The Inertia Contributing Writer
Lunada Bay Levin

It appears localism at Lunada might have consequences on both sides. Photo: Levin


The Inertia

The Lunada Bay Boys, the keepers of L.A.’s most localized surf spot, have just been slapped with a federal class action lawsuit. Filed Tuesday in California, the suit alleges that the Bay Boys’ gang-like intimidation, vandalism and harassment of outsiders denies surfers access to the reeling righthander at Palos Verdes’ Lunada Bay.

The suit identifies individuals who it calls several members of the gang: Sang Lee, Brant Blakeman, Angelo Ferrara,Frank Ferrara, Nicholas Ferrara, Charlie Ferrara, and Michael Rae Papayans, and Alan Johnston, “aka” Jalian Johnston. In addition, it names as a defendant the city of Palos Verdes Estates.

The plaintiffs are asking a federal judge to fine each of the named Bay Boys $30,000 and to bar them from surfing the point break for an unspecified period of time.

The lead plaintiffs are Cory Spencer, an El Segundo Police Officer and surfer, Diana Milena Reed, a Malibu resident and “aspiring big wave surfer.” They both claim that the Bay Boys’ presence has prevented them from surfing the wave, a right that can hold size up to a few times overhead. It’s one of LA’s best, but it’s enjoyed by few non-locals. The Coastal Protection Rangers are also a named plaintiff in the suit, which describes the group as “dedicated to enforcing” the California Coastal Act.

The complaint basically says the Palos Verdes Police Department, a force of 40 officers, knows all about the gang and does squat. The department “has a long history of deliberate indifference in not investigating or otherwise policing acts of violence and vandalism against visiting beachgoers,” the complaint says. “Despite decades of complaints, the response is always the same: City leaders acknowledge the problem, promise to do something, and then do little or nothing.”

“By law, Lunada Bay is open to all. In reality, it is open to few,” says the complaint, filed by law firms Hanson Bridgett and Otten & Joyce.

At this point, the Bay Boys’ localism is known to surfers everywhere. But this lawsuit gives a fine-grained picture of some encounters surfers have had with locals. Reed, the female plaintiff, claims that two of the Bay Boys sprayed her and her camera with beer, and told her she “excited them.” One of them, the suit says, told her his penis would “get the job done” and that another exposed himself to her while he was changing clothes.

The suit mentions the stone fort on the point, a construction that some have alleged violates coastal development rules, and calls out the city for “knowingly maintaining” it.

The complaint ultimately outlines eight separate causes of action, which include assault, battery, civil conspiracy, violation of coastal act, and public nuisance.

We’ll keep you updated with more information as it becomes available.

The shack in question. And a view very few outsiders have enjoyed. Image: Exhibit in the Complaint.

The shack in question. And a view very few outsiders have enjoyed. Image: Exhibit in the Complaint.




  • E3

    What happened to the good old days just go down there and surf if you want to so badly and let your surfing talk for you..half the time if you can surf they would probably respect you but if you’re a kook all you’re doing is going to get in the way injure someone or badly injured yourself.. it’s no place for rookies learn at a beach break, I’ve never had the urge to Surf there Great Wave but I’ve got my own spot on the other side of the Hill they know where I’m talking about. Back in the 80’s no one complained we just hashed it out.

    • Bampster

      The “good old days” didn’t apply at this spot according to the victims and the demonstrated actions of the locals.
      So, if you’re a law enforcement officer, your sworn position is to uphold the law.
      You can’t use your employment to circumvent the law by simply beating the “crappolla” out of a few turd-punk locals.
      You do what is lawful: you taken em to court and screw em up right fine…. legally!

    • Reality check

      On average the rest of the world surfs 1000X better than the PV local in-breads. It’s too dangerous, you have to be a good surfer, non-locals will trash the place ie. We know best, leave it to us to take care of the place. These are the same made up and backwards arguments the PV locals have been spewing forever. You guys on the south side of the Hill are even worse.

