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Homless Man Arrested For Setting Several Fires In Santa Monica

The Santa Monica Police Department that on Monday, September 26, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office filed seven counts of Arson against John Dean Thomason, a 51-year-old homeless male.

Detectives were assigned to investigate several recent arson incidents. Detectives reviewed the reports, evidence, and several hours of video surveillance footage and were able to link Thomason to at least seven separate incidents. On September 25, while working patrol, the detective assigned to investigate these arsons, located Thomason in the 1200 block of Euclid and arrested him on the following cases:

08/27/22 at 5:30 PM – Fire set behind 1227 4th Street (St. Augustine Church)
08/27/22 at 5:33 PM – Fire set behind 1245 4th Street (St. Peter Coptic Church)
08/27/22 at 5:39 PM – Fire set behind 1338 5th Street (Dog PPL)
09/01/22 at 12:32 PM – Fire set behind 1630 12th Street (Radical Media)
09/01/22 at 12:33 PM – Fire set behind 1652 12th Street (Caliber Collision)
09/02/22 at 10:47 AM – Fire set behind 1547 6th Street
09/02/22 at 10:55 AM – Fire set behind 1530 5th Street (Silvercrest Senior Citizen Apt)

The case was submitted to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Bureau of Specialized Prosecution Brand and Explosives Target Crimes Department. The DA’s office filled out all 7 counts of charges against Thomason.

Anyone with additional details pertaining to the suspect is asked to contact Detective Hector Tavera at 310-458-8946 or the Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8426.

City Of Malibu To Remove Homeless Encampments Hills And Canyons


The Malibu City Council approved declaring a local state of emergency on September 27, 2022, initiating a program for reducing the risk of wildfires associated with unpermitted and unregulated camping in City limits. The resolution enables the LA County Sheriff’s Department (LASD), LASD-Homeless Outreach Services Team (HOST) and the City to more quickly remove homeless encampments on public property during wildfire season. LASD and the City are prioritizing removing homeless encampments and unhoused people from the brush-covered hills and canyons of Malibu and placing them into emergency shelters. These efforts ensure that the people being removed are connected to a network of healthcare, mental healthcare and housing services. The potential for fires originating from cooking and warming fires in homeless encampments poses a serious threat both for residents and for people living in encampments who may become trapped during a fire. In 2021, the City adopted a similar resolution, based on hazardous fire conditions and the more than 20 brush fires attributed to homeless encampments between January and August, 2021

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Guy Punches Girl In Her Face On Venice Boardwalk

Los Angeles Police searching for a man that punched a girl in her face on the Venice Beach Boardwalk.

Ocean Water Use Warning For Malibu And The WSL

Just in time for the WSL Longboarding event, an excessive bacteria advisory has been issued for Malibu.

Water testing on Thursday found bacterial levels are exceeding health standards.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health continues cautioning residents who are planning to visit the below Los Angeles County beaches to be careful of swimming, surfing, and playing in ocean waters:

Use the map below to obtain the current water quality status of your favorite beach location. Use your mouse wheel to zoom into a particular location. Click on the marker to identify the sampling location.

Log Rap - Heat Waves

Log Rap's new video "Heat Waves".

Allen Sarlo's Super 8 Time Capsule Film Premiere

The legendary Allen Sarlo recently came across previously unseen Super 8 surfing footage from the 1970s (including Venice, POP, and the North Shore). Working with an editor, he cut it all together beautifully . He screened the film with a Q & A session at Venice Beach. .

Venice Breakwater Open - Update

Gary Adler of the Venice Surfing Association gives an update on the Breakwater Open during the screening of Allen Sarlo's new film.


"Breakline" is short documentary film about the history of African American surfers in Venice. "Breakline" was an official selection of the All American High School Film Festival 2018.

Made in 2016-2017 by the Direct This class, students ages 12-16

Venice Burglar Threatens To Kill Police Officer

Resident reports a man trying to break into their apartment. He takes his time trying to cover the Ring Camera, officer arrives and he threatens to kill the officer. Back up is called in. All caught on a Ring Camera.

Stolen Cars Dumped In Santa Monica

Real life GTA. 2 stolen vehicles found dumped in the "protected" bike lane on Ocean Avenue at Wilshire alongside Palisades Park in Santa Monica.

Haunted Heats 2022

IT’S BACK! ZJ Boarding House just announced the return of the world famous HAUNTED HEATS competition.

