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Are you brave enough for the New Year's Day 'Penguin Swim' at Venice Beach?

News, Beach, Venice Beach, Ocean

Want A Cool, Fresh Start To The New Year? Consider The Penguin Swim!

Posted Dec. 27, 2015, 10:13 am

On the first day of last year, I was up to my neck in freezing cold water. As I paddled through the surf in the 56th Annual Penguin Club swim, wearing only a thin Lycra swimsuit, not a wetsuit, my only thought was, “What could be better?”

A dead neonate gray whale washed ashore in Santa Monica State Beach on Tuesday.

News, Beach, Santa Monica

10-Foot Gray Whale Washes Ashore In Santa Monica

Posted Dec. 23, 2015, 8:31 am

A dead 10-foot-long, 1,200-pound newborn gray whale washed ashore in Santa Monica on Tuesday.

Latest weather news.

News, Beach, Santa Monica, Weather, Ocean

Health Officials Warn Beachgoers To Stay Out Of Ocean Following Rainstorm

Posted Dec. 20, 2015, 7:03 am

Los Angeles County health officials were cautioning people planning to visit county beaches not to swim, surf or play in the ocean around storm drains, creeks and rivers following Saturday's rainstorm.

El Niño is characterized by unusually warm temperatures in the equatorial Pacific. Pictured is the sea surface on Oct. 27, 2015.

News, Beach, Santa Monica, Weather

Beaches Brace For El Niño

Posted Oct. 30, 2015, 9:13 am

El Niño is coming. It’s just a matter of time. “According to experts, El Niño is too big to fail,” said Dana Murray, the Senior Coastal Policy Manager for the Santa Monica ocean initiative Heal the Bay. “All the signs are there and everyone is now expecting this. It’s just not a prediction.”

The latest surf news.

News, Beach, Santa Monica, Ocean

Unusually High Tides, Surf Forecast For Local Beaches

Posted Oct. 26, 2015, 9:58 am

A threat of coastal flooding exists in Southern and Central California this week because of a combination of building surf and unusually high tides, the National Weather Service said today.

The latest surf news.

News, Beach, Santa Monica

Swimmers, Surfers Warned To Stay Out Of Water After Rain Advisory

Posted Oct. 6, 2015, 12:38 pm

Los Angeles County health officials warned beach-goers today to be careful swimming near storm drains, creeks or rivers that dump into the ocean, since the recent rainfall likely carried bacteria-laden runoff to enter the water.

Santa Monica Public Library reference library Jeff Kaplan.

News, Beach, Santa Monica, Library

VIDEO: Santa Monica Public Library Sets Up On Beach

Posted Aug. 19, 2015, 9:38 am

The Santa Monica Public Library has been setting up shop on the shore and signing out books to literature hungry beachgoers at a series of five ‘pop up‘ libraries that began June 26 and concludes later this month.

Latest weather news.

News, Beach, Santa Monica, Weather

SoCal Heat Wave Sends Temps Soaring, Residents To Beaches For Relief

Posted Aug. 16, 2015, 9:10 am

The heat wave gripping Southern California sent temperatures soaring and residents flocking to beaches and public pools for relief.

The discovery Wednesday night of the substance later identified as linoleic acid forced closure of a stretch of the beach in Santa Monica.

News, Beach, Santa Monica

Mysterious Substance On Santa Monica Beach Identified As Linoleic Acid

Posted Aug. 6, 2015, 8:06 am

The discovery Wednesday night of the substance later identified as linoleic acid forced closure of a stretch of the beach in Santa Monica.

On Sunday July 27, 2014, Nick Fagnano, 20, was fatally struck by lightning. On the anniversary of his death, friends and family gathered on Venice Beach to celebrate his life.

News, Venice, Beach

VIDEO: Venice Beach Lightning Strike Victim Nick Fagnano Remembered

Posted Jul. 29, 2015, 9:32 am

On Sunday July 27, 2014, Nick Fagnano, 20, was fatally struck by lightning. On the anniversary of his death, friends and family gathered on Venice Beach to celebrate his life.

News, Sports, Beach, Surfing

U.S. Open Of Surfing Begins Today In Huntington Beach

Posted Jul. 25, 2015, 9:11 am

Huntington Beach police have much the same game plan this year for the U.S. Open of Surfing, which begins today and runs through Aug. 2, and are hoping security goes as smoothly as last year.

Santa Monica Beach is a forum where all are welcome and where all are embraced.

News, Beach, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Beach: A United Nations Of Beachgoers

Posted Jul. 19, 2015, 9:17 am

It’s an amazing sight to see, one that commands a humble appreciation for the diverse inclusivity that Santa Monica has long been renowned and beloved for.

Latest weather news.

