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Venice beach skatepark in the mornings is the best time to skate. All the morning locals are super nice and friendly.


From Santa Monica Close Up:

"Santa Monica Police officers and Los Angeles County lifeguards responded to a call of a man attacking multiple people at Santa Monica Beach on Monday, June 24, 2024. The suspect, identified as a black man appearing to be in his late 20s or early 30s, was located on the shoreline and promptly arrested.

According to one of the victims, the incident began near Lifeguard Tower 13. "I was sitting on the beach and heard screaming coming from Lifeguard Tower 13," the victim recounted. "I approached the situation and saw a man attacking a young woman, trying to rob her. I pushed him off, but he punched me in the face and attacked her again. I tackled him, and he turned his attention towards me, attempting to strangle me and biting my ear."



The ordeal escalated when the attacker moved towards another woman, dragging her into the water and attempting to drown her. A lifeguard intervened, and the police arrived shortly after, arresting the suspect. Firefighter paramedics attended to the victims, while forensic specialists and detectives began their investigation. Potential charges may include kidnapping and assault. Updates will be provided by the Santa Monica Police Public Information Officer as the situation develops."

Santa Monica Close Up is a photo blog by Santa Monica based Photojournalist/Press photographer Fabian Lewkowicz. Fabian is the former staff photographer for the Santa Monica Daily Observer Press, Santa Monica Mirror, Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Corsair.


It happens more than you'd think. Analyzing a few surfing clips from a good swell at Malibu.

On Saturday, June 8yj, we joined the over 600 volunteers at tower 28 in Santa Monica to be a part of Life Rolls On's They Will Surf Again event. This Santa Monica event was the first surf stop of Life Rolls On's Get On Board 2024 Tour.

They Will Surf Again is an award-winning series of bi-coastal events that empower paraplegics and quadriplegics to experience the freedom of mobility by riding a wave with the assistance of adaptive equipment and the support of hard working volunteers.

More than a day of recreational activity, They Will Surf Again also serves as an exceptional opportunity for individuals with SCI and their families to network and establish new support networks outside traditional group support settings. Founded by world champion quadriplegic surfer Jesse Billauer, Life Rolls On is dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injury. Believing that adaptive surfing and skating could inspire infinite possibilities beyond paralysis.

Six12 Media has been there every year, getting as many great surfing shots of these athletes as possible, making sure they and their families get some awesome action photos to remember this day.















We got way too many great photos to post here. You can find several 100 more surf photos from this day, all full size and high-resolution, in this gallery:

They Will Surf Again 2024 Photo Gallery


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


Christian Hosoi - Photo: Anthony Acosta / Red Bull Content Pool

Generations collide as the first-year event celebrated the birthplace of modern skateboarding culture while embodying the rich skate history and fame of Dogtown, which is Santa Monica and Venice Beach, CA.


Greyson Fletcher - Photo: Colin Kerrigan / Red Bull Content Pool

“It's great that Red Bull is educating people on the history of skateboarding in the heart of Venice Beach, Santa Monica, Dogtown. It's all about the history of the location,” said skate pioneer and legend Christian Hosoi, “And I think that this type of event brings the minds of people who want to know what it was like back in the day. I think it's going to bring people to want to know more about the history and watch Dogtown and Z Boys or my documentary, Rising Sun. I mean, we lived it. We did it. We were there. It was something that can change your life and change your life forever. It'll inspire you to want to skateboard or to want to be just good at whatever you do.”


