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Story by Laylan Connelly.

Mike Doyle, a regular on the Malibu surf scene during the ’50s.

Mike Doyle, a waterman known for his big-wave prowess — one of the original “hot doggers” — died in his sleep early Tuesday morning, April 30. He was 78.

Doyle, who had been battling ALS, was a champion, inventor, boardmaker — an icon in the sport of surfing. Born in 1941, he grew up in Lawndale and caught his first wave at the Manhattan Beach Pier at age 13. He would soon become a pivotal figure in the South Bay and Malibu surf culture.

He spent his later years as an artist in Mexico, at San Jose del Cabo, where he died.

“It is a beautiful day here in San Jose, the waves are perfect and we know Mike is in Heaven with a smile on his face, surfing an endless wave,” an announcement on the Doyle Surfboards Facebook page reads, noting he was with his wife, Annie, when he passed.

Doyle, who was inducted into the Surfer’s Hall of Fame in Hermosa Beach in 2013, noted then that his “biggest memory was winning the Hermosa Beach annual surf festival contest and winning the tandem event and getting married – all in the same day.”

Competitively, Doyle was among the world’s best in the ’50s and ’60s, earning numerous surf championships, including the Duke Kahanamoku title and the West Coast Surfboard Championship.

He’s also a member of the Surfers’ Hall of Fame and Surfing Walk of Fame in Huntington Beach, inducted to both in 2003, and the International Surfboard Builders Hall of Fame, where he was inducted in 2009.

Doyle’s life as a surfer started in 1954, while he watched South Bay icons Dale Velzy, Bob Hogans and Greg Noll ride waves at the Manhattan Beach Pier, according to an article in the Daily Breeze. He worked as an apprentice to Velzy and Noll building balsa boards in 1959. He was also a Manhattan Beach lifeguard in 1960 and 1961.

According to the Surfing Heritage and Cultural Center in San Clemente, Doyle famously sold Kathy Kohner, aka “Gidget,” her first surfboard in 1956 and then worked as a stunt double in “Gidget” in 1959.

Boogie board inventor Tom Morey remembers seeing Doyle as a regular on the Malibu surf scene during the ’50s.

“When I first met him, he was already an accomplished rider in the South Bay area,” Morey, who lives in San Clemente, said recently.

He recalled Doyle’s big smile under a floppy hat his mother made — a popular character with a big stature and unique style in the surf.

“If there’s a show, Doyle’s in it … he’s one of the original hot-doggers,” said Morey, referring to a surfer’s showboating style on the waves.

The two surfers had something in common – a passion for invention.

Doyle, while working in Encinitas, used the boogie board material for the first soft-top board ever made, in 1970, the same boards that countless beginners use in waves today.

He also helped to create surf wax and a single ski, the Monoski, the seed for what would become the modern-day snowboard.

“To sum up Doyle in some kind of words, here’s a really fabulous guy, a real icon and definitely a champion,” Morey said. “I don’t know how many surf contests he’s won, but quite a few. And how many giant waves he’s ridden, but a lot. And how many innovations he’s had in the surfing world … revolutionizing, with his pals, the soft board is his deal and surf wax is a big deal.”

Doyle wasn’t in it for the riches, and in his book Morning Glass wrote about how people over the years would say “how rich I would be if only I’d had the good sense to invest in this or that project.”

“But I don’t look at it that way. Most people have to choose between money and freedom, and I made my choice a long time ago,” he wrote in an excerpt of the book published in the San Diego Reader.

He wrote that his heart still leaped when he saw a car full of surfers going down the highway with a rack of surfboards.

“Probably no man alive has gone on more surf adventures than I have, yet I still haven’t had enough,” wrote Doyle, who moved to Mexico in the ’80s to be an artist and to run a surf school. “If the conditions are right, I’ll walk away from anything to spend a day in the water with my friends.”

The surf is only good at certain times, and if you’re a serious surfer, you’ve designed your life around it, he noted.

