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Mike Vaughan Paddle Out



A Paddle Out for Mike Vaughan, who passed away last month, will be held this Saturday, August 8th.

Come join friends and family to celebrate Mike Vaughan's life with a traditional paddle out memorial at Tower 26 in Santa Monica. Socially distanced, responsible and outside.

Please share with friends, loved ones and anyone else who was touched by Mike's love of ocean sports, living a big life and his generosity.

More info at the Mike Vaughan Paddle Out Facebook Event Page

July Surf Photos Recap

July started off good, 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 May. 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 - Saturday 7-4-2020 Photo Gallery


Leo Carrillo

Leo Carrillo - Friday 7-3-202 Photo Gallery


Zeros

Zeros - Wednesday 7-1-2020 Photo Gallery
Zeros - Thursday 7-2-2020 Photo Gallery
Zeros - Sunday 7-5-2020 Photo Gallery
Zeros - Monday 7-6-2020 Photo Gallery


Malibu

Malibu - Monday 7-28-2020 Photo Gallery


Topanga

Topanga -Sunday 7-5-2020 Photo Gallery


Sunset

Sunset - Wednesday 7-1-2020 - Part 1 Photo Gallery
Sunset - Wednesday 7-1-2020 - Part 2 Photo Gallery
Sunset - Saturday 7-4-2020 Photo Gallery
Sunset - Sunday 7-5-2020 Photo Gallery
Sunset - Sunday 7-26-2020 Photo Gallery


Venice Breakwater

Venice Breakwater - Wednesday 7-26-2020 Photo Gallery
Venice Breakwater - Friday 7-31-2020 Photo Gallery


Venice Surf School Owner Goes On A Tirade Over Bad Review



The slef-proclaimed "#1 surf school in Venice Beach & Santa Monica California" is making the woke news waves for having another meltdown over a bad review.

Last week, Kapowui Surf Club got a 1-Star review on Google from a person who thought the owner was being very unprofessional for blaming a cancelled surf lesson on the "Chinese flu".

"Lesson got cancelled due to covid-19 and I received and email stating it was canceled due to “the Ch*n*se flu” this is very unprofessional of you and I will not be rescheduling. DO NOT SUPPORT THIS BUSINESS." wrote the reviewer.

Kapowui rarely recieves any negative reviews, but when he does, he tends to fly off the Wavestorm.

He made a lenghthly reply discussing retirement, snowflakes, politics, and wadded panties:

"I’ve written this 3 time but google keeps censoring my reply so here’s one last attemp without saying where the virus originated, maybe this one will not be censored.

Not quite sure why your panties are in a wad. Where did the virus come from? What did the media call it in the beginning? So was I wrong to call it what they did? Amazing at how people forget these things and would rather be politically correct. So when I was refunding you, I only stated a fact and referenced the name the media was calling it at the time. The Media said that chXnxx was the source of the virus so my refund message to you I put in the information that was the available to me. I should have had the foresight to call it covid long before scientist came up with the name, I guess I’m just not that clever. I’m sorry me referencing the origin of the virus offended you. I hope this helps you better understand my frame of my mind.

Oh and BTW, I will not allow you to reschedule with us. . And as far as your statement ” DO NOT SUPPORT THIS BUSINESS”, I don’t capitulate to cancel culture and snowflakes. And anyone who is offended by facts should not book a lesson with us because I only speak the truth….well for as long as freedom of speech is still a right. It would appear censorship is alive and well. Welcome to the Orwellian dystopia.

Just to let you know I was deeply depressed and frustrated by having my rights stripped away, my business shut down and being stuck inside my small apartment for months on end. I felt like my whole life was falling apart. My business which I have put my blood, sweat, and tears into for 15 years was dead and I was stressing out about it shutting down forever and surfing is know so my future seemed so dead. 2020 was the year planed on buying a house and possibly retiring and after the STAY AT HOME order, my whole future seemed lost. I am a social animal, an out doorsman and a waterman and all that was taken away from me. FYI I also I have a compromised immune system and I’m 51, so I was hyper worried about the possibly of catching the virus and possibly dying. Also being a surfer, drowning is my greatest fear and as we know those who are seriously affected basically drown in their own fluids. Seeing my country that I so love and served for being decimated, seeing the world fall into choas and all because of a cover up. So No, renaming the virus will change it’s origin.

