Mike Purpus

Ratopia Surf Contest: South’s Browning rips at Torrance Beach

Ratopia Surf Contest: South’s Browning rips at Torrance Beach

By Mike Purpus and Ed Solt The 11th Annual Ratopia Surf Contest got underway in 1 to 3 foot frozen zippers last Saturday morning at Torrance Beach. It was so cold judging the first heat that the judges thought we were up in Big Bear waiting for the chair lift to open. “The water is […]

 Mike Purpus

Hermosa Hotdoggers Championships Longboard Surf Contest Presented by Subaru Pacific

Hermosa Hotdoggers Championships Longboard Surf Contest Presented by Subaru Pacific

In the ‘60s Hoppy Swartz with the help of Leroy Grannis and the Kerwin brothers put on The Hermosa Beach Surfing Championships for The United States Surfing Association as part of The International Surfing Festival. It was one of the biggest surfing contests of the year. Eddie Solt wanted to bring it all back and did just that last Saturday on the South side of the Hermosa Beach Pier.

 Mike Purpus

Pipeline: West and Beck Adler [PHOTOS]

Pipeline: West and Beck Adler [PHOTOS]

In this year’s South Bay Boardriders Surf Contest  season,  Beck Adler had total control over the Grom Division and was a consistent finalist in the Boy’s Division. Beck’s older brother West was in every Longboard Division Final. I met the Adler brother’s dad, Gary, at the SBBC “King of the South Bay” contest and told […]

 Mike Purpus

Surf community mourns for Bay Cities Surf founder ‘Griff’ Houston

Surf community mourns for Bay  Cities Surf founder ‘Griff’ Houston

Bay Cities Surf Club founding member and former Jacobs Surf Team rider Tommy “Griff” Houston passed away from an apparent heart attack at his Hermosa Beach apartment last Saturday night. He was discovered by his landlord Bob Reinhart, collapsed inside his apartment. He was 67. In the early ‘60s, Houston was a smooth, but radical […]

 Mike Purpus

Pipeline: Nathaniel Harris

Pipeline: Nathaniel Harris

Mike Purpus interviews up and coming grom Nathaniel Harris

  Five years ago my cousins, Rick and Paula Bickford, came up for one of their bi-monthly photo shoots. The Perfect Day Surf Camp was in session right next to our photo shoot. I noticed a skinny, nine year old that looked like the late Buttons Kaluhiokalani learning how to surf trying to catch a […]

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Surf Karma in the emergency room at Torrance Memorial

Surf Karma in the emergency room at Torrance Memorial

The kid had a look on his face that said, “Oh my God. I just killed Mike Purpus.” I said “It wasn’t your fault. But I need you to paddle as fast as you can to George, whose on the big red surfboard and wearing a hat. He’s a paramedic.”

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Pipeline: Prunauer credits Torrance neighbors for surfing inspiration

Pipeline: Prunauer credits Torrance neighbors for surfing inspiration

Andy Prunauer is a young local shaper who is making waves with his progressive designs, “Proper Surfboards.”

 Mike Purpus

Barela, Benevidez the Yin Yang of Hermosa Surfer’s Walk of Fame

You can’t put Chris Barela on The Hermosa Beach Surfer’s Walk of Fame without Mike Benavidez at the same time. They are yin and yang. They are closer than brothers. In the ‘70s one couldn’t have survived without the other. It was the winter of ‘72 and Doc had recently bought the pro surfer Dru […]

 Mike Purpus

Pipeline: Cody Purcell Interview

Pipeline: Cody Purcell Interview

15-year-old Mira Costa Surf Team member Cody Purcell is one of the area’s rising talents. Mike Purpus interviews Purcell for the latest issue of Drop Zone LA.

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Back to Japan: Nothing lost in translation

Back to Japan: Nothing lost in translation

Four decades after last visiting Japan, former pro surfer Mike Purpus returns for an emotional reunion with the Japanese surfing community.

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Pipeline: Purpus’ Sweet Marie Account

Pipeline: Purpus’ Sweet Marie Account

Purp’s first surf at Malibu in 31 years happened to be during the biggest he seen it in 55 years of surfing.

 Mike Purpus

Colton Sarlo: Wave Killin’ It.

Colton Sarlo: Wave Killin’ It.

My old friend, red hot 70’s and 80’s surfer, and Malibu’s head haunch for the last 35 years, Allen Sarlo strolls up my apartment stairs with his son Colton close behind. Alan’s presence is intimidating with his stocky varsity wrestler build while Colton has to duck coming in the front door. My first impression of Colton; is this the junior Sarlo or “Big Brawny” from the paper towel commercials.

 Mike Purpus

Sparky Hudson to be inducted into Hermosa Beach Surfer’s Walk of Fame

Sparky Hudson to be inducted into Hermosa Beach Surfer’s Walk of Fame

Sparky Hudson started surfing in front of his El Porto home when he was 12 on a beautiful 9-foot board his dad made for him. It weighed 58 pounds.

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Pipeline by Mike Purpus: Kyle Beatty

Pipeline by Mike Purpus: Kyle Beatty

“Kyle is going through a major just-reached-puberty growth spurt with his new Fonzi haircut and winning smile on every wave.” At 5’7” and 135 lbs, 15 year old, Redondo Beach High School freshmen  Kyle Beatty looks kind of like Ron Howard somewhere between Opie and Richie Cunningham with his bright red hair and freckles is […]

 Mike Purpus

Pipeline: Jesse Hinkle, The International Surfman of Mystery

Pipeline: Jesse Hinkle, The International Surfman of Mystery

Post grommethood has made 19-year-old Jesse Hinkle of El Segundo an international surf man of mystery. The reserved regular foot keeps a low key demeanor not suggesting the places he’s been or the places he’s going. When Jesse Hinkle was six years old his mother was in a panic watching a strong riptide pull Jesse […]

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