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Malibu has opened theirs with "limited capacity".

Topanga just recently open their parking lot.

Will Rogers is open, as is the Gladestones lot at Sunset. The seldom enforced parking restrictions along PCH appear to be no longer enforced.

Santa Monica opened Lot 4, which is the lot between Bay Street Ocean Park Blvd. All the others are still closed, including the Ocean Park lots. The street parking restrictions near Bay Street and Ocean have been removed.

In Venice, the 3 beach lots are closed. The small lots on Speedway and the big lot on Venice Blvd east of Pacific Ave are open.

Regarding Venice, LA Beaches & Harbors does not want to give a time when they will open or a reason why.

Here is what they stated:
"We're currently in talks with the City of LA about the lots. There are several factors to consider, including beach crowds, lot capacity and staffing for beach maintenance, to name just a few. Circumstances vary between lots, which is why they've been opening at different times."

"Topanga is a different story than Venice, yes. Venice is more akin to Malibu, where there are very few public parking lots. When the beach lots were closed, people jammed neighborhoods and parked illegally, with some folks even running across PCH for beach access."






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The two big 4th Of July events in Santa Monica have been cancelled.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic and restrictions of large-scale, in-person events, the parade down Main St has been cancelled by the city, and Santa Monica College has cancelled their pre-holiday fireworks show.

"It is particularly disappointing that Celebrate America had to be canceled this year, at a time when we at Santa Monica College would love to gather with our community," Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery, SMC Superintendent/President, said in a news release. "We look forward to future occasions, when we may celebrate with confidence, to host events safely. Please take care of yourself. Stay well. Stay strong! Stay connected."

“I can’t predict when events like Celebrate America will be allowed to resume, or when folks will begin to feel comfortable in crowds again,” said Linda Sullivan, SMC Event Producer and Associate Dean of Facilities Programming. “But when they do, they will be greeted with the greatest enthusiasm.”






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On June 12, 2020, LA County released this updated set on Beach Rules ALLOWED:

- Individual or family ocean activities (such as surfing, swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding and body surfing)
- Individual or family active recreation & exercise (such as walking, running and using the beach bike path)
- Sunbathing, sitting and lying on sand
- Picnicking
- Chairs, canopies or coolers
- Fishing

NOT ALLOWED:

- Beach volleyball
- Group or organized sports (such as volleyball)
- Gatherings or events


HEALTH & SAFETY REQUIREMENTS: - More than 6 feet physical distance from others at all times (except between members of same household)
- Face coverings, when out of the water AND around others (except for children under age 2 and those with breathing problems)
- Stay at home if you, or someone you live with, is sick

CLOSURES STILL IN EFFECT (until further notice):

- Beach Accessways – CLOSED
- Beach Volleyball Courts – CLOSED
- Fire Pits – CLOSED
- RV Park – CLOSED




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

Here is a list of surf shops in our Los Angeles area that are now open, their hours, and other info:



Santa Monica's Bay Street Boards officially opened 3 weeks ago. Hours are 11am-4pm until they figure out all the madness!

Bay Street Boards
🌴☀️Santa Monica ☀️🌴
Surf & Skate Shop
3216 Santa Monica Blvd
310.310.2485




At the Topanga/Malibu border, Boardriders Malibu is opening their doors again! 10am - 5pm are the shop hours to get you pumped!

Boardriders Malibu
18820 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, Ca 80265
310 - 359 - 8274




Jacks Surfboards in Santa Monica is open 10am -8pm.

Masks are required to be worn while shopping. If you do not have a mask, no problem, they will be providing complimentary disposable masks. There will be a strict limit on max occupancy. In addition, each store will have staff on-site cleaning and sanitizing throughout the day. Jacks will be following all of the guidelines and protocols set by the County.

Jacks Surfboards
2012 Lincoln Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405
Store Hours: Mon-Sun: 10am-8pm




Rider Shack is now open for in store service daily from 11-3! You must wear a mask and enter in the back of the shop in our parking lot. Call the shop for more details!

Rider Shack
13211 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066
www.ridershack.com
310.821.SURF (7873)
877.57.SHACK (74225)




For the Vals, Valsurf has special hours for the time being: 11am - 6pm. Visit their FAQs Page for more info.

Val Surf
4810 Whitsett Ave.
Valley Village CA 91607




Santa Monica's ZJ Boarding House will be open from 11am - 6pm • During this phase of reopening, there will be limited entry to allow for social distancing. They are asking that everyone wear a face mask in the shop, and are recommending non touch (credit/debit cards) payments. They are so stoked to be back and can’t wait to see you in the shop! Shoot them a DM via their Instagram with any questions.

