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Smoke Over The Coast



The latest HRRR smoke model output indicates smoke from the Alisal Fire up north is expected to travel southeastward following flow aloft over the coming hours. There will likely be smoke over the coastal waters and lesser amounts over coastal areas south of Point Conception.

RV Fire On PCH



Another RV fire, this one happened around 2AM on Pacific Coast Highway near Will Rogers Beach. The fire department put it out and no injuries were reported. Photos by Soledad Ursua.


High Surf Alert



High Surf Mon-Mon night! Waves will be generated from NW-W gales over the coastal waters. Expecting 5-8 ft for LA/Ventura Coasts, and 9-13 ft along the Central Coast with dangerous rip currents, & possible minor coastal flooding.

RV Fire In Venice





One of the many motorhomes parked on Rose Ave along side the Whole Foods Market at Lincoln caught fire on Saturday. No info yet on what or who caused the fire.





Dead Body Found At Venice Pier



A dead body was discovered at just north of the Venice Pier on Saturday morning.



Reports from beachgoers are that the body appeared to have signs that it must have been in thw water for "days". Several that caught glimpses of the body said a hand was missing, and it looked like it had bites all over. One person said the eyes were gone.



There is no official statement made yet from LAPD or the Sherrif's Department, as it appeared there was no rush to figure it out. Probably because, as one Venice resident said, "it was a homeless person".

UPDATE: LASD reports it was the body of a man in his 30's and is "Too decomposed to determine how he died or how long he was dead." The body was discovered by a jogger around 8:12 a.m. The jogger called 911 and first responders pulled the body out of the water and onto the beach.



As of midday Saturday, the body was still there, under a tent, while a surf school teaches there class right next to it.

More info when it becomes avaliable.

Suspects Wanted In Ocean Park Shooting

Santa Monica Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance to help identify and locate the suspects involved in a shooting that occurred in the area of Ocean and Pacific on September 22nd.




On September 22, 2021 approximately 3:00 a.m. Officers with the Santa Monica Police Department were dispatched to Ocean Ave. and Pacific St. to investigate a shooting.

Officers met with the victim who told them that he was asleep in his vehicle when two male suspects armed with a handgun and taser, opened his door and demanded his car keys. A verbal altercation ensued. Suspect #2 tased the victim, then Suspect #1 shot the victim in the face. Both suspects fled southbound Neilson Way through Ocean Park Blvd in the vehicle described.

Suspect Vehicle – Older SUV, possibly a Sequoia, 4Runner or Tahoe



Suspect #1 - Male Hispanic "Latino Accent" approximately 18 to 25 years in age; 5'4" to 5' 7" in height; 155 to 170 pounds; light to medium skin tone, buzzed haircut, "fuzz" on upper lip; wearing a button up short sleeve loose fitted orange/yellow reddish checkered pattern shirt, loose dark pants/ jeans

Firearm Description - 9mm semi-automatic handgun, "medium toned", approximately 6 in barrel

Suspect #2 - Male Hispanic "Latino Accent" approximately 18 to 25 years in age; 5'4" to 5' 6" in height; 145 to 165 pounds, "flabby"; light to medium skin tone, buzzed haircut, no facial hair, had a "baby face", wearing a jersey type top "crossover", dark or red in color with dark letters, dark to medium jean shorts, white tennis shoes.

Taser Description - Black 5-inch taser or stun gun

SMPD is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying and locating both suspects and the vehicle believed to be involved. Anyone with this information is strongly encouraged to contact Detective Nicole Murphy at (310) 458-8941 or Nicole.murphy@santamonica.gov , Sergeant Art Williams at (310) 458-8475 or the Watch Commander (24 hours) at (310) 458-8426.

Nick Gabaldon Day



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.

WSL Longboard Tour: World Title Showdown Heads to Malibu



The 2020/21' Longboard Tour concludes at the Jeep Malibu Classic pres. by Havaianas beginning on October 11 and 12.

The World Surf League (WSL) 2021 Longboard Tour will conclude at the Jeep® Malibu Classic presented by Havaianas on the shores of Malibu, California's iconic First Point. The competition will run over two days, on October 11 - 12, 2021, and will be broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com. Event organizers determined the run days within the October 3 - 13 window after working closely with swell forecasters to decide the best possible days.

Two-time WSL Longboard Champion and current No. 3 Joel Tudor (USA) searches for a historic third World Title to join the likes of Rusty Keaulana (HAW), Colin McPhillips (USA), and Taylor Jensen (USA), who is in search of making history of his own for a fourth World Title. Tudor's 2020 Noosa Longboard Classic victory notched his first win in over a decade, after his hiatus from competing, to set him up for a big finish after earning an equal fifth at the Cuervo Surf Ranch Classic. Now, the 45-year-old has the opportunity to add his name to that illustrious list.

"I've been coming to Malibu since I was a kid," reflected Tudor. "First with my parents for club contests, then with Donald Takayama where we'd meet up with his friends Skip Frye, Nat Young and so many more. There is so much history at that spot. The local surfers and characters that define the place - it has always been the place for us longboarders that defines performance. It's the best longboard wave in the world, and to win another World Title there after more than a decade break would mean a lot to me and my family."

