Beach Magazine July 2016


July 14, 2016

Volume 46, Issue 50

2 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • July 14, 2016

Considering a Major Remodeling Project?

Architectural Design &

Remodeling Seminar

TWO Dates

to Choose From!


July 28 th

at 6:00 pm


July 30 th

at 10:00 am

This informative seminar will help you learn:

• Functional designs to make the best of your

living space

• Choosing a contractor: What to look for and

how to hire.

• Exploration of materials, from granite

to quartz and more!

4 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • July 14, 2016


30th Annual Torrance Memorial Golf Tournament

Jerry Soldner, Jim Scriba, Ralph Scriba, Daniel Scriba (back row)

Jeff Higgins, Spencer Higgins, Rick Higgins, Erik Higgins

Forrest Riopelle, Brandon Hovard, James Zupanovich, Jim Haney

Joe & Terry Hohm, Carole Hoffman, Stuart Dolan

Tracy Bracken, Chris Wilson, Dave Klein, David Clinton,

Song Cho Klein, Steve & Helaine Lopes


Stevan Calvillo, Louis Graziadio, Jon Lund, Bill Lang

Tournament Sponsor

City National Bank

Dinner Sponsors

Graziadio Family Foundation

Payden & Rygel

The Scriba Family

Golden Putter Sponsor

Torrance Memorial Medical Staff

Silver Putter Sponsor


Pacific National Group

Bronze Putter Sponsor

McCarthy Building Companies

Golf Cart Sponsor

Keenan Healthcare Services

Reception Sponsor

Torrance Memorial Medical Staff

Lunch Sponsor

HUB International

Eagle Sponsor

Cerner Corporation

Tournament Award Sponsors


Program Book Sponsor

Newport Printing Solutions

Hole-in-One Sponsors

Martin Chevrolet

Pacific Audi

Pacific Porsche

Scott Robinson Honda

South Bay Lexus

Tournament Chair

Don Douthwright

Don Douthwright has served on the Golf

Committee since 1987. His dedicated efforts

on behalf of Torrance Memorial Medical Center

and its Foundation are

greatly appreciated!

Special Thanks to the Members of the 2016 Tournament Committee

Don Douthwright, Chair

Chris Adlam

Carlos Botana

Tracy Bracken

Stanley Chang, M.D.

Erik Chessmore

Harv Daniels

David Klein

Rick Higgins

John Moody

Dan Mueller

Mike Philbin

Rosemary Pudlik

Gary Randazzo

Forrest Riopelle

Scott Rouse

Marc Schenasi

Marianne Sfreddo

Neal Verga

3330 Lomita Blvd., Torrance, CA • 310-325-9110 •

For information about the 31st Annual Golf Tournament, please call 310-517-4703

July 14, 2016

Volume 46, Issue 50


Photographer Brent Broza

Photo by Kelly Fajack


Photo assistant Logan Broza


20 Bro Hymn

by Mark McDermott

Brent Broza took a camera given to him by his dying father and

found a new life for himself.

26 Space for inspiration

by John Post

Photographer John Post finds inspiration in the flights and the

grounding of the U.S.A. Space Shuttle Program

34 Sports bar, set high

by Richard Foss

The food at King’s Cove in the Toyota Sports Center is very good.

But it’s hard not to be distracted by the NHL Kings and professional

figure skaters training on the rinks below.

48 Piper’s block party

by Randy Angel

Mira Costa High School junior Piper Monk-Heidrich credits her

mom with letting her find her passion and her coaches for helping

her to fulfill her passions.


8 Manhattan Beach Wine Auction

12 Utility Box Art

16 Beach calendar

18 RB Chamber Man, Woman of the Year

47 Service Directory

27 TMMC Golf Tourney

28 JMMF’s Benefiesta

34 Wellness in the Garden

35 Beach Family Business Guide


PUBLISHER Kevin Cody, ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Richard Budman, EDITORS Mark McDermott, Randy Angel, David Mendez and Ryan

McDonald, ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Bondo Wyszpolski, DINING EDITOR Richard Foss, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERS Ray Vidal and

Brad Jacobson, CALENDAR Judy Rae, DISPLAY SALES Adrienne Slaughter, Tamar Gillotti, Amy Berg and Shelley Crawford,


Staake,, FRONT DESK Judy Rae, INTERNS Sean Carroll

EASY READER (ISSN 0194-6412) is published weekly by EASY READER, 2200 Pacific Cst. Hwy., #101, P.O. Box 427, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254-0427. Yearly domestic

mail subscription $100.00; foreign, $200.00 payable in advance. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to EASY READER, P.O. Box 427, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. The

entire contents of the EASY READER newspaper is Copyright 2016 by EASY READER, Inc. The Easy Reader/Redondo Beach Hometown News

is a legally adjudicated newspaper and the official newspaper for the cities of Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach. Easy Reader / Redondo Beach Hometown News is also

distributed to homes and on newsstands in Manhattan Beach, El Segundo, Torrance, and Palos Verdes.


n Mailing Address P.O. Box 427, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 Phone (310) 372-4611 Fax (424) 212-6780

n Website Email

n Classified Advertising see the Classified Ad Section. Phone 310.372.4611 x102. Email

n Fictitious Name Statements (DBA's) can be filed at the office during regular business hours. Phone 310.372.4611 x101.

6 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • July 14, 2016

Casa Alegria in Hollywood Riviera

505 Calle de Arboles, Redondo Beach

5 Bedroom, 4 Bath Home

3,370 Square Feet, 6,358 Square Foot Lot

Built in 2009

Features 4 Fireplaces in an Open Floor Plan, and complete Barbeque area.

Offered at $2,275,000

310-418-7906 Office





Wine Auction sells out


ast month’s 22nd annual Manhattan Wine

Auction at the Manhattan Country Club raised

$1.1 million for the Manhattan Beach Education

Foundation. More than 2,000 guests attended

the sold out event, featuring food from 40 local

restaurants and 80 regional wineries. To learn all the

foundation does, visit




1. Chef David LeFevre served up food from

his restaurants Fishing with Dynamite and MB


2. Ferrari South Bay donated a red Ferrari to

the auction.

3. Tina Wu (left), Pennekamp mom, and Debbie

Tran (right), Meadows mom.

4. Manhattan Beach Councilmember Wayne

Powell and Senior Deputy to Supervisor Don

Knabe, Steve Napolitano.

5. Mary Kelley, the owner of 23rd Street Jewelers

in Manhattan Beach, shows off a

necklace from her store. Kelley donated a pair

of gold and diamond earrings worth

$21,000 for the auction.

6. Tables were well provisioned.

7. Over 2,000 school supporters attended

the sold out event.

8. Manhattan Beach Councilmember David

Lesser, State Senator Ben Allen, Councilmembers

Wayne Powell and Amy Howorth.

9. State Assemblyman David Hadley and


3 4






8 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • July 14, 2016



“Get the Job Done Right...the First Time”





Open During


Serving the

South Bay for

24 years

Contractors license #783339

• Design • New Cabinets • Cabinet Refacing • Granite & Quartz Countertops • Showers

• Electrical • Tub Installation • Plumbing • Lighting • Construction




2413 Pacific Coast Hwy #207, Lomita, CA 90717

Mon-Fri 10am-6pm Sat. 11am-4pm

After hour appointments available.




For additional information call 310-539-6800 or visit

July 14, 2016 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 9

each art


Hermosa a beacon to punk art world

unveiling will make Hermosa Beach a

beacon to the punk world,” Leadership Hermosa

Beach board member and Hermosa


parks and rec chairperson Jani Lange declared last

month at the unveiling of Daniel Inez’s mural on a

utility box at the southeast corner of Hermosa and Pier

avenues in downtown Hermosa.

The utility box’s four corners bore street signs with the

names of seminal Black Flag, Descendents, Circle Jerks and

Pennywise. Seven other HUB (Hermosa Utility Box) murals

were also unveiled last month. The project was organized by

Leadership Hermosa Beach, which prepares residents for civic

leadership roles. For more information about Leadership Hermosa



Photos by Kevin Cody


1. Leadership Hermosa 2016 members with artist Daniel

Inez (in black) and his tribute to Hermosa punk bands.

2. Rob Dob covered a utility box with four, troubled

looking, adolescent surfers.

3. Two tall, narrow utility boxes designed by Jeff Fieger

and Lisa Arnett celebrate Hermosa’s surf culture.

4. Jake Tedesco covered an elevated utility box with a

sparrow guarding her eggs opposite a garden scene with a

lizard, a bee and flowering vines.

5. Camilla Serrano with Uncle Manny and cousin


6. Hermosa Beach council members Jason Massey and

Carolyn Petty, city manager Tom Bakaly, Jani Lange and

councilwoman Stacey Armato.

7. Carissa Catalina drew an art deco-inspired Hermosa

sun logo hovering over a breaking wave.

8. Chris Miller celebrated early Hermosa, when the town

was divided into tracts named after poets. Her mural

includes early surfing and beach photos and quotes from

Shakespeare, Tennyson, Keats and Longfellow.




6 7


12 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • July 14, 2016

July 14, 2016 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 13



AVP Manhattan Open


The “Wimbledon of Beach Volleyball” is second only

to the Olympics in prestige among volleyball players.

Open winners are memorialized with bronze plaques

on the Manhattan Pier Volleyball Walk of Fame. Qualifications

Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Main Draw Friday

through Sunday. Finals Sunday noon, live on NBC.

South Side of the Manhattan Beach Pier. For more information


Casey Jennings,

winner of the 2013

Manhattan Open,

will be among the

competitors at the

Manhattan Beach

Open. Photo by

Frank Goroszko

Retsina, baklava and dancing


The South Bay Greek Festival is to area Greeks what

St. Patrick’s Day is to everyone else. Music, games,

dancing and Greek food. Friday 5 - 10 p.m., Saturday

12 - 10 p.m. and

Sunday 12 - 9 p.m. St. Katherine Greek Orthodox

Church, 722 Knob Hill Avenue, Redondo Beach.



Through Aug. 15. The Beach Cities Health District

hosts a free, Zumba class with heart-pumping hip-hop

music and Latin inspired dance moves. Wear comfortable

shoes, bring a towel and water.

