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Waste To Waves Earth Day Foam Drive


The City of Malibu is holding a Waste to Waves polystyrene foam collection event. If you have waste polystyrene foam, aka “styrofoam”, this is the best way to get it recycled.

During the month before Earth Day, you can bring your foam to City Hall between 10am-2pm. Look for the Waste to Waves collection bin.

Only clean, white #6 polystyrene foam from packaging is acceptable. No food contaminated foam or construction foam can be recycled.

Last year, Waste to Waves rounded up a significant amount of foam from local residents. Some people even drove a good distance because they were so stoked to have their waste foam turned into new surfboards.

Visit Waste to Waves for more details.

Win A Day At The Surf Ranch

Outerknown is giving you the chance to live every surfer’s dream by riding the perfect wave at Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch in the best surf trunks with your closest friend.


WHAT DO YOU WIN?

Full day experience at Surf Ranch on June 18th, 2019 with the Outerknown crew*
Two winners chosen (one male, one female), each winner brings a friend
All expenses paid (flight, hotel and meals at the ranch)
Free Outerknown gear and a few pairs of Kelly's favorite APEX trunks
Free Firewire surfboard for each winner

*See terms and conditions for further details about what is included.

At Outerknown, we're making every decision with the highest regard for the hands that build our clothes and the world we call home. From seeds to suppliers to circular design, our mission is to protect natural resources, empower the people crafting our clothes, and inspire change within the industry and beyond. We believe you shouldn't have to sacrifice style for sustainability - the two should be synonymous.

Enter to Win HERE!

LRO They Will Surf Again Registration


Registration is now open We are so excited to get the “They Will Surf Again” season started Saturday June 1, in Santa Monica. Please come join us for this very inspiring event. Bring your family and friends to come cheer on people with various disabilities as they surf the waves.

Life Rolls On Athete and Volunteer Sign Up

Surfer Found Dead At Topanga UPDATE

Yo Venice got the update on the Surfer Found Dead At Topanga story from last December.

According to the autopsy report by the Los Angeles Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner , while the cause of death was drowning, a cardiac event precipitated the pulmonary edema. Specifically, Damon Michael Geller had three major arteries of his heart that were blocked, 50, 75 and 80 percent respectively
Surfer Damon Michael Geller


Yo Venice got the update on the Surfer Found Dead At Topanga story from last December.

According to the autopsy report by the Los Angeles Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner , while the cause of death was drowning, a cardiac event precipitated the pulmonary edema. Specifically, Damon Michael Geller had three major arteries of his heart that were blocked, 50, 75 and 80 percent respectively.

You can read the full story here: Death of Local Surfer Wake-Up Call - Yo Venice

This Week's Surf Forecast

WNW Swell and SSW Swell Combo


New SSW swell trends up through middle/late week, modest NW swell continues.

The recent storm system passes by mostly to the north of us on Tuesday; bringing a slight chance for showers followed by breezy onshore W winds in the afternoon. Light+ onshore S/SW winds prevail in the early morning (strongest through OC/SD). Winds trend onshore from the SW/W by the late morning.

Wednesday, April 17th: 3-4'+ at Southern Hemi standouts in OC, otherwise 2-3'. Light S/SE wind in AM hours, WSW wind in PM. Modest to fun-zone new SSW swell (200-180) will build further Wednesday as mid-period NW swell-mix holds. That provides surf around waist high at the well exposed breaks (Ventura, North LA, select parts of South Bay, parts of OC and SD), while standouts get up to chest high on sets. Southern Hemi focal points will pull in shoulder high sets during favorable tides.

Winds slowly improve for many spots with a light S/SE wind in the morning. SB/Ven/LA should be fairly clean. Winds trend SW-West through the day, topping out at light+/moderate levels.

The Legend Of The Z-Boys Book Signing


On May 1st, Pizzanista! celebrating the re-launching of the new updated and expanded edition of The DogTown Book - The Legend of The Z-Boys.


The Pizzanista!
DOWNTOWN LA
2019 E. 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021
TEL: (213) 627-1430

Surfrider / Herringbone Giveaway


In honor of Earth Day on April 22nd, Herringbone Santa Monica partnered with our friends at Surfrider LA to get you geared up and saving our coastlines. 🌊☀️ Enter to win a reusable Klean Kanteen, bamboo utensil kit, a reusable shopping bag & a $50 gift card to Herringbone Santa Monica. Deets below! ⤵️

To enter:
1️⃣ Follow @surfriderla & @herringbonesm on Instagram
2️⃣ Like the post with the above photo on @herringbonesm
3️⃣ Comment on that post with your fav beach!