Jereme Knibbs - Photo: Anthony Acosta / Red Bull Content Pool


Jereme Knibbs - Photo: Anthony Acosta / Red Bull Content Pool

RESULTS

Death Races - TJ Rogers
Fire Hydrant Challenge - Andy Anderson
Wallride Showdown Mens - Cody Chapman
Windward Plaza Mens - Jhancarlos Gonzalez
Spirit of Venice - Haden McKenna
Historical Figure - Pat Ngoho
King of the Event - Cody Chapman
Queen of the Event - Christiana Means
Ricky Bobby in the Death Race - Chris Russell
Best Style in a While - Greyson Fletcher
Wallride Showdown Womens - Macey Lemus
Windward Plaza Womens - Paige Heyn


Brandon Turner - Photo: Anthony Acosta / Red Bull Content Pool


Andy Anderson - Photo: Colin Kerrigan / Red Bull Content Pool

About Red Bull Origin

Skateboarding’s origin story could not be described without mention of the sunny streets and vibrant culture of Venice Beach, California. In the 1970s, the Santa Monica and Venice Beach area (also known as Dogtown) became a breeding ground for the Z-Boys and similar groups, birthing the punk and skate subcultures that reverberate through skateboarding today. Now, in the present day, Venice remains a beacon of counterculture, drawing the next generation of skaters to its storied shores. For more information, visit RedBull.com/Origin



Day 2 of the Red Bull “Origin” event in Venice Beach, Ca. kicks off with the jaw dropping Wallride Showdown featuring Ryan Sheckler, Greyson Fletcher, Zion Wright, Jamie Foy, Shawn Hale, Roman Pabich, Dashawn Jordan, Alex Sorgente, Cody Chapman, David Loy, Chris Russell, Ryan Decenzo and many more!!!

For more videos from this event, Click Here.


Red Bull “Origin” event in Venice Beach, Ca. kicks off with the Cash 4 Tricks Bowl Jam hosted by Tony Alva & Gary Rogers. Along with the infamous “Death Race” and a legendary “Natas Spin” challenge. Skaters include Zion Wright, Andy Anderson, TJ Rogers, Alex Sorgente, Greyson Fletcher, Chris Russell, Ruby Lilley, Chris Colbourn, Santana Saldana and many more….


Feasturing Taro Watanabe, Andrew Jacobson, Shane Borland, & Frankie Harrer.

Filmed and Edited by Quinn Graham, with water Cinematography by Joe Duerr.


Her name is Lisa Hefli and she recently arrived in Venice from Missouri. She is 41 year old mother of 4. Her ex-husband said she has a history of mental problems.

She was staying in Bridge Housing in Venice. She came out to Los Angeles to become a celebrity, like her favorite rappers did.

A few days before she caused a wild police pursuit that ended in wrong-way crash on the 405, she was making all these disturbing posts on Facebook:

"I own the roads... just know.
GET THE FK OUT OF MY WAY.
You harassed me and WE ALL KNOW IT.
THERFORE YOUR PROBLEM.."



"I just want to say--
That MOST EVERYTHING I said about what you all did to Myself, Pac AND Marshall also applies to LITERALLY ALMOST ALL CELEBRITIES..
That's why they disappear from our radio stations and movie screens, therfore..
KNOWING THIS is what changed my mind over the last 20 years.
It's TERRIBLE IN ITSELF... ALONG WITH ILLEGAL to do this to a person in a normal world.
Why would you think it's ok to do that to them?
How about instead, if you seem to feel the need to get, at the least CLOSER to their world
- you go take some acting classes, audition and earn your way into their crowd...
YOU DON'T GET TO FORCE YOUR WAY IN...ABSOLUTELY NOT.
‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️
JUST SO EVERYONE IS NOW AWARE...
YOU ARE ALL DONE TERRORIZING THEIR WORLDS. THEIR HOMES, THEIRS FRIENDS, THEIR FAMILIES... AND THE SADDEST AND MOST SICKEST OF ALL??
THEIR FUCKING BABIES!!
LIKE - HOLY HELL YOU TERRORIZE BABIES!!
YOU'RE THE FUCKING SICK ONES!!
WHAT'S GOING TO BE DONE TO YOU...
Mmmm-consider it "without penalty" because YOU'VE BEEN GIVING MORE THAN ABSOLUTE RIGHTFULLNESS TO US IS THIS..
EXPECT TO SUFFER PHYSICAL BODILY HARM UP TO DEATH.
THIS IS ATTEMPTED MURDER ON THE ROADS (PRINCESS DIANA) AND IN PERSON (JOHN LENNON).
TOLD ONCE, IF YOU DIE AFTER THAT. YOU ASKED FOR IT.
IF ANYONE EVEN EVER FINDS YOU...
IT'LL BE WHAT IT IS....SELF DEFENSE.
-Do you like my van?"