      • cp

        you need a reality check buddy…rekt

        • Tom Hamilton

          There is a lot to be said of someone who writes “rekt” after his own comment…

          • Portia2708

            Please clap!

    • Bill Geraghty

      Good Answer!

    • Jason Wallace

      None of these cats surf any better than the average kook. And they’re p*ssies. When I go down there, I go with one friend. We’ve ended up scrapping a couple times but majority of the time soon as you put ur board down n get live with these f*gs they leave it alone. Whenever you go to other places, there should always be a respect factor. Respect that other people surf their every day, respect the locals, take your turn, stay out of people’s way, don’t be an obnoxious idiot etc. but if I respect all these things n want to surf a certain spot every once in a while, nobody gonna tell me I can’t. Surfed n got waves every time I’ve gone down there

  • Timothy Scott

    you get what you give. i hope the fag bay boys get delivered in the lockup shower… they’re not surfers but class rated assholes. f’em

  • Bampster

    Good job!
    Now let’s sit back, enjoy the “show” and watch the local boys deal with the ramifications and costs associated with their attitude!

  • Bampster

    It appears the plaintiffs would also make FOIA requests to the PD to seek any and all records specific to complaints and calls of threats, vandalism, intimidation and property damage and any criminal reports specific to any and all criminal complaints made at the location for a specified period of time.
    If it can be shown the PD received complaints but failed to take appropriate actions or properly investigate and/or proceed with criminal complaints, the PD could potentially be held liable for damages.
    In addition, the Homeowners Association if FOIA requests can be obtained indicate the Association was aware of complaints and they took no actions to mitigate problems propagated by the actual residents who are listed in lawsuit as the instigators of the threats of violence could b held liable and someone could be paying out a lot of money.
    This could get really interesting legally!

  • Bampster

    A wealthy moron doesn’t have anything up on a poor moron as far as the Ferrara family goes!

  • Sisom

    Funny, thats exactly how I picture them! lol

  • payasyougo

    The PVEPD has ignored this problem for many decades. From vandalism to non locals parked cars to attacks on surfers in the water.

    PVEPD did not utilize cops from outside the department, as would be done in any other jurisdiction when a department did not have the resources to handle the problem.

    A few bait cars, hidden cameras, undercover cops surfing and recording attacks would have eliminated this problem many years ago.

    Now let the city of PVE pay for their lack of concern for the safety of non-residents. And I am sure the residents of PVE will enjoy the negative publicity.

    • Portia2708

      Where’s Michael Moore when you need him?

  • Ocho

    Every action has equal and opposite reaction. This is law of the universe and spares none. Wrong done and injustice inflicted is paid back in the same coin. No one has escaped justice of the universe. It is only a matter of time, and these guys have had plenty of it (along with waves). I’m sure it’s going to be a rough road like any nasty turf war, but hopefully somebody with some sense (clearly not the PV Police Dept) can sort this out in a reasonable, safe manner to allow people to be able to enjoy Lunada Bay w/o being terrorized…

  • Bill Geraghty

    The funny thing is these guys are rich little girls living in their parents pool houses. Get a life boys surfing is supposed to be fun! None of you will be on the WCT! If your not good, you will not catch waves! Thats how it goes at every other good break. That localism is a Direct Reflection on 31 year old males living at their rich parents houses in Palos Verdes with nothing else to do. WHERE’S THE MEATLOAF!!!!!

  • Reality check

    Angelo and Frank are the parents now and Nick and Charlie are their children. The parents were the hard core locals through the 70’s and 80’s and now they have taught their children to be criminal thugs…just like dad. It’s like this for the few who have families but a good majority of them are too burned out to support a family eg. Who would merry a man who drinks bear and throws rocks at their fellow citizens all day. It’s a sick situation when wonderful, talented, privileged children are being taught to be burn-out thugs instead being taught to use that privilege to make the world a better place.

