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We just found out this heart breaking news, legendary shaper Scott Anderson lost his battle with cancer today.

Mollusk Shaper Series video of Scott Anderson, from 9 years ago, by Trace Marshall

High surf and dangerous rip currents will continue to affect west-facing beaches through Tuesday evening.

According to Surfline: More solid WNW swell Sat PM-Sun, Mon-Tue… surf finally slows late next week.

Monday, January 17th: Old/new WNW swells 4-6’ good breaks, standouts 8’+ late. Swirling AM wind.
W/WNW swell (270-300+) from the weekend trends down as solid new long period WNW swell (280-300) builds. Average winter breaks are in chest-head high+ waves as good winter breaks go overhead in the morning. Size trends up through the second half of the day. E wind in the morning for LA. Wind lightens midday and offshore Santa Ana flow develops late afternoon.

Tuesday, January 18th: WNW swell is 4-6’+ good breaks, standouts 8-10′. Swirling AM wind.
W/WNW swell (270-300+) holds through the morning then eases. Average winter breaks are in chest-head high-overhead waves as good winter breaks go 2-3′ overhead. Moderate to breezy NE/ENE Santa Ana flow in the morning for select zones becomes widespread through the afternoon. This is looking like one of the strongest all day off shore Santa Ana event for the coastal areas in some time.

Early SUnday morniing at 3:33am, there was a house fire at 2100 Block of Rambla Pacifico, Malibu. The fire at the two-story home spread to nearby brush, approximately 4 acres. It took approx. 1.5 hours to knockdown structure fire and resultant 4 acre brush fire.

The Lost Hills Sheriff's Department reports on Saturday, their deputies responded to an Assault With A Deadly Weapon call at the 2100 block of Old Topanga Canyon Rd, Topanga. Suspect in custody, there is no threat to the community.

It was a dispute between two friends. Victim was shot and transported to Reagan hospital.

A brush fire on PCH at Corral Cyn on Thursday shut PCH down. It was extinguished quickly, and the highway later reopened.

Official report of this week's fire on the Venice Boardwalk from the Los Angeles Fire Department:.

An outside fire quickly spread to and destroyed a vacant commercial building near the Venice Beach Boardwalk just before dawn, but thankfully caused no injury.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was notified of a rubbish fire at 6:19 AM on January 13, 2021 at 723 South Ocean Front Walk in Venice, where firefighters arrived quickly to discover the outside fire involving a homeless encampment had spread into a vacant two story commercial building, threatening two additional occupied business structures to the north.

Though portions of the fire building and threatened structures were initially believed partially residential, they proved to all have been businesses.

With an aggressive effort to curtail the flames underway and additional firefighting resources en route, the first arriving LAFD crews forcibly breached the perimeter of the well-secured fire building to assure no one was trapped inside the heat- and smoke-charged structure.

Determining no one to be in peril within the 6,952 square-foot building, and noting evidence of structural compromise and fire through the roof, a swift and well-coordinated transition was made to external defensive operations, to deploy large volumes of water via handheld hose lines and elevated hose streams atop aerial ladders.

One hundred sixteen firefighters under the command of Assistant Chief Dean Zipperman confined the fire to the involved structure and a portion of the encampment, preventing damage to the two adjacent businesses, extinguishing the stubborn flames in 2 hours and 17 minutes.

No injuries were reported.

Though several nearby fire hydrants were readily used by LAFD responders to successfully battle the flames, one - that displayed no evidence of damage or any manner of tampering, proved to be non-functional and was reported to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for repair. That individual hydrant's status did not exacerbate fire damage or hinder the control of flames.

The cause of the greater alarm fire remains the focus of an active LAFD investigation.

According to Surfline: More solid WNW swell Sat PM-Sun, Mon-Tue… surf finally slows late next week.

Saturday, January 15th: Building WNW swell 3-4’+ early 5-8’+ late. Offshore AM wind.
Fresh W/WNW swell (270-300+) is on the rise all day after a sluggish start. Average winter breaks are waist-chest high early as better spots get to shoulder high+. Variable to light offshore flow in the morning trends variable onshore in the afternoon with most spots nice and clean as new W/WNW swell builds.

Sunday, January 16th: Holding WNW swell 4-6’ good breaks, standouts 8’+. Light wind.
W/WNW swell (270-300+) holds solid through the morning then eases a touch late. Average winter breaks are in chest-head high+ waves as good winter breaks go 1-2′ overhead. Variable to light offshore flow in the morning trends variable onshore in the afternoon with most spots nice and clean as the tide drops in the afternoon.

