Eddie Solt

Spyder: Best skateboard shop

Spyder: Best skateboard shop

“Our skate team has won every team competition it has entered the last six years,” he said. “One of our team, Mason Silva, just signed with the Berrics,” said Spyder founder Dennis Jarvis.

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Best Skate and Snowboard Shop: ET Skate Shop

  Since the revolution of the polyurethane skateboard wheel in the early 70s, ET Surf has been a part of all eras of skateboarding and the shop’s selection follows. “We have more skateboards than anybody,” shop employee and last year’s South Bay Big Wave Challenge winner, Dan O’Connell said, “We have designs from the 70s, […]

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Best skate shop and Best ski/snowboard shop: ET Surf

Best skate shop and Best ski/snowboard shop: ET Surf

In his youth, Chris Crocker was a skaterboarder. Then he married, moved to Palos Verdes, had two children and put away childish things. But only temporarily. At 40, he wanted to skateboard again. So on a recent Saturday afternoon, with daughters Sophia, 6, and Katelyn, 8, in tow, he went to ET Surf. He bought […]

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Best Martial Arts and Best Kids Land Camp: Manhattan Karate & Yoga

Best Martial Arts and Best Kids Land Camp: Manhattan Karate & Yoga

Manhattan Beach Karate and Yoga’s camp is based on Traditional Shotokan Karate and is taught by instructors with decades of experience. Limited to size to ensure quality, each camp is custom tailored based on its participants, from beginner to advanced. “It’s a well balanced educational, physical & fun camp, all very closely supervised,” said Nicolas […]

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Best Bike Shop: Hermosa Cyclery

Founded in 1974 by Harold Schumaker, Hermosa Cyclery remains in the same tan, two-story structure fronting 13th Street near The Strand and is known as the place with the “free air,” where an air hose dangles outside the business so passing cyclers can fill their tires without asking. They specialize in one-, three- and seven-speedStrandcruisers, […]

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Best Health Club: Spectrum Athletic Clubs

Best Health Club: Spectrum Athletic Clubs

Spectrum Athletic Clubs’ array of amenities include pools, saunas, certified personal trainers, group fitness, yoga and pilates classes, a wide variety of exercise equipment and an Interactive Kids Club. The South Bay facility offers boxing and indoor cycling studios and a women’s only workout area. The club in Redondo Beach features an indoor golf range, […]

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Best Neighborhood Gym: Anytime Fitness

Best Neighborhood Gym: Anytime Fitness

Members of this independently owned and operated franchise can fit their workout in around their schedule with 24-hour access sevens days a week, 365 days a year with low monthly fees. Co-owned by Chad and Julie Rasmussen and managed by certified personal trainer Krystal Ridgway, the Anytime Fitness location in Hermosa Beach includes tanning, personal […]

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Best Running Race: Redondo Beach Super Bowl Sunday 10K/5K

Best Running Race: Redondo Beach Super Bowl Sunday 10K/5K

Drawing more than 10,000 race enthusiasts, the Redondo Beach Super Bowl Sunday 10K/5K Run/Walk presented by Kaiser Permanente has become one of – if not – the largest Super Bowl celebrations inSouthern California. Hosted by the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, the event celebrated its 34th year last month. Held adjacent to […]

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Best Surf Shop Shaper: Pat Ryan

Best Surf Shop Shaper: Pat Ryan

Pat Ryan shaped longboards for Greg Noll in the ‘60s and shortboards and twin fins for ET Surf in the ‘70s, followed by thrusters in the ‘80s, performance longboards in the ‘90s, and his own King Fish design in’00s. So it’s a bit of a surprise to hear one of surfing’s most versatile shapers describe […]

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Best Sports Store: Sport Chalet

Sport Chalet is a specialty sporting goods retailer featuring top sports brands such as Nike, adidas, DC, Precor, Diamondback, Roxy, Quiksilver, New Balance, Under Armour, Columbia, and The North Face in clothing, shoes, and sports equipment. The store offers sporting goods for numerous sports activities including fitness, tennis, basketball, fishing, soccer, skateboarding, golf, fitness, baseball, […]

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Best Running Store: Village Runner

Best Running Store: Village Runner

Village Runner is a specialty running store offering a vast selection of running shoes for the elite marathoner and the weekend walker. Apparel and accessories are also available at the store’s two local locations. The highly-trained staff at Village Runner can help any runner select the appropriate shoe, help with injury prevention and suggest proper […]

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Best Underground Shaper: Dan Cobley

Best Underground Shaper: Dan Cobley

  “I find a shape that works well and then try to help it along,” he said. “I’m always trying something new, but I’m not doing anything ground breaking.” Like Becker, for whom he once worked, he prefers a hand planer to a shaping machine. Cobley’s personal favorite board is a four-fin long board, but […]

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Best Dive Shop: Dive N’ Surf

Best Dive Shop: Dive N’ Surf

For his 80th birthday three years ago, Dive N’ Surf owner Bill Meistrell wanted to dive 80 feet with a double hose regulator, like the one he learned to dive with in the early 1950s. To ensure the safety of the regulator, which was nearly as old as its diver, Meistrell had it rebuilt by […]

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Best Personal Trainer: Krystal Ridgeway (Anytime)

Best Personal Trainer: Krystal Ridgeway (Anytime)

An energetic, compassionate trainer who designs individualized fitness and nutrition programs for a wide range of people, Ridgway’s training style is dynamic and motivating. Her patience helps her clients change lifelong habits while re-training the body and mind. Ridgway is a certified personal trainer and nutrition coach who specializes in weight management and body composition […]

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Best Surf Shop: Spyder Surf

Best Surf Shop: Spyder Surf

When Dennis Jarvis opened his firstHermosa Beachsurf shop in 1983, he didn’t have much inventory. So, when a customer asked for something he didn’t have in stock, he’d call a neighboring surf shop. If they had the product, he’d send his customer down the street. Since that time, when Spyder was just the third surf […]