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Josh 'Bagel' Klassman is featured as a friendly, storytelling ghost in the new Netflix series "City of Ghosts" which highlights the history of Venice Beach and other LA neighborhoods that have changed over the years.



There's a new website where you can tip the skateboarders of the Venice Skatepark. Just like many of the performers along the boardwalk, you can now tip the skateboarders of the skatepark.

Free 2 Skate is a new platform that allows the crowd at the Venice Skatepark (or those watching the Venice Skate Park Live Cam ) to tip any of the skaters, with 100% of the tip going to the skater. Tip any amount, and the skateboarder will get the full amount within a couple days.

So far only a handful of skaters are listed, but if the skater you want to tip is not, upload their photo and they will track that person down.

Unlike many of the "Donate To The Venice Skatepark" scams that several people are running, where the donate money never goes to the park or the guy cleaing the park, this is legit. Free 2 Skate is developed by longtime Venice Skater Lance Lemond who also operates the Venice Skate Park Live Cam.

If you're one of the skatepark regulars, hit up Lance and get yourself listed on Free 2 Skate, start getting some tips.


Sony TV is developing TV adaptation of the 2005 skateboarding film “Lords of Dogtown” , which was an adaption of the 2001 documentary "Dogtown and Z-Boys".



Described as a one-hour drama ensemble-drama, the Lords of Dogtown TV show is "set in the 1970's skateboarding scene in southern California and centers on a hell-raising teenage girl growing up in the foster care system. She falls in with a crowd of skaters who idolize the famed Zephyr Skateboard Team."

Going off that info from the press release, seems the story will not actually be about Zephyr skaters, it will be about some random skaters.

This show is being developed and written by some lady from Georgia, named Kat Candler, because who else would Hollywood get to write a TV show about California and skateboarding than a non-skater from Georgia who says she is a Texan.



Catherine Hardwicke, who directed the original movie in 2005, will slap her name on as an executive producer for the project, and the guy who made the The Shield will also be an executive producer. As of right now, seems none of the real Dogtown or Z-boys are invovle with this. And no one has been cast for any parts yet.

Seven Adams, son of Jay Adams, appears pissed off about this and is calling for a boycott of this show. Check out this screenshot from his most recent Instagram Story:



Seven's not having it.

The show is going to be for Amazon‘s free streaming service, IMDb TV. It's still in the early development stage, so there's not even a release date yet.





In this video Cory Keen and Dan Corrigan from Keen Ramps show you how to get a grind rail just like this one for free!



The iconic Santa Monica board shop secures a new lease, extensive new renovations, and will reopen in the Spring of 2021. The temporary store will remain open for business in adjacent building next door, during the renovation.

Boardriders Inc. is pleased to announce a new go-forward lease and substantial renovation of its iconic ZJ Boarding House in Santa Monica – a pillar of the local community for more than three decades.

Working closely with the building’s landlord and local leaders, a new five-year lease has been signed and major renovations are underway at the original corner location on Main Street and Ocean Park Boulevard in Santa Monica. These steps ensure ZJ’s ongoing service to the community in all things boardriding for the foreseeable future.

“What a silver lining at the end of such a challenging year,” says Todd Roberts, co-founder of ZJ. “ZJ Boarding House is such an integral part of the community and we can’t thank our customers enough for their patience and support of us over the years. Thanks to the hard work of the community, of Boardriders, and of our landlord, we now have a plan in place that will continue to make this space the ultimate destination for everyone looking to have fun in and around the ocean, the mountains and beyond.”

After the Main Street renovations, which include the replacement of the roof, seismic retrofits, and substantial interior upgrades, the entire 4,900 square foot space will be open and ready to share the stoke in just a few months’ time. “Spring 2021 can’t come soon enough,” says Ajai Datta, who leads US retail operations for Boardriders. “We’re all looking to turn the page on challenging year that will ultimately make us stronger in the long run.”


On December 8, 2020, at approximately 9:20 am, the Santa Monica Dispatch received a call of an armed robbery in progress at the Wells Fargo Bank, 170 Pier Avenue. The robbery was reported to involve a male armed with a shotgun. The information was quickly provided to dispatchers who were able to quickly relay it to the officers. Santa Monica Police Officers were in the area and quickly arrived on scene. Officers observed the suspect inside a vehicle exiting the bank parking lot. Officers were able to conduct a high-risk traffic stop at the intersection of Neilson Way and Bicknell. The suspect into taken into custody without incident. Officers recovered a shotgun from the vehicle.