Lincoln Elementary School, 2223 Plant Ave, Redondo

Beach. For more information, visit


Vintage rides

Ruby's Diner in King Harbor becomes a showcase of

cherished cars, from modern speed machines to pedal

cars. To display your own car, contact Larry Neville at

(310) 962-7438. Ruby’s Diner, 245 North Harbor

Drive, Redondo Beach.

White Light White Night


The 10th Anniversary of the South Bay’s glitziest charity

evening features live music, tastings, cocktails and

auctions overlooking the LA basin. Celebrate the triumphant

spirit of families impacted by cancer. 5 - 11

p.m. The Top of the Plaza at Continental Park, 870 S.

Nash Street, 6th Floor, El Segundo. Question call (310)

322-3900. For tickets visit

International Surf Festival


Greek dancers

are among the

highlights at

the South Bay

Greek Festival.

Photo by

Patrick Fallon

Friday nights at Ruby’s is a South Bay tradition.

Photo by Ciley Carrington

South Bay’s Largest Retailer

of Stationery Products

Wedding Invitations ● Personal Notes ● Business Letterhead

Envelopes ● Boxed Notes ● Holiday Cards

● Graphic Services


● Root and Trapp Candles

● Huge Selection of Olukai Footwear

● "Family is Forever" Bracelet - Unique Jewelry

Simply Tiles Design Center

Nantucket Crossing

867 Silver Spur Road (next to Bristol Farms), Rolling Hills Estates


Fine Ceramics, Natural Stone, Hardwoods, Cabinetry, Faucetry.

Kitchen & Bathrooms Specialist.

3968 Pacific Coast Hwy., Torrance • (310) 373-7781 •

License #904876

16 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • July 14, 2016

















The world’s premier watermen, waterwomen

and volleyball players converge

on the three beach cities for four

days of spirited competition in the water

and on the sand. The festival starts with

the Charlie Saikley six man volleyball

(and costume) tournament at the Manhattan

Pier on Thursday and Friday.

Thursday is the LA County Lifeguard

Medal of Valor dinner. Friday night lifeguards

compete in swim, dory, surf ski

and paddleboard races, preceded by

the Jr. Lifeguard competition.

Saturday events for the public include

R-10 paddleboard race, CBVA volleyball,

surfing, bodysurfing and a twomile

beach run. Saturday night,

Southern California lifeguards compete

in relay races for the prestigious Taplin

Bell Award.

Sunday morning begins with the

Velzy-Stevens Pier to Pier Paddleboard

race followed by the Dwight Crum Pier

to Pier swim, sand castle contest, Junior

6-man volleyball, lifeguard dory races

and youth swims.

Hermosa Beach and Manhattan

Beach piers. For applications and a

complete schedule visit


Find your Ocean View

T h e B e s t O c e a n V i e w . c o m

4 4 6 PA L O S V E R D E S B LV D

R e d o n d o B e a c h

3 beds | 2 1/2 baths

Panoramic Ocean Views across Santa Monica Bay

Asking $949,000

Kyle Daniels

310.483.3998 Direct | 310.374.2100 Office |

DRE #01843670

The Heart of Hermosa

*Rendering of Potential Remodel

H e r m o s a I s H o m e . c o m

8 2 1 9 T H S T R E E T

H e r m o s a B e a c h

3 beds | 1 1/2 bath

Sunset ocean views and close to everything

Asking $1,229,000

Buying or Selling? Call Kyle today for a confidential consultation and complimentary valuation report.

G e t R e a d y F o r T h e S u m m e r !

Say Goodbye to Stubborn Fat....

• Skin Cancer & Mole Removal

• Mohs Micrographic Surgery

and Reconstruction

• Cysts, Acne, Warts & Rashes

• Leg Vein Sclerotherapy

• Acne & Accutane Treatments

• Pre-Cancer Treatments

• Propecia Available

Two Coolscuplting Devices to Treat Two Areas at Once!

• Age Spots

• Glycolic & Chemical Peels

• Sculptra, Radiesse, Perlane ® ,

Juvéderm & Restylane ®

• BOTOX ® & Dysport

• Pediatric Dermatology

• Ultraviolet B & PUVA

• Latisse for longer, darker lashes

Get Ready For The New Year

Discounts Offered Now!!

Call Our Office For Details!

• Laser Surgery

• GentleLASe-Hair Removal

• IPL-Rosacea/Sun Damage

• Smoothbeam-Acne/

Wrinkle Reduction

• Vbeam-Redness/Broken Capillaries

• Fraxel – Melasma/Wrinkle Reduction

• XTRAC laser for treatment of

Psoriasis and Vitiligo

Fariba Seraj,


Providing Full


Medical Treatment,

in addition, Provides

all Laser and

Cosmetic Services.

Intense Pulsed Light

Treats Sun Damage, Brown Spots,

Age Spots, Broken Capillaries, Sun

Induced Freckles, Rosacea


Special Introductory Price

$200* (Complimentary Consulation)

*New Clients only. Must bring ad for discount.

Shelby Reed

Also providing services: Steven E. Gammer, M.D. and Geover Fernandez, M.D.



Also Providing

Licensed Aesthetician


• Glycolic and Salicylic

Chemical Resurfacing Peels

• Microdermabrasion

Erika La Ponza • Progressive Acne Treatments




State-of-the-Art Skin Care With a Personal Touch

Rolling Hills Estates – 827 Deep Valley Drive, Suite 101

Redondo Beach – 520 N Prospect Avenue, Suite 302

Culver City – 3831 Hughes Avenue, Suite 504 B



William J. Wickwire, M.D.

Get Two FULL

HOUR Microdermabrasion


for $160.

A Savings of


Neal Ammar, M.D.

July 14, 2016 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 17

each business


Named Woman, Man of the Year


1968 Mexico Olympics equestrian and a two-time pinball league

champion were named the 2016-17 Redondo Beach Woman and

Man of the Year at the Redondo Chamber of Commerce’s annual

installation banquet last Friday at the Crowne Plaza.

Woman of the Year and former Olympian Vicki Callahan Porter is a

South Bay native and Redondo Harbor commissioner with a 40 year history

of community service.

Man of the Year and pinball champion Mike Gin served on the Redondo

preservation and planning commissions before serving eight years

on the city council and in 2005 being elected mayor. Also recognized at

the award dinner were Redondo Beach Employee of the Year Mike Klein

and Chamber Ambassador of the Year Mark Applegate.


1. State Assembly David

Hadley apologizes for being

overdressed, but redeems

himself by noting he is one

of the few elected officials

who was a chamber member

and business owner before

becoming a politician.

2. The newly installed

2016 Redondo Beach

Chamber of Commerce

Board of Directors.

3. Chamber chair Ann

Garten presents a gift to

retiring Beach Cities Health

District CEO Susan Burton,

on the condition that Burdon

continues to serve on the

Chamber Board.

4. Chamber chair Ann

Garten thanks Chamber

CEO Marna Smeltzer for

her three decades of service

to the chamber.

5. Redondo Beach Employee

of the Year Mike


6. Redondo Chamber Ambassador

of the Year Mark


7. Redondo Beach Woman

of the Year Vicki Callahan


8. Redondo Beach Man of

the Year Mike Gin is congratulated

by last year’s

Man of the Year Steven


9. Dancing Chamber

board members Mickey

Marraffino and Heide



2 3

4 5


7 8 9

18 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • July 14, 2016

July 14, 2016 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 19

20 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • July 14, 2016

Photographer Brent Broza, whose first

solo exhibit, "Then & Now", will take

place July 16 at Hermosa Design.

Photo by Kelly Fajack Photography

Green Store.

Photo Brent Broza


Photos by


by Mark McDermott

How Brent Broza became one of the South Bay’s most vital photographers

Brent Broza was living a good dream on the day the phone call came.

The South Bay native and lifelong surfer had moved to Maui in 2005.

He was 36 years old, and he’d built a successful career selling wine.

He spent his days driving around tasting and talking about wine, surfing,

and immersing himself in the beauty of South Pacific island life.

But on that day in July 2008, life suddenly stood still. Broza stood silently

for a moment, phone in hand, looking out across the ocean, taking in what

he’d just heard. His father Claude was dying. He had terminal cancer and

only a short time to live.

He and Claude had an unusually tight bond. His mother Michelle had

died of breast cancer at the age of 50, nearly two decades earlier, when

Brent was still at San Diego State. He’d studied communications and while

working in restaurants had discovered wine. He possessed a “good palate”

and a natural affability that he’d inherited from his big-hearted, convivial

father — a big, strapping man who’d operated a home inspection company

in the South Bay who was legendary locally for his fun-loving ways. Broza

was hired by a division of Kendall Jackson straight out of college as a wine

rep. They asked him to return to the South Bay to cover nearby territories,

and eventually the Beach Cities.

He was only too happy to return to his native stomping grounds, and he

and his father — to whom Brent bears a striking resemblance — shared a

great decade together, a son getting to know his dad as an adult, and a

friend. Brent and Claude cooked together, drank wine together, and at one

point, in 2004, took a photo class at Paul’s Photos in Torrance together.

Brent found the class too technical for his liking, but afterwards his father

gave him his first real camera, a Nikon N80, which he took on a surf trip

to the Mentawais later that year.

A few years later, after he’d moved to Hawaii, his father would give him

his first digital camera, a 4 megapixel Kodak.

“I'd go around and shoot stuff, just what I thought was cool,” Broza said.

“Of course waves. Seascapes, Monkeypod trees, Kiawe trees, just whatever –

the ocean, the water, the reefs.”

He gave little thought to it; taking shots was a meditative practice. He tiptoed

into the dawning era of social media. “You are invited to join Facebook?

What it that?” he remembers thinking. “But yeah, I posted a few shots on

Facebook, and MySpace.”

The day he found out his father was dying, Broza quit his job in Hawaii.

He packed up, shipped his car, and arrived back in Manhattan Beach two

weeks later.

“I had no job, basically nothing,” Broza said. “I came back to spend time

with my dad and to care for him as much as I could. He had a Canon Rebel

there, a new one – I don't think he had a chance to use it. He was just kind

of tinkering around with it.”

Claude was dying quickly. The heaviness of his father’s impending passing

weighed on Brent.

“You appreciate moments. Everything else in life is trivial,” he recalled.

“It's real. You are witnessing death happening. You are witnessing pain and

suffering. You are watching your parent die. It's hard.”

