Eddie Solt

Spyder Surf Fest: Surf Fest to celebrate beach culture

Spyder Surf Fest: Surf Fest to celebrate beach culture

Spyder Surf Fest will celebrate local surf culture for the ninth consecutive year Saturday on Pier Plaza, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The festival will showcase the hottest surfers, brands, fashion, and music. “As in years past, Spyder Surf Fest is all about the industry and families getting together and having fun as we…Read More→

 Kevin Cody

Women stand out in windy Surf Concepts/SB Boardriders contest in Manhattan Beach

Women stand out in windy Surf Concepts/SB Boardriders contest in Manhattan Beach

When the South Bay Boardriders Surf Series began six years ago, organizers were criticized for not having enough women competitors. The club responded by adding women’s divisions and the women responded by ratcheting up their numbers and level of competition each year.

 Eddie Solt

Streaking at El Porto: 657 DAYS OF SURFING

Streaking at El Porto: 657 DAYS OF SURFING

By Ed Solt Six hundred and fifty seven days ago, local longboarder Jeremy Porfilio felt it was do or die for his freedom to surf. He’d heard a rumor that the company he worked for was relocating its entire operation to a more business accommodating and welcoming Midwest state. Ten days here or two weeks…Read More→

 Eddie Solt

Rowan rides anything for PVHS surf team

Rowan rides anything for PVHS surf team

by: Ed Solt Palos Verdes High School’s Jack Rowan took to the longboard, shortboard, and bodyboard for the past four years as a multi-threat for the Sea Kings. In his high school career, the senior’s ability to adapt to his own self-shaped surf craft made him one of the standouts in the South Bay Scholastic…Read More→

 Brad Jacobson

Barrels, barrels, and more barrels in Episode 6 of Chasing El Nino

Barrels, barrels, and more barrels in Episode 6 of Chasing El Nino

This is Civic Couch’s sixth episode in its series “Chasing El Nino,” presented by Manhattan Beach Toyota and the Easy Reader. It was filmed during the first half of March by Civic Couch’s Brad Jacobson. In Chasing El Nino, Jacobson documents what the El Nino winter means for surfers, our beaches and surrounding areas. At the end of…Read More→

 Mike Purpus

Fog, big surf add drama to ET/South Bay Boardriders contest

Fog, big surf add drama to ET/South Bay Boardriders contest

The December South Bay Boardriders’ contest was canceled because the waves were too small. The January and February contests were canceled because the waves were too big. Then Saturday morning, the fourth contest date in the six contest series looked like it might have to be aborted because, as SBBC president Mike Balzer said, “Hey, we have waves. You just can’t see them, yet.”

 Brad Jacobson

A Great Day of Surf Featured in Episode 4 of Chasing El Nino

A Great Day of Surf Featured in Episode 4 of Chasing El Nino

Civic Couch feature series Chasing El Nino presented by Easy Reader and Manhattan Beach Toyota. This is our most unique episode yet. This entire episode was shot in one, memorable day. February 5, 2016 brought big waves and good to great shape. Matt Meistrell, Chris Wells, Dane Zaun, Scott Johnsen, Chris Frohoff, Steve Howe, Jamie Meistrell,…Read More→

 Eddie Solt

Palos Verdes Stuns Redondo in closest meet of season [VIDEO+PHOTOS]

Palos Verdes Stuns Redondo  in closest meet of season [VIDEO+PHOTOS]

by Ed Solt Photos by Saul Zaragoza Redondo Union High School and Palos Verdes High were tied for second in the South Bay High School Surf League when they met last Friday at the Hermosa Beach Pier. “These teams are the most evenly matched in the league,”  League director Dickie O’Reilly said before the meet. The…Read More→

 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…Read More→

 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…Read More→

 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…Read More→

 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…Read More→

 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…Read More→

 Kevin Cody

Hermosa surf in December: Video by MartyCam

Hermosa surf in December: Video by MartyCam

The surf has been so good this month, thanks to El Nino, that it’s easy to forget how good it was last December, as shown in this video by Marty Tueling and Vince Ray.

 Kevin Cody

Looking down on Hermosa surf by Ryan Banas

Looking down on Hermosa surf by Ryan Banas

Last week’s El Nino 2016 swell in Hermosa Beach looked as beautiful from the sky as it did from the water. Video and photos by Ryan Banas

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