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WSL Casting For Reality Show

Santa Monica's WSL Studios has teamed up a reality TV show company from the valley, known for its fake drama reality series "American Chopper" and the completely fake and staged street racing reality show "Street Outlaws" , to make a surfing reality/competition TV for ABC. And if it's like their other shows, it will be fake as well.

"Ultimate Surfer" will be an eight-episode series that according to their press release, "will gather some of the world's greatest up-and-coming surfers to train and live together as they battle it out at the World Surf League's (WSL) state-of-the-art Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California, powered by Kelly Slater's man-made wave technology, in the hope of competing amongst the best athletes in the world's fastest-growing sport."

Yeah, this sounds totally stupid.

Here's more from the press release:

"Alliances and rivalries will be front and center in "Ultimate Surfer" as men and women compete in individual and team challenges focused on specific surfing disciplines. Weekly eliminations will leave two men and two women as finalists who will vie for the male and female titles of the Ultimate Surfer and the opportunity to compete on the WSL World Tour, the pinnacle of professional surfing. Slater's remarkable, one-of-a-kind, man-made wave - the most even playing field for measuring surf mastery - is at the heart of the series."

Knowing how reality TV show work, those weekly eliminations will probably be something like who can wax their board the fastest.

"In addition to being a globally recognized sport, surfing is also a lifestyle; and ‘Ultimate Surfer' will give viewers a uniquely personal look at what goes into becoming a world-class champion. We're ecstatic about the opportunity to utilize Kelly's world-class surf facility and his expertise in showcasing these incredibly talented on-the-rise athletes," said Rob Mills, senior vice president, Alternative Series, Specials and Late Night, ABC Entertainment.

Ol' Kelly himself is excited for the paycheck, being the lead consultant, he says:

"This is an unprecedented opportunity for two surfers (one man, one woman) to win an opportunity to compete against the best surfers in the world on the WSL Tour. This will put some of the best up-and-comers against each other in a more direct way to see who stands above the rest, and Surf Ranch is obviously a great venue to use for ‘Ultimate Surfer.' I'm excited to watch how they step up to the challenge."

"....a grand prize to include two spots on the WSL World Tour, the pinnacle of profession surfing."

Sounds like they are giving wild card spots on the CT, bummer to all those QS surfers who are on that grind. Some reality TV surfer is gonna snag up a spot based on scripted drama.

"It doesn’t matter if you’re a competitive surfer or not. If you have the confidence, ambition and skill to compete against the best, then…CONTACT US TODAY!"

So if you want to apply for it, fill out the form on the link below:

Application for Participation in ABC’S “Ultimate Surfer”

And if you do apply, make sure to read the CONTESTANT ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS, because even for the auditions, you'll be signing away your likeness and not being compensated for it.

Venice Surf-A-Thon Registration Open

The one and only world famous Venice Surf-A-Thon Surf Contest! come one come all get your surf and party on! The contest gentrification could not kill! The entry price is the same as it was $20 years ago! You get a limited edition T-shirt, entry into the contest, food, fellowship and fun.

The entry fee includes the award ceremony party at the Sidewalk Cafe! $ 20 pre-entry via Paypal at $25 Beach entry.

Visit the 26th Annual Venice Surf-A-Thon Surf Contest Facebook Page for more info.

Fun-Size Now, Larger Later?

Surfline just claimed: West Coast surfers have plenty to be thankful for this week with Southern Hemi swell and northwest swell providing plenty of opportunities to score. Obviously the crew at Surfline never watches their own cams.

And then as usual hyped up the forecast with: "Meanwhile, bigger and better things lie ahead." which means keep checking the website because clicks = money.

Church of the Open Sky

Nat Young is hitting the California coast in November to celebrate and sign copies of his latest book, ‘Church of the Open Sky’.

