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Lou Potter GoFundMe Goal Met - Thank You!

The goal to raise funds to get Surfing Photograhper/Videographer Lou Porter some upgraded gear has been met!

Lou gives a huge thanks to everyone!

Lou shoots photos and video clips of everyone surfing Topanga, go follow her on her Instgram: @malibubarbiexoxo

If you haven't met the very much loved Lou, watch the video below:

Meet Lou Porter. A California Native, who loves the beach, surfing and sharing her stories and experiences everyone she encounters. Lou has been coming to Topanga Beach, just north of Los Angeles for years. She takes photos and videos of people surfing and posts them to Instagram and Facebook. Although not a surfer herself she has become a staple in many people's daily routines greeting them as they go in and out to surf.

Lou is committed, she follows the surf charts and on days when there is surf, makes her way from Chatsworth to the beach, a 20 mile commute over the Santa Monica mountains but when the surf is up Lou is there.

A couple of us surfers want to support Lou to get her an upgrade. We are looking to get people from the community to pool together to get her a new camera with a zoom and tripod, to support her. Most of all we want to share our appreciation and enthusiasm for her dedication to the beaches we surf at most.

Please donate!.

Video Of Shooting On Santa Monica Pier

Homeless Encampments In Venice Beach - Part 8

Mike, aka German in Venice, vlogs about daily life in Venice Beach. His newest video is part 8 of his series on the homeless encampments that have taken over Venice Beach. In this video, he revisits his friend Gucci from a previous video.

"Today I happened to walk by the Venice beach boardwalk and I saw Gucci sitting on the grass with the friend enjoying himself and have a picnic I had to stop by and ask how he’s doing since lots of people on YouTube like him so much."

If you would like to support German in Venice with some gas money or you want to buy him a coffee, you are welcome to donate to his paypal account:

Leo Carrillo Surfing Video

Dain Corrales went camping at Leo Carrillo state park this week and filmed the surfers with a drone.

Clean Up Malibu

Join Malibu City staff, community volunteers and partner agencies as they come together to "Clean Up Malibu" on Tuesday, October 27, 8:00 AM - 11:00.

"After all the visitors over the summer, we want to give Malibu some extra care."

Meet in the upper parking lot of City Hall (23825 Stuart Ranch Road) at 8:00 AM. For more information, email

Malibu Skatepark Design Survey

You can provide comments regarding the design of the Permanent Skate Park by taking the Skate Park Design Survey, which will be available through October 23. California Skateparks will incorporate feedback from the survey into the conceptual design.

Below are the 2 skatepark concepts:

Concept A
This concept is designed with a majority of street features. Please note that this is not the final design by any means and will be developed based on your input!

Concept B
This concept is designed with equal parts transition and street features. Please note that this is not the final design by any means and will be developed based on your input!

Skate Park Design Survey

Venice Trunk Or Treat

Contact Paulo Freire Lopez for more info.

Spooky Light Show On The Ferris Wheel At The Santa Monica Pier

Pacific Park will light up the wheel with spooky characters and seasonal colors from 10/24 - 11/2 and will be offering candy corn-flavored cotton candy, fall-inspired drinks and treats and more!

Homeless Encampments In Venice Beach - Part 7

Mike, aka German in Venice, vlogs about daily life in Venice Beach. His newest video is part 7 of his series on the homeless encampments that have taken over Venice Beach. In this video, he revisits Frank from a previous video.

"A lot of people comment on my first homeless encampment video about Frank. They I wanted to know about the meaning and why Frank has all those tattoos in his face, so today I went to his place and interviewed him about his face tattoos. I hope you enjoy the video, I always have fun talking to Frank."

If you would like to support German in Venice with some gas money or you want to buy him a coffee, you are welcome to donate to his paypal account:

Pro SUP Shop Costume Ball

ProSUPShop costume event!!