Echo Beach Movie Premier

Mark your calendars for some serious 80’s action! Free Boardriders Malibu
Swag, complimentary pizza and beer, and an epic film..? Who wants to party?

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

Bay Street Boards X Cosmic Demise Party & Video Premiere



The Bay Street Boards shop video premiere is finally here 4/20 🔥🏁 Come thru Saturday afternoon for the premiere party 🎈🎉 There will be food drinks and all types of fun!!!

Bay Street Boards
🌴☀️Santa Monica ☀️🌴
Surf & Skate Shop
3216 Santa Monica Blvd
310.310.2485
Mon-Fri 10a-8p Sat 10a-7p Sun 10a-5p

Heal The Bay / Venice Pier Project Beach Clean-Up



Peter Ruiz and his Venice Pier Project have hooked up with Heal The Bay to host a beach clean up at the Venice Pier on Sunday from 9AM till Noon. There will be snacks and refreshments. You can CLICK HERE for more info.

If you're at the Venice Pier when this is going on, head over to the clean up tent and spend at least a few minutes giving them a hand. Show Peter and his crew that the work they do trying to keep the pier clean is appreciated. And it's his birthday on Sunday, wish him a Happy Birthday. If you don't know who he is, he's the dude in the bright yellow VPP safety vest that's always smiling.



Wipeout Wednesday

It's Wednesday, so here's some recent Wipeout photos from the local spots.                                                                                        

It's Wednesday, so here's some new Wipeout photos from the latest round of swells to hit our local spots. These were shot around Venice by Six12 Media.










      We post new sets of local wipeout photos every Wednesday (more or less).   Click: Wednesday Wipeouts to check out the previous Wipeout Wednesday photo sets.   

This Week's Surf Forecast


Conditions fall apart along Northern and Southern California through the middle of the week as strong high pressure camps off the coast. Fresh NW windswell and fun rounds of SSW swells show at many exposures but pesky NW winds will result in mostly low quality surf (albeit a few good windows around select regions). The good news: Improving conditions look likely for the upcoming weekend with more Southern Hemi swell on deck.


Z-Flex Skateboard Giveaway


YOU CAN GET A FREE Z-FLEX!! Thanks to Venice Skateboarding Stuff and Z-Flex Skateboards! Follow the steps below to enter.

1. Follow Venice Skateboarding Stuff on Instagram
2. Like the post with the photo above.
3. Tag 3 friends in that post.
4. Repost on your story with a tag.
Winner will be selected at random Friday afternoon!

Kevin Hart Tries To Be A Lifegaurd



Captain Remy Smith is showing comedian Kevin Hart how to be a Lifeguard at the Santa Monica Pier.

Surfer Sliced Up At Malibu

"My friend Will Milner got sliced by a surfboard out at 1st point." Jim Brown describing what happened, "The woman that cut him was surfing recklessly, dropping in on people and had no surf educate. Due to her lack of ability she should of had a leash on her board but didn’t. She never even offered an apology to Will. He is healing up after getting 20 staples at the emergency room."
Will Milner's story on how he got sliced up at Malibu:

"I was enjoying a small early south swell pulse two Sundays ago at the Bu. The lineup was kind of jammed, first sign of summer… the surf was inconsequential, waist maybe chest, good but no big deal. Anyway, I had been noticing this girl burning people most of the morning… not to mention incessantly running to the nose… I had avoided her pretty much until she lost her board. This all happened really quickly… The girl once again burning a dude on a a set wave, she ran to the nose, arched her back, her board got hung up and tossed with the momentum of the breaking wave, tail first.

I attempted to roll to avoid it hitting my head, but the tail/fin slammed and snagged my whole right side… her board, the dude’s board and my board to the beach… I knew I had been basically stabbed, I could feel cold water in the wound… Swimming in I told the girl her board slammed me and it’s not good… she started crying… on the beach, more of the same.
Holding her stomach and crying. I didn’t see her get hit, but I don't know. I kind of scolded her for a minute and she yelled to me and her boyfriend sitting next to her, “Fuck that guy, I hate him” and ran away to the parking lot crying.

