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According to Surfline, "SSW swell is down slightly Tue then levels off midweek."

Tuesday, July 6th: 2-3’+ summer breaks. NW windswell in the mix. SE/S eddy winds.
SSW swell (205-190) continues to fall off, mixing with ongoing NW windswell. Look for waist-stomach high surf at most breaks with decent exposure, while good breaks in North LA are still chest high. Light+ S/SW flow develops through the morning for most exposures, holding there through the afternoon.

Wednesday, July 7th: 2-3’+ summer breaks. Smaller NW swell in the mix. S eddy winds. Modest, reinforcing SSW swell (205-190) levels size off, mixing with lingering NW windswell. Look for waist-stomach high surf at most breaks with decent exposure, while good breaks in North LA. Light+ S/SW flow develops through the morning for most exposures, holding there through the afternoon. Long-Term Forecast Analysis (Thursday, July 9th and beyond)

Photographer, Timothy White, takes you behind the lens on his shoot with N.W.A. following the release of their break album, Straight Outta Compton. Timothy recounts his experience riding in Dr. Dre's Mercedes, the moment the surfer walked into the frame that Timothy just barely captured as Dre was making a phone call. An incredible set of photos of an iconic group by a young photographer that would go on to make a name for himself in the world of celebrity photography.

Originally posted by Ross Furukawa on the Santa Monica Daily Press

Local entrepreneur, extreme sportsman and original Dogtown local Mike Vaughan passed away suddenly on June 18th. He was 48 years old.

A third generation Santa Monican, Mike attended Grant Elementary, John Adams Middle School and Santa Monica High School. Many locals knew the Vaughan family, they owned DSJ Printers on Pico Blvd for many years.

Mike started his printing career at DSJ, then launched his own printing company, Positive Existence Printing. Mike built Positive Existence to become an industry leader, printing movie posters, point of purchase displays and many of the billboards you see throughout Los Angeles.

Mike served on the boards of the Boys and Girls Clubs council and the Santa Monica YMCA.

In 2005, Mike started Pro Sup Shop with his then-partner Nikki Von Reisen, Ross Furukawa and his father, Mike Vaughan Sr. Through insight, hard work and a long term vision, Pro Sup Shop became the largest Santa Up Paddle board business in LA County, operating at Mother’s Beach in Marina Del Rey.

Mike touched the lives of many through Pro Sup Shop. He introduced thousands of people to his love of the ocean through this accessible water sport, and was always generous with his time, resources and skills with anyone who showed interest.

He was instrumental in facilitating and building Stand Up Paddleboarding as a team building, social activity, and found it a great way to network with everyone on the water.

Mike played a huge role in starting the Santa Monica Pier Paddle and Ocean Festival, one of the largest water sports events on the West Coast.

A true waterman, Mike competed on a national level in Stand Up Paddleboard racing, eventually cracking the top 5 in his class. He would jump off his board to try to catch sharks with his bare hands. He paddled from San Pedro to Catalina, ran a marathon, then paddled back. He competed in the San Diego Bay to Bay 20 mile race in 10 ft swells during a winter storm. He never quit.

Mike was always the first to go out and the last to come in. He was always the guy who caught the biggest wave, surfed closest to the rock, and got stuffed in the deepest tube.

Most of all, he had a passion for sharing his love of sports and this infected everyone around him.

Mike Vaughan is survived by his wife Jennifer, son Cole, father Mike Vaughn Sr, mother Linda, brother Matt and sisters Diana, Christine and many nieces and nephews.

The 2020 They Will Skate Again at the Venice Skate Park has been fully cancelled, we were hoping the dates would be pushed back a couple months, but Life Rolls On this announcement this morning:

"Los Angeles County/Venice Beach Skate Park has decided to not give permits out for events at the skate park for the duration of 2020. Though we are certainly disappointed about this decision, the health and well being of our entire LROhana is of the utmost importance to us…it’s really all that matters. So we will look forward to seeing all the stoke, all the friendships, and all the laughter in 2021."

"Stay safe and love life. Because life loves you."

For more of our coverage of the Coronavirus lockdown, closures, and how our local surf community and businesses are doing, CLICK HERE

The average water temps as of July 2nd.

