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Showing posts with label Santa Monica. Show all posts

Pacific Park will light up the wheel with spooky characters and seasonal colors from 10/24 - 11/2 and will be offering candy corn-flavored cotton candy, fall-inspired drinks and treats and more!

LA area we invite you to join a group of socially distanced cruisers who will be starting at the Santa Monica Pier at 9AM

Boarding For Breast Cancer is excited to announce the 13th Annual [Virtual] Skate the Coast Presented by SUJA will be taking place on Sunday October 25,2020! B4BC is inviting friends, family and partners to skate-bike-roll their local trail, path, or neighborhood in honor of breast cancer awareness and prevention while promoting B4BC’s mission of a healthy, active lifestyle. Help us in reaching our $50K goal!

Historically, Skate The Coast is a 19-mile cruise from the Santa Monica Pier to Redondo Beach and is our biggest fundraising event of the year. This year due to COVID19 the event will be VIRTUAL and we are inviting our entire global community to skate/bike/roll/ride/hike/walk their local trails and path. Be it 19 miles or just a few laps around your block get outside, ‘Be Healthy, Get Active, Ride’ and help us raise funds for B4BC’s education, prevention and survivorship programs!

LA area we invite you to join a group of socially distanced cruisers who will be starting at the Santa Monica Pier at 9AM

CLICK HERE for more info and to register for the Virtual Event.

The Santa Monica Beach Restoration Pilot Project of approximately three acres aims to return a healthy and beautiful ecosystem to this beach, which in turn, will address climate change issues for both humans and wildlife. The project will evaluate increased protection for our coastal infrastructure and residences from sea level rise and erosion, while also providing a vital refuge for invertebrates, birds, and rare coastal vegetation species. It will also serve as a model for the region, showing that heavy recreational use of beaches and meaningful habitat restoration are both possible!

This pilot project used low-lying sand fencing and native plant seeds installed in December 2016 to restore a highly impacted beach system with the goal of bringing back a diverse, endemic-rich, coastal plant and wildlife community which has been almost completely eliminated from the Los Angeles region. We believe that the iconic beaches of Santa Monica are a beautiful and important location to try out this restoration project, which utilizes existing sand to transform a portion of the beach into a sustainable coastal strand and foredune habitat complex resilient to sea level rise and wave erosion.

This demonstration site will provide not only a scientific basis to develop guidelines and protocols but an integrated, locally-based program for increasing the usefulness of natural environments in a developed area. It will evaluate “soft” low-cost natural shore protection from sea-level rise and storms while providing public benefits and enhancing natural resource values.

Design aspects feature curved, flowing, low-lying fence lines, a path through the restoration area, and an unenclosed perimeter along the water’s edge. Many of these design components were incorporated to minimize disturbance, and even enhance your interaction with the beach. The site allows visitors to continue to recreate as well as enjoy the local native flora and fauna that are absent along the groomed beaches of the Santa Monica Bay.

For more info, visit the The Santa Monica Beach Restoration Pilot Project Website.

Casey Neistat and Jamie O'Brien troll the Kook who runs that Kook Of The Day account on Instagram.

A hipster surfer from Orange County was arrested for setting a cop car on fire during the Santa Monica Riots.

Back in June, a wanted poster for the undercover police car arson was issued the FBI and the Santa Monica Police Department, who's incompentant lying Police Cheif Cynthia Renaud allowed the looting to happen in the first place by completely ignoring the numerious warnings sent in via phone calls and messages days prior to the attack on the city.

The wanted poster read, "On Sunday, May 31, 2020, at approximately 5:05 p.m., an unmarked Ford Crown Victoria SMPD vehicle was parked at the loading dock of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium." The unknown suspect may have been involved in the arson of the vehicle, which was completely engulfed anddestroyed by fire. And it included photos of the suspect in all his hipster glory (see the above photos).

Nathan Wilson, aged 27, was soon ratted out by his friends. They told the investigators they had driven him to Santa Monica that day, most likely becuase his beloved junky ass Surfer Jeep wasn't working (photos of that Pep-Boys outfitted thing are down below). His friend even showed the investigators Nathan’s Instagram account “yup_i_eat_crayons”, which had him in a selfie in front of the burning police car. He even had the same "Don Pisto" Mexican bar hat on in his profile photo that he is seen wearing in the wanted poster.

