Kevin Cody

International Surf Festival 2017: Swim, Surf, Sail, Volleyball,Taplin Bell, Medal of Valor

International Surf Festival 2017: Swim, Surf, Sail, Volleyball,Taplin Bell, Medal of Valor

Complete coverage: International Surf Festival 2017 Swim, Surf, Sail, Volleyball,Taplin Bell, Medal of Valor

 Kevin Cody

Surf Festival Velzy-Stevens Paddleboard Race attracts all ages

Surf Festival Velzy-Stevens Paddleboard Race attracts all ages

Nearly half of the 184 competitors in the International Surf Festival Velzy Stevens Paddleboard Championships raced with family members, sometimes on the same board. Paddlers competed on boards that ranged from soft tops to unlimited carbon fiber paddleboards.

 Kevin Cody

Molokai champions win Riviera Mexican R10 Paddleboard Race

Molokai champions win Riviera Mexican R10 Paddleboard Race

Though still recovering from the Molokai Channel Paddleboard Championships two weeks ago, Matt Poole (third at Molokai) and Katie Hazelrigg (first in mixed relay at Molokai) smoked the competition at the 20th Annual Riviera Mexican R10 paddleboard race. The race was part of last weekend’s International Surf Festival.

 Kevin Cody

Titans of Mavericks champion Nic Lamb wins Surf Fest contest at Manhattan Pier

Titans of Mavericks champion Nic Lamb wins Surf Fest contest at Manhattan Pier

Titans of Mavericks 2016 champion Nic Lamb, now living in Manhattan Beach, destroyed the small surf and the competition at the ISF Surfing Championships at the Manhattan Beach pier on Saturday, August 5.

 Kevin Cody

Youth sailing in Redondo Beach added to International Surf Festival

Youth sailing in Redondo Beach added to International Surf Festival

A youth sailing competition was held a week ago Wednesday, under the umbrella of the International Surf Festival for the first time in the history of the 57-year-old festival’s history. Over two dozen young sailors competed in single person Optimists dinghies and two-person FJs.

 Ryan McDonald

Medal of Valor dinner in Redondo Beach honors L.A. County lifeguards

Medal of Valor dinner in Redondo Beach honors L.A. County lifeguards

by Ryan McDonald As the night began, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn looked out over the assembled crew of watermen, and told them that her experience working with county lifeguards had taught her a few things. Among them: “Baywatch” was not to be taken as gospel. “[Lifeguarding] is not as glamorous as some of […]

 Randy Angel

Bullock repeats as Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier Swim champion

Bullock repeats as Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier Swim champion

By Randy Angel In another showdown between rivals Ryan Bullock and Kevin Fink, Bullock won his second straight title of the Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier Swim, with time to spare. Bullock, of Torrance, improved his 2016 winning time by two seconds, crossing the finish line at 41 minutes, 16 seconds beating fellow lifeguard Kevin Fink, of […]

 Randy Angel

Junior 6-man beach volleyball tourney keeps tradition alive

Junior 6-man beach volleyball tourney keeps tradition alive

by Randy Angel The next generation of the long-running Saikley 6-Man beach volleyball tournament hit the sand courts in Manhattan Beach for the Junior version of the event on Sunday. Now in its third year, the Junior 6-Man featured 15, theme-oriented teams highlighted by the Flamingos, who captured the 12U coed championship, defeating the Super […]

 Randy Angel

LA County-Southern lifeguards retain Taplin Medley title

LA County-Southern lifeguards retain Taplin Medley title

By Randy Angel Entering Saturday night’s competition for the Judge Irving Taplin Medley Relay at Hermosa Beach, dory boat rower Tom Seth was apprehensive about his LA County-Southern team’s chances of capturing its fourth straight championship. “We didn’t look as good on paper as in recent years, which really fired up the LA Central team,” […]

 Randy Angel

Beach volleyball players move up in CBVA rankings

By Randy Angel Former Palos Verdes High School and Stanford standout Cole Fiers teamed with Colton Cowell of Kula, Hawaii to win the CBVA $1,500 Michelob Ultra Men’s Open championship Sunday in Hermosa Beach. China’s Shu Hui Wen and Xia Xin Yi captured the Women’s Open crown defeating Manhattan Beach’s Corinne Quiggle and Madalyn Roh. […]

 Randy Angel

Court rules annual Dick Fitzgerald 2-Mile beach race

Court rules annual Dick Fitzgerald 2-Mile beach race

By Randy Angel After placing third in the Bay League cross country finals and helping Mira Costa High School to a strong boys track and field season as a junior, Xavier Court continued to help the Mustang cross country program Saturday morning winning his second Dick Fitzgerald 2-Mile Run title in the last three years. […]

 Randy Angel

Surf Festival celebrates 56 years of watermen, waterwomen

by Randy Angel Manhattan Beach will host the 56th International Surf Festival this year. Competitors of all ages and abilities will participate dozens of ocean and beach events. This year’s festival will be held Thursday, Aug. 3 through Monday, August 7. It kicks off with the Charlie Saikley 6-man beach volleyball tournament at 9 a.m. […]

 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)

 Special Contributor

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: […]

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