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Shark to the shin! Come on down!

Posted by Mason Brown's Surf Report on Monday, August 3, 2020

Mason Brown of the Mason Brown's Surf Report reports that a shark bumped his shin while he was out in the water at Ocean Park on Monday.

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A Paddle Out for Mike Vaughan, who passed away last month, will be held this Saturday, August 8th.

Come join friends and family to celebrate Mike Vaughan's life with a traditional paddle out memorial at Tower 26 in Santa Monica. Socially distanced, responsible and outside.

Please share with friends, loved ones and anyone else who was touched by Mike's love of ocean sports, living a big life and his generosity.

More info at the Mike Vaughan Paddle Out Facebook Event Page


According to Lost Hills Sheriff, on Friday "deputies contacted a male adult on the beach, showing signs of being under the influence. The man was arrested for felony possession of concealed knife, possession of suspected methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia."

"Deputies are out daily to ensure the safety of all beach goers," they posted on their Facebook Page.


Posted by Augustus F. Hawkins HS :

THIS SATURDAY
HISTORIC "BAY STREET BEACH"
SANTA MONICA
MELINATED SURF CIRCLE

SWIM. HAVE FUN. CONNECT. DIALOGUE


We are gathering community for a day of purpose. Back in the day this was a segregated stretch of beach were black people could enjoy aquatic culture with the least racial harassment and physical confrontation. In community, The Inkwell was renamed THE BAY STREET BEACH because "Inkwell" was a derrogatory term racist whites used to denigrate areas where black people gathered.

This Saturday...this Saturday we are pay homage and reconnect with those before us who paved the way to create our soulful history of aquatic culture. We are also celebrating those who today continue that legacy. The ocean is freedom and that freedom is for all of us.

So showing up in unity is the best form of resistance...it is a revolutionary act.

Showing up in numbers and being seen by each other is healing and affirming and joyful. We welcome you to join us at The Bay Street Beach. Paid parking is available at this spot. Light refreshments and hydration will be available. Bring everything that brings you comfort for the day...umbrellas, sun hats, sunscreen, your favorite eats. We will be there until sunset. That will be a beautiful hour to close a beautiful day!

Feel free to bring folk and repost!
Blessings

DM hosts via Instagram for more info if needed:
@hawins_green
@ambiguous_digs
@chewroh


The man arrested is 26 year old Jacob Matthew Vanderburg.

We also found out some of the things he did before the police arrived. He was mouthing off to the lifeguard in Tower 28 and attempted to walk up on the tower. He had also took someone's boogy board and was bashing it into the sand.

As seen in the video we shot, he was heading back towards the lifeguard tower when the police approached him.

And here's some additional info from Patch.com:

He was arrested on suspicion of possession of a loaded firearm and possession of illegal high capacity magazine. Lt. Joseph Cortez of the SMPD told Patch.com that he apparently had a firearm holstered on his hip and police received information that he was possibly brandishing the gun.

"When speaking with the subject, officers became concerned about his mental health," Cortez said. "The officer placed the man on a mental evaluation hold, pursuant to 5150 WIC."

Here's our original story we posted about this:





On Thursday, at 12:15PM, beach-goers near Tower 28 in Ocean Park spotted a man with what appeared to be a handgun in his belt.

The Santa Monica Police were called and showed up to apprehended him.

He was walking towards Lifeguard Tower 28 when the cops approached him. "I didn't do anything...let me go." and "I'm gettin' outta this town, I don't like these fuckin' liberals." are among some of the things he yelled to the police as they drew their guns on him and instructed him to get down.

He was placed in cuffs fairly quickly, while yelling, "Blue lives matter!" among other ramblings.

He shouted "You better get back to work and stop protesting in the street..you understand me!" to all the on-lookers who were watching him and his fancy hat being escorted off the sand to the police vehicles parked in the lot.

While getting placed in the police vehicle, he gets heckled by the dude from the nearby surf school to which he responds by threatening to come back and kill him.

The guy's VW car was parked on Bernard Way in front of Ocean View Park. It had Ohio Army Veteran plates on it, and inside the car was several large knives and a small axe. During the police search of the vehicle, they also found a sleeping bag in the back seat, and in the truck was clothing, food, a laptop, pots & pans, and more household items.