    • Filippa Marie Amundson

      Wow! Inertia, I’ve lost complete respect for you. You know nothing about my Dad, Frank Ferrara or my Uncle, Angelo Ferrara. Pulling names out of the wind to defend your “Bay Localism”argument. You’ve never personally seen them harass anyone and you’re only going by hear say or names that other people pull out. Just because they have been surfing the Bay for decades doesn’t mean they are the ones vandalizing and committing crime. You are sick. You all are sick for falsely accusing my family. Have fun finding some new interesting things to lie to the public about.

    • thatguy

      Marry*

    • thatguy

      You’re a troll. Honestly, go piss up a rope.

  • cabron

    Its a shame it has come to this. 99% of you didnt become water people at a sacred “localized” spot. You will never know what it is like to have a beautiful wave over-run by herds of outsiders that were never there when the elders/enforcers told you that groms got the scraps and that your spot in the lineup was waaaaaaay down there at the bottom. Now you get the law involved because you cant relate to these individuals (that i dont know personally) natural inclination to want to preserve something for themselves and their children to come. Did native american tribes allow any other tribe to hunt their game? Fish in their sacred waters. It is true no one owns these waves. Its a matter of fortune and bieng from a place. This is a connection not just to the wave. To the fingers of reef below and the lobster and abalone that you never knew existed below the surface of this wave you are willing to ruin. You are just embarrassing yourselves and surfing. Leave it alone!.

    • Bill Geraghty

      Thats bullshit, its not even crowded there. Give me a break.

      • thatguy

        Bill, it’s not crowded there because only those who respect the wave and put the time in get to go. I grew up in PV, went to the high school up the street, personally know most of the people named in this article, and have maybe surfed the point 20 times my whole life. That’s just the way it goes. Man is entitled to the fruits of his labor. Did you build the hut? Maintain the trail? Pick up trash? Regulate the 20+ million people in LA who want to come down and leave their broken glass and chip bags in the lineup? It’s not Rincon, Malibu, or Trestles for good reason.

        Thanks for this cabron, you get it.

        • Reality check

          Yah, so if I steel a city bus and take care of it then that makes it mine…is that what you are saying. And by the way Rincon is very well kept, a patio, no trash and many many children learning to surf without learning to be criminal thugs. Fruits of your labor what a joke…fruits of your criminal assault, intimidation and extortion is more like it.

          • thatguy

            A city bus is paid for with tax payers dollars, couldn’t be considered private property and is probably the worst example you could have picked. The hut, the trail, the cleanliness of the coastline, the uncrowded lineup, all are things they did and continue to do. Yes, intimidation is a big part of how uncrowded it is, but tough luck. If someone came in your back yard while you were having a bbq and started eating your pork chops you’d retaliate. The palos verdes peninsula is one of the most fickle places on the california coast. The point breaks maybe for 3 months out of the year. People think they can come in and cherry pick the best waves, with no regard for the locals or the way things work there. Homeowners on the cliff own the land all the way to the waters edge, btw. Rincon is a fucking zoo every time there’s swell as well. People burning eachother everywhere, no etiquette, its fuckin bedlam. We don’t need that in pv. Go surf malibu, have a ball. But mind your own business speaking about people you dont know.

          • Reality check

            It’s not your back yard. It’s public property…like a bus or a park. The fact is that line ups work themselves out all over the world with out your “special” over site. You are simply trying to take what doesn’t belong to you.

          • thatguy

            It’s not public property though. That hut is on residential land. The trail is maintained by the people, not the city. The city doesn’t do anything to clean up the mess that the residents of LA flood their beaches with. The residents of PV do it themselves. Then a bunch of kooks try to run down the trail in their wetsuits, back paddle everyone, blow waves, and whine like babies. They are trying to take something they haven’t earned. But you wouldn’t know anything about that, posting backwards comments behind a conveniently anonymous internet handle.