News, Beach, Santa Monica, Weather

Early Morning Storm, Lightning Closes Santa Monica Beach

Posted Jul. 18, 2015, 8:52 am

Beaches from Redondo to Zuma were closed for 100 minutes by lifeguards today, when lightning flashed and unusual summer clouds dropped scattered heavy rain, a gift from a dying Mexican hurricane.

Beach showers in Santa Monica will continue to flow despite many State Beaches shutting off showers to conserve water.

News, Beach, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Beach Showers To Keep Flowing

Posted Jul. 17, 2015, 10:05 am

Her long blond hair matched the color of the sand she stood ankle deep in. Her three boys, covered in both dry and wet sand, played around her feet.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Venice, Beach, Police Department

Venice Beach Fatal Overdose: Woman Aged 44 Dies, Two Others Hospitalized

Posted Jul. 13, 2015, 9:38 am

A 44-year-old woman died and two other people were hospitalized in critical condition after apparently overdosing on GHB, commonly known as the "club drug" or "date rape" drug, at Venice Beach just before sunrise today.

News, Beach

Huntington Beach "Shark Sighting" Closure Ends

Posted Jul. 11, 2015, 10:38 am

The coast was clear at Huntington Beach today, as a 24-hour "shark sighting" closure of one of America's most-popular beaches ended.

Spotted: An unpermitted surf school lesson takes place on Santa Monica Beach. A local permitted surf school owner who pays the City of Santa Monica business tax says the problem of unlawful operations is escalating with surf instructors coming from as far away as Orange County to conduct their lessons in Santa Monica because of non-existent enforcement.

News, Business, Beach, Santa Monica, City Hall

VIDEO: Rogue Surf Schools Anger Permitted Instructors Who Claim City Fails To Shut Down Unlawful Operations

Posted Jul. 10, 2015, 9:03 am

Imagine that you’re a business owner in Santa Monica and your business is teaching people how to surf: you’re a surf instructor. You follow the law and pay the city for a permit that grants you access to an area of the beach to hold your lessons — not because you want to, but because it’s in compliance with the city’s regulations governing surf instructors. In addition, the permit requires you to pay 15 to 20 percent of your gross income to the city, which also has regulations over the size of your surf classes and on instructors, too.

Dockweiler State Beach.

News, Fire Department, Beach

Girl, 2, Burned After Climbing Into Fire Pit At Dockweiler State Beach

Posted Jul. 5, 2015, 7:46 am

A 2-year-old girl suffered burns to both her hands and feet after she climbed into a fire pit in Dockweiler State Beach, according to fire officials.

Brock on Your Block host Phil Brock speaks with Marion Clark, Programs Director for Surf Academy and the Surf Bus Foundation, about World Oceans Day.

News, Beach, Santa Monica, Brock On Your Block

Brock On Your Block: The Importance Of World Oceans Day

Posted Jul. 1, 2015, 10:07 am

Brock on Your Block host Phil Brock speaks with Marion Clark, Programs Director for Surf Academy and the Surf Bus Foundation, about World Oceans Day.

News, Beach, Santa Monica, Heal The Bay

Santa Monica Remains On “Beach Bummer List”

Posted Jun. 19, 2015, 9:50 am

It may be one of the most crowded places to swim in the summer, but Santa Monica has again ranked poorly in an annual report that grades beaches along the Californian coastline.

Latest Santa Monica Public Library news.

News, Beach, Santa Monica, Library

Santa Monica Public Library Is Headed To The Beach

Posted Jun. 18, 2015, 8:36 am

Summer and reading belong together like surf and sun, so the Santa Monica Public Library will be setting up shop on the shore and signing out books to literature hungry beachgoers at a series of five ‘pop up‘ libraries between June 26 and Aug. 28.

Beach, Ocean, Long Beach

Long Beach Reopens Beach Following Tar Balls Closure

Posted Jun. 5, 2015, 10:16 am

A four-mile stretch of beach in Long Beach that was closed after tar balls washed ashore on Wednesday afternoon was reopened this morning, authorities said.

Latest Malibu news.

News, Malibu, Beach

Large Globs Of Tar Wash Ashore At Zuma Beach

Posted Jun. 2, 2015, 9:24 am

Large globs of tar washed ashore Monday at Zuma Beach, and samples of the pancake-sized petroleum were to be tested for their source.

News, Beach, Santa Monica, Ocean

South Bay Beaches Reopen Following Closure Caused By Tar Balls

Posted May. 30, 2015, 9:16 am

South Bay beaches were reopened Friday after being closed for more than two days because tar balls washed ashore, authorities said.

The City of Santa Monica is a winner of its 2015 Best Restored Beach Award.

News, Beach, Santa Monica

City Of Santa Monica Beach Project Named One Of America’s Best Restored Beaches For 2015

Posted May. 27, 2015, 9:29 am

The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) announced last week that the City of Santa Monica is a winner of its 2015 Best Restored Beach Award.

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