Category Archives: Surfing in Venice

Lightning and Bacteria on Venice Beach

A low pressure system producing active thunderstorms 250 miles southwest of Los Angeles could mean rain and possible thunderstorms later today and may be tuesday. The good news is today shouldn’t be as hot as Sunday was.

There is only a 30% change of rain but if thunderstorms do pass through there is a chance of lightning on LA County beaches including Venice.

After lightning  fatally struck 20-year-old Nick Fagnano and injured several others last year on Venice Beach, LA County Lifeguards have been careful to close beaches when the threat prevails.

“If you are unable to get into a building with four walls and a roof for cover, get into your car!” lifeguards warn, “Do not get into ocean.”

If you are thinking of taking a dip today to cool off you may want to check the beach advisories as bacteria levels are still high after last week’s rain. Beach users are asked to avoid Mothers Beach in Marina del Rey and parts of Santa Monica Beach. Venice Beach at the Windward Ave drain currently has an F-grade from Heal the Bay other parts of Venice have an A-grade. Check here for full details.

Venice Beach Could be Contaminated


A rain advisory has been declared for all Los Angeles County Beaches, including Venice Beach. The advisory will be in effect at least until 7:00am this Friday September 18th.

Yesterday’s significant rainfall  may have caused bacteria levels in ocean waters to increase. Bacteria levels can increase significantly during and after rainstorms, as contaminants within the runoff enters the ocean.

Bacteria levels may remain elevated up to 3 days depending upon the intensity of the rain and the volume of runoff. Elevated bacteria levels in ocean water may cause illness, especially in children and the elderly.

The Department of Public Health recommends that beach users avoid contact with ocean water for a period of 3 days after significant rainfall, especially near flowing storm drains, creeks and rivers.

Busy Holiday Weekend for County Lifeguards


Calm has returned to Venice Beach today after a busy Labor Day long weekend. The last big holiday of the summer had Los Angeles County lifeguards inundated, making 2,036 rescues
over the holiday weekend, it was announced today.

“High temperatures and a new swell from the south brought the crowds and heavy surf to the beach,” said John Greger of the county fire department’s Lifeguard Division.Venice Beach Lifeguard Boat

 More than 3.2 million people went to the county beaches over the four-day period, Greger said.

The statistics cover the period from Friday through Monday, Greger said.

The dangerous surf conditions will continue throughout today.

Dangerous Surf Conditions for the Holiday Weekend


A large south-southwest swell generated by a storm off the New Zealand  is being blamed for high waves and strong rip currents High Surfacross many of Southern California’s beaches this holiday weekend.

Los Angeles County firefighters warn beachgoers to be cautious this holiday weekend.

On thursday a swimmer who got caught in a rip current at Venice Beach was pulled unconscious, and in full cardiac arrest, from the water. The 28 year old man later died in hospital.

Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department said Lifeguards and firefighters rendered advanced lifesaving measures before the man was taken to a hospital.

The hazardous swimming conditions are expected to last throughout the Labor Day weekend and into Tuesday, peaking today and tomorrow, according to the National Weather

Beach-goers are reminded, if they do get caught in a strong current, to avoid panicking, staying calm, and focusing on going with the flow or swimming parallel to the shore rather than fighting against the current.