Church of the Open Sky' is Young’s seventh book. With a foreword by Pulitzer-winner William Finnegan, it features well-crafted, highly entertaining stories and anecdotes, including can’t-miss tales about traveling through Afghanistan and Nepal in 1972 with enfant terrible Miki Dora, how low rail, “edge boards” came to be, and how one day at San Onofre in 1983 with Tom Blake got him to reconsider how he perceives surfing.
November 17

Val Surf
4810 Whitsett Ave.
Valley Village CA 91607

Ocean Goddess Surf Lessons

This Saturday. Ocean Goddess Surf is hosting another Goddess Group Lesson on Nov 17th. If you are in search of friendly, fun and girl powered beginner surf lessons, this is your chance! This will be at Malibu.

Lessons in LA can be expensive and it can be intimidating to try surfing alone. Join the Ocean Goddess Surf Coaches for a 1.5 hour lesson with up to 5 other women/girls of your skill level! Only $50 per person. All ages welcome. These are lessons for beginner surfers only.

Sign up via this link: Goddess Group Lessons

The Tony Alva Story Screening At Santa Monica Film Festival

The 14th annual Santa Monica Film Festival returns to Santa Monica on Saturday November 30 to showcase and premiere current award winning independent films from local, national and international filmmakers. A moderated filmmaker discussion accompanies each film screening that gives the audience an opportunity to interact with the filmmakers. Films screenings are hosted by AMC Broadway 4 including the Santa Monica premiere of The Tony Alva Story.

62-years-old Alva, the oldest professional, skateboarder in the world, is considered by many to be the godfather of modern day skateboarding. Alva’s brand of aggression and bravado in the 70’s set the stage for the way skateboarding would be forever defined.

Vans’ The Tony Alva Story chronicles T.A.’s humble beginnings on the streets of Santa Monica to his rise to super stardom as part of the legendary Z-Boys, his inevitable drug-induced implosion and his ultimate rise from the ashes to accept his rightful place as a beacon of hope and inspiration for generations of skateboarders the world over.

Santa Monica Premiere Date Saturday November 30 ​

Special Guests Scheduled To Appear
Tony Alva
Ray Flores

Screening Time
@ 3:30P ​

AMC Broadway 4
1441 3rd Street Promenade
Santa Monica CA 90401 ​

$20 General Admission includes VANS t-shirt while supplies last. Note that these $20 tickets are just for the Tony Alva Story showing, the tickets for the full Film Festival admission are separate, be sure to select the proper tickets when buying. ​

Santa Monica Film Festival Tickets

Medical Needles Wash Ashore In Venice

At Approx. 11:30 AM Sunday, Lifeguards found a large amount of medical supplies along the shoreline South of the Venice Pier. The the area has been cordoned off. Discarded needles, tubes and similar items - possible biohazard.

The source is unknown and under investigation. LA County Lifeguards will continue to patrol the area by land and sea to monitor for any further materials.

Witnesses from this morning stated that "needles fell from a ship and were floating ashore near the 3400 block of Ocean Front Walk."

Rider Shack Guide to Surfing Los Angeles: Surf Rider

Another episode of Rider Shack Guide to Surfing Los Angeles, this one is about Surfrider.

Surfrider Beach is a world famous right-hand point-break with 3 different take-off zones offering a combination of incredible waves and constant crowds.

A L.A. Surf Story

I AM TORQUATO presents :


On Sunday, November 24th, at Civic Center Studios in Downtown Los Angeles, renowned Artist and Surfer Michael Torquato deNicola will present ‘A L.A. Surf Story.’ A multi-media presentation of paintings, on canvas and repurposed boards, as well as TV and film work, taking you along with him on his life of travel, adventure and very personal interactions with his environment over the past 25 years. The exhibition will be presented as a conversation with the Artist, highlighting his process, successes, failures and gratitude for the lessons learned along his truly unique journey.

‘A L.A. Surf Story’ multi-media presentation will include the following :
Reef Paintings project
Sun Spots series
Recycled Surfboard project
Selected murals around Los Angeles
Documentary film ‘The Westsiders’
Feature film ‘Chapter and Verse’
Red Bull ‘5X’ games

Michael states, “The goal of this presentation is in part to showcase a summary of these works but more importantly to speak to the purpose and intention behind each of them. I want to share the lessons I’ve learned along the way and ultimately to express my gratitude for these opportunities. We are living in intense and radically changing times where truth seems more and more subjective, our attention spans are diminishing, and real connection seems harder to find. This show is an opportunity for me to share some of my experiences with the hopes they will help others to connect with themselves and each other more and empower them to help create the future they want to see.”

