By David Rosenfeld | [email protected] | The Beach ReporterPUBLISHED: August 26, 2018 at 3:39 pm | UPDATED: August 27, 2018 at 10:00 pm Australian Lachie Lansdown, 22, was so physically spent after winning the Catalina Classic on Sunday that the muscles in his shoulders and chest would not stop twitching after the race. His muscles twitched and his body shook so much while giving an interview almost 20 minutes after the race that it looked like he was shivering. “I’m not cold,” he said. “I’m just getting, like, muscle spasms.” Lansdown had just beat 92 competitors paddling by hand across a 32-mile channel from Two Harbors in Catalina to the Manhattan Beach pier, a race that’s been occurring on a consecutive basis since 1981. This year Lansdown led from the very beginning to end, finishing in five hours and 23 minutes. Taking first place among a field of five women was D.J. O’Brien with a time of six hours and 47 minutes, … [Read more...] about Aussie, 22, holds off defending champ in Catalina Classic paddleboard race, concluding at Manhattan Beach pier
Manhattan beach pier
By Martin Wisckol | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: June 7, 2018 at 8:53 am | UPDATED: June 7, 2018 at 9:56 pm Los Angeles County hosts eight of the state’s best beaches when it comes to water quality — and two of the worst, according to the annual Beach Report Card issued by Heal the Bay on Thursday. Of the 37 state beaches with perfect scores, three are on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, four are in Malibu and one is in El Segundo. Making the top 10 Beach Bummers list are San Pedro’s Cabrillo Beach on the harbor side, which has made the list eight of the last 10 years, and the Santa Monica Pier, which has had the distinction seven times in the last decade. Another perennial Beach Bummer, Mother’s Beach in Marina del Rey, dropped out of the top 10 for the first time since 2013. It received an “A” during the summer and during dry winter months, but an “F” during raining periods. Dry weather The relatively dry … [Read more...] about L.A. has some of the state’s cleanest ocean water, but 2 beaches are among the worst, says 2018 beach report
By David Rosenfeld | [email protected] | The Beach ReporterPUBLISHED: May 10, 2018 at 6:24 pm | UPDATED: May 11, 2018 at 7:32 pm As stand-up paddleboarders make their way around the tranquil Redondo Beach harbor, below the waterline a battle has been brewing between two competing local board shops. This turf war on the water between Paddle House on the International Boardwalk and Olympus Board Shop in Torrance has led to personal attacks, public accusations and two petitions—all over a sport that’s meant to be serene. Should the city allow paddleboard and kayak rental companies not located in the harbor (such as Olympus) to conduct business there? And, should the city require permits and fees? Those are questions the city council is expected to take up Tuesday, May 15. Patrick Webb, who opened Paddle House in the harbor in 2014, said if the city allows a permit with a fee of $400 to $600 per month, as recommended by the harbor commission, he would just as soon go … [Read more...] about Paddle battle rages offshore and on: Competing paddleboard shops square off in battle over Redondo Beach marina
By Michael Hixon | [email protected] | The Beach ReporterPUBLISHED: May 6, 2018 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: May 6, 2018 at 6:02 am Mike VanZandt, 36, was having a good time with friends on Hermosa Beach’s Pier Plaza when he vanished into the damp evening on March 5, 2016. Two years later, his family is still searching for answers. No one knows what happened to the father of three and Air Force veteran. Soon after his brother’s disappearance, Tyler VanZandt moved to Redondo Beach so he could help with the search. And, for the first time this week, their mother Robyn Gretz and her husband Keith visited the beach city to trace Mike’s last steps, trying to make peace with their loss. What they’ve found is not the sleepy resort town they envisioned, but a busy metropolis — and a cold case. “It’s as stagnant as a case as you can have,” said Tyler. The family hopes when Mike’s story is aired on the Investigation Discovery Channel documentary … [Read more...] about Missing in Hermosa Beach: What happened to Mike VanZandt?
By David Rosenfeld | PUBLISHED: May 2, 2018 at 3:48 pm | UPDATED: May 3, 2018 at 8:33 pm Sometimes love has a way of sticking around and winning your heart, even after its been turned away. Just ask the Manhattan Beach City Council. In its on-again, off-again relationship with LOVE — the sculpture, that is — the council decided Tuesday night to reconsider placing it at the pier head. In April the council said “no thank you” to a wealthy resident who wanted to loan the city an iconic and original sculpture that spells the word LOVE. The only catch was that philanthropist Warren Lichtenstein wanted the sculpture placed near the pier head. To that idea, the council unanimously declined and recommended pursuing other areas such as Metlox Plaza or the Civic Center. Then, on Tuesday after Martin Betz, the city’s cultural arts manager, reported that Lichtenstein was not in favor of the alternative locations, members of the City Council, one-by-one, … [Read more...] about Manhattan Beach has a change of heart about ‘LOVE’ sculpture