          • Reality check

            Building structures on someone else’s property without their permission is even worse. And the locals anti-maintain the trail in order to make it another obstacle to inhibit non-locals from entering. But again just because you steel a city bus and start maintaining it, that doesn’t make it yours…it make you a criminal. And finally, stop denigrating all surfers that aren’t from PV. We take excellent care of our beaches, surf breaks and line ups. There are pecking orders, locals are respected and back paddling is frowned upon…you give respect you get respect. But at the Bay no matter what you get hassled, dropped in on, your tires slashed, etc. Your arguments are backwards because what you accuse everyone else of doing they do not do, but it is exactly what the bay boys do. You call surfers from Huntington brats, but its the bay boys who are saying, it’s mine and you can’t have it. That is what a brat says. And as far as trash goes they are very sloppy about their trash. They take down tons of beers and groceries, but not nearly every scrap makes it back up. Trash piles up and blows away and is washed away quite often.

          • Jane Doe

            Enough already. Are you for real? Grow the Hell up!

          • Portia2708

            Read you local building codes…the hut is ILLEGAL and can and should be dismantled

          • Arlene

            Oh, I’m so glad they’re protecting “the integrity of the wave.” What a load of BS! They’re hogging a natural resource!

          • Ifallalot

            Then all you kooks come and surf where I do the other 300 days of the year. You can have Lunada, just don’t expect to surf anywhere else

          • Jane Doe

            Please, stop embarrassing yourself and PV as a whole. Stop talking.

          • Portia2708

            You and your little friends do NOT own that beach OR the hut, that was built illegally and should be removed IMMEDIATELY and would be in most other places in this country. Only in California with the rich, can they take public places over and then demand that they can keep them and need to be forced into court to do what is the right thing in the first place. You keep yelling at people to surf elsewhere…WOW…WAKE UP…this is NOT your beach or ocean and you have ZERO rights to tell others where to go…in fact, after this lawsuit, prepare yourself for MOBS of unruly people…you should think about moving now…it is going to get crazy soon

          • Arlene

            Only it’s not their backyard, it’s everyone’s. If someone came into my backyard repeatedly and assaulted me and the police wouldn’t help, I’d file a federal lawsuit–oh yeah, that’s what they did! Right move!

        • Portia2708

          Mr. thatguy: Please just read the constitution…these people do NOT get to take over PUBLIC PROPERTY no matter how much time and effort they put into it…and, they certainly do NOT get to harass ANYONE who chooses to go there…that beach and ocean belongs to ME and every other American citizen. You need a serious civics lesson if you really think that a group of people can simple take over public property…in point of fact,. as a private property owner, there is still some things you can’t do on it. It is ALWAYS nice to belong to a special club, like this little area seems to try to be, but it is NOT legal…defending it will only bring you unhappiness

        • Arlene

          So man is entitled to the fruits of his labor? Did the locals build the ocean, or the break? No, they were lucky enough to be born to rich parents. That doesn’t give them any rights at all. I wish my hometown had never changed, but that wouldn’t give me the right to assault anyone who wanted to build something new there. Bunch of spoiled rich boys trying to claim a public asset, the beach, for themselves.

    • Seabass120

      You’re name is quite fitting.

      • cabron

        Big trump supporter are we?

    • Reality check

      This isn’t 300 years ago and they aren’t Native Americans. It’s the USA, we have a constitution, and citizens have writes. They are breaking the law, assaulting, harassing, intimidating and basically bullying people and that’s why it’s necessary to get the law involved. They threaten violence from the minute a non-local surfer steps out of his car, twenty locals on one surfer, throwing rocks from the top of a 200′ cliff, vandalizing cars while the surfers are in the water and then you say it’s bad form to bring in the law. These are the typical back-asswards arguments they use to justify what is so obviously bad and illegal behavior. It’s wrong and unfair and they have turned what you rightly describe as a sacred place into a den of drunk, burn-out old thieves.

      • cabron

        Citizens have Rights. One Writes a a heated reply and forgets our language. Im sure these so called burnouts are an annoyance to your entitlement. If you have any connection to the wave then let your surfing talk. Not Johnny law and your lawyers. Southern california surfing used to be defined by these edgy localized spots and the surfers they produced. Get the law involved for what? What will you all accomplish? Bar the riffraf from this spot and then get to surf it with a ton of kooks?

        • Reality check

          Again, the threats, violence, vandalism and intimidation come first and then the law gets called in. I think the onus should be on the perpetrator(s) to stop their illegal activity rather than on the victim not to seek a legal remedy.

          • cabron

            Good word! And i totally agree, i think? You are trying to say that the responsibility is that of the aggressors to stop their violent behavior rather the so called victims to seek a legal remedy?

          • Reality check

            I’m saying that if a person’s civil rights are violated they have every right and arguably a duty to call the police. And through violence and intimidation the Bay Boys violate others Right to enjoy Lunada Bay. To ask or imply that a victim of a crime shouldn’t report it is back-ass-wards on its face.

          • Reality check

            Building structures on someone else’s property without their permission
            is even worse. And the locals anti-maintain the trail in order to make
            it another obstacle to inhibit non-locals from entering. But again
            just because you steel a city bus and start maintaining it, that
            doesn’t make it yours…it make you a criminal. And finally, stop
            denigrating all surfers that aren’t from PV. We take excellent care of
            our beaches,
            surf breaks and line ups. There are pecking orders,
            locals are respected and back paddling is frowned upon…you give
            respect you get respect.
            But at the Bay no matter what you get
            hassled, dropped in on, your tires slashed, etc. Your arguments are
            backwards because what you accuse everyone else of doing they do not
            do, but it is exactly what the bay boys do. And as far as trash goes
            they are very sloppy about their trash. They take down tons of beers
            and groceries, but not nearly every scrap makes it back up. Trash piles
            up and blows away and is washed away quite often.

          • Arlene

            Yes, the responsibility is that of the aggressors, to stop their violent behavior. How does that not compute with you?

    • Tom Hamilton

      Nope, you are just embarrassing YOUR self

  • Mav Black

    Now you know why almost all of the knuckleheads you see in life are poor broke and ghetto, because people with money who do this crap become poor fast so all it leaves are ice cube lookin’ muh fuhs who can’t do anything right.

  • Mav Black

    Now you know why almost all of the knuckleheads you see in life are poor broke and ghetto, because people with money who do this crap become poor fast so all it leaves are ice cube lookin’ muh fuhs who can’t do anything right.
    It’s to bad they abused their position in the community and now the backlash will leave them unable to protect the area from the real rapey type criminals that the males of any neighborhood must needs to defend against.
    Now you can give that “wealthy” area 8-10 years before it’s another third world ghetto just like it’s neighboring cities.
    This city deserves a better class of criminal.

  • Filippa Marie Amundson

    You all have nothing better to do with your lives than believe whatever the media throws you. You know absolutely nothing about the Ferrara family. Have you personally seen let’s say Frank or Charlie Ferrara, fight, vandalize, or abuse anyone down at the Bay? Since you haven’t, I suggest you keep your self righteous opinions and ignorance to yourself.

  • Ty Ler

    According to the inter webs: this Michael Rae Papayans charecter got arrested for a fight at a baseball game and a backstreet boys concert too haha oh man

    • Eddie_Snowden

      Thank you for pointing this out. I too looked it up and the amazing part of the baseball incident is it was Michael’s MOM who was yelling epithets at the Mets fans, which culminated in Michael sucker punching the victim in the head – causing him to fall and crack his skull – putting him in critical condition. Not unlike the Brian Stow incident. Anyway, with such an awesome family/role models it’s no wonder this fella became such a pedigree fuck up.

    • David Netzoff

      The backdoors boys? Say it ain’t so.

  • thatguy

    Wow, what a big guy you are picking on children. Only making yourself look like an asshole here. Show yourself out.

  • cp

    hey inertia! Stop deleting comments about one side of the story and yet continue the bashing comments about the Ferrara’s!

    If you’re going to delete accurate, objective statements about the people accusing the bay boys of doing all of this then you need delete the subjective comments made about the Ferrara family. Real classy journalism you got here guys! Keep it up…. /s

    • thatguy

      They’re absurd. I’ve gotten everything I’ve posted about the other side deleted. The Inertia is biased bullshit just stirring the pot. This whole thing is a PUBLICITY STUNT for the TRIBES OF PALOS VERDES movie.

  • surfs up

    I’ve known the Ferrara’s for thirty five years .i’ve never seen them do one thing that they are being accused of ever,along with the rest of that list. I will testify in all there behalf’s .These are bogus allegations. And I would think there is going to be a huge counter lawsuit . There are no grounds no backing and no truth to any of this nonsense………!

    • Reality check

      I agree with you about the Ferrara’s except that every gang has its members and each member has their place. They may not get their hands dirty, but they belong to the gang. If not, then let them stand up in court or at the Bay and say that localism is wrong and all should welcome to come surf their…that would be the right thing to do. But your claim that the rest of the list have clean hands is a joke. Your basically trying to say the whole thing is a myth. If so, then again go all the way. Tell us that we are all welcome to come surf and enjoy the Bay. Give us your contact information so that you can welcome us and escort us down the trail.

  • Gull

    That’s how most spots were in the 70’s and 80’s they just got to hang on to it longer.

  • Zorg

    Negativity begets negativity in the end. Those bay boys have been racking up the karma points for years

  • gravevapors

    It would not go well for these entitled clowns in ANY of the coastal states I have lived in…..
    Of course these states are in the south where people are more polite unless provoked.
    Primarily because impolite aggressive, behavior and unprovoked assaults is
    not going to get you sued.
    It will get you a 230 gr. case of lead poisoning.
    A more definitive way of informing morons that they don’t own the beach.

  • mew6767676

    Maybe your comments aren’t getting blocked because the moderators are one sided, maybe it’s because you can’t make your point without using sexist / hateful language.

  • gravevapors

    Yes.

  • Reality check

    To be fair, that is not the same Michael Rae Papayans as the one who lives in Palos Verdes. It looks to be the same name but that photo is someone else.

  • Jane Doe

    Maybe your comments are being deleted because they’re irrelevant.

  • Portia2708

    “but kept all the incredibly incendiary and hateful comments…”…LOL…I wet myself after reading this JUST after reading you calling someone a “c*nt”…WHO cares why someone is doing it…this GANG is in violation of our PUBLIC PROPERTY rights…but, I guess you like people who crush others because they have money and can do so

    • thatguy

      Shut up, cunt.

  • Portia2708

    Why don’t you cut and paste this one more time…I think a little girl in Wisconsin missed it

  • harrumph

    Seaside Oregon, Deadmans Point SF, Fullers Big Sur and Stockton Ave SC you are next. Get lawyers or chill the F out

    • John James

      Fullers! too funny, i was thinking the exact same thing. It’s basically the same thing, but a little worse b/c the people at luanda live just minutes from the break. But, good call. Fullers was always hilarious to me, because they’re not locals. The “locals’ live 30, 45, even 60 minutes away. But, like Lunada, they’re middle aged, “self employed”, junkies…a bunch of degenerate losers, that would get laughed off of almost any other major California break.

  • mark stayer

    send a few blacks down there,, and youll get al sharptoon and obamaexcrement on the case,, and see how fast the bully cowards scurry away and hide. Obviously this town wants to keep outsiders out – the ‘undesirable element’. which is what the plice are telling by supporting the bullies. Its a sick culture of the people of paolos verdes that gives rise to this type of juvenile buly behavior. Best thing is that the feds under guise of the marxist racists favorite card go after palos verdes governmenet and its police department on that basis. No doubt the case is there just waiting to be made.

  • nuknuk1000

    This sounds like a criminal and civil rico case to me. And a sec 1983 and 1985 civil rights case. And PV estates has the deep pockets. Sounds like the city manager better get this under control or prepare too pay millions. good luck-looks like a slam dunk.

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