No word on this from the SMPD yet, but according to the surf school dude's heckling, the man will be spending the next 5 years having anal sex.

The complete uncut video from our Instagram Story is below:








According to Surfline, "South-southwest swell and northwest windswell combo maintains small, but rideable surf, for many spots along the West Coast. Light wind and generally clean conditions are expected for the morning hours. ."



Saturday, July 25th: 1-2′ surf at summer/combo breaks, occ. AM wind is light.
Small scale mix of SSW swell and NW windswell for waves at or under knee high at average breaks. Light/variable wind early, before trending from the S/SW through the later morning, then becoming light+ to locally more (4-8kts) out of the W for the afternoon in most areas.

Sunday, July 26th: 1-2′ waves off small SSW/SSE swell mix and a little NW swell, top summer/combo breaks, occ. 3′ sets. Light winds for the morning.
A small blend of SSW and SSE Southern Hemi swells moves in as a little NW windswell lingers. Most spots see weak surf down in the 1-2′ zone, while best summertime exposures/combo breaks hit waist high on sets. Light winds for most of the morning, shift to light+/locally moderate onshores over the afternoon.




On Thursday, at 12:15PM, beach-goers near Tower 28 in Ocean Park spotted a man with what appeared to be a handgun in his belt.

The Santa Monica Police were called and showed up to apprehended him.

He was walking towards Lifeguard Tower 28 when the cops approached him. "I didn't do anything...let me go." and "I'm gettin' outta this town, I don't like these fuckin' liberals." are among some of the things he yelled to the police as they drew their guns on him and instructed him to get down.

He was placed in cuffs fairly quickly, while yelling, "Blue lives matter!" among other ramblings.

He shouted "You better get back to work and stop protesting in the street..you understand me!" to all the on-lookers who were watching him and his fancy hat being escorted off the sand to the police vehicles parked in the lot.

While getting placed in the police vehicle, he gets heckled by the dude from the nearby surf school to which he responds by threatening to come back and kill him.

The guy's VW car was parked on Bernard Way in front of Ocean View Park. It had Ohio Army Veteran plates on it, and inside the car was several large knives and a small axe. During the police search of the vehicle, they also found a sleeping bag in the back seat, and in the truck was clothing, food, a laptop, pots & pans, and more household items.

No word on this from the SMPD yet, but according to the surf school dude's heckling, the man will be spending the next 5 years having anal sex.

The complete uncut video from our Instagram Story is below:












The dead body that was discovered at Venice Breakwater on Tuesday morning has been identified.

Authorities got the call just before 6:00AM.

The naked body was a 48 year old homeless woman named Miriam Montufar.

A pair of shoes, some clothing, and other items were found in a pile near the body.

Sheriff's deputies are still investigating the death.





The one-year-old skating facility has been vandalized for the second time this month, in the same way as before.

A black substance that feels and smells like motor oil was strategically poured all over the ramps and quarter-pipes, such that it hinders a smooth ride up or down.

This time, some sand was also added to the oil, and dumped elsewhere in the skating area. There is a sandbox adjacent to the skatepark.

This latest incident seems to have happened sometimes around the weekend of July 18-19. Some of the oil is still damp.

The park was struck in a similar fashion last July 4 weekend - though with less oil and no sand.



Info and photos from Eastsider Reader


A dead body was discovered at Venice Breakwater on Tuesday morning.

Authorities got the call just before 6:00AM.

Reports state that the naked body was female, believed to be approximately 30 to 35 years old.

A pair of shoes, some clothing, and other items were found in a pile near the body.

Sheriff's deputies are investigating the death and believe it could be a suicide.





A Paddle Out for Mike Vaughan, who passed away last month, will be held on Saturday, August 8th.

Come join friends and family to celebrate Mike Vaughan's life with a traditional paddle out memorial at Tower 26 in Santa Monica. Socially distanced, responsible and outside.

Please share with friends, loved ones and anyone else who was touched by Mike's love of ocean sports, living a big life and his generosity.

More info at the Mike Vaughan Paddle Out Facebook Event Page
According to Surfline, "Just minor pulses of southerly swell for California through the upcoming weekend."