“You have to make the time to be there when the surf is good.”

Last Sunday was A Walk On Water's Surf Therapy Event in Malibu. Check out this video recap and photos shot by Alessandro Masciotti.

A paddle out held on Tuesday … at Surfrider Beach .. for Randy Nauert … a Malibu original. Nauert was never as famous as Dick Dale … but he followed a similar career ark. The teenaged surfer from the Palos Verdes Peninsula started making music in the surf wave of the early 1960s. His group was called The Challengers. Originally known as The Bel-Airs, they were one of the earliest “surf bands,” initially playing school dances and small clubs around Hermosa Beach. Words from 991KBU
Photos from Sandy Sandbakken

A paddle out held on Tuesday , April 16th … at Surfrider Beach .. for Randy Nauert … a Malibu original. Nauert was never as famous as Dick Dale … but he followed a similar career ark.

The teenaged surfer from the Palos Verdes Peninsula started making music in the surf wave of the early 1960s.

His group was called The Challengers.

Originally known as The Bel-Airs, they were one of the earliest “surf bands,” initially playing school dances and small clubs around Hermosa Beach.

In January 1963 they released “Surfbeat” …. it became a massive hit and helped put the surf rock genre on the map.

Nauert moved to Malibu … his T V show Wave Watch was a staple on malibu public access television for 104 episodes.

Nauert lived in Encinal Canyon … he was a familiar sight in his Arson Watch van around Malibu.

His compound burned in the Woolsey Fire … he suffered a heart attack while clearing land two months after the fire.

At the paddle out … his longtime friend and TV show associate Peter Townsend said it was the fire.

“I would think that those fires had an effect on Randy. Because t was his nature to help everybody. And every time you would see a photo on Facebook, he loved his Facebook, there would see a photo of him helping somebody. You know Randy was in his 70s now. And he was up there clearing properties, and friggin’ treating them as if he was a teenager. And I’m sure that didn’t help him when he finally has a heart attack.”

Randy Nauert was eulogized by his longtime friend … John Mazza.

“He really was the spirit of Malibu.”

Randy's band still has their music on Amazon:

Yo Venice got the update on the Surfer Found Dead At Topanga story from last December.

According to the autopsy report by the Los Angeles Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner , while the cause of death was drowning, a cardiac event precipitated the pulmonary edema. Specifically, Damon Michael Geller had three major arteries of his heart that were blocked, 50, 75 and 80 percent respectively
Surfer Damon Michael Geller

Yo Venice got the update on the Surfer Found Dead At Topanga story from last December.

According to the autopsy report by the Los Angeles Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner , while the cause of death was drowning, a cardiac event precipitated the pulmonary edema. Specifically, Damon Michael Geller had three major arteries of his heart that were blocked, 50, 75 and 80 percent respectively.

You can read the full story here: Death of Local Surfer Wake-Up Call - Yo Venice
Rhonda Harper of Black Girls Surf lied. The NBC camera crew lied. Sea Maven Mag lied. The Inertia did a piss poor story on it, using the lies told to them by NBC's Jeff Mercado. Every site that followed just reposted those stories. Absolutely no site or news agency got any info from anyone who was there. Everything posted came from the vicious Rhonda Harper and her crew. Now the following is compiled from interviews and casual chit-chat with people that were present at the Venice Pier when this incident occurred. We talked to surfers that were in the water, people that were on the pier, and to Wagner Lima himself. DISCLAIMER: Shacked Mag is not defending the actions of any of the parties enveloped in this incident, or in the incidents that resulted from it. We do feel that the public needs to know the truth of the entire story, from before the leash pull to all the drama that happened following it, and that will continue to happen due to Black Girls Surf's Rhonda Harper's constant use of her false version of what happened to get money to fund her fake surf coaching business.

