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Venice Pier Homeless Encampment Cleared Out

Once again, the violent group of homeless individuals that keep occupying the benches at the Venice Pier are cleared out. This group of drug abusing homeless men are known for yelling at people, swinging weapons at people, walking around with their private parts displayed, etc...

Vintage Mercedes At Santa Monica Beach

Classic Mercedes gather at Ocean Park in Santa Monica.

Summer Fun in Malibu - Surf Boiz

A perfect day in Malibu...again! Start off the day with a morning surf. Then, Kyle, Brian, Brandon, and I get rowdy at first point. We end the evening with full on Golden Hour at third point.

Sarlo's Super 8 Time Capsule Premiere Event

The legendary Allen Sarlo recently came across previously unseen Super 8 surfing footage from the 1970s (including Venice, POP, and the North Shore). Working with an editor, he cut it all together beautifully and has graciously offered to premiere the new film for the Venice Surfing Association (VSA).

The film will screen on Thursday, September 29th at The Waterfront in Venice.

This will be the first official screening of Sarlo's Super 8 Time Capsule and will feature a Q&A session with Allen and Guy Okazaki.

33rd Annual Coastal Cleanup Day

Last Saturday 4,583 Heal the Bay volunteers removed 11,298 lbs trash and 313 lbs recyclables from 65+ miles of California beaches, streets, neighborhoods, and waterways for Heal the Bay’s 33rd Annual Coastal Cleanup Day.

Tropical Storm Newton Forecast

Tropical Storm Newton has formed off the coast of Southwest Mexico.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Newton is moving slowly west north west at 9 mph, with maximum sustained winds of about 60 mph.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from the center.

Newton is expected to continue gradually weakening over the next several days. The system will also be encountering drier air over the next several days. All combined, these factors will lead to the slow weakening of the system, transitioning to a remnant low and then dissipating in 72 hours.

It will not be sending much swell to California.

Jacks Surfboards Huge Bikini Sale

Huge Bikini Sale this weekend only!
It's still feeling like summer, so head into any of our store locations to get 50% OFF All Bikinis & One Pieces.
Don't miss out!

Jacks Surfboards!⁠

Riding Through The Flooded Bike Path -Venice Beach

The bike path near the graffiti walls at Venice Beach always floods after a rain storm. Most cyclist get off their bikes and walk on the grass hill to go around the water, but some will send it trough the big puddle.

Venice Beach 1990's Skatebarding

Venice Beach, CA early 90's

Disturbed Man Acting A Fool In Middle Of Street

From Santa Monica Close Up:

"A man parks an electric bike share in the middle of Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica on Thursday, September 22, 2022."

Santa Monica Close Up is a photo blog by Santa Monica based Photojournalist/Press photographer Fabian Lewkowicz. Fabian is the former staff photographer for the Santa Monica Daily Observer Press, Santa Monica Mirror, Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Corsair.

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Drunk Felony Found With Loaded Shotgun In Malibu

On September 8th, while patrolling the City of Malibu, Lost Hills Sheriff deputies noticed an open, empty six pack of beer next to a parked vehicle. The vehicle had 1 occupant, in the driver’s seat.

Deputies pulled up to speak with the driver. While speaking to the driver, deputies noticed signs of intoxication. Deputies detained the driver pending a public intoxication investigation.

During the investigation, deputies saw in plain view, pepper spray and learned that the suspect is a convicted felon. Also found in the vehicle was brass knuckles, a loaded shotgun with the serial number scratched off, and a box of ammunition. The suspect was #arrested for multiple weapons charges including Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Ammunition, and Obliterate ID Markings on a Firearm.

Car Drives Into Palisades Park, Hits Tree

Wednesday morning a wrecked car was discovered abandoned on the trail on Palisades Park overlooking the beach in Santa Monica. The car hopped the curb into the park at Ocean and Wilshire, it hit a tree and continued north on the park's trail till it's damaged front end stopped it near the restrooms by the California Incline.

