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Super Bowl 10K A Top South Bay Winter Event

Redondo BeachFun Run Kicks Off A #SundayFunday

Super Bowl 10K Redondo Beach startt
The colorful nature of the Redondo Beach Super Bowl 10K is evident from the start.

In the Los Angeles South Bay Beach Cities, life is often defined by events.

There are so many fun ones, it’s easy to build a social life around them. And one of the best happens at the start of the new year, the Redondo Beach Super Bowl 10K.

This is no ordinary foot race.  More than 7,000 people participate, many who make it an annual ritual.

Several people dress up in costumes, be it themes or funny takes on politicians. The event actually kicks off with a costume contest.

There’s a beer garden.

The course is gorgeous.

It start out in King Harbor, turns up palm tree-lined Catalina Ave., peels behind Riviera Village (feel free to stop in one of the bar for a refreshing beverage, by the way!), has its stretch run along The Esplanade with a full view of the Pacific Ocean, and finished back in King Harbor.

The beer garden is in adjacent Seaside Lagoon. When the sun it out – which is usually the case – this is simply the best way to start your Super Bowl Sunday.

The scene is lively, social and everyone is in a great mood. And you don’t have to feel guilty about eating all those chips and fattening dip later at the Super Bowl parties because you’re run six miles!

Or maybe you only ran three, or even walked it, for there is also also a 5K walk/run and even a baby buggy 10K.

The 2015 run is Sunday, Feb. 7.

Here registration and a complete review of the race and the beer garden. click this link: Super Bowl 10K Race & Beer Garden Review.

Halloween Weekend Hot In The Los Angeles Beach Cities

Hermosa, Manhattan & Redondo Beach To Reach Into 80s

Hermosa-Beach Halloween Spider House
This house along The Strand in Hermosa Beach is fully decorated for Halloween.

Is this Halloween or a summertime weekend party?

From a weather standpoint it’s more of the latter in the Los Angeles Beach Cities of Hermosa, Manhattan and Redondo Beach. In fact, t’s that way all up and down the California coast, from San Diego to Santa Monica to Santa Barbara.

The area is under what locally is known as Santa Ana conditions, which means warm winds from the deserts are blowing westward toward Los Angeles.

Inland in places like Fontana, this means raging winds hitting 70+ mph. This makes for dangerous driving conditions on “the Grapevine,” the section of the 1:15 freeway headed to Las Vegas.

But at the beach, the Santa Ana winds bring temperatures in the 80s, little to no breeze and, because it pushes all the smog out over the ocean, spectacular sunsets.

The high in Hermosa Beach is to hit 85 on Halloween afternoon.  And there’s not a cloud in the sky.

So those wanting Halloween-type weather of rain, howling winds, even a little lightening, this is not the place to be for it. However if your costume involves bathing suits, surfboards or anything you wear in the summertime, then you’ll be in the right spirit(s).

Wine Tasting Tours On A Bicycle In Hermosa Beach, CA

Beach Cities Bike Tours Has Special Tour For #WineLovers

Baleen Kitchedn Redondo Beach wine night
The final stop of the wine tasting tour brings cheers King Harbor marina.

 

Wine Lovers have something to celebrate in the the Los Angeles South Bay.

But instead of being on the popular #WineWednesday hashtag, it’s on Thursdays.

Beach Cities Bike Tours, which gives guided tours of Hermosa, Manhattan and Redondo Beach, also has a wine tasting tour on Thursday evenings.

The tours starts at 5 p.m., at the Hermosa Beach Pier.

From there, it’s onto wine tasting at Uncorked in Hermosa Beach, followed by wine tasting at The Bottle Inn just off The Strand in Hermosa. It finishes at BALEENKitchen in King Harbor, Redondo Beach, for its half-priced wine night which includes live music.

The tour lasts two hours (you can stay all night at Baleen if you chose, of course) and is the price $50 for groups up to 4 people. Each additional person is $10, plus it’ s$10 for each wine tasting and the wine consumed at Baleen Kitchen, of course.