That still wasn't enough for them to slap the cuffs on him.

It wasn't till he became a suspect in another vehicle arson that they decided they should arrest him.

This gun nut was in a domestic disputed with whom the cops are calling his "live-in partner", and he went a set his partner's vehicle on fire.

When the FBI went to arrest him at his Irvine home, they found this hipster surfer coward hiding in a matress box spring. They also recovered several items of clothing that directly links him to the Santa Monica arson.

Nathan is now charged in a federal criminal complaint with malicious damage to property owned by an institution or organization receiving federal financial assistance, and faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison and a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years.

BTW, here's Nathan's bitchin' Surf Jeep that he was proudly posting on all the Jeep pages:

Santa Monica is honoring Día de los Muertos, highlighting the traditional Mexican cultural celebration of life and death, with a larger than the after-life art installation on Third Street Promenade & Santa Monica Pier.

Sculptures of La Catrina, one of Día de los Muertos' most recognizable figures, by Los Angeles-based artist Ricardo Soltero will be viewable at nine locations throughout the Promenade and four locations on the Pier beginning Saturday, October 31 - Monday, November 2.

Soltero's iconic sculptures of La Catrina range up to 14 feet in height and welcome guests to the Promenade and Pier in brightly colored traditional Mexican attire inspired by Day of the Dead traditions and Mexican icons and embroidery. La Catrina was first born out of Mexican social satire and has become a well-known figure in celebration of the holiday.

Saturday, October 31 - Monday, November 2
Third Street Promenade sculptures to be on display from 10 am - 8 pm

La Catrina sculptures are viewable at nine locations on Third Street Promenade and four locations on the Santa Monica Pier.

Parking is widely available in the downtown structures including the Santa Monica Public Library or Parking Structures 9 and 10 just north of Wilshire Boulevard. Biking, walking and public transit are encouraged.

For more information, visit

About Ricardo Soltero
Mexican artist Ricardo Soltero is the director and stage-set designer behind the largest Day of the Dead celebration in the United States, which takes place annually at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles. Born in Nayarit, Mexico, Ricardo has introduced color and culture to exhibits and fundraisers throughout the country with papier-mâché, wood, fiberglass, recycled materials and most importantly, his heritage at the forefront of each piece.

Ricardo's current and ongoing creative project collaborations include: the annual Hollywood Forever Día de los Muertos celebration, Meet Me at the Metro, the 20-year running play of Frida Kahlo with the Synergy Theatre Group, 24th Street Theatre set design, Semblanza Latinoamericana, The Autry Museum, East L.A. Meets Napa, Denver Botanic Gardens, Santa Clarita Valley Festival for Day of the Dead, La Vista Memorial Park's annual Día de los Muertos celebration, UNICEF's Annual Gala, and the Metropolitan Fashion Show.

LA Graffiti Pioneer RISK talks to Pep Williams - Fine Art Photographer - 3rd Generation DogTown Skater - World Traveler. Risk and Pep talk about art, photography, Venice Beach and Graffiti.

Pep Williams is a self-taught African-American fine art and street photographer, director, entrepreneur, philanthropist and former professional skateboarder who grew up in South Central Los Angeles, California. He has traveled globally creating material for his photography exhibitions, which often feature real life portraits of heavily tattooed individuals. He is one of the only photographers we has ever been granted access into the California State Prison System where he created a series of inmate portraits titled - Out Of Bounds.
Santa monica is cleaning up and reopening 12 playgrounds on Friday.

Airport Park Playground
Clover Park Playgrounds
Douglas Park Playground
Gandara Park Playground
Joslyn Park Playground
Marine Park Playground
Memorial Park Playground
North Beach Playground (slide closed)
Reed Park Playground
South Beach Universally Accessible Playground
Tongva Park Playground
Virginia Avenue Park Playground

The following playgrounds will remain closed until further notice:

Annenberg Community Beach House Playground
Euclid Park Playground
Ishihara Park Playground
Ocean Park Beach Playground
Ozone Park Playground

“We are excited to welcome families back to playgrounds across the City. We ask for everyone’s cooperation in following the guidelines and posted signage so that we can get outside and play safely,” said Interim City Manager Lane Dilg.

But city has let the meth zombie army takeover several parks, which will still make the unsafe for children and adults. That's something Interim City Manager Lane Dilg will refuse to address.

