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 […]

 Special Contributor

Surfing 4a Cure 2015

Surfing 4a Cure 2015

by Brendan Simmons On July 19, 2015 the Young and Brave foundation hosted the 4th annual Surfing 4a Cure event at Torrance Beach to raise funds and awareness toward pediatric cancer research. Surfing 4a Cure is a surf relay where multiple teams gather for 6 hours of surfing and take turns in and out of […]

 Brad Jacobson

Shaping the South Bay One Board at a Time

Shaping the South Bay One Board at a Time

Wayne Okamoto has been shaping surfboards for over 30 years. Located in a quiet industrial park just off Manhattan Beach Blvd., Wayne can be found grinding out shortboards, fun boards, longboards and basically anything that can be used to ride a wave. Video produced by Brad Jacobson of Civic Couch.

 Brad Jacobson

July Gloom at the Manhattan Beach Pier [VIDEO]

The last couple weeks have been tough, small waves and gloomy weather.  Most surfers peaked up when they saw on the surf report that there was a small swell coming.  We ran down to the Manhattan Beach Pier and caught Bobby Kithcart, Noah Collins, Chris Wells, Kyle Brown, Hudson Ritchie and others frothing for some […]

 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 […]

 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 […]

 Jeff Vincent

The Dirty Dose: A Few From the LA Underground

The Dirty Dose: A Few From the LA Underground

Here’s the deal. The homegrown DirtyHippieRadio platform is curated internet radio for today’s global independent music community, which to date features an unknown number of artists from  far reaching corners of the USA, Canada, Mexico, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, South Korea, England, Ireland, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Serbia, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Russia… and […]

 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 […]

 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 […]

 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 […]

 Jeff Vincent

Dirty Hippie Radio Presents: The Dirty Dose with VUM

Dirty Hippie Radio Presents: The Dirty Dose with VUM

  Found on the cover flap of their first full-length vinyl “Night Sun” from 2011, alongside quotes by Henry Rollins/KCRW and Amoeba Records Hollywood, are some words from Dirty Hippie Radio hailing VUM as “One of the best psychedelic bands of our age.” That’s a bold statement; find out why we still stand behind it […]

 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 […]

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