You must supply your own bike; rental shops can be recommended. Tips are accepted.

Here’s how to contact Beach Cities Bike Tours:
• E-mail: kwilkersn@aol.com
• Facebook: Beach Cities Bike Tours
• Twitter: @CABikeTours
• Phone: (310) 990-4020

Hermosa Beach Bicycle Tour From Beach Cities Bike Tours

Sightseeing The South Bay On A Bicycle

Hermosa Beach Bike Tour Beach Cities Bike Tours
Enjoy a memorable ride through scenic Hermosa Beach with your experienced tour guide.

 

Rolling down not the road or highway – and not stuck in L.A. traffic – in the South Bay means one thing: riding along the beach on a bicycle.

There’s a path that runs from the foot of Palos Verdes through Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach (and, indeed, all the way to Santa Monica) known as The Strand.

And, as featured on the KCBS 6 o’clock news recently, there’s a tour guide that will show you all the highlights.

It’s Beach Cities Bike Tours and it’s a ride that showcases TV show and film locations, the birthplace of beach volleyball, a top Southern California surf spot (remember the Beach Boys line, “all over Manhattan”) and points out top restaurants, bars and Happy Hours.

There’s even a wine tasting tour on Thursdays!

Tours are seven days a week, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. The cost is $25/hr for up to four people and slightly more for larger groups.

The Tour is ideal for tourists, people who have recently moved to the South Bay, flight attendands and plots, people on conventions and, well, everyone!

Here’s how to contact Beach Cities Bike Tours:
• E-mail: kwilkersn@aol.com
• Facebook: Beach Cities Bike Tours
• Twitter: @CABikeTours
• Phone: (310) 990-4020

Litter On The South Bay Beaches Needs Cleanup & Policing

Time To Trash The Trashers On Hermosa, Manhattan And Redondo Beach

Hermosa Beach litter
This is just a small sample of what litter the blogger picked up in Hermosa Beach.

 

After playing beach volleyball the other night, I went for a walk on the sand.

I did not do it to walk on the beach, I did it to pick up all the litter on the beach.

I picked up beer bottles – one was stuck upside down in the sand – water bottles, potato chip bags, napkins and a bunch of other garbage, all within about a five-yard radius. And it was right by the trash cans.

This is driving me crazy. Our beaches are beautiful – a golden color and as wide as city blocks before dropping off into the blue Pacific Ocean – but all this litter is making them look like a ghetto.

The location I walked was between 1st and 2nd Streets in Hermosa Beach but it could have been anywhere in the South Bay – here, Manhattan Beach or Redondo Beach.

I took a friend for a bike ride through Hermosa to El Porto in Manhattan Beach and pointed out more than a dozen places where I saw trash on or along the beach.

It’s everywhere, it’s a mess and something needs to be done about it.

This spot I walked that evening happens to be just a block from the popular Mickey’s Deli. People go there for food drinks and snacks and many of them leave their discarded crap on the beach.

I spoke to a lifeguard about this and he said, “I agree but it’s not locals like you and I, and there’s nothing we can do about it,” but that was a response I cannot accept. Yes we CAN do something about it!

For starters, if you see anyone leaving or dropping trash then you have my full and complete support to whack them on the behind with one of their discarded water or beer bottles, or to put the empty potato chip bag on their head.

Secondly, warning signs should be put up stating there’s a $300 fine for littering (I don’t know if there is nor not, but there should be) and the Hermosa Beach Police Department should start foot patrols to enforce it.

In fact, have them go undercover to lay out and walk the beaches. I would think this would be a prime assignment that everyone in the department would be begging to get for the day.

Perhaps they don’t actually fine them – initially – but instead give them a frightening financial warning, then make them pick up the trash and all the trash in their vicinity.

There are beach cleanup days and that’s good, but it does nothing to solve the problem. The problem is the people leaving the litter and they need to be dealt with in a firm and stern manner.

When I was in Australia during my “Swagman” days, in one month I saw exactly three pieces of trash. That’s so few I could count the items.

Here I was carrying an armload of garbage within a few yards.

