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Join Bobby Hundreds on Venice Beach in Los Angeles as he starts his day with a ritualistic solo surf session. Amongst all the noise and distractions, his morning routine gives him pause for thought and a moment to catch his breath in preparation for the day ahead; remaining driven by what lays out of view, beyond the horizon.

Here's even some more surf photos from Wednesday at Sunset (also known as "Vons" as it tagged in our Instagram Stories).

This set of surf photos was shot by Brian Behrens.

These photos are just a few of the 20+ shots from this session. If you were out there, you probably got some surfing shots, probably multiple photos, they will be in the complete photo galleries for this day, check them out, the links to the complete galleries are down below.

You can find about 30 more photos from this session, all full size and in high-resolution, in this photo gallery:

Sunset - Wednesday 6-24-2020 Photo Gallery

The Santa Monica Pier reopened this morning. It is open with limited hours and operations. Rides are still closed, but shops and restaurants are expected to open. The new hours are 10am to 8pm.Here's info on what the reopened pier is going to be like now:

The is only one entrance to get on the pier, and only one exit. The Pier entrance and exit ramps are on Ocean Front Walk (across from Big Deans) on beach level (1614 Ocean Front Walk). The Pier bridge at Ocean & Colorado and all beach stairs will be closed. Each person entering will be counted, and each person that exits will be counted. Once the Pier reaches its limited capacity, guests will be asked to queue up and will be allowed to enter as capacity allows on a first come, first served basis. Both the entrance and exit are handicap accessible.

The Pier Parking Deck and 1550 Lot (Lot 1 North) are both closed to the public. There are other nearby lots available as well as parking in Downtown Santa Monica garages. Vehicles displaying handicap license plates and hang tags are permitted to park at Lot 1-S 1640 Appian Way.

Bikes are allowed on the Pier. You can not ride them on the pier, but you can bring them onto the pier with you, that way you don't have to worry about leaving your bike on the boardwalk with the meth zombies and thieves.

Pets on a leash are allowed on the Pier.

Health & Safety:
Everyone in California is currently required to wear a face covering or mask when outdoors or inside a business and near other people, so masks are mandatory on the pier. Signs all over the pier tell guests to maintain a 6’ physical distance from others not in your household.

Pier Businesses:
Due to the limited operating hours and limited number of guests allowed on the Pier at any one time, some businesses may be operating shorter hours, have limited services available, or may be closed altogether. Guests expecting to visit a specific business during this limited phase are encouraged to contact that business directly to confirm their hours and offerings.

All amusement park rides at Pacific Park, including the Ferris Wheel, remain closed until further notice. The Pier merry-go-round will also remain closed until further notice.

New Features:
Little artificial grass squares have been set up on the pier parking lot to serves as the all-new, physical distance-friendly space for relaxing and dining outdoors. Many of the restaurants have expanded their patios.

The entrance ramp..

Once the pier is filled to the limited capacity, you will have to wait in this queue.

Signs everywehere.

The new "Pier Deck".

Pier Deck picnic squares.

Social Distancing warnings placed everywhere..

Tourist shops reopen.

Pease Stay 6ft Apart.

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

The average water temps as of June 22th.

Arbor Venice, is looking to hire part time and full time employees to work in the retail showroom in Venice California.

Arbor Venice Store // 310.577.1131
102 Washington Blvd. Venice, CA 90292

Here's some surf photos from Monday, June 22th at Leo Carrillo. These were taken from around 6:30PM till about 7:30PM. This set was shot by ChrisDidThis.

These are just a few of the 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 gallery is down below.

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

Leo Carrillo - Monday 6-22-2020 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.

On June 11th, 2020, a surfer's vehicle was stolen from 18th Ave at Venice Beach. The car thief took the keys that were hidden under the fender and stole the vehicle.

It appears he may have been watching the driver the whole time, he walks right up to the car, looks back and then goes right to where the keys were hidden. As of the time of publishing this video, this thief has not been caught, LAPD has done nothing yet.

Thieves have been targeting surfers' vehicles in the Los Angeles area. Watching for them to hide the keys and go out into the water, then using the keys and either stealing items from the vehicle, or as in this case, driving off with the vehicle. So don't hide your keys at your vehicle. At the very least, use a lock box, do something to not make yourself an easy target. While, lock boxes are not 100% theft prove, they are a good deterrent. Most of the car burglaries and thefts we have heard about have involved keys that were hidden on or near the vehicle.

Below are two different lock boxes available on Amazon. Longtime surf photographer Randy Wright recommends the WordLock Key Lock Box both for it's security and for it's large capacity cylindrical container.

Video and text by David Malana


The death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many more is absolutely unacceptable, and I can't sit idle or away anymore. Protests are continuing to make real change, and I am all for it (please stay healthy y'all!) I am 100% down with it as long as it lasts, but when it dies down, I am hoping everyone involved, including myself, can find ways to take the motivation and community we find in it and move it into our daily lives, that uncomfortable place where we all need to have it to be able to shift the paradigm. Policy changing is important too, this is not to downplay any of it... but the personal life change I think is where we as individuals can really dispel the lies created to keep us divided. So, as we plan to try and incorporate that kind of change into our daily lives, here is mine.

I want there to be more equity in the water. One thing noticeable in the paddle outs that I have been going to is that most people there are white. That's great that people are showing up, but it's also a really good indicator of the demographic of surfing. Surfing is something I think could really help a lot of people... it's really helped me, and there are so many barriers that BIPOC have to break through to make it happen. So I am hoping to help remedy that by offering FREE surf lessons and surf media to any BIPOC interested in learning. I also call on all my surfers out there to do the same, and help me close this gap between people and the ocean.

This video of a brave man that I met while surfing. He was teaching himself in really tough conditions and he was able to learn as fast as anyone I had ever met. Now, he is my friend, Winston, and I am happy to introduce you all to him.

ps. It's also Prince's Birthday that I made this in commemoration of, which is why I have the song lyrics and font that I do. He would have never guessed, but maybe he always knew that it would be in Minneapolis that the revolution would start.

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."

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