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VSA July Update

July 1, 2024

Happy 4th of July from Team VSA! We hope everyone is enjoying the sunny summer days and warmer water. Here are some exciting updates and events:

  • July 4, 9pm: Marina del Rey Fireworks – Enjoy the fireworks on Independence Day.
  • July 13: Swirl Fest – Hosting a paddle out for Grlswirl’s 3rd annual Summer festival. For more info and tickets, visit surfskatefest.com.
  • July 18: San O Beach Day – Join us for a day of surfing at San O with snacks and beverages provided.
  • July 20: Venice Beach Run – Interested in a 5k run from the pier to Muscle Beach and back? More info at runsignup.com.
  • July 25: Last Thursdays Venice Summer Concert Series – Live music from 6:30 to sunset at Rose Avenue and Ocean Front Walk.
  • August 17: Summer VSA Surf Contest – Stay tuned for more details on the Westside Classic contest in Santa Monica.

Local business updates:

  • Marine Mammal Care: Check out their impact report at marinemammalcare.org.
  • SI Mon Restaurant

Summer Events and Updates

June 12, 2024

Team VSA,

With so much going on in the Venice Community, we want to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Venice Surfing Association newsletter. We aim for a monthly newsletter and hope that our community will also reach out to us with events, information, and personal interest stories that we can share with them.

True to form, June has definitely been gloomy, but we are starting to see signs that the water is warming up, and the gloom will dissipate soon.  The dog days of Summer are almost here. To celebrate June 20th, which is the start of Summer, we have a club surfing day planned at San Onofre.

June 12th
We are excited to be screening Out in the Line Up at the Waterfront to celebrate Pride Month.  Our very own Glen Walsh is the music supervisor on the film.  We also have a panel conversation following the film.  Check out our IG to see the panelists.

June 18th
Our friends at Nalu Vida will be hosting a grand opening party.  Let's give them a big Venice welcome.  They are a great addition to the square and definitely community minded.

June 20th
We're heading to San Onofre for a community beach day. San Onofre is a true gem of Southern California, one of the last proper surf beaches where you can pull up, park, set up shop, and hit the waves. It's an all-day affair, so bring your gear and good vibes. Parking is limited, so arrive by 7-7:30 AM to avoid a long wait. Look for our tent and join us for a fun day in the sun.

July 1st
Blueys Mar Vista will now serve dinner in addition to the yummy breakfasts and lunch.

July 4th
Independence Day! Typically, it is one of the biggest weekends in Venice.  Watch for events from our friends at The Waterfront, Mercedes, and The Rose Room.

July 13th
The Grl Swirl team will be hosting its 3rd Annual Swirl Fest.  Celebrate surf/skate in Venice Beach.  Live music, skating, surfing, prizes, and community.  The Venice Surfing Association is thrilled that Grl Swirl has asked us to be a community partner, and we will be joining them at the morning surf paddle.  RSVP is required.  For more information about the event, please check out www.surfskatefest.com

August 17th
Please save the date for our next contest at Pacific Ocean Park.  More details are coming soon, but we have wanted to do a Santa Monica contest for quite some time, and now is the time.  For anyone interested in helping out with this contest, please reach out to our contest chair Gary Adler at gary@vsa.la.

Finally, we say this a lot, but we really mean it.  We do what we do for you, our fantastic community.  We are continually humbled by your support and participation at all of our events.  As mentioned in previous letters, we are now part of the bigger West Coast Boardriders organization and will have more updates about what this means for our club and surfers.  We hope this newsletter will start becoming more interactive, and we look forward to receiving stories, photos, and contributions from our community for future newsletters.

See you all at the beach!

Contest Schedule Update

June 7, 2024

Dear VSA Members,

Thanks for your ongoing support of the club. We wanted to update you on our contest schedule. Due to restrictions that no events can take place in Venice between Memorial Day and Labor Day, we've moved the June 15th contest to mid-August, likely at Ocean Park Tower 28. This is a great opportunity to bring the whole community together, and we have the City of Santa Monica Beaches' support.

We apologize for any inconvenience. Once finalized, we'll send a detailed update and call for volunteers and competitors.

We'll return to Venice for the Breakwater Open in October. Also, look out for more information on our San O beach day on June 20th and our "Out in the Lineup" movie screening on June 12th at the Waterfront.

Warmest regards and go surfing!

Members Party and Upcoming Events

May 15, 2024

Team VSA,

A big shout out to everyone who came out for the Magic Mind Classic last weekend and a huge thanks to all our sponsors and volunteers. Though the waves were smaller, the vibe on the beach was amazing. Congrats to all our finalists!

We’re celebrating the VSA’s second anniversary this Sunday, May 19th, from 5pm to 10pm at Pat Solomon’s house, with a taco truck and food from chef Josiah Citrin, Charcoal, Lunetta, and Bonne Bouffe. DJ Mason Beranek will be spinning tunes. Join us at 919 Harding Ave.

Upcoming Events:

  • Thursday, June 13th: Screening of Out in the Lineup at the Waterfront with a Q&A panel.
  • Thursday, June 20th: Member’s surf session/hangout at San Onofre State Beach. More details soon.

Mark your calendars. We look forward to seeing everyone on Sunday to kick off an amazing summer!

Alix Gucovsky and the VSA Board
Event Chair