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December Surf Spot Photos Recap

Here's our monthly recap of links to all the Surf Spot Photo Galleries and Videos we have for the entire month of December. Unfortunately not many good days for December, we only have photos from Bay Street and Venice.
Bay Street

Bay Street - Thursday 12-27-2018

Venice Pier

Saturday 12-1-2018 Photo Gallery
Saturday 12-8-2018 Photo Gallery #1
Saturday 12-8-2018 Photo Gallery #2
Sunday 12-16 2018 Photo Gallery
Venice Pier - Thursday 12-27-2018 Photo Gallery

Wanna see last month's Photo Gallery Recap?
Click November Surf Spot Photos Recap

Venice Surf-A-Thon Documentary Clip

A clip from the upcoming documentary on the Venice Surf-A-Thon Surf Contest.

Instagram #2018bestnine

With the 2018 coming to a close, a popular thing on Instagram has been the #2018bestnine posts. A site called 2018 Best Nine collects what they consider your best 9 posts on Instagram and makes a photo collage of them.

Here is Shacked's:

And the Best Nine from our Online Store:

To see what your best nine are , go to 2017 Best Nine, it's free and nothing to install or sign up for.

Venice Pier - Thursday 12-27-2018

Here's just a few of the photos from Thursday morning at the Venice Pier. These were shot by Six12 Media. These are just some of the photos from this session. 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 over 100 more photos from this session, all full size and in high-resolution, in this photo gallery:

Venice Pier - Thursday 12-27-2018 - 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.

Bay Street - Thursday 12-27-2018

Check out these new shots from Bay Street. These photos were taken by California Mermaid Photography.

You can find a few more photos in the photo gallery:

California Mermaid Photography - Bay Street Photos

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

Frankie's Bikinis End Of Year Sale

End of the year sale over a Malibu's Frankie's Bikinis , enjoy an extra 30% off all sale items with BYE2018 at checkout!

ZJ Boarding House's Semi-Annual Sale

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Surfer Found Dead At Topanga

A night of surfing in Malibu turned tragic for two brothers.

At about 11:40 p.m. Thursday, screaming was reported at Topanga State Beach, where sheriff’s deputies found a man who had been performing CPR on his brother. The two brothers had been out in the water for a night session of surfing.

As they surfed, the brothers lost track of each other, authorities said. One of them later found his brother face down in the water and dragged him to shore, where he performed CPR, but was not able to save him.

Sheriff’s deputies say the two brothers are skilled surfers in good physical shape. The brother who died had been a pro surfer at one point, according to a deputy. The surfer’s father and brother were both on the scene immediately after his death.

The surfer was later identified as Damon Michael Geller, 48, of Pacific Palisades, according to the coroner’s office and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

A high surf advisory has been in effect for Southern California’s beaches since Monday after being extended multiple times.

It’s not clear if the high surf advisory, or a possible medical emergency, played a role in the surfer’s death. An autopsy is pending to determine Geller’s cause of death.

The tragedy was first reported to 911 as reports of someone screaming on the beach by people in a nearby Arco gas station, but Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies are not calling the death suspicious.

2018 Venice Surf-A-Thon

The 25th Annual Venice Surf-A-Thon was held on Saturday, December 8, once again taking place at the Venice Pier. The contest is a grassroots local tradition that has evolved from a mentorship gathering for youth beset by gang violence to an inter-generational celebration of community. The contest has been a labor of love for it's founder Ger-I Lewis .
Ger-I founded the Venice Surf-A-Thon in 1993 after returning home from military service. "I wished to do something for the children , young adults and the community in general that is fun and has a positive influence on everyone." says Ger-I. "For sure back in the day the contest was edgy as so was I! Instead of handing out trophies at the beach like most contests, I incorporated the awards party to give everyone a chance to shine. Inviting local talent as well the bikini contest was also a strategy to enhance and create a Venice culture showcase. Well times have changed and folks have mellowed, the bikini contest is no longer a part of the event as many of the original contestants are grandfathers now! The event has a generational community expectation and Surf-A-thon has taken on a family atmosphere. Many world class surfers, celebrities, have supported and donated to The Venice Surf-A-Thon including Mimi Miyagi,Peter Destafino, Perry Ferral, C.R. Stecyk , Danny Trejo, Robert Trujillo (of Metallica), Noah Budroe, Chris Ward, Tonan, Tina Cheri, DJ Muggs, Kid Frost, and Beowulf. Moreover the contest has provided a an opportunity for surfers to get a start in competition surfing."

Here's the contest recap/resullts from Ger-I:

The contest started off early with Body surfing. First place went Steve Shop, 2nd to Place Mike Wood, and in Third place was Johnny.

Two Groms Mixed Heats followed. The Groms Mixed Heat #1 winners were Logan in First, Kay got Second, and Third went to Parker.

Groms Mixed #2 winners were Dean Pitari in First, Bradley getting Second, and Kay following with Third.

Girls division was next. First Place going to Mimi Sullivan, Second Place went to Oshi Massey, and Third Place was Kay (again).

Longboards winners were Mr Cortez taking First, Tonan Ruiz placing Second, and Third Place going to Billy Bong.

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Z-Flex Skateboard Giveaway

@zflexskateboards is giving away one of these Jay Boy Pool Decks. Follow the steps below to enter.
1. Follow @zflexskateboards on Instagram
2. Like the post with the photo above. 3. Tag a friend in that post and let them know which board you like the best
They will randomly pick the winners from the comments section next week. Good Luck!

Surf The Ash Off

Laird Hamilton is donating all profits from his new Surf The Ash Off t-shirts to Malibu Foundation, which is working to rebuild Malibu after the Woolsey Fire.

Venice Pier - Sunday 12-16-2018

Here's surf photos from Sunday morning at the Venice Pier shot by Rocketfish Media - SteveChristensenPhoto

There are a more photos, all full size and in high-resolution, in the Venice Pier - December 2018 Photo Gallery from Rocketfish Media - SteveChristensenPhoto.

Wanna see photos from previous days at this and other surf spots?
Click Surf Spot Galleries for a list of past days.