So I asked the boyfriend where they were from, didn’t get too much info… needing to take care of my wound, the lifeguard, Carter, super cool and nice, helped me out, I couldn’t see the gash, he looked surprised maybe shocked, , so I knew it was probably bad… he offered to call an ambulance.

Fortunately my girlfriend was with me… and drove me to the emerge(sic) care in Malibu… they wouldn’t see me because my insurance company website was down, drove to the one in Calabasas, two-hour wait. I insisted that the nurse at least check it out… she obliged and said it was bad and maybe the muscle is torn and sent us to the ER in West Hills… 20 staples.

I don’t know the protocol on this, but if I had lost my board and wounded someone, I definitely would offer to help etc.. the girl was a brat.

Maybe her ego was bruised, embarrassed? And didn’t want to admit she was wrong?"



Photos by Jim Brown .

Lifeguards And More Jobs At The Surf Ranch


Want to work at the Surf Ranch? Lifeguards, servers, hosts, and more jobs are opening up for the upcoming season at the Kelly Slater Surf Ranch. Here's links to the jobs the WSL has listed, you can apply using the form in the links.

Director of Surf - Full Time
The Director of Surf is responsible for the guest experience related to surf and wave basin operations at Surf Ranch. This includes management of the Surf Team and Lifeguard staff. The Director of Surf will report directly the General Manager.

Hospitality Servers - Seasonal
Hospitality Servers ensure guests are comfortable and provide food and beverage service. They ensure the ranch house service is at a quality at all times while preserving a level of guest privacy. Hospitality Servers complete all cleaning and preparation to ensure a smooth service at all times.

Surf Guides - Seasonal
Surf Guides play an integral role in guest safety and guest experience both in and out of the water at Surf Ranch. Under the direct supervision of the Surf Ranch Client Service Manager, Surf Guides perform various duties at the Surf Ranch facility. This includes, but is not limited to, facilitating guest surfing, enforcing rules, and providing quality guest service. The Surf Guide will work directly with guests to provide them with the best possible surfing experience during their time at Surf Ranch. The Surf Guide must have a thorough understanding of all ‘wave system’ operations including a working knowledge of the Surf Ranch Wave, as well as lifeguard duties as they pertain to emergency communication and response.

Lifeguards - Seasonal
Lifeguards plays a strong role in keeping Surf Ranch guests safe. Under the direct supervision of the Surf Ranch General Manager, Lifeguards will be responsible for Surf Ranch water safety and medical aid when incidents occur. Lifeguards will make water related decisions with the utmost regard for Surf Ranch employees and its guests. Lifeguards must have and expert level understanding of all wave system operations as well as the ability to direct others and manage others in a team and group setting. Lifeguards will direct all Surf Coaches and guests when any medical or water related emergency occurs.

Facilities Technicians (Grounds Crew) - Seasonal
We are currently seeking Seasonal Facilities Technicians to work at our Leemore, CA, Surf Ranch location during the 2019 Season, April through to October, 2019. The Facilities at Surf Ranch must be maintained and kept in flawless order at all times. Under the direct supervision of the Surf Ranch Facilities Manager, the Facilities Technicians will be responsible for the overall upkeep and maintenance of Surf Ranch facilities. These positions will keep the facilities clean, stocked and sanitized at all locations of Surf Ranch. This position must have a thorough understanding of all facilities which require maintenance and an understanding of the Surf Ranch guest schedule is required so that facilities are maintained with minimal guest disturbance.

Facilities Technician (Grounds Crew) - Full Time
The Facilities at Surf Ranch must be maintained and kept in flawless order at all times. Under the direct supervision of the Surf Ranch Site Operations Manager and the Facilities Supervisor, the Full Time Facilities Technician will be responsible for the overall upkeep and maintenance of Surf Ranch facilities. This position will keep the facilities clean, stocked and sanitized at all locations of Surf Ranch. This position must have a thorough understanding of all facilities which require maintenance and an understanding of the Surf Ranch guest schedule is required so that facilities are maintained with minimal guest disturbance.


Whale Washes Ashore In Malibu

By Sam Catanzaro .