Saturday, July 18th: 1-2’+ waves for summer/combo breaks, occ. 3′ set at standouts. Light AM wind.
Small SSW swell holds and NW windswell lingers, small new S swell creeping in late. Average breaks are knee-thigh high through the better tides. Surf remains best suited for big boards or small humans but should have a little more push than Friday. Light/variable wind starts out the day with mostly clean conditions. Wind trends onshore from the W through the morning, becoming moderate+ (8-12kts+) out of the W for most areas in the afternoon.

Sunday, July 19th: 1-2’+ waves for summer/combo breaks, occ. 3′ set at standouts. Light AM wind. Small SSW swell lingers, a new S swell creeps up, and NW windswell rebounds through the PM. Average breaks are knee-thigh+ high through the better tides. Light/variable wind starts out the day with mostly clean conditions. Wind trends onshore from the W through the morning, becoming moderate+ to breezy (10-14kts+) out of the W for most areas in the afternoon.



Looks like the rumors and fears of another lockdown may be true, the City OF Malibu just announced these closures:

"Due to current COVID-19 conditions, and to protect the health and safety of visitors and City staff, Malibu Bluffs Park and the Temporary Skate Park will temporarily close effective immediately."

"We hope to reopen the Skate Park as soon as possible, and apologize for the inconvenience this may cause to our local skaters."

"Due to the closure, we have suspended reservations through our online booking system, and all current reservations in the system have been canceled."


City Manager Reva Feldman told KBUU News that Sheriff's deputies have been called to Bluffs Park "multiple times every day to try and enforce the rules. Skaters are not following the limit of people allowed in the skate park (12 max) and are not leaving when asked by city staff."

"Parents are refusing to wear masks and continue to congregate."



For more of our coverage of the Coronavirus lockdown, closures, and how our local surf community and businesses are doing, CLICK HERE




According to the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Cristina will become a hurricane on Friday.

Unfortunately, Cristina’s small size is the main thing preventing it from producing a swell of significance for SoCal. We should see some small waves, waist-high and below, at the south-southeast exposed spots by the end of the weekend.



Over in Atwater Village, vandals hit the Chevy Chase Skatepark over the July 4 weekend, smearing some of the ramps with black, slightly sticky substance and putting huge cracks in the lips of the skatepark.


“We are saddened about the vandalism that occurred over the Fourth of July weekend,” said Rose Watson from the Department of Recreation and Parks. “We are investigating while we assess the conditions for repair.”

Info and photos from Eastsider Reader


More Patagonia looters have been caught. First, one of surfboard looters got arrested, now the looters that stole the safe out of the store have been arrested.

According to the press release, on July 3rd, 2020 Santa Monica Police Department Detectives from the Special Investigations Unit and officers from the Crime Impact Team served multiple search and arrests warrants at different locations in Los Angeles County related to the damage and looting of Patagonia located at 1344 4th Street on May 31st. Several suspects were able to remove a safe from the business. Detectives identified six suspects involved in the looting and theft of the safe.

Four suspects were arrested and booked for burglary, conspiracy and looting during a riot:
Ulises Alcantara JUAREZ DOB: 07-23-94 Male, Hispanic
Alfredo Fernando BELLO DOB: 06-07-96 Male, Hispanic
Yesenia Enriquez TEJADA DOB: 02-04-95 Female, Hispanic
Debbie LUJAN DOB: 10-15-96 Female, Hispanic


Evidence related to the looting, including the safe, were recovered and booked into evidence.

These arrests still do not excuse the fact that the Santa Monica Police allowed this to happen in the first place, and the fact that the Santa Monica Police Chief and several city council members blatantly lied about what happened.

For more of our coverage of the protests and looting in our beach communities, CLICK HERE



The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Cristina, located several hundred miles south of Manzanillo, Mexico.

Tropical Cristina is a small tropical cyclone, although it is expected to expand in size later this week as it likely strengthens and should become our first hurricane of the season.

Based on Cristina’s current track from the National Hurricane Center, it should enter the SoCal swell window later this work week with some fun surf potential around the end of the weekend and possibly beyond. Cabo and Southernmost Baja could see significantly larger surf a couple of days before SoCal.





As we all know, the Santa Monica Police ignored all the warnings about the upcoming looting attack on the city, and their incompetence led to the looting of over 100 stores in the Downtown Santa Monica.

Now, two of the looters who hit REI and VANS have been arrested.