Perhaps you should direct your angst and frustration for the global implications due to a cover up that has cost trillions of dollars, put millions of small business out of business forever, countless people suffering, lost homes, lost jobs, tens of thousands of people dead and dying, the families that have to morn their loss, etc, etc, etc….. But no wait…. you did your part! You wrote a bad review! now you are a true activist you have stood up for… what? CPP narrative, the far left, and censorship,…. YAAYYYYY!!!! Go celebrate yourself. Sheepeople like you disgust me. Get a life."




For more of our coverage of the Coronavirus lockdown, closures, and how our local surf community and businesses are doing, CLICK HERE


Venice Breakwater - Friday 7-31-2020


Here's some of the surf photos from Friday at Venice.

This set of surf photos was shot by Scot Bice Photography.

These are just a few of the 100+ 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 more photos from this session in this photo gallery:

Venice Breakwater - Friday 7-31-2020 Photo Gallery


Venice Breakwater - Wednesday 7-26-2020


Here's some of the surf photos from Sunday at Venice.

This set of surf photos was shot by Scot Bice Photography.

These are just a few of the 100+ 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 more photos from this session in this photo gallery:

Venice Breakwater - Wednesday 7-26-2020 Photo Gallery


Melanated Surf Gathering



Posted by Augustus F. Hawkins HS :

THIS SATURDAY
HISTORIC "BAY STREET BEACH"
SANTA MONICA
MELINATED SURF CIRCLE

SWIM. HAVE FUN. CONNECT. DIALOGUE


We are gathering community for a day of purpose. Back in the day this was a segregated stretch of beach were black people could enjoy aquatic culture with the least racial harassment and physical confrontation. In community, The Inkwell was renamed THE BAY STREET BEACH because "Inkwell" was a derrogatory term racist whites used to denigrate areas where black people gathered.

This Saturday...this Saturday we are pay homage and reconnect with those before us who paved the way to create our soulful history of aquatic culture. We are also celebrating those who today continue that legacy. The ocean is freedom and that freedom is for all of us.

So showing up in unity is the best form of resistance...it is a revolutionary act.

Showing up in numbers and being seen by each other is healing and affirming and joyful. We welcome you to join us at The Bay Street Beach. Paid parking is available at this spot. Light refreshments and hydration will be available. Bring everything that brings you comfort for the day...umbrellas, sun hats, sunscreen, your favorite eats. We will be there until sunset. That will be a beautiful hour to close a beautiful day!

Feel free to bring folk and repost!
Blessings

DM hosts via Instagram for more info if needed:
@hawins_green
@ambiguous_digs
@chewroh

Malibu - Monday 7-28-2020


Here's some of the surf photos from Monday at First Point, Malibu.

This set of surf photos was shot by Scot Bice Photography.

These are just a few of the 30+ 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 more photos from this session in this photo gallery:

First Point - Monday 7-28-2020 Photo Gallery


Sunset - Sunday 7-26-2020


Here's some of the surf photos from Sunday at Sunset (also known as "Vons" as it tagged in our Instagram Stories).

This set of surf photos was shot by Scot Bice Photography.

These are just a few of the 100+ 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 more photos from this session in this photo gallery:

Sunset - Sunday 7-26-2020 Photo Gallery


More Info On The Gunman Arrested On The Beach In Santa Monica



The man arrested is 26 year old Jacob Matthew Vanderburg.

We also found out some of the things he did before the police arrived. He was mouthing off to the lifeguard in Tower 28 and attempted to walk up on the tower. He had also took someone's boogy board and was bashing it into the sand.

As seen in the video we shot, he was heading back towards the lifeguard tower when the police approached him.

And here's some additional info from Patch.com:

He was arrested on suspicion of possession of a loaded firearm and possession of illegal high capacity magazine. Lt. Joseph Cortez of the SMPD told Patch.com that he apparently had a firearm holstered on his hip and police received information that he was possibly brandishing the gun.

"When speaking with the subject, officers became concerned about his mental health," Cortez said. "The officer placed the man on a mental evaluation hold, pursuant to 5150 WIC."

Here's our original story we posted about this:





On Thursday, at 12:15PM, beach-goers near Tower 28 in Ocean Park spotted a man with what appeared to be a handgun in his belt.

The Santa Monica Police were called and showed up to apprehended him.

