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High Surf Advisory Until Tuesday

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A cold winter storm was forecast to bring moderate
to heavy rain to the Southland this weekend, sparking fears of flash floods and mudslides in recently burned areas.

The worst is expected today, with up to two inches of rain predicted in many areas of Los Angeles County and as many as three inches possible for southwest-facing foothills and mountains, according to the National Weather Service.

Light rain forecast for early this morning should give way to heavier precipitation in the afternoon, when the heaviest downpours are expected.

Rain at Venice Hoops
Rainy day at the Venice basketball courts

“Peak rainfall rates may exceed one-half inch per hour during this
period bringing the potential for flash flooding with mud and debris flows in and near recently burned areas,” according to a weather service statement.

A flash flood watch for these areas was issued for the period covering 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. High elevation snow and a slight chance of thunderstorms were forecast for Sunday morning through the evening hours with damaging winds raking some areas overnight into tomorrow, according to the weather service.

Gusts up to 60 mph were forecast for mountain areas and up to 50 mph for coastal and valley regions, raising the fear of downed trees and power lines and power outages.

Most of the rainfall should exit the region by early this evening with rain and snow showers lingering in some mountain areas, forecasters said.

Snow levels will be around 7,000 feet early today, dropping to as low as 5,500 feet by late Sunday afternoon. As cold air moves into the region this evening, snow levels could drop as low as 2,500 on some mountain slopes with minor accumulations in the Grapevine area, according to the NWS.

“There will likely be one to two feet of snow above 7,000 feet with
lesser amounts for lower elevations,” according to a weather service

Icy conditions and high winds should be expected on Interstate 5 from Sunday night into Monday morning and a winter storm warning has been issued for that period in the Los Angeles and Ventura county mountains.

Drier conditions and warmer temperatures are expected next week.

Riding High – The Adler Bros. Rule the Morning Waves VIDEO

By Melanie Camp

The soft dawn light has Venice Beach glowing gray, the sun has not yet risen, and clouds hang heavy in the sky. It is a dull winter morning after a week of storms but Beck Adler doesn’t need the sun, or even an alarm clock to get him out of bed, not when there is a wave to ride.

The Adler Family: Beck pictured with his mother Emma, father Gary, & brother West
West Adler 1 Photo Credit Mike Riggins.jpg
Yang to Beck’s Yin, Brother West Adler prefers long boards

Beck is joined most days by his brother West. This morning however West is holed up in bed with strep throat. The boys have been described as being the Yin and Yang of surfing. “He has an old soul,” Beck says of his brother, “he longboards and rides single fins, and shapes his own boards,” whereas Beck on the other hand has his sights set on going pro. He is the third young surfer from the Los Angeles area to be invited to compete on the Surfing America Prime series.

Board tucked under one arm, Beck hurries down to the water’s edge, plunges in, and paddles, slicing through the whitewash as he makes his way out to the break at the Venice Pier.

At just 13 years old he’s almost half the size of most others out catching waves but his form sure catches the eye of most people watching from the Pier. “He’s great, really talented,” says one photographer who snaps away at the young surfer. “My favorite,” says another.

Beck Adler 1 Photo Credit Mike Riggins
Beck Adler Surfs Venice Beach
Beck Adler 3 Photo Credit Mike Riggins
Photo Courtesy: Mike Riggins

Beck’s father, Gary Adler, stands near local photographer Mike Riggins. Riggins is down at the pier most mornings taking photos of all the surfers.

“The kids love seeing if they’ll make the cover of Mike’s facebook page that day. It’s great for them to get on and take a look at pic- tures of themselves in action. It helps with their form,” says Gary.

With Venice local, 13 year old Noah Hill, winning a national championship last year and becoming a member of the US Surf Team, Gary says that all the Venice kids now push each other very hard to follow in Hill’s footsteps, “things are changing for the better for the kids around here and this young generation is leading that charge.”

It is common knowledge that you need to earn your place if you want to surf the Pier, “I haven’t earned mine yet, I stay kinda to the side,” says Gary, unlike Beck, who has.

Beck has been surfing Venice Beach for the past 11 years, most of his life. He started when he was only 2 years old, “my Dad was pushing me in the waves on a big soft top,” says Beck.

“We started down at the end of Driftwood Avenue, I’d bring the kids down on weekends and would push them into waves and they got better and better and better. When they were about 7 they kept asking me, ‘can we go down to the Pier,’ and I finally said, ‘OK,’ and they worked their way into the lineup and now they just know everybody and it’s really nice,” says Gary.

Gary explains that a beautiful thing has started happening at the Pier, “Beck and the other local groms have been taken under the wing of the older Venice locals who give up their break from 6am to 8am every morning so the kids can get as many waves as possible before school and then they take over the break after that.”

The support the older locals are giving the younger surfers is something that has happened organically, “it’s unsaid, they look out for the kids and want them to get as many reps as possible and get better, but if it’s really good they’ll just go out and take over. Which is great,” says Gary.

While Venice is Beck’s home break on weekends he hits the road to compete and entering competitions not only help him move closer to his goal of going pro but he gets to experience surfing breaks all up and down the coast of Southern California.

“It’s a nice place to grow up and it’s a nice place to surf. It’s a great home break. It’s not the best wave in the world but sometimes that’s better to learn on,” says Gary.

Beck bobs in the waters off the Pier watching for a wave, “yeah, there’s some bad waves but there’s always going to be a good one, you just have to find it. You have to wait for the good ones if you want to get the best ride and it pays off when you wait,” he says.

