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High Surf Advisory

A High Surf Advisory has been issued for LA County:

Coastal Hazard Message
National Weather Service Los Angeles/Oxnard CA
527 PM PST Fri Dec 13 2019

Ventura County Coast- Los Angeles County Coast including Downtown Los Angeles-
Catalina and Santa Barbara Islands-
527 PM PST Fri Dec 13 2019


* WHAT...Large waves of 6 to 10 feet and dangerous rip currents, peaking tonight into Saturday morning. Minor beach flooding.

* WHERE...Ventura County Coast, Los Angeles County Coast and Catalina Island. Highest surf across exposed west facing beaches.

* WHEN...Through noon PST Sunday, peaking tonight through Saturday morning.

* IMPACTS...There is an increased risk for ocean drowning. Rip currents can pull swimmers and surfers out to sea. Large breaking waves can cause injury, wash people off beaches and rocks, and capsize small boats near shore. Minor flooding of sea water over beaches, around the time of high tide Thursday and Friday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...West swell direction. Largest High tides near 6.6 feet (MLLW) around 9 AM today, lowering slightly on Saturday with high tide around 940 AM.


A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area...producing localized beach erosion and dangerous swimming conditions. Swim near a lifeguard. If caught in a rip current, relax and float. Don`t swim against the current. If able, swim in a direction following the shoreline. If unable to escape, face the shore and call or wave for help.

Topanga Beach Clean Up

Join Surfrider LA tomorrow morning - Saturday - from 10am-1pm at Topanga State Beach for the final cleanup of 2019. So far this year volunteers have removed more than 6K lbs of trash from LA County Beaches! ~ Be sure to bring your favorite wave-riding gear for a pre or post cleanup sesh cos it's gonna be pumping!

Jacks Surfboards Gift Card Giveaway

It’s GIVEAWAY time ‼️‼️

Jacks Surfboards giving away not one but TWO $100 Jacks Giftcards valid for ANY item in store or online as a gift to you!

Here’s how to enter:
1. Follow @jackssurfboards & @jacksgirls on Instagram
2. Tag friends (each tag is an entry) ❄️❄️❄️❄️

Giveaway winners will be announced on 12/15
🎁 Goodluck 🎁

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

Beach Hazard Statement for Los Angeles County Coast


WHAT...Large waves of 6 to 10 feet and dangerous rip currents. Minor beach flooding.

WHERE...Santa Barbara County South Coast, Ventura County Coast, Los Angeles County Coast, and Catalina and Santa Barbara Islands.

WHEN...From Thursday evening through Sunday morning.

IMPACTS...Dangerous swimming conditions. Minor flooding of sea water over beaches, around the time of high tide.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS...This is an extended outlook statement. A High Surf Advisory will likely be issued on Thursday.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Monitor future forecasts for more details as the expected event approaches.

Ocean Goddess Surf Club Holiday Party

This Sunday, December 15th at 1pm is the Ocean Goddess Surf Holiday Party hosted by the Traveler Surf Club Malibu..

1pm - 2pm: Group Surf Paddle out at 1st point Malibu

1pm-4pm: Traveler Surf Club Hangout. Raffle, refreshments and fun!

This is a free event! Ladies of all ages and skill levels are welcome! Traveler is amazing and we are allowed to use the surf club for FREE before and after surfing. Come enjoy all of the amenities that Traveler Surf Club Malibu. has to offer during the meetup (lockers, changing rooms, hot outdoor shower). We will not have board or wetsuit rentals at this event. Parking is easy on the street or in the paid lot by the Malibu pier! Traveler will be our home base from 1-4pm. Come say hello!

Address is 22941 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. Hope to see you all there!

Check out the Ocean Goddess Surf Website for more info.

North Pacific Pumping Out Swell

Solid WNW swells grace spots north of Pt. Conception the back half of this week. SoCal also gets in on the action going through the upcoming weekend. Winds/conditions something to monitor.

Current Water Temps

The average water temps as of December 9th.

Jack's Surfboards Holiday Sale

Jacks Surfboards Holiday SALE starts today!

Monday, 12/9-Tuesday, 12/24

Get 20% OFF Storewide + all the amazing deals below!