The date is set for October 29th, 2022! Sign ups will be held in store and all proceeds will be donated to Waves of Impact

Need some inspo? Check out our photo Coverage of the 2019 Haunted Heats Surf Contest or the video below from the 2015 one:

Cuervo Classic Malibu Longboard Championship

After all the drama a few months back about how the WSL does not give women longboarders proper credit/pay, WSL is proudly promoting that their Longboard Tour is headed back to Malibu on October 4th and 5th to crown the 2022 World Champion.

It'll be streammed live on thier site.

Now this is the part where we would have put the link for more info, but there is no more info avaliable yet.

SMPD Officers Get Punked By Violent Crackhead

Unstable drugged up man challenges Santa Monica Police Officers to fight. They let the violent unstable man go on his way down the boardwalk, even though he is a threat to public safety.

Pan African Beach Day

It’s time for the Black Surfers Collective Pan African Beach Day.

For more details and to register, Click Here

Leg Burning Waves At Malibu

From Brad Jacobson:

"Have you ever caught a wave that you rode so long your legs started burning? When I thought about doing a leg-burning episode I immediately looked for clips from Malibu. Malibu is know for its long wide open waves. These clips were taking from one day (July 19th, 2022) at Malibu.

Thanks for watching. I'm Brad Jacobson and I'll see ya on the sand."

Surf Video - Venice Pier Tuesday 9-27-2022

Surfing at the Venice Pier.

Surfer Removes Submerged E-Bike From Ocean

Surfer Stan removes an e-bike that was thrown off the Venice Pier into the ocean.

Surf Video - Venice Pier Monday 9/26/2022 w/Beck Adler, Hecho En Venice

Surfing at the Veice Beach Pier with Beck Adler, Stan The Man, Everyday Jay, Red Dog, Hecho En Venice, and more...filmed Monday morning, Spetemeber 26th, 2022.

Leash Dragging

A Venice Beach Wavestormer was dragging his leash from his car, until Stan The Man comes to his rescue.

Surf Video - Venice Pier Sunday 9-25-2022

Sunday morning surfing from the Venice Pier.

Santa Monica Beach From The Sky

Venice Pier Homeless Encampment Cleared Out

Once again, the violent group of homeless individuals that keep occupying the benches at the Venice Pier are cleared out. This group of drug abusing homeless men are known for yelling at people, swinging weapons at people, walking around with their private parts displayed, etc...

Vintage Mercedes At Santa Monica Beach

Classic Mercedes gather at Ocean Park in Santa Monica.

Summer Fun in Malibu - Surf Boiz

A perfect day in Malibu...again! Start off the day with a morning surf. Then, Kyle, Brian, Brandon, and I get rowdy at first point. We end the evening with full on Golden Hour at third point.

Sarlo's Super 8 Time Capsule Premiere Event

The legendary Allen Sarlo recently came across previously unseen Super 8 surfing footage from the 1970s (including Venice, POP, and the North Shore). Working with an editor, he cut it all together beautifully and has graciously offered to premiere the new film for the Venice Surfing Association (VSA).

The film will screen on Thursday, September 29th at The Waterfront in Venice.

This will be the first official screening of Sarlo's Super 8 Time Capsule and will feature a Q&A session with Allen and Guy Okazaki.

33rd Annual Coastal Cleanup Day

Last Saturday 4,583 Heal the Bay volunteers removed 11,298 lbs trash and 313 lbs recyclables from 65+ miles of California beaches, streets, neighborhoods, and waterways for Heal the Bay’s 33rd Annual Coastal Cleanup Day.

Tropical Storm Newton Forecast

Tropical Storm Newton has formed off the coast of Southwest Mexico.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Newton is moving slowly west north west at 9 mph, with maximum sustained winds of about 60 mph.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from the center.

Newton is expected to continue gradually weakening over the next several days. The system will also be encountering drier air over the next several days. All combined, these factors will lead to the slow weakening of the system, transitioning to a remnant low and then dissipating in 72 hours.

It will not be sending much swell to California.

Jacks Surfboards Huge Bikini Sale

Huge Bikini Sale this weekend only!
It's still feeling like summer, so head into any of our store locations to get 50% OFF All Bikinis & One Pieces.
Don't miss out!

Jacks Surfboards!⁠

Riding Through The Flooded Bike Path -Venice Beach

The bike path near the graffiti walls at Venice Beach always floods after a rain storm. Most cyclist get off their bikes and walk on the grass hill to go around the water, but some will send it trough the big puddle.

Venice Beach 1990's Skatebarding

Venice Beach, CA early 90's