Santa Monica Pier, Will Rogers Beach, and Venice Beach are three of the haunted beaches featured in this strange video of California's Haunted Beaches by The Speakeasy

"From popular Los Angeles promenades boasting local legends and terrifying ghost stories, to stunning Santa Monica Piers who's boundaries are rumored to hold all manner of paranormal activity."

More looters have been arrested.

From a statement on the SMPD Facebook page:
"On Thursday September 17, 2020, officers from the Santa Monica Police Department served search warrants at two locations within the City of Los Angeles. The search warrants were related to looting activity during the civil unrest in Santa Monica on May 31, 2020. Officers monitored video footage from REI, located at 402 Santa Monica, and observed two individuals stealing items from the store. Officers were able to identify two subjects, Marques Miles and Misty Jones (both residents of Los Angeles) during the investigation. Officers obtained warrants to search the residences of both subjects and recovered approximately $2,500 worth of property stolen from REI. Both Milers and Jones were arrested and booked for Burglary (459 PC) and Burglary during State of Emergency (463 (a) PC). Bail was set at $50,000 each."

But it should not be forgotten, that the Santa Monica Police Department allowed the looting to happen, and the fact that the Santa Monica Police Chief and several city council members blatantly lied about what happened.

One LA native’s desire to change the landscape of surfing led him to create Color The Water initiative, free surf lessons for BIPOC.                                                                                                                                                                            

Video by Angela Sun

One LA native’s desire to change the landscape of surfing led him to create Color The Water initiative, free surf lessons for BIPOC.

One of the key figures in the early evolution of skateboarding from a wholesome, contest based "sport" into the freewheeling art form that it is today was Tony Alva.

Tony is now 63 years old, the oldest professional skateboarder in the world, is considered by many to be the godfather of modern day skateboarding. Alva’s brand of aggression and bravado in the 70’s set the stage for the way skateboarding would be forever defined.

Vans’ The Tony Alva Story chronicles T.A.’s humble beginnings on the streets of Santa Monica to his rise to superstardom as part of the legendary Z-Boys, his inevitable drug-induced implosion and his ultimate rise from the ashes to accept his rightful place as a beacon of hope and inspiration for generations of skateboarders the world over.

The film premiere will be followed by a Q & A hosted by Christian Hosoi with special guests Tony Alva, directors Rick Charnoski & Coan "Buddy" Nichols, Peggy Oki, and Elijah Berle.

Written & Directed by Rick Charnoski & Coan "Buddy" Nichols/Six Stair Productions

Starring: Tony Alva, Jeff Grosso, Wynn Miller, Steve Olson, Shepard Fairy, Gus Van Sant, Josh Brolin, Jeff Ament, Glen E Friedman, Robert Trujillo, Brad Bowman, Pete Zehnder, Jeff Ho, Stacey Peralta, Elijah Berle and more.

ATF Offers $5K Reward for Information on Retail Arsons in Santa Monica, and releases video of this P.O.S. setting the fire.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced a reward of up to $5,000 for information related to the arrest of the person responsible for starting fires at several businesses in Santa Monica during the looting that the incompetent lying Santa Monica Police Chief Cynthia Renaud allowed to happen.

One fire was started at Santa Monica Tobacco, located at 1434 Fourth St., around 3:20 p.m., officials said. Another fire was also started the same evening at REI at 402 Santa Monica Blvd. around 3:40 p.m.

A fire was started at Santa Monica Tobacco, located at 1434 4th St., around 3:20 p.m., May 31. Another fire was also started the same evening at REI, 402 Santa Monica Blvd. around 3:40 p.m., by what appears to be the same female, during the looting. The suspect is a black female who has a tattoo of Africa on her left shoulder.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Santa Monica Police Department Detective D. Chabot at 310-458-2201 Ext. 6679, Sergeant C. Green at 310-458-8414, or the Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-2249. This investigation is being conducted jointly by the ATF Los Angeles Field Division and Santa Monica Police Department.

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

Video clips of a man getting stabbed repeatedly on the bike path at the Venice/Santa Monica border were uploaded to Twitter on Friday night. The assualt was reportedly over a stolen bicycle.

On Wednesday, LAPD Pacific Division announced they arrested the suspect, "In custody, ** David Powell [56] ** was arrested by Santa Monica PD on 08/17/2020, right after LAPD Pacific Detectives obtained a warrant for attempt murder."

