Body Glove president Robbie Meistrell approached the Redondo City Council three years ago with a proposal to convert the cityâ€™s troubled Seaside Lagoon into an aquatics center. The saltwater pool in King Harbor was loosing $200,000 a \HDUDQGIDFLQJPRXQWLQJĂ€QHVIRUSROOXWLRQ A wave machine was to be the main attraction.With a wave machine, Redondo could host professional and high school surf contests, offer surf lessons and burnish Redondoâ€™s legacy as the city where Hawaiian George Freeth taught Californians to surf in the early 1900s, Meistrell told the city council. Councilmembers loved the idea, but took no action. Meistrellâ€™s dream of a wave machine in Redondo Beach might have ended that night, had a Manhattan Beach resident Nancy McFarland not mailed an Easy Reader newspaper with a story about the council meeting to her son in San Diego. The son was Bruce McFarland, founder of American Wave Machines. 0F)DUODQGJUHZXSVXUĂ€QJLQ0DQKDWWDQ%HDFKZKHUHKHDWWHQGHG0LUD&RVWD High School with Robbie Meistrellâ€™s younger cousin Billy. Like every South Bay surfer, he knew the story of the Meistrell cousinsâ€™ legendary dads, Bob and %LOO 7KH WZLQ EURWKHUV ZHUH PHPEHUV RI ERWK WKH GLYLQJ DQG VXUĂ€QJ KDOOV RI IDPH7KH\RZQHG'LYH1Âˇ6XUI$PHULFDÂˇVROGHVWGLYHVKRSDQGZHUHWKHĂ€UVWWR PDQXIDFWXUHQHRSUHQHZHWVXLWVZKLFKOHGWRWKHH[SORVLRQRIVXUĂ€QJÂˇVSRSXODULW\ E\PDNLQJVXUĂ€QJSRVVLEOH\HDUURXQGÂ´:KHQPRPVHQWWKHDUWLFOH,WKRXJKWWR P\VHOIÂś,ÂˇYHJRWWRFDOOWKHVHJX\V,KDYHQÂˇWWDONHGWRWKHPVLQFHKLJKVFKRROÂˇÂľ McFarland recalled. That phone call led to McFarland inviting Robbie Meistrell to visit the Sandals Resort in Turks and Caicos, where American Wave Machines KDGUHFHQWO\LQVWDOOHGLWVĂ€UVW6XUI6WUHDPVWDQGLQJZDYHPDFKLQH0HLVWUHOOVDLG WKH WULS UHLJQLWHG KLV HQWKXVLDVP IRU ZDYH PDFKLQHV Â´0\ NLGV DQG , VSHQW VL[ GD\VGLYLQJLQWKHPRUQLQJDQGVXUĂ€QJLQWKHDIWHUQRRQ7KHUHDOO\FRROSDUWRI Bruceâ€™s wave machine was that when youâ€™re waiting in line, youâ€™re 10 feet away IURPWKHSHRSOHZKRDUHVXUĂ€QJ<RXÂˇUHJHWWLQJVSUD\HGDQGHYHU\RQHÂˇVKRRWLQJ DQGKROOHULQJÂľ0HLVWUHOOVDLG Shortly after returning from Turks and Caicos, Meistrell was named American Wave Machineâ€™s chairman of the board. Meistrellâ€™s and McFarlandâ€™s shared enthusiasm for wave machines have different origins, but a difference that may account for the success of their partnership. 0HLVWUHOO Ă€UVW VXUIHG D QRQ RFHDQ ZDYH LQ WKH HDUO\ V ZKHQ KH DQG KLV brothers traveled to a standing wave on the Snake River called Lunch Counter, near Jackson Hole, Wyoming $GHFDGHODWHUDVRZQHURIWKH%XG/LJKW3URIHVVLRQDO6XUĂ€QJWRXUKHPDGHWKH controversial decision to add a Palm Springs wave park to the pro tour schedule. Â´7KHZDYHVZHUHQÂˇWJUHDW7KHPDFKLQHSXPSHGRXWDWUDYHOLQJZDYHHYHU\IHZ VHFRQGV WKDW ZDV PRUH VXLWDEOH IRU ERG\ERDUGLQJ WKDQ VXUĂ€QJÂľ 0HLVWUHOO VDLG Â´%XWZKDWZDVJUHDWZDVWKHDXGLHQFHUHDFWLRQ)DQVFRXOGFKHHURQWKHLUVWDUV DQGWKHVXUIHUVFRXOGKHDUFKHHUVÂľ $WDQRFHDQVXUIFRQWHVWWKHVXUIHUVKDYHGLIĂ€FXOW\HYHQKHDULQJWKHVWDUWLQJ horn. The action is generally so far from shore that fans have trouble distinguishing one contestant from another, even with their different colored singlets. 