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Surfrider Foundation Found Objects Photo Contest

From September 16th - October 31st, the Surfrider Foundation presents the 3rd annual Found Objects photo contest. Found Objects is a an opportunity for people to share items that they’ve found and cleaned-up! off of their local beach or waterway. Participants are encouraged to take a photo of the objects found on the beach, arranged in a creative and artistic way AND share a story about the photograph. This story can include activities, memories or what Contestant (and their community) are doing to protect that beach.

To submit an entry, post the photo to your Instagram or Twitter account, write your story, and then tag @surfrider and use the hashtag #SurfriderFound to be entered in the contest.

Found Objects Photo Contest Prizes!

One (1) Overall grand prize winner will receive:
(1) Firewire Surfboard of your choice (certain restrictions apply) ($700)
- Surfrider membership ($25)

One (1) Second prize winner will receive:
- GoPro 7 Hero Black ($400)
- Surfrider membership ($25)

One (1) Third prize winner will receive:
- Surfrider gift pack ($150)
- Surfrider membership ($25)

Found Object Photo Tips
Trash/Debris — Look for a variety of trash and debris: unique shapes, sizes, & colors
Composition — When composing the photo, arrange the items in a creative way and shoot the photo from above
Color Use — Look for unusual colored objects that will stand out amongst the neutral sand color
Textures — Try and find 3D objects or objects with unique textures which will stand out in the photograph
Story — Make sure to include a clever, funny, or unique story as the caption of your photo!

More info at Surfrider Foundation Found Objects.

Venice Pier - Saturday 10-12-2019

Here's some of the photos from Saturday at the Venice Pier. This set was shot by Six12 Media.

You can find a fewmore photos from this session, all full size and in high-resolution, in this photo gallery:

Venice Pier - Saturday 10-12-2019 - 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.

Water Temps

The average water temps as of October 10th.

Sign Up For Haunted Heats

Mark your calendars, mateys. ZJ Boarding House announced the date for this year's Haunted Heats Surf Contest. It's happening on Oct 26th, sign up now at

Novice surfers and grommets always welcome, the only requirements for this surf contest are a fun attitude, good vibes, and a rad costume. October 26th, at tower 26-27, at 8 AM where you’ll compete for the fame and glory of the Haunted Heats!! As always, there will be raffle prizes

Need some costume inspo? Check out what went down last year: 2018 Haunted Heats Surf Contest.

Body Found On Venice Beach

Police are investigating after a body was found on Venice Beach Wednesday morning.

Officers with the Los Angeles Police Department responded to the 600 block of Ocean Front Walk around 7 a.m. to assist the fire department.

They say an adult man was found dead on the beach. Homicide detectives were called to the scene to investigate.

It is not known how the man died or when. His identity has not yet been released.

Ocean Goddess Surf Lessons

This Saturday. Ocean Goddess Surf is hosting their first Goddess Group Lessons! If you are in search of friendly, fun and girl powered beginner surf lessons, this is your chance! These will be at Venice Beach.

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 - 3 time slots - 8am, 10am and 12pm. 6 girls max per lesson.

Your lesson includes:
1.5 hour instruction on land and in water
Surf Photo
**Note for these lessons, wetsuit is not included in price. $10 extra to rent one.

A Conversation With General Admission

"L8nightwithChoccy is Jay “L8night” Larson and Lyndon “Choccy” Cabellon’s surf talk podcast.

For this podcast, they had the pleasure of sitting with in his beautiful home in Venice Beach, Ca. The owner of General Admission/ is a South African transplant who has worked hard to fulfill an American Dream. Listen to his episode to find out more!!

*But hey Gavon, Venice is NOT the birth place of skateboarding. No matter how badly the Venice guys want to claim it is, it's not.

Combo Swells Coming

Forecast from Surflies: Combination of Swells -- Bouts of Onshore Winds Friday and Saturday, October 4th-5th: 3-4’ surf at better combo exposures, plus sets at the best of those breaks.

"Prime season for combo swell in California, with this week delivering more Southern Hemisphere swell and NW swell. Generally a good time for conditions as well, but the next few days are a little dicey in that department."

