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The June 21st, Go Skate Day events at the Venice Skatepark have been cancelled due to a threat of violence.

"I am very sad to announce that we have to cancel GSD in Venice." Heidi Lemmon, one of the events organizers, posted to Facebook on Saturday.

"With so many mass shootings in the usa every day we believe it is best to err on the side of safety. All the signs are there, the threats are credible and we will not take any chances where kids are involved. My sincere apologies to all our sponsors, the City of Los Angeles and Venice Recreation and Parks. * this is not a local he is an out of state person."

What we little info we gathered so far, is that someone wants to control all events ($$$$$) at the Venice Skatepark and threatened Heidi and "... anyone at the park that gets in the way."

UPDATED INFO:
Heidi Lemmon and on of the other event organizers do not want to give any "airtime" to the person who made the threats, so they are not disclosing who this individual is.

Some info about the person that has be going around the rumor mill is that he is from out-of-state, but currently local (opposite of the original info given) , and he is a Hispanic male in his 40's. Also that the "authorities" consider his threats "credible".



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.



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. .



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. .



Do you know any Ocean Heroes in the 3rd - 5th grade? Encourage them to enter the #CanTheTrash Clean Beach Poster Contest for a chance to have their art displayed on beach trash barrels this summer. Deadline for the 2022 contest cycle is 1/31/22.

For full details, Click Here



The Temporary Skate Park is located at 24250 Pacific Coast Hwy and open daily from 8:00 AM - Sunset.

Skate Park users are required to bring their own helmet and must wear it at all times while inside the Skate Park. Users must review and adhere to the Skate Park rules.


More info, contact: IsabellaBlueSK8
On Saturday, August 14th, Life Rolls On host They Will Skate Again at the Venice Skatepark.

They Will Skate Again is an adaptive skate clinic. Adaptive athletes of all ages come and learn how to ride a skatepark from some of the top adaptive skaters and wheelchair athletes, including Nitro Circus' Aaron "Wheelz" Fotheringham , as well as regular Venice Skatepark adaptive athletes Tracie Garacochea and Jesse Swalley

These photos were shot by Six12 Media
















You can find about 150+ more photos from this event, all full size and in high-resolution, in this photo gallery:

They Will Skate Again 2021 Photo Gallery


If you were out there, we probably got some cool shots of you, go check them out!


Jake Familton, aka Stuntman Jake, the 10 yr old Skateboarder from Venice Beach.
Barbie has announced 12-year-old skateboarder Sky Brown as a Barbie Role Model by unveiling a one-of-a-kind doll created in her likeness, to highlight how she has broken boundaries for the next generation of girls.



Sky Brown is a professional skateboarder and surfer. Sky will be competing for Team GB next year in the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics, making her Great Britain’s youngest Summer Olympian ever, and the youngest Olympic athlete since 1936. Sky began skating and surfing at the age of two and quickly became a phenomenon when short videos of her gained millions of views on YouTube.



As the original girl empowerment brand, Barbie is dedicated to shining a spotlight on powerful, diverse role models to inspire the limitless potential in every girl, and this year honours women breaking barriers in sports. The doll is dressed in Nike activewear and holds a skateboard, ready for adventures on and off the ramp.

The doll was gifted to Sky as she recovers from injuries from her worst fall yet, breaking her left wrist and hand and suffering skull fractures earlier this year at a skate park in California.



Sky’s already looking forward to recovering and picking up her skateboard. She commented: “I’m going to push boundaries for girls with my skating and surfing. I’m going for gold in 2021 and nothing will stop me. Having a Barbie created in my likeness is one of the most incredible things that’s ever happened to me. I hope other girls my age can see what is possible when you follow your dreams.”

Earlier this year, Sky released a book titled ‘Sky’s the Limit’ – a compilation of stories and inspirational quotes illustrating Sky’s journey so far. Sky hopes to continue making history while inspiring fans of all ages across the world.

This year, Barbie is spotlighting female role models in sports, in an effort to close the Dream Gap; the time when girls start to doubt that they can be anything. Research shows that when girls play sports, they report higher levels of confidence, which in turn breaks down barriers to girl’s self-belief.

