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Becker Surfboards is pleased to announce our involvement in the South Bay Surf Series Event on Saturday, February 8th. A five-event contest series, Becker Surfboards along with Subaru Pacific will be hosting Event #3 held at 26th street in Manhattan Beach. The events are open to all ages from the Micro Grom division (under-9 year olds) to the Legends division (over-50).

Presented by the South Bay Boardriders Club with the support of local surf shops and businesses, the series began on December 26th, 2013 and will conclude on April 5th, 2014 at the Manhattan Beach Pier. Finalists from all divisions win great prizes such as free trips, surfboards, wetsuits and all contestants receive t-shirts and other goodies for entering.

Nearly 250 surfers competed in 11 divisions for the #2 Event held on Saturday, January 18th. With temperatures set to peak in the mid-80s and a few offshore winds, the first heat was off to a great start! Though waves were scarce in the Legends final, conditions overall were good with small soft waves graduating to big fast waves as the tide dropped and the swell built. To see the full list of rankings and results, click here.

We are excited for Saturday the 8th, and hope the conditions and fun and sizable. Onlookers and locals are encouraged to come out and spend the day at the beach with us where we’ll have games, activities, food, goodies and more! Details regarding grand prizes for the surfers will be coming soon so stay tuned… Continue reading

Having recently attended the Agenda show, a two-day youth-culture forum held at the Long Beach Convention Center, we experienced the latest in the streetwear and action sports industries available in 2014.  Representing every facet of California lifestyle, Agenda brought together over 600 brands within fashion, action sports, streetwear, sneakers, accessories, hardgoods and more.

We were thrilled to attend Agenda and checkout the emerging brands that show they’re on a higher level of creativity, design and aesthetic. Some of these brands include our friends at Billabong, Brixton, Captain Fin Co, Catch Surf, Dakine, Electric, Element, Freestyle, Freedom Artists, Firewire, Globe, Havaianas, Hoven, Hurley, Hippytree, Nixon, Olukai, O’Neill, Penny Skateboards, Quiksilver, Reef, Roxy, Raen, Roark, Sanuk, Sector 9, Spy, Stance, Vans, Volcom and VonZipper.

In addition to showcasing the latest and greatest in contemporary fashion, Agenda brought some of the best mobile food the region has to offer. While walking the show floor, we found some good eats from a few gourmet food trucks - Chunk n’ ChipGrilled Cheese TruckLime Truck, and Free Range LA. If we HAD to choose a favorite, it probably would be Free Range’s Fried Chicken Sandwich topped with fresh jalapeño, coleslaw and whole grain honey mustard. The perfect ending to a great show!

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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

For more information, check out: http://southbayboardriders.com/.
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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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