Kevin Cody

Los Angeles County honors guards for lifesaving, Supervisor Knabe for saving guards

Los Angeles County honors guards for lifesaving,  Supervisor Knabe for saving guards

Los Angeles County Lifeguard Ivan Wilkins received the Distinguished Service Award during the International Surf Festival last week for assisting in this rescue of a 5-year-old boy at 42nd Street in Manhattan Beach last October. Photo by Steve Gaffney (SteveGaffney.com)

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Six Man keeps tradition alive

Six Man keeps tradition alive

by Parnia Mazhar Jay Saikley still hand draws the pairings bracket for the Charlie Saikley Six-Man Volleyball Tournament. It’s a technique that most tournament directors no longer bother with, but one that Saikley prides himself on. And, for a tournament so steeped tradition, it seems to work just fine. “A lot of the people at […]

 Special Contributor

Surfers and bodysurfers find stoke at waveriding contests

Surfers and bodysurfers find stoke at waveriding contests

by Sean McDonald Gloomy skies and onshore winds are never what wave riders hope for. But contestants at Saturday’s surfing and body surfing competitions made the most of it. The day began on the north side of the Manhattan Beach Pier before 7 a.m., and the dreary weather and early hour didn’t drive anyone away: […]

 Randy Angel

LA Southern wins third straight Judge Irvin Taplin Medley Relay championship

LA Southern wins third straight Judge Irvin Taplin Medley Relay championship

By Randy Angel Taking advantage of strong performances by their four paddlers, lifeguards from the LA County-Southern team won their third consecutive Judge Irvin Taplin Medley Relay in Hermosa Beach Saturday night. The event was the featured event as part of the Southern California Lifeguard Championships at the International Surf Festival. Swimmers Ryan Bullock, Kelsey […]

 Randy Angel

Mira Costa alumni victorious at Surf Festival’s Dick Fitzgerald 2-mile Run

Mira Costa alumni victorious at Surf Festival’s Dick Fitzgerald 2-mile Run

By Randy Angel Mira Costa girls cross country coach Renee Williams-Smith couldn’t help but smile as she watched runners cross the finish line at the Hermosa Beach Pier Saturday morning. As race director of the Dick Fitzgerald 2-mile Beach Run, Williams-Smith was encouraged with the turnout and elated to see two former Mira Costa distance […]

 Randy Angel

Bullock earns third ISF title with Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier Swim victory

Bullock earns third ISF title with Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier Swim victory

By Randy Angel Capping off a weekend of medal-winning performances, 32-year-old Torrance swimmer Ryan Bullock won his third International Surf Festival title in as many days on Sunday, edging out defending champion Kevin Fink to capture the Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier Swim. After rounding the Manhattan Beach Pier, Bullock sprinted out of the surf to post […]

 Randy Angel

Lifeguards to compete in Hermosa Beach at 55th International Surf Festival

Lifeguards to compete in Hermosa Beach at 55th International Surf Festival

by Randy Angel Over next two weekends the Los Angeles County lifeguards will have the opportunity to show the public why and how they play such vital roles in beach communities. Starting at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, lifeguards will showcase their athletic prowess in events held on the north side of the Hermosa […]

 Randy Angel

Lifeguard tradition grows with Wieland Shield, Taplin Bell competitions

Lifeguard tradition grows with Wieland Shield, Taplin Bell competitions

by Randy Angel Worldwide, the bond between lifeguards has created a special fraternity among its members, so it is commonplace for many siblings and offspring to continue a family’s legacy in the noble profession. That tradition is alive and well as evidenced at last weekend’s 54th annual International Surf Festival where many of the top […]

 Randy Angel

Kevin Fink swims to second Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier championship

Kevin Fink swims to second Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier championship

by Randy Angel Lifeguard Kevin Fink had a weekend he will not soon forget. The 19-year-old from San Pedro was all smiles Sunday morning after racing to the finish line on the north side of the Manhattan Beach Pier. He had just won his second championship in three years in the Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier Swim, […]

 Kevin Cody

Lifeguards rescue one of their own during Surf Festival Pier to Pier Swim [Update]

Lifeguards rescue one of their own during Surf Festival Pier to Pier Swim [Update]

Los Angeles County Lifeguards rushed to rescue veteran Dwight Crum Pier to Pier swimmer Ed Nelson after the retired lifeguard fell unconscious just a few hundred yards from the finish of this year’s Pier to Pier.

 Eddie Solt

International Surf Festival Surf Contest 2014

International Surf Festival Surf Contest 2014

On Saturday, August 2nd the International Surf Festival Surf contest took place in two to three feet waves just south of the Manhattan Beach Pier.

 Randy Angel

Atkinsons run to back-to-back titles

Atkinsons run to back-to-back titles

Bucking the trend of new champions at the International Surf Festival, Manhattan Beach’s Jeff Atkinson and his wife, Alison, repeated as winners of the Dick Fitzgerald Two-Mile Run that started and finished at the Hermosa Beach Pier Saturday morning. Fifty one-year-old Jeff’s time of 13 minutes, 17.57 seconds was slower than his 2013 winning time […]

 Randy Angel

Surf Festival has a changing of the guard

Surf Festival has a changing of the guard

South Bay athletes triumphed at the 53rd annual International Surf Festival last week where new champions were crowned, many ending long reigns of their opponents. The highlight of the Surf Festival was two evenings of lifeguard competition at the Hermosa Beach Pier and local teams did not disappoint the home crowd. On Friday, Manhattan Beach […]

 Randy Angel

International Surf festival celebrates 53 years

International Surf festival celebrates 53 years

Thousands of spectators and athletes of all ages and skill levels will converge on the sands of local beaches this weekend for the 53rd Annual International Surf Festival water and sand competitions. In the 1950s, the cities of Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach hosted separate beach festivals. In 1962, the cities decided to […]

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52nd Surfing International Surf Festival 2013

52nd Surfing International Surf Festival 2013

“Let’s not forget about the surfing, we had top surfers from mainland Mexico to Pismo Beach” Photos by Brad Jacobson  by John Joseph The festival committee, Scott Hubble Productions and LA County Lifeguards all had significant roles in making this the surfing event of the summer in the South Bay. Nine divisions, surfing two sites, […]

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