Rhonda Harper of Black Girls Surf lied. The NBC camera crew lied. Sea Maven Mag lied. The Inertia did a piss poor story on it, using the lies told to them by NBC's Jeff Mercado. Every site that followed just reposted those stories. Absolutely no site or news agency got any info from anyone who was there. Everything posted came from the vicious Rhonda Harper and her crew (in PART 2 and 3, evidence will be revealed why Harper is not a person to trust, and what her true agenda is: $$$$).

Now the following is compiled from interviews and casual chit-chat with people that were present at the Venice Pier when this incident occurred. We talked to surfers that were in the water, people that were on the pier, and to Wagner Lima himself.

How is a little site like Shacked able to get info that sites like The Inertia or LA Times were unable to? Because they don't know this spot or the people like we do. And they were just too eager to jump on this race-baiting bandwagon, they don't care about actually reporting the truth, they just want the clicks.

So grab a big ol' bucket of popcorn, because this whole fake racism drama is kind of long, and this is just the first part of all this ridiculous drama.

PART 1: The Leash Pull

Here is the entire true story about what happened that day:

Rhonda Harper, the self-proclaimed surf coach and founder of Black Girls Surf, shows up at the Venice Pier with Khadjou Sambe. Khadjou is a mediocre surfer from Senegal, one of the only female surfers from that country, therefor by default she can try out for the Olympics (even though her surfing has been describe as average at best). So Rhonda brought her to California to "train" her for the Olympics (we talk about that laughable "training" in one of the next parts). The reason we are to believe for them coming to the pier is that they are shooting a news piece on Khadjou's Olympic dreams, even though Harper makes many comments stating it is a Black Girls Surf shoot (as she is just using Khadjou to get donations for her "coaching" company).

Danielle Lyons, a surfer from San Diego, was asked by Rhonda to come up to Venice and be a part of this shoot with NBC.

Once at the Venice Pier, Khadjou and Danielle go out to surf, not Rhonda though, because Rhonda doesn't surf. Yup, that's right, a surf coach that can't surf. According to some of her ex-friends, they all say "Rhonda can't surf for shit", and that's putting it nicely. More on that in one of the next parts of this ridiculous drama.

Now Rhonda has stated that this was a "closed set", meaning only her surfers are supposed to be surfing. Yet, neither her nor anyone from NBC have any permits for this shoot. She still goes around telling others they can't surf right now. One parent said her son was told he can't surf because they are filming for the Olympics.

A few surfers in the water, as well as some people watching on the pier have all said that the two girls with the film crew were snaking a lot of the other surfers.

"I'm surprised that #######(name withheld) didn't do something, because he got snaked a few times", one of the surfers that was in the water said.

Everyone we talked to that was there that day pretty much said the same thing, that Rhonda and her crew came and tried to take over the spot. "She does that shit all the time", stated one person that knows Rhonda from previous encounters. It seems Rhonda is infamous for barging into spots with her crew and trying localize the spot, there are comments on different surf forums dating back prior to this incident that say the same about her.

So it's not the scenario that the feminist blog Sea Maven lied about it being. It's not the scenario that all other websites stated it was. It is not the scenario Rhonda Harper tells all the news sites it was.

Eventually Wagner Lima shows up, and as most surfers usually do, he goes onto the pier to check the waves. Upon seeing the camera crew, he asks what are they filming. He is told that they were filming a "professional Olympic surfer". Wagner fancies himself a competitive surfer, so he checks out the surfing of this so-called "professional Olympic surfer". After witnessing some poor surfing on some weak waves by the "professional Olympic surfer" he tells the camera crew "That's professional Olympic surfers? They know nothing about surfing, they're a joke." Wagner throws up the peace sign and says, "Later" and he walks back to his vehicle.

Now this is where NBC's Jeff Mercado starts lying about everything. Yes, that is correct, NBC's producer/cameraman is flat out lying about what went down. One of the lies Jeff has been quoted saying is that Wagner threw up V for Venice (gang sign) then went to maliciously attack the girls. Jeff Mercado doesn't know one thing about surfing, that's for sure, but not knowing what the peace sign is? And this is NBC's news producer. He also claims Wagner had malicious intent to go harm the girls.

