Oliver Keaton

Oliver Keaton participated in a West Coast Board Riders event in Santa Cruz on Sunday. The San Mateo County contingent held its own in the northern region.

Surfing has a reputation for being an individual sport. Even in crowded lineups, surfers can feel at odds with one another, squabbling and hassling over waves. But a new organization on the Coastside is looking to shift surfing to be more team-oriented. 

The San Mateo County Board Riders Club is just a few months old, but it already boasts 56 members from Half Moon Bay and Pacifica. The club was formed by Chris Loeswick, a local Realtor and surfer who has run the annual Jetty Classic contest at Surfer’s Beach each winter for the past six years. 

August Howell is a staff writer for the Review covering city government and public safety. Previously, he was the Review’s community, arts and sports reporter. He studied journalism at the University of Oregon.

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