THE SOUTH BAY BOARDRIDERS CLUB IS DEDICATED TO CELEBRATING THE RICH HISTORY OF THE SOUTH BAY SURFING CULTURE, INTRODUCING FAMILIES, YOUTH, AND OUR COMMUNITY TO ALL ASPECTS OF OCEAN ACTIVITIES, AND BEING GUARDIANS OF OUR LOCAL SHORELINE. “FUN” IS CENTRAL TO WHO WE ARE.
Club History / Background
The idea for a South Bay surf club originated from Mike Balzer in 2008. His son Shane was 9 and his daughter Malia was 6. They weren’t enthusiastic about dad teaching them to surf because they wanted to play with their friends and their friends didn’t surf. For many parents who had grown up in the South Bay riding waves since they were young, it was difficult to accept their own kids having little or no interest spending time at the beach in the surf. Times seemed to be changing, and the historical surf culture that had been a large part of the South Bay community was slowly slipping away.
Later in 2008, Balzer mentioned the club idea to three other former Pier Avenue Junior High and Mira Costa High School schoolmates: Dan Bradford, Tom Horton and Derek Levy during a lunch at El Gringo. One thing was clear, it was time for The South Bay surfing and paddling community to come together and create a club that is fun for all ages, family oriented, and makes a difference in our community and the ocean environment. All three embraced the idea, but had reservations because surfing is such an individualistic sport, and no one had experience starting a club or knew what it was going to take to make it happen.