Eddie Solt

Van Hamersveld and Me.

Van Hamersveld and Me.

I wasn’t really prepared to do an interview let alone even exist on that Monday. A miscommunication in scheduling further added to my scatteredness as I bombed south down PCH with a gas gauge flirting with E, a power steering leak that left it’s mark at every location, and a tranny a quart or two […]

 Eddie Solt

Surf Sleds: Rock’s 1978 Volkswagen Convertible Bug

Surf Sleds: Rock’s 1978 Volkswagen Convertible Bug

All photos by Mark Kawakami With his Becker triple stringer in the passenger seat popping out from the drop top, surfer Rock Donahue, sporting his trademark visor, is a regular checking out the breaks from El Porto to Torrance Beach in his red 1978 Volkswagen Convertible Bug. It’s the only way he’s gotten around since getting […]

 Eddie Solt

Kelp Klippings: 2nd Annual Kirk McNulty White SeaBass Spearfishing Classic

Kelp Klippings: 2nd Annual Kirk McNulty White SeaBass Spearfishing Classic

After a successful first year, the 2nd annual tournament to honor the legacy of Kirk McNulty started March 1st and ended May 31st. “A Surfer, Diver, Brother and Son. Kirk was a world class waterman who was inspired by everything ocean,” said Kirk’s brother and founder of the tournament and HookBuzz.com, Clark McNulty. The tournament […]

 Eddie Solt

Surfer’s Stomps: Watermans: Safe House for Surfers

Surfer’s Stomps: Watermans: Safe House for Surfers

All photos by Mark Kawakami In the thick of the bar scene on Hermosa Beach’s Pier Plaza, it’s easy to get distracted by the beats of electronic fuzz and chirps, high heels, and designer drab. Even with the beach and the Strand a mere 100 feet away, a pseudo-club scene emerges late nights. On the […]

 Eddie Solt

South Bay Boardrider’s Present Grom Q&A: Jake Chandler

South Bay Boardrider’s Present Grom Q&A: Jake Chandler

  JAKE CHANDLER HOMESCHOOL 9 YEARS OLD 4′ 3″ Sponsors: MISSION SURF BOARDS, WAXTRAK AND RIDERSHACK What do you eat in the morning to fire you up to go surf? ICE CREAM (I WISH) What’s your favorite color and why? BLUE BECAUSE IT IS THE COLOR OF THE OCEAN Where do you surf locally? Where is your […]

 Eddie Solt

South Bay surfers shine in WSA championships

South Bay surfers shine  in WSA championships

Local South Bay surfers dominate the Western Surfing Championships at “Churches” in San Clemente, CA.

 Eddie Solt

South Bay Boardriders Club Grom Q&A: Hudson Ritchie

South Bay Boardriders Club Grom Q&A: Hudson Ritchie

A quick Q&A with South Bay hotshot Hudson Ritchie.

 Eddie Solt

Kelp Klippings: The Mermaid of Redondo Beach Tessa Ptacek

Kelp Klippings: The Mermaid of Redondo Beach Tessa Ptacek

by Eddie Solt “As crazy as it sounds, I am most at peace and happy 40 feet underwater in a cage diving with four great whites circling around me” With her love of the ocean and long her flowing auburn hair, 26 year old certified Dive Master Tessa Ptacek fits the image as the quintessential […]

 Eddie Solt

Surf Sleds: Mike “Mikey B” Bouchard’s “Creep Machine” 1973 E100 Econoline

Surf Sleds: Mike “Mikey B” Bouchard’s “Creep Machine” 1973 E100 Econoline

Lurking outside of Gasser Lounge in Redondo Beach is a very welcoming 1973 E100 Econoline modified in the style of the pinnacle of 70s vanning kustom culture. Gasser Lounge owner Mike “Mikey B” Bouchard bought his hard-to-find uncut shorty van (originally deemed the “white whale”) two years ago after a long search and has transformed it into “the Creep Machine.”

 Eddie Solt

Surfer’s Stomps: Brother’s Burritos

Surfer’s Stomps: Brother’s Burritos

During a morning surf session on the southside of the Hermosa Beach Pier, it’s hard not to smell breakfast cooking from the lineup. If you happen to be surfing on an empty stomach, the sweet smell that permeates the sea air causes a conflict: do I go in to eat or do I catch one more set wave?

 Eddie Solt

Local Longboard Star Hudson Ritchie Sliding at Malibu [VIDEO]

Hudson  Ritchie’s been one of the hottest longboarders around for the last couple of years and still has yet to shave. One thing for sure, he shaved through the foam up at Malibu during the first south swell of the season. Music by the Allman Brothers Band Video filmed/edited by Cory Gehr (corygehrphoto.com)

 Eddie Solt

South Bay Boardriders Club Celebrates a Memorable Season

South Bay Boardriders Club Celebrates a Memorable Season

After a very interesting year, the South Bay Boardrider’s Club awards it’s division winners and acknowledges the volunteers.

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Summer Calender: Surf Camps

Summer  Calender: Surf Camps

BeachSports BeachSports Surf & Beach Camps is celebrating its 20th year. The camp was founded by  LA County Lifeguards. Separate camps focus on surfing, boogie boarding, beach volleyball and junior lifeguard skills.  Camps are located at lifeguard tower  Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Vista del Mar. BeachSports.org. CampSurf CampSurf offers surf instruction year round […]

 Eddie Solt

Summer Calender: SUP Camps

Summer Calender: SUP Camps

Summer is for stand-up Stand-up paddling begins with a gently sloping learning curve in the protected waters of King Harbor or the calm summer water off local beaches. But the curve quickly steepens for paddlers who choose to surf or to enter any of the year round races in Southern California. Fortunately, the South Bay […]

 Eddie Solt

Summer Calender: Skate Camps

Summer Calender: Skate Camps

PCH Skate Camps PCH Skate Camps, an affiliate of Body Glove Camps,  provide beginner to intermediate level skate and safety instruction focusing on basic ollies and turns, flip tricks, grinds and vert skating. A variety of ramps, rails and fun boxes are positioned differently each day. All campers are required to wear full pads. Private […]

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