Perhaps it spoiled me but that’s the way it should be – beautiful places should remain beautiful and they are not beautiful when people leave litter all over the place.

It’s past time to deal with it in our (mostly) beautiful South Bay Beach Cities.

Beach Cities Bike Tours Gives Guided Tours Of The South Bay Strand

Highlights Include Hermosa, Manhattan & Redondo Beach Landmark, TV & Movie Locations And Lifestyle

Bikes On The Strand Hermosa Beach
In Southern California, a bike path runs parallel to the beach.

 

In a true reflection of the Southern California lifestyle, a new company is providing guided tours along the Los Angeles coastline in true Southern California style: on bicycles.

Beach Cities Bike Tours provides the types of guided tours you get in Hollywood and other parts of Los Angeles, except along the beach on the bike path known as The Strand.

It is based in the Beach Cities and focuses on Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach, although the tours can also include Playa del Rey, Marina del Rey, Venice Beach and Santa Monica.

Led by Kevin Wilkerson, a 20-year resident of the Beach Cities, it points out movie and TV shoot locations (including what locals refer to as “the 90210 house” from the TV show, as well as locations for the movies “2012,” “Blow” and “Tequila Sunrise”), the birthplace of beach volleyball, one of the top surfing spots in Southern California and the colorful local culture.

Additionally, Wilkerson recommends his favorite restaurants and bars, the spot that makes the best burger in Los Angeles to the best Taco Tuesday location to a bar that’s like stepping into an old episode of “Magnum p.i.”

Wilkerson meets customers at their hotel or a bike shop in the South Bay, which means the tour can start from Hemosa, Manhattan or Redondo Beach.

Redondo Beach bike path
The bike path goes along Harbor Drive from Hermosa to the RB Pier.

The cost is $25/hour for up to four persons, plus the rental of the bikes (this the customers must do on their own; two bike rental places are Marina Bike Rentals in King Harbor and Hermosa Cyclery on the Hermosa Beach Pier).

So a two-hour tour will cost a family of four just $50, plus the bike rentals. Tips, of course, are gladly accepted.

BEACH CITIES BIKE TOURS INFORMATION

• Hours: 7 days a week, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Call, text or e-mail for appointments
• Cost: $25/hr. for up to 4 people. Bigger groups slightly more per hour charge
• Tour Highlights: TV & film locations; Hermosa Beach the “true Southern California lifestyle beach city; Manhattan Beach, the birthplace of beach volleyball and a big surfing community; Redondo Beach with its King Harbor Marina.
• Tour Details: Tours last 1-3 hours, depending on what areas customers want to see on it. Can include Playa del Rey, Venice Beach & Santa Monica (3 hours).
• Phone: (310) 990-4020
• E-mail: Kwilkerson@aol.com
• Twitter: CABikeTours

 

Tar Balls On Southern California Beaches Don’t Affect Beachgoers

Hermosa, Manhattan, Redondo & Long Beach Open For Sunnbathers

Hermosa Beach Pier
There’s plenty of sand to put down a beach chair and play volleyball.

 

Those mysterious tar balls – which later turned into tar lines – that suddenly appeared on Southern California beaches should not stop families and others from going to the beaches.

I bring this up because a friend texted me asking if it is okay to bring his kids to Hermosa Beach.

“Does tar get all over feet and chairs,” he asked. “No one want to spend an hour cleaning tar off a 9-year-old’s feet. Not to mention my own.”

It had not occurred to me that people might be turned off by spending a day at the beach because of the tar.

After all, the beaches in Southern California are so wide – the equivalent of about three blocks in many places – and the tar is by the shore.

Where you put down your towel and beach chairs is far from any tar. In fact, just this week I played nearly two hours of volleyball in Hermosa Beach and came back with only sand on my feet.

The situation is the same in Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Long Beach, where tar balls and even blobs washed ashore, suspiciously soon after the Santa Barbara oil pipeline spill.

“Just watch your step when you get close to the water,”  I advised my friend.

And with this blog post, that’s what I advise for you, as well.