Encounters with death change perception. Time slows down. Moments

become precious. Transience is made real. Light upon the earth, upon the

water, seems to shimmer. Broza saw the South Bay with different eyes.

Brent Broza cont. on page 23

July 14, 2016 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 21

22 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • July 14, 2016

Brent Broza cont. from page 21

“I was pretty much tripping,” he said. “I’d take that camera, during my

breaks from watching him, and shoot sunsets, the waves, the piers, Palos

Verdes, the Avenues…. It was a therapeutic thing for me to kind of release

some creativity during that time.”

His father only lasted a month. After he died, Broza decided he’d stay in

the South Bay. He started posting his photos more regularly on social

media. He was surprised at the positive response he received.

“This is kind of how, with all these nice comments, I started to get a little

more confident,” Broza said. “And then shooting just kind of clicked. I was

self-taught, and just started to figure things out.”

A month after his dad died, a friend, Paul Hatter, helped him obtain

photo credentials to a Jack Johnson concert in Santa Barbara. He gave the

photos to Johnson. Later, Johnson’s wife reached out to him. The concert

had been recorded and was going to be released as an album, “En Concert,”

and they wanted to use one of Broza’s photos for the CD booklet.

“I was like, ‘Hell yeah,’” Broza said. “What an opportunity.”

Broza is one of those guys who is almost a social media network unto

himself. He knows people, and through those many circles, more opportunities

arose, such as an offer to shoot the premiere of Kelly Slater’s surf

movie, “The Ultimate Wave Tahiti.” Those photos appeared in Surfer magazine.

Broza’s photography career was up and running.

He’d taken another job in corporate wine sales, but his focus was increasingly

turning to photography. Soon, he had surfing shots in Surfer.

Over the next few years, his shots appeared on, in American

Art Collector magazine and on the covers of Easy Reader and Beach. His

photography wasn’t any one niche — he photographed artists Shepard

Fairey and Craig “Craola” Simkins in their studios, South Bay landscapes,

seascapes, musicians, landmarks and personalities.

“I don’t have any one focus,” Broza said. “I just shoot what I think is


Even in its variety, his work developed a distinct identity. An example is

a shot that his lifelong friend, singer Jim Lindberg, used as the cover art

for “The Black Pacific,” the band he led in his period away from Pennywise.

The photo looks north at perhaps the most commonly photographed subject

locally, the Manhattan Beach pier. But it’s a vision of the pier unlike

anything that had appeared before. Rather than the sunny, happy beach

vibe the pier so often represents, Broza’s shot is in dramatic black and

white. Its backdrop are the stacks from the NRG El Segundo power plant,

smoke billowing above the entire scene.

Lindberg said that shot, like much of Broza’s work, documents a side of

the South Bay only a native would have the eyes to capture.

“An outsider couldn’t really come here and get the essence of the place,

or understand the different facets of South Bay life,” he said. “That album

cover is a perfect example. It shows the stacks down in El Segundo, and

kind of a windy day — it shows the stormy nature of the coast, not the

typical sunny beach day. Anyone who grew up in the South Bay knows

those kinds of days well. There is a big brightness here, but there are some

dark corners, as well.”

Broza also very consciously, and respectfully, comes from a local tradition.

He admired the work of pioneering surf photographer LeRoy Grannis

all his life, as well as the comprehensive photographic documentation of

his friend Robi Hutas, who has spent six decades photographing everything

from the disappearing Old Redondo waterfront to every major volleyball

tournament in Hermosa and Manhattan Beach.

“I don’t think anyone has documented the South Bay better than Robi

Hutas,” Broza said. “And for me, after growing up here – I try to document

things that mean something to me, and try to shoot them before they are

gone. I mean, I didn’t really start until I was 38, so I’m trying to make up

for lost time.”

Daniel Inez, the founder of the local design company M1SK, and a

staunch defender of South Bay culture, said that Broza’s photographs speak

a uniquely local language.

“This is Brent's backyard so his point of view is not one of an outsider’s...whether

it's taking photos at a punk show or at the Breakwall,

Brent Broza cont. on page 26

July 14, 2016 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 23

Brent Broza’s photo of Aaron Gold at Jaws, January 15, off the Hawaiian island of Maui. The photo earned Gold the World Surf League award for biggest

wave paddled into in 2016. Broza was also honored at the April awards ceremony.

Bluff’s Cove, Palos Verdes.

24 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • July 14, 2016

“Fire on the water.” Photo by Brent (

“Skaters.” Photo by Brent Broza (

July 14, 2016 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 25

Brent Broza cont. from page 23

he's shooting things that he's had

lifelong relationships with,” Inez

said. “This makes his work not only

genuine, but easy to get behind and

support...If there's a story about the

South Bay it makes sense that people

from here tell it. I think that's a

big part of why people dig his

stuff – he's one of us, not just some

random person with an expensive


Broza now makes his living primarily

as a photographer, running

his own wine distribution company

as a sideline. On July 16, he will

have his first solo exhibition, “Then

& Now,” at Hermosa Design.

“Photography has been amazing

for me,” he said. “It's given me a lot

of freedom. I can go out and do it

whenever I want. If I want to be out

at 2 o'clock in the morning, I can do

it. It's created a life for me.”

Though his work is rooted locally,

Broza’s reputation has spread globally.

Kim Riley, whose Manhattan

Beach gallery was the first to show

his work, said that Broza has become

a brand name, and done so in

large part because he has given the

world a new perspective on iconic

South Bay themes.

“His stuff is just amazing, and just

keeps evolving,” Riley said. “The

work people buy now is so much

different from the standard shot of

the Manhattan Beach pier that has

been photographed the same way a

million times. His art has great

value, and we ship it around the

world...Brent’s work has a new feel

to it.”

Probably the biggest star in the

South Bay photo scene today is Bo

Bridges. He remembers Broza coming

into his first studio, in Hermosa

Beach, about six years ago, peppering

him with practical questions.

He’s watched with admiration as

Broza’s work has expanded. He

praised how Broza’s work is embedded

its own singular style,

standing out in an increasingly

crowded field.

“The market is so saturated with

photographers these days,” Bridges

said. “And the technology has made

it almost so you can just push a button

and get a good shot but doing

that isn’t enough to make a name

for yourself. That’s the hard part,

and he’s done a great job at

it....What he has done is just brilliant.”

Both Bridges and Lindberg said

the secret to this success isn’t some

mysterious alchemy, or even its

Brent Broza with his father, Claude, in Maui, Hawaii, circa 2005.

local roots — it’s the thousands of

hours Broza has devoted to his craft.

“That really comes from dedication

and putting the work in,” Lindberg

said. “Pretty much every day

he’s up at dawn, taking photos...It’s

like in music — very rarely does

anyone just take up songwriting and

start writing great songs. He had

that drive. He put in the time.”

“He was hurting because of the

loss of his parents, and like any

great artist, he channelled that emotion

into something positive…and in

so doing captured the beauty of nature

around the South Bay and

other parts of California. It’s really

cool to make that your work of art.

And really, he’s just begun.”

Broza is now living another

dream, one that his father helped

hatch in the final days of his life.

“Basically, it went like this: my

dad gave me this gift on his way

out,” Broza said. “If that camera

hadn’t come into my hands the way

it did, I don’t believe I’d be shooting

photographs today. It’s weird. But

he’d be so stoked.”

Brent Broza’s “Then & Now” runs

from July 16 through August 14 at

Hermosa Design, 618 Cypress Avenue,

Hermosa Beach, with an opening reception

July 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. B

26 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • July 14, 2016

each charity


Raises Funds for the North Patient Tower


he 30th annual Torrance Memorial Golf Tournament proved to be another great success.

Funds raised from the June 6 tournament will help to fulfill the overall fundraising goal

toward renovation of the North Patient Tower to benefit women’s and pediatric services.

After a full day of golf at the Palos Verdes Golf Club, participants enjoyed a cocktail reception,

dinner, silent auction and awards banquet. City National Bank once again served as the tournament

sponsor this year. Don Douthwright served as the tournament chair. The honorary chair is

late George L. Graziadio, Jr.


back row: Brett Dillenberg.

4. Christina Ochoa, Deverie

Fernandez, Lyn Kornoelje,

Khryste Langlais

5. Tracy Bracken, Chris Wilson,

Dave Klein, David Clinton, Song

Cho, Steve Lopes, Helaine


1. Don Douthwright, Carole

Hoffman and Stuart Dogan.

2. Front row: Craig Leach, Larry

Rausch, Mark Rouse; back row:

Steve Thompson, Laura

Schenasi, Scott Rouse.

3. Front row: James Sanders,

Michael Bolcher, Scott Davis;






July 14, 2016 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 27

each charity


Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation

The 2016 BeneFiesta, benefiting the Jimmy Miller

Memorial Foundation, was held in the imaginatively

reconfigured lobby of the Manhattan

Country Club last month. Cocktails from Wicked

Tango, Deep Eddy and Manhattan Margarita and food

from Silvio’s Brazilian BBQ and other local restaurants

were offered prior to a live auction by AVP and Time

Warner Sportsnet announcer Chris “Geeter” McGee.

The Jimmy Miller Foundation provides ocean therapy

for the physically and mentally ill, including military

veterans. Jimmy Miller volunteers offer surf lessons to

wounded veterans from the Veterans Hospital in West

Los Angeles and at Camp Pendleton. For more information

visit or




3 4

1. Debi Lamotte and Jay Gleason.

2. Dorothy Courtney with Jennifer and Greg McNally.

3. Nancy Miller with David and RL Peters.

4. Dennis and Crystal Jarvis.

5. Zen and Diana Del Rio.

6. Aleta and Gary McPeak and Chris Brown.

7. Jeff Miller tells the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation


8. Mark and Diane Silva.

9. Jim Miller, center, with Barsha Wine’s Adnen and

Lenora Marouani.

10. Jason and Leslie Kelso.

11. Carly Rogers and Chyo Baldocchi.






10 11

28 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • July 14, 2016

Michael Burstein is a probate and estate planning

attorney. A graduate of the University of California,

Hastings College of the Law in 1987, he is admitted

to the California, Kansas and Oklahoma Bars and

is a member of the Order of Distinguished Attorneys

of the Beverly Hills Bar Association.

As an estate and probate lawyer, Michael has prepared

approximately 3,000 living trusts and more

than 4,000 wills.

