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 […]

 Eddie Solt

PV’s Luke Marshall’s AP surf course

PV’s Luke Marshall’s AP surf course

By Mike Purpus In a style evoking 1960s surf star David Nuuhiwa, the cool hand of Palos Verdes High senior Luke Marshall stays bent casually high in the air as he arches on the tip while perched on his 10’ metallic blue tinted Davenport Surfboards “4065” model noserider. Besides sharing the same silky smooth noseriding […]

 Brad Jacobson

Small but fun morning of surfing at El Porto

Small but fun morning of surfing at El Porto

El Porto in Manhattan Beach saw some surprisingly fun surf on September 23rd.  Tyler Hatzikian, Scott Johnsen, Mike Siorida, Wagner De Abreu and others were there taking advantage of the fun, knee to head high swell. The video was produced by Civic Couch.

 Eddie Solt

South Bay’s presence Felt at 2016 MSA Classic

South Bay’s presence Felt at 2016 MSA Classic

By Ed Solt For day 813, the “El Porto Streaker,” El Segundo’s Jeremy Porfilio, continued his surf streak at Malibu’s legendary first point —  with only five other surfers out. A member of the prestigious Malibu Surfing Association since 1999, Porfilio won the MSA Classic Invitational’s 40-49 division. Existing in some shape or form continually […]

 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

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