Venice Surf and Skateboard Association & Skatepark, my contribution.
Friday, December 28, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Once again the Surf-A-Thon was on.
> Rising at 4:30 I prepared for the contest loading up the car
> and hoping for decent surf(As the surf report had been
> dismal).At sunrise two rainbows and flat surf greeted Tall D
> and I.Slowly the usual and new comers filtered in and by
> 8:00am the groms were out in the water jostling for waves.
> The lack of surf did not stop the surfers from coming out to
> enjoy friendly spirited competition and the Men’s
> longboard division was hotly contested. The numbers are as
> follows:Total Surfers-46 Men-3o, Women-10, Others-6.Results
> are as follows:Men’s Longboard- 1st Brock Landlocke 2nd
> Tonan Ruiz 3rd John John Ramirez.
Girls S.B 1st Samantha, 2nd
> Stephanie 3rd Dolly Parton (Pearlas’sister). Girls L.B
> 1st Brooke Wavey,2nd Paloma Perez, 3rd Baily.Groms
> (14&Under) 1st D.Juiner 2nd Danny Coty 3rd Cameron
> Packhem. Masters 1st Jimmy V 2nd Tonan Ruiz 3rd D.Lion
> Men’s.1st (Japan) Haiya-kun 2nd (Germany)Meister Brau
> Willheim Toten Frauunfigger 3rd(USA) Sgt. SlaughterIf any> one has seen mystery girl Samantha,(Beach enrty surfed won
> and dissapeared) I have her trophy as well as Dolly’s
> and Haiya-kun’s). The after party was successfull as
> well as about 175-200 folks showed up to exhalt this years
> victors claim their trophy and reign in glory. From my
> perspective O.G Venice Beowulf set was the highlight of the
> entertainment. Shout out-Rumble’s guest apperance as he
> joined me on stage for a number.P.F.L ripped out cover punk
> rock.Thnx to DJ JoQ. Special Thnx to Frontside Grind, Venice
> Paparazi,C.Bonner for his hard work on the killer t-shirt
> art, Stage Manager Amy,BMFS,Mayorga Familia,Pat and John
> John for setting the Yuppies straight, the
> Judges,tabulator,runners and helpers,the surfers,the
> bands,the sponsors. I would like to welcome Maui and Sons
> and Roaring Lion to the VSA/Surf-A-Thon as well as thank
> sponsors 15 years! SMA,Lost, Sector9, Dogtown.10 years
> Abbots Habit,Interiors Made Eezzy, BDS,Windward Farms
> (5yearsSkater Made, Cove.Next VSA sk8 contest is at Gilbert
> Lindsay sk8park Eastside L.A on Nov 29th. In service Ger-I
Monday, July 14, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Gilbert Lindsay Sk8Park Office Vandalized. It sure
> did not take
> >> long. As soon as my staff and programming were
> eliminated as well
> >> as my hours cut, the bad seeds smashed in, stole
> all of the
> >> equipment and skateboards etc. Some of the posters
> and other stuff
> >> I have had for more than 30 years……
Monday, June 9, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, December 21, 2009
New!! VSA is offering a limited run of Donor medallions. The hand forged crafted medallions are available to show appreciation to VSA supporters! Jesse an avid prospector found the original medallion metal detecting on Venice Beach about 15 years ago. The design is from 1906 Venice Plunge Salt Water Baths.
99%Sterling Silver medillion-$250.00
18K solid gold medallion-$1000.00
Hey everyone thanks for your support to make the VSA Thanksgiving Massacre contest a success!Your contribution and enthusiasm is what makes the VSA great, Winners all! Polar Bowl:1st Shane Borlin, 2nd Skreech, 3rd Alan Shepherd. Snake run:1st Killer, 2nd Shane Borlin, 3rd Jamie Q.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Congratulations are in order!The venerable rag Thrasher Magazine awarded Chris Cole the coveted THRASHER Magazine Sk8r of the Year! Typical SF cold rain did not damper the spirits of 600 or more revelers and the gracious host, the one and only THRASHER Magazine! Wahoo fish tacos , A mini ramp and liquid lubrication by Pabst warmed the crowd. VSA crew represented Venice well and Homies CRS111, BMFS,Goto, Mofo BFox, Nickles,,Cab,Hawk,Lance,Trujillo,Gutter,Jack Curtin and others were lurking about the hulking warehouse as well. As the event was held in a 90 year old military warehouse, the acoustics unfortunately were unintelligible, as JPhelps mced the videos. Phelps lived up to his cantankerous reputation as SFPD interceded in an on stage altercation between Phelps and G.Rowly. With order restored, Chris appeared elated as he received $2000.00 and a nice trophy. Thanks, THRASHER!
