by Ed Solt All photos by Shawn O’Brien Onshore winds clocking in at 30 mph chilled the beach to 40 degrees all morning at Saturday’s 11th Annual Ratopia Classic at Torrance Beach. Surfers paddled out in three to four foot whitecap-ridden surf. “Me and the other judges, Chris Wells and Shawn O’Brien, were frozen […]
Everyday, Don Swift sat in his spot, 40 yards southwest of the end of the Topaz jetty waiting for the next set wave. He had been out there for as long as I could remember, at least 30 years. He always got the wave of the day, facing into the bowl and coming off the bottom with a smooth turn into the top part of the curl with style and grace. But Don has been missing in the lineup since October 14 when he was diagnosed with a malignant tumor attached to his brain.
by Ed Solt Scotty Bredesen has the waterman lifestyle on lockdown. He puts in the hours wearing the red trunks of an LA County Lifeguard all summer long to save up for his big wave exploits. This season, his yearly winter trip was to Puerto Escondido, Mexico’s premier big wave break. “It was a very […]