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A Look Back: Dogtown And Z Boys



Dogtown and The Z Boys found an audience outside of the traditional skateboard community. Tony Alva, Peggy Oki, Stacy Peralta and more from the OG Zephyr scene break down why it worked and what was missing.

Mornings In Venice Beach - LAPD And Homeless Sweeps



Mornings in Venice Beach 3 days in 1, filmed 9/28-30/21. Video by Cop Watch Venice

"LAPD responds to an unknown call on the beach and tried to get someone out of a ticket, sanitation does homeless sweeps AKA clean ups at the Westminster dog park and on Hampton Ave, Third and Rose remodels, and of course a skate around the neighborhood showing what's changed."

Cop Watch Venice follows LAPD pacific division on world famous Venice beach, showing a point-of-view style cop watch and update on Venice's current conditions. We make edited shorts, full scenes and are working on a documentary about homelessness and city failures. Donate to Cop Watch Venice via Cop Watch Venice Paypal

Nick Gabaldón Day 2021



Nick Gabaldón Day will take place on Saturday, October 9, 2021.

Nick Gabaldón (1927-1951) was a pioneering surfer of African American and Mexican American descent. He was the first documented surfer of color in the Santa Monica Bay. Gabaldón’s passion, athleticism, discipline, love, and respect for the ocean live on as the quintessential qualities of the California surfer.

In 2013, with the help of African American historian Alison Rose Jefferson, Heal the Bay joined forces with the Black Surfers Collective to amplify and expand their prior Nick Gabaldón efforts. Nick Gabaldón Day, in its current form, is now in its 9th year and will be held on October 9, 2021. This innovative celebration provides an amazing opportunity for broadening outreach, action, and education to connect Angelenos with their cultural, historical, and natural heritage.

The shoreline and waters at Bay Street in Santa Monica were an active hub of African American beach life during the Jim Crow era. This beach was popular from the 1900s to early 1960s among African American people, who sought to avoid hostile and racial discrimination they might experience at other southland beaches. Racial discrimination and restrictive covenants prevented African Americans from buying property throughout the Los Angeles region, but their community’s presence and agency sustained their oceanfront usage in Santa Monica.

In 2008, the City of Santa Monica officially recognized the “Inkwell” and Nick Gabaldón with a landmark monument at Bay Street and the Oceanfront Walk. In 2019, this same beach was listed as the Bay Street Beach Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places for its significance in the African American experience and American history.

Nick Gabaldón Day introduces young and old from inland communities to the magic of the coast through free surf and ocean safety lessons, beach ecology exploration, and a history lesson about a man who followed his passion and a community who challenged anti-Black discrimination to enjoy the beach.

The Black Surfers Collective, Heal the Bay, Surf Bus Foundation, and the Santa Monica Conservancy collaborate for Nick Gabaldón Day to reach families in resource-challenged communities and connect them to meaningful educational programming. Together, we are helping build personal experiences with cultural, historical, natural heritage, and civic engagement that make up the foundation of stewardship, and the development of the next generation of heritage conservation and environmental leaders.

For more info, Click Here.

Boarding For Breast Cancer Skate The Coast



Boarding For Breast Cancer is thrilled to announce the 14th Annual Skate The Coast October 23 + 24, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA.

Skate the Coast is a 19 mile skate-bike-roll from the Santa Monica Pier to Redondo Beach along the iconic Southern California Strand with the Pacific Ocean as the backdrop for this mellow cruise.

B4BC welcomes anyone on wheels of all ages and abilities to join this push for prevention as we raise funds for B4BC's education, prevention and survivorship programs. Please help us reach our $50K goal by registering today! Registration includes an event tee shirt, goodie bag and prizes for top fundraisers!

Skate-bike-roll 19 miles from the Santa Monica Pier to Dive N Surf in Redondo Beach with B4BC and friends! This is a collective push for prevention with three hydration stops along the way. The morning will start at Veteran's Park in Redondo Beach where we'll load the shuttles to the Santa Monica Pier. From there we'll cruise down the coast to Arbor Venice, Marina Del Rey, Dockweiler State Beach, Hermosa Beach and finishing off at Dive N Surf for awards and celebrations.