Come out Wednesday the 28th for a moonlight paddle. Best costume gets a free rental voucher! There will be swag for 2nd, 3rd, and possibly 4th place.

Reserve your spot at now!

B4BC Skate The Coast

LA area we invite you to join a group of socially distanced cruisers who will be starting at the Santa Monica Pier at 9AM

Boarding For Breast Cancer is excited to announce the 13th Annual [Virtual] Skate the Coast Presented by SUJA will be taking place on Sunday October 25,2020! B4BC is inviting friends, family and partners to skate-bike-roll their local trail, path, or neighborhood in honor of breast cancer awareness and prevention while promoting B4BC’s mission of a healthy, active lifestyle. Help us in reaching our $50K goal!

Historically, Skate The Coast is a 19-mile cruise from the Santa Monica Pier to Redondo Beach and is our biggest fundraising event of the year. This year due to COVID19 the event will be VIRTUAL and we are inviting our entire global community to skate/bike/roll/ride/hike/walk their local trails and path. Be it 19 miles or just a few laps around your block get outside, ‘Be Healthy, Get Active, Ride’ and help us raise funds for B4BC’s education, prevention and survivorship programs!

LA area we invite you to join a group of socially distanced cruisers who will be starting at the Santa Monica Pier at 9AM

CLICK HERE for more info and to register for the Virtual Event.

SurfEars Releases New Kids’ Earplug Design

The world’s best surf earplug makers, SurfEars, have just released a new version of their kid’s design. The SurfEars JUNIOR 2.0 has an improved fit with two size options in the one pack, softer tips for an improved water seal, and easy colour-coding to help groms put the right plug in the right (or left) ear. The plugs are designed to help prevent common problems all surfers face, like swimmers ear, surfers ear (exostosis) and regular ear infections.

SurfEars inventor and engineer Christian Dittrich says that kids now get to enjoy the full tech and comfort adults do.

“Having put such a massive effort into developing SurfEars 3.0, we thought it was about time to make those improvements available for younger surfers as well,” Christian explains. “Compared with its predecessor, JUNIOR 2.0 has better fit, improved water seal, wider size range and is more comfortable to use.”

The comfort factor especially is massive for younger surfers, who often resist using ear plugs in the water because they don’t like how it feels. Clear sound from an increased acoustic mesh area further optimises their surfing experience while protecting young ears.

Parents also get the benefit of smaller and larger fit pieces, which can be interchanged as their kid’s grow, allowing better longevity from one set of plugs. It all amounts to an easier way to ensure young surfers avoid the need for potential ear surgery later in life, as well as reducing the chance of frequent ear infections, which could keep them out of the water.

“I wish I had plugs like this when I was a grom,” says pro surfer and SurfEars ambassador Conner Coffin. “If there was something around that I actually wanted to use, I wouldn’t have the problems I now have with my own ears. I’d for sure encourage any kids and parents to make them an essential part of their surfing set up.”

SurfEars JUNIOR 2.0 comes with a high-quality silicone pouch that helps store the plugs safely and hygienically. There’s even a carabiner clip on top making it easy to attach inside backpacks so things don’t get lost.

The new SurfEars design, which fits most kids from 5-12 years old, is available now both online and distributed worldwide into all good surf stores by surf hardware icon Creatures of Leisure.

Zeros - Tuesday 10-20-2020

Here's some surf photos from late afternoon Monday, October 20th at Zeros.

This set was shot from about 4PM till 6PM by ChrisDidThis.

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 gallery is down below.

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

Zeros - Tuesday 10-20-2020 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.

What To Do If You See A Shark

What should you do if you see a shark? Chris Lowe, Director of CSULB's Shark Lab, explains what to do and what to look out for.

Information and tips about shark safety useful for surfers, beachgoers, waveriders, swimmers and divers.