That is one of the many lies Rhonda keeps using to promote her agenda, as seen in this comment of hers:
That comment of Rhonda's was one reply to someone on Instagram just questioning the fact that the leash pull was probably not racially motivated. You can see right there the type of individual Rhonda really is (and there's a lot more screencaps of her bully and belittling people to come, as well as a bunch of her hateful and racist posts about white people, men, and the surf industry, in general).

Wagner was clueless about Rhonda and the NBC crew trying to insinuate he threw up a gang sign. When asked about it, Wagner was surprised. We asked him did he throw up his usual shaka or a V for Venice sign to the cameraman, he replied, "I did peace. I would never do Venice, that's ridiculous...they're lying, bro."

Back at his vehicle, Wagner suits up and heads out to surf. He says he got "snaked a few times, but whateva." Wagner is in the same area as Khadjou and Danielle because that's were the waves are. Not because he is targeting the girls, like Rhonda and NBC's Jeff Mercado claim, but then again, neither of those two know anything about surfing, so maybe we can give them the benefit of their ignorance. Hell, Rhonda said in one of her most recent interviews that the best wave in Southern California is Huntington Beach Pier.

It could be that Wagner wanted to show off to this Olympic camera crew or that he wants to show them that he can surf better than this "professional Olympic surfer", so is that why he was near them? We asked him what's up with that, he said, "That's where the waves were. I don't care about the filming. A lot of photographers always filming here, I just ask any of them if I want video, I don't need to show off to them (the NBC crew)."

So they're all surfing the same area. Now on this one mushy 1-2ft wave, he and Danielle want it, she gets it, Wagner still wants it. He lets Danielle go by and he then goes for it, but he is too close and his board goes through her long leash. He gets up seeing that the leash wrapped on his board, so he grabs it and starts pulling it. Danielle turns back to see what's going on, Wagner gives the leash more of a tug while looking the other way, he lets go and they both fall of their boards.

This did not happen dangerously close to the pier, as Rhonda is claiming. You can clearly see from the photos it was not near the pier at all. Where the sun is on December mornings, there would be the pier's shadow covering them and the photos would be looking more downward at them if this was even near being close to the pier.

"She goes around me, so I want to go that way, but her leash was around my board", Wagner said. It's as simple as that. Wagner further explains, " I know you going right. And I'm behind you, I'm gonna go right too...Because there is only one road in a wave. She did like this: went around me and in front of my board, you know. And that's when the leash got caught in my nose in like..then I was like oh fugghhh... uuummm... tried to move the leash, it didn't move, we fell."

Here's an image that was posted in the comments section of's story on this, you can see here that they show the leash is definitely wrapped around Wagner's board:

Wagner did not go out there to harass the girls as Rhonda is stating to all the news sites. It's not about race, it's not about localism. Ironically , it was Rhonda that was trying to localize this spot as her own, as she is infamous already for trying it at other spots in California. Same can be said about this race thing as well. It's actually the other way around.

Wagner is known in the area, and some like him, some don't, some just don't care about him, but the one thing they will all say about him is that he is not racist. So the claims by Black Girls Surf, NBC, and that feminist blog Sea Maven about this being a hate crime is false. They are just race baiting, because Rhonda knows she can get more publicity from it to solicit donations to her fake surf coaching company.

After they fall, Wagner told us, "bro, I tried to tell her sorry right there, she yelled at me, and then some lady on the pier starts going crazy yelling a bunch of things." And that would be Rhonda.

