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Luke Shepardson won one of the world’s most prestigious and storied surfing contests which was held in Hawaii over the weekend for the first time in seven years. Shepardson beat out reigning champion John John Florence on Sunday at The Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational with a nearly perfect score.

This summer, staffing has improved at Leif Erikson and the city's other two public pools, Lewis and Riverside, after the Sioux City Council approved a wage increase for lifeguards. In 2021, the city had 46 lifeguards on staff, down by roughly 10 to 15 lifeguards from past years.

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