Santa Monica Beach Restoration Pilot Project

The Santa Monica Beach Restoration Pilot Project of approximately three acres aims to return a healthy and beautiful ecosystem to this beach, which in turn, will address climate change issues for both humans and wildlife. The project will evaluate increased protection for our coastal infrastructure and residences from sea level rise and erosion, while also providing a vital refuge for invertebrates, birds, and rare coastal vegetation species. It will also serve as a model for the region, showing that heavy recreational use of beaches and meaningful habitat restoration are both possible!

This pilot project used low-lying sand fencing and native plant seeds installed in December 2016 to restore a highly impacted beach system with the goal of bringing back a diverse, endemic-rich, coastal plant and wildlife community which has been almost completely eliminated from the Los Angeles region. We believe that the iconic beaches of Santa Monica are a beautiful and important location to try out this restoration project, which utilizes existing sand to transform a portion of the beach into a sustainable coastal strand and foredune habitat complex resilient to sea level rise and wave erosion.

This demonstration site will provide not only a scientific basis to develop guidelines and protocols but an integrated, locally-based program for increasing the usefulness of natural environments in a developed area. It will evaluate “soft” low-cost natural shore protection from sea-level rise and storms while providing public benefits and enhancing natural resource values.

Design aspects feature curved, flowing, low-lying fence lines, a path through the restoration area, and an unenclosed perimeter along the water’s edge. Many of these design components were incorporated to minimize disturbance, and even enhance your interaction with the beach. The site allows visitors to continue to recreate as well as enjoy the local native flora and fauna that are absent along the groomed beaches of the Santa Monica Bay.

For more info, visit the The Santa Monica Beach Restoration Pilot Project Website.

TMZ Breaks The News: Shops Can't Keep Boards In Stock!!!

Local Holywood Celebrity Tabloid Website TMZ just declared this breaking news: "Surfing Exploding During Pandemic Shops Can't Keep Boards In Stock!!!".

"Shreddin' the gnar is taking off during the pandemic," claim the TMZ Sportsdivision of TMZ, "surfing has EXPLODED while people try to have fun while social distancing!!!"

TMZ supposedly called a bunch of shops and "each one told us the demand has been so huge, they can't keep boards in stock!!"

But most of us don't consider Costco to be a surf shop.

A fully stocked surf shop prior to the pandemic.

But to be fair, they also got quotes from a couple surfboard company reps saying salesmen type things that reps usually say, like "Surfing has doubled this year because it's a social distancing activity and it's free."

You can read thier full-on awesome news report HERE!!!!!

Brush Fire At Topanga Beach

Photo: LACoFireAirOps

On Saturday night, around 8PM, a brush fire started just East of the Topanga-PCH Intersection. Prime brush with no heavy recent burn history but light winds and moderate temps. The fire was put out by 9PM, and reports said it burned up 1 acre.

Record Number Of Sharks In Southern California

There are more sharks in the water off the coast of Southern California than ever before, according to CSULB's Shark Lab. “This was a big year,” Dr. Chris Lowe, director of the lab, said. “So, even with COVID, we tagged more sharks this year than we have any other year.”

Cal State Long Beach Shark Lab, which has 120 underwater listening stations from San Luis Obispo to San Diego along the coast of California to track sharks, said its team had tagged 38 sharks, more than triple the number that they were able to tag last year.

Lowe states that usually in the fall the sharks would migrate to the south due to water temperature in Southern California getting cooler, so it's a surprise for researchers to find this year so many sharks are still swimming in the region.

"And the aggregations were larger and stayed around longer than they have past years."

Below is satellite tracks (SPOT tags) of young-of-the-year white sharks tagged in SoCal in 2006-2009. Shows typical winter migrations to Baja.

Photos: CSULB's Shark Lab

Better Run Of SSW Swell Coming

Surfline is reporting for Sunday, "Slow start as old SSW swell down in the knee-waist high range at better exposed areas. New, long period SSW swell (210-190) joins in by the afternoon, setting up more waist-stomach high surf at good exposures, with the most size showing late. Light winds through most of the morning, followed by light+/locally moderate onshores in the afternoon. The sea breeze expected to ease in the evening. Swampy 6’+ high tide bogs down most spots mid/later morning."