An Estate Planning,

Estate Administration,

and Probate Attorney

l Living Trusts

l Wills

l Powers of Attorney

l Advance Health

Care Directives

l Insurance Trusts

l Asset Protection

l Veterans Benefits

l Pet Trusts

l Probate

l Conservatorships

l And Much More!

Call us to schedule an appointment or for our

FREE Guide:

Selecting the Best Estate Planning Strategies

111 North Sepulveda Boulevard, Suite 250

Manhattan Beach, California 90266


July 14, 2016 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 29

Down the street,

into the history books

ET-94 is reunited with Space Shuttle Endeavor

ET-94 rounds a tight bend on Manchester Boulevard, at Hillcrest Drive.

ET-94 moved through the streets at four miles per hours.

Story and photos by John Post

An era in space exploration passed through the

streets of Los Angeles and into the history books on

Saturday, May 21. That day, the last flight-qualified

Space Shuttle external fuel tank was driven east down

Manchester Boulevard to Vermont Avenue and then north

to the California Science Center. There ET-94, as it is

known, was reunited with the Space Shuttle Endeavor,

which had followed a similar route to the Science Center

in October 2012.

The 154-foot long, 66,000 pound tank was brought by

barge through the Panama Canal to Marina del Rey, where

it was unloaded. The 11.5 mile journey to the California

Science Center took 18 hours.

Spectators who lined the streets could see where sections

of orange insulation foam had been removed for investigation

after the Shuttle Columbia was lost during reentry

in 2003.

I have witness U.S. Space Shuttle walk outs, lift offs and

landings and have been convinced that the U.S. space program

represents the best of what humanity can achieve.

Parents looking to give their kids an experience that may

change their lives for the better should visit Space Shuttle

Endeavor and ET-94. The California Science Center is at

700 Exposition Park Dr, in Los Angeles, just south of the

University of Southern California. For more information,

visit B

30 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • July 14, 2016

STS-135 Atlantis lifts off at the

Kennedy Space Center for the

Space Shuttle program’s final

flight on July 8, 2011.

Space Shuttle Endeavour winds down Crenshaw Boulevard on October 13, 2012 on its way to the California

Science Center.

ET-94 draws a crowd along Arbor Vitae in Playa Vista.

July 14, 2016 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 31

• Serving the South

Bay for over 35 years

• Full Service Contractor

• Complete Installation

• New Construction

• Remodeling

• Second Floors

• Additions

• Cabinets

Experience a new level of excellence in luxury real estate.

Visit Our

Kitchen &



4203 Spencer St., Torrance, CA 90503

(310)214-5049 •

Appointment Recommended

Showroom Hours: Monday Thru Friday 10-5

Closed Saturday and Sunday

License #381992

• 700 Local Agents • Luxury Residential • Commercial Investment Division

Palos Verdes Estates | Rolling Hills Estates | Rancho Palos Verdes | Torrance

Redondo Beach | Manhattan Beach | Hermosa Beach | El Segundo | San Pedro

Marina Del Rey | Venice | Santa Monica | Beverly Hills | West LA/Westwood

310.378.9494 •

32 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • July 14, 2016

30% Select

Spring Apparel

Beach Chique

321 Pier Ave.

Hermosa Beach CA

Summer Hours 10:30-6:30

Best story




46th Anniversary Annual

Writing and Photography Contest

Winners will be published in the August 11th issue of

Beach magazine.



53rd Anniversary

Camera Prizes

for Best


10% Off

Any Laser Treatment*

Last Day

To Submit Is

This Sunday,

July 31st!

2015 Winners

Contest Rules


Photos and stories must be submitted no later than

Friday, July 31, 2016

See Website for Contest Rules -

*Not to be combined with any other discount or promotion.

July 14, 2016 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 33

each charity


At the Botanic Garden


he 20th Annual Celebrate Wellness Food &

Wine Tasting, held June 26 at the South Coast

Botanic Garden, was again a success! More

than 600 guests helped raise a record $175,000.

Hosted by the Cancer Support Community Redondo

Beach, this special outdoor fundraiser benefited its

programs for cancer patients and their loved ones.





1. Volunteers Jill Gray, Claudia Welch, daughter

Kim Marinkovich with mother/survivor Yvonne


2. Barsha Wines & Spirits owners Adnen and

Lenora Marouani.

3. Entertaining Friends Catering’s Anthony Eulloqui,

Brandon and Grace Tombyle, owner Jean

Cordero with their large selection of fruits,

cheeses, vegetables and more.

4. Kincaid’s Tyler and Reggie Thomas serve

jambalaya to Scott and Kelli Trantina with Kathy

and Mike Grogan.

5. Redondo Beach locals Brittany Veneris and

Happy Hour Beverages co-founder Kristin Jolley.

6. CSCRB co-founder Anne Clary, guest survivor

speaker Deb Patrick and CSCRB’s Theresa


7. Misto Caffe’s Luis Alvarez and Opi Lepe with

Ahi Tuna Tartar for Castle Rock Winery’s Honey


8. Ian Ryan and Michael Amalfitano of San

Pedro’s Lattes On Location.

9. Jus’ Poke’s Christian Hernandez, Rachel Loo

and owner Stefanie Honda.

10. CSCRB CEO Judith Opdahl with

co-founders Anne Clary, Dr. Tom Simko and Jean


3 4







34 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • July 14, 2016

For the three Chong brothers, Fernando, Roberto and Marcelino,

the journey to success in the restaurant business began in their

mother’s very own kitchen.

“She had a passion for cooking, not only Chinese, but also Cuban

and Peruvian cuisine. I picked up a lot of things from her,” recalled

Roberto, who would grow up to become the executive chef of the

family’s restaurants.It may be noted from Roberto’s quote above,

that the three brothers were born in Cuba and raised in Peru before

settling in California. Once here, Roberto furthered his culinary education

while working for California Cuisine pioneers Robert Bell and

Michael Frank at Courtney’s, in downtown Manhattan Beach.

In the early 1990s the three brothers opened the family’s second

Chong’s at the corner of PCH and Artesia. Subsequently, other

Chong’s would open in Long Beach and Costa Mesa. Roberto, however,

wanted to stretch his culinary legs. When the opportunity presented

itself to open a formal, 80-seat restaurant in Manhattan

Beach, they seized it.

Ws China Bistro

China Grill, like the family’s other restaurants, enjoyed immediate

success. With its western influenced menu and upscale décor, the

restaurant is often compared to PF Chang’s. But Fernando noted a

critical difference. Unlike corporately owned restaurants, “because

we are family owned, we are quality driven, instead of bottom line

driven”. The western influences, Robert noted, allow him to use

flavors that are bolder than traditionally mild Cantonese food. Ginger,

garlic, peppers and other exotic spices are used to enhance the

natural flavors. Over time, influences from the countries of their

upbringing have worked their way into the menu, such is the case

of the Asian Paella and the Peruvian Saltado.

Continuing in this tradition of entrepreneurship, their sisters,

Meiyen and Meiling, are opening their own restaurant in Hermosa

Beach this summer, named Rabano.

No doubt, a new dynasty in Chinese/Asian cooking was started

right here in the South Bay.

China Grill

Ws China Bistro 1410 S. PCH, Redondo Beach (310) 792-1600 •

China Grill 3282 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach (310) 546-7284 •

July 14, 2016 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 35

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Sergio should feel

very flattered indeed. Sergio’s Continental Gourmet Market

has risen to prominence most notably on the strength of its

empanadas, which are Argentine dumplings filled with meat,

poultry, cheese, spinach and the like. For the past decade or

so, competitors have been trying to duplicate those flaky pastries,

but without the same success. The 36-year-old store in

Hawthorne specializes in hard-to-find foods and wines from

Argentina, Peru, Guatemala and other Latin American countries,

working hand-in-hand with its sister business, Continental

Gourmet Restaurant in Lomita.

But the development of the perfect empanada gave the

Continental brand a signature product that has drawn flocks

of customers – and the Food Network’s cameras – to the

store. That development involved tireless rounds of studying,

testing, tasting, refining, and starting all over again. “I started

reading books about how different flours react with different

shortenings and butters. We finally arrived at a recipe that

works for us, and it took off. We got the dough to that certain

flakiness, and people responded to that,” Sergio said. “In the

last five to ten years, a lot of empanada specialty places have

come around, and we see competitors try to do some of the

same things,” he said. They have even copied Sergio’s practice

of stamping letters into the dough of each empanada so the

customer can tell which flavor he’s about to bite into.

Sergio worked on the empanada recipe with Continental’s

patriarch, his father Roberto. “He always said, if you’re going

to make something, make the best,” Sergio said. He learned

the business from his father, who used to bring him in on Saturdays

when he was just a toddler. “He would bring me in, in

the morning, and we’d make dough together. He’d teach me

how to make sausages, fillings for stuffing,” Sergio said. “I’d

wake up at 4 or 4:30 in the morning. If I was not able to go in

I would throw a fit, I’d cry.” As the years passed, Sergio learned

the business “from the register in front, to receiving merchandise

in the back,” and all the meat, bakery and deli matters in

between. “I worked other places too. When it was time to take

over [Continental] it was second nature. I felt I could do it with

my eyes closed.”

At age 84, his father now puts in fewer hours, while Sergio

runs the business, with wife Sandy taking care of payroll and

other matters. They visit the Lomita bakery very early every

Sunday morning with their two kids, 5-year-old Robbie and 3-

year-old Abbie. These young children “actually help pull and

push the ice chests, holding freshly baked empanadas for the

farmers markets.” That’s a family business! Both Robbie and

Abbie will eventually learn the ropes of the business as their

father Sergio did from his father. And the new Continental

Gourmet Gardena is coming soon!

Continental Gourmet Market

25600 Narbonne Ave., Lomita (310) 530-3213

12921 S. Prairie Ave., Hawthorne (310) 310-676-5444 •

36 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • July 14, 2016

Today, with ten restaurants from Santa Barbara to Newport

Beach, co-owners Ron and Greg Newman must be doing

something right. Growing up in Inglewood, Ron Newman

was originally in the camera business, following in the footsteps

of his father Ike, who owned Newman’s Photo and Sound, in Hermosa

Beach. But Ron kept in touch with his Morningside high

school buddies, who were working in the restaurant industry.

