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"Sadly, Glen Kennedy, long time surfer/shaper passed away 2 days ago. He was fishing with his grandkids and had a heart attack. Another of the good guys gone."

Glen Kennedy, a San Fernando valley surfboard shaper, was a fixture in Malibu and the valley. Kennedy Surf Shop opened in 1972 and since then, Glen has hand-shaped a wide range of surfboards, including classic longboards, mid range surfboards and high-performance shortboards.

"Glen Kennedy, if you surfed Malibu and had any ties to the valley, you knew Glen Kennedy. A legend, a neighbor, a mentor, a man of many adventures, the nicest person you would ever meet." - Joe Balint

"Glen was a great man, he took me in, gave me one of my favorite jobs and taught me to shape my own board. So many great memories; night surfing Bu on full moons, Friday night fish fries at the shop, drinks at Pickwick’s... I will never forget you Glen." - Tom Bugg

"We will miss our friend Glen Kennedy. A legend in the surf industry, amazing surfer/shaper/businessman and great guy, whose surf shop in the west end of the San Fernando valley has been in the same location for as long as I can remember. I’m sure Glen’s son will continue his legacy as Glen will now be Surfing the Ranch for eternity! Love you" - OnIt Pro


Glen on the left.



Glen Kennedy Surf Rodeo 2014







Glen's 2 Facebook Pages: Glen Kennedy Custom Shapes and Kennedy Surf Shop. And Glen's Instagram is @kennedysurfshop
One of the surprises of the event, which brought together the best longboarders in the world to the surf mecca Malibu, was the Hawaiian Sally Cohen, who stole the scene. At only 18 years old, the competitor landed a spot in the championship by winning the most votes on Surf Relik's video submission contest. Surfing the board of double world champion Phil Rajzman, she managed to reach 3rd place in her debut event. Sally is the daughter of surf photographer Paul Cohen the "Gordinho", who is one of the legends in the subject on the North Shore. Source / Author: Luciana Figueiredo
The first stage of the Surf Relik Longboard World Tour was First Point on Malibu Beach this weekend (June 22nd and 23th). The winners of the $100,000 prize-giving event were Soleil Errico and Taylor Jensen .

French surfer Edouard Delpero was given 2nd place and bid farewell to the championship by losing to Taylor Jensen. Third was given to Harrison Roach.


Harrison Roach - Photo: Surfing With Ben


In the women's category, Chloe Calmon finished with second place, Soleil Errico taking the top spot.


Soleil Errico - Photo: Brian Asher




Chloe Calmon - Photo: Surfing With Ben


One of the surprises of the event, which brought together the best longboarders in the world to the surf mecca Malibu, was the Hawaiian Sally Cohen, who stole the scene. At only 18 years old, the competitor landed a spot in the championship by winning the most votes on Surf Relik's video submission contest. Surfing the board of double world champion Phil Rajzman, she managed to reach 3rd place in her debut event. Sally is the daughter of surf photographer Paul Cohen the "Gordinho", who is one of the legends in the subject on the North Shore.


Sally Cohen - Photo: Paul Cohen


"Sally surprised me and surfed a lot, she used my board throughout the event and she did very well, I've been with Sally in my trips to Hawaii and I've done some coaching work for her. She will shine brightly. " Phil commented.

CLICK HERE see more stories, drama, & nonsense from Surf Relik.


Check out this video form Wes Swartz of the longboarding before and during the Relik contest.

CLICK HERE see more stories, drama, & nonsense from the infamous Surf Relik.


According to Surf Relik and the self-pro-claimed "definitive voice of surf", The Inertia, no other surf contest ever did video submissions before.

Never.

Not until 2018 when Surf Relik "pioneered a unique video-submission format", as The Inertia's non-fact checking writer claims.

Another The Inertia writer states, "Finally something different, something that’s never been done before. Relik’s Video Submission Open Qualifier".

This is probably coming straight from Surf Relik themselves though, as Pacific Longer Boarder wrote "Relik’s first-of-its-kind video submission open qualifier".

Appears like Surf Relik's PR Team is just spouting off some BS, And Of Course The Inertia would never question it (not the first time they published lies).