For more info and to register, Click Here

What’s Going On In Venice Beach



Mike, aka German in Venice, vlogs about daily life in Venice Beach, and the nearby communities.

"After Labor Day weekend, the beach is really slow. I just wanted to see if there’s anything going on on the boardwalk in Venice Beach during the week. There’s really nothing going on, business wise or visitors wise, It feels like the beach is dead, no business at all. Hopefully, soon it will change since Joe Biden lifted the travel band from Europe in November. One more good news, the fishing pier in Venice has finally opened."

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: https://paypal.me/germaninvenice

Santa Monica Pier Improvement Project Update



From Santa Monica Close Up:

"Construction workers replace wooden boards and support beams on the Santa Monica Pier deck, Monday, September 27, 2021."

Support Santa Monica Closeup/Fabian Lewkowicz with Venmo or PayPal to help earn money to make these videos:

https://venmo.com/u/santamonicacloseup

https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/fabianlewkowicz

3 Girls Surfing The Perfect Day At Malibu



"Girls love to have fun!! Especially surfing at Malibu, California!! Plus, I could not get over how our boards were Skittles vibes!!" - Tina Cohen.

Malibu Surfing Experience: Chaos Contest



Video by Jason Flaster.

The Girls Destroy New Malibu Skatepark



Haley Isaak goes to the Malibu Skatepark for a skatepark review and tour. "This park has it all, from tiny rails to tiny bowls to tiny hips! Sensing a theme yet?"

Boat Falls Off Trailer Onto Road In MDR



Friday afternoon in Marina Del Rey.

Photo by @vegteri

Santa Monica Beach Carjacking



Santa Monica Police Department detectives continue to actively investigate an early Wednesday morning shooting that left one person hospitalized and suspects outstanding.

At approximately 3:00 am the Santa Monica Public Safety Dispatch Center received multiple phone calls regarding shots fired in the area of Ocean and Pacific. A subsequent call was received from a male stating he had been shot in the face during a possible carjacking. The victim stated he was asleep in his car when two possible suspects approached his vehicle. The suspects demanded the victim provide the keys to the vehicle, abruptly shot him, and possibly fled in an unknown vehicle and unknown direction at a high rate of speed.

The victim was located by SMPD and transported to a local area hospital where he is recovering and in stable condition.

Santa Monica Police Department personnel continue to gather evidence related to the incident. Anyone with possible video footage or any additional information is encouraged to contact Detective Nicole Murphy with the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) at (310) 458-8941, Nicole.Murphy@santamonica.gov; or the Watch Commander’s office at (310) 458-2249

Another Dangerous Homeless Man On Venice Boardwalk



"I noticed this homeless guy trashing the Venice Beach Boardwalk with garbage so I confronted him. It wasn't a very smart move on my part but I hate people that disrespect Venice Beach. You can see the the utter mess in the background. He threw a small metal object at the windows of Ben and Jerry's and luckily missed. He definitely came too close to me." - Video by Venice Gallerie.

Jesse Martinez Totally Impromptu Interview



"World famous and Venice local skateboarder Jesse Martinez is a true positive influence on young skaters. No longer skating professionally, he comes to the Venice Skate Park almost every morning just to clean up the area, getting the sand out of the bowls. I'm honored to know Jesse. Google: 100% skateboarder." - Video by Venice Gallerie.

Topanga - Sunday 9-19-2021

Here's surfing photos from Labor Day at Topanga.

This set of surf photos was shot by Six12 Media and brought to you by Body Glove.

These are just a few of the 50+ 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 about 50 more photos from this session, all full size and in high-resolution, in this photo gallery:

Topanga - Sunday 9-19-2021 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 from this photographer?
Click Surf Spot Galleries and look for the spot and then the date.

Fentanyl Overdose On Venice Beach



"My friend Dan (seen kneeling left of subject) first saw the guy keel over. He started CPR when he couldn't find a pulse. Others called 911 previous to my arrival, which was moments after the police got there. The LAPD were heroes along with Dan. I always film LAPD. I started taking pictures of police in 1979 in Venice." - Video by Venice Gallerie.