"There's grown ups everywhere of ALL COLORS, SHAPES AND SIZES FEELING SOME IMAGINARY SENSE OF THIS ENTITLEMENT...
I GOT NEWS FOR YA. THAT ROAD YOU DON'T FOLLOW THE LAWS OF WHEN JAY-WALKING (ILLEGAL) MIGHT BE THE DEATH OF YOU AND UH.. ..
HERE'S THE REASON I DON'T GIVE A FK!!
NOT TO MENTION THE DRIVER THAT'S DRIVING THE CAR...ON THE ROAD TECHNICALLY PUT THERE FOR THE CAR...PROBABLY NOT. -BREAKING THE LAW.
HEY MAN, IF I SHOW UP NEXT IT'S CAUSE THE COPS GOT BETTER SHT TO DO... THTS ONE HELL OF A LOT OF PAPERWORK TO DO....OR.. it's not!!!"

"Did all you even know I GAVE UP ON A MUSIC CAREER OVER 20 YEARS AGO AND I DON'T CARE??
IF YOU'RE WAITING FOR ME TO GAIN "CELEBRITY STATUS" JUST STOP.
-I'M FAAARRR MORE CELEBRITY RIGHT NOW THAN I EVER WANTED TO BE.
IT FUCKED UP MY LIFE SOOOO BAD.
Had I been a NORMAL GIRL...
I never would have never met my ex in the first place... AND I WOULD BE THE NOTHING TO YOU PEOPLE I SHOULD BE!!
I didn't agree to this, I wasn't even old enough to.. I HATE IT!!
I SAID FUCK THE FAME.
SHIII... I'M BOUTTA BE HAPPY AS A MFKR FLIPPIN BURGERS, LIVIN IN CALI.
THE END.
THERE IS NO MONEY FOR YOU HERE.
AND NO LOVE.
THERE IS NOTHING FOR YOU TO GAIN FROM ME."

She rants about damaging cars belonging to other people:

""Your car gets fkd up FOR NOT STAYING AWAY LIKE I ASKED AND IT'LL BE YOUR OWN PROBLEM.
THIS APPLIES ON THE ROAD AND AFTERWARDS...
LIKE YOUR CAR WAS PRETTY WHEN YOU LEFT IT... WHAT HAPPENED, MAN?"



YOU KNOW, IT'S REALLY FKNG OBVIOUS WHEN THE PARKING LOT WAS EMPTY BEFORE I got here... Let's see..
This car, and this car and this car and this car..
đŸ”Ș
Fk....hit a brake line...
OH WELL. đŸ€·‍♀️"



For the previous news update on this, Click Here

A member of a Mexican drug cartel has made a huge claim about killing of the 3 surfers in Mexico.

The vicious Sinaloa Cartel, headed by brothers René and Aquiles Arzate, told the DailyBeast that "They were low-level robbers acting alone. But we handed them over."

“We learned that the cops were looking for the gringos and also began looking for those who were responsible. We called the authorities to let them know where to find them."

The cartel member said that the criminal organization was afraid of getting “unwanted attention” from Mexican authorities.

Brothers JesĂșs Gerardo Garcia Cota and Cristian Alejandro GarcĂ­a have since been arrested. It is unclear which brother is which in their mugshots (pictured above).



Ari Gisel GarcĂ­a Cota, 23, was also arrested. She is reportedly the partner of JesĂșs Gerardo Garcia Cota. br />
This contradicts the Mexican police account of how the three suspects were arrested, with authorities having claimed they tracked the phone of one of the victims, which was in the possession of a Ari Gisel GarcĂ­a Cota.

Ari Gisel has now become a witness for the prosecution. She told investigators her then-romantic partner had arrived at her house on Sunday and told her "I fucked up three gringos".