"Good shot of SSW swell (210-190) fills in further to start the new week — peaking late into Tuesday."

And for Tuesday, "Good shot of SSW swell (210-190) continues into Tuesday, for widespread waist-stomach high surf at summer breaks as focal points go to chest-head high. Those waves will be winding down mid week."

"This swell is a little more selective, but larger, with good breaks in the waist-chest high zone as best long-period S swell magnets go chest-head high+ when the steep angled swell peaks on Thursday-Friday, 22nd-23rd. Those waves ease over the following weekend, but next Sunday still looks fun at well exposed breaks. A smaller dose of new S swell is scheduled for the 26th-28th."

Keep Dreaming This Is America - German In Venice

Mike, aka German in Venice, vlogs about daily life in Venice Beach. His newest video is a huge thank you to all the viewers of his videos.

"This video is to thank all my subscribers that support me on my YouTube channel. I hit 40,000 subscribers and I’m really thankful and appreciative. I hope I can entertain you even more in the future. I hope you like this video, thank you very much keep, dreaming and thanks for watching."

If you would like to support German in Venice with some gas money or you want to buy him a coffee, you are welcome to donate to his paypal account:

World's Biggest KOOK

Casey Neistat and Jamie O'Brien troll the Kook who runs that Kook Of The Day account on Instagram.

OC Hipster Surfer Arrested For Santa Monica Riots Arson

A hipster surfer from Orange County was arrested for setting a cop car on fire during the Santa Monica Riots.

Back in June, a wanted poster for the undercover police car arson was issued the FBI and the Santa Monica Police Department, who's incompentant lying Police Cheif Cynthia Renaud allowed the looting to happen in the first place by completely ignoring the numerious warnings sent in via phone calls and messages days prior to the attack on the city.

The wanted poster read, "On Sunday, May 31, 2020, at approximately 5:05 p.m., an unmarked Ford Crown Victoria SMPD vehicle was parked at the loading dock of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium." The unknown suspect may have been involved in the arson of the vehicle, which was completely engulfed anddestroyed by fire. And it included photos of the suspect in all his hipster glory (see the above photos).

Nathan Wilson, aged 27, was soon ratted out by his friends. They told the investigators they had driven him to Santa Monica that day, most likely becuase his beloved junky ass Surfer Jeep wasn't working (photos of that Pep-Boys outfitted thing are down below). His friend even showed the investigators Nathan’s Instagram account “yup_i_eat_crayons”, which had him in a selfie in front of the burning police car. He even had the same "Don Pisto" Mexican bar hat on in his profile photo that he is seen wearing in the wanted poster.

That still wasn't enough for them to slap the cuffs on him.

It wasn't till he became a suspect in another vehicle arson that they decided they should arrest him.

This gun nut was in a domestic disputed with whom the cops are calling his "live-in partner", and he went a set his partner's vehicle on fire.

When the FBI went to arrest him at his Irvine home, they found this hipster surfer coward hiding in a matress box spring. They also recovered several items of clothing that directly links him to the Santa Monica arson.

Nathan is now charged in a federal criminal complaint with malicious damage to property owned by an institution or organization receiving federal financial assistance, and faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison and a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years.

BTW, here's Nathan's bitchin' Surf Jeep that he was proudly posting on all the Jeep pages:

Venice Beach Homeless Encampments - Part 6

Mike, aka German in Venice, vlogs about daily life in Venice Beach. His newest video is part 5 of his series on the homeless encampments that have taken over Venice Beach. In this video, he heads to Rose Ave where the city put up fencing to remove the homeless encampments.

"This is a follow up video from last week, showing where all the homeless were setting up camps on the sidewalk. A couple days ago the city told them to move and now the area is all fenced off. I’m trying to find out the reason why it’s fenced off."