'HVSLWH VXUĂ€QJÂˇV SRSXODULW\ IHZ VXUI FRPSHWLWLRQV DWWUDFW ODUJH QXPEHUV RI spectators, and those that do, such as the U.S Championships in Huntington Beach and the Triple Crown in Hawaii, donâ€™t charge admission. ,QDVXUISDUNDWPRVSKHUH0HLVWUHOOFRXOGHQYLVLRQSHRSOHOLQLQJXSWREX\WLFNHWV both to surf, and to watch their idols surf. McFarland, who made his own boards growing up, traced his interest in wave PDFKLQHVWRZRUNKHGLGDW75:RQVDWHOOLWHIXHOWDQNVÂ´:DYHVIRUPLQWKHWDQNV from the satellites spinning in space. We needed to understand how that affected WKHVWDELOLW\RIWKHVDWHOOLWHVÂľ0F)DUODQGVDLG McFarland worked at TRW for eight years, after having graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in engineering. Then he moved to San Diego to start an HQJLQHHULQJ FRQVXOWLQJ Ă€UP Â´,Q DHURVSDFH , VDZ D ORW RI LGHDV WKDW FRXOG EH HPSOR\HGE\VPDOOEXVLQHVVHV6R,VWDUWHGZRUNLQJZLWKFOLHQWVWRGHYHORSQHZ SURGXFWVÂľKHVDLG One of those companies was working on a wave machine that could be installed DW DPXVHPHQW SDUNV DQG RQ FUXLVH VKLSV Â´, ZRUNHG RQ WKHLU VXUI VLPXODWRU IRU \HDUVIURPWR$IWHU,OHIW,JRWWRJHWKHUZLWKD+DZDLLDQSDWHQW KROGHU ZKRVH ZDYH PDFKLQH ZDV LQVSLUHG E\ SHRSOH VXUĂ€QJ WKH :DLPHD ULYHU PRXWK$IWHUKHVKRZHGPHYLGHRVRIWKHVXUIHUV,OLFHQVHGKLVSDWHQWDQGZHQWWR ZRUNWU\LQJWRUHFUHDWHWKH:DLPHDULYHUPRXWKSKHQRPHQRQÂľ0F)DUODQGVDLG Previously, most wave machines had been modeled on ocean waves, which jack up and pitch forward when they hit an obstacle. Surfers slide down the front face of the wave as it topples forward. Standing waves, like those at the Waimea river mouth and on the Snake River, jack up and then continuously reform in place. Surfers ride on the face of the
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0F)DUODQGGLGEXLOGDWUDYHOLQJZDYHIRUWKH1DWXUDO%DODQFH3HW)RRGVĂ RDW in this yearâ€™s Rose Bowl Parade. Tillman the Bulldog rode the wave the length of WKHIRRWĂ RDWZKLFKUHTXLUHGJDOORQVRIZDWHU7KHĂ RDWVHWD*XLQQHVV ZRUOGUHFRUGIRUWKHORQJHVWDQGKHDYLHVWSDUDGHĂ RDWHYHU\EXLOW McFarlandâ€™s newest standing wave machine is at the Ola Movistar Surf Arena outside of Lima Peru. Since its opening in last year, the arena has won praise from IRUPHU3HUXYLDQ:RUOG&KDPSLRQ6RĂ€D0XODQRYLFKDQGWKH3HUXYLDQ1DWLRQDO Surf Team, as well as Body Glove team rider Cheyne Magnusson, who visited Peru with Meistrell and a Body Glove video team last month. (See accompanying story). Meistrell was even more impressed with Peruvian SurfStream than he was with WKHVPDOOHURQHDW6DQGDOVLQ7XUNVDQG&DLFRVÂ´7KHĂ€UVWTXHVWLRQDVXUIHUDVNV LVÂś&DQ,JHWEDUUHOHGÂˇ$WWKH3HUXYLDQZDYHPDFKLQH\RXFDQ7KLVLVWKHRQO\ ZDYHPDFKLQH,ÂˇYHULGGHQWKDWIHHOVOLNHDUHDOZDYHDQGWKDW\RXFDQULGHZLWKD UHDOVXUIERDUG,WÂˇVSHUIHFWIRUWUDLQLQJÂľ0HLVWUHOOVDLG 6XUĂ€QJ LV DQ H[FHHGLQJO\ GLIĂ€FXOW VSRUW WR OHDUQ 7KH UHDVRQ LV QRW WKDW WKH UHTXLUHGVNLOOVDUHVRGLIĂ€FXOWEXWEHFDXVHWKH\DUHVRGLIĂ€FXOWWRSUDFWLFH+LWWLQJ DJROIEDOOVWUDLJKWRUKLWWLQJDIDVWEDOODWDOODUHPRUHGLIĂ€FXOWWKDQVWDQGLQJRQD wave. But a golfer can hit buckets of balls and a baseball player can practice in a batting cage for hours on end. A surfer can only practice at a beach, when there are waves. And even then, a novice is lucky to catch half a dozen waves in an hour RUWZRKRXUVHVVLRQ,QPRVWVSRUWVLPSURYHPHQWFDQEHPHDVXUHZHHNO\LIQRW GDLO\,QVXUĂ€QJLPSURYHPHQWLVPHDVXUHGRYHUPRQWKVDQG\HDUV0RVWVXUIHUV 5 Ă€QGLWWDNHVWZR\HDUVLQWKHRFHDQWREHDEOHWRSDGGOHRXWFRQĂ€GHQWRIEHLQJDEOH to catch waves. $ZDYHPDFKLQHKROGVRXWWKHSURPLVHWRGRIRUVXUĂ€QJZKDWGULYLQJUDQJHVGR for golfers and batting cages for baseball players. McFarlandâ€™s wave machines are not cheap. Costs, including property and MAY 2012