The court heard she said, "what do you mean?" to which he replied, "I killed them".

The police narrative of what happened appears to be "shady" claims those knowledgeable about the area and local corruption.



A Mexican court has heard chilling details of the events that prosecutors allege followed the deaths of Perth brothers Jake and Callum Robinson and their American friend, as a man faces charges relating to their disappearance.

According to Australian News, JesĂșs Gerardo, also known as "El Kekas", appeared before a court in the Mexican city of Ensenada this morning, where his last name had been suppressed according to local laws.

The judge read out the state's case, in which JesĂșs's then-girlfriend, 23-year-old Ari Gisell has turned prosecution witness.

The prosecution alleged Ari, whose last name had also been suppressed, told authorities her then-partner had admitted to killing the three men.

The court heard she told investigators her then-romantic partner had arrived at her house on Sunday and told her "I fucked up three gringos".

The court heard she said, "what do you mean?" to which he replied, "I killed them".

Prosecutors alleged he then gave her a mobile phone and said "look what I got you", before taking her outside to show her the new tyres on her car that had been allegedly stolen from the trio's vehicle.

Charges against JesĂșs have not yet been upgraded to murder, but that is expected to happen in coming days.

When Ari had turned on the stolen mobile phone, she attracted the attention of Mexican authorities. Ari was arrested in relation to the trio's disappearance, along with JesĂșs's brother, Cristian Alejandro.

Upon her arrest, the court heard she told investigators she wanted to assist the investigation because she had a four-year-old daughter who she needed to care for.

She alleges JesĂșs has a history of domestic violence and had been physically and mentally abusing her.

She has been charged with drug possession after being found with methamphetamine.

JesĂșs is yet to enter a plea and has been remanded in custody until his next court hearing, which is scheduled to take place on November 8.


The Mexican police version of events in the murders of three surfers appears shady to those knowledgeable about the area and local corruption.

Mexican prosecutors said a trio of bandits targeted the victims’ truck so they could take its tires, then reacted with violence when confronted by the surfers, leading to their deaths and the bodies being hidden four miles away

“Basically, the reasoning of them being carjack victims gone wrong makes very little sense. These surfers were well traveled and would most likely know better than to try to fend off a truck jacking,” stated a source who does private security work in Mexico.

“My guess is they were mistakenly identified as a rival criminal organization and murdered. That being exposed would create an ongoing investigation that no cartel wants to deal with and would create a devastating impact on tourism in the area,” which is popular with surfers and visitors from the US, the source explained.

“The case is highly unusual, as presented by Mexican police, who say the supposed robbery was done by small-time criminals who ended up destroying the vehicle they were allegedly trying to steal,” he added.

“Given the deep and widespread corruption in the Mexican police, it’s hard to dismiss the possibility of a cover-up, potentially to shift blame away from a powerful drug cartel. This would certainly align with the Mexican government’s efforts to downplay the severity of cartel violence in Mexico.”


For the previous news update on this, Click Here

The State Prosecutor General announced the 3 surfers in Santo Tomas were killed for resisting an assault.

It also reported a fourth body, likely to have been there longer, was recovered from the same place, but may not be related to the other killings.




Authorities confirmed the finding of the 2 Australian brothers and the American citizen who have been lost since the weekend in Ensenada. They removed the bodies from a water well, more than 50-foot deep, next to the three foreigners a fourth body was located. The fourth body was identified as a ranch owner who was reported missing two weeks ago, officials said. He owned the property where the bodies were found.

And it also appears that Baja California’s state chief prosecutor, MarĂ­a Elena Andrade RamĂ­rez, is blaming the families for not reporting them missing sooner.



She said the chances of finding the men had diminished as a result of delays to the investigation.

“Unfortunately, a notice of their disappearance was only filed in the last few days, so very important hours were lost there,” she told a press conference in Mexico on Friday.

Ari Gisel GarcĂ­a Cota, 23, was found with drugs and a phone connected to one of the missing Australian surfer. She is one of three suspects arrested in Baja California in connection with this crime.



