Beach Playhouse to view the only film fest featuring six to ten minute […]

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Paddle out and life celebration scheduled for local surfer, musician Donovan Lenker

Paddle out and life celebration scheduled for local surfer, musician Donovan Lenker

By: Ed Solt Known affectionately as “Dono” by friends and family, Donovan Lenker unexpectedly passed away July 20. The former South High Spartan (Class of 2003) and lifelong Torrance resident enjoyed surfing the beaches of Torrance and Redondo Beach. “We all grew up in the water, at the beach, constantly. Dono was one of the […]

 Eddie Solt

Benefit this Wednesday for LA County Lifeguard Kyle Pond Leukemia Fund

Benefit this Wednesday for LA County Lifeguard Kyle Pond Leukemia Fund

Until that day last May, the strongest fever local surf star and LA County Lifeguard Kyle Pond had ever felt was “surf fever.” Just the prior week, the 27-year-old, South High graduate was taking it to it on his Tyler Surfboards noserider at his beloved Torrance Beach. What gradually started with a very high temperature led […]

 Eddie Solt

Local Star Longboarder Hudson Ritchie “Home for Summer” [SURF VIDEO]

Local Star Longboarder Hudson Ritchie “Home for Summer” [SURF VIDEO]

From filmmaker Cory Gehr, “Returning home for the summer gave me an opportunity to link up with 17-year-old Hudson Ritchie. A lot of early mornings, breakfast burritos, and van naps went into making this clip, and we are stoked on how it turned out. It is short, but so sweet and hopefully it gets you […]

 Eddie Solt

2016 Meeting of the Guild at Naja’s Place

By Ed Solt All photos by Brad Jacobson More commonly known, tongue-in-cheek, as the “Battle of the Guild,” the Meeting of the Guild is the climax of LA Beer Week, the region’s week-long celebration of local craft beer. In its eighth year, #LABW8 (as its known on social media) is organized by the Los Angeles Brewers Guild. […]

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Local Surf Star Matt Pagan gets “Loose” [SURF VIDEO]

Local Surf Star Matt Pagan gets “Loose” [SURF VIDEO]

First installment of sandpipertv.com. The surfing took place mostly in LA, with clips around CA and ending off on Oahu. Edited by Mike Pagan.

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