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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Long Live Eken is Dead: South Bay’s truly alternative rock

Put down the mandolin, flip the distortion, and turn up the Marshall: South Bay’s truly alternative rock band by Ed Solt Have bands with any traces of metal been left to rust in the previous decade? The marques don’t lie. Currently, popular music playing at South Bay venues tends to fall on the softer side. […]

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Out Front: Highlights of Local Surf Star Dane Zaun’s El Nino

Out Front: Highlights of Local Surf Star Dane Zaun’s El Nino

Dane Zaun avoids chasing the elusive swells of this El Nino winter and sticks to running out front of his South Bay pad with friends. Cinematography & Edit – Tyler Haft Additional Cinematography – Brendan Calder | Greg Browning | John DeTemple | Scott Smith

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LIFE LESSONS: Local Little League coach believes in a bigger picture

LIFE LESSONS: Local Little League coach  believes in a bigger picture

by Ed Solt All photos by Rick Parker Donning white baseball pants and cleats, a traditional look for Little League coaches, which departs from the thankfully discontinued ultra-short, form-fitting, bike-brand era of “coaches shorts,” Shawn O’Brien brings an old school philosophy of working hard to achieve a goal. In his first year as coach for […]

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LA Beer Week: Naja’s hosts Battle of the Guilds Thursday night

LA Beer Week: Naja’s hosts Battle of the Guilds Thursday night

By Ed Solt Fire up your hoppy taste buds and grease up that Strand cruiser. It’s time for the Battle of the Guilds. Naja’s Place is the chosen battlefield as the three major California Brewers’ Guilds — San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego — square off Thursday night in a challenge to brew the […]

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