Surfing

South Bay’s presence Felt at 2016 MSA Classic
 September 22, 2016  Eddie Solt

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…

A Celebration of Empty Waves (video)
 September 10, 2016  Brad Jacobson

A Celebration of Empty Waves (video)

Memorizing waves rolling through the South Bay region of Los Angeles throughout the 2015-2016 winter. While these beauties don’t roll through our community often, when…

Catalina Classic 2016 Photos by Chris Aguilar
 September 2, 2016  Kevin Cody

Catalina Classic 2016 Photos by Chris Aguilar

Photographer and videographer Chris Aguilar followed paddleboard maker Joe Bark and his Bark Surf Tech paddlers across the Catalina Channel during the Catalina Classic Paddleboard Championships. Bark paddler Max First won the unlimited division and Bark paddler Lachie Lansdown set a record in the stock division. Jack Bark finished second in the stock division. (ChrisAguilarMedia.com)…

Brown’s Catalina Classic victory is second summer channel victory
 September 2, 2016  Kevin Cody

Brown’s Catalina Classic victory is second summer channel victory

Abby Brown, 18, of Santa Barbara, became the first rookie and youngest person ever to win the Catalina Classic and only the second woman to have won the Classic and the Molokai races in the same year. …

First repeats Catalina Classic win, Lansdown sets stock record, Brown doubles down
 September 2, 2016  Kevin Cody

First repeats Catalina Classic win, Lansdown sets stock record, Brown doubles down

As hundreds of Catalina Classic paddlers and their escorts gathered at Catalina Island’s Two Harbors Saturday evening to listen to race instructions and race lore from Buddy Bohn, the founding director’s voice wobbled. On his mind was Bob Hogan, a father of the 32-mile paddleboarding marathon with a 51 year tradition. Hogan was a Los Angeles County lifeguard when he organize the inaugural Manhattan Beach International Paddleboard Race in 1955. …

 Kevin Cody

Hermosa Surfer’s Walk of Fame 2016 inductions bring together old friends

Hermosa Surfer’s Walk of Fame 2016 inductions bring together old friends

Hermosa Beach’s annual Surfer’s Walk of Fame inductions are an occasion for longtime surf friends to get reunite. This year’s induction of John Leininger, Chip Post, Ted Robinson and Kelly Gibson, all exceptionally well liked, brought out together an even larger than usual number of old friends.

 Ryan McDonald

Post, Gibson, Leininger, Robinson inducted into Hermosa Beach Surfer’s Walk of Fame

Post, Gibson, Leininger, Robinson inducted into Hermosa Beach Surfer’s Walk of Fame

Four new members were inducted into the Surfer’s Walk of Fame in a ceremony on Hermosa Beach’s Pier Plaza Saturday morning. Stretching from the era of no wetsuits to neon wetsuits, the latest additions spanned multiple generations and showcased the breadth of South Bay surfing achievement.

 Eddie Solt

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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