Monday, November 30, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
VSA weekly game of Sk8 winners @ Gilbert Lindsay Sk8prk at 42nd and San Pedro in L.A on Friday 9/20/09. Thanx to Ghosttown and Dwindle for the swag! Winners! Pedro, Josh, Timmy, Raul, Steven, Beto,John, Lil Slip rock. Volunteer! Contribute! It makes you feel good.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Well the surf was 1 ft and dribblin yet the 16th Annual VSA Surf-A-Thon went off again! 22 men women and children showed up to surf , compete and have a good surfing time.Results from SurfAThon 2009. Congrads to all the winners Hyden Anderson,Brook,Tyler Packem, Melenie Berry, Mary W, Jimmy ,William Staton . Matt Veltry, Eddie Morales. Thanks to Vic for the photos thanks to all the sponsors and to all for your help and participation.
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November 9, 2009
Contact: Nate Kaplan-(213) 473-7011Rosendahl, MAYOR to HOLD COMMUNITY MEETING WITH
NEXT POLICE CHIEF
Public InvitedWho: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Los Angeles City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl
LAPD Chief-designate Charlie BeckWhen: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009Where: Mar Vista Recreation Center
11430 Woodbine Avenue
Los Angeles , CA 90066What: Los Angeles City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa invite the public to attend a community meeting to get to know LAPD Chief-designate Charlie Beck, who was recently appointed by the Mayor.Beck’s introduction will be followed by a “Question and Answer” session with the audience. The public is encouraged to express their priorities and concerns to the newly appointed chief in public meetings throughout the City before the City Council votes on his confirmation later this month.
Villaraigosa announced his appointment of Beck on November 3 to replace Chief William Bratton, who stepped down on October 31. Beck is a 32-year veteran of the LAPD.
This message was sent to email@example.com by:
Councilman Bill Rosendahl
200 N. Spring Street, Room 415
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Sunday, November 8, 2009
LAPD’s policy on the VSA’s Community Watch of The Venice Sk8prk is unfair,unproductive and anti social. Jesse myself and other volunteers clean gaffitti, tagging, trash and other crap out of the skate-park every morning, It is clear the LAPD cannot or will not secure the sk8prk against vandleism.The LAPD evicted the VSA from observing/watching the park against this type of action but allow homeless vagrants every night to misuse the sk8park and surrounding area. Let us examine a peculiar quandry.Why do the police ask citizens to be responsible and be pro-active on their official web sites(neighborhood watch) and policy, when in fact LAPD has prohibited the activity? Why are productive citizens being discouraged from participating in protecting and beautifying our community? (as this is a constant request of government). We are in the midst of a great depression if you somehow were caught unaware. The community despreatly needs investment from within as well as from established resources.If we are prohibited as citizens and a community from striving to become self sufficiant and provide the community proper guidance, instruction, care and be a “Shinning Light on the Hill” to others we are doomed to destruction. “Get up, Stand up, Stand up for your rights”-Bob Marley
Unfortunately the helmet law that was enacted with the help of Jim Fitzpatrick and IASC will be enforced by LAPD starting on Dec.1st. VSA is voicing concern over LAPD policing policy to LA City Council and Mayor’s office as the stance LAPD is taking is outright profiling. The specific concern is creating an environment of criminality by issuing tickets to kids and adults in the skatepark (when others outside the skatepark are not subject to the same ordinance).What we do not want is a 3.5 million dollar skatepark that is not used because of police action, just take a look at the Culver City Skatepark. The VSA is of the opinion that the helmet law is unfair and was enacted without proper research and should be investgated for conflict of intrest and other inappropriate intrests of IASC.Perhaps you are unaware but skateboarding has been included in the hazardous activities list which is a list of activities that an assumed risk is involved in participation of said sport.This being the case the municipality is released from injury or death liability. This inclusion in (HAL) is enough protection and any criminalizing of skateboarding is highly unadvisable.The VSA is in favor of an ordinace that is akin to the helmet law in place for bikes-18 and younger wear helmets. An adult can make their own decision.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Thanks to all who have helped out to make Polar Bear Memorial Skatepark a safe, clean, and happy place to skate. I met Asher and his dad Tom at Gilbert Lindsay Skatepark( a sk8prk VSA helped open up with SPAUSA) on 42nd Ave and San Pedro.I told them to come to the V sk8prk and they have not left yet. 5yrs old or 50yrs old, the stoke will never leave you.100% SK8R!
