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Chasing El Nino Episode 3

Chasing El Nino Episode 3

This is Civic Couch’s third episode in “Chasing El Nino”presented by Manhattan Beach Toyota and the Easy Reader. It was filmed during the last half of January. In Chasing El Nino, we document what the El Nino winter means for surfers, our beaches and surrounding areas. At the end of the surf season we will be […]

 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 […]

 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 […]

 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

 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. […]

 Kevin Cody

Fast and fun waves at Burnout, Torrance photos by McMahon

Fast and fun waves at Burnout, Torrance photos by McMahon

Photographer Peter McMahon offers a reminder from last December of days when Burnout is just a fun fast wave.

 Kevin Cody

El Nino 2016 swell at Torrance Burnout, El Segundo Jetty photos by Brad Jacobson

El Nino 2016 swell at Torrance Burnout, El Segundo Jetty photos by Brad Jacobson

Photographer Brad Jacobson met the first solid swell of 2016 at Torrance Beach’s Burnout, the moved north to the El Segundo. At Burnout he caught newly emerging South Bay chargers Conor Beatty and Angel Luhrsen. At Hammerland, he caught another new charger Noah Collins, as well as old guard surfers Tyler Hatzikian, Chris Wells, John Gillmore, Matt Mohagen, Matt Pagan and Damien Fahrenfort.

 Kevin Cody

El Nino 2016 at the Redondo Breakwater photos by Balzer

El Nino 2016 at the Redondo Breakwater photos by Balzer

Photographer Mike Balzer stationed himself at the Redondo Breakwater when the first solid swell of El Nino 2016 lit up Southern California Beaches on January 6 and 7. Balzer is president of the South Bay Boardriders Association, which sponsors the South Bay Big Wave Challenge. The contest honors surfers who ride the biggest South Bay waves of the the winter. For more information about the contest visit SouthBayBoardriders.com

 Kevin Cody

Redondo Breakwater surfers rescue fellow surfer after fall on rocks

Redondo Breakwater surfers rescue fellow surfer after fall on rocks

Longtime Redondo Breakwater surfer Doug “Doc” Scheller was rescued by fellow Breakwater veterans Thursday morning after he fell into a crevice while attempting to jump off the rocks in 15- to 20-foot surf.

 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 […]

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