Seeing their ventures’ productivity, Ron Newman joined one of

them to open the Red Onion Restaurant in Westchester in 1966.

With its success, Ron, with a few more Morningside friends,

opened the Red Onion in Redondo Beach in 1973. As a “workaholic”,

he recognized opportunities and good timing, and by

1981, had 10 restaurants, eventually 17. Located in areas including

Palm Desert, Woodland Hills and San Diego, these locations

thrived as they offered delicious food and the then-popular party


Then, times changed. And Ron realized he needed to make

some changes, too. Diners and drinkers were no longer going to

the big clubs. And his son Greg, who had helped him since he

was 15 years old, was about to graduate from USC. Baja Sharkeez

was about to be born.

With the young energy and connections of Greg and the selftaught

restaurant expertise of Ron, they together opened the

Manhattan Beach Baja Sharkeez in 1993. As the recession was

hurting most businesses, Baja Sharkeez was attracting more. It

“clicked” with the young, smart college crowd and locals, offering

cheap drinks and tacos. This casual, “no frills Baja-style restaurant/bar

with sawdust on the floor” was an immediate hit. But it

took the leadership and long hours of the father-son team to

make it happen. Employing no managers, Ron and Greg did it

on their own together, working days and nights, countless hours

to assure it operated just right.

And it did - so well, that the Newmans opened Newport Beach

Baja Sharkeez in ‘96 and the Hermosa Beach Baja Sharkeez on Pier

Avenue in ‘97. As Pier Plaza was just opening with its clean, nocar-traffic

appeal, the timing for Hermosa’s was perfect. It attracted

major numbers, with its no frills, sawdust on floor, cheap

prices, like Manhattan Beach. From there, Ron and Greg opened

Baja Sharkeez in Santa Barbara and Huntington Beach, Panama

Joe’s in Long Beach, Killarney’s in Huntington Beach, Sandbar in

Santa Barbara and the first upscale restaurant on Pier Plaza in

Hermosa Beach, Palmilla.

Today, some exciting moves are being made. Hermosa Beach’s

Palmilla is expanding its outdoor patio space, which is key for the

outdoor dining preferences of locals and tourists near the beach.

And the most exciting opening of Tower 12, formerly Fat Face

Fenner’s Fishack, is scheduled for mid-September. This new

Tower 12 will enhance the South Bay with an upstairs, ocean view,

indoor-outdoor restaurant/bar with a “retrospective” look and

feel. Sporting a surfboard table made by Spyder Surf Shop’s

founder Dennis Jarvis, this classy, but “familiar” casual venue will

also display vintage couches, shelves with old, beachy collectibles

and ‘70’s skateboard and punk rock memorabilia. Its menu of

food and drinks will include California-style eats with the newest

syrups and bitters used in cocktails, the “what’s happening now”

in the food/beverage industry.

The challenging goals of this “family business” team, father Ron

and son Greg Newman, would not have been achieved without

the help of managing and corporate partners, the “fiber of the

company.” Their success will continue, due to the support of the

communities surrounding their venues, their 600 employees and,

most importantly, the strong bond of a strong family.

Baja Sharkeez

52 Pier Avenue Hermosa Beach • (310) 318-0004 • 3600 Highland Avenue Manhattan Beach • (310) 545-8811 •

Palmilla 39 Pier Avenue Hermosa Beach • (310) 374-4440 •

Tower 12 57 Pier Avenue Hermosa Beach •

July 14, 2016 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 37


or more than fifty years, Paul’s Photo has been part of the South Bay

community providing superior customer experiences. Founded in 1961

by Paul Comon, this family business has grown to incorporate three generations

of Comons. While Paul still comes into work, Mark Comon, his son,

working with his wife Sheryl, are now in charge of all operations. Wyatt is the

resident computer wiz-kid of the business. But don’t think that the family is

defined so narrowly; as Mark says, “I consider our family business to include

our clients and students, volunteers, employees, and vendors.” No wonder

that for 18 years running they have been voted the Easy Reader Best of the

Beach Camera Store!

Paul’s Photo is so much more than a camera store. Encompassing today’s

entire photography ecosystem, the personal touch of their customer service

ensures each individual achieves his or her photographic goals.

Their camera staff will understand your photography desires and lifestyle.

This ensures you are equipped with the right tools and knowledge that fit

your needs and budget to unleash your creativity. Knowledgeable staff can

discuss all the models and brands on the market today. “When I went in several

months ago to upgrade my camera,” said Kathleen Bullard who now works

there, “I was sure I knew exactly what model I wanted due to the features and

price. But Mark pointed out that I would be disappointed since the features

I was familiar with would be hard to access. So instead I got a higher level camera,

but with generous trade-ins on my existing equipment I got it at the price

I could afford.”

Started by Mark Comon to address the need for photography education in

the South Bay, the Creative Photo Academy doubled the size of the business.

They offer a wide array of educational experiences for photography students

of all ages, skill or interest level, covering every aspect of the photographic

process. One way students can choose to learn is through hands-on education

in the classroom. Their extremely popular 6-week Boot Camp is for photographers

who want to master all the settings in their camera applied through

targeted assignments. Intermediate and Advanced Classes meet all year

slanted toward a particular theme or skill.

The Creative Photo Academy also hosts professional photographers to lecture

and/or provide workshops. Many with years of specialized experience,

they share their knowledge to provide insight and inspiration. Specialized

short workshops such as Macro Photography or Lightroom Modules allow

photographers to hone in a special skill.

For those who want to put their photography skills into action, the Creative

Photo Academy Photo Adventures provides such opportunities! Photographers

can go “in the field” to learn, create and shoot. One can travel around

the globe or just down the street for hands-on training on location. One example,

“Night Hawks” is a monthly Adventure that meets at various locations

around LA to capture dramatic night shots. Excursions include shooting the

Vincent Thomas Bridge, the Disney Concert Hall downtown, and of course,

every year includes Christmas Lights. Photo Walks provide similar opportunities

during daylight hours on the weekends.

For the more adventurous, more extensive trips include the Eastern Sierras,

Yosemite, Bryce and Zion, and Alaska. Still not enough? One can sign up with

like-minded photographers and take an international tour to Kenya, Cuba, or

Japan, to name a few locations.

The Creative Photo Academy Gallery features the work of their family of

photographers. The gallery displays work by the student of the month, various

classes, and from the Adventure trip series. Exhibit space changes with the

First Tuesday Event which includes the evening gallery opening, open critique,

and pro talk. Always an exciting evening, check in with the Creative Photo

Academy website ( to view the current

month’s opening featured photographers and speaker.

Paul’s Photo is home to one of the best photo labs in Southern California.

The Lab at Paul’s Photo does more than just print. The staff understands how

important it is to preserve and share your favorite memories. They are expert

in all aspects of printing and preservation, and love helping customers select

and produce their images. Want to turn your photo into outdoor art or create

an album of baby’s first year? They can do that in addition to offering printing

of all sorts, from bound books to wedding invitations, metal prints to canvas

wraps, and do so with the utmost professionalism. They are happy to help

customers who are unfamiliar with the production process and guarantee

that they will love the results!

Located conveniently just north of PCH on Hawthorne Blvd. in Torrance,

Paul’s is the photographic hub of the South Bay with the tools and knowledge

required for today’s photography. Whether you’re a regular or a new

face, Paul’s Photo welcomes you to their family of photographers.

Paul’s Photo

23845 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance, CA. 90505

310-375-7014 • •

38 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • July 14, 2016

irtually every pie that you buy from a grocery

Vstore chain, fast food chain, national pie chain

or various corporation contains a host of toxic

chemicals that are used to make the pie attractive,

give it shelf life and make it taste edible. We

at Hermosa Pie & Cake are driven by this very fact

which is why we produce wholesome, 100% nat-

Hermosa Pie & Cake Company

ural, all fruit pies with fruit

solely grown in the Pacific

Northwest. Our fruit is

gmo, wax, gas (xenon), radiation

and preservative

free. We strongly believe

that there is a direct correlation

between food

preservatives in store

bought pies and birth defects.

Our pies have no

more than 5 ingredients,

and are as follows... Pacific

Northwest fruit, non

gmo flour, organic butter,

organic cane sugar and

ice water. We challenge

you, our friends and customers

to show us a pie

that YOU have bought at

a grocery store or national

pie chain, which

contains no more than 5

ingredients. The last time

Chef checked, a pie from

the grocery store had 57

ingredients - 45 of which

came from a chemical

laboratory. Come down

to our pie shop for the

real thing. We love you,

be well, Chef David and


133 Hermosa Ave. Hermosa Beach • (310) 374-2323 •

Valentino’s Pizza

975 Aviation Blvd, Manhattan Beach (310) 318-5959

150 N. Sepulveda Blvd. El Segundo (310) 426-9494 •

or the past two and a half decades,

FValentino, along with his wife Connie

and two sons, Joseph and Anthony,

have been serving and delivering

Brooklyn Style Pizza, Pasta, Subs, and

more. Keeping to their Italian traditions

- using only the finest and freshest

ingredients, their pizzas are hand

tossed, made with 100% real mozzarella

cheese and prepared with fresh

toppings. They offer homemade

lasagna and meatballs while their bread

is also homemade and baked on the

premises - for that perfect sandwich

and garlic bread. The family

also offers mouth-watering


Valentino’s opened its doors in Manhattan

Beach in 1990, and their second

location in El Segundo opened in 2004.

Since then Valentino’s has won many

awards for their pizzas, Italian food and

delivery service. While both locations

deliver, providing fast and pleasant

service, Valentino’s also offers catering

for large parties. Or you can bring your

party to them; their El Segundo location

has a large dining room that seats up

to 50. You can see their online menu at Bon Appetite!

Attending the World Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, Steve Hodges

didn’t anticipate it would change his life. But it did. That’s where he met his wife,

Lisa in 2010. Originally from and living in Vancouver, Lisa moved down to the South

Bay, where they were married in 2011. Now with two daughters, 3-year-old Shiloh

and 1-year-old Shelby, the Hodges have brought a bit of “Cajun Country” charm to

Redondo Beach.

Growing up in Torrance and working at the Lamppost Pizza for 25 years, Steve had

always wanted to open his own restaurant. After Ragin Cajun moved from its original

location in Hermosa Beach to Redondo Beach, its founder Steve Domingue and the

Hodges started working together. In 2014, with its founder’s help, Steve and Lisa

were able to get the newer location “off the ground.”