Friday, October 16, 2009
Let me take you back in time, to 2000. The pavilion had been crushed, skater Mecca (Venice Pavilion) razed! Our tribe gathered to make council and VSA rallied in front of the dozed rubble of hundreds of millions or steel, clay and urethane dreams. A demonstration for a skatepark took place; we rallied, petitioned, spoke and endeavored to build the dream. OH! Detractor and posers you will never fathom the personal toll to the many good folks who lent a hand in the struggle. To my skater brothers and sisters who are not on this earth to enjoy concrete nirvana, VSA salutes you! R.i.P Polar Bear, Paul Cullen , Big Fern, Dillon, Whitey, Mike Smith, Thumper,Pat Sleeper.Check this out.The issue with the sk8park is not homelessness. It would be fantastic to train and employ the disenfranchised in some capacity as to ensure integrity of the sk8park. However it is simplistic to think that to “give a homeless person a flashlight” will help anything at the skatepark or is realistic. Unfortunately the people trashing the park don’t skate or care about the sk8park. These people are defecating, smoking dope, fornicating and or using the facility for the wrong purpose. These same people who are trashing the sk8park , did not lend a hand when VSA and L.A City arrived @ 6:00am to clean up their mess. Lets call a spade a spade and not B.S each other.
Erroneous information and heresy will be sussed out and exposed as fraud. After all, I missed you at the California Coastal Commission hearing in 2001. Oh you didn’t hear about that? Well surely you were at the hearing in 2003 at the West L.A Purdue office to secure funds to remediate Danson oil well? Oh not there either? Well how about the very first Venice Coastal Development Plan in 1989 at the paddle Tennis courts? You can of course get my drift. Posers step off. Heritage, tradition and pride cannot be bought or sold it is instilled and earned one broken bone at a time, one frontside air at a time.
In any struggle you will have detractors, defectors and an attrition rate, it is a result of warfare, any good soldier will tell you that. “Man, we have been doing this for 30 years”-Jesse Martinez
Monday, October 12, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Hello all and thank you for the fantastic turn out on OCT 3rd. VSA is really stoked to welcome all the new personal members as well as the core supporters and volunteers. Getting the park open was only one mission of the VSA and now the real difficult task of maintaining the integrity, cleanliness and safety of the sk8prk has begun. VSA volunteers have staffed the sk8prk with trained volunteers with expertise in the administration of skateparks. In addition the VSA is assisting L.A City Recreation and Parks with the removal of sand and grounds maintenance of the area. Furthermore VSA members have participated in training with L.A County & L.A City Fire, and (already) one evacuation of skater from the street course. With L.A County Fire. Here are some numbers to numb your brain, In 3 days we have had 4000 visitors to the sk8prk! As soon as the sun rises there are sk8rs ready to roll and @ 6:00 there were 10 sk8rs ready to drop in. Accidents and injuries include: broken collar bone, separated shoulder, broken pelvis, broken ankle, knee laceration, chin laceration, VSA members assisted in the first aid of 3 of the accidents. Attention VSA needs your support and volunteerism! We need volunteers that are willing to become trained in Red Cross CPR and First Aid and posses an understanding of skatepark operation and youth culture. If you can volunteer for a 2-hour shift your help will go a long way. VSA also need flashlights, batteries, sleeping bags, space heater etc for the volunteer night watch. Please respect the park respect Murray and Doug’s killer Venice PB mural on the silo. The sk8park needs YOU!
