Eddie Solt

Swell, wind, tide line up perfectly an “all-time” El Niño day for surfers

Swell, wind, tide line up perfectly an “all-time” El Niño day for surfers

  by Ed Solt all photos by Brad Jacobson of CivicCouch.com After a week in which the ocean reminded them that she still can get flat, local surfers  were greeted by a surprisingly strong northwestern El Niño winter swell Friday morning. What made this particular swell unique is that it fell well under the radar […]

 Eddie Solt

Chasing Purple Blobs: South Bay Big Wave Surfer Scotty Bredesen

Chasing Purple Blobs: South Bay Big Wave Surfer Scotty Bredesen

“Surfing big waves isn’t only about the actual act of catching big waves. It’s about making the decisions to drop everything and being at the right place at the right time.” — Scotty Bredesen by Eddie Solt The buoys were banging. It was the first big swell of the season. Ocean Beach, just south of […]

 Eddie Solt

Redondo High Surf team gains composure and closes out on El Segundo

Redondo High Surf team gains composure and closes out on El Segundo

  by Ed Solt El Niño is in full effect. The South Bay Scholastic Surfing Association league director Dickie O’Reilly and league coaches have their hands full. The decision to give the “go” on a contest is made the night before each contest. “It’s been a winter of never-ending swell,” as deemed by O’Reilly. The right call was […]

 Brad Jacobson

Largest Waves This Winter Featured on This Episode of Chasing El Nino

Largest Waves This Winter Featured on This Episode of Chasing El Nino

This is Civic Couch’s second episode in its “Chasing El Nino” series. This episode features some of the largest waves to hit the South Bay this winter. In Chasing El Nino, videographer Brad Jacobson documents what the El Nino winter means for surfers, our beaches and surrounding areas. At the end of the surf season they will be […]

 Eddie Solt

Mira Costa remains undeated in the local High School Surf League

Mira Costa remains undeated in the local High School Surf League

by Ed Solt All photos by Saul Zaragoza After a wave abundant winter break, the South Bay Scholastic Surfing Association presented by Subaru Pacific resumed its season at Torrance Beach on Friday, January 14th. With a four and one record, Palos Verdes High School took to the water against undefeated Mira Costa. “It is the […]

 Eddie Solt

Mira Costa cruises through the SBSSA Team Challenge at the Hermosa Beach Pier

Mira Costa cruises through the SBSSA Team Challenge at the Hermosa Beach Pier

On Saturday January 16, all 11 schools in the South Bay Scholastic Surfing Association competed at the Hermosa Beach Pier in the league’s Annual Team Challenge. Surf was consistently fun with waist to chest sized waves. “The team challenge is an unique event,” said SBBSA League Director Dickie O’Reilly. “Each surf team picks three shortboarders, one bodyboarder, one boy’s […]

 Brad Jacobson

El Nino Surfing Episode 1

El Nino Surfing Episode 1

Civic Couch and Easy Reader are documenting the 2015-2016 El Nino Surf season through separate episodes shot across Southern California.  Volume 1 was shot between January 6 through the 11th. This is an ongoing series and Civic Couch will select the best clips and combine them for a full length video. This is the first episode and features surfers: […]

 Kevin Cody

Torrance Airport’s Merlyn “Sy” Symons passes away

Torrance Airport’s Merlyn “Sy” Symons passes away

by Ed Solt Merlyn “Sy” Symons arrived in the South Bay following his service in WWII in order to go to work for Douglas Aircraft in El Segundo. He spent the rest of his life immersed in the two cultures that would define the South Bay, aviation and surf culture. Symons died on December 28. […]

 Eddie Solt

Bombora Round Out: Big Wave surfers anticipate El Niño [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

Bombora Round Out: Big Wave surfers anticipate El Niño [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

by Ed Solt “El Niño” has replaced “stoked” as the most uttered surfer jargon in the South Bay. The promise of epic surf has many surfers preparing in their own ways. Mike Balzer, photographer and chief organizer of the South Bay Big Wave Challenge, might not be waxing his big gun but he’ll be cleaning […]

 Eddie Solt

The year of the committed surfer

The year of the committed surfer

El Nino arrives, Mike Balzer presides, Costa glides, Dane Zaun flies, Steve Buchan revives, John Balk survives, and Morgan Sliff rides, rides, rides by Ed Solt We remember days of epic surf. Doldrums tend to be forgotten. Who can really recall going out at the Hermosa Beach pier on a blown-out, one-foot day? We’re stoked […]

 Eddie Solt

South beats RUHS in closest meet of SBSSA surf season [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

South beats RUHS in closest meet of SBSSA surf season [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

The shores of the South Bay usually greet any hint of swell with the same outcome —  close-outs. But on December 16, the South Bay Scholastic Surfing Association presented by Subaru Pacific featured a surf contest between Torrance South and Redondo Union high that had both big swell and great shapes. A freight-training left broke […]

 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 […]

 Eddie Solt

Torrance South defends its local surf spot against El Segundo

Torrance South defends its local surf spot against El Segundo

Photos and story by Ed Solt The South Bay Scholastic Surfing Association presented by Subaru Pacific resumed after the Thanksgiving break with South High taking on El Segundo High at Torrance Beach December 9. After losing to Mira Costa in a landslide two weeks prior, South claimed the pride of their local beach and beat […]

 Eddie Solt

Positively Jen: How Jennifer Stevens lived through the San Bernardino shooting and kept her kindness intact

Positively Jen: How Jennifer Stevens lived through the San Bernardino shooting and kept her kindness intact

by Ed Solt Jennifer Stevens recognized Syed Farook. They both worked for the San Bernardino Environmental Services Department, where Stevens had started working part-time last May, shortly before graduating from UC Riverside. In mid-November, Stevens was hired full time. Her goal was to become an environmental health inspector. It was work she loved. Stevens, 22, […]

 Eddie Solt

Annual Ratopia Classic goes off

During the summer of 2005, lifelong surfer Denny Bales, born and raised in Palos Verdes, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma disease. He was 21. “We all were in college in our spirits were high,” said Nick Weber, one of the founders of Ratopia Surf Classic. “It was a shock at the age when we all […]

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