According to their press release, Detectives with the Santa Monica Police Department scoured hours of security video and social media posts. A suspect vehicle was identified by searching social media videos of the civil unrest. It showed a vehicle license plate with two suspects loading various items from REI. After reviewing REI security video, the two subjects were identified inside the store removing thousands of dollars of merchandise. During the investigation one of individuals was also identified as the suspect of an assault on a police officer.

The Manhattan Beach Police Department stopped the wanted vehicle and notified Santa Monica Police Department Detectives. The occupants of the vehicle were determined to be the two outstanding suspects and were subsequently arrested.

A search of the suspect vehicle pursuant to a search warrant led to the recovery of several stolen items from both the REI and the VANS store.

Suspect #1 is Sebastian Martinez (2/22/1996) of El Segundo, CA. Suspect #2 is Christopher Gutierrez (11/5/2000) of Los Angeles. Both now in SMPD custody.

These arrests still do not excuse the fact that the Santa Monica Police allowed this to happen in the first place, and the fact that the Santa Monica Police Chief and several city council members blatantly lied about what happened.

For more of our coverage of the protests and looting in our beach communities, CLICK HERE

According to Surfline, "SSW swell is down slightly Tue then levels off midweek."



Tuesday, July 6th: 2-3’+ summer breaks. NW windswell in the mix. SE/S eddy winds.
SSW swell (205-190) continues to fall off, mixing with ongoing NW windswell. Look for waist-stomach high surf at most breaks with decent exposure, while good breaks in North LA are still chest high. Light+ S/SW flow develops through the morning for most exposures, holding there through the afternoon.

Wednesday, July 7th: 2-3’+ summer breaks. Smaller NW swell in the mix. S eddy winds. Modest, reinforcing SSW swell (205-190) levels size off, mixing with lingering NW windswell. Look for waist-stomach high surf at most breaks with decent exposure, while good breaks in North LA. Light+ S/SW flow develops through the morning for most exposures, holding there through the afternoon. Long-Term Forecast Analysis (Thursday, July 9th and beyond)




Originally posted by Ross Furukawa on the Santa Monica Daily Press

Local entrepreneur, extreme sportsman and original Dogtown local Mike Vaughan passed away suddenly on June 18th. He was 48 years old.

A third generation Santa Monican, Mike attended Grant Elementary, John Adams Middle School and Santa Monica High School. Many locals knew the Vaughan family, they owned DSJ Printers on Pico Blvd for many years.



Mike started his printing career at DSJ, then launched his own printing company, Positive Existence Printing. Mike built Positive Existence to become an industry leader, printing movie posters, point of purchase displays and many of the billboards you see throughout Los Angeles.

Mike served on the boards of the Boys and Girls Clubs council and the Santa Monica YMCA.

In 2005, Mike started Pro Sup Shop with his then-partner Nikki Von Reisen, Ross Furukawa and his father, Mike Vaughan Sr. Through insight, hard work and a long term vision, Pro Sup Shop became the largest Santa Up Paddle board business in LA County, operating at Mother’s Beach in Marina Del Rey.

Mike touched the lives of many through Pro Sup Shop. He introduced thousands of people to his love of the ocean through this accessible water sport, and was always generous with his time, resources and skills with anyone who showed interest.

He was instrumental in facilitating and building Stand Up Paddleboarding as a team building, social activity, and found it a great way to network with everyone on the water.



Mike played a huge role in starting the Santa Monica Pier Paddle and Ocean Festival, one of the largest water sports events on the West Coast.

A true waterman, Mike competed on a national level in Stand Up Paddleboard racing, eventually cracking the top 5 in his class. He would jump off his board to try to catch sharks with his bare hands. He paddled from San Pedro to Catalina, ran a marathon, then paddled back. He competed in the San Diego Bay to Bay 20 mile race in 10 ft swells during a winter storm. He never quit.

Mike was always the first to go out and the last to come in. He was always the guy who caught the biggest wave, surfed closest to the rock, and got stuffed in the deepest tube.



Most of all, he had a passion for sharing his love of sports and this infected everyone around him.

Mike Vaughan is survived by his wife Jennifer, son Cole, father Mike Vaughn Sr, mother Linda, brother Matt and sisters Diana, Christine and many nieces and nephews.