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Surfers Vehicles Getting Broken Into On PCH

The thieves are back at it, targeting surfers' vehicles along PCH.

We got word that a vehicle at at Sunset got hit midweek at 12:30 in the afternoon. And another at Topanga around 2:00pm.

Don't just hide your keys around your car, theives are lurking and watching, waiting for their opportunity. .

Members of the surf community are doing our best to keep on the lookout, and warning other surfers not to just hide their keys under the fender.

And then, some individuals are not happy that surfers are being warned about the car burglaries, watch the video below:



"People who drive down to the beach to surf are sometimes getting their cars burglarized while out having fun. Some of us beach~boy elders are now watching out for these thieves. And we are doing a decent job, you might say. This woman in this video is verrry mad at me for trying to stop beach~side theft. I'll quote her: "That's not yo' problem"..." - Shot by R Wright


So take your key with you, or try using a lockbox, like the ones featured here:

LAPD Horse Goes Wild At Venice Beach



On Saturday, a LAPD horse ran off from it's rider. The police chased the horse from the boardwalk down the bike path then on to the sand before they were able to get control of him.

Venice Beach Crowds At 70% Less Than Normal




“I would say it's like 70% less than what this weekend would bring normally,” said Los Angeles Police Sgt. Theresa Skinner, who oversees the department’s Venice Beach detail.

Josie Huang reports "The Asian and European tourists aren’t here but locals are still coming to Venice Beach — many not wearing masks."






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

Sunbathing Is Allowed But Not Allowed



LA County Beaches And Harbors and the crime approving mayor of LA have stated that no sunbathing, sitting, or laying on the beaches.

But an LA County Lifeguard Captain said all that is allowed via a Fox 11 News statement:


“There are still no umbrellas, no coolers and we don’t want large social gatherings,” said L.A. County Fire Lifeguard Captain A.J. Lester. “You can come down absolutely with your family, lay on a towel, sunbathe, watch your kids run in and out of the water, just try to do it near an open lifeguard tower.”

Fox 11 News added:

"Those in the same household are now welcome to sit on towels on the beach – an amendment to the COVID-19 beach restrictions for “active-use only.”

So basically, sitting and laying out on the beaches is allowed, but it is not allowed. Maybe the lifeguards are fed up with having to enforce these BS rules, as those that have been out on beaches already know people are and have been doing it all anyways.

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

Updated Beach Rules For LA County

On May 22,2020, LA County released this updated set on Beach Rules ALLOWED:

- Individual or family ocean activities (such as surfing, swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding and body surfing)
- Individual or family active recreation & exercise (such as walking, running and using the beach bike path)

NOT ALLOWED:

- Sunbathing, or sitting or lying on sand
- Picnicking
- Chairs, canopies or coolers
- Group or organized sports (such as volleyball)
- Gatherings or events
- Fishing

HEALTH & SAFETY REQUIREMENTS: - More than 6 feet physical distance from others at all times (except between members of same household)
- Face coverings, when out of the water AND around others (except for children under age 2 and those with breathing problems)
- Stay at home if you, or someone you live with, is sick

CLOSURES STILL IN EFFECT (until further notice):

- Piers – CLOSED
- Beach Accessways – CLOSED
- Beach Volleyball Courts – CLOSED





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

Venice Beach Parking Lots remain Closed



Once again, these city "officials" are sending out mixed messages about what is going on. This time these nitwits are releasing mixed statements regarding the beach parking lots.

This afternoon, the crime approving mayor made this announcement: "We are reopening the city beach parking lots at Cabrillo and Venice Beach as well as the beach bike paths — this is in addition to the County opening paths and lots at partial capacity at Dockweiler State Beach, Will Rogers State Beach, Zuma Beach, and Surfrider Beach."

One Hour later, LA Beaches & Harbors makes this announcement: "PLEASE NOTE: We will NOT be opening the County-operated beach parking lots at Venice Beach. The lots at Washington Blvd, Venice Blvd and Rose Ave will remain CLOSED for Memorial Day weekend."

