Morgan Sliff

Wind, big surf challenge SBBC/ Spyder Kings, Queens of Beach

Wind, big surf challenge SBBC/  Spyder Kings, Queens of Beach

"I couldn't tell the chop from the waves," said Dave Schaefer, who blasted through six heats sick with what he later learned was pneumonia.

by Morgan Sliff The end of season, South Bay Boardriders “King of the Beach” contest, hosted by Spyder Surfboards two Saturdays ago, began with a clean, sizeable swell and light, offshore winds. Then, mid-morning, the wind switched onshore and the sky darkened, creating the most challenging conditions of the six-contest series. “I couldn’t tell the […]

 Morgan Sliff

Notes from the underground: Hermosa Beach surfboard shaper Jose Barahona

Notes from the underground: Hermosa Beach surfboard shaper Jose Barahona

How shaper Jose Barahona quietly became one of the sport’s most prodigious surfboard makers   by Morgan Sliff You can feel the power in the room. As you carefully step across snow piles of blank shavings, the sweet smell of resin filling your nose, your eyes are pulled to relics past and present — various tattered surf pictures masking-taped […]

 Morgan Sliff

Love Started With a Trip: A Week of Surf and Stories in Nicaragua

Love Started With a Trip:  A Week of Surf and Stories in Nicaragua

by Morgan Sliff Love can be felt in many contexts.  Its sensations aren’t just bound by the story of two star-crossed companions — love is the foundation in a group of close friends.  And for a specific group of South Bay wanderers this past week, love started with a trip.  A trip to a dirt […]

 Brad Jacobson

Worth The Wait – Best Surfing Day of the Year So Far (video)

Worth The Wait – Best Surfing Day of the Year So Far (video)

This is the second part of a swell that rolled into the South Bay this week.  The first part of the swell (see previous video) brought some fun, head high + waves into the South Bay on Tuesday, Jan. 24th. This video was shot on Wednesday, Jan 25th and had a little more punch and […]

 Brad Jacobson

It’s Been a While – Surf Video

It’s Been a While – Surf Video

It’s been a while since the South Bay has seen a decent run of waves with punch.  The South Bay receives our best and biggest waves in the winter, although this winter was off to a slow start until this swell. These clips were shot on January 24, 2017 in Redondo Beach.  Surfers include: Jalian […]

 Brad Jacobson

Chasing El Nino(full version), Surfing the 2015-2016 Season in the South Bay by Civic Couch

Chasing El Nino(full version), Surfing the 2015-2016 Season in the South Bay by Civic Couch

This is the full video released and produced by Civic Couch in association with the Easy Reader.   This is the South Bay. This stretch of beach is known for its million dollar homes, beautiful people, beach volleyball and surfing. The South Bay consists of fickle surf spots. A slight change in the swell or […]

 Brad Jacobson

“Team Chris” and friends attack a Hermosa Beach Swell

“Team Chris” and friends attack a Hermosa Beach Swell

“Team Chris”, consisting of Chris Frohoff, Chris Brown and Chris Wells, along with their non-Chris friends attacked a fun windswell in Hermosa Beach on November 28th.  Fingers crossed that we get some of the larger swells that we saw last season. 

 Judy Rae

Beach surf – Scare and Tear at haunted pier

Beach surf – Scare and Tear  at haunted pier

The Scare and Tear was founded in 2005 by Charlie Ninegar to honor Mira Costa High schoolmate Adam Frand

 Brad Jacobson

A Late October South Bay Swell

A Late October South Bay Swell

A nice but short swell hit the South Bay this week bringing chest to overhead waves to our beaches giving our local surfers something to get excited about. Surfers include: Noah Collins, Chris Wells, Alex Gray, Trevor LaShure, Angelo Luhrsen, Andy Prunauer and others. All photos by Brad Jacobson.

 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.

 Brad Jacobson

A Day Of Surfing At The Manhattan Beach Pier (video)

A Day Of Surfing At The Manhattan Beach Pier (video)

Brad Jacobson of Civic Couch got a little creative giving you an up close view of surfing at the Manhattan Beach Pier. Surfers include: Marcelo Malinco, Natalie Anzivino, Steve Howe, Dane Zaun and others. It was shot on a gloomy early June morning with the Canon 1DX Mark ii. Music by Special C

 Judy Rae

Beach Sports – SB Boardriders Big Wave Challenge Awards night

Beach Sports – SB Boardriders Big Wave Challenge Awards night

South Bay Boardriders Big Wave Challenge Awards night on Friday, May 27 at the Hermosa Beach Community Center.

 Ryan McDonald

Snapped at Jaws: Photographer Brent Broza captures a monster, and the award for shooting the largest wave ever paddled

Snapped at Jaws: Photographer Brent Broza captures a monster, and the award for shooting the largest wave ever paddled

by Ryan McDonald In earlier times, a photographer wouldn’t know how good a shot was until making it to the darkroom. But on January 15, photographer Brent Broza knew right away he had something special. And not much later, so did his friends. The Hermosa resident was perched on a rugged cliff face overlooking Jaws, […]

 Morgan Sliff

Endless Session, Day 264: Out of the Dust

Endless Session, Day 264: Out of the Dust

  by Morgan Sliff On day 264 of an attempted year straight of riding waves, surfing was difficult.  More difficult than the biggest and gnarliest of El Nino days.  In a more than uncomfortable situation but cloaked under the hood of many other red, blue, white, and silver longboards, I managed to paddle out with […]

 Brad Jacobson

Barrels, barrels, and more barrels in Episode 6 of Chasing El Nino

Barrels, barrels, and more barrels in Episode 6 of Chasing El Nino

This is Civic Couch’s sixth episode in its series “Chasing El Nino,” presented by Manhattan Beach Toyota and the Easy Reader. It was filmed during the first half of March by Civic Couch’s Brad Jacobson. In Chasing El Nino, Jacobson documents what the El Nino winter means for surfers, our beaches and surrounding areas. At the end of […]