‘A L.A. Surf Story’ is an hour-long presentation. It will be recorded and broadcast live via social media. A Q & A will follow and beverages will be served.

Join us, following the presentation, for a first look at a series of museum-quality fine art, hand embellished, limited edition prints that uphold the integrity of each original artwork by artist Michael Torquato deNicola, published by Moby Arts.

RSVP is required. Click here for RSVP Page

Date and Time
Sun, November 24, 2019
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM PST

Civic Center Studios
207 South Broadway
Suite One
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Zone Frequency Screening

Mollusk Surf Shop is hosting the LA screening of the new feature length film “Zone Frequency” by Jack Coleman on Thursday November 14th at the Los Feliz Theatre. Doors at 7:30, film starts at 8 and tickets are $10

Date and Time
Thu, November 14, 2019
7:30 PM – 10:30 PM PST

Los Feliz Theater
1822 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Click Here for Tickets

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Cami & Jax Sale

Starting today and all weekend long , Santa Monica's CAMI AND JAX is having their biggest sale to date! $10 bins, $30 separates, 75% off one pieces!

1525 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Fatal Car Crash At Topanga

One person was killed early Friday when a sedan and sport utility vehicle collided on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. The crash was reported at about 6 a.m. near Tuna Canyon Road. Both vehicles sustained heavy front-end damage. Debris was scattered across several lanes.

The Los Angeles County coroner's office has identified a 17-year-old girl as the driver who died after a crash on the Pacific Highway Coast Highway in the Malibu area Friday morning. Dulce Maria Ramiro Sanchez of Los Angeles was killed when her car collided with another vehicle just after 6 a.m. near Topanga Canyon Boulevard, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The other driver was transported to a hospital in unknown condition, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department said. No other occupants were in either car.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The fatal collision prompted CHP to issue a SigAlert for both sides of the highway from Tuna Canyon Road to Topanga Canyon Road. PCH was closed for several hours before fully reopening shortly before noon.

Current Water Temps

The average water temps as of November 7th.

Modest Combo Swell On The Way

Surflies reports:

New, west-northwest swell and steep south swell move in the second half of the week to offer up fun-size surf. Beachbreaks should be fairly peaky off the swell combo -- and winds look favorable for the mornings.

Free Ladies Surf Meet Up

Join Ocean Goddess Surf this Sunday, November 10th at 9am for their next FREE ladies surf meetup! Meet Ocean Goddess Surf at Topanga State Beach. They'll be set up at the picnic table. Look for the white Ocean Goddess Surf sign. Parking is free on the street. There is also a lot you can park in. Paddling out just after 9:30 all together! Please leave your valuables in your cars or at home as there won’t be anyone to watch them at this meetup.

All levels and all ages are welcome but there will not lessons given.
If you are looking to learn how to surf, check out their Level 1 (beginner) Surf Skills Clinic on Nov 17th, taught for women, by women.

If you are not comfortable surfing but want to hang out please come! There will be ladies of all levels and ages showing up and it is such a fun community! See you Sunday!

Jacks Firewire COR Surf Giveaway

Jacks Surfboards teamed up with COR Surf Gear and Firewire Surfboards to bring you an awesome Fall Giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a Limited Edition LFT 5’11” GO FISH from Firewire Surfboards a $250 Jack’s giftcard, & over $500 of gear from COR Surf Gear that includes a board stand, wall rack, waterproof surf bag, changing poncho and changing mat; more than you can carry!

To Enter:
➡️Follow @jackssurfboards , @cor_surf and Firewire Surfboards on the ol' Instagram
➡️Enter your name + email at the link on this entry form
➡️Tag 2 of your surfing buddies in the post with the above photo.

