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LA Sherif Announces Beach Patrol Mission

On Saturday, May 28th, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) will officially kick off the LASD Beach Patrol Mission, which will run from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The beach patrol will consist of members from the Sheriff’s Response Team and the Mounted Enforcement Detail.

The team will perform high visibility patrol to assist LASD beach partners with extra patrol from Playa del Rey to Malibu. The LASD Homeless Outreach and Mental Evaluation Teams will be available and part of the deployment throughout the summer.

“Summer is upon us and the last couple of years have been challenging for everyone. I want to remind the community that we’re doing our best, we’re stretching our resources so that people feel safe wherever they are, including the beach areas of Los Angeles County. This summer, the LASD Beach Patrol Mission will be visible throughout our beaches so that visitors and the community have a great time at the beach,” stated Sheriff Villanueva.

The Sheriff’s Department wants all residents and visitors to our LA County beaches to have a safe, and enjoyable summer. Please visit our social media pages for additional information.

Drunk Guy Punks LAPD In Venice

Video by Green Cloud Art Org

"Drunk guy lays on LAPD car, tells cops off & gives them the finger!"

Police Clean-up Homeless Encampment Under Santa Monica Pier

From Santa Monica Close Up:

"Santa Monica Police Officers, Code Enforcement Officers, and Beach Maintenance Personel from the Safety Task Force clean-up a homeless encampment beneath the Santa Monica Pier on Sunday, May 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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Beck Adler & Noah Hill - Every Dog Has Its Day

Beck Adler and Noah Hill grew up surfing Venice Beach, CA. It was there, that they mastered the art of 1-2' onshore beach breaks. After one last surf at the local pier, with a decent forecast, and high hopes, they hit the road in search of better waves. And well, lets just say... Every Dog Has Its Day.

Fight And Stabbing At Venice Library

From The Venice Wasteland:

At 9pm in Venice Centennial Park a young homeless man was slashed. It’s the same man who was kicked & beaten on May 15th. Thankfully he was okay. But he’s back in the park with his attackers.

Homeless People Attack Fire Fighters In Venice

Surf Chats with Topanga Lou - Blake

Surf Chats with Topanga Lou Episode 2 with Blake

This entire episode is for beginner surfers.

The Transformation Of Venice's Centennial Park Into A Huge Homeless Encampment

Venice Beach, video by Venice Wasteland

In 5 months Centennial Park in Venice California has been transformed into a small park next to a library into a chaotic and terrifying homeless encampment filled with violence, drugs, and despair. Neighbors have been begging for help since the first tent arrived, but no one has intervened, allowing criminals and the worst of humanity to move in to terrorize the surrounding neighborhood.

BOTOX Interactive Art Installation at Santa Monica Pier

From Santa Monica Close Up:

"To celebrate 20 years since first being FDA approved, BOTOX® Cosmetic unveiled its first-ever interactive Art Installation at the Santa Monica Pier on Saturday, May 21, 2022. Guests are immersed in a highly visual, interactive experience tying into the brand’s larger mission of creating an open dialogue. Attendees are eligible for a special BOTOX® Cosmetic offer powered by All膿®, Allergan Aesthetics’ loyalty platform. The art installation runs through Sunday, May 22."

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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Bioluminescence Spotted Last Night

Taken around ~2am last night from Chautauqua/Channel road area

Hulu National Streaming Day

Why We Go - Mazel

Everyday people doing extraordinary things outdoors. That’s the inspiration behind the Hydro Flask “Why We Go” series. These films from Hydro Flask showcase unique individuals chasing adventures that allow them to be their best selves.

Meet Mazel, an eight-year old skateboarder who knows the joy of landing new tricks.

Girls Fighting Guys At Venice Pier

A group of "live streamers" (Youtubers) got into a fight with some girls at the Venice Pier on Tuesday afternoon.

As it appears from the videos going somewhat viral, a group of dumb ass attention craving "streamers" were filming and harassing a group of girls next to the Venice Pier. They are doingit for their live stream. Their videos show them being complete douchebags (being themselves, basically).

The bikini-clad girls try telling them to stop filming them, and that they are 16 years old. The douchebags continue being themselves, and it leads to a physical fight. One of the douchetubers even dropkicks one of the girls.