ZJ Boarding House
2619 Main St. Santa Monica, CA
(310) • 392 • 5646
Store Hours:
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY


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Today, the owners of the event, IMG, and Van's, who is the main sponsor, have officially cancelled the US Open Of Surfing that was scheduled to take place the first week of August.

Even though the fools at WSL had already announced the "surfing world is on hold" and their CT tour for 2020 would not happen, it wasn't till today that the QS & Juniors Huntington Beach event, which also includes BMX and skateboarding contests, had been officially cancelled.



Besides being a Coachealla for kooks, and 909er bros, the US Open did have a longboard invitational, a Life Rolls On Expression Session, and the skate and BMX contests.



But surfing competitions are still going to be happening down at the HB Pier, the NSSA contests are going on still.

The Nation Scholastic Surfing Association announced its coveted national championships will be held at the Huntington Beach Pier.

The 2020 West Coast regional championships have been given the go-ahead for July 9-12 at the pier, and the nationals are slated to follow Aug. 1-8.

“The kids have been just going crazy not having the jersey on. It’s their lifestyle,” she said. “I’ve been working really diligently with the city of Huntington Beach, just keeping completely updated regarding when we can get back up and running, safely. I just got the word this morning from the city of Huntington Beach that we are able to push forward with our championship event. It made my year.”

Though most big events have canceled for the year, Aragon said she “held out hope” and was going to hold off as long as she could to avoid canceling.

The championships draw the top young talent from across the United States, though some competitors may have trouble traveling, or may not want to with coronavirus concerns still lingering, she said.

She said the organization will adopt whatever safety protocols they have to, looking to the state, county and city for guidance.



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The 2020 They Will Skate Again at the Venice Skate Park has been fully cancelled, we were hoping the dates would be pushed back a couple months, but Life Rolls On this announcement this morning:

"Los Angeles County/Venice Beach Skate Park has decided to not give permits out for events at the skate park for the duration of 2020. Though we are certainly disappointed about this decision, the health and well being of our entire LROhana is of the utmost importance to us…it’s really all that matters. So we will look forward to seeing all the stoke, all the friendships, and all the laughter in 2021."



"Stay safe and love life. Because life loves you."



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


Here is a list of surf shops in our Los Angeles area that are now open, their hours, and other info:



Santa Monica's Bay Street Boards officially opened 3 weeks ago. Hours are 11am-4pm until they figure out all the madness!

Bay Street Boards
🌴☀️Santa Monica ☀️🌴
Surf & Skate Shop
3216 Santa Monica Blvd
310.310.2485




At the Topanga/Malibu border, Boardriders Malibu is opening their doors again! 10am - 5pm are the shop hours to get you pumped!

Boardriders Malibu
18820 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, Ca 80265
310 - 359 - 8274




Jacks Surfboards in Santa Monica is open 10am -8pm.

Masks are required to be worn while shopping. If you do not have a mask, no problem, they will be providing complimentary disposable masks. There will be a strict limit on max occupancy. In addition, each store will have staff on-site cleaning and sanitizing throughout the day. Jacks will be following all of the guidelines and protocols set by the County.

Jacks Surfboards
2012 Lincoln Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405
Store Hours: Mon-Sun: 10am-8pm




Rider Shack is open for daily curbside pickup from 11-3pm. For help call 310-821-7873 or text/email Jeff directly 310-902-6310 Visit their FAQs Page for more info.

Rider Shack
13211 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066
www.ridershack.com
310.821.SURF (7873)
877.57.SHACK (74225)




For the Vals, Valsurf is offering curbside pickup at our their Valley Village location on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-2pm. Visit their FAQs Page for more info.

Val Surf
4810 Whitsett Ave.
Valley Village CA 91607




Santa Monica's ZJ Boarding House will be open from 2pm - 6pm. There will be limited entry to allow for social distancing. They are asking that everyone wear a face mask in the shop, and are recommending non touch (credit/debit cards) payments. They are so stoked to be back and can’t wait to see you in the shop! Shoot them a DM via their Instagram with any questions.

ZJ Boarding House
2619 Main St. Santa Monica, CA
(310) • 392 • 5646
Store Hours:
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY


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Here's the full clips of all the footage from our Instagram Stories that were shot and posted live as the skaters re-claimed the Venice Skate Park on Sunday & Monday. Led by Peck and the crew from Venice Skateboarding Stuff, skaters and non-skaters from all over the city came down, grab shovels, brooms, and buckets and got to work digging out the skate park that the city buried during the Covid-19 lockdown.

For the story on the clean up of the skate park, CLICK HERE



As seen on our Instagram Stories, the city was looking at the Venice Skate Park early Tuesday morning. They cautioned taped off the park and were telling everyone to leave, becuase the skate park is closed.

