A high surf advisory was in effect Monday, Dec. 17, 2018 which brought surfers out to Lunada Bay in Palos Verdes Estates to take advantage of the big waves. Photo By Chuck Bennett

The surf’s up literally and perhaps eventually electronically, too, at Rancho Palos Verdes’ Marymount College, which has added surfing and eSports to its athletic program.

The private liberal arts college now offers 16 sports offerings after introducing the likes of beach volleyball earlier this year.

Palos Verdes Peninsula resident Lazlo Egeto was named head coach of the co-ed surf team, which will compete in the National Scholastic Surfing Association.

The school has also begun recruiting for its co-ed eSports team, which will compete in such multi-player games as Fortnite, League of Legends and Rocket League.

“Like other competitive team sports, eSports is a great way to develop leadership skills, promote teamwork and nurture discipline,” Athletic Director Courtney Thomsen said. “Participation can improve critical thinking, problem solving and communication, all transferable skills for success in the classroom, too.”

eSports is now an almost $1 billion industry with a global audience of 300 million fans who watch gamers compete live online, Marymount officials said.

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