However patience is not something he takes out of the water, “no, I’m not very patient in life. I’m pretty hyper,” and already Beck has sponsors. He is on the amateur Hurley team which means he gets free gear like wetsuits, clothes, and stickers, “they’ve been sending me boxes now 3 every 4 months. That was a great feeling when I got sponsored by Hurley.”

Anderson Surfboards have been shaping custom boards for Beck for the last 3 years and have given him 15 boards all up. ZJ Boarding House is Beck’s surf shop sponsor, and Hecho en Venice is another local sponsor that provides clothing for the young surfer whose aim is to “take it all the way” to the World Surf League.

Beck Adler with Coach Justin Swartz
Beck Adler with Coach Justin Swartz

Former pro surfer and Venice local, Justin Swartz, is Beck’s surf coach. Together they train 3-4 times a month, depending on Beck’s contest schedule. After training they’ll get together at the Adlers’ home to review videos.

Beck says all the travel he gets to do through surfing has shaped his outlook on life,“I get to travel different places in California and the world and I get to see so many different things and lifestyles and it impacts how I live.” He says surfing has inspired him to think more about human’s impact on the environment, “recycling, all that kind of stuff.”

“there’s trash all over the place and it’s sad. There are beach clean ups every now and then but when you see people throwing ciga- rettes into the street… it doesn’t make me feel good.”

From his spot on his board in the water Beck sees the impact a city full of people, who don’t always think before they litter on the streets, has on the environment, “when it rains there’s so much trash in the ocean. So just recycling anything you can, clean up after yourself, and if you see a piece of trash pick it up and throw it away,” he says.

Gary whistles from the Pier, Beck seems to be pretending he can’t hear his Dad as he paddles out to catch a last wave, make that his second last one before he finally rides one all the way in to the shore.

Back in the carpark he pours a cooler full of hot water down the front of his wet suit to warm up while Gary calls Tommy’s on Washington to order a breakfast burrito – although he doesn’t quite order so much as let them know he and Beck are on their way. All part of the morning ritual.

“I’ve surfed my whole life. Probably will keep surfing my whole life,” says Beck who was looking forward to the weekend because it meant he’d be able to surf 3 hours each day instead of only an hour forty five.

“It was obvious from the beginning that he was going to be good.” “I joke that I taught him everything I know “how to stand up” and he took it from there,” says Gary.

Where Beck takes it from here appears to be a clear run.


Venice Beach Warned of Coastal Flooding

Photo Courtesy: Steve Christensen


The high surf advisory issued through Sunday has come with a coastal flooding warning with Venice Beach and Malibu especially at risk.

A combination of large and powerful surf and relatively high tides brings a very likely chance of coastal flooding and beach erosion. Minor flooding of low laying beach parking lots is a risk.

Large waves and rip currents will increase the risk of ocean drowning and people are asked to be on alert for sneaker waves, that can suddenly wash a person.

Swimmers are warned, if caught in a rip current, to swim parallel to shore until free.

Currently the Ventura County coastline is being pounded by high waves that have flooded into beachfront homes and damaged the pier there forcing its closure until further notice.


Big Waves Expected

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Waves up to 12 feet are expected along portions of the Southern and Central California coast through tomorrow, and significant
coastal flooding and beach erosion is forecast for later in the week, the National Weather Service reported.

High surf of six to 10 feet is expected on west-facing beaches in Los
Angeles County and points north tonight through Tuesday, according to the NWS, which issued a high-surf advisory through 6 p.m. tomorrow. Local sets up to 12 feet are possible before the surf subsides late Thursday afternoon and evening, the weather service reported.

Forecasters also said there is potential for a “prolonged very high
surf event with coastal flooding and beach erosion Thursday through Sunday.”

According to the NWS  “a long period west-northwest swell will bring very large surf to the Central Coast through Tuesday. This in combination with relatively high tides will bring a risk of minor coastal flooding and beach erosion to area beaches,”
especially near the time of high tide.

Due to the long period, some of this swell energy will be able to move into the Santa Barbara Channel and bring high surf to west facing beaches of Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

A second period of high surf, from Thursday through Sunday, has the
potential to bring even higher surf conditions, more widespread coastal flooding and beach erosion, forecasters said.

Swimmers were being advised to be wary of rip tides and to swim close to manned lifeguard towers.

-from CNS

Venice Braces for Big Waves

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The first of four days of above-average tide levels
began hitting the Southern California coast yesterday, raising the possibility of coastal flooding.

The National Weather Service forecast that the so-called King Tides, the highest astronomical tides of the year, will be seen in the hours just after dawn until at least Friday.

The highest level of the week will be Wednesday, the NWS said, with a level of 7.6 feet at 7:51 a.m., followed by 7.5 feet on Thursday at 8:31 a.m., and 7.3 feet at 9:12 a.m. Friday.

An advisory is in effect in Los Angeles County, with forecasters saying minor flooding is possible during the morning high tide in areas such as Long Beach, Playa del Rey, Venice, and Malibu.

The NWS warned that beach parking lots and nearby streets and structures could be left briefly under water, while stronger rip currents would be present off-shore.

Affected areas were likely to face more severe issues today, with on-shore winds and three- to four-foot surf compounding the impact of the higher tide, according to the NWS.

Orange County’s Seal and Sunset beaches were considered the most
susceptible to localized flooding, the NWS said, while La Jolla, Cardiff, Oceanside, South Mission and Imperial beaches were likely to experience some inundation in San Diego County. A coastal flooding advisory will be in effect in those areas until
Friday morning.

– from CNS