40% OFF bikinis & one-pieces, Black Sea & Alton apparel
30% OFF boardshorts, dresses, sandals, sunglasses, watches & hats
$50 OFF surfboards (excludes soft-tops)

Shop online and save 20% OFF Sitewide at
Use code: MERRY19

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

Excludes surfboards, Go Pro cameras, Fjallraven merchandise & gift cards. $50 off surfboards excludes soft-tops. 20% off snow apparel & snow gear sale is valid in stores only, not valid online. Sale cannot be combined with any other sales, discounts or offers.

Concrete To Saltwater Book Release Party

Tuesday night plan to celebrate local photographer Brian Averill & the Release of His Photography Book Concrete To Saltwater.

Great music, excellent food and drinks, signed copies, and a full book slideshow. If you’re free, swing by The Waterfront Venice and say hello!

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

Frankie Seely and Friends

Malibu's Frankie Seely and friends, filmed by SaltWaterSoulutions™

ALLOVE Skateboarding Foundation Skate Donation Drive

Not everyone is fortunate enough to be skating a fresh new board every other week like some of us. It’s time we as a community come together and help those out who can’t afford all the sick new gear that some of us just sit on and never even use!

Come out to Bay Street Boards at 3216 Santa Monica Blvd, and donate for a cause.

We would like to introduce you all to the first ALLOVE Skateboarding Foundation skate donation drive. We’re accepting all new and used skate equipment, boards, wheels, trucks, shoes etc through Christmas and New Years. All donations will go to Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA’s, and programs that involve skateboarding around Los Angles so every donation counts! Thank you and remember it’s ALLOVE

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

The Venice Surf-A-Thon Is A Go

A few words from Venice Surf-A-Thon Founder Ger-I Lewis:

Everything about the Venice Surf-A-Thon is custom. From the trophies to the art work on the graphics.

The contest primary function is to showcase the talent of the many participants,volunteers and sponsors and have a good surfing time! The surf contest that was intended to be a one off that became not only a neighborhood institution but an international one also.

In 26 years the Venice Surf-A-Thon has increased the entry price once. The entry is a paltry $25.00. If a competitor is unable to pay, the contest waives the fee. The entry price includes a custom and limited t-shirt, entry to compete and to the award show after the contest at the Sidewalk Cafe. A super deal!

Most contests charge upwards of a $100.00 to compete for a plastic trophy. Why? because those contests are about making money. Venice Surf-A-Thon is not. It is about having a good time, staying funky and true to the roots and aloha spirit of surfing. It is the surf contest thugs, gentrification and hipsters could not ruin or kill.

I personally wish to welcome back Sector 9 to the sponsorship fold. Back in 1993 EG and Steve Lake jumped right in to sponsor the contest. A few years ago after 23 years of continuous sponsorship Sector 9 choose not to sponsor. Well EG is back at Sector 9 and on board with Venice Surf-A-Thon! We are stoked to resume a wonderful relationship!

You may notice many competing brands that sponsor the Venice Surf-A-Thon. It is unusual. The reason being Venice Surf-A-Thon is plain 'ol fun and truly a non- profit venture just to stoke folks out. You don't have to take my word for it, ask the sponsors, volunteers and competitors themselves.

Finally any funds generated by the Venice Surf-A-Thon (less production costs) are donated to MLD Christian School, Mindanao Philippines.

Executive Director

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.

Check out the coverage of the 2018 Venice Surf-A-Thon.

WNW Waves Kick Up For The Weekend

Powerful WNW swell mix cranked out by a strong northeast Pacific storm will fill in tonight and max out for Southern California this weekend. Similar to last weekend, that impressive looking low dropped southward from the Aleutians and develop 35-40kt+ winds aimed directly at our coast. More importantly, this is another lower latitude storm which means that the resultant “westerly ” directed swell gets into most spots so there will be plenty of waves to go around.

Solid surf tops out Saturday afternoon, stays strong into Sunday morning, then eases into next week. Favorable winds on Saturday, turning unfavorable on Sunday.

Ocean Water Quality Rain Advisory

A rain advisory is issued when there is significant rainfall that may cause bacteria levels in ocean waters to increase. Bacteria levels can increase significantly during and after rainstorms, as contaminants within the runoff enters the ocean. Bacteria levels may remain elevated up to 3 days depending upon the intensity of the rain and the volume of runoff. Elevated bacteria levels in ocean water may cause illness, especially in children and the elderly. The Department of Public Health recommends that beach users avoid contact with ocean water for a period of 3 days after significant rainfall, especially near flowing storm drains, creeks and rivers.

