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 […]
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: […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
“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, […]