Eventually Wagner leaves the water, he had a friend he was meeting and some errands to do nearby. He also gets a smoothie. As he is walking back to the pier parking lot, he sees Danielle and Rhonda at a vehicle. Wagner tells us, "I saw her, I go to tell her, you know, I'm sorry. Bro, they're both cursing at me telling me stuff." And the Rinse Kit? "She sprayed me all with water. Soaking wet, bro. Sprayed my face, my shirt, pants."

But in reality, looks like Rhonda wasn't mad at all. She was f@#King happy as Sh!t! Why? Because it appears she finally got what she has always wanted, a white guy to make an example of, a white guy she could finally take all her anger out on, and it'll be pretty damn good way to get more donations for her company. She couldn't wait to start posting on her Facebook.

But Wagner isn't white, he's Brazilian. He speaks with a strong Portuguese accent too. But Rhonda don't care, he's light skinned enough to be the white guy she needs.

She changes her tone just a bit and goes for the sympathy angle in her next Facebook post on it:

Now this is where it all goes crazy.

Rhonda returns to the Venice Pier the next day to hunt down Wagner.

"I'm going to ruin you!" she yells to Wagner.

She then starts her online vendetta to destroy Wagner... and to use this incident to raise money for her company:

Those screencaps above are just a snippet of what is to come next. Rhonda just goes full throttle on her vendetta. Hell, even Danielle who is the victim in this eventually this ends her friendship with Rhonda due to Rhonda's desire to try to profit off of this. The good thing is that Rhonda is not smart enough to keep all her lies in order and ends up contradicting herself, plus she gets some important facts incorrect, and she let's her anger expose her true nature quite often.

To Be in 2 days.

We never wanted to run stories like this, but we now feel we have to.

Since non-surfing surf coach Rhonda Harper wants to continue milking this made up hate crime to fund her very questionable Black Girls Surf and Inkwell Clothing companies and her many GoFundME accounts, we decided to not stay silent any longer. Rhonda keeps doing interviews, is constantly in contact with news sites and just keeps lying about what happened (in one of the more recent ones, she is now saying the board was grabbed from under the surfer's feet). Always promoting it as a hate crime, which it was not. All the news sites love her story, because it's a good race-baiting headline for them. It's got to stop.

She is not even the victim in this, she is just exploiting the situation for herself and because of her hatred of white people and the surf industry. Unfortunately since she is playing the race card, we will have to address that.

This is such a huge ridiculous dramafest that we have to break it into several parts. The first five parts will be:

Part 1: The Leash Pull
We talked to surfers that were in the water, people that were on the pier, and to Wagner Lima himself about what happened. And did some digging up of info. We are the only site that actually did that. The NBC cameraman lied and Harper is not telling the exactly what happened.

Part 2: The Real Rhonda Harper
Rhonda starts her online harassment and doxing of Wagner Lima. She finally has a white man she can make an example of, even if he isn't white, but he's good enough to use to promote her agenda. Her Facebook page is filled with her making hateful comments.

Part 3: The Fake SeaMaven Story
The complete BS story that this feminist blogger wrote using race that triggered all the backlash and harassment everyone was receiving.

Part 4: The Harassment and Backlash

Part 5: Rhonda Can't Surf
A surf coach that can't surf? Yeah really. People that have tried surfing with her told us how awful she surfing.

Everyday or so we will post a Part of this ridiculous story.

PLEASE NOTE: Danielle is the surfer whose leash was pulled, she never wanted to make a police report or a huge fuss over all this. She actually wants it all to go away, unfortunately Rhonda Harper is the one who wants to keep milking this. They actually had a falling out over it, with Rhonda calling her a coward and such (it will be covered in on of the stories). We ask our readers to not harass any of the parties involved.