From San Diego and Los Angeles to Santa Barbara and San Francisco, major cities are commonplace along much of California’s coast. Amid the hustle and bustle of these metropolises, it is easy to forget the nature that exists in many residents’ backyards. Last week in Malibu, however, residents and beach goers got a visual and olfactory reminder of their proximity to wildlife when a young dead gray whale washed ashore at County Line Beach, greeting beach goers with the smell of decaying flesh.

“It smelled foul,” Cole Miller, a local actor who was surfing nearby, told the Santa Monica Mirror. “I had never seen a whale that close before, so I was in awe of how large it was compared to me. Other people poked at it, but I didn’t want to. There was dried, dirty blood oozing from its eyes and mouth. It was pretty gross, but amazing to see a creature like that right in front of me.”

Authorities believe the carcass washed ashore around 3 a.m. Sunday, March 24. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the whale is about 40-feet long, the size of a semi-truck. There are several gashes on the whale’s side, though it is still unclear how the whale died. More details will become available after Diane Alps, President of the Channel Island Marine and Wildlife Institute and her colleagues release information from a necropsy performed March 25. According to the CHP, authorities do not plan on removing the carcass of the whale and will instead let nature take its course and carry the body out to sea.

While experts were performing the necropsy on the 40-foot long mammal, rescue crews just up the coast in Oxnard spent Monday attempting to rescue another gray whale trapped in a buoy net near Channel Island Harbour. Spotted by passengers on a boat Sunday, responders Monday and Tuesday had a difficult time untangling the whale, which is around 20-feet long, due to the animal’s skittishness.

“Every time we tried to get close to it, the whale would get scared and dive underwater, taking the buoy with it,” Mark Barney, a spokesperson for the United States Coast Guard (USCG), told the Los Angeles Times.

According to Barney, because the whale kept swimming away, authorities have been unable to tell if the whale is injured, distressed or to what degree the animal is entangled. To help with the rescue, the USCG called in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for assistance.

Read more of this story at The Santa Monica Mirror

A Walk On Water Surf Therapy


A Walk On Water (“AWOW”) will be having thier Surf Therapy event at Surfrider Beach on April 20th. For more info and to volunteer: Click Here

Mighty Under Dogs Family Surf & Beach Day


More info at Mightyunderdogs.org.

This Is Guy Okazaki



A 5 minute micro-documentary on acclaimed surfboard maker and Venice Beach local, Guy Okazaki. A behind-the-scenes look at how he creates his hand-crafted surfboard designs, something he has been mastering in Venice Beach for more than 30 years.

THERAsurf going to Malibu



Join THERAsurf on Saturday April 27th at 1st Point, Malibu to kick off 2019 the only way we know...some surfing, relaxing, and hanging with friends. Visit THERAsurf.org to sign up for an amazing surf day.

Jan-Michael Vincent Malibu Memorial

Jan-Michael Vincent’s passion for the ocean, as captured in the classic surfer film Big Wednesday, will be celebrated at a special memorial service to be held next month in Malibu.

The producers of the 2011 documentary Hollywood Don’t Surf, which explores the film industry’s relationship with surfing, are sponsoring the memorial, which comes after Vincent died February 10 at age 73. Appropriately enough, the event will be held at Duke’s in Malibu. Big Wednesday director John Milius will co-host the event and appear.

“JMV, as he called himself, passed away in relative obscurity a couple of months ago back east, and most of the coverage he got focused on the wrong part of his life,” said Hollywood Don’t Surf producer Chris Kobin. “We want to look at the great career he had, both as an actor and a surfer, so we’ve invited his friends and fans to come celebrate him.”

Milius, who co-wrote Big Wednesday with Denny Aaberg, chose Vincent to play troubled surfer Matt Johnson, with Gary Busey, William Katt and Lee Purcell co-starring. Milius will attend the event with many of the cast and crew from the film.

“Jan was the perfect guy to play Matt Johnson,” Milius said. “A golden boy, but a troubled golden boy.”

The event will be by invitation only.

Venice Beach Clean Up


This Saturday there will be a beach clean at the Venice Pier from 10:00am - 1:00pm on the north side. Then there's a post clean up Happy Hour at Arbor Venice from 1:30pm - 4:00pm.

Arbor Venice
102 Washington Blvd
Venice, CA 90292