One beach-goer comes over and punks one of the douchetubers for hitting a girl. The crybaby then starts crying for the cops.

During the brawl, the asshole Youtubers apparently call the police, and then when the police arrive and don't arrest the girlss, they try to irritate the officers for more footage for their Youtube live stream.

And after the police leave, these assholetubers then get into another argument with another person, whom they had triggered easrlier by claiming they took his chain. The man repeatedly asks them to stop filming him, while he asked them about his missing chain, to which they don't. So the guy punches one of them dropping him to the curb, while the other runs off like a coward.

Several of the videos are posted below (due to some being age restricted, they have to be viewed on Youtube) :

More footage of this:

8 Months At Venice Centennial Park

Venice Beach, filmed by Cop Watch Venice

How did Venice's smallest park become it's largest encampment? 8 months at Venice Centennial Park.

"This is a video compilation of the past 8 months at Venice centennial park AKA Venice library park. I hadn't planned on making a video about it, but had lots of footage, so this is random on different dates labeled inorder laying out a timeline of how Venice's smallest park, became it's largest homeless encampment.

The Venice of America Centennial Park was built in 1993 and has had homeless people randomly sleeping there ever since. I even slept there as a kid many times. But it's never been like this.

The city and LAPD keeps going against the supreme court orders and chooses to chase homeless people around, criminalizing their existence, rather than help anyone, so the places for people to go are becoming harder to find. The Venice centennial park is one of the few places not entirely fenced in by the city. Mike Bonin has fenced in and closed off nearly every area an encampment was, and he's spent $650,000 on private security patrolling overnight this year alone, keeping people out of other areas. That doesn't include the 2 am sanitation and LAPD clean ups where they don't clean anything.

According to the city, the park is now the site of the next "encampments to homes program" where the city supposedly takes entire encampments into a hotel, then gets them permanent housing. Problem is, most of these people have already been through the program and we're kicked out with no permanent solution. This is just another part of the city's revolving door homelessness response, where if they pretend they can't fix it, then they can rely on voters to get fed up and say chase everyone off or leave them to die instead of spending the billions in Homelessness funding on what it's actually intended for. Real question is, where's all that money?"

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

Venice Summer Fest

150+ Local Brands, LA's best food trucks, 20 performing artists all at Venice Blvd's biggest street festival​.

The Venice Summer Fest Returns for the 4th time to the Mar Vista Arts District on June 25th, 2022, from 12pm to 8pm. Celebrating Southern California Culture!

Music, drinks, games and dancing fill the street with positive vibes creating the ultimate destination for your local weekend adventure!

The festival will take place on Venice Blvd. in the street, In-between Grand View & Centinela.

For more info, Click Here.

RV Fire Aftermath & Venice Beach Update

Venice Beach, 5/16/22, filmed by Cop Watch Venice

"Venice beach Homelessness and neighborhood update. There was another RV fire on Rose and Lincoln, the library park is growing and getting a lot of police attention lately, meanwhile the beach is looking as bad as ever while the city keeps taking funding to "clean"."

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

Car Jacking In Santa Monica

From Santa Monica Close Up:

"Santa Monica Police set up a perimeter Between Rose Avenue and Marine Street in Venice on Sunday, May 14, 2022. At 8:30 am SMPD Officers responded to area of 4th and Marine to investigate an attempted car-jacking. The suspect, a Black male, with a tattoo on his neck and wearing all black clothing used physical force (no weapon) in his attempt to take the victim’s car, before he fled on foot. SMPD officers quickly arrived on scene and set up a perimeter. Search teams comprised of SMPD Officers, K9s, UAS (Drone) team, and an LAPD airship searched the area. They concluded their search at about 11:45 AM. The outstanding suspect was not located."

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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UScension Volleyball Event

UScension Volleyball Event benefiting the Veterans Housing Crisis at the Pier 360 Festival

Come be part of a HUGE Santa Monica event! Join thousands of beach and sea athletes at the PIER 360 Festival while supporting our efforts in the Veteran's Housing Crisis.

Play Volleyball, Dance and Meet High VIBE people that are making an impact in the world!

BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT at the PIER 360 Festival includes a Yoga Warm-Up followed by a Coed Beach Volleyball Tournament, or choose the Volleyball CLINIC & FUN Games for those new to the sport and a fiery DJ lineup that'll have you moving and grooving all day & taking you into a special sunset DJ set before you depart!

Date and time
Sun, Jun 26, 2022, 8:30 AM PDTT

Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401

For more info and to register, Click Here

Heal the Bay x Santa Monica Beach Dune Cleanup

Come join Heal the Bay and the City of Santa Monica on Saturday, June 4 to learn about and clean up the Santa Monica beach dunes!

The City of Santa Monica is sponsoring a beach cleanup located at the Annenberg Community Beach House on Saturday June 4, 2022. The event will feature an organized cleanup event from Heal the Bay and a talk/tour of the Santa Monica Beach Dune Restoration Project from The Bay Foundation. Anyone is welcome to come show support for the beach dunes and participate in the beach cleanup for a chance to win some awesome prizes!

Date and time
Sat, June 4, 2022
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Highway
Santa Monica, CA 90402

For more info and to register, Click Here

First Annual: Venice Classic

Come make history with us at the First Annual: Venice Classic, the first dedicated car show to ever be held at the world famous Venice Boardwalk

Come join The DogTown Devils Car Club on August 27th for an event unlike any other in the Venice Boardwalks 100 year history as we celebrate Surf, Sounds and Southern California's Car Culture.

All Classics, Kustoms, Lowriders, Street Rods, Rat Rods, Pre-80's Trucks and Pre-80's Muscle Cars, WELCOME!

This family event will feature Vendors, Food Vendors, a Beer Garden, DJ, Giveaways and an Awards Ceremony presented by The DogTown Devils Car Club and the City of Venice.

The The DogTown Devils Car Club,

For more info and to register you vehicle, Click Here.

Nick Gabald贸n Day 2022

Nick Gabald贸n Day will take place on Saturday, June 18, 2022 from 9AM – 4:30PM.

Nick Gabald贸n (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. Gabald贸n’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 Gabald贸n efforts. Nick Gabald贸n Day, in its current form, is now in its 10th year and will be held on June 18, 2022. This innovative celebration provides an amazing opportunity for broadening outreach, action, and education to connect Angelenos with their cultural, historical, and natural heritage.

RSVP to the events by signing up at Nick Gabaldon Day Registration.

The Black Surfers Collective, Heal the Bay, Surf Bus Foundation, Color the Water and the Santa Monica Conservancy, partner on the Nick Gabald贸n Day programming to reach out to families in resourced challenged communities to inspire, engage and empower them through meaningful educational programming. We are helping build personal experiences with cultural, historical and nature heritage and civic engagement that are the foundation of stewardship, and the development of the next generation of civic, and heritage conservation and environmental leaders.

Heal the Bay Aquarium under the Santa Monica Pier will be free for all visitors in honor of Nick on Saturday, June 18 thanks to a grant from Northrop Grumman. A celebrity guest reader will pop in for story time and special art activities will be offered, as well as screenings of documentaries exploring issues of race, coastal access, and following your passion against all odds.

For more info and the schedule of events, visit Nick Gabaldon Day 2022. ,

Heal the Bay's Bring Back the Beach Gala

Following a two-year pause due to the pandemic, Heal the Bay's Bring Back the Beach Gala is back.

Takes place at the Jonathan Club on the Beach in Santa Monica on June 2, 2022.

For more info and tickets, Click Here.

Streets Of Venice Beach Closed On Sunday

The streets in Venice will be temporarily closed Sunday morning, 5/15/22, for the Herbalife Triathlon


Meth Head Arrested In Santa Monica Water Fountain

From Santa Monica Close Up:

"Santa Monica Police Officers arrest a man in a fountain at Santa Monica City Hall on Thursday, May 12, 2022. The man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, 11377(A)HS"

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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RV Fire In Venice

Here's a photo of a RV on fire at Rose and Lincoln in Venice. Photo by @VeniceIntel.