The The Cove Skatepark at Memorial Park in Santa Monica has reopened with the following modifications:

Capacity is limited, a time limit and waitlist will be active.
Only Patrons that are Skating will be allowed into the Skatepark.
All patrons must wear face coverings in addition to helmets and pads.
No equipment rentals will be allowed.
Lost and found items will be discarded.
Skatepark hours will be for general skate and rollerblade use.
Membership is required as well as either a day pass or a valid quarterly pass.
For patrons under 18, a parent must be present to sign-in on the first visit

COVID-19 Re-opening Hours:
Sunday - Closed
Monday – 2pm-7pm
Tuesday – 2pm-7pm
Wednesday – 2pm-7pm
Thursday – 2pm-7pm
Friday – 2pm-7pm
Saturday – 12pm-5pm

No more BMX Sessions.

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

It's official, ZJ Boarding House announced today that they will be closing the shop for good.

"We are so grateful for all the love and support over the last 32 years. We couldn’t have done it without all of you! Sunday will be our last day open—we will close at 6pm." they wrote this afternoon on their Instagram.

Why is ZJ closing? Well, it has nothing to do with the Coronavirus. Business has been good (of course, you've all seen the increase in surfers in the water these past few months). We unofficially found out it was due to the lease negotiations. The shop was actually getting ready the building to be renovated and remodeled, hence the "remodeling sale" that had been going on for the past two weeks. Then all of a sudden, the powers that be and the landlord couldn't agree on a new lease, so now that "remodel sale" is now a "closing sale". So if you ever wanted some ZJ Boarding House tees, hats, or hoodies, better head down there this weekend.

So with the shop closing is that the end of the Night Sesh Surf Movie Nights and Annual Haunted Heats Surf Contest? Well,....they may still happen, stay tuned.

ZJ Boarding House
2619 Main St. Santa Monica, CA
(310) • 392 • 5646
Store Hours:
Sat & Sun 11-6

@clistboards is holding a board swap on Saturday, August 8th, at Blueys Cafe & Market in Santa Monica. Starting at 8am - come with old boards & new for a chance to swap, buy and sell.

Blueys Market & Cafe
1814 Berkley St.
Santa Monica, CA 90404

The City Of Santa Monica made it known via their social media accounts that $100 tickets will be given to anyone not wearing a face mask. According to their statement, they are targeting certain areas first:

"Beginning this week, we’ll be doing targeted enforcement for face coverings in business districts and parks in Santa Monica. Save $100 and save your health by masking up."

But according to the City Of Santa Monica's Face Covering Requirement Page, face masks do not have to be worn 100% of the time, like when surfing or swimming. And if you're outside and not within 6' of other people, a face mask is not required, but a face mask "must be visible and ready to be immediately" when in certain public areas.

See the Face Covering Requirement Page for the complete requirements of when the must be worn and when they don't.

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

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
July started off good, and we got a ton of surf photos from a bunch of days at different spots, from Venice up to County Line.

Below is the list of Surf Spots with the days we got photos for during the entire month of July. Each link will take you to the page with a few surf photos and at the bottom of those photos there will be a link to that photographer's gallery where you can find all the surf photos for that day (many times there's well over 100 photos to check out). Most of these photographers offer high-res downloads and prints for sale.

County Line

County Line - Saturday 7-4-2020 Photo Gallery

Leo Carrillo

Leo Carrillo - Friday 7-3-2020 Photo Gallery


Zeros - Wednesday 7-1-2020 Photo Gallery
Zeros - Thursday 7-2-2020 Photo Gallery
Zeros - Sunday 7-5-2020 Photo Gallery
Zeros - Monday 7-6-2020 Photo Gallery


Malibu - Monday 7-28-2020 Photo Gallery


Topanga -Sunday 7-5-2020 Photo Gallery


Sunset - Wednesday 7-1-2020 - Part 1 Photo Gallery
Sunset - Wednesday 7-1-2020 - Part 2 Photo Gallery
Sunset - Saturday 7-4-2020 Photo Gallery
Sunset - Sunday 7-5-2020 Photo Gallery
Sunset - Sunday 7-26-2020 Photo Gallery

Venice Breakwater

Venice Breakwater - Wednesday 7-26-2020 Photo Gallery
Venice Breakwater - Friday 7-31-2020 Photo Gallery