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Grand Prize winner Dan Connell at the Redondo Breakwater. Photo by Randy Ruby
Finalist Angelo Luhrsen at the Redondo Breakwater. Photo by Brent Broza
Finalist Derek Levy at Redondo Breakwater. Photo by Nicole Bergesch
All photos taken Friday, January 6, 2012.
Finalist Matt Parker at Hammerland. Photo by Brent Broza
Finalist Tyler Hatzikian at Hammerland. Photo by Brent Broza
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with our professional staff of occupational, physical and psychological therapists. We work our program on the beach and in the surf at a spot called DMJs. The surfers all know it â€” Del Mar Jetty, on the very south end of the Camp Pendleton base. The walk from the parking lot is a couple of hundred yards across the sand. 7KDWĂ€UVWWLPH0DULQH3DXODSSURDFKHGRXUJURXSDWWKHZDWHUÂˇVHGJHKHVWUXJJOHG toward us on crutches, dragging both legs. We rushed to help him through the VDQG+HGLGQÂˇWZDQWDQ\KHOS,IKHZDVJRLQJWRVXUIKHÂˇGEHWWHUEHDEOHWRJHW WRWKHVXUI+LVOHIWOHJEHORZWKHNQHHZDVXVHOHVVÂłKLVZRUGÂ´XVHOHVVÂľ,WKDGQR IHHOLQJQRDELOLW\WRRUGHULWVPRYHPHQW,WGDQJOHGOLIHOHVV 7KDWGD\0DULQH3DXOVXUIHG,WWRRNĂ€YHYROXQWHHUVWRSODFHKLPRQWKHERDUG push him out through the waves, turn the board, and then guide him into some small white water. He felt the surge of the water and the force of the wave. He raised himself up on his elbows. He surfed, and he smiled, and he was stoked. Marine Paul has been a steady participant in Ocean Therapy ever since. Heâ€™s gone through some ups and downs. He talks a lot now. He shares his joy of the ocean with us. And he shares his continuing challenges. Last month Paul came down to the ocean side again. He was once again on crutches. This time he dragged his one leg behind him. His left leg below the knee had been amputated. The stump of leg was wrapped in bandages. He couldnâ€™t go in the water. The ZRXQGVIURPWKHVXUJHU\ZRXOGKDYHWRKHDOĂ€UVW%XW0DULQH3DXOZDVWKHUH for the therapy, the discussion, the healing. And heâ€™ll be back in the water soon. Heâ€™s looking forward to it because, as he has explained to everyone sitting around our talking circle -- what the Marines have named the Kumbaya session â€” the next time Paul wonâ€™t have to contend with a useless leg. He will have a QHZVWDWHRIWKHDUWZDWHUFRPSDWLEOHDUWLĂ€FLDOOLPE+HZLOOEHDEOHWRVWDQG up on the surf board. The healing waves of Mother Ocean will crash all around him. We all will be stoked. DZ The best surfers are also the best at reading ocean conditions. Deciphering the ever-changing variables of tide, wind and swell is an art form that is acquired over time. However, if you have a basic understanding of our local breaks, it can make it HDVLHUIRU\RXWRĂ€QGJRRGZDYHV7RKHOS\RXRQ\RXUTXHVW,ÂˇYHLQFOXGHGJHQHUDO characteristics of our nearby spots: El Porto: Â´3RUWRÂľLVXVXDOO\DIRRWRUWZRELJJHUWKDQVXUURXQGLQJEHDFKHVEHFDXVH of a submarine canyon and an outer reef system that focuses swells here. Waves tend to break further off the beach and it is common to see strong riptides. These rips often FUHDWH GHHS VSRWV LQ WKH RFHDQ Ă RRU ZKLFK FDQ OHDG WR JUHDW VXUĂ€QJ FRQGLWLRQV (O 3RUWRDOVRERDVWVDODUJHVZHOOZLQGRZ(YHU\WKLQJIURPDGHJUHHVRXWKWRD degree Northwest can get in here, making it one of the most consistent and crowded spots on the coast. Parking also draws the crowd Manhattan Beach: North Manhattan breaks