A witness by the name of "Shane" who was present Tuesday morning when the "Chief of the Parks And Rec" was checking out the skate park. He "was calling the staff in order to specifically put sand back in it."

But mid-morning, they had left and skaters returned to the park and started skating it again.

By the afternoon, the park was packed with skaters, and the police where somewhat successful in trying to clear out the park, as seen in the videos below:




For the story on the clean up of the skate park, CLICK HERE




Venice Skate Park's Sergeant-At-Arms Peck and Venice Skateboarding Stuff got everyone together to clean out the skate park.

As seen on our Instagram Stories, the clean up started late Sunday afternoon, Peck rounding up shovels, brooms, and buckets, and the crew started removing most of the sand from the mini-bowl.


Sunday afternoon, mini-bowl almost cleared out and was skate-able.


Venice Skateboarding Stuff put the word out that skate park clean up will continue at 8am on Monday.

Clean up resumed early Monday with a few people, then it grew throughout the morning to a large number of people coming down to help out. More shovels and buckets were brought over. All ages pitched in, even the non-skaters jumped in and started shoveling out sand.


Peck in the completely buried snake run Monday morning.





There were all ages helping out.


No interruptions from Police or The Department Of Parks & Recreation. But a source said that Parks & Rec are just going to tell the workers to fill the skate park back up with sand again.


This kid was shoveling sand on Sunday and Monday morning, took a break from that to get some air over the hip.





@somasugiyama with sandals frontside airing a penny board.






By Sunday afternoon, the last bucket of sand was removed from the snake run. The mini-bowl was cleared of sand, and they were working on getting the last of the sand out of the pool. By late afternoon, everyone was skating the park again. But as seen in the photos, the city let the skate park get thrashed, there is graffiti everywhere, it has never been this badly tagged up before.


Venice Skateboarding Stuff , Peck, and all who helped get the skate park.


We'll have to wait till Tuesday morning when the Parks & Rec head honcho shows up to find out the fate of the park.

The city workers gave a heads up, that the park will just be refilled with sand. But Peck said, "We are prepare for that, we're ready for that, we prepared for that. But hey, let it be a battle. We gonna fight for what we believe in and our rights, cuz this skate park is our life and we're gonna fight for it."

Check out more photos of the clean up and skating in this gallery:

Venice Skatepark - May 2020 Photo Galley



“I would say it's like 70% less than what this weekend would bring normally,” said Los Angeles Police Sgt. Theresa Skinner, who oversees the department’s Venice Beach detail.

Josie Huang reports "The Asian and European tourists aren’t here but locals are still coming to Venice Beach — many not wearing masks."






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



LA County Beaches And Harbors and the crime approving mayor of LA have stated that no sunbathing, sitting, or laying on the beaches.

But an LA County Lifeguard Captain said all that is allowed via a Fox 11 News statement:


“There are still no umbrellas, no coolers and we don’t want large social gatherings,” said L.A. County Fire Lifeguard Captain A.J. Lester. “You can come down absolutely with your family, lay on a towel, sunbathe, watch your kids run in and out of the water, just try to do it near an open lifeguard tower.”

Fox 11 News added:

"Those in the same household are now welcome to sit on towels on the beach – an amendment to the COVID-19 beach restrictions for “active-use only.”

So basically, sitting and laying out on the beaches is allowed, but it is not allowed. Maybe the lifeguards are fed up with having to enforce these BS rules, as those that have been out on beaches already know people are and have been doing it all anyways.

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

On May 22,2020, LA County released this updated set on Beach Rules ALLOWED:

- Individual or family ocean activities (such as surfing, swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding and body surfing)
- Individual or family active recreation & exercise (such as walking, running and using the beach bike path)

NOT ALLOWED:

- Sunbathing, or sitting or lying on sand
- Picnicking
- Chairs, canopies or coolers
- Group or organized sports (such as volleyball)
- Gatherings or events
- Fishing

HEALTH & SAFETY REQUIREMENTS: - More than 6 feet physical distance from others at all times (except between members of same household)
- Face coverings, when out of the water AND around others (except for children under age 2 and those with breathing problems)
- Stay at home if you, or someone you live with, is sick

CLOSURES STILL IN EFFECT (until further notice):

- Piers – CLOSED
- Beach Accessways – CLOSED
- Beach Volleyball Courts – CLOSED





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



Once again, these city "officials" are sending out mixed messages about what is going on. This time these nitwits are releasing mixed statements regarding the beach parking lots.

