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The average water temps as of December 23rd.

Here's some of the photos from South Side of the Venice Pier on Christmas Eve morning. This set was shot by Six12 Media.

These are just a few of the 100 photos from this session. If you were out there, you probably got some surfing shots, probably multiple photos, they will be in the complete photo gallery for this day, check them out, the link to the complete gallery is down below.












You can find some more photos from this session, all full size and in high-resolution, in this photo gallery:

Venice Pier - Tuesday 12-24-2019 Photo Gallery


If you were out there, we probably got some cool surfing shots of you, go check them out!

Wanna see photos from previous days at this and other local surf spots?
Click Surf Spot Galleries and look for the spot and then the date.




Beach Water Use Advisory: Advisory for all Los Angeles County beaches in effect until Thursday, December 26 at 7:30 a.m.


Because of the recent rainfall, Los Angeles County Health Officer, Muntu Davis, MD, MPH, is cautioning residents who are planning to visit Los Angeles County beaches to avoid swimming, surfing, and playing in ocean waters around discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers. Bacteria, chemicals, debris, trash, and other public health hazards from city streets and mountain areas are likely to contaminate ocean waters at and around these outlets after a rainfall. Individuals who enter the water in these areas could become ill.

Discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers only comprise a small portion of the beach; therefore, anybody who wants to go to other areas at the beach can still enjoy their beach outing.



Areas of the beach apart from discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers are exempted from this advisory. This advisory will be in effect until at least Thursday, December 26 at 7:30 a.m. This advisory may be extended depending on further rainfall.

Recorded information on beach conditions is available 24 hours a day on the County's beach closure hotline: 1-800- 525-5662. Information is also available online at: PublicHealth.LACounty.gov/Beach



Malibu's Frankie Seely and the Hamboards tribe let go on the waves and paves of Venice, from the iconic Windward Ave to the Pier.



Vehicle break ins are on the rise once again. LAPD is passing out these flyers warning surfers to stop hiding there keys in wheelwells or behind bumpers when they go surfing.

Our photographers have watched first hand these pieces of shit casing vehicles at surf spots such as Sunset, Topanga and the spots in Malibu. If you watched our Instagram Stories, you'd have seen us scare them off a few times.

Some of the thieves will have one person sit in one vehicle parked at the spot, watching who hides their keys, then they call to the other and tell them which vehicles to go break into.

At least, get a good key lockbox to deter these assholes.

We watched this guy casing cars and made him leave:




The 26th Annual Venice Surf-A-Thon was held on Saturday, December 14th, once again taking place at the Venice Pier. The contest is a grassroots local tradition that has evolved from a mentorship gathering for youth beset by gang violence to an inter-generational celebration of community. The contest has been a labor of love for it's founder Ger-I Lewis.

Ger-I founded the Venice Surf-A-Thon in 1993 after returning home from military service.

"I wished to do something for the children , young adults and the community in general that is fun and has a positive influence on everyone." says Ger-I. "For sure back in the day the contest was edgy as so was I! Instead of handing out trophies at the beach like most contests, I incorporated the awards party to give everyone a chance to shine. Inviting local talent as well the bikini contest was also a strategy to enhance and create a Venice culture showcase. Well times have changed and folks have mellowed, the bikini contest is no longer a part of the event as many of the original contestants are grandfathers now! The event has a generational community expectation and Surf-A-thon has taken on a family atmosphere. Many world class surfers, celebrities, have supported and donated to The Venice Surf-A-Thon including Mimi Miyagi, Peter Destafino, Perry Farrell, C.R. Stecyk, Danny Trejo, Robert Trujillo (of Metallica), Noah Budroe, Chris Ward, Tonan, Tina Cheri, DJ Muggs, Kid Frost, and Beow├╝lf. Moreover the contest has provided a an opportunity for surfers to get a start in competition surfing."

These contest photos were shot by Six12 Media.






















Custom trophies created by Brock Mayeux were passed out to all the winners later Saturday night at the Awards Show.




So who won what? Not having attended the awards show, it was hard to track down the official results from anyone. But here's what info we did gather: Stephanie Wise got 1st for the Women with Nicole Lynchie getting 2nd, Ricksen Massie got 1st for the Groms, one of the Packham kids get 2nd. Ricksens's pops Rickie got 3rd in body Surfing. Eric Wise won 1st in something, so did Cole Sweeney (since we can tell from theese screen shots grabbed from Elisabeth Fried's Instagram Stories.

You can find 100 more surf contest photos, all full size and in high-resolution, in this photo gallery:

Venice Surf-A-Thon Photo Gallery




Female body discovered in the water near the bridge at Malibu Lagoon. Body appears to be African American, 20-30 years old. Rigor mortis has set in. Body was found nude, no clothing. This photo is from griffin_churchill


The average water temps as of December 16th.


More North Pacific Swells On The Way

Surflines says: "Northwest swell stays up all week, with overlapping pulses moving in. Plenty of surf, but look to spots north of Pt. Conception for the largest waves overall. Winds and conditions play the wildcard role once again."