Monday, September 21, 2009
Canadian maple. Sizes are 33″ pool deck, 29″ pocket rocket street cruzer and 8.25 popsickle deck.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Ok everyone the day you have been waiting for is Oct 3rd 2009. The “Dennis Polar Bear” Agnew Memorial Sk8 park will open to you! Enjoy! Many thanks to all that have made this dream a reality.There is still much work to do and in fact the hard part of the project has just begun. The VSA was not only established to build a skatepark but to represent and protect the rights of the surf and sk8 community. The VSA has been in operation for almost 15 years officially however not many jumped at the chance to help us and to those companies and individuals who have been down with our cause I thank you, 16 years Sector 9,
SMA, Lost, Venice Breakwater,Dogtown,BMFS,1978,Abbots Habit and Fresh Jive 10 years BDS,Juice Magazine, Skatermade and Windward Farms.Furthermore truly amazing is all the kooks that have contacted VSA in recent weeks, making claims,demands and soliciting VSA. Look, you all know me and my dedication to core surfing sk8n, and the uplifting of our community as well as the VSA Board members. I’m sorry if you feel I have been rude or abrasive and blunt with you, if this has been the case. That being said where were you 10 years ago when we were in San Diego fighting for a sk8prk instead of an ice skating rink the city had been planning? Where were you when Jesse M. made an unscheduled, unannounced L.A City meeting that was planned to thwart VSA efforts in bringing the plan before the California Coastal Commission? We are proud and committed to the Venice Sk8/Surf heritage and our roots.Legitimacy is something that is earned and not bought. In service, Ger-I VSA
Monday, August 31, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
A skateboarding group was outraged when ASA Entertainment advertised Supergirl Jam as the park’s debut event. City parks officials say that was never the plan: ‘They are not using the new skate park.’
Skaters are eager to use new Venice facilitySkateboarder John Smith, 20, practices his jumps at Venice Beach, where the L.A. parks departmentÂ’s $2.5-million skate park is slated to open in the fall.*After spending more than 15 years fighting for a place to show off their kickflips and ollies, a group of Venice activists weren’t about to sit back and let commercial promoters skate off with their work.So Warner Bros. Consumer Products and ASA Entertainment won’t be inaugurating the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks’ new $2.5-million public skateboard park at Venice Beach after all.The two companies last month announced that their Labor Day Supergirl Jam would be the premiere event at the new three-basin skateboard complex next to the Venice boardwalk near Windward Avenue.The event would be “in conjunction with the opening of Venice’s amazing new beachside skate park,” the companies bragged in a July 24 announcement. The female skateboarders “will be the first to compete in Venice’s brand new skate park, christening the unique course with their skill and finesse.”
Members of the Venice Surf and Skateboard Assn. reacted as if they’d been smacked with a concrete face-plant.
“Did these people think we just fell off our skateboards yesterday?” fumed Ger-I Lewis, an association leader who helped the city plan and oversee construction of the new park.
Another longtime Venice skater, Anthony Converse, said the Supergirl Jam announcement “has the local community and greater skateboard community in a near-insurrection level of outrage and feeling of betrayal.”
Outside the construction fence, skateboarder John Smith gazed longingly at the unfinished basins. “We have to have first crack at it. It’s wrong for an outside group to get first dibs,” the 20-year-old said.
Last week, various skateboarders and skating groups complained to parks department officials, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Venice-area Councilman Bill Rosendahl that the opening of the skateboard park should be staged by and for locals.
“Without this group of concerned citizens, there would be no public skate park in Venice,” they wrote in a letter bearing the names of a dozen people.
This week, parks officials agreed. They pledged that “the people who have been waiting forever for that skate park will be the ones” who inaugurate it and skate there first.
“It was never intended” that a commercial event would be the first to use the 16,000-square-foot park’s three swimming-pool-size basins, its rails and half-pipes, said Lydia Ritzman, principal recreation supervisor for the Venice area. “They are not using the new skate park.”
She said the park may not even be completed by then. No opening date has been set, but Ritzman pointed to late September or early October.
Supergirl Jam’s use of Venice Beach is still tentative. “We’re trying to find a place for them,” Ritzman said.
Warner Bros. officials referred inquiries about the Labor Day event to ASA Entertainment.
ASA Chief Executive Rick Bratman said the televised Venice Beach event will go on and will even include a snow-packed ramp for snowboarding. He said the skate park announcement was “a horrible miscommunication” by “publicists who put out the wrong information.”
But parks department spokeswoman Jane Kolb said it may have been a case of wishful thinking.