An Ocean Water Quality Rain Advisory has been declared for all Los Angeles County beaches. The advisory will be in effect at least until 7:00 am, Saturday, December 7, 2019. Beach users are cautioned to avoid water contact for at least 72 hours after significant rainfall. This advisory may be extended depending upon further rainfall.

Use the map below to obtain the current water quality status of your favorite beach location. Use your mouse wheel to zoom into a particular location. Click on the marker to identify the sampling location.

Los Angeles county beaches are under advisory after the rainfall starting Nov. 27, 2019

This map is updated as conditions change. The

SoCal Water Temp Forecast

The average water temps as of December 2nd.

Weekend Surf Forecast

According to Surflies, "another impressive-looking storm in the northeast Pacific will setup more swell for Southern California this weekend. Similar to the past weekend, low-pressure dropping southward from the Aleutians have already whipped up 35-40kt winds in a fetch aimed toward the West Coast. More importantly, the lower latitude storm opens up more options along the coastline with the westerly swell direction."

"Solid surf rises through Saturday to a peak, then slowly easing Sunday with fun-size leftovers into the start of next week. And although we may see a chance of showers this weekend, winds generally look favorable during this run of swell."

Secos - Tuesday 12-3-2019

Here are a couple of surf photos from Tuesday at Secos by Brian Asher Photography. The link to the complete gallery of more photos is down below.

You can find more photos from this session in Brian's Facebook photo album:

Secos - Tuesday 12-3-2019 Photo Album

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

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 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


Venice Pier - Sunday 12-1-2019

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

These are just a few of the photos from this session. If you were out there, you probably got some surfing shots, probably multiple photos, they will be in the complete photo gallery for this day, check them out, the link to the complete gallery is down below.

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

Venice Pier - Sunday 12-1-2019 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.

O'Neill Wave Of The Winter Regional Contest

O'Neill is running the 2nd Annual Wave Of The Winter Regional Edition Contest. It's a regional video submission contest, and the Southern West Coast is one of the five regions. If you want to enter, here's the press release:

O’Neill Wave of the Winter: Regional Edition

The Wave of the Winter will be undoubtedly ridden on Oahu’s North Shore this season. Mostly because Pipe, Backdoor and Off-the-Wall are the heaviest waves on earth and the people pulling into those barrels are the best surfers on the planet.

But here’s the thing: 99% of the surfing universe doesn’t have access to that hallowed stretch of reef. 99% of the surfing universe does 99% of its surfing at home. And “home” in the United States at least, includes all kinds of different surf, all winter long. From frigid teepees in New Jersey to tapered pointbreaks in Santa Barbara; from shallow reefs in Puerto Rico to unrelenting XXL a-frames in San Francisco — and everything and everywhere in between.

And every surf community in the world huddles on sand dunes or in parking lots and talks in hushed tones about the Wave of the Day or the Wave of the Season. It means everything to the locals you see every day. (If only because it means you’ve moved a little higher in the pecking order and thus get more waves.)

Welcome to the Wave of the Winter for the people, created to celebrate unsung local heroes who charge at beaches around the country, all winter long. Surfline’s Regional O’Neill Wave of the Winter contests will be judged via online user voting after the four-month holding period. (December 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020.)

And because this will be judged by you, here’s the criteria our official North Shore judges use to use as a framework:
– Wave Size (25%) –
– Degree of Difficulty of Maneuvers (25%) –
– Style (25%) – and
– Overall “Heaviness” Factor (25%) –

There are five regions:
East Coast North: Maine to Delaware
East Coast South: Virginia to Florida
West Coast North: Point Conception to Oregon border
West Coast South: Point Conception to Mexico border
Puerto Rico/Caribbean Islands

Winners receive:
$1,000, a bunch of O’Neill gear and internet fame. (And hopefully more waves.)

How to upload:
YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Instagram videos are all accepted.
Go to THIS PAGE to upload your ride.
*Keep in mind there’s no limit to uploads, but you’re trying to win this thing.
Head dips won’t count.

Venice Surf-A-Thon Register Now

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.