The 25th Annual Venice Surf-A-Thon was held on Saturday, December 8, once again taking place at the Venice Pier. The contest is a grassroots local tradition that has evolved from a mentorship gathering for youth beset by gang violence to an inter-generational celebration of community. The contest has been a labor of love for it's founder Ger-I Lewis .
Ger-I founded the Venice Surf-A-Thon in 1993 after returning home from military service. "I wished to do something for the children , young adults and the community in general that is fun and has a positive influence on everyone." says Ger-I. "For sure back in the day the contest was edgy as so was I! Instead of handing out trophies at the beach like most contests, I incorporated the awards party to give everyone a chance to shine. Inviting local talent as well the bikini contest was also a strategy to enhance and create a Venice culture showcase. Well times have changed and folks have mellowed, the bikini contest is no longer a part of the event as many of the original contestants are grandfathers now! The event has a generational community expectation and Surf-A-thon has taken on a family atmosphere. Many world class surfers, celebrities, have supported and donated to The Venice Surf-A-Thon including Mimi Miyagi,Peter Destafino, Perry Ferral, C.R. Stecyk , Danny Trejo, Robert Trujillo (of Metallica), Noah Budroe, Chris Ward, Tonan, Tina Cheri, DJ Muggs, Kid Frost, and Beowulf. Moreover the contest has provided a an opportunity for surfers to get a start in competition surfing."

Here's the contest recap/resullts from Ger-I:

The contest started off early with Body surfing. First place went Steve Shop, 2nd to Place Mike Wood, and in Third place was Johnny.

Two Groms Mixed Heats followed. The Groms Mixed Heat #1 winners were Logan in First, Kay got Second, and Third went to Parker.

Groms Mixed #2 winners were Dean Pitari in First, Bradley getting Second, and Kay following with Third.

Girls division was next. First Place going to Mimi Sullivan, Second Place went to Oshi Massey, and Third Place was Kay (again).

Longboards winners were Mr Cortez taking First, Tonan Ruiz placing Second, and Third Place going to Billy Bong.

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Malibu's Jamie Brisick:

The text message came just before 7 a.m.: “Mandatory evacuation for the entire city of Malibu.” I grabbed my car keys, wallet, phone, laptop, writing stuff, and a change of clothes. It was Friday, November 9th. I was not worried. Malibu gets a fire nearly every year. Never do they creep down the Santa Monica Mountains, leap the Pacific Coast Highway, and take out homes where I live, in Point Dume.

But this one did. And it took out my home with an almost personal vengeance. Watching KTLA news with a friend in his Venice Beach studio the following evening, he pointed at the screen. “That looks like your house.” The camera zoomed in. “That’s definitely your house.” The shot—a firefighter blasting water at my inflamed bedroom—would play on repeat throughout the weekend. I became a kind of poster child for the Woolsey Fire.

The next few days threw into sharp relief my conflicted relationship with Malibu life. Many of my fellow-evacuees landed comfortably in Venice and Santa Monica. I received invitations to festive dinners and brunches at upscale eateries. Designer fashion labels offered free clothes to folks who’d lost their homes. A two-hundred-and-fifty-dollar gift certificate for luxury bedding showed up in my in-box. Compared to the extreme loss of life in the Camp Fire, it felt way too easy. Even in evacuation mode, we kept up our tenor of self-congratulation.

Meanwhile, I could not get back into Malibu. Roads were closed on the north, south, and valley sides. The “stayers,” several of them surfer friends of mine, posted on social media about “never feeling a stronger sense of purpose” and “being honored to serve their community.” The Point Dume Bomberos, a vigilante group that formed in the fire, were saving houses. Supplies were coming in by boat; surfers were paddling them to shore on longboards. Malibu moms were cooking up hot meals in jury-rigged kitchens. I was hit with a sense of fomo/shame. I’d got out of the fire, and now all I wanted was to get back into the fire.

I got in the following day with a makeshift press pass. Driving west past Surfrider Beach, the Pacific Coast Highway eerily quiet, I watched a set of waves peel across First Point, no riders. Malibu is one of the most crowded breaks on earth. The road closure would create empty lineups akin to the pre-“Gidget” days. I reached back and pawed the nose of my five-ten twin fin.