The Barbie Dream Gap Project is an ongoing global initiative that aims to give girls the resources and support needed to continue to believe that they can be anything. Barbie is working to close the Dream Gap by: highlighting role models, encouraging purposeful play, and donating funds.



Hot Wheels has teamed with Nitro Circus for the Hot Wheels Superchargers Fueled by Nitro Circus Virtual Competition, an open competition for kids in the United States aged 5-16 in skateboarding, BMX, and scooter. This one-of-a-kind event welcomes all skill levels, from beginner to advanced. Kids get the chance to show off their skills, compete against peers, and of course have a whole lot of fun!

Enter by submitting a consecutive run on a scooter, skateboard or BMX bike of up to 60 seconds — one entry per person. The run must be filmed by a parent or legal guardian and should be filmed in horizontal on a camera or phone, with no music or editing. The top 10 runs from the Beginner and Advanced categories of each sport will be judged live via Nitro’s social media platforms by legends from the world of action sports!

For more info and to enter, CLICK HERE





Hot Wheels has teamed with Nitro Circus for the Hot Wheels Superchargers Fueled by Nitro Circus Virtual Competition, an open competition for kids in the United States aged 5-16 in skateboarding, BMX, and scooter. This one-of-a-kind event welcomes all skill levels, from beginner to advanced. Kids get the chance to show off their skills, compete against peers, and of course have a whole lot of fun!

Enter by submitting a consecutive run on a scooter, skateboard or BMX bike of up to 60 seconds — one entry per person. The run must be filmed by a parent or legal guardian and should be filmed in horizontal on a camera or phone, with no music or editing. The top 10 runs from the Beginner and Advanced categories of each sport will be judged live via Nitro’s social media platforms by legends from the world of action sports!

For more info and to enter, CLICK HERE





The Venice Skatepark and Boardwalk are featured locations in Sky Brown's new music video "Girl".



Classic longboard surfing at its finest filmed by Andrea Coleman.
Photo by @marygrosswendt


17 year old longboarder from Malibu, Brooke Carlson took to Instagram to respond the angry governor's new state-wide beach closure order:

"As of May 1st in California, you will not be allowed on the beach or in the water. Gavin Newsom, you don’t own the ocean so that fact you're ticketing people for surfing is beyond me. In Ventura the boardwalk was far more crowded then in the water or on the beach and you don’t hear anyone talking about closing the boardwalk. Everybody I saw (I went on a beach run this weekend from marina park to Ventura pier about a 2 1/2 mile stretch) was following the CDC rules and everybody was being respectful of the CHP when they said that you can’t be laying on the beach, you have to be moving around and social distancing. I understand it may have been a different story in Newport and Huntington but that shouldn’t mean just because people wanted to go lay on the beach that you have to punish the people who actually surf and train at the beach. If people want to go against CDC rules they’re going to do it regardless of if it’s at the beach or not. This completely sends the wrong message to people and county’s who are actually following the rules. Feel free to disagree but this is just my opinion" - Brooke Carlson




Back in October, a young, blonde powerhouse began showing up in the Venice lineup. The adorable goofy-foot with a backhand smack began turning heads up and down the beach prompting people to ask “Who’s that?!?”

We chatted with 17 year-old Rubiana (Rubi) Brownell to find out.


By Nicole Lynch

Where are you from and what brings you to Venice?

I was born in Santa Monica, and then my family moved to Costa Rica when I was four. I basically grew up there, so I consider myself to be from Costa Rica. I moved to Venice in October of last year. My dad works here and I do a lot of competing in Southern California and I needed to get used to the waves, so I used this as an opportunity to come here and train.

Photo: Six12 Media


When did you start competing? How long have you been competing on the QS?

When I was like 13 years old, so about four years ago. I started doing the QS like 2 years ago. When I first started on the national circuit in Costa Rica I was doing well, so moving on the QS was the next step. I got into it pretty smoothly and easily.

Rubiana is 5x Costa Rican National Champion.


So you like competing?

Yeah, for sure! For me more than anything just being a good surfer is my main goal, I care about that more than results. But competing really motivates me. Getting to travel around, you make the closest friendships with people from completely different parts of the world you would never go to. So it’s really cool at such a young age to have that experience while trying to make a career out of it.