Arrestee: KOEHLER-MARSH, AARON,
Male from Dayton, Indiana.
DOB: 06/17/1993
Primary Charge: 211PC

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.



First Malibu raw run of Noah Fischer from this recent summer. Bombing down a short, sweet, & steep neighborhood mountain road. We thought this one would be best without music, so you can hear the wheels and pucks scraping all the way down. Enjoy!



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





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.





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.


Allove Skateboard Foundation is hosting their second event:

Nothin but love for the kids and community! 20 more brand new pair of Vans, 20 completes, tee’s, best trick contest, and a whole lotta LOVE!! We’re also going to have a special guest appearance by the Powell-Peralta team!!! To excited about this I’ll see you all on the 26th at Lincoln Skatepark from 12-5pm!


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.


Smashing guitars, meth zombie mooning, knockout punch, and a teabagging. This one has it all!

Just another day on the Venice boardwalk!

Filmed by maybenotbanksy


Le’andre Sanders hosting an episode of 'Do a Kickflip!' in Venice Beach.

Too bad so many of these hipster Venice skaters can't do one, but at least Leandre and the meth zombie attack are entertaining.



With the sad news this weekend that ZJ Boarding House is closing, we dug up this 6 year old documentary about the shop.

"ZJ Boarding House is a true story about two surfers, Mikke Pierson and Todd Roberts and journey running a surf shop in Santa Monica, CA. An inside look at the surf culture through the lens of a business while they balance surfing, employees and community outreach to create a collective vision. A feel good adventure with lots of heart."


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




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


There have always been amazingly talented women skateboarders but there’s no denying that Vans Pro and Tony Hawk protégé, Santa Monica's Lizzie Armanto, is one of the most groundbreaking ladies in skateboard history. Pouring sweat, skill, and creativity into full parts for both Thrasher Magazine and Birdhouse in 2017, she also became the first female to be featured on the cover of Transworld Skateboarding in addition to Thrasher cover honors. Armanto is also one of the leaders of a new onslaught of fierce women skaters making names for themselves in the Vans Park Series circuit.



If that’s not enough, she’s also the first female skater to successfully complete Tony Hawk’s 360 Loop, in addition to being featured as a primary character in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 video game. With over 30 awards on her mantle, along with the first-ever Gold in X-Games Womens Park competition in 2013, Lizzie’s path is paved in milestones and setting the tone for generations of women in skateboarding.

A true embodiment of Vans’ DNA, Lizzie Armanto is an icon of originality and positivity. With her down-to-earth, fashion-forward, barrier-breaking approach, it’s no wonder Lizzie has become a role model to skateboarders around the world.



Never one to remain complacent in her style both on and off the board, Lizzie’s fun approach is reflected in her latest collection with Vans, featuring the Old Skool Pro Lizzie Armanto and a signature apparel pack infused with Lizzie’s signature beating-heart graphic and positive messaging. The design takes cues from natural tones and wild terrain, according to Lizzie:



“My latest collection was inspired from a photo I took of a spring time California landscape, covered in plants and wildflowers.”

The Old Skool Pro Lizzie packs bold style and serious performance into a shoe for those who aspire to Lizzie’s arresting abilities on a skateboard. The shoe’s full-suede, antique-white upper with debossed Checkerboard combines with a translucent Sidestripe and a contrasting black rubber sole, creating a graceful aesthetic with a bit of attitude. Lizzie’s initials are debossed on the heelcup as well as printed alongside her signature beating-heart graphic on an olive-gold sockliner.

The shoe features PopCush, Vans’ brand-new, Pro-Skate-exclusive technology. A meticulously tuned foam recipe offers impact protection, superior cushioning, and better energy return for every type of skating. As the brand’s most progressive sockliner to date, PopCush is Vans’ standard best-in-class upgrade for skating longer and harder.



Original gum rubber compound offers superior grip and support, while Pro Vulc Lite construction provides ultimate boardfeel, flex, and grip. DURACAP reinforced underlays in high-wear areas add unrivaled durability and prolong the life of the shoe.



Accompanying the Lizzie’s Old Skool Pro is a line of signature apparel, including the Heart Lizzie baby tee in blue surf, legging in black, coaches jacket in antique white, backpack in antique white, sock in white, and hat in black. Lizzie’s signature beating-heart graphic can be found across the collection, from prominent placement on the baby tee to a more subtle nod on the inside front lining of the coaches jacket. A reminder to “skate with heart” is emblazoned on the legging’s interior waist band and backpack’s strap.



The Vans Old Skool Pro Lizzie Armanto Pack is now available at Vans retailers and vans.com/skate.