Boat Runs Ashore On Venice Beach



At 11:39PM, LA Lifeguards were dispatched to a vessel that had run aground near the Venice Pier. Large south swell contributed to the vessel going ashore. Both people on board were able to self rescue without injury. Baywatch Rescue Boats and land based lifeguards were able to rig up and tow the vessel offshore this morning. Dewatering and overhaul operations were conducted by Baywatch crews due to prop damage. The vessel was successfully salvaged and towed to the marina for an emergency haul out.

Photos by LACoFD Lifeguards

Ocals Lonely - Guy Okazaki

Legendary Venice board shaper Guy Okazaki takes us through the history of surfing, our changing climate, and what it means to be a local.                                                                                          

Video Directed By Lindsay Sunada                                                  


Legendary Venice board shaper Guy Okazaki takes us through the history of surfing, our changing climate, and what it means to be a local.

Video Directed By Lindsay Sunada.

Venice Beach Music Video Shoot



Mike, aka German in Venice, vlogs about daily life in Venice Beach, and the nearby communities.

"When I went to Costco, I saw flashing lights in Venice and I wonder what it was. They were shooting a music video with some really cool old cars. It’s really cool to see how they filmed the whole video."

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: https://paypal.me/germaninvenice

Mornings In Venice Beach: Monday Homeless Sweeps & The Grossest Spot On The Beach



Mornings in Venice Beach 9/13/21 Video by Cop Watch Venice

"Park Rangers do the Monday homeless sweeps/clean up. Plus some extra footage from Sunday 9/12/21 of LAPD and a clean up of the the grossest spot on Venice beach."

Cop Watch Venice follows LAPD pacific division on world famous Venice beach, showing a point-of-view style cop watch and update on Venice's current conditions. We make edited shorts, full scenes and are working on a documentary about homelessness and city failures. Donate to Cop Watch Venice via Cop Watch Venice Paypal

Santa Monica Pier Classic End of Summer Car Show



From Santa Monica Close Up:

"Highlights from the Santa Monica Pier Classic “End of Summer” Car Show on Saturday, September 11, 2021. The classic car show was presented by the Pico Youth and Family Center to support Latino/Hispanic heritage month."

Support Santa Monica Closeup/Fabian Lewkowicz with Venmo or PayPal to help earn money to make these videos:

https://venmo.com/u/santamonicacloseup

https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/fabianlewkowicz

PCH Shut Down Due To Fatal Crash In Malibu



Saturday afternoon, all Lanes CLOSED in both directions of PCH (Route 1) from Sycamore Canyon Rd to Deer Creek Rd near #Malibu due to two-vehicle traffic collision resulting in fatality.

Venice Skid Rose Homeless Clean Up



Mike, aka German in Venice, vlogs about daily life in Venice Beach, and the nearby communities.

"Today, they had a massive homeless encampment clean up behind Golds Gym in Venice Beach, California. A lot of homeless got surprised by the cleanup crew. Some did not have enough time to get all their belongings."

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: https://paypal.me/germaninvenice

Santa Monica Pier Classic Car Show



The Santa Monica Pier is the place to be for classic car fans on Saturday, September 11th. The Santa Monica Pier Classic “End of Summer” Car Show takes place from 10A-5P directly on the Santa Monica Pier deck parking lot.

The event is free for guests to attend and will have food and drink available for purchase. There will be live performances by local bands and artists The Midnight Cruzzers and DJ Chel, as well as the Miss Chevy Pinup Contest.

For those wishing to participate in the car show, there is a $30 roll in fee and a requirement for pre-1972 cars only. Roll in times are from 7A-9A; limited spaces available. Participants will be entered in a raffle and award show.

For more information and to pre-register your car, contact Turi at (310) 291-7628 or Rigo at (636) 219-6582.

Topanga - Monday Labor Day 2021

Here's surfing photos from Labor Day at Topanga.

This set of surf photos was shot by Six12 Media and brought to you by Body Glove.

These are just a few of the 50+ 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 about 50 more photos from this session, all full size and in high-resolution, in this photo gallery:

Topanga - Monday Labor Day 2021 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 from this photographer?
Click Surf Spot Galleries and look for the spot and then the date.