I passed places of great personal significance: the surf spot where I got my first tube, in 1978; the former home of the Malibu Inn, where in my tormented teens I consumed a half decade’s worth of soggy oatmeal and burnt coffee hoping to get closer to a particular waitress; the rocky outcropping where my late wife and I shared one of our last meals together, a picnic of cheese and avocado sandwiches, the shore break slapping and hissing below our feet. I started surfing in the late seventies. Malibu was my playground; it’s as close to my heart as any geographical place I can think of. But to be a surfer is to be a traveller. In my early twenties, I started travelling, and pretty much kept travelling.

The first sightings of the fire were just north of Pepperdine University. The charred hills took on a certain vulnerability, vegetation gone, trees skeletal, bald black curves in the midday sun. Born and raised in L.A., now fifty-two, I have come to understand that it’s essentially a race between the Santa Ana winds and the rain. If the rain comes first, the fire hazard is mitigated. But, if the fires come first, as they had now (and as they did last year, with the Thomas Fire and the ensuing mudslides in Montecito), we’re in big trouble.

Read the entire story on THE NEW YORKER

The last eight days have been truly remarkable and both good and bad. The stories we could tell would fill a library. The short of it is when many people evacuated these guys stayed behind, fought the fires & protected Point Dume Malibu on their own. The media has branded them as "surfers", which is true, however they failed to mention that they are also County Lifeguards, Off-duty FD, Woodsmen, Outdoorsmen, Production Coordinators & Ex-Military. Without all of their expertise in every different facet & their local knowledge of the canyons/streets, they wouldn't have been able to accomplish what they did. These MEN posted up on mountains overnight to spot fires, tactically strike Hot-spots, put out Flare-up's, coordinated boat deliveries and delivered of all the supplies in their trucks to the local elementary school where locals again handled the situation. This amazing Band of Brothers had their metal tested over the last 8 days, barely sleeping, barley eating, putting their bodies in harms way to protect what they love and never once complained. I’ve never been so proud to work with such a rare group of individuals. All I ask is that you post a picture tomorrow morning (Tuesday Morning) and give them a little love. That’s it….

If anyone asks “why the Bomberos?”…It's a nod to the old school Point Dume Bombers (As in to “Bomb" a wave i.e. drop in on a heavy wave). Here is a quote from Lyon Herron, a life long Point Dume Local and amazing surfer. “The bombers were an infamous group of true local Point Dume locals that regulated the point in not always the best way. Our take is to truly give back and teach history to the coming you about their home. Teach them how to earn respect and love one another. The Point Dume Bomberos today are a representation of our home that has given us so much. We stand together to keep our community strong and not let it fall apart."

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After the devastating Woolsey Fire, local MalibuVWbus heads back into Malibu:
It took out everything in its path...

Lifeguard Tower.

Leo Carrillo.

Burned VW on the side of PCH with a completely burned background.

That lucky gem in the background was the only thing besides the fence next to it that didn’t burn on this block. It still sustained heavy heat and smoke damage. The windshield melted to the dashboard.... You can also see the outline of the other Porsche in the garage with the garage roof covering it’s burned chassis. As for the Chevy, it didn’t do so well.

Burned house and VW style buggy.

Here is my mom and her house that was demolished by the fire. The cross she is holding was on her wall and survived the fire. This is a miniature version of the cross that Jon Krawczyk made. The big version he made sits across the street from the 911 memorial museum in New York City. Jon and his wife Dee Dee also lost their house which was right next to my moms house.

Eerie Scene.

Bummer. Looks like it was on the top of a lift in the garage and dropped onto another car below it.... There is another one sitting out front that survived. Not sure how bad it is though... The fire was so hot that it melted the windshield to the dashboad. It looks like it’s the only thing on the property that survived besides the fence next to it. We shut off the neighbors water meter that was still on and spraying water everywhere.

If you're on Instagram you can follow @MalibuVWbus to see more of his photos.