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The 2013-14 South Bay Surf Series schedule has recently been released, so mark your calendars for the annual, five-event series for the South Bay Boardriders Club’s.

We don’t know about you, but we in the LA Area and South Bay are stoked to have surf competitions back on our stomping grounds.

You’ll want to especially highlight Saturday, February 8th, 2014, which will be presented by us truly, Becker Surfboards, at 26th Street in Manhattan Beach. We’re thrilled, as one of the original surfboard builders and surf shops in the South Bay, to be THE MAIN SPONSOR at this year’s 3rd stop.

Last year’s event had well over 200 contestants surfing, in addition to hundreds of attendees. Hey, maybe we can even get our very own Becker Malibu’s Sean Johnson into our hosted series. If we say so ourselves, we kill it when it comes to the presence we bring to the beach and hope to get the same support from years past.

In fact, let’s take it up a notch this year! Parents and groms always talk about how Becker’s event is always the best of the entire series (thank you, our wonderful fans and supporters!).

The event will run from 7am – 5pm at 26th Street in Manhattan Beach. There will be board demos, raffles, food, drink, and an assortment of beach activities open to all in attendance, contestants and non-contestants alike.

The idea for a South Bay surf club hit Mike Balzer in 2008. His son Shane was 9 and his daughter Malia was 6. They weren’t enthusiastic about their dad teaching them to surf because they wanted to play with their friends and their friends didn’t surf. That got Balzer’s creative juices going – trying to organize a group to surf. After a year of talks with various people, the club was born. It continues to bond the tight knit South Bay community of surfers and beach goers.

Happy shredding South Bay! YEWW!

Here is the entire 2013-14 South Bay Surf Series schedule:

DECEMBER 14th – 26th St, Manhattan Beach – Presented by E.T. Surf
JANUARY 18th – El Porto – Presented by Dive N’ Surf
FEBRUARY 8th – 26th St, Manhattan Beach – Presented by Becker Surfboards
MARCH 8th – Location TBD – Presented by Surf Concepts
APRIL 5th – Location TBD – Presented by Spyder Surf

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If you haven’t already heard, two weeks ago, Brazilian big wave surfer Carlos Burle may have tackled the biggest wave ever surfed.

Praia do Norte, at the Portuguese town of Nazare, is renowned for its huge swells — and on Tuesday, October 26, Burle caught one of these, estimated to be around 100 feet high (this after he helped save fellow Brazilian Maya Gabeira out of the pummeling surf after she was knocked unconscious).

Gabeira, one of the world’s leading female big-wave surfers, was taken to hospital and luckily escaped with just a broken ankle, while Burle is hoping to have his feat ratified as a Guinness World Record.

The wave measured some 100 feet in height—much higher than the confirmed 2011 Guinness world record of 78 feet set by Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara last year, also in Nazare waters.

“It was luck. We never know when we will be catching the wave,” Burle told Surfer Today,” I still hadn’t surfed any wave and everyone had already had their rides. Maya almost died. For me, it was a big adrenaline moment to get back there after what happened.”

Check out the video, courtesy of CNN, of Burle’s wild ride. It’s both terrifying and amazing at the same time.

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Want to support a great charity and watch some cool surf flicks, too? Then tonight, November 8, head to the Save The Waves Film Festival for an intimate evening of live music, an acclaimed short films program, and the world premiere of SE7EN SIGNS, the new surf travel epic from director Nathan Myers and executive producer Taylor Steele.

Now in its fifth year, the festival will be traveling across the country to these locations this year:

Los Angeles, California – November 8, 2013 – Majestic Crest Theatre
Brooklyn, New York – November 15, 2013 – Shangri-La Studio
San Francisco, California – November 22, 2013 – Victoria Theatre

Save The Waves Coalition, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of surfing coastline and the marine environment, is a group of devoted surfers, scientists, and activists that share a common belief that our wild coastal areas around the world are precious and valuable, and need to be protected.

Tonight’s evening begins at 6PM with live music by Lee Koch, followed by a short films program, a fundraiser raffle and very special solo musical set from Guy Blakeslee (front man of The Entrance Band, recently voted best new rock band by the LA Weekly), and then the world premiere of Se7en Signs around 8:30pm.

Se7en Signs features six countries and is the anthology of six filmmakers in different countries on one journey. It features Peter Devries, Asher Pacey, Ozzy Wright, Torrey Meister, Joel Fitzgerald, Harrison Roach, Otis Carey, Daniel Jones, Chris Del Moro, Eli Steele, Noah Cohen, Gavin Gillette and Kiron Jabour.

Other films in the festival include Old Dog, The Ocean Inside, Untitled Norway, Transparent Sea, and Martin’s 5. Check out the Official Film Program here.

For tickets, go here.
General admission $20. VIP Tickets $50.

The Majestic Crest Theatre
1262 S Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Here’s the official Se7en Signs trailer:

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