The new temporary Malibu Skatepark opens on Friday.

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Temporary Skate Park will open with limited hours and a capacity of 12 skaters at one time. An online reservation system is now available, which allows skaters to reserve up to one hour of skate time daily, seven days in advance. The skate park will be open daily from Noon to 8:00 PM/Sunset.

You can read the Covid-19 Safety Guidelines for the Temporary Skate Park below, or make a reservation, CLICK HERE

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Here are a couple surf photos from Saturday, July 2nd at Zero's. These were shot by RJP Surfing Photography. These are just some of the photos. If you were out there, you probably got some surfing shots in the complete photo gallery, check them out, the link is down below.

You can find a lot more photos from this session, all full size and in high-resolution, in this photo gallery:

Surfing Zero's, 07/2/2020 Photo Gallery

If you were out there, we probably got some cool surfing shots of you, go check them out!

Wanna see photos from previous days at this and other local surf spots?
Click Surf Spot Galleries and look for the spot and then the date.

Santa Monica Police will look the other way when people steal from stores, but don't wear a face mask, get a ticket.

Interim City Manager and Director of Emergency Services Lane Dilg has issued a Twentieth Supplement to Santa Monica’s local emergency declaration strengthening and clarifying requirements for wearing face coverings and setting penalties for those who do not wear them when required.

Under the Twentieth Supplement, businesses can refuse service to any person who does not wear a face covering or fails to comply with social distancing. Businesses must also take all reasonable steps to ensure those in line or entering their business wear face coverings and comply with physical distancing requirements. The supplement authorizes administrative citations for failing to wear face coverings, for individuals, as $100 for a first violation, $250 for a second violation, and $500 for a third violation. For businesses, the administrative citations are $500 for a first violation, $750 for a second violation, and $1,000 for a third violation.

There is a long list of requirements and exemptions to this, if you are outside alone, with members of your household, or able to stay 6' away from others, you don't have to wear a face mask. And if you are surfing or swimming, you are not required to wear one. And of course, if you are eating. We copypastaed the requirements/exemptions from the city below:

The supplement clarifies that the face covering requirement applies:
- When individuals are or can be in contact with or walking near or past others who are non-household members in both public and private spaces, including, but not limited to, walking through common areas such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities, meaning that a face covering must be visible and ready to be immediately put on whenever a moving person approaches within 30 feet of a non-household member;
- When patronizing a business, including while standing in line to enter any business;
- When obtaining services from healthcare operations, unless otherwise directed by the healthcare provider;
- When obtaining services from and while inside or at any location or facility engaging in essential government functions;
- When waiting for or riding on public transportation or paratransit or while in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle;
- When driving or operating any public transportation or paratransit vehicle, taxi, or private car service or ride-sharing vehicle when passengers are present;
- When participating in an in-person protest; and
- When engaged in work, either at a business or off-site (other than at one’s own residence) and (i) interacting in-person with any member of the public; (ii) working in any space visited by members of the public, regardless of whether anyone from the public is present at the time; (iii) working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others; (iv) working in or walking through common areas, such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities; or (v) in any room or enclosed area where people who are non-household members are present and unable to maintain a minimum six-foot separation from one another.

Exemptions from the face covering requirement apply to the following:
- Persons younger than two years old;
- Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering;
- Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication;
- Persons for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines;
- Persons who are obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service;
- Persons who are (i) outdoors alone or with household members; (ii) stationary; and (iii) maintaining at least six feet between the edge of the area they are in and the edge of the next closest person’s area;
- Persons who are actively engaged in a water-based activity, including, but not limited to, swimming and surfing.
- Persons compliant with the County Department of Health’s Protocol for Restaurants Opening for On-Site Dining under which customers who are seated at a restaurant or other establishment that offers food or beverage service are not required to wear face coverings while they are eating or drinking;
- Persons wearing personal protective equipment (“PPE”), such as medical-grade N95 respirator or a similar mask that is more protective than a face covering;
- Persons compliant with any other reopening protocol issued by the County Department of Health authorizing persons to remove their face coverings.

Santa Monica’s order is in effect until July 31, 2020.

For more of our coverage of the Coronavirus lockdown, closures, and how our local surf community and businesses are doing, CLICK HERE

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