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In 1975 the Z-Boys came to life in Dogtown. That same year in Northern California, the N-Men were formed. The Z-Boys only lasted 3 years. The N-Men and women have never stopped and have had a global impact on the world of skateboarding. Their story has never been told.

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In 1975 in downtown Sacramento, California, a diverse crew of young skateboarders met at a paved embankment under the I-5 freeway. They had no idea that their underground movement would have a global impact on the world of skateboarding.

What sets them apart?

They’ve stuck together for almost 50 years and they’ve never stopped.

Unless you were a pro skater visiting Northern California, you might have never heard of them.

One of the N-Men, Don Bostick went on to create the skate and snowboard events for the X-Games for ESPN. Don Bostick even had a hand in helping Tony Hawk and others get skateboarding into the 2021 Olympics for the first time ever. The N-Men have influenced many of the best pro skateboarders in the world and they have continued to remain relevant to the sport and to the industry.

They kept their pools, pipes and ditches secret.

They were inclusive, never exclusive.

If you could find them, keep up with them and charge hard, you became one of them.

It was never about fame or fortune, just the pure soul of hardcore skateboarding.

It was and still is a movement.

Grant Brittain will be in Downtown LA at Hauser & Wirthon Saturday, May 27th at 3pm signing his book, “PUSH” and doing a Q&A.

One of the most widely-recognized skateboard photographers in the world, Grant Brittain has been at the epicenter of California skateboarding since landing a job at Del Mar Skate Ranch in 1978. From shooting Kodachrome at Del Mar in 1979 to becoming photo editor at TransWorld Skateboarding magazine, Grant Brittain has become an icon and mentor to so many in the skate community.

This Saturday, Hauser & Wirth will be hosting a signing and slideshow of Grant’s work.

Hauser & Wirth
Downtown Los Angeles
917 E. 3rd Street

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From Santa Monica Close Up:

"In a prompt display of emergency response, Los Angeles County Lifeguards and Santa Monica Firefighters sprang into action following a cycling accident on the Santa Monica Beach Bike Path on Sunday, May 21, 2023. The incident occurred when a person unexpectedly darted onto the bike path, causing a cyclist to lose control of their bicycle and crash. Fortunately, the cyclist's use of a helmet minimized the severity of their injuries. "

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.

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

"The Venice Beach Boardwalk is absolutely dead, no business and it’s a really overcast day. Kind of cold, not that many tours in town and I just decided to write my e-bike and show you around Venice Beach. I just felt like I wanted to do a video for you guys. Thanks for watching."

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From Santa Monica Close Up:

"Santa Monica Pier Painter Joey Alvarez proves his dedication to preserving the pier's beauty!"

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.

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Caltrans plans emergency storm repairs on sections of Route 27 (Topanga Cyn Blvd ) that requires lane closures with alternating traffic between Cezanne Ave to Route 1 (PCH) beginning MON, June 5. Expect delays.

International Jury Awards First Blue Flag Beach Sites in Continental United States.

Blue Flag USA is proud to announce the first Blue Flags in the continental United States have been awarded to beaches in California and Florida. Westward Beach between the Zuma Lagoon and Birdview Avenue in Malibu and Delray Beach Municipal Beach between Casuarina Road and Laing Street in Delray received the recognition from the Blue Flag International Jury this month.

The Blue Flags will fly over Westward Beach from May 25 through September 30, 2023, and over Delray Beach Municipal Beach from May 19, 2023, through April 30, 2024.

The 36-year-old International Blue Flag program awards beaches, marinas, and tourism boat operators annually based on a significant but attainable set of operations criteria covering environmental education and information, water quality, environmental management, and safety and services. The International Jury awarded over 5,000 sites for the first time in 2022.

“Our sites have worked hard for several months to implement and maintain more than 30 diverse criteria to achieve award status. Their staff and communities can raise their flags with pride for going above and beyond US standards to receive international recognition for sustainable management practices,” said Annie Mercer, program coordinator for the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA). As a National Operator for the international Blue Flag program, ASBPA administers the program in the continental United States, Alaska, and Hawaii, as well as supports sites in reaching criteria compliance.

Staff from the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors started with the program in 2020 as a beach management entity advising ASBPA on feasibility information, and officially entered the program as a pilot site in 2021 when the international jury reviewed their Gap Analysis. “We’re thrilled and honored that the Westward Beach portion of world-famous Zuma Beach will fly one of the first Blue Flags in the United States. The Blue Flag will provide visitors with extra assurance that we are responsibly caring for our coast.” said Gary Jones, Director for the County of Los Angeles’s Department of Beaches and Harbors.

The City of Delray Beach entered the program as a candidate beach in early 2022 and submitted its full application in the same year. “With the Atlantic Ocean at our doorstep, Delray Beach is proud to have a beautiful, world-class beach to call our own,” Delray Beach Mayor Shelly Petrolia said. “I am especially grateful for the dedicated individuals who have put so much effort into ensuring that our natural beach is safe, accessible and that beachgoers are educated about our conservation initiatives.”

As part of the international program’s mission of sustainable development through environmental education, awarded sites will be offering educational activities to the public. Programming details for local activities will be posted on their respective sites’ information boards.

Sites in the Blue Flag USA program participate in four stages of engagement between the host location and the USA program: Interest, Candidate, Applicant, and Award. Interested beaches engage in Blue Flag presentations and conversations with staff. Candidate sites have submitted their Self-Assessment Questionnaire for staff review and are working to meet criteria through partnerships, educational webinars and toolkits, and one-on-one meetings with staff. Applicant sites meet all the criteria and are ready to submit a full application in the next award cycle. Applications for the Blue Flag USA program open in September and close in December. Finally, Awards are issued to sites by the International Jury each year and audited by staff. Learn more at

Nick Gabaldon Day is always an incredible time. Filled with joy, history and the future. Definitely get out there if you can!

Hosted by The Black Surfers Collective, his year is even more epic with their partnership with Jamal Hill!

Jamal Hill, the founder of Swim Up Hill, has created an innovative teaching method that promotes restorative justice through swimming for underserved communities with little access to this essential life skill. We are pleased to have Swim Up Hill as our swimming lesson partner and grateful for their support.

Furthermore, we are thrilled to welcome the LA28, the organizers of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, who will be celebrating our community's diversity and creativity.

All participants will have the chance to meet and listen to inspiring stories from Olympic athletes, making the celebration even more special.

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If you're interested in volunteering for the event, please Click Here to sign up. Please feel free to share this with anyone you think would be interested in attending and supporting the event. Thank you all for your continued support, and we look forward to seeing you at Nick Gabaldon Day.