Champion Paddle

More info at: ProSUPshop

Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Up

Come join Project Save Our Surf for a fun afternoon of mimosas and music all while cleaning the beach. Food, buckets and gloves will also be provided for the clean up. Come connect with others in Los Angeles working to support our environment. Every 2nd Saturday of the month rain or shine!

Santa Monica Beach Tower 26
2559 Ocean Front Walk
Sat, October 12, 2019
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM PDT
Santa Monica, CA 90405 br />
Veggie Grill has been so kind to offer us 33% of proceeds between 11am-3pm on our clean ups days all year long when you mention Project Save Our Surf at the register. So if you can't make it out, or want to join in after, grab a bite at Veggie Grill and mention Project Save Our Surf.

Project Save Our Surf will be at Veggie Grill afterwards from 1:30-

Veggie Grill
2025 Wilshire Blvd,

Santa Monica, CA 90403

Donated To Project Save Our Surf

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 1 | Saturday October 26th "New to the Bu" | 9-10 AM

If you a beginner and want more knowledge about how to navigate the breaks in and around LA county, this session offers insider guidance on how to best to get your feet wet. Topics covered include:

Paddling and positioning
Going down the line
Proper Equipment

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


Life Rolls On Night By The Ocean

If you missed out on watching the live stream of the Life Rolls On 's 15th Annual “Night by the Ocean” Gala, don’t worry. Here is the link to watch the entire event:

“Night by the Ocean” Live Stream

Innocnts Beach Break Boogie Longboard Contest

Innocnts just announce the details for their Beach Break Boogie Longboard Video Contest.

Visit Innocnts for more info.

B4BC Skate The Coast

B4BC's 12th Annual Skate the Coast
Presented by Suja
October 11th-12th, 2019

Santa Monica & Redondo Beach, CA

Boarding 4 Breast Cancer Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC) is excited to announce its 12th Annual Skate the Coast, a 19-mile skate-bike-roll from Santa Monica to Redondo Beach along the iconic Southern California Strand.

Join us in our collective push for prevention as we honor those who are and have fought breast cancer by coming to our pre-party on October 11th and/or skating with us on October 12th.

This series attracts skaters of all ages and abilities. Please help us in reaching our $70K goal to benefit B4BC’s outreach, prevention, and survivorship programs by creating a fundraising page. Each participant is required to raise a minimum of $50 to join in the fun, but the more you raise, the better the prizes!


B4BC will be adding a drop in at Dockweiler State Beach for those who want to join later in the skate.


Friday October 11th – Pre-Party

5PM–9PM | Arbor Venice

We're kicking off the weekend with a pre-party hosted by our friends at Arbor! Come by for live music, art auctions, food and drinks! You'll be able to meet your fellow skaters and the B4BC crew.

Arbor Venice
108 Washington Blvd
Venice, CA 90292

Saturday October 12th – Skate the Coast
8:00AM | Veteran's Park Redondo Beach

Veteran's Park
309 Esplanade, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

8:00AM SHARP Park and meet at Veterans Park in Redondo Beach, and get shuttled to the start at the north side of the Santa Monica Pier. Skate, Bike or Rollerskate 19-miles along the boardwalk from Santa Monica to Redondo Beach.

3 Hydration Stations along the way: 10:15AM Marina Del Rey Parking Lot 5
11:15AM Dockwieler State Beach/ South Bay Drop In
12:00PM Hermosa Beach Pier
1:00PM Finish Line and Awards Ceremony hosted by Dive N Surf!

Dive N Surf
504 N Broadway
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Click here for more info & to register.

Conversation with Surfer Rochelle Ballard

An evening of Cocktails & Conversation with champion surfer and wellness entrepreneur Rochelle Ballard on Thursday, Oct. 10

Rochelle Ballard, former professional surfer and 2012 ISA World Master’s Champion from Kauai, has carved out some time to hang out at Traveler Surf Club & Coastal Outpost in Malibu while she's in California. Join her for this rare opportunity to have cocktails and fireside chats in the Surf Club with this legend!