Come on now, not that all surfers would know, but a surfer writing for a surf website, especially one claiming to be the "definite voice of surf", should know video submissions for wildcard spots in surf contests have happened many times before Surf Relik's.

Back in 2013, the Hurley Pro Trestles held a video submission contest for a wildcard spot for the CT event.

In 2018, Gopro held a video submission contest for the OSSC National Championships.

In 2011, there was the Volcom Pipe Pro Wildcard Video Challenge

Oh yeah, the video submission contest to be a Wildcard for the O'Neill Coldwater Classic was held in 2014.

In 2017, INNOCNTS held their 1wv1fn, a longboarding video contest where the winner got an invite to the Vans Duct Tape Invitational.

And there's been others.

So NO, Surf Relik you did not create, pioneer, or do any first-of-its-kind deal with video submissions for a surf contest wildcard spot.

On Saturday, June 1, we joined the over 600 volunteers, and two surfing dogs, at tower 28 in Santa Monica to be a part of Life Rolls On's They Will Surf Again event. This Santa Monica event was the first surf stop of Life Rolls On's Get On Board 2019 Tour.

They Will Surf Again is an award-winning series of bi-coastal events that empower paraplegics and quadriplegics to experience the freedom of mobility by riding a wave with the assistance of adaptive equipment and the support of hard working volunteers.
More than a day of recreational activity, They Will Surf Again also serves as an exceptional opportunity for individuals with SCI and their families to network and establish new support networks outside traditional group support settings. Founded by world champion quadriplegic surfer Jesse Billauer, Life Rolls On is dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injury. Believing that adaptive surfing and skating could inspire infinite possibilities beyond paralysis.

Six12 Media has been there every year, getting as many great surfing shots of these athletes as possible, making sure they and their families get some awesome action photos to remember this day.












We got way too many great photos to post here. You can find several 100 more surf photos from this day, all full size and high-resolution, in this gallery:

2019 LRO They Will Surf Again Photo Galleries


If you were out there, there probably is some cool surfing shots of you, go check them out!

There are some more photos from other photographers in this gallery:

LIfe Rolls On TWSA 2019 Photo Page
These are new aerial photos of the beach erosion at Surfrider. They were taken by @charlesrsmith.




Here's 2 news reports from CBS and KTLA on the situation at Surfrider. They talk with the mayor, he says more rocks are going to be placed, but they don't address the cause of the erosion, which is shady as f*@# to us. They do mention removing the restrooms in the KTLA report. You can view both video below:







Story by Laylan Connelly.

Mike Doyle, a regular on the Malibu surf scene during the ’50s.



Mike Doyle, a waterman known for his big-wave prowess — one of the original “hot doggers” — died in his sleep early Tuesday morning, April 30. He was 78.

Doyle, who had been battling ALS, was a champion, inventor, boardmaker — an icon in the sport of surfing. Born in 1941, he grew up in Lawndale and caught his first wave at the Manhattan Beach Pier at age 13. He would soon become a pivotal figure in the South Bay and Malibu surf culture.

He spent his later years as an artist in Mexico, at San Jose del Cabo, where he died.

“It is a beautiful day here in San Jose, the waves are perfect and we know Mike is in Heaven with a smile on his face, surfing an endless wave,” an announcement on the Doyle Surfboards Facebook page reads, noting he was with his wife, Annie, when he passed.

Doyle, who was inducted into the Surfer’s Hall of Fame in Hermosa Beach in 2013, noted then that his “biggest memory was winning the Hermosa Beach annual surf festival contest and winning the tandem event and getting married – all in the same day.”

Competitively, Doyle was among the world’s best in the ’50s and ’60s, earning numerous surf championships, including the Duke Kahanamoku title and the West Coast Surfboard Championship.

He’s also a member of the Surfers’ Hall of Fame and Surfing Walk of Fame in Huntington Beach, inducted to both in 2003, and the International Surfboard Builders Hall of Fame, where he was inducted in 2009.

Doyle’s life as a surfer started in 1954, while he watched South Bay icons Dale Velzy, Bob Hogans and Greg Noll ride waves at the Manhattan Beach Pier, according to an article in the Daily Breeze. He worked as an apprentice to Velzy and Noll building balsa boards in 1959. He was also a Manhattan Beach lifeguard in 1960 and 1961.