He was walking towards Lifeguard Tower 28 when the cops approached him. "I didn't do anything...let me go." and "I'm gettin' outta this town, I don't like these fuckin' liberals." are among some of the things he yelled to the police as they drew their guns on him and instructed him to get down.

He was placed in cuffs fairly quickly, while yelling, "Blue lives matter!" among other ramblings.

He shouted "You better get back to work and stop protesting in the street..you understand me!" to all the on-lookers who were watching him and his fancy hat being escorted off the sand to the police vehicles parked in the lot.

While getting placed in the police vehicle, he gets heckled by the dude from the nearby surf school to which he responds by threatening to come back and kill him.

The guy's VW car was parked on Bernard Way in front of Ocean View Park. It had Ohio Army Veteran plates on it, and inside the car was several large knives and a small axe. During the police search of the vehicle, they also found a sleeping bag in the back seat, and in the truck was clothing, food, a laptop, pots & pans, and more household items.

No word on this from the SMPD yet, but according to the surf school dude's heckling, the man will be spending the next 5 years having anal sex.

The complete uncut video from our Instagram Story is below:








Weekend Surf Forecast

According to Surfline, "South-southwest swell and northwest windswell combo maintains small, but rideable surf, for many spots along the West Coast. Light wind and generally clean conditions are expected for the morning hours. ."



Saturday, July 25th: 1-2′ surf at summer/combo breaks, occ. AM wind is light.
Small scale mix of SSW swell and NW windswell for waves at or under knee high at average breaks. Light/variable wind early, before trending from the S/SW through the later morning, then becoming light+ to locally more (4-8kts) out of the W for the afternoon in most areas.

Sunday, July 26th: 1-2′ waves off small SSW/SSE swell mix and a little NW swell, top summer/combo breaks, occ. 3′ sets. Light winds for the morning.
A small blend of SSW and SSE Southern Hemi swells moves in as a little NW windswell lingers. Most spots see weak surf down in the 1-2′ zone, while best summertime exposures/combo breaks hit waist high on sets. Light winds for most of the morning, shift to light+/locally moderate onshores over the afternoon.


Gunman Arrested On Santa Monica Beach



On Thursday, at 12:15PM, beach-goers near Tower 28 in Ocean Park spotted a man with what appeared to be a handgun in his belt.

The Santa Monica Police were called and showed up to apprehended him.

He was walking towards Lifeguard Tower 28 when the cops approached him. "I didn't do anything...let me go." and "I'm gettin' outta this town, I don't like these fuckin' liberals." are among some of the things he yelled to the police as they drew their guns on him and instructed him to get down.

He was placed in cuffs fairly quickly, while yelling, "Blue lives matter!" among other ramblings.

He shouted "You better get back to work and stop protesting in the street..you understand me!" to all the on-lookers who were watching him and his fancy hat being escorted off the sand to the police vehicles parked in the lot.

While getting placed in the police vehicle, he gets heckled by the dude from the nearby surf school to which he responds by threatening to come back and kill him.

The guy's VW car was parked on Bernard Way in front of Ocean View Park. It had Ohio Army Veteran plates on it, and inside the car was several large knives and a small axe. During the police search of the vehicle, they also found a sleeping bag in the back seat, and in the truck was clothing, food, a laptop, pots & pans, and more household items.

No word on this from the SMPD yet, but according to the surf school dude's heckling, the man will be spending the next 5 years having anal sex.

The complete uncut video from our Instagram Story is below:










Dead Body At Venice Breakwater Identified



The dead body that was discovered at Venice Breakwater on Tuesday morning has been identified.

Authorities got the call just before 6:00AM.

The naked body was a 48 year old homeless woman named Miriam Montufar.

A pair of shoes, some clothing, and other items were found in a pile near the body.

Sheriff's deputies are still investigating the death.



Atwater Vilage Skatepark Vandalized Again



The one-year-old skating facility has been vandalized for the second time this month, in the same way as before.

A black substance that feels and smells like motor oil was strategically poured all over the ramps and quarter-pipes, such that it hinders a smooth ride up or down.

This time, some sand was also added to the oil, and dumped elsewhere in the skating area. There is a sandbox adjacent to the skatepark.

This latest incident seems to have happened sometimes around the weekend of July 18-19. Some of the oil is still damp.

The park was struck in a similar fashion last July 4 weekend - though with less oil and no sand.



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