SOUTH BAY SURF SERIES
EVENT #1 IS ON!
We are stoked to announce our virtual 2020/2021 Surf Series! For obvious reasons, we are unable to secure event permits for our contest series, but we’re not going to let that stop us. Come join in the fun with the South Bay Boardriders Club Virtual Surf Series!
HOW IT WORKS
Each month, one of our valued sponsors will host a virtual surf contest. Competitors will have until the end of the month to upload a video of their best wave, captured that month, to the South Bay Boardriders Club website. The wave must be ridden anywhere between Indicator and the Santa Monica pier. All entries must be uploaded by midnight on the last day of the month. Videos will be judged by SBBC judges and the top 3 videos in each division will win awesome prizes from from that months sponsors.
DIVE N’ SURF
EVENT #1 | SPYDER SURFBOARDS
Event Window: December 1st – 31st, 2020
The event window for Surf Series Event #1 hosted by Spyder Surfboards is now open! We will have our registration and video upload system ready to go soon and will notify everyone via email and social media when it’s live. In the meantime, go rip and get it on video!
Micro Grom Assist (Age 9 & Under)
Coach or parent may assist surfer in the water with a push into waves. Boys & Girls
Micro Grom (9 & Under)
Surfers must catch their own waves. Boys & Girls
Groms (12 & Under)
Boys & Girls
Juniors (Age 18 & Under)
Open Mens (All Ages)
Open Womens (All Ages)
Masters (Age 40-49)
Legends (Age 50+)
Open Longboard (All Ages)
Foamy Division (All Ages)
Surfers must ride a soft foam surfboard. Designed for beginner surfers as a fun introduction to competitive surfing.
MEMBERS: $15 / Extra Division: $15
NON-MEMBERS: $25 / Extra Division: $25
In 2010, The South Bay Surf Series was created by SBBC’s initial Surf Series Committee which included Mike Balzer, Matt Walls, Wright Adaza, Shaun Burrell, Charlie Carver, Mark Theodore, and Doug Somers. Matt Walls and Wright Adaza continue today as Director and Co-Director. One objective of the Surf Series is to provide a local, top quality venue for young and older surfers to compete and hone their skills. Most important, these events are intended to nurture and build our local surfing community, while bringing like-minded people together for a fun day at the beach.
The very first Surf Series contest was held in fog at El Porto and the only equipment we had to run the contest included a cell phone for the clock/timer, a horn to notify competitors when a heat started and its 5 minute warning, a megaphone for announcements, some clipboards, one pop-up tent, a few chairs and folding tables.
Over the years, the Surf Series has evolved in its design, infrastructure, and the demographics of those who compete. Most of today’s competitors are under the age of 18, whereas the initial contests had primarily adults. We are very proud of the growing number of groms (youngsters) competing in our contests, as well as having both male and female entrants. Watching these groms grow and develop their surfing skills over the years has been absolutely incredible and we are firm believers the Surf Series plays a role in their progress.
Each contest is comprised of 11 divisions from Micro Grom Assist (kids under 9 years old being pushed into whitewater by a parent, coach, or volunteer) to Legends (50 years old and older). This includes an open longboard division and open women’s division. In the 2019-2020 season, the Surf Committee added a Foamy Division so those new to surfing can participate in the contests in a less intimidating division and format. The only rule is the surfboard must be a foam board. These contests are family friendly, inclusionary, and ultimately a fun day at the beach for everyone. Most people who show up (volunteers, parents, competitors, friends of competitors) have made new friends at the contests and get together for a surf or other activities outside of the contests.
The infrastructure changes we made over the years focused on improved efficiency, accuracy, and minimizing our carbon footprint. These changes include providing 10 gallons of fresh water, sponsored by HippyTree, for reusable water bottles, electronic scoring and iPads for judges, a large electronic digital clock and horn, solar panels to power the contests eliminating the need for a gas-powered generator. We have also added multiple pop-up tents, tables, chairs, expanded judges from 3 to 6 in order to run north and south contest areas simultaneously, purchased a trailer to store and haul all of our contest equipment, as well as a wagon to help haul equipment across the sandy beach. Needless to say, a lot has changed, and we continue to look at areas for improvement based on feedback we receive from volunteers, parents, and competitors.
It is important to note that the success of the South Bay Surf Series would not have been possible without the support of our long term title sponsor, Subaru Pacific, our founding sponsor Beach Cities Orthopedics, Kinecta Federal Credit Union, Dive N Surf, ET Surfboards, Spyder Surfboards, Jacks, Watermans, Fan Mountain, Easy Reader, Adaza Electric and numerous other local businesses who have supported us throughout the years by hosting a contest or contributing funds and product.
In addition to our sponsors, another critical component to the contests success is our reliable list of volunteers who haul and set up equipment at 6:30am and break it down at the end of a long day, our office staff who track and tally scores all day long, the LA County Lifeguards who ensure our safety, and various vendors who provide support services. We are grateful for all of you!