This afternoon, the crime approving mayor made this announcement: "We are reopening the city beach parking lots at Cabrillo and Venice Beach as well as the beach bike paths — this is in addition to the County opening paths and lots at partial capacity at Dockweiler State Beach, Will Rogers State Beach, Zuma Beach, and Surfrider Beach."

One Hour later, LA Beaches & Harbors makes this announcement: "PLEASE NOTE: We will NOT be opening the County-operated beach parking lots at Venice Beach. The lots at Washington Blvd, Venice Blvd and Rose Ave will remain CLOSED for Memorial Day weekend."

Since, Beaches And Harbors apparently has the priority (the keys) on these lots, it's what they say that goes, and they are not opening the Venice lots.

And anyone who has actually been to the beaches already knows the bike paths have been open for a long time now.


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



ZUMA & SURFRIDER PARKING LOTS OPENED AT LIMITED CAPACITY & ACCESSWAYS UNLOCKED
LA County Department of Beaches and Harbors announced the opening of parking lots for limited capacity at select beaches throughout the County, including Zuma Beach and Surfrider Beach in Malibu. County disaster service workers will be at the lots to advise beach patrons of the COVID-19 related rules. In addition, County-operated beach access ways throughout the City will be unlocked during posted hours to allow easier public access to beaches.


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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Santa Monica Pier 360 event has been cancelled.

"While this is disappointing news, the safety of our team and athletes is our top priority. If you’re already registered, your fee will be refunded automatically. We look forward to seeing you in 2021!"




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Similar to what happened at Huntington Beach a few weeks ago, photos of crowded beaches in Malibu this past weekend are making the headlines, and causing that Department of Public Heath Director lady, Barbara Ferrer to start with her vague threats.



These are some of the photos from Broad Beach resident Rodger Grossman that KTLA Reporter Eric Spillman started posting to his Twitter which started it.




"The photos are real and there were hundreds of people on the beach no social distancing and no masks. Directly in front of my house there was human waste, used tampons, garbage and used condoms," Malibu Resident Leslie Grossman stated," "I watched it all day Saturday from my window."

City Officials and the sheriff's Department are coming under fire about allowing it to happen, even though there is proof they were trying to keep everyone moving:



Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer talked about this in her daily press conference on Monday. “We got reports. We’re working very closely with Beaches and Harbor to make sure this doesn’t continue to happen. If people are willing to blatantly disregard their obligation to make it safe for others, it’s impossible to continue to move down a path towards recovery, because this is what is going to overwhelm our healthcare system. You don’t know when you’re in a public space who the people are who are around you, you may have underlying health conditions.”



“When we talk about Safer At Home, we talk about being responsible,” County Supervisor Kathryn Barger said. “The only way we’re going to get to a position where we go into the next phase is by people acting responsibly, so when I hear stories like this it frustrates me. Enforcement is going to be the key, but I would hope that people would use common sense when they are out doing that.”

It is not just the size of the crowds, but the reports that most were not social distancing, sunbathers laying on the sand, and up to 90% of the people on the beaches were not wearing masks.

As well as complaints about dogs being off leashes on the beach, parking not being enforced, and open containers of alcohol.



Another of Grossman's photos where he shows "Open containers of alcohol". Noticed a lot of Grossman's shots do have girl's butts in them.

Malibu was trying to keep the parking under control, the city reported that their Sheriff's Volunteers on Patrol issued more than 977 parking citations, a weekend record.

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Today, Santa Monica Extends the Local Emergency to June 30 and Requires Face Coverings for Outdoor Activities (except water activities). here's the city's press release:

“Today, Interim City Manager and Director of Emergency Services Lane Dilg issued a fourteenth supplement to Santa Monica’s local emergency, extending the declaration of local emergency and all associated orders to June 30, 2020. The supplement also requires cloth face coverings for all permitted outdoor activities, except water activities. Children under two and individuals who have breathing difficulties, are unable to remove a cloth face covering without assistance, or have a disability that prevent the use of a cloth face covering are exempted from this requirement, but must comply with all other social/physical distancing requirements. This aligns with Los Angeles County’s revised Safer at Home Health Officer Order and a similar order from the City of Los Angeles issued yesterday.“

Here are additional updates Santa Monica residents should know:

Tennis courts are allowed to reopen for singles play. This weekend, the tennis courts at Reed Park will be available to residents with additional openings in the weeks ahead. All parks will be open, including Palisades Park, for safe outdoor recreation. Street sweeping will resume in neighborhoods beginning June 1 and will continue on a monthly schedule, beginning the first full week of every month. Follow posted street signs.

Physical distancing remains a requirement along with cloth face coverings whenever you are outside your home. Please comply with physical distancing requirements posted by businesses and recreational facilities.


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