“I think that by announcing it, they assumed it would be true,” she said.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
VSA Board members meet with L.A City Rec and Parks Representatives( RAP) on 8/3/2009. RAP reps(Victor, Lydia and Al) were in full government damage control as the three attempted to deny any knowledge of the ASA skateboard event “Super Girl”.However the three jesters did admit to to permitting the other two Super Girl events. You are kidding me, right? Did these three think we just fell off our skateboards yesterday? RAP Lydia said, “I have no knowledge of a permit being issued for the Grand Opening of the Venice Skatepark” Come on! So Warner Brothers and ASA are going to issue a press release on the A.P wire to promote the Super Girl event with the “exclusive” use and “grand opening” of the Venice Skatepark without a permit for skateboarding?!!Ludicrous! The VSA board members pressed the RAP about film permits, grand opening and youth programing. As the meeting adjourned, it became apparent that these three kooks had know idea who or what the VSA is or what we have accomplished as an association. Just as clear is what type of shenanigans took place and this is what I suspect went down concerning the “Super Girl event”. Victor is the Venice Beach Recreation Manager, he issued the permit without consulting VSA making to look like a star, VSA found about about it and blew it up. Now RAP has egg in their face so they send in damage control with some lame spin on a misunderstanding.The bottom line is the VSA stopped the ASA event from being held at the skateparK and ASA will have to bring in their own ramps.Graciously the ASA have offered the VSA a booth at the “Super Girl event to which we will most humbly accept and appreciate the offer. You can be sure the VSA will continue to be vigilant as to the community’s investment at the Dennis Agnew Memorial Skatepark.We will continue to protect and voice surfers and skateboarders interests!
Monday, July 27, 2009
We as citizens are fed up with being stolen from by government
beurucracy.For over 20 years the VSA has lobbied and clammored for the skatepark.Futhermore The VSA has created a
way to employ youth and provde youth programing for the greater L.A community as the City of L.A is laying off
and furlowing workers and we WILL NOT be recognition denied our hard work. .
Sincerely, Ger-I Venice Surf And Skateboard Asssociation
Monday, June 29, 2009
To begin, Venice has various activities to take part in among them weight lifting, basketball, handball and roller skating. Each of these activities has a designated area to take part in said activity. L.A City Rec & Parks Dept has continued to ignore the needs of skateboarders and/or communicate with the VSA when a special event permit is issued for an event such as the Ecofest, film permit etc.Specifically, the above mentioned activities were afforded space(note barricade on B.Ball courts) so that their activities could continue without interruption. However skateboarders had their entire area rented out to the Ecofest event effectively closing the area to any skateboarding.Unfortunately this is not an isolated incident and has been a regular occurrence despite many letters and personal objection and complaints from the VSA demanding equal and fair treatment. Furthermore despite the fact the L.A City Rec & Parks Dept had absolutely no interest in the skatepark and did nothing to help secure the park and or funding for the sk8park, the Dept is head over heals in attempting to subvert and sell out VSA’s efforts to ensure sk8boarding remains part of Venice culture. This being the case, the VSA will no longer stand by as the Rec & Parks sells sk8boarding out and we demand fair and equal treatment.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
19 sk8rs showed up to compete for prizes and trophys@
, “The VSA one hitter”Contest @ Gilbert Lindsay.Held JAn 31st 2008.Results Best Trick George Gaston, 1st place Rodello. 2nd Place Joshua Germ, 3rd place Steven Stoval. Photos BMFS
Monday, January 12, 2009
In response to the libel published on FB by ”Rectangle” For 25 years I have been slandered and threatened by Rectangle and group that follows this fellow. I have never done anything to these people other than provide a convenient target for them to vent their frustrations of inadequacies and until today turned the other cheek to their hatred. However the libel I cannot stand for. I never stole anything from VSA, Jesse Martinez or Tony Converse as a matter of record, I owned VSA lock stock and barrel until recently wheres I donated it to the Non Profit group.I owned it because no one else would take the responsibility involved. Liability, taxes etc. Pay close attention to “Sole proprietorship”
SUNDAY, MAY 23, 2010
MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2010
MONDAY, APRIL 5, 2010
TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 2010
Hello all and THANK YOU! for supporting the first ever VSA FUND RAISER ART SHOW!! Here are some pics featured artists B-Saric, Mitch Reiter, Laura Cataldo, Tonan, Dean Ichiyanagi,Steve Shelp, Ron Kushner!
TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2010
VSA will be hosting membership drive and fund raiser/recognition night @ Abbots Habit. VSA volunteers are in need of landscape and grounds maintenance equipment for the skate Plaza. If you are interested in volunteering or contributing contact firstname.lastname@example.org
As of 1/19 Olsen, Ger-I Lewis, Rum, B-Saric, Laura Caldona, Matt Biolas,Tonan,Sonik (Bay area) Rum,Doug Smith, Slim, Craig Bonner, (NITE N WEEKENDS) Vercelli, Cahill,BMFS, Jesse Martinez. ReyRay,MSK.
All medium is acceptable. 50/50 split w/artist & VSA.