Category Archives: Surfing in Venice

Courtesy of Steve Christensen

Venice surfers take advantage of high surf

With a high surf advisory remaining in effect until 9 pm Tuesday thanks to Tropical Storm Simon, Venice surfers are taking advantage of the increased swell.

Courtesy of Steve Christensen

Local photographer Steve Christensen snapped these photos on Monday morning of surfers taking advantage of nice barrels at the Venice Pier.

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With the big waves come increased risks of rip currents. The swell is out of the south, and water temperatures are 66-72 degrees.

Heal the Bay Beach Report Card 2014 | Venice Makes Honor Roll

Skimming along, I ran into the headline “Seven of 10 of California’s Most Polluted Beaches Are in Northern California“. Hah take that NorCal. Then I actually READ the article. Heal the Bay released it’s annual report card for California beaches, and here are their “Beach Bummers“:

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The report doesn’t look too bad though:

California’s overall water quality during the summer dry time period this past year was excellent with 95%
A or B grades, slightly above the five-year average (Figure 1-1). There were 23 monitoring locations that
received fair to poor water quality marks (C-F grades) for the same time period.
During winter dry weather, most California beaches still had very good water quality with 294 of 319 (92%)
locations monitored through the winter receiving A or B grades. Lower grades during the same time period
include: 11 C grades (3%), 4 D grades (1%) and 10 F grades (3%).

And this should come as a proud moment for Venetians:

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California Honor Roll Beaches
A select few (33) monitoring locations in California exhibited excellent water quality (A+ grades) during all
three time periods in this report and have been appointed to Heal the Bay’s Honor Roll this year. A list of
Honor Roll recipients can be found in Appendix B.

Dedicated to Bret: 3rd Annual Venice Beach Surf & Skate Fest | MAY 17 2014

From Brady Walker:


The 3rd Annual Venice Beach Surf & Skate Fest will be held on Saturday May 17th at the Venice Farmer’s Market Lot  at 2150 Dell Ave. Venice, CA.
In addition to a number of surf & skate related businesses, there will be almost twice as many swappers showing their vintage and modern wares.  
Aviator Nation plans on holding a skate demo area, and the crowds will get in the spirit at the beer garden hosted by Pabst Blue Ribbon, Sailor Jerry & Venice Beach Beer Company.  
Our local tuna outlet Poke Poke will be serving up amazing fish and the Dang Brothers pizza truck will be firing fresh pizzas.   
Musical acts include Street Smart, Closeout, Chum, Gods of Macho and Flyin Lion.  
A charity raffle will be held throughout the day to benefit Beyond Baroque and Sea Shepherd.  The event was helped greatly from our friends at Pacific Traffic Control, Ohana Alliance, Athrone and Fox Studios.  
Special thanks to our local media outlets Venice Paparazzi and YoVenice.  This year’s event will be dedicated to our good friend, Bret, founder of YoVenice.  Bret was amazing Venetian who passed away not long ago after a valiant battle with cancer.
The VBSSF is the brainchild of Brady Walker, who thanks all of those who have helped to make this event happen for a third year!
The event starts at 11am!  Get there early for the best deals and stay all day for the entertainment and camaraderie.
Contact:  Brady Walker   310-980-7129

Venice Surf and Skate Fest