Today, the Hodges offer the same delicious traditional “Weeziana” choices as the

original Ragin Cajun did. But they’ve added lots more to the menu, like Fried Chicken

and Alligator - one of its most popular appetizers. If you’re not a spicy food lover,

don’t fret, as Steve and Lisa have many “mild” choices, too. With its signature Gumbolaya,

Ragin Cajun also offers a full bar, with over 50 Bourbon choices, Moonshine

flights and signature drinks like the Hurricane and Skull cocktails. Plus, they’ve colorfully

decorated this restaurant so well that you feel you’re actually in Louisiana!

Ragin Cajun Cafe is the perfect place for private parties, any special occasion and

is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. The best part is that you’re bound

to meet either Lisa or Steve. After a smiling employee greets you at the door, one,

if not both of them, will most likely be there, with bright smiles, treating you with

that genuine southern hospitality and charm. Laissez le bon temps roulez!


525 Pacific Coast Highway • Redondo Beach • (310) 540-8441 •

July 14, 2016 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 39

hen LA Weekly refers to Baran’s

W2239 as the “best new restaurant

that (almost) no one is talking

about,” that’s saying something.

Opening in mid-March of this year,

Baran’s 2239 is owned and operated

by two brothers, Jason and Jon

Baran, and the executive chef Tyler

Gugliotta, and all three are natives

of the South Bay. With the Baran

brothers’ sister Jenna waiting tables,

her boyfriend Chris as head

server and Jason’s wife Greyci working

once a week, this is assuredly a

family business - and one doing

quite well.

Baran’s 2239

With freshly baked Focaccia and specialties

like Gnocchi Nero - king crab, calabria

chile and herbs - and the most

popular Smoked & Fried Chicken, Chef

Tyler also offers Hamachi Crudo and a

Bistro Filet. His unique, progressive and

“unexpected” choices originate from his

and the brothers’ experienced culinary

background. With a father who was chef

at Chez Melange, Tyler has worked in

many successful restaurants, including

the Tasting Room in Venice. Jon, who majored

in Hospitality and Restaurant Management,

experienced his first cooking

position under Tyler at a local restaurant

in Hermosa Beach. And Jason has also

worked in several South Bay cooking establishments.

So when the timing was

just right for these three, Baran’s 2239

was born.

Interestingly, Its name, Baran’s 2239,

has 100% to do with the family and cooking.

Jason and Jon’s grandparents ran

Brotherton’s Farmhouse from 1937 to

1987 in Pasadena. This restaurant’s address

was 2239 E. Colorado Boulevard:

therein came Baran’s 2239. And the

brothers owe much of its early success to

the “encouragement” of their grandparents,

parents, aunts, uncles and brother

Jeff, all USC alumni. This family support

has enabled the three partners to offer

the South Bay one of the most "family

friendly and delicious" restaurants


502 Pacific Coast Highway Hermosa Beach (424) 247-8468

Handyman Schatan

Matt • (310) 540- 4444

Matt Schatan helped several

of his friends on their

home -based projects, and he

often listened to their suggestions

that he start his own

company. Schatan did just that

in July 1998, using his talents

to make a better living. Handyman

Schatan prospered from

the start. It has meant a lot of

work, but also a lot of satisfaction.

” I am overwhelmed

sometimes with the amount

of work I have,” says Schatan,

noting that he is often answering

the telephone as late

as 10 p.m. Work has been

“busier than expected” and

the rewards have been gratifying.

He is on call from sunup

to sundown. His goal to create

a thriving enterprise has been

quickly realized.

Hennessey’s Tavern

The Neighborhood Meeting Place” is not just a slogan, but states the truth about

Hennessey’s Tavern - all 10 of them! Now it their 40TH YEAR serving Irish Hospitality,

owner and founder Paul Hennessey says he’s looking forward to the next 40


It all started on Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, September of 1976 when the first

Hennessey’s Tavern opened for business. At half the size then, this flagship location

has grown westward and up to offer diners spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean

while enjoying great food and drinks. Each Hennessey’s offers a full bar & menu,

serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

Paul Hennessey couldn’t stop with just the one concept. Apart from 10 Hennessey’s

Tavern locations throughout Southern California and Las Vegas, Paul also

proudly owns H.T. Grill, The Lighthouse Café, The Wine Bistro & Whiskey Bar in Dana

Point, and three additional concepts in Las Vegas; LVCS, a live music venue, Brass The

Lounge, a hipster hangout, and Mickie Finnz Fish House & Bar. Most recently Paul

has partnered with 3 of his senior management team, to create Rebel Republic Social

House in the Riviera Village which he’s hoping to take to other City’s in the near future.

Paul Hennessey, married with 3 daughters and 5 grandchildren actively participates

in the daily operations of all 17 of his locations. No matter what, the respected business

& family man promises, when referring to his locations “You always run into

someone you know there”. And that’s what has kept the Irish Hospitality going for

40 years!

8 Pier Ave. Hermosa Beach (310) 372-5759 • 1712 S. Catalina Ave. Redondo Beach (310) 540-8443 • 313 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Manhattan Beach (310) 546-4813

H.T. Grill 1701 S. Catalina Ave. Redondo Beach (310) 791-4849 • The Lighthouse Café 30 Pier Ave. Hermosa Beach (310) 376-9833

Rebel Republic Social House 1710 S. Catalina Ave. Redondo Beach (424) 352-2600

40 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • July 14, 2016

Quality Seafood

100 S. International Boardwalk Redondo Beach • (310) 372-6408 •

uality Seafood was founded in kets on the West Coast. The market

Q1953 by Nick Dragich and his son continues to be family run, with Pete

Peter Dragich Sr. After years of fishing

from Alaska to South America,

Dragich Jr. and Ann Belson at the

they decided to open a market and helms. And recently the 4th generation

of Dragich family members

bring the freshest possible seafood

from the boats directly into Redondo

Beach. Prior to the redevel-

came aboard to help keep things

running smoothly for years to come.

opment of the pier, the Dragich

family owned four separate seafood As Cassie (Dragich) and her husband

markets in Redondo. In 1968 the Jeff Jones recently relocated back to

family combined those markets into the South Bay, together, they foresee

continuing the family legacy of

Quality Seafood Inc., and opened its

current location on the International

Boardwalk, where it remains one of providing a truly unique experience

the largest and finest seafood mar-

and fresh seafood to all.

Hermosa Mexican Restaurant

824 Hermosa Ave. Hermosa Beach (310) 937-5606

riginally from Jalisco, Mex-

the Orozco family specialties, the Orozco family

Borracho Soup, one of their


moved to Los Angeles in the also serves big Breakfast Burritos

all day! They are “happy to

early 80’s. For over 20 years,

Matias and his family have

been in the restaurant business

– in Hermosa Beach for 11 nity” and hope to continue sat-

be of service to the commu-

years. Daughter Myra says “If isfying their customers for

you haven’t seen us, we’re not many years. Open Sun-Mon

surprised!” as their Hermosa

9am-2pm, Tues-Sat 9am-9pm.

Mexican Restaurant is a small,

almost hidden gem. For a Dine in or Take Out. Serving the

small venue, they sure do offer BEST Mexican Cuisine to your

a lot of choices! From Tortas to community for 11 years!

ony’s On The Pier today is known for its fresh seafood, ocean

Tview sunsets and best customer service. Back in 1952, when

Tony Trutanich opened its doors, it had that same positive reputation.

Growing up in San Pedro, Tony was a successful tuna fisherman,

and as the boat Captain, would be out to sea for months

at a time. Just plain “tired of the long hours and extra hard work,”

Tony decided to bring that tuna to the tables of his own restaurant

- Tony’s On The Pier.

With only 20 tables at first, Tony’s On The PIer grew quickly and

was soon frequented by movie stars, as hundreds of photos on

the walls depict. In 1964, Tony added the famous “Top of Tony’s”

where guests, still today, walk up stairs to enjoy the most beautiful

sunsets, full bar, food and live entertainment. His son,

Michael, started working there when he was just 15, as a busboy

and dishwasher, doing anything he could to help his father’s business.

Moving up the ladder to become General Manager, Michael

continued working with his father until he passed away in 2006.

“Dad stayed active all the way to the end,” Michael recalls. “He

taught me everything. I worked for him all my life.”

Retiring two years ago, Michael still works for Tony’s, ordering

all of the seafood, even living in Idaho. He communicates daily

with now GM Regina Fong, who’s been at Tony’s for 39 years. And

that’s not uncommon. In fact, the average employee has worked

there for over 20 years. Downstairs bartender Billy Morgan has

been there for 46 years while upstairs bartender Manny Jimenez

just hit his 37 year anniversary. Tony’s son Michael says his father

was such a “role model” and treated everyone at his restaurant

like family. Today, Tony would be proud as everyone at Tony’s On

The Pier is still his family.

Tony’s On The Pier

210 Fishermans Wharf Redondo Beach • (310) 374-1442 •

July 14, 2016 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 41

Seymour’s 97th Birthday with Scott

and his sister Gail


ather and son team, Scott and Seymour

Bilowit, have been owners of

Seymour Jewelers, located in Hermosa

Beach since 1950. Here they are

in a photo above, with sister Gail, on

Seymour’s 97th birthday - this year!

Scott took over from his father with

pride to maintain the long-established


1212 Hermosa Avenue Hermosa Beach

(310) 379-5401 •

fine jewelry house thirty years ago.

Both Scott and Seymour have been

long-standing Honorary members of

the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce,

the Hermosa Beach Kiwanis

Club and members of the California

Jewelers Association.

Known locally as “the gem of the

South Bay”, Seymour Jewelers provides

a high level of fine jewelry excellence

with professional friendly

on-site staff, complimentary giftwrapping.

They specialize in custom

creations for unique and personal designs

of heirloom quality. Seymour

Jewelers are purveyors of gold, Tahitian

pearls, and fine diamonds. Also

featuring vintage and estate jewelry,

Seymour’s specializes and caters to

the discerning and avid watch collector.

