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The El Niño Effect, a California Surf Film

While El Niño wreaked havoc on California in 2015-16, it created a winter playground for surfers.

This surfing film showcases up and coming local California bands and the dedicated surfers (average Joes and big-wave pros) who charged El Niño swells on shortboards, longboards, stand-up paddle boards (SUPs), kite boards, body boards, rafts and even kayaks.

Includes bonus highlights from the Mavericks Big Wave Surfing Contest.

Surf features locations in Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma and Mendocino counties.

NOTE: Outside of the Mavs contest, no local/amateur surfers or spots were harmed OR NAMED in the making of this documentary. Before anything, the author respects all local surfers and their hometown breaks, and left them anonymous for just that reason.

All music in the film is original and used with permission from the following artists: The Olés, The Spaces Between, Carbon City Lights, Sun Daes, No Flow, Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray, The Earthtones, The Jesus Ship, DJ Underbelly, Weapons of Mass Creation and more.

North L.A. - 9-24-2016

The waves in North L.A. from this weekend's swell captured by Steve Christensen Photo .

There's a lot more photos on Steve Christensen Photo .

Win A New Billabong Wetsuit!

Enter to win a $420 voucher for a Billabong wetsuit, wetsuit accessories or other Billabong products. Tip: Potential winners will be contacted via email and have just a few days to respond, so you may want to provide the address for an active account. See official rules. .

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Malibu Surf Experience Day

Hosted by Allen Sarlo.

Great turnout for Mauli Ola Foundation's Malibu Surf Experience Day at Surfrider's Beach hosted by Allen Sarlo. Raising awareness for Genetic Disorders and introducing healing properties of the ocean to those with Cystic Fibrosis.

Photos: Mauli Ola Foundation

Bay Street Boards Art Party

Bay Street Board is having a party this Saturday, October 1st!! There will be lots of art from great local artists on display while we all gather and enjoy good vibes.

More info: Bay Street Board

A Weekend At Malibu

San Onofre Surf Company's video highlighting the MSA Longboard Contest.

Apolitical Process

"Two years ago I watched the movie #Blackfish and was appalled to learn what my gut already knew concerning whales (and dolphins) in captivity. @kevinancell and I decided to pay tribute to these beautiful creatures and protest their captivity by painting my quiver in the markings of #Orcas. Kevin shaded them with names of our friends who have since passed away. These boards and the stories of the people they symbolize will be on display at our art show, #ApoliticalProcess, in Venice Beach." -Kelly Slater

The official opening of "Apolitical Process" is on Thursday, September 22 at Folding Table Gallery: 201 San Juan Ave (corner of Main St.), Venice, Ca 90291 from 7-10 PM and runs through October 9, 2016.

Surfaid Cup Malibu

The SurfAid Foundation hosted the Billabong SurfAid Cup Malibu at Surfrider Beach on Sept. 11-12. The competition raised over $125,000 to help build stronger communities in Nias and Mentawai Islands off the coast of Eastern Indonesia. The competition was run through two back-to-back heats with tag team surfing followed by a final round. The lineup featured several professional surfers, including: Greg Long, Damien Hobgood, Matt McCabe, Mike McCabe and Anthony Petruso.

Along with the competition, SurfAid hosted a benefit night at Duke’s Malibu on Friday.

Surfaid is a non-profit humanitarian organisation whose aim is to improve the health, wellbeing and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions connected to us through surfing. For more information on SurfAid, visit

Photos by Grey Lockwood Photography

Historic Designation of Malibu Petition

Please join us to support listing the Malibu Historic District (Los Angeles County, CA) in the National Register of Historic Places; recognizing its worldwide contributions to surfing’s history and culture.
From 1945 through 1959, Malibu played an integral role in the development of surfboard design and production, in addition to surfing style. The long rides offered by Malibu’s smaller, well–shaped waves (one of the world's “original perfect waves”) placed it as a center of the evolution of surfing style and technology, as well as a cultural evolution of what surfers looked like –– in and out of the water. Malibu surfers perfected a relaxed, but aggressive, “cool” style of surfing and many of the era’s best came from, or regularly surfed at, Malibu. Their accomplishments helped bring surfing into a modern age, and earned Malibu an international reputation as a destination for high–performance surfing.

Although new ideas of surfing were developing worldwide, Malibu served as a cultural, technological, and intellectual arena for its expert surfers and surfboard shapers. It was a focusing point for surfboard design theory, the deconstruction of surfing style, and the development of a lifestyle that defined its era of surfing while serving as a template for the next. Malibu, then, is associated with the broader history of surfing; it is an important California locale which represents an evolution of modern surfing both in the minds of surfers and the general public.

The Malibu Historic District -- comprising the First, Second, and Third Point surf breaks and the Malibu Pier as contributing historic resources -- is entirely contained on public property, contains both land and nearshore resources, and is small in size compared to other marine protected areas. The District contains large portions of the popular Surfrider Beach (owned by the County of Los Angeles) and Malibu Lagoon State Beach (owned by California State Parks) areas, which together receive more than 3.5 million visitors annually. A National Register listing will not impact public access, safety, or the current uses of these areas. The listing will also have no environmental impact.

State and national recognition of these exceptional surfing areas is important to understanding the broad patterns of our history and promotes a richer interpretation of our coastal environment.

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Malibu Surfing Assoc.'s MSA Classic Invitational

The Malibu Surfing Assoc.'s MSA Classic Invitational is the United States' most prestigious club-level surfing contest and premier event in the Coalition of Surfing Clubs annual series. This invitational contest was held at Surfrider Beach, Malibu onSeptember 10/11, 2016. More than 200 invited athletes representing surfing clubs from around the world to compete at First Point, Malibu, one of surfing’s legendary waves.

Video highlights from the contest:

Click here for a list of the complete results.

ZJ's Night Sesh: The Far Shore

ZJ Boarding House is having another Night Sesh on Friday, September 16th, featuring the film: The Far Shore. Bring your chairs, blankets, and friends and come out for next week's Night Sesh on the Ca Heritage Museum lawn! The filmmakers are coming out and there will be a Q&A after.

About the film:
In 1972, young Kevin Naughton and Craig Peterson took to the road with surfboards, camera gear and an untamable desire for adventure.

For ten years they scoured the planet in search of perfect waves and experiences only a traveler on the road encounters. This documentary film chronicles their journey.

Featuring original photos and super 8 footage from California, Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Africa, Morocco, Ireland, France and Fiji.

Y'all know the drill! Bring your chairs, blankets, and your surf buddies for a night on the lawn watching great surf adventures and talking with the adventurers themselves after! Bring your own drinks, the popcorn, as always, will be on us!

More info: ZJ Boarding House Night sesh

Wednesday Wipeouts

Here's another set of wipeout photos take at Topanga. These were all shot by Six12 Media .

Click: Wednesday Wipeouts for the previous wipeout photo sets.