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Brian Zarate Memorial & Paddle Out

Photos by Six12 Media

Local surfers and skaters gathered Saturday at the Venice Breakwater for a paddle-out in memory of Brian Zarate, who along with his trusty pit bull Marisol died in a car crash on Jan. 30 at Centinela Avenue and Ocean Park Boulevard in Santa Monica.

Zarate was a bulwark of Venice’s surf and skate community who played Montoya in Stacy Peralta’s 2005 film “Lords of Dogtown.” He also wrote and starred in the 2013 film “History of Myth,” which received Best Short Film honors at The Other Venice Film Festival.

A mural of Brian was painted on the graffiti wall by Doug Smith, and several large photo collages of Brian were on display.

“Surfing and laughter — that is what we did best together. No one could make me laugh like he could,” said childhood surfing buddy Josh “Bagel” Klassman, Zarate’s best friend for 33 years. Josh was one of several of Brian's friends that took to the mic and told stories of their friendship.

A paddle out on the north side of the Breakwater followed.

This is just a small portion of the photos. Check out the Brian Zarate Paddle Out Photo Gallery to see all the photos.


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  1. The portrait of Brian on the graffiti walls was painted by Jules Muck and the accompanying text was painted by Doug Smith