They buy, sell, trade and consign diamonds,

gold, silver, colored gems and

Rolexes. Offering fine jewelry cleaning,

watch repair and insurance replacement/appraisal

by appointment. Seymour

Jewelers offers full-service

for all your jewelry needs. Seymour

Jeweler’s staff pride themselves on their

outstanding level of quality and distinctive

craftsmanship for their discerning

clientele and the longevity of Seymour’s

fine jewelry business.

ell-known, well-liked and well-re-

in the South Bay restaurant


community, brothers Scotty and Shane

McColgan actually began their South Bay

professions in a different industry. Moving

from Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in

1983, these two brothers began work in

the fitness industry. While Shane was a

tip-top body-builder, owned Pulse Fitness

and Ironworks, Scotty operated

Boxing Works and trained WBO champion

Sammy Fuentes, the “Hermosa Hurricane.”

Their entrance into the

Shark’s Cove

restaurant industry began in 1989

when Shane opened Shark’s Cove in

Hermosa Beach, and then, together,

they opened Club Sushi in ‘96 and

Point 705 in ‘98.

Point 705 was a phenomenal success

story, offering fine dining, a sushi

bar, a jazzy nightclub and live bands -

all in one place. The brothers then

opened another successful venture,

Shark’s Cove in Manhattan Beach,

bringing a sports bar with flatscreens,

full menu and live entertainment to

downtown Manhattan Beach. Since

then, the brothers found opportunities

outside of the beach cities: Shane

partnered with Jason Rath to purchase

The Crest in Torrance while

Scotty, with his wife Melinda, run Kings

Cove at El Segundo’s Toyota Sports


After their father Mickey passed

away in 2012, Shane built and opened

Mickey McColgan’s in honor of their

father, “to carry on his legacy.” Brothers

Scotty and Shane owe much of

their success to their father. “Such a

hard worker, MIckey would do anything

for us.” Seeing the McColgan

brothers’ success today, their father

surely did a great job.

309 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Manhattan Beach (310) 545-2683

Mickey McColgan’s 934 Hermosa Ave. Hermosa Beach (310) 372-9700

The Crest 1625 Cabrillo Ave. Torrance (310) 320-9347

King’s Cove 555 N Nash St. El Segundo (310) 414-4022

riginally from Guadalajara, Mexico, Rafael

OSolorzano has been in the food industry for

over 30 years. As Executive Chef of PV Grill and

Salsa Verdes, Chef Solorzano specializes in catering

to groups from 30 to over 300. He serves a

variety of international cuisine, including Italian,

French, Asian, American and his native, Mexican.

Currently catering at weekly meetings for the Kiwanis

Club of Hermosa Beach, he also prepares

food for worthwhile fundraising events throughout

the year, such as Cancer Support Community’s

Celebrate Wellness Food & Wine Tasting

Event and Adrienne’s Search for Children’s Cancer

Cure hosted by the Woman’s Club of Hermosa


At his PV Grill restaurant in the Lunada Bay area,

Chef Solorzano delights diners with specialties like

Prime Steaks, Fresh Fish & Homemade Pastas.

Salsa Verdes offers a festive selection of traditional

Mexican choices. With free parking and a

great selection of Beer and Wine, this location is

also the perfect place for private parties!

PV Grill

Salsa Verdes

2325 Palos Verdes Drive West Palos Verdes Estates • (310) 750-6877 • (310) 460-6995 •

2325 Palos Verdes Drive West Palos Verdes Estates • (424) 206-9456 •

42 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • July 14, 2016

• Nails

• Facials

• Waxing

• Eyelash Care

Best Nails & Spa

Selling the

Beach Cities

Since 1985!





$5 OFF

Minimum Service

of $35

Discounts cannot be combined; one per service, per client.

2700 Marine Ave. Suite 101

Redondo Beach, CA 90278


Yvonne Amarillas

Your Beach Cities Realtor

REAL Results with a

REAL Professional


DRE #01314554

Shorewood Realtors

Buying or Selling

Office: 310.546.3441

Cell: 310.643.6363


“Since 1992”

Don Ruane

Serving the South Bay Beach Cities and beyond


Beach Equipment

& Rentals

“Just Steps from the Beach!”

Bikes – Surfboards – Body Boards

Wetsuits – Chairs – Umbrellas

OPEN MOST DAYS 9am – 7pm

39 14th Street, Hermosa Beach (310) 372-9492



Vice President of Investments

Multifamily Specialist


Helping clients create wealth

by capitalizing on South Bay

investment property opportunities

Why work with Brian:

• Successful 12yr+ track

record of specializing

exclusively in the sale

and acquisition of

South Bay apartment


• Maximum exposure to

listings for sellers and

access to exclusive

inventory for buyers.

• Unsurpassed

knowledge of multifamily


including historical

trends, real time rent

and sales data, and

long term relationships

with active principals

and brokers.

Direct: 310 802 2525 I

23001 Hawthorne Bl., Suite 205, Torrance, CA 90505

July 14, 2016 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 43



The sports viewing at King’s Cove only seems like virtual reality. Photo by Brad Jacobson (


by Richard Foss

The food at King’s Cove rivals the best sports bars, but its sports viewing is unrivaled

We were halfway through lunch when I

was transfixed by an astonishing display

of grace and athleticism. An ice

dancer glided across the rink in a wide arc and

then performed a dazzling series of leaps and

spins. Some of the people watching gasped, while

others who were used to the spectacle murmured

or nodded in appreciation.

We weren’t in a sports bar, and we weren’t

watching TV. We were at at King’s Cove, a restaurant

inside the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo,

where professional skaters, including the

NHL Kings train.

The place has different character at different

times. It’s a walk-up counter by day, a restaurant

after 4 p.m. when the bar area opens. By day the

food counter is hard to find. There’s no sign visible

and you find it down a corridor by the closed

bar. In the evening there is table service, but by

day you stand in line to order and take your food

to one of the tables overlooking the ice rinks.

The counter opens at 8 a.m. On our first visit

we tried two breakfasts – the Hawaiian sweet

bread French toast and a cheese and vegetable

44 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • July 14, 2016

omelet. The presentation was unimpressive because

everything is packed in to-go containers,

but both were good. I’m not generally a fan of

Hawaiian sweet bread, but it makes good French

toast and this had a little cinnamon in the batter

to add another layer of flavor. The omelet was

well made, generously stuffed, and came with

crisp potatoes. It covered all the bases, too.

The other selections on that visit were a Santa

Fe chicken sandwich, a Greek salad, and a cup

of chicken tortilla soup. There’s not much room

for creativity in a Greek salad and this one was

just what it was supposed to be. But the other two

items exceeded our expectations. The tortilla soup

was warmly spicy, a chicken broth with just

enough chile and cumin to be interesting right to

the bottom of the cup. It was topped with cheese

and tortilla strips, but not the cilantro that is traditional.

This is the kind of thing that is a great

winter warmer, and since it’s always winter out

on the ice I’d imagine they sell a lot of it.

The Santa Fe sandwich put similar flavors between

slices of bread, though the spicing was

more emphatic. There was real heat and smoky

flavor in the sauce that bound together the

chicken, caramelized onions, and roasted peppers.

The cheese and avocado that were also on

board put plenty of variety in every bite. I’d have

happily had one of these even without the show

on the ice, and with the continuous show factored

in, King’s Cove became a destination to

bring friends.

A few days later we took a visitor and her

teenage daughter who were in town for the holiday

weekend. This time one of the rinks by the

dining area was occupied by figure skating students,

while at the other end hockey players practiced

shooting goals from unlikely distances. We

chose the view of the figure skaters and watched

raptly, sometimes delighted by their grace and

sometimes wincing as a difficult move resulted

in a fall to the ice.

This time we ordered a turkey burger, cheesesteak

sandwich, and a Los Angeles Lakers pizza.

(Since we were at the home base for the LA Kings

I considered the pizza named after that team, but

it involves Canadian bacon, pineapple, and

jalapenos, and I just don’t think pineapple be-

longs on pizza.) The Lakers pizza was topped with chicken, spicy barbecue

sauce, mozzarella, red onions, and cilantro. Mine was a bit over-sauced so

it was a tasty mess. The sauce had a nice blend of sweetness and spice,

and the medium-thick crust was firm and had a bit of crispness so that it

held together. Pizzas take a bit longer than other items, but this was worth

the wait.

The cheesesteaks were surprisingly good, the seasoned meat tossed with

bell peppers that were sautéed just long enough to bring out the sweetness

but preserve some texture. It was made with white cheddar rather than

the traditional provolone or American, and the slightly more assertive flavor

was an asset. It was slightly under-stuffed but delicious.

There was no question of the turkey burger being undersized. It was a

full half-pound of meat with all the usual fixings. The person who ordered

it chose a side salad rather than fries. It was a varied mix of lettuces,

tomato, and cucumber. If you are health conscious this combination could

be the way to go, because it was filling without being heavy.

The kale salad was slightly out of balance, with a huge amount of

chopped kale topped with fresh strawberry slices, but not enough of the

almonds and cheese. The 0lemon-poppy dressing was a smart choice to

complement the rest of the ingredients, but if I order this again I’d ask for

extra cheese and a few more almonds.

Wine and a selection of beers are offered, but on both visits we had soft

drinks and their house-brewed ice tea. Had the coffee offered free refills

we might have nursed them and stayed even longer to watch the show.

Was we only left as soon as we did because we had another appointment.

I plan to return to King’s Cove when the bar is open and there is table

service, but it’s a destination for the whole family no matter what time

you go. If you have ever enjoyed watching the grace of humans on ice, or

the speed and power of a hockey game, turn off your television and go

watch it in real time. You can ditch the chips and dip you’d have at home

and dine in style.

King’s Cove is at 555 North Nash Street in El Segundo. Open 8 a.m. to 1

a.m. daily, table service after 5 p.m. Wheelchair access good, elevator from

parking lot. Menu at, phone 310-414-4022. B



10 am - 3 pm • Adults $ 29.95 • Kids (5-12) $18.95

Mimosas, House Margaritas, Sangria and Draft Beer only $5

Del Amo Fashion Center • 21438 Hawthorne Blvd. • Torrance • (310) 371-0666

July 14, 2016 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 45


Net gain

Mira Costa High School junior

Piper Monk-Heidrich

focuses on beach volleyball and

a future at UCLA

by Randy Angel

Racing down the slopes on her

snowboard, 10-year-old Piper

Monk-Heidrich was doing her

best to keep up with older sister Indigo,

an Olympic hopeful training for a berth

on the U.S. Snowboarding 2014 Winter

Olympics team.