"I was at a Final here decades ago, the last time the WSL decided a World Title at Malibu, and I lost in the final to Russ K (Keaulana)," added Tudor. "Winning here all these years later would be a heck of a way to top off a pretty good run. You need to have goals, it gets you up in the morning. Winning another Title off this incredible field of talent won't be easy, but I have a lot of experience at that wave and I intend to give it everything I've got to pull out the event win and the Title. "

Fellow two-time WSL Longboard Champion Blomfield, 22, is in the running for her third World Title on familiar shores after an immaculate win at the Cuervo Surf Ranch Classic. The Oahu, Hawaii competitor's longboard career blossomed at Malibu's First Point from a young age and has taken her across the world as an inspiration to the next generation behind her, such as fellow Hawaii surfer and current No. 2, Kelis Kaleopa'a.

Blomfield's young career has also been challenged by World Title contenders such as Brazil's Chloe Calmon, two-time World Title runner-up; current No. 6 Alice Lemoigne (FRA); and Longboard Tour veteran, Lindsay Steinriede (USA).

"It's pretty exciting to be up for a third Title and I'm really stoked to have won a contest, which I feel puts me in a good place to give it a real chance," expressed Blomfield. "It's going to be hard work and anything can happen at Malibu. I've surfed a lot of events and I know how it can go. But, it would be pretty special to win the World Title here. It's where I did my first event, got my first board sponsor, and really felt like where my career started over a decade ago."

"It's amazing to see everyone at the point where we're all nearly at the same level now," added Blomfield. "There's been a few standouts over the last few years but this year everyone looks incredible. We've all been working hard, especially over the last year, and it was really exciting to showcase the work I've been putting in on my switch-stance and trying to progress my surfing at the last event."

Watch LIVE
The Jeep Malibu Classic presented by Havaianas will be broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com and the free WSL app beginning October 11 at 7:00 a.m. PDT. Also, check local listings for coverage from the WSL's broadcast partners.

*The WSL Longboard Tour is proudly supported by our partners, Jeep, Havaianas, Hydro Flask, Expedia, Athletic Brewing, US Army, Aviator Nation, Firewire, and Flying Embers.

Prius Driving A-Hole Goes On Racist, Homophobic Rant At Venice Pier



A very stupid wanna-be tough guy goes on a racist and homophobic tirade on the crowd near the Venice Pier in this video captured by Green Cloud Art Org

UFO Over Santa Monica Mountains?



Video by Green Cloud Art Org

Current Water Quality Status - Warning Issued

Ocean Water Use Warning for Los Angeles County Beaches: The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) continues cautioning residents who are planning to visit the below Los Angeles County beaches to be careful of swimming, surfing, and playing in ocean waters ofthe Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica and Mother’s Beach in Marina Del Rey.

The warning has been issued due to bacterial levels exceeding health standards when last tested.

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.




Lightning Strikes Over The Ocean


Photo: moonknightsonata

A few photos of the lightning over the Santa Monica Bay from Monday afternoon's thunderstorm.




Photos: bentburton

Photo: RipcurlNg

Movies By The Sea




The fine folks at Washington Square are hosting a free community movie night, out in the ocean at the end of the Venice Pier every Thursday, till October 28th. So grab your family, grab your peers, grab a blanket or chair, and head to the beach for an evening of ocean breezes and movies under the stars! All the restaurants on Washington Square are putting this on, so stop in for food and drinks to take to the show! See you there!


Dates: Every Thursday, Sept. 23-Oct. 28, 2021.
Start time: 7:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Location: At the end of the Venice Pier.
Bring your own chairs/blankets!


Movie Line Up:
COCO – 10/7
The Big Lebowski – 10/14
Grease – 10/21
The Nightmare Before Christmas – 10/28

Lightning Storm Closes All Beaches




Showers/storms are speckling the metro area Monday afternoon, and in the loop you can see lightning from Marina Del Ray to Huntington Beach, which have Lifeguards clearing out the beaches.

From LACoLifeguards:

"All Los Angeles County Beaches San Pedro - Malibu including Avalon & Catalina Island are CLOSED. Lifeguards will clear the water of all persons and advise patrons on the beach to seek shelter immediately!"



Showers are moving NNW, and expecting more to develop as the afternoon goes on. Showers/storms are making their way into Ventura County . We haven't been seeing much accumulation, but stronger storms have produced frequent lightning.

Possible Rain And Thunderstorms This Monday Night




A low pressure system to the southwest of the state will lift into the region Monday, bringing moisture and instability into Southwest California. There is a chance for showers and isolated thunderstorms over Ventura and L.A. county starting late this afternoon through tonight, with the best chances over the interior mountains and valleys. Storms that form will be capable of creating lightning with very little rainfall and gusty downdraft winds. Any lightning that occurs will have a chance of fire ignition due to the unseasonably dry fuels across the region. Anyone planning outdoor activities in the region needs to keep an eye to the sky and monitor the latest National Weather Service forecasts and warnings. If you hear thunder or see lightning, immediately seek shelter indoors or in a hard top vehicle.

Topanga - Sunday 10-3-2021

Here's surfing photos from Sunday, October 3rd 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 10-3-2021 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.