The South Bay Boardriders Club capped off its surf series season in style Sunday at on Pier Plaza. The five-event wave-riding series finished Saturday in Manhattan Beach, and the club had yet to recognize the top point-earners from the surf contests.
The contests featured age-specific divisions for men, ranging all the way from 9-and-below years of age to divisions for 50-year-olds—and beyond.
Women were granted two age brackets in an 18-and-under division, and an open division. Saturday’s contest attracted about 200 competitors.
“It's about time the South Bay had something to go to, to compete in as a family, as an organization, as a support group,” said former pro surfer Ted Robinson after the awards ceremony Sunday. He won the master’s division in Saturday's season-ending competition.
Community has been key to the success of the South Bay Boardriders Club, co-founder Mike Balzer told Patch.
“We wanted to do five successful surf contests," he said, "and we hadn't even done one together before this year... The key was we wanted the South Bay surfing community to be a part of that—at all levels. And we got it.”
Based on points, the top Junior Women’s surfer was Rachel Tominaga, while Natalie Anzivino took home top honors in the Open Women’s division. Kieran Walls won the Micro Groms (9 and under) division. Groms division overall winner was Kyle Beatty. Boys Juniors division winner overall was Noah Collins.
Brent Bland took the Open Longboard division. Ted Robinson took the Masters division, and Scott Daley won the Legends division. Kent Nishiya won the Boys Juniors division.
During his acceptance speech, Derek Levy, who finished in second place overall in the Legends division, made it clear that he appreciated the South Bay Boardriders Club's effort to become a successful organization for local wave riders.
“There were meetings, subcommittees, and more meetings,” Levy said, while thanking everyone for supporting the club.
“I would love to see Surfline give [the club] some credit—if it was in Orange County, I'm sure it would be on Surfline right now,” Robinson said. He noted that because the South Bay is in Los Angeles, and not Orange County, the hotbed of surf-clothing-companies, local surfers are at risk of being overlooked by “surf media” coverage.