Contest ends 11/8, Good Luck!

Water Temps

The average water temps as of November 4th.

Boarding For Breast Cancer Gopro Giveaway

There's no better way to kick off a new month, than with a Gopro GIVEAWAY! 💥

Show how you would get active with your new GoPro! All you have to do is...
1: Follow @b4bc & @gopro on Instagram
2: Like the post with the above photo and tag a bestie in the comment
3: Post a story showing us where you will take your new Gopro! Don’t forget to tag @b4bc and @gopro

💕TWO winners will be announced Friday!

$1 Million Going to LA's Youth Surfing And Other Sports

The LA84 Foundation announced Friday that it has awarded $1 million in grants to Southern California school-based and community youth sports organizations.

The grants are intended to serve nearly 30,000 children involved in 16 sports across seven counties, and benefit various organizations and programs.

The LA84 Foundation’s grants will help with field refurbishment for improved playing conditions and increased safety for participants, as well as coaching education and supporting the expansion of sports opportunities for young people with physical disabilities, the foundation said.

“We are inspired by program leaders, parents and coaches from throughout Southern California who are continuing to push to close the ‘play equity gap,’” said Renata Simril, the LA84 Foundation president and CEO. “Working with these organizations to ensure that structured sports are available to all kids, regardless of where they live, their ability level or their family’s income, is a critical part of growing the movement for play equity.”

The grants include:

— For A Walk on Water , which serves four counties including Los Angeles, a $15,000 grant to provide surf therapy to children who have a disability

— A $25,000 grant for Pools of Hope of Los Angeles will fund their adaptive swim program for lessons and one-on-one therapeutic swim lessons

Girls On Film

Come over to the The Waterfront Venice on Wednesday November 13th for Girls on Film - An evening of women’s surf and skate films.

Films featuring Elissa Steamer , Kassia Meador , Leah Dawson , Lola Mignot , Brooke Carlson, Nora Vasconcellos , Laura Enever , Jaleesa Vincent, Isabella Nichols, and more!

The Waterfront Venice
205 Ocean Front Walk,
Venice, CA 90291
(424) 309-5331

Giovanni Douresseau

Giovanni Douresseau is featured in an Episode of WSL Studios' Transformed web series.

At the age of 12, Giovanni Douresseau’s life consisted of the eight blocks of guns, gangs and violence surrounding his home in South Central, Los Angeles. After being exposed to surfing during the youth summer program Youth Mentoring, he fell in love with the sport and met a mentor who helped him completely move past his rough upbringing. Ten years later, Giovanni is committed to sharing the life-altering gift of surfing that was given to him when he needed it most.

“Surfing changed my life…this program changed my life. I was the fat kid: depressed; no motivation; living in a neighborhood full of gangs and headed nowhere. Then Youth Mentoring found me, gave me my mentor and invited me to surf with them. I finally felt like I belonged somewhere – like I mattered. I lost 120 pounds and found myself! Now I’m a surfer and a scholar athlete! I’m in college and so happy with where my life is going. Not only that, but hundreds of other youth can experience what I did… Will you help us?” - Giovanni Douresseau

Surf Institute Longboard Workshops

Are you a lover of classic longboarding? Are you mesmerized watching surfers effortlessly doing dropknees and bottom turns? Do you yearn to cross-step and perch on the nose, just like them, but not sure how to do it? Or are you a beginner who wants a chance to ask all the questions you have about how to improve, catch more waves and longer rides?

Carla Zamora grew up at First Point Malibu, one of the best longboarding waves in the world. Under the guidance of her father as well as a long list of logging legends, Carla learned the proper nuances exclusive to traditional longboarding.

This fall and winter, join Carla for a series of one-hour workshops at Traveler Surf Club & Coastal Outpost , geared specifically for the longboarder looking to improve their game. The workshops will progress from basic beginner level through to more advanced techniques and topics.

Come for the sessions that are of most interest to you, or sign on for the full set so that you can build on new knowledge each time.