But when the aches and pains suffered

by falling on the hard-packed snow began

to take their toll, coupled with a growth

spurt, Piper decided to change sports.

Although Monk-Heidrich swam and

played soccer and volleyball as a young

girl, she had been picked up by Burton

Smallz as a snowboarder when she was

only seven years old, riding for the Burton


By the time she was nine years old,

Monk-Heidrich was so tall that she outgrew

the Burton youth clothing, forcing

her to have Burton’s outerwear specially

tailored for her so that she could model

in their photo shoots on the mountain.

She had also been playing beach and

club volleyball, but just for fun.

Athletic genes run in her family. Older

brother Julian, 24, was a standout water

polo player at Mira Costa. Indigo, 21, was

a professional snowboarder before an

ankle injury cut short her career and

younger brother Slater, 13 played soccer

and swam for the Dolphins Swim Team

in Manhattan Beach although his true

passion is playing bass in a rock band.

“When I was 12, I began to take volleyball

seriously,” Monk-Heidrich said. “It

became a great passion of mine.”

She played indoor volleyball for acclaimed

coach Joy McKienzie-Fuerbringer

at Mizuno Long Beach and during

her first two years of high school for Mira

Costa’s storied indoor program.

“Playing indoor helped me with the basics

like serving, passing and the proper

form in setting, which translated to my

beach game,” Monk-Heidrich said. “I

learned a lot last year even though I was

playing middle blocker, which was a new

position for me. I pulled a ligament in my

right elbow at the end of the season,

which took me out of beach training for

a few months.”

As she prepares to enter her junior year

(she turns 17 on July 27), Monk-Heidrich

has opted to forego the indoor game to

focus on her beach volleyball career in

preparation for college. She has committed

to play beach volleyball at UCLA.

Beach is not as specialized as indoor

volleyball,” Monk-Heidrich explained.

“You have to learn every aspect of the

game in beach volleyball, plus the atmosphere

is much freer and more laid back.

You get to choose your own partner and

the tournaments you want to play in.”

Standing 6-foot tall with a reach of 7-

foot-11, Monk-Heidrich played a key role for

Mira Costa’s girls beach volleyball team. It

captured its fourth consecutive Interscholastic

Beach Volleyball League (IBVL) championship

in May.

Monk-Heidrich and partner senior Emma

Smith were the Mustang’s No. 1 team for head

coach and 2000 Olympic gold medalist Eric

Fonoimoana. The duo also won the IBVL Pairs


“Winning the IBVL was so exciting for me,”

Monk-Heidrich said. “Mira Costa has such a

great tradition in beach volleyball so to continue

the winning streak was a fantastic feeling.

Also, winning the Pairs Championship

with Emma Smith was so much fun. It was

great to have the opportunity to play with such

a talented partner.”

On April 14, Monk-Heidrich won the Mira

Costa Queen of the Beach tournament besting

Mustang teammates Maddie Micheletti and

Lea Ungar who placed second and third, respectively.

Monk-Heidrich became the first

Mira Costa players to have her name inscribed

twice on the Mira Costa Beach Legacy Trophy.

Monk-Heidrich also trains with Elite Beach

Volleyball, a program run by Fonoimoana. It

includes beach volleyball Olympians Holly

McPeak and Barbra Fontana, who serve as

coaches and mentors.

“It’s been a great experience and I feel very

fortunate to work with three Olympians who

all have different views, so I gain something

from each one of them,” Monk-Heidrich said.

“Every aspect of my game has improved. The

coaches are very inspirational and continue to

help me prepare for the next level of competition.

Having Eric as a coach on the Mira Costa

team and at Elite, has been a big plus for me,

providing the opportunity to play with and

against the top young players in the game.”

Fonoimoana is excited to see Monk-Heidrich’s

development on the sand, noting her

strengths of siding-out and blocking.

“Piper is a good teammate and easy to play

with,” Fonoimoana said. “She has a great demeanor

for the game, not getting too emotional

when she is winning or losing. She is a well

rounded player. I tell Stein (Metzger), the

coach at UCLA, that he is going to be very

happy with her. She has a bright future and I

get two more years to teach her what I know.”

Monk-Heidrich, who feels her strong hitting

and play at the net are her biggest assets,

began to make a name for herself on the sand

in 2013 when she won 11 California Beach

Volleyball Association (CBVA) tournaments in

the girls U14 and U16 divisions.

In 2014, she won two USAV tournaments

and had nine second-place finishes in the U16

division. She also won a silver medal at the

AAU Junior National Championships.

Moving up to the U18 division in 2015,

Monk-Heidrich won two USAV tournaments

and was runner-up twice. She also captured

three AAU championships.

She finished second in the U18 division at

Piper Monk-Heidrich feels she is strongest at the net, both hitting and, pictured here, blocking.

Photo by Kat Monk

46 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • July 14, 2016

the AAU Southern Pacific District Championships on June 5 while partnering

with Huntington Beach’s Cami Sanchez. Last weekend, she competed

in the AAU Junior National Championship in Hermosa Beach.

Monk-Heidrich and Sanchez will team-up again when they attempt to

qualify for the Main Draw at the prestigious Manhattan Beach Open July

14-17. Ranked No. 14 and No. 15, respectively, the girls are the second- and

third-ranked players from California in the USAV Girls U18 national rankings.

“Cami and I have played against each other since we were young girls,”

Monk-Heidrich said. “We’re on the USA Beach Volleyball High Performance

team together and will both be playing at UCLA. Qualifying for the Main

Draw is really difficult, so our hopes of making the Main Draw aren’t too

high. All of the teams are amazing so the experience of playing against such

high competition is what matters most.”

Along with winning the USAV High Performance Championships, Monk-

Heidrich has the goal of winning the CBVA Cal Cup, to be held in Manhattan

Beach Aug. 20-21. She will have four local tournaments including

Dockweiler (July 24) and Hermosa Beach (Aug. 20-21) to earn an automatic

berth with a championship.

“Winning the Cal Cup is a goal of every player,” Monk-Heidrich said.

“You’re playing against the best in California, which always produces top

beach volleyball players. I just want to keep improving, getting to that level

where I can step right in and help the Bruins my freshman year.”

Monk-Heidrich said the highlight of her beach volleyball career has been

making the USAN High Performance team the last five years, joining

Sanchez as a member of this year’s Girls U19 Youth Beach National Team.

Her mother Kat Monk has her own favorite memory.

“Pip has just finished seventh grade and she was playing in a CBVA AA

tournament just for practice with a new partner (Mima Mirkovic),” Monk

said. “It was a very hot day and every top-ranked youth team was there, as

well as many adult teams. After they lost in pool play, it wasn’t looking very

good. However, once playoffs started they played out of their minds and

won the tourney, earning their AAA ranking. The tourney started at 8:30

a.m. and we left the beach at 8 p.m. I was so proud of her.”

Choosing UCLA was a no-brainer for someone who also wants to attend

film school.

“Ever since I was six years old I have wanted to go to UCLA, so there

were no other colleges I even considered,” Monk-Heidrich said. “The campus

is beautiful and I really like the Westwood area. They have great academic

and athletic programs and Stein Metzger is a great coach.”

Her mom completely supported her decision.

”I couldn’t be happier for her,” Monk said. “Not only will she be going to

UCLA but her coach, Stein Metzger, is one of her favorite coaches. Playing

indoor for many years she learned through that process exactly what type

of coach she would like to play for in college and Stein embodies what she

is looking for in a coach.”

Monk-Heidrich hopes to contribute immediately to the Bruin’s beach volleyball

program, eventually playing professionally and possibly having the

opportunity to represent the U.S. in the Olympics.

Meanwhile, she will be focused on her other passion of filmmaking.

“I love directing and film editing,” Monk-Heidrich said. “I directed a fiveminute

film for my final film class project at Mira Costa, I wrote the script,

cast the actors and picked the settings. It was so much fun but a lot of work.

It took about two weeks just to edit the film.”

Maintaining a 3.5 GPA, Monk-Heidrich enjoys reading, particularly history

and, of course watching films. She credits her mother, an accomplished

photographer and owner of Kat Monk Studio, as being the major influence

in her life.

“She is such a strong, confident and independent woman,” Monk-Heidrich

said. “She has been so supportive of me and my siblings allowing us

to choose our passions in life.”

Monk attributes her children’s abilities to having had the opportunity to

discover at a young age what they preferred to do after being exposed to a

variety of activities.

“When I was growing up my mom, a single mom, was not able to help

me discover that photography was my passion, so it wasn’t until I finished

my master’s degree in political science that I decided to give up everything

and follow my passion,” Monk said. “I always just wanted to allow my children

to discover their passion early – whether it be volleyball, water polo,

snowboarding or music. I allowed their individual personalities to rise to

the surface.” B




Cleaning & Restoration

• Marble polishing

• Travertine & Limestone

honing & polishing

• Tile & Grout

cleaning & sealing

Free Advice

& Estimates

Call George


Lic. #1005861








SINCE 1978











Skin Atelier

First Wax on Me !!!

Jennifer Jackson

Walk with Confidence !!

Take advantage of my complimentary wax for

first time clients*. Book your appointment today!

I look forward to pampering you.


Free Basic Bikini line, Eyebrow, Lip,

or underarm.* Upgrade to Brazilian for half off

(First time clients only)


Free eyebrow, Ear or Nose

*First-Time clients only. Must be a

Southern CA Resident.

(310) 200-1606


Additional classifieds inside Easy Reader publication




Fix It Right the

First Time

We like small jobs

/ Free estimates

What we do…

Plumbing, Electrical,

Drywall, Painting

& more.

Valente Marin





Simply Tiles Design Center

Fine Ceramics, Natural Stone, Hardwoods, Cabinetry, Faucetry.

Kitchen & Bathrooms Specialist.

3968 Pacific Coast Hwy., Torrance • (310) 373-7781 •

License #904876

your space in this

Reserve section for

the next

Beach Magazine

Pub Date: August 11, 2016 • Deadline Date: July 22, 2016


Blow Outs

L u x u r y o f B e a u t y

in your home…

I ’ l l c o m e to yo u !


Jenn Jackson

Book your apt. Today

(310) 200-1606

July 14, 2016 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 47

48 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • July 14, 2016

More magazines by this user
Similar magazines