A Guide to the South Bay Surf and Action Sports Scene
Action Sports News Roundup:
Like a surfboard that’s been sucked out to sea, doomed to float aimlessly amongst that Texas-sized mass of plastic chairs, bottles and Big Mac containers in the Pacific, I’ve been kind of out of touch lately. But, I’ve finally returned and now I’m ready to jump back on the saddle and fulfill my obligations as a (semi-) productive member of society, i.e., file my taxes (wait, I’m a little late on that, huh?), set up a 401(K) and begin commuting on that soul-sucking freeway of doom and despair otherwise known as the 405. So, let’s kick off my return to civilization with a bit of news on the action sports scene:
Surfing: Surfline.com ran a feature on some of the top shapers in the South Bay. The list is extensive, and covers both newcomers and old timers alike. One of the names that most South Bay readers will probably recognize is Joe Bark; he is a long-time shaper and waterman, and an active competitor in the annual Catalina Classic (which, by the way, should be a great event this year).
Skateboarding: On a sad note, skateboard pioneer Larry Stevenson passed away in March, in Santa Monica, CA. He was 81. Stevenson is credited with inventing the kicktail—a now ubiquitous feature that can be found on every modern skateboard. The New York Times ran an excellent feature on him, and I’d suggest giving it a good read.
Fun misc: And just for fun, here’s a little article about a Go Pro camera that was found on the ocean floor south of Oahu. It had been lost for over a year, and it was still in working condition.
See you in the water!