Santa Monica Pier Locals Night

Don't miss out on the last Local's Night of the season, on the Santa Monica Pier on May 19 from 3-10PM! From youth activities, live music, art exhibits, and more, there is truly something for everyone!

For more info and a map of the Pier CLICK HERE

Santa Monica Cardboard Yacht Regatta

Kick off the summer with the Annenberg Community Beach House. Be a part of the 10th Annual Cardboard Yacht Regatta!

On Saturday, June 18, from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., two-person teams of all ages will test their ingenuity in racing homemade yachts made of corrugated cardboard and duct tape across the Annenberg Community Beach House pool. Have you ever dreamed of setting sail across the waters in your very own yacht? Now you can build your own cardboard yacht and test its seaworthiness in a race across the Beach House Pool. Build a yacht using just corrugated cardboard and duct tape, decorate it, cross your fingers and hope you can make it to the other side.

Two people must be in the yacht during the race. All boats must be human-powered (no motors).People's Choice Awards will be given in a variety of categories, including "Most Likely to Sink", "Best Use of Theme", and "Most Spirited". The Beach House Courtyard will open for yachts to be on display beginning at 11am. Races will launch beginning at 1pm. Please read attached information sheet for more details on the Cardboard Yacht Regatta, including appropriate yacht building materials, regatta rules and an event timeline.

The Cardboard Yacht Regatta Day pre-registration fee is $20 and early registration is encouraged. For questions or more information, visit the Annenberg Community Beach House website, or call the Beach House at 310-458-4904.

Preregistration required to race your yacht. Register early and enjoy building your boat with friends and family! $20 entry fee per yacht. Payment is NOT required for each sailor who will be in the yacht.This is a team registration. Please register once per yacht that will be entered in the event. .

LA Sherrif's Homeless Press Conference At Venice Beach

ch. Many people asked me how Venice Beach looks now. I went to the Venice Beach library, inside the park there is a big homeless encampment with lots of tents in it."

Traffic Enforcement Task Force On Friday

On Friday the 13th, LAPD West Traffic Division will be conducting an traffic enforcement task force in Pacific Division.

Venice Association Kick Off Party

How To Vend Safely In Santa Monica

Vending has been a special part of the Santa Monica experience for decades. Joe Cavin, Santa Monica's Fire Marshal, discusses how vending can be done safely and effectively in the City of Santa Monica. The program is designed to be accessible, and many areas of the City are available to permitted vendors, including roaming sales on the beach and most of Palisades Park. In select public spaces, including the Santa Monica Pier, vending is not permitted given the fire risk and limited accessibility of this narrow, wooden structure.

HOKALI Beach Cleanup Day- Venice

All the HOKALI Community of surfers will be cleaning the beaches together!!
Date and time:
Sat, May 28, 2022
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM PDT

Venice Beach Recreation Center
1700-1706 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291

HOKALI is announcing guidelines for individuals to conduct solo beach clean ups as long as local governing bodies allow for public beach access. A solo cleanup is defined as an individual cleanup by one person or household unit, not necessarily organized by the chapter, but promoted as an activity for the public.

The following requirements are outlined to assist in evaluating your ability to conduct a solo beach cleanup.

Your state and local governing agency allows access to the beach;

Active use of the beach is allowed under applicable laws (e.g. walking included);

Additional restrictions on active beach use are followed, e.g., open and closing times

Beaches are not so crowded that active users can maintain a safe physical distance of 6 feet

Participation in a solo cleanup event is voluntary and solely at a participant’s own risk, including risk associated with COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2). Individuals should only participate to the extent that they can comply with applicable federal, state, and local rules and restrictions, and the below required practices including physical distancing.

The following rules must be followed to ensure individuals are equipped to make an educated, safe and mindful decision to conduct a solo cleanup while following CDC public health guidance, local beach access restrictions, and EPA recommendations for properly discarding used PPE items.

Be responsible! If you are feeling sick or generally unwell, please stay indoors and heal.

Participate in a Raffle: Send us your photo or uploaded the picture to social media with #hokalichallenge and tag and participate for a FREE SURFING LESSON + HOKALI HAT.