Her Tik-Tik account has been discovered and people have been leaving comments:







Antonio Otañez, president of the Baja California Surf Association said “Everyone is in shock. We can’t believe it.”

He announced the Baja California peninsula surfing community would hold a rally on Sunday, “to show solidarity with our Australian and American friends, and to demand security for the surfer community in the whole state”.

“Some friends told me they met [the missing surfers] here in the 38 and in San Miguel. They told me they were really great guys, friendly.”

Otañez said the area was not especially dangerous for surfers.

“You think Tijuana and you think cartel, mafia. But we who live here don’t see such risk. Of course, there’s crime. And you hear about deaths, but these are usually between the drug trafficking groups. But against civilians? Situations like this are very rare here. And still more with foreigners.”


The lifeless bodies of the 3 Missing Surfers in Mexico havbe been found.

They were discovered at the bottom of a cliff located in the Punta San Jose area in the area known as the lighthouse in the delegation of Santo Tomas, Ensenada municipality.

They were Australian brothers Callum and Jake Robinson (33 and 30, respectively), and American Jack Carter Rhoad, 30, who were last seen on April 27th at northern Baja surf spot, K-38. The Robinson brothers had attended the Coachella music festival before going to Mexico to surf. Callum was based in the U.S. and Jake, who worked in regional hospitals across Australia, had flown out two weeks ago to visit him.

The mother of the brothers reported them missing shortly shortly after, when she noticed their social media posting of their trip had stopped and she found out they failed to check into their AirBnB accommodation in the city of Rosarita on April 28. She pleaded for help via social media, sparking others to help spread the word.

The last image posted to Callum's Instagram shows the group made to San Miguel beach in Ensenada before going off the radar:



The truck they had been traveling in was a white Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck at the beach ion Rosarito.

That same vehicle was later found burnt-out in the Santo TomĂĄs area after the ranch manager called 911 on Thursday. Police also say they found three abandoned tents south of Ensenada, with local media reporting that blood was found on them.

On Friday, May 3, unconfirmed local reports that two of the bodies were found in a well, but other outlets have described the location as 'near a cliff'. The local police had suspected foul play as their burned-out car was found as well as an abandoned campsite with traces of blood.

Three suspects have been arrested in connection with their dissappearance. A 23-year-old Mexican woman who reportedly was discovered in possession of a mobile phone belonging to one of the brothers, along with methamphetamine.

Two men, also Mexican, were also arrested as part of the investigation, said Baja California’s chief public prosecutor Maria Elena Andrade Ramirez.

Police were able to make the arrests after one of the brothers' mobile phones was turned back on, and pinged a local mobile tower.

"The detainees are the brothers Cristian Alejandro "N" and JesĂșs Gerardo "N" (a) "El Kekas" partner of Ari Gisel "N" who was secured on Wednesday morning in the possession of the cell phone of one of the missing tourists and had pointed out who gave it to.

In all cases the suspects would be in possession of various doses of drug when arrested.

As reported, this Wednesday, the municipal police carried out an operation in the area of La Bocana to search for three surfers missing since Saturday, April 27 when their relatives stopped contacting them.

The missing tourists are 30-year-old Jake Robinson, 33-year-old Callum Robinson (brothers) and Carter Rhoad, 30, who were last seen Sunday 28 in the La Bocana area.

They intended to return to a house they had rented for vacation at an AIRBNB in Rosarito and were traveling aboard a white Colorado-branded pick up with plates 70189W1.

The operation was carried out in the area near the Bocana de Santo TomĂĄs in the site known as San Juan de las Pulgas and Punta San Jose 150 kilometers south of the city of Ensenada, bordering the coast.

Unofficially it is known that in the search area they located an abandoned cottage, apparently from surfers and traces of violence."




Australian brothers Jake, 30, (right) and Callum Robinson, 33, pictured below:

They were travelling with 30-year-old American Jack Carter Rhoad. Pictured below in an image uploaded by Callum last Saturday, shortly before the trio went missing.