Eddie Solt

Pond strong: Lifeguard Kyle Pond fights leukemia, with a little help from his friends

Pond strong: Lifeguard Kyle Pond fights leukemia, with a little help from his friends

  By Ed Solt Until that day in May, the strongest fever local surf star and LA County Lifeguard Kyle Pond had ever felt was “surf fever.” Just the prior week, the 27-year-old South High graduate was “taking it to it” on his Tyler Surfboards noserider at his beloved Torrance Beach. What started gradually with […]

 Eddie Solt

Spyder Surfboards opens new shop in downtown Manhattan Beach

Spyder Surfboards opens new shop in downtown Manhattan Beach

By Ed Solt Spyder Surfboards founder Dennis Jarvis is bringing a storefront back to an area influential in the growth of surf culture, downtown Manhattan Beach, which has not had a core surf shop since Ocean Gear closed a decade ago. In the late 1940s, Dale “The Hawk” Velzy shaped his heavy redwood surfboards underneath […]

 Eddie Solt

Sandal Tan: Pro Surfer Alex Gray abroad in sunny locations [SURF VIDEO]

Sandal Tan: Pro Surfer Alex Gray abroad in sunny locations [SURF VIDEO]

Local Pro Surfer Alex Gray getting tubed in the Southern Hemisphere perpetuating his sandal tan. Credit turkeymelt.com

 Eddie Solt

HB Surfing Walk of Fame: Kelly Gibson Leads in the Surf Industry

HB Surfing Walk of Fame: Kelly Gibson Leads in the Surf Industry

Rip Curl USA CEO and Surf Industry Manufacturers Association President Kelly Gibson has become part of Hermosa Beach’s broadening surf culture legacy. The Class of ‘83 Mira Costa graduate will be inducted into the Hermosa Beach Surfing Walk of Fame on August 20. Fittingly, he will join fellow ‘80s pro surfer Ted Robinson, former Hermosa […]

 Kevin Cody

HB Surfing Walk of Fame: Pioneer Hermosa Beach surfer Chip Post credits his youth surfing to his career in public service

HB Surfing Walk of Fame: Pioneer Hermosa Beach surfer Chip Post credits his youth surfing to his career in public service

by Kevin Cody During the summer of 1962, Chip Post was with Roy Breen in his Ford in the alley behind Post’s home on 17th Street in Hermosa Beach, when the Beach Boys’ “Surfin’ Safari” came on the radio. “My first thought was, wow, surfing’s on the radio. My next thought was, it’s over. It’s […]

 Mike Purpus

Surfer Walk of Fame inductee Leininger was surfing stalwart

Surfer Walk of Fame inductee Leininger was surfing stalwart

by Mike Purpus John Leininger almost certainly has sold more surfboards than anyone else in the South Bay’s storied surf industry. Shortly after graduating from Bishop Montgomery High School in the mid-’60s, Leininger went to work for Walt Slike and Jim Wells at Skeg Surf Shop at 1st Street and Hermosa Avenue, in Hermosa Beach. […]

 Eddie Solt

10th Annual Beach Shorts: Barry Hatchett presents his final surf film fest Saturday

10th Annual Beach Shorts: Barry Hatchett presents his final surf film fest Saturday

By Ed Solt Ten years ago, a humble everyday surfer, Barry Hatchett, set out to share the aloha spirit with fellow surfers of the same ilk through his Beach Shorts Film Fest. Each subsequent year, jeering and cheering surfers filled the Hermosa Beach Playhouse to view the only film fest featuring six to ten minute […]

 Eddie Solt

Benefit this Wednesday for LA County Lifeguard Kyle Pond Leukemia Fund

Benefit this Wednesday for LA County Lifeguard Kyle Pond Leukemia Fund

Until that day last May, the strongest fever local surf star and LA County Lifeguard Kyle Pond had ever felt was “surf fever.” Just the prior week, the 27-year-old, South High graduate was taking it to it on his Tyler Surfboards noserider at his beloved Torrance Beach. What gradually started with a very high temperature led […]

 Eddie Solt

Local Star Longboarder Hudson Ritchie “Home for Summer” [SURF VIDEO]

Local Star Longboarder Hudson Ritchie “Home for Summer” [SURF VIDEO]

From filmmaker Cory Gehr, “Returning home for the summer gave me an opportunity to link up with 17-year-old Hudson Ritchie. A lot of early mornings, breakfast burritos, and van naps went into making this clip, and we are stoked on how it turned out. It is short, but so sweet and hopefully it gets you […]

 Eddie Solt

Local Surf Star Matt Pagan gets “Loose” [SURF VIDEO]

Local Surf Star Matt Pagan gets “Loose” [SURF VIDEO]

First installment of sandpipertv.com. The surfing took place mostly in LA, with clips around CA and ending off on Oahu. Edited by Mike Pagan.

 Eddie Solt

Out Front: Highlights of Local Surf Star Dane Zaun’s El Nino

Out Front: Highlights of Local Surf Star Dane Zaun’s El Nino

Dane Zaun avoids chasing the elusive swells of this El Nino winter and sticks to running out front of his South Bay pad with friends. Cinematography & Edit – Tyler Haft Additional Cinematography – Brendan Calder | Greg Browning | John DeTemple | Scott Smith

 Kevin Cody

Challenge answered: Angelo Luhrsen wins South Bay Big Wave Challenge + Finalist photos

Challenge answered: Angelo Luhrsen wins South Bay Big Wave Challenge + Finalist photos

Angelo Luhrsen and his number one surf bro and fellow big wave charger Connor Beatty could not decide whether to paddle out or not. The Redondo Breakwall was macking. The other Breakwall locals were sitting on the wall, watching. Spectators were gathered on the beach next to the Chart House, drawn by the Thursday, January […]

 Mike Purpus

A Purpus Endless Summer: 60s and 70s surf star Mike Purpus is inspired by Bruce Brown’s “The Endless Summer”

by Mike Purpus In the early 1960s, surf movie posters were hung in the windows of all the hangouts. Hermosa Beach’s Foster’s Freeze, Winchell’s Donuts, (both long gone) and Mickey’s Deli (still kicking) and Stan’s Liquor Store in Manhattan Beach (also long gone) were just a few of the establishments with posters in the window. […]

 Eddie Solt

The return of “The Endless Summer”

Director Bruce Brown and his classic film celebrate its 50th year at the South Bay Film and Music Festival by Ed Solt It’s hard not to see the South Bay’s presence in Bruce Brown’s “The Endless Summer”, the groundbreaking 1966 film that introduced authentic surf culture to the masses. During the opening sequence introducing “the […]

 Eddie Solt

South High’s Parker Browning lives up to a family surf legacy

South High’s Parker Browning  lives up to a family surf legacy

All photos courtesy the Browning family by Ed Solt Parker Browning is part of a surf legacy if he so chooses. His father is Greg Browning. The senior Browning was the South Bay’s part of the “Momentum Generation,” a crew of surfers that included young guns Kelly Slater, Shane Dorian and Rob Machado who were […]

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