This site has limited support for your browser. We recommend switching to Edge, Chrome, Safari, or Firefox.

Free Shipping With Every Order!

Boards in Competition

Richard Podgurski Jr.


Behind the Shot

Every year since 1974, Hermosa Beach has hosted a most unusual event—the Ironman competition. Unlike other Ironman competitions, which feature swimming, cycling and a marathon, this three-part part event features a 1-mile run, a 1-mile surfboard paddle, and ends with the chugging of a six-pack of beer (which has to be held down for approximately 20 minutes). Hundreds of participants each pay the $20 fee to participate in this rowdy July 4 tradition.

Richard, who grew up not far from the location, recalls this overcast morning: “People were storing their boards while waiting for the competition to start. Boards were being stacked all over the place. A bunch were gathered around this swing set, which made for a really cool frame. It was about 8:30 in the morning and overcast, and the competition hadn’t started yet.”