She still holds the record for two perfect 10 barrel rides in a single heat since 1997. Rochelle Ballard has been considered one of the best female barrel riders and known for pushing the level in women’s barrel riding and big wave surfing in the past two decades. She was also featured and surfed for the lead in the box office hit Blue Crush.

Rochelle is now the founder of Surf Into Yoga, an elite wellness retreat business in Kauai. She started Surf Into Yoga to share surf, wellness, and aloha with people from around the world.

Thursday, Oct. 10th from 7 to 9pm at Traveler Surf Club & Coastal Outpost 22941 PCH, Malibu.

Questions? Give us a call at 424-425-8033

Tickets $10, space is limited so reserve your spot early!


Sal Masekela's Pop-Up Purge Estate Sale

This weekend, Sal Masekela is having an estate sale. Skate and surfboards, Sneakers, art, books, and more...proceeds are going to benefit Stoked.Org.

801 Rialto Court
Venice, CA 90291

Stoked.Org's mission is to create a community of fearless leaders through mentoring, opportunity, and action. In addition to weekend trips to learn action sports, they provide after school programming for our youth to be mentored by their STOKED Coach and to learn how to build a skateboard from start to finish.

Maui & Sons Venice Closing Shop

A few weeks ago, they listed some $4,000 Maui & Sons Surfboards for sale, it looks like that was because Maui & Sons® Venice Beach is actually closing shop for real this time. So head down there for their Closing Sale.

So far it appears only the Venice Beach store is closing down (the one on the Venice Boardwalk across from the skatepark), not the Marina Del Rey store (the one across from the Venice Pier).

ZJ Boarding House Board Swap

Sat. Oct. 19th the ZJ Boarding House Board Swap is Back!! • 10am-5pm • Sell, Buy or Trade your used boards with other local surfers at our parking lot board swap • Killer one day only deals on NEW #boards, wetsuits, & surfing accessories will be happening in the shop all day!

ZJ Boarding House
2619 Main St. Santa Monica, CA
(310) • 392 • 5646
Store Hours:
Mon - Sat 10am - 7pm
Sun 10am - 6pm

Jamie O'Brien Signing At Jacks

Jamie O'Brien & the Buell Wetsuits crew will be at Jacks Santa Monica Shop Saturday, October 5th from 2-5PM

Poster signings | FREE Giveaways | Buell Wetsuit Giveaways | FREE Food | Forehead Signings!

Jacks Surfboards
2012 Lincoln Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405
Store Hours: Mon-Sun: 10am-8pm

Surf Lessons With Pro Malia Ward

Professional Surfer MALIA WARD will be offering surfing lessons to people of all ages and experience! Whether it is taking a lesson to experience surfing for the first time, or learning to hone your surf craft, spots are now available!

ABOUT MALIA: Malia Ward is one of the top rising stars of the World Surf League, having competed in competitions such as the Newport Classic and Los Cabos Classic. As one of the premiere up-and-coming surfers, Malia has been heavily inspiring the representation of women within the sport. As both a student and professional surfer, Malia has been pushing the boundaries of what it means to be both a superstar and student!

DATE: October 4, 2019
TIME: Session 1: 10AM-12PM, Session 2: 12:30 PM-2:30 PM, Session 3: 3PM-5 PM
COST: $100 for 2 Hour Session
LOCATION: Santa Monica Beach (Exact Location to be Specified Later)
HOW TO BOOK: Please contact Chan Lee at 213-600-2351, or email
EQUIPMENT: Surfboards will be provided by staff of the event, however, items such as wetsuits can be discussed to assist with getting the proper equipment!

As part of the core curriculum within the Lloyd Grief Center for Entrepreneurship within USC, UP TO $500 WILL BE DONATED TO THE NFTE: Network for Teaching Entrepreneursh

New Weekend Swell

Friday and Saturday, October 4th-5th: 3-4’ surf at better combo exposures, plus sets at the best of those breaks.