Since, Beaches And Harbors apparently has the priority (the keys) on these lots, it's what they say that goes, and they are not opening the Venice lots.

And anyone who has actually been to the beaches already knows the bike paths have been open for a long time now.


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

Surfrider And Zuma Parking Lots Now Open



ZUMA & SURFRIDER PARKING LOTS OPENED AT LIMITED CAPACITY & ACCESSWAYS UNLOCKED
LA County Department of Beaches and Harbors announced the opening of parking lots for limited capacity at select beaches throughout the County, including Zuma Beach and Surfrider Beach in Malibu. County disaster service workers will be at the lots to advise beach patrons of the COVID-19 related rules. In addition, County-operated beach access ways throughout the City will be unlocked during posted hours to allow easier public access to beaches.


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

Memorial Weekend Surf Forecast

According to Surfline, "Fading surf through the Memorial Day holiday. New Southern Hemisphere swell has surf rebounding next week"



Monday, May 18th: 3-4′ at most breaks, 4-6’+ sets at standouts — Light AM onshore wind but manageable.

Saturday, May 23rd: 2-3′ at many breaks, Eddy winds linger for the AM.
Easing blend of SSW swell and NW windswell. Breaks with decent exposure see surf in the waist-high range with good summer/combo breaks a notch better on sets. Light to moderate SW trending W winds 4-9kts+ for the afternoon will ease in the evening.

Sunday, May 24th: 2′ at many breaks, Light AM wind.
Leftover SSW swell and minor NW windswell energy. Most breaks are below waist high with good summer/combo breaks right around that mark. Light/variable wind early trends onshore through the morning. Light to moderate SW trending W winds 4-9kts+ for the afternoon will ease in the evening.

Once Upon A Wave



Travel along the California coast to surf Big Malibu as Dewey Weber, Miki Dora, Lance Carson and the local boyz strut their stuff on the wave they all claimed, that stretch of sand along Pacific Coast highway called Surfrider Beach. Hear a new original score that will take you back to a time when the beaches were pure and the waves were always breaking- surf music that makes you long for the Rendezvous’ Ballroom, laying down the line for the “Surfer’s Stomp!”

Current Water Temps



The average water temps as of May 21st. Temps have dropped since last week.

Santa Monica Pier 360 Beach Festival Cancelled




Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Santa Monica Pier 360 event has been cancelled.

"While this is disappointing news, the safety of our team and athletes is our top priority. If you’re already registered, your fee will be refunded automatically. We look forward to seeing you in 2021!"




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

Possible Missing Swimmer at Manhattan Beach



On Thursday at approximately 10:45AM, La County Lifeguards responded to a reported missing off 34th street in Manhattan Beach

Dive 1 was on scene conducting sub surfaces searches. Lifeguards conducted searches of the surf line. Air Ops are on scene conducting an aerial search.

5 Dive team members conducted a sub surface search and 15 free divers searched throughout the surf zone. The area has been saturated with no findings.

According to the Manhattan Beach Police Department, no outstanding missing persons are reported.

At approximately 11:50am, all Lifeguard sub surface searches have been concluded. LG beach units and Baywatch rescue boats will remain on seen patrolling.




Photos: LACoFD Lifeguard Division

Rip Currents



National Beach Safety Week is here and with that LA County Lifeguards would like to take some time to talk about Rip Currents.

Rip Currents are channelized currents of water flowing away from shore at beaches with surf. Rip currents can occur at any beach with breaking waves and the bigger the waves, the bigger and stronger these currents can pull.

Rip currents can be identified by differences in the appearance of the water. Common features include churning/choppy water, difference in water color (sandy appearance), or a break in the incoming wave pattern amongst others.