While the Homeless Encampment Fire was burning the Venice Boardwalk on Wednesday morning, some guy drove his mini van on the sand near the Venice pier. According to Glenice Venice, captured it on his Instagram Story, the not so intelligent dude drove pretty far before he got stuck, but he was eventually pulled out, then went and just parked in the lot.

Photos via Glenice Venice
In our story about Aftermath Of The Venice Boardwalk Fire, we stated that people reported the fire hydrants near the fire were not working. Here's a photo showing the fire fighters had to go and find working hydrants run hoses to them.

Photo via @VeniceIntel

From the National Weather Service Los Angeles:

Still seeing high surf, especially for the Central Coast! Things should calm down later Thursday before the next swell moves in for the weekend. BE SAFE by staying off rocks and jetties! !

The LA Fire Dept has released a statement on Wenesday morning's fire on the Venice Boardwalk that started in a hmeless encampments and spread to the vacant building.

"116 LAFD firefighters took 2 hrs 17 min in largely defensive firefighting operations to extinguish active flame in a 68 year-old, two-story, 6,952 square-foot commercial structure that was vacant when an outside fire at a homeless encampment on the south side of the building extended into the structure - and briefly threatened, but was prevented from damaging 2 nearby structures. Any contents within the heavily damaged and now unstable fire building have yet to be identified. No injuries reported. LAFD Investigators are now at scene of what is considered an active investigation."

6 aerial ladder trucks were used to fight this Greater Alarm Fire" (a term which means a fire with more than 6 but less than 16 fire companies assigned to fight it).

Reports from witnesses say that the roof of the building collapsed.

Several sources have stated that the nearby "fire hydrants on Ocean Front Walk were dry" and "had been turned off to prevent tampering".

Photos by Allan Parsons

Photos by Anton Lopyrev

Photos by Brendan James

Photos by Lola Rose

The fire was reported around 6:30 a.m. in the 700 block of Ocean Front Walk near the boardwalk.

Investigators said the fire was believed to have started from an outdoor fire at a homeless encampment that extended into a one-story commercial building. The fire became heavily involved and threatened two nearby structures.

No injuries have been reported.

From the National Weather Service Los Angeles:

Surf building again today, then peaking tonight into Wed. STAY SAFE - stay off rocks, jetties, stay back from the water's edge, and never turn your back to the ocean. Strong Rip Currents on most beaches!

A Los Angeles man has been identified as the victim in a fatal surfing accident in Ventura last weekend.

Reported by Jeremy Childs of the Ventura County Star, the Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Saturday that Dr. Jehangeer Sunderji, 44, of Los Angeles, died as a result of terminal drowning and atherosclerotic coronary artery disease.

Sunderji suffered from heart disease and had a cardiac event while he was out surfing.

Dr. Christopher Young, Ventura County's chief medical examiner ruled the death an accident.

Lifeguards responded to a call of an unresponsive adult in the water. Sunderji had been taken out of the water and was being given CPR by a bystander. Lifeguards took over the incident and continued providing CPR to Sunderji until paramedics arrived on scene. He was ultimately transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Dena Bellman, a spokesperson for California State Parks, reports the incident took place between the pier and Surfer's Point

Dr. Jehangeer Sunderji was a psychiatrist at his practice, Mind Body Medicine, in Santa Monica.

New Release from the City of Santa Monica about the Santa Monica Pier will now be closed on weekends till the end of January:

" Out of an abundance of caution and to contribute to regional efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County, the Santa Monica Pier will temporarily close today, Sunday, January 10 and remaining weekends in January. The best way to slow the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home as much as possible and the closure is part of meeting this need.

The City’s Code Enforcement COVID-19 details, including Health Ambassadors brought on specifically to promote public health during COVID-19, reactive throughout Santa Monica to enforce unpermitted business operations, gatherings, and face masks. Please follow all Los Angeles County guidelines to promote community health."

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

It was very windy last night. One of the big palm trees in front of 425 Grand fell into the street.

Photos by Allan Parsons.

From the National Weather Service Los Angeles:

Large Surf Continues for the #SoCal beaches! Storms in the #Pacific are creating a series of long period W-NW swells. BE ALERT for sneaker waves and strong rip currents!

Do you know a 3rd, 4th, or 5th grader who wants to make a difference?

Enter the Can The Trash! Clean Beach Poster Contest and their artwork could be featured on beaches throughout LA County next year! Learn more about the contest at

This contest is ongoing. Submitted artwork will be included in the contest cycle ending January 10, 2021.