Where to find US: Look for the HOKALI Flag at Venice beach, near Jays Rentals Surfshop. Our coach Moritz will be there waiting for you :)

What to bring: mask/cloth face covering, gloves, 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer, grabbers (if you have them), 2 separate collection receptacles.

Check with your local authority on beach use and access restrictions. Select a location where you can maintain a minimum physical distance of 6 feet. Avoid crowded areas at crowded times.

Wear a mask or cloth face covering when in public per CDC recommendations.

Wear gloves. We cannot stress this safety precaution enough. Viruses can live on hard surfaces, and individuals should exercise extreme caution when collecting litter. Wearing gloves discourages you from touching your face or face covering. If using reusable gloves, be sure to properly sanitize between uses. Effective sanitization of a reusable glove depends on the material. Individuals should comply with CDC and EPA guidance on how to effectively sanitize reusable items against COVID-19.

Grabbers are a good way to minimize contact between your gloves and trash items. Sanitize these after use and before transport or storage.

Refrain from touching your face or public surfaces during the cleanup.

Remember to use hand sanitizer after the cleanup is over, then wash your hands with soap and hot water for 20 seconds as soon as you’re able to do so.

Remember to properly disinfect all reusable equipment before and after the cleanup using an EPA-approved product for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.


Stabbing And Robbery At Tonga Park

On May 6, 2022, at about 1:45 PM, a male was lying on a park bench at Tongva Park when he was confronted by a group of male and female juveniles. One of the young males grabbed a cellphone out of his hand, then ran. Another male juvenile then brandished a knife and made a threat, before all the juveniles fled the area. A short time later, he saw one of the female juveniles involved in the initial robbery, sitting on the east end of the park. He confronted her and took her cellphone as leverage to get his phone back. The large group of juveniles returned to assist and became involved in a physical altercation. During the fight, he and another male trying to intervene, were both stabbed. SMFD responded and both victims were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening wounds. Several juveniles were detained and interviewed. Multiple knives were recovered. The following arrests were made:

• 1 male juvenile booked for robbery and assault with a deadly weapon
• 1 male juvenile booked for robbery
• 1 female juvenile booked for robbery
• Joseph Zachariah Theus, 19-year-old from Los Angeles, was booked for providing false ID to police, cited and released

Anyone with any additional information pertaining to this incident is strongly encouraged to contact Detective Haro at 310-458-8432

Bonfires Now Allowed In Venice Parks?

More craziness from the sad destriction of the park at the Venice Beach Library.

Bonfires in the front. Drug deals in the back.

Smoking Crack On Venice Boardwalk

Homeless Man Bleeding From Head Roaming Venice Beach

Video by Green Cloud Art Org

Gales And Large Waves This Weekend

Dangerous sea conditions for most vessels Saturday through Monday, especially Sunday. Mariners should consider staying in safe harbor. These are rare and unsafe conditions for May.

Swimsuits For All + Camille Kostek Pop Up in Santa Monica

Swimsuits For All is hitting the 3rd Street Promenade next week for the FIRST EVER Swimsuits For All pop-up shop. In celebration of Camille Kostek's Summer 2022 Collection launch on May 9th, the Never Not Dancing queen herself will be hosting a MEET & GREET on Thursday, May 12th from 6:30-8pm!

From the suits, to the aesthetic, the energy and beyond

Update Big Homeless Encampment At Venice Beach Library

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

"Today I went to Venice Beach to do an update video about the homeless encampment in Venice Beach. Many people asked me how Venice Beach looks now. I went to the Venice Beach library, inside the park there is a big homeless encampment with lots of tents in it."

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:

Jacks Surfboards Mother's Day Sale

Grab something special for your mom or mom's treat yourself to something special for 30% off. Women's clothing only. In stores and online. ⁠

(This sale excluded Surfboards, bodyboards, wetsuits, booties, bikes, rainbow, gopro, yeti, theragun, gift cards, already discounted items.)

Sunset - Monday 5-5-2022

Here's surfing photos from Cinco De Mayo at Sunset.

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

These are just a few of the 100+ 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 80 more photos from this session, all full size and in high-resolution, in this photo gallerys:

Sunset - Thursday 5-5-2022 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 from this photographer?
Click Surf Spot Galleries and look for the spot and then the date.