Spotting a rip current can be difficult for beach goers which is why we always recommend checking in with the Lifeguard BEFORE getting in the water. Lifeguards will provide information on the current ocean conditions and steer beach goers clear of any existing hazards.





For more Rip Current info visit: LACountyLifeguards.com

Venice Breakwater - Wednesday 5-20-2020


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

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There are a lot of shots from this session, about 250 photos. This is just a handful of them that we picked out to post here. If you were out there, you probably got some surfing shots, probably multiple photos, they all will be in the complete photo galleries for this day, check them out, the links to the complete galleries are down below.




















You can find almost 200 more photos from this session, all full size and in high-resolution, in these 2 photo galleries:

Venice Breakwater - Wednesday 5-20-2020 Photo Gallery #1
Venice Breakwater - Wednesday 5-20-2020 Photo Gallery #2
Venice Breakwater - Wednesday 5-20-2020 Photo Gallery #3


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.

Surfing Bioluminescent Waves At Venice Beach



Surfing bioluminescent waves at Venice Beach during May 2020. Filmed By Cameron Chacker

Body Of Shad Gaspard Found At Venice Pier



At 2:19AM, LA County Lifeguards responded to the Venice Pier to a report of a body along the shoreline that matches the description of Sunday’s missing swimmer, former WWE star Shad Gaspard. Crews on-scene extricated the body from the water and transfer to LA County Medical Examiner-Coroner.

Malibu Under Fire For Crowded Beaches

Similar to what happened at Huntington Beach a few weeks ago, photos of crowded beaches in Malibu this past weekend are making the headlines, and causing that Department of Public Heath Director lady, Barbara Ferrer to start with her vague threats.



These are some of the photos from Broad Beach resident Rodger Grossman that KTLA Reporter Eric Spillman started posting to his Twitter which started it.




"The photos are real and there were hundreds of people on the beach no social distancing and no masks. Directly in front of my house there was human waste, used tampons, garbage and used condoms," Malibu Resident Leslie Grossman stated," "I watched it all day Saturday from my window."

City Officials and the sheriff's Department are coming under fire about allowing it to happen, even though there is proof they were trying to keep everyone moving:



Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer talked about this in her daily press conference on Monday. “We got reports. We’re working very closely with Beaches and Harbor to make sure this doesn’t continue to happen. If people are willing to blatantly disregard their obligation to make it safe for others, it’s impossible to continue to move down a path towards recovery, because this is what is going to overwhelm our healthcare system. You don’t know when you’re in a public space who the people are who are around you, you may have underlying health conditions.”



“When we talk about Safer At Home, we talk about being responsible,” County Supervisor Kathryn Barger said. “The only way we’re going to get to a position where we go into the next phase is by people acting responsibly, so when I hear stories like this it frustrates me. Enforcement is going to be the key, but I would hope that people would use common sense when they are out doing that.”

It is not just the size of the crowds, but the reports that most were not social distancing, sunbathers laying on the sand, and up to 90% of the people on the beaches were not wearing masks.

As well as complaints about dogs being off leashes on the beach, parking not being enforced, and open containers of alcohol.



Another of Grossman's photos where he shows "Open containers of alcohol". Noticed a lot of Grossman's shots do have girl's butts in them.

Malibu was trying to keep the parking under control, the city reported that their Sheriff's Volunteers on Patrol issued more than 977 parking citations, a weekend record.

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

Topanga - Tuesday 5-19-2020


Here's some of the surf photos from Tuesday at Topanga.

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There are a lot of shots from this session, about 200 photos. This is just a handful of them that we picked out to post here. If you were out there, you probably got some surfing shots, probably multiple photos, they all will be in the complete photo galleries for this day, check them out, the links to the complete galleries are down below.






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You can find almost 200 more photos from this session, all full size and in high-resolution, in these 2 photo galleries:

Topanga - Tuesday 5-19-2020 Photo Gallery #1
Topanga - Tuesday 5-19-2020 Photo Gallery #2


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.

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