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Dangerous sea conditions for most vessels Saturday through Monday, especially Sunday. Mariners should consider staying in safe harbor. These are rare and unsafe conditions for May.

Swimsuits For All is hitting the 3rd Street Promenade next week for the FIRST EVER Swimsuits For All pop-up shop. In celebration of Camille Kostek's Summer 2022 Collection launch on May 9th, the Never Not Dancing queen herself will be hosting a MEET & GREET on Thursday, May 12th from 6:30-8pm!

From the suits, to the aesthetic, the energy and beyond

Mike, aka German in Venice, vlogs about daily life in Venice Beach, and the nearby communities.

"Today I went to Venice Beach to do an update video about the homeless encampment in Venice Beach. Many people asked me how Venice Beach looks now. I went to the Venice Beach library, inside the park there is a big homeless encampment with lots of tents in it."

If you would like to support German in Venice with some gas money or you want to buy him a coffee, you are welcome to donate to his paypal account:

Grab something special for your mom or mom's treat yourself to something special for 30% off. Women's clothing only. In stores and online. ⁠

(This sale excluded Surfboards, bodyboards, wetsuits, booties, bikes, rainbow, gopro, yeti, theragun, gift cards, already discounted items.)

Here's surfing photos from Cinco De Mayo at Sunset.

This set of surf photos was shot by Six12 Media and brought to you by Hulu.

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 about 80 more photos from this session, all full size and in high-resolution, in this photo gallerys:

Sunset - Thursday 5-5-2022 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 from this photographer?
Click Surf Spot Galleries and look for the spot and then the date.

The world-famous Santa Monica Pier will host a weekend full of World Tour and Open racing, as well as our City Paddle Festival with a $25,000 prize purse on offer.

Jun 24, 5:00 PM – Jun 27, 5:00 PM

Registration for all Pro-Am and Amateur races can be found HERE and all pre-qualified athletes will recieve entry information directly from the APP.

The US Open of SUP at Santa Monica Pier will be the most inclusive and high-profile SUP event to have taken place in the US for many years. The Event will bring together Professional Competition, with Amateur and Corporate participation, as well as youth and health and wellness enthusiasts all wrapped up into our City Paddle Festival and World Championship Tour stop.

As the US flagship stop of the APP World Championship Tour, the US Open of SUP will feature all the World’s very best Stand Up Paddle Racers as they kick off their 2022 campaign for the World Title and for the 25k prize purse at the iconic Pier.

The Sprint Racing in the surf will provide a dynamic sporting spectacle in a fast paced, elimination format that will see the top contenders competing round after round until the Final. This 300m course will provide the most spectacular racing imaginable, and the view from the Pier will be unparalleled in terms of sports entertainment. There will also be amateur, open sprint racing for all non-professional attendees.

The Pier-to-Pier Distance Race will provide an iconic and high- performance course for the World’s Best, leaving from Malibu Pier and finishing at Santa Monica Pier, a 16km/ 10-mile race. It will be particularly poignant given the significance of this stretch of coastline in history as the regular commute that California’s first Surfer of African American and Latino descent made from Santa Monica to surf up at the famed waves found in Malibu. There will also be a slightly shorter, 8km/ 5 miles distance race from Topanga to Santa Monica Pier for all non-professionals to compete in.

Whilst there will be non-stop competitive SUP action, our City Paddle Festival will provide plenty more opportunities to enjoy the water and the ‘So-Cal’ life. With SUP yoga, youth clinics, fun racing and relays, our City Paddle Festival will fully immerse you into the life of Stand Up Paddling and will provide plenty of entertainment in-between. There will be live music, entertainment and food and drinks for when you need to relax in between adventures or cheering on the pros.

Whether you're hanging with the family, competing on land or at sea or partying with your friends– the City Paddle Festival has got it all!

The Santa Monica City Paddle Festival will mark the launch of our global corporate challenge, the APP Nautical mile, which is an immersive team building experience, which takes place in the heart of Major Cities across the globe as an integrated element of the APP World Tour’s City Paddle Festivals.

A homeless man was found dead on the Venice Beach Boardwalk Thursday morning. He was discovered at the restrooms by Brooks Ave. He appears to have died of an overdose, he still had the needle in his arm when he was discovered. He was said to be in his 30's.

Photo via Cari Devine Bjelajac.

Check out Jacks Surfboards Little Dude's Birthday Sale going on thisSturday.⁠⁠

Come celebrate with us by getting 57% off Jack's Brand (clothing only) and $57 off Jack's Brand Surfboards & Softboards.

⁠ Use online code "LITTLEDUDE57" for Jack's Brand & "SURF57" for Jack's Brand Surfboards & Softboards.⁠

In-stores & online!⁠ ⁠

(This sale excluded Surfboards, bodyboards, wetsuits, booties, bikes, rainbow, gopro, yeti, theragun, gift cards, already discounted items.)

June 25-26, 2022 - Santa Monica Pier 360: Paddle & SUP Races (and more)!

Celebrating and honoring the birthplace of Southern California's iconic beach culture through competition, awareness, and entertainment.

Join us for an all-day, family friendly celebration of decades of surf, paddleboard and lifeguard history.

The pier deck will also feature hula dancing, beer and spirits garden, live music and a surf history museum celebrating the history of lifeguarding, paddleboarding, surfing, and skateboarding around the Santa Monica Pier.

Pre-register early online for the best price.

Main Event Categories:

Saturday, June 25th
One Mile Ocean Swim
Juniors 250m Ocean Swim
One Mile Fun Paddle
Lifeguard Competition
Amateur SUP Sprints
Kids Activity Clinics

Sunday, June 26th
5k Sand Run/Walk
Malibu to SM Pier Distance Race - 10 miles

Race Day Registration

Racers should leave ample time to park and check in at registration a minimum of an hour before their event start time. Day of registrations should allow at least 90 minutes to park and register.

For questions, please email The Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race & Ocean Festival has a NO REFUND POLICY.

Visit for the most updated race information.