$30 with advance purchase, $35 at door

Traveler Surf Club & Coastal Outpost
22941 PCH, Malibu.

Session 2 | Saturday November 9th "Motion in the Ocean" | 9-10 AM

Maneuvering your board as an extension of your body is a key element to gliding gracefully and safely across the water. Topics covered include:

Bottom Turning
Cutbacks and redirecting
Staying with the Curl

Session 3 | Saturday November 16th "Fancy Footwork" | 9-10 AM

So you think you can dance? Learn how to move along the length of your board in classic longboard style. Topics covered include:

Drop-Knee Cross-Stepping Nose-Riding

Session 4 | Saturday December 14th "Party Wave" | 9-10 AM

Finally, we will do a cumulative review of what we've learned and go into detail on any topics that were not covered in-depth. Topic covered include:

Combining skills
Taking your skills to the next level
Advanced Equipment
Squaretail vs Pintail
Fin Placement
The Proper Noserider


Allen Sarlo Surf Experience Day

Join The Mauli Ola Foundation for the Allen Sarlo Surf Experience Day on Saturday, Nov 2nd at Surfrider Beach, from 10:00AM - 2:00PM

Boardriders Mega Demo

Boardriders Malibu is hosting their first Mega Demo Day!

November 2nd from 8am to 3pm come by the shop to demo the newest boards, wetsuits and fins from your favorite companies. The parking lot will be loaded with the goods, so mark your calendars and come on down...

Boardriders Malibu
18820 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, Ca 80265
310 - 359 - 8274

October Surf Spot Photos Recap

We don't have as many surf spot photo days in October as we did in September
, but we still got a ton of surf photos from a bunch of days at different spots, from Venice up to Leo.

Below is the list of Surf Spots with the days we got photos for during the entire month of October. Each link will take you to the page with a few surf photos and at the bottom of those photos there will be a link to that photographer's gallery where you can find all the surf photos for that day (many times there's well over 100 photos to check out). Most of these photographers offer high-res downloads and prints for sale.

Leo Carrillo

Leo Carrillo - Wednesday 10-16-2019
Leo Carrillo - Saturday 10-19-2019
Leo Carrillo - Sunday Evening 10-20-2019
Leo Carrillo - Monday Evening 10-21-2019


Zuma - Saturday 10-19-2019
Zuma - Monday 10-21-2019

Santa Monica

Santa Monica - Tuesday 10-1-2019

Ocean Park

Ocean Park - Saturday 10-26-2019
Ocean Park - Haunted Heats

Venice Pier

Venice Pier - Saturday 10-12-2019

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

Worn Wear Event At Patagonia SM

If it’s broke, get fix it! For Free!

Worn Wear is coming to Patagonia Santa Monica on Saturday and Sunday (Oct 2nd & 3rd) from 11-5pm. The Worn Wear truck will be parked just across the street in front of the store.

Pull out your broken and busted stuff and they’ll do our best to get ya fixed up and on your way.

There will also be snacks, hot chocolate, and crafts for the kids.

Patagonia Santa Monica store
1344 4th Street ,
Santa Monica , California , 90401

Rider Shack Guide to Surfing Los Angeles: County Line

Rider Shack Guide to Surfing Los Angeles: County Line

County Line is located on the borders of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. This break offers a right-hand cobblestone point break at the northern end of the beach, as well as 500 yards of beach break to the south.

Avalon Gall Surfing Malibu

Avalon Gall surfing Malibu in this video by Full Moon Surf Club

2019 ZJ Boarding House Haunted Heats

On Saturday, ZJ Boarding House held their annual Haunted Heats Surf Contest. As always, it took place in between Towers 26 and 27 in Ocean Park. This year we saw surfers dressed up as the Ninja Turtles in their Pizza Van, a Banana dude, a ghost, Trump and his Tower, a Tourist, Wonder Woman, a pair of Solo Cups, and more. Here are some of the 400 photos we got from the contest:

You can find about 400 more photos from this contest, all full size and in high-resolution, in this huge photo gallery:

ZJ Boarding House Haunted Heats Photo Gallery

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