When did you learn to surf?

I learned when I was 12. I have a brother who is six years older than me (Indy Brownell), and when my dad had kids his goal was to make sure his kids surfed. But me and my brother, neither of us wanted to – hahah! So he had to get my brother into it first, and that took a while, and then it was my turn. I didn’t want to but after like two months of hardcore surfing I fell in love with it and now I’m more grateful for that than anything.

Haha, so dad had to drag you to the beach?

Yep! It was easier for me than my brother, there was a part of me that just wanted to please him and make him happy. But it was a struggle at first, a lot of frustrating sessions. I was scared of the ocean even on an one foot day! A perfect little beach break and I was terrified of it, so it took a while. But I’m so so grateful for that. I wouldn’t be the same person if I didn’t surf.

You didn’t start surfing until you were 12, at what point did you realize you’ve got talent?

My dad could tell right away. It really helped having him and my older brother around, just catching white water, they would tell me exactly what I needed to do differently and were able to shape my style. So it happened within the first few months for sure.

Your dad (Trey Brownell) rips too.

He grew up in Florida with no waves, and at 15 he moved here to LA. He didn’t start competing until he was an adult. He competed for a few years, won some national contests, some WSA events and was even on US Team for two years. Then he had to find a different career to support his family.


"There's only one way to leave the beach. Tired, hungry, one shade tanner, two shades blonder and with Champ." Rubi and her father, Trey in Costa Rica. Photo: Avellanas Surf Photos


Who are your mentors/ heroes?

My older brother is definitely one of my mentors. He taught me as much as my dad and still pushes me every day. My favorite pros are Sally Fitzgibbons, her attitude towards everything and how motivated she is just being an athlete is super inspirational. Mick Fanning is my other favorite surfer. The bottom turn to front-side top-turn combos, it’s incredible. Even though they’re both regular foots I study their surfing more than anybody else.


"An unforgettable two months spent on double sessions, turning the little blonde thing into a ripper" - Indigo Brownell


I overheard one of the old timers saying you have one of the best backhands he has ever seen surfed at the pier.

Aww ☺

Do you prefer going front or backside?

Backside for sure! I mean, it depends on what kind of waves I’m surfing. I really struggle with barrels backside, but when it’s just turns then backside for sure! Caroline Marks is insane.



What does your quiver look like?

I’m riding a combination of Losts and boards from my local shaper in Costa Rica called Global Surfboards. 5’6” thrusters

Photo: Six12 Media


What other kinds of training are you doing?

I have a personal trainer who sends me workouts online. I do that three or four times a week. Weight training and being overall more in shape is one of my goals.

What about an air game? Is that something you’ll be looking to incorporate into your regimen?

Yeah, it’s something I’ve had a hard time with. When I’m back home my brother really gives me a hard time about that. We argue about it, but we’ve decided that he’s better at airs and barrels and I’m better at everything else. We push each other. Now that I’ve got some time off from contests it’s definitely something I want to focus on.

Photo: Six12 Media


What has it been like navigating sponsors?

It’s hard, especially being from Costa Rica, it’s a place where it’s really hard to get sponsors from the US. I’m super grateful for O’Neill and Monster. I’ve also had a ton of support from local sponsors in Costa Rica. Pimienta Verde Organic Market and Mermaids and Sailors in Tamarindo, I’m very grateful.

You were due to compete in a QS 3000 in Barbados before Coronavirus hit. What’s the plan now?

All the contests got cancelled through the end of May and potentially longer. The plan was to go home, but then the borders got closed so now we’re just chilling here. We’ll see.



Where are your favorite spots here in Cali?

That’s really tough. I honestly like the waves in Nor Cal, Pleasure Point and Morro Bay. In So Cal, I guess Lowers has to be my favorite wave. And the Venice Pier is definitely my favorite every day spot. Surfing here has helped me so much! Learning how to surf one peak with a crowd. I have to be more alert and position myself properly. Learning how to surf close-outs, surfing a wave where you have to make your own speed in a small section. It’s been a process, it’s been a frustrating five-months but feels really really good to finally be improving on it and I think it’s going to really help me when I travel. Yeah this place is special for sure!




Photos: Six12 Media