According to the Surfing Heritage and Cultural Center in San Clemente, Doyle famously sold Kathy Kohner, aka “Gidget,” her first surfboard in 1956 and then worked as a stunt double in “Gidget” in 1959.

Boogie board inventor Tom Morey remembers seeing Doyle as a regular on the Malibu surf scene during the ’50s.

“When I first met him, he was already an accomplished rider in the South Bay area,” Morey, who lives in San Clemente, said recently.

He recalled Doyle’s big smile under a floppy hat his mother made — a popular character with a big stature and unique style in the surf.

“If there’s a show, Doyle’s in it … he’s one of the original hot-doggers,” said Morey, referring to a surfer’s showboating style on the waves.

The two surfers had something in common – a passion for invention.

Doyle, while working in Encinitas, used the boogie board material for the first soft-top board ever made, in 1970, the same boards that countless beginners use in waves today.

He also helped to create surf wax and a single ski, the Monoski, the seed for what would become the modern-day snowboard.

“To sum up Doyle in some kind of words, here’s a really fabulous guy, a real icon and definitely a champion,” Morey said. “I don’t know how many surf contests he’s won, but quite a few. And how many giant waves he’s ridden, but a lot. And how many innovations he’s had in the surfing world … revolutionizing, with his pals, the soft board is his deal and surf wax is a big deal.”

Doyle wasn’t in it for the riches, and in his book Morning Glass wrote about how people over the years would say “how rich I would be if only I’d had the good sense to invest in this or that project.”

“But I don’t look at it that way. Most people have to choose between money and freedom, and I made my choice a long time ago,” he wrote in an excerpt of the book published in the San Diego Reader.

He wrote that his heart still leaped when he saw a car full of surfers going down the highway with a rack of surfboards.



“Probably no man alive has gone on more surf adventures than I have, yet I still haven’t had enough,” wrote Doyle, who moved to Mexico in the ’80s to be an artist and to run a surf school. “If the conditions are right, I’ll walk away from anything to spend a day in the water with my friends.”

The surf is only good at certain times, and if you’re a serious surfer, you’ve designed your life around it, he noted.

“You have to make the time to be there when the surf is good.”

Last Sunday was A Walk On Water's Surf Therapy Event in Malibu. Check out this video recap and photos shot by Alessandro Masciotti.











A paddle out held on Tuesday … at Surfrider Beach .. for Randy Nauert … a Malibu original. Nauert was never as famous as Dick Dale … but he followed a similar career ark. The teenaged surfer from the Palos Verdes Peninsula started making music in the surf wave of the early 1960s. His group was called The Challengers. Originally known as The Bel-Airs, they were one of the earliest “surf bands,” initially playing school dances and small clubs around Hermosa Beach. Words from 991KBU
Photos from Sandy Sandbakken


A paddle out held on Tuesday , April 16th … at Surfrider Beach .. for Randy Nauert … a Malibu original. Nauert was never as famous as Dick Dale … but he followed a similar career ark.

The teenaged surfer from the Palos Verdes Peninsula started making music in the surf wave of the early 1960s.

His group was called The Challengers.

Originally known as The Bel-Airs, they were one of the earliest “surf bands,” initially playing school dances and small clubs around Hermosa Beach.

In January 1963 they released “Surfbeat” …. it became a massive hit and helped put the surf rock genre on the map.

Nauert moved to Malibu … his T V show Wave Watch was a staple on malibu public access television for 104 episodes.

Nauert lived in Encinal Canyon … he was a familiar sight in his Arson Watch van around Malibu.

His compound burned in the Woolsey Fire … he suffered a heart attack while clearing land two months after the fire.

At the paddle out … his longtime friend and TV show associate Peter Townsend said it was the fire.

“I would think that those fires had an effect on Randy. Because t was his nature to help everybody. And every time you would see a photo on Facebook, he loved his Facebook, there would see a photo of him helping somebody. You know Randy was in his 70s now. And he was up there clearing properties, and friggin’ treating them as if he was a teenager. And I’m sure that didn’t help him when he finally has a heart attack.”

Randy Nauert was eulogized by his longtime friend … John Mazza.

“He really was the spirit of Malibu.”



Randy's band still has their music on Amazon: