By now you know them individually. Alex Knost. Robin Kiegel. Jared Mell. Tanner Prairie. And Levi Prairie. All guys that have pioneered their own styles riding logs and other unconventional craft – many even shaping the craft they ride. And the primordial soup, if you will, that they all have in common is a little place in Newport Beach called Blackies.
For the uninitiated, Blackies as a spot isn’t anything special. It ain’t First Point Malibu. But it’s the ride anything character of the place that keeps people coming back, and that birthed some folks that are contributing really interesting perspectives in surfing right now.