Morning winds mainly light. SSW swell (200-180) eases, keeping spots with a good southerly view in North LA. NW swell-mix pulses up with knee-waist high+ waves at better winter exposures. Best combo exposed breaks see shoulder high+ peaks/sets around the more favorable tides. High tide around 5′ bogs most areas down during the middle of the day. Winds are light/variable to light offshore in the morning, becoming light+ to moderate from the W in the afternoon.

Tony Alva Story Screening

The Tony Alva Story will be featured at the Other Venice Film Festival on Oct. 5th.

The OVFF is a nonprofit community event dedicated to screening full- length features, short and animated films that embody the spirit, energy and diversity of Venice, California. Filmmakers descended on Venice for two days of film screenings, premieres, sell out crowds, spirited Q&A sessions, panel discussions, local art on display and parties with live music.

The Tony Alva Story
61-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 superstardom 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.

Also they will be showing:

Surfing With Sugar
His path to healing came in an unlikely form meeting and rescuing a street dog and future surfing partner Sugar. The two have since become local legends inspiring visitors and locals with their abilities in the waves and their special relationship.His path to healing came in an unlikely form meeting and rescuing a street dog and future surfing partner Sugar. The two have since become local legends inspiring visitors and locals with their abilities in the waves and their special relationship.

Tickets are $15 and available HERE.

Beyond Baroque
681 Venice Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90291

Santa Monica - Tuesday 10-1-2019

Check out these surf shots from Tuesday, the first day of October at Santa Monica. These photos were taken by California Mermaid Photography.

You can find higher resolution versions of these and more on :

California Mermaid Photography's Facebook Page

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

September Surf Spot Photos Recap

September was a good month for waves at our local spots and we got a ton of surf photos from a bunch of days at different spots, from Venice up to County LIne.

Below is the list of Surf Spots with the days we got photos for during the entire month of September. 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.

County Line

County Line - Thursday 9-12-2019

Leo Carrillo

Leo Carrillo - Friday 9-6-2019
Leo Carrillo - Sunday 9-8-2019
Leo Carrillo - Sunday Afternoon 9-8-2019
Leo Carrillo - Thursday 9-12-2019
Leo Carrillo - Thursday Afternoon 9-12-2019
Leo Carrillo - Sunday 9-22-2019
Leo Carrillo - Sunday Afternoon 9-22-2019
Leo Carrillo - Monday Afternoon 9-23-2019
Leo Carrillo - Friday 9-27-2019
Leo Carrillo - Saturday 9-28-2019
Leo Carrillo - Saturday Evening 9-28-2019


Zeros - Thursday 9-5-2019
Zeros - Thursday 9-5-2019 Mid-day
Zeros - Thursday Evening 9-5-2019
Zeros - Sunday 9-8-2019
Zeros - Thursday 9-12-2019
Zeros - Tuesday 9-17-2019
Zeros - Saturday 9-28-2019
Zeros - Sunday 9-29-2019


Zuma - Wednesday 9-11-2019


Malibu - Wednesday 9-4-2019
Malibu - Thursday 9-5-2019


Topanga - Monday 9-9-2019
Topanga - Thursday 9-12-2019
Topanga - Friday 9-13-2019
Topanga - Saturday 9-28-2019


Sunset - Thursday 9-5-2015
Sunset - Thursday 9-12-2019

Bay Street

Bay Street - Thursday 9-12-2019

Santa Monica

Santa Monica - Friday 9-13-2019
Santa Monica - Sunday 9-29-2019

Ocean Park

Ocean Park - Sunday 9-8-2019

Venice Breakwater

Venice Breakwater - Tuesday 9-10-2019
Venice Breakwater - Thursday 9-26-2019
Venice Breakwater - Thursday Evening 9-26-2019

Venice Jetty

Venice Jetty - Sunday 9-29-2019

Venice Pier

Venice Pier - Tuesday 9-10-2019
Venice Pier - Wednesday 9-11-2019
Venice Pier - Saturday 9-14-2019
Venice Pier - Sunday 9-15-2019
Venice Pier - Wednesday 9-25-2019
Venice Pier - Sunday 9-29-2019

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