Brad Jacobson

Largest Waves This Winter Featured on This Episode of Chasing El Nino

Largest Waves This Winter Featured on This Episode of Chasing El Nino

This is Civic Couch’s second episode in its “Chasing El Nino” series. This episode features some of the largest waves to hit the South Bay this winter. In Chasing El Nino, videographer Brad Jacobson documents what the El Nino winter means for surfers, our beaches and surrounding areas. At the end of the surf season they will be […]

 Brad Jacobson

El Nino Surfing Episode 1

El Nino Surfing Episode 1

Civic Couch and Easy Reader are documenting the 2015-2016 El Nino Surf season through separate episodes shot across Southern California.  Volume 1 was shot between January 6 through the 11th. This is an ongoing series and Civic Couch will select the best clips and combine them for a full length video. This is the first episode and features surfers: […]

 Brad Jacobson

Going For Broke, Part 2 of a South Bay December Swell [VIDEO]

A second swell hit the South Bay fresh on the heels of a larger swell just days before this. While this one didn’t pack the same size, it still produced fun chest to well overhead waves. Surfers featured are Daniel D’Castillo, Michael Luhrsen, Dane Zaun, Chris Wells, Bruna Schmitz, Greg Browning, Scott Johnsen, Bobby Kithcart, […]

 Brad Jacobson

The Largest Waves So Far for the South Bay’s 2015-16 Season (video)

The Largest Waves So Far for the South Bay’s 2015-16 Season (video)

The largest swell to hit the South Bay so far (for the 2015-16 season) made it’s arrival on Saturday December 5th. Surfers Matt Mohagen, Tyler Hatzikian, Noah Collins, Jake Kirchenbaum,Greg Browning, Flavio Pires, Scott Smith and others scored a few gems. Music by Chamomile Video by Brad Jacobson of Civic Couch  

 Brad Jacobson

Pulling Into Closeouts in Manhattan Beach (Video)

Pulling Into Closeouts in Manhattan Beach (Video)

Lined up closeout waves hit Manhattan Beach on Tuesday December first as a head high plus swell made it’s way into the South Bay.  Noah Collins, Wil Reid, Chris Wells, Easton Jones, Flavio Pires and others make the best of the early December swell. Because Manhattan Beach has not had many sizable swells yet this […]

 Brad Jacobson

South Bay Waves Wake Up From Their Summer Long Hangover

South Bay Waves Wake Up From Their Summer Long Hangover

Civic Couch catches a really good day in the South Bay. The South Bay woke up from it’s summer long hangover with head high plus spitting barrels. Surfing footage from one day (November 4 ) in the South Bay region of Los Angeles. Surfers include: Noah Collins, Steve Howe, Vinny Leonelli, Chris Wells, Wil Reid,Brian Woods, […]

 Brad Jacobson

A South Bay Swell Story

A South Bay Swell Story

Civic Couch produced a short visual story for the Easy Reader about a swell that made it’s way into the South Bay region of Los Angeles for a few days in late October, 2015. The waves did not pan out as expected but it still provided South Bay surfers with some fun waist to head high […]

 Randy Angel

Beach Cities Sports: Basketball, golf, swimming and more

Aquatics: Celebrate the end of summer and raise funds for the Challenged Athletes Foundation on Saturday, Sept. 19. Board Short Mile starts at 10 a.m., a one mile open water swim with start/finish line just south of Hermosa Pier. Arrive early to sign waiver and get your board shorts on. All participants issued identical board […]

 Randy Angel

Beach Cities Sports: Water polo, beach volleyball and more

Beach Cities Sports:  Water polo, beach volleyball and more

Beach Volleyball:  Smack Sportswear will be hosting the Patriot’s Day co-ed 4’s beach volleyball tournament on Saturday, Sept. 12 on the south side of the Hermosa Beach Pier. Festivities also include an apple pie eating contest, three-legged races and more. A portion of the proceeds benefit Tuesday’s Children, an organization dedicated to providing support for […]

 Kevin Cody

Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race on Sunday, from Catalina to Manhattan

Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race on Sunday, from Catalina to Manhattan

To promote Sunday’s Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race, from Catalina Island to the Manhattan Beach pier, local paddlers gathered at the Manhattan pier Monday morning for a restaging of a classic April 1987 photo of the South Bay’s then hottest surfers.

 Randy Angel

LA County lifeguards reclaim national championship

LA County lifeguards reclaim national championship

by Randy Angel Avenging last year’s loss that snapped a 27-year winning streak, the LA County Surf Life Saving team recaptured the Nautica United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) National Championship held Aug. 8 at Daytona Beach, Fla. Led by Redondo Beach’s Brian Murphy, LA County amassed 1076.625 points to dethrone defending champion Monmouth County, N.J. […]

 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 […]

 Kevin Cody

Parucha passes First for Riviera Mexican R10 paddleboard victory

Parucha passes First for Riviera Mexican R10 paddleboard victory

Max First, winner of last year’s Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race, had a seemingly insurmountable, 400 yard lead at the halfway point in the Riviera Mexican Grill Round the R10 Paddleboard Race Saturday morning.

 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

Heroisms, tragedies mark 2015 Los Angeles County Lifeguard Medal of Valor awards

Heroisms, tragedies mark 2015 Los Angeles County Lifeguard Medal of Valor awards

Los Angeles County lifeguards and three local surfers were recognized for acts of ocean heroism during the past year at the annual Lifeguard Medal of Valor dinner, sponsored by the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce. Australia’s Victoria Lifeguard Team attended the dinner.

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