similarly to El Porto, but is usually a touch smaller. However, the lack of parking means itâ€™s often easier to get good, uncrowded waves. The coastline bends slightly to the south around Marine Street, making this stretch of beach more south-facing thus a bit smaller on a northwest swell, but bigger than nearby beaches on a south swell. Hermosa Beach:7KH3DORV9HUGHVSHQLQVXODDQG&DWDOLQD,VODQGEORFNPRVWVRXWK swells from getting into this stretch of beach. Waves here tend to break closer to shore and pack a lot of punch. The area from north of the pier to about 24th Street has an outer reef system that focuses swells from the northwest. The biggest of those swells will actually break on the outer reef, called Cable Cars, about one-third of a mile offshore. Unfortunately, the typical beach break waves are often walled, so itâ€™s best when there is some type of short period energy breaking up the lines. Burnout/The Avenues: The waves here break very close to shore and feature quick, intense rides. Accordingly, itâ€™s common to see more body boarders in this area than any other spot in the South Bay. Generally, it is smaller here than neighboring beaches, but on a big, northwest swell this area can be all-time. Topaz loves a big northwest with a touch of wind swell and Burnout can transform to big, heavy barrels on a solid winter swell. Pros from other areas have been known to travel here when the conditions are right. Happy hunting, Chris Brown is the executive director of Campsurf. For more information visit campsurf.com. DZ
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THE ONLY ICE IS IN HIS VEINS By: Elisabet Bocque Niko Ojanen, one Finlandâ€™s top skaters, is living in Redondo Beach while studying at the EF International Language School in Redondo Beach and filming all over Los Angeles. At 16, Ojanen won one of Finlandâ€™s top skating competitions, and then founded his company rollingskateboards.
â€œI just wanted to do my own thing, have my own company and travel around. I travel quite a lot in Europe, but Los Angeles is different. Skating is big here; the stunts are bigger and the people are better. Itâ€™s just a good atmosphere to be around.â€? Ojanen takes his inspiration from a wide range of people. He mentioned fellow Finnish skater Avto Saari, who now lives in Huntington Beach and San Diego skater Chris Cole, but also fighters Bruce Lee and Mohammed Ali. â€œI get inspired by a lot of people. They donâ€™t have to be skaters. I admire people who do their thing in a successful way and here especially, you have a lot of successful people and high level skaters, which motivates me to get to a higher level. I had a few struggles on the way, but I have always continued to focus on what makes me happy.â€? Ojanen is sponsored by Billabong, circa footwear, Rolling Skateboards and Dakine. His website is rollingskateboards.com. DZ
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0DQKDWWDQ%HDFKUHVLGHQW6WHYH*DIIQH\FRPELQHGKLVWDOHQWVDVDSRUWUDLWDQGĂ€QH art photographer with his love of sports to capture these shots of young surfers in WKH6XUI&RQFHSWV6RXWK%D\%RDUGULGHUV&RQWHVWRQ6DWXUGD\$SULODWWK Street in Manhattan Beach. When not coaching his sons in the water he coaches their baseball and soccer teams. More of Gaffneyâ€™s photography may be viewed at stevegaffnew.com, and stevegaffney.net and on Facebook. DZ