Facing Monsters Screening

Facing Monsters, which chronicles the crazy slab exploits and family life of Kerby Brown in Western Australia, may be the best movie about a surfer, ever (according to their press). There will a screening of this film with a Q&A session, in Los Angeles on October 4th at Brain Dead Studios on Fairfax.

Facing Monsters digs deep into the psyche of West Australian surfer Kerby Brown, a man whose connection with the ocean runs as deep as his love for his family. Far more than just a surfing story, it’s an unapologetic musing into the essence of Kerby and his family as we join them on his quest to ride a ferocious slab wave in the deep Southern Ocean that no one on the planet has surfed before.

Brain Dead Studios
611 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

To buy tickets, Click Here

Snapping Surfboard On Venice Pier

Snapping a Guy Okazaki Surfboard while shooting the Venice Beach Pier.

SurfAid Cup Malibu 2022

Hurricane Kay delivered on her promise of epic swell to First Point, Malibu on Saturday, September 10. Setting the stage for a memorable day of super long, head-high waves for the eight highly charged teams who battled in the 10th annual SurfAid Cup Malibu.

In partnership with the Malibu Surfing Association (MSA), the SurfAid Cup turned one day of surfing into a lifetime of opportunity for SurfAid partner communities, while clocking some of the best surfing conditions possible at the famed Malibu point break. The eight participating teams, along with a Firewire-donated Velvet Hour longboard broke the $50,000 fundraising mark in support of SurfAid’s Mother and Child Health programs.

Homeless Person Caught Going Underneath Venice House

Person crawling underneath someone’s house near Windward Circle.

Surf Video - Topanga - Tuesday 9-20-2022

Surf Video from Topanga, edited together from our Tuesday, September 20th Instagram Stories.

Suicide Attempt At Santa Monica Pier

A large police and fire presence was visible on Ocean & Colorado infornt of the entrance to the Santa Monica Pier Tuesday morning.

A witness said "Somebody climbed over the rail of the overpass to the pier and was hanging there."

Thanks to the joint efforts of SMPD, LA County Fire & Santa Monica Fire, the individual in crisis has been transported to a local hospital.

If you or someone you know is thinking about harming themselves call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK or text 988.

They Will Skate Again 2022

Life Rolls On's They Will Skate Again 2022 at Venice Skatepark. WCMX action with Nitro Circus' Aaron "Wheelz" Fotheringham, Robert Thompkins, Oscar Loreto, Jr., Tracie Garacochea, and more adaptive athletes.

The Breakwater Open Registration is Live

Venice Surfing Association (VSA) first contest will be Saturday, October 15th at the Venice Breakwater.

The VSA has also announced the divisions:
6U (and under) - paddle assist or self paddle
Boys 12U
Girls 12U
Boys 18U
Girls 18U
Open Men
Open Women
Open Longboard Men
Open Longboard Women
Open Master 35+ Men
Open Masters 35+ Women
Open Legends 50+ Men
Open Legends 50+ Women

The contest is for open and free to all VSA members. Non-memebers will have to join the VSA to compete.

Register for the contest or to join the VSA, Click Here

Homeless Man With Gun Captured At Santa Monica Beach

Monday morning, SMPD officers responded to a report of an individual with what was believed to be a rifle in his backpack.

According to witnesses, it was a homeless man on a bike.

Upon arrival, SMPD determined the item was a toy. The suspect was transported to a local hospital for a mental evaluation.

Photos via SMPD and The Mason Brown Surf Report.

Remember, See Something... SAY Something. 9-1-1 for Emergencies and 310-458-8491 to speak with a non-emergency dispatcher.

Surf Photos - Topanga - Monday 9-19-2022

Here's surfing photos from Monday, September 19th 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 200+ 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 galleries for this day, check them out, the links to the complete galleries are down below.

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

Topanga - Monday 9-19-2022 Gallery #1
Topanga - Monday 9-19-2022 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 from this photographer?
Click Surf Spot Galleries and look for the spot and then the date.