Brad Jacobson

Worth The Wait – Best Surfing Day of the Year So Far (video)

Worth The Wait – Best Surfing Day of the Year So Far (video)

This is the second part of a swell that rolled into the South Bay this week.  The first part of the swell (see previous video) brought some fun, head high + waves into the South Bay on Tuesday, Jan. 24th. This video was shot on Wednesday, Jan 25th and had a little more punch and […]

 Eddie Solt

PCH. Matt Pagan’s Surfari from the past year [SURF VIDEO]

PCH. Matt Pagan’s Surfari from the past year [SURF VIDEO]

Filmed and edited by Mike Pagan and Gage Hingeley A few sessions from baja to central CA throughout this past year. Edited to ‘Dear Lover’ by Social Distortion. For photos, head to sandpipertv.com

 Eddie Solt

RATOPIA 2016: Hot action thaws surfers in epic contest

RATOPIA 2016: Hot action thaws surfers in epic contest

  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 […]

 Mike Purpus

Redondo Beach’s Don Swift plans swift return to surfing, with help from friends

Redondo Beach’s Don Swift plans swift return to surfing, with  help from  friends

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.

 Eddie Solt

Strike mission to Puerto: Big wave surfer Scotty Bredesen credits Joe Bark with ‘having my back’

Strike mission to Puerto: Big wave surfer Scotty Bredesen credits Joe Bark with ‘having my back’

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 […]

 Kevin Cody

Kushner, Sabina soar to victory in Dive N’ Surf SB Boardriders season opener surf contest [UPDATED]

Kushner, Sabina soar to victory in Dive N’ Surf SB Boardriders season opener surf contest [UPDATED]

Conditions ideal for aerial acrobatics opened the South Bay Boardriders Club’s sixth contest season at 42nd Street in Manhattan Beach on Saturday. Former pro surfer Warren Kushner and current pro Dane Zane made made the best of the shoulder- to head-high waves and glassy, offshore conditions.

 Eddie Solt

A history of stoke: Two local surfers complete “The Illustrated Atlas of Surfing History”.

A history of stoke: Two local surfers complete “The Illustrated Atlas of Surfing History”.

by Ed Solt During a session at the old Paddleboard Cove, surf historian Joel T. Smith and multimedia artist Ron Croci began “talking story” in between sets. Each roller reminded the two of Paddleboard Cove’s original moniker, “California’s Little Waikiki.” And so the discussion centered around the significance of the original Palos Verdes Surf Club […]

 Eddie Solt

Birdwell on Highland: New owners protect Birdwell’s half century legacy

Birdwell on Highland: New owners protect Birdwell’s half century legacy

In 2014, Manhattan Beach residents Geoff Clawson and Matt Jacobson and Santa Monica artist and Skateboard Hall of Famer Natas Kaupas bought Birdwell Beach Britches. Clawson previously worked in marketing at Instagram and Facebook. Jacobson previously worked in marketing at Quiksilver and now is head of market development at Facebook.  Carrie Birdwell Mann began making […]

 Eddie Solt

SBSSA: Redondo beats Peninsula in its first contest of season [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

SBSSA: Redondo beats Peninsula in its first contest of season [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

Photos by Saul Zaragoza Surf was in the four to six foot range with sets scraping the bottom of the Hermosa Beach Pier last Friday, as Redondo Union High toppled Peninsula High 117-53.  “It was way bigger and more walled than expected,” said Richard O’Reilly, South Bay Scholastic Surfing Association Director. “Judges were awarding points […]

 Brad Jacobson

A November Surf Swell Hits The South Bay

A November Surf Swell Hits The South Bay

Our second swell of the winter season hit with a little more shape. The first swell which came early November was mainly all closed out waves. This one had more corners although it was far from “great”. Surfers include: Matt Pagan, Noah Collins, Cody Purcell and others. Video provided by Civic Couch. 

 Eddie Solt

HIGH SCHOOL SURF: PV wins in Battle of Torrance Beach, Purcell-led Costa beats Penn

HIGH SCHOOL SURF: PV wins in Battle of Torrance Beach, Purcell-led Costa beats Penn

by Ed Solt In the South Bay Scholastic Surfing Association, no teams are as equally matched as South High and Palos Verdes High.  It’s been a back and forth battle between two the surf teams since PV High reopened a decade ago. Last year, fired up by a sneaker-set from freshmen Parker Browning during the […]

 Kevin Cody

A couple of longboarders: Kris Hall and Taylor Stone sync in and out of the water

A couple of longboarders: Kris Hall and Taylor Stone sync in and out of the water

by Mike Purpus El Segundo High senior Taylor Stone started surfing just two years ago, out of necessity. “Kris spends so much time in the water it was the only way to have fun with him,” Stone said of her boyfriend Kris Hall. Hall began surfing when he was two, on a Boogie Board at […]

 Eddie Solt

Hippy Tree: Dos Dias at Middles [SURF VIDEO]

Hippy Tree: Dos Dias at Middles [SURF VIDEO]

A couple sessions at Middle Trestles featuring Hippy Tree tribesman Tommy Witt and Brian “Loafer” Anderson. Witt, a World-class surfer, has roots in Hermosa Beach. His father, Tom Sr. grew up surfing the South Bay. His great Uncle was taught how to surf and was an early disciple of George Freeth, the man who introduced […]

 Eddie Solt

2016 Spyder Surf Scare and Tear Spooks the MB Pier

2016 Spyder Surf Scare and Tear Spooks the MB Pier

by Ed Solt A haunting happened on the south side of the Manhattan Beach Pier in chest to high head surf on Sunday. Good corners and glassy conditions with light wind kept the spooks and goblins at bay all day at 2016’s Spyder Surf Scare and Tear Halloween surf contest. “The Scare and Tear was […]

 Eddie Solt

SBSSA Kick Off Surf Classic: Purcell, Williams and Neal Repeat

SBSSA Kick Off Surf Classic: Purcell, Williams and Neal Repeat

by Eddie Solt All photos courtesy of SBSSA The conditions could not have been much more ideal last Saturday for the South Bay Scholastic Kick Off Classic. A chest to head high combo swell, bringing warm water, greeted 42nd Street in El Porto. Sunny conditions and Santa Ana light offshore 80-degree winds prevailed all the way to the […]

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