Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday Evening Beach Report

Today was an especially Good Friday...

We strolled out to the bluffs above Santa Monica Tower #12 at Ocean Ave. and Wilshire Blvd. at around 6 pm and here is what we saw...








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Good Friday Evening: The Video

     http://youtu.be/c_FfIEoK6dU


and then we made a flip turn and headed back inland...




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(All photos & video by & © Will Maguire 2014.)

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Warm again...

Our prediction yesterday was correct. It was back to warmer weather today on the beach along Santa Monica North with the sun out with little haze.  An on shore breeze but not enough to keep the spring breakers away.  Well, see for yourself...







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SMN Vehicle Patrol: The Video

     http://youtu.be/lVArJcjxpOM



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Baywatch Santa Monica On Patrol: The Video

      http://youtu.be/0cW3Kbu_jps

Check out all the kids on bikes... yep, it's Spring Break all right!  :-)
SMPD Beach Vehicle on patrol... helping to keep our beaches safe!  Thank you, SMPD!

And then we looked back to our right toward SMN Tower #12 and noticed the Baywatch rescue boat heading back the way it came and apparently on a call...

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 Baywatch On Call!...

     http://youtu.be/eS3OUlGpD5M

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(All photos & videos by & © Will Maguire 2014.)

p.s. Don't forget to...




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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hot, Cold, Hot, Cold...


Unpredictable weather this Spring Break with alternating days of warm followed by cool. Today was another cooler day with temps hovering around 60 degrees.

At 6:15 pm this evening we took a few photos plus a video from above Santa Monica North Tower #12...

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It's Cool... The Video

     http://youtu.be/39LcXnMukqA



 
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(All photos & video by & © Will Maguire 2014.)

If the pattern continues tomorrow will be warm.  We shall see...

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Monday, April 14, 2014

JGs Take The Plunge, by Adam Sandler



Wannabe JGs Take "The Plunge"

By Adam Sandler

Much like the swallows returning each year to Capistrano, hundreds of new JG hopefuls lined up at the Culver City Plunge Saturday for the first session of Junior Lifeguard Tryouts. Kids and their parents -- the latter are usually more nervous than their kids -- lined up starting at 0800 to get the test out of the way (see photo above) and get first crack at the plum beaches with JG programs. Those signs taped to the tents (see photo below) sport such destinations as Cabrillo, Torrance, Redondo, TK, Hermosa, Manhattan, El Segundo, DW, SM, WR and Zuma.


Clearly the favorite of the Southern Section is the morning session at Torrance, with many kids going on a wait list hoping to call it their summer home, rather than select an alternate. Ditto for Manhattan (Marine) where each summer JGs can be heard shouting "Witness The Fitness!" as they lift their head while swimming around the outside buoy. Central Section spots SM and WR also got picked often, with some hearty souls opting for Zuma. There are two more tryouts: April 26 at the Culver Plunge and May 4 at Palisades High.

After nailing the beach of choice, the newly minted JGs run a gauntlet of sartorial selections. After a uniform pick up, then it's over to the LACoLA "store" to snap up the highly coveted, and well-recognized Blue Hoodies -- in addition to other items. I was fortunate to work the store with Lifeguard family Patriarch Joe Murphy, where under my investigative journalist prodding, Joe spilled all the secrets of the surf-racing skill on display annually by the Murphy clan. Sadly, he swore me to secrecy. Kenny Atkins also helped distribute the very popular hoodies with his well-honed salesman acumen. The whole LACoLA store effort was buoyed by a highly proficient volunteer crew of Alum and OLs such as Joel Gitelson, Shannon Sullivan, Maria Bird, Frank Bird, Ann Finley, Bob Moore, Rob McGowan, among others, all of whom toiled under the deft supervision of Charlotte Graham. Well done, crew!


Below, L2R, Joe Murphy and Adam Sandler.


Below, L2R, Joe Murphy and Kenny Atkins.


And speaking of well-done, a tip of the baseball caps and floppy hats to Capt. Kyle Daniels, Brian Murphy and their whole on-duty crew (including Cadets) for a well-run, smooth as the morning ocean off Hermosa day.

Thanks to their efforts, hundreds of kids -- and more to come -- are going to have the best summer of their young lives. And hopefully stick with it to become rookie OLs and beyond.

-Adam




(Story & Photos by, ©, and courtesy of Adam Sandler. Used here with permission.)

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*** Thanks Adam!  We look forward to future reports about our future lifeguards.

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Spring Break: Monday


The traditional week long vacation from school is on!  Just check out the increased crowds on the beach today!... Monday, April 14, 2014, at approx. 2 pm... with people still heading to the beach, as shown above.  Santa Monica appears to be a top choice of spring break destinations for both high schoolers and college students, not to mention families and tourists.  The Third St. Promenade and its restaurants were likewise busy on this Monday afternoon.

We hope you enjoy this short photo gallery along with a video of the beach along Santa Monica North this afternoon...





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Spring Break: Monday

     http://youtu.be/GJU0z0jlTZc

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(All photos & video by & © Will Maguire 2014.)

p.s. don't forget to smell the roses, etc...


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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Recon At Will Rogers: Photos & Videos...

Will Rogers Tower #8
At approximately 3:30 pm, we chose a different vantage point for this afternoon's reconnaissance/walk to the bluffs.  We chose El Medio as our transit route and headed to the bluffs which overlook the north side of Will Rogers Tower #8 and Temescal Cyn Road.

Two Bagger:  Prevention and Ordinance Enforcement at the Jetty!




Tower #4 is open...

Back to Tower #8...
Our usual vantage point on the south side of Temescal Cyn. Rd.



Topanga North, at center...
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We used three different cameras:  an iPad, a Nikon Coolpix, and the Nikon D5200 (DSLR) to shoot a 180 degree view of Will Rogers from Temescal Canyon to Sunset Blvd.  Have a look...

•  Will Roger iPad Video:

     http://youtu.be/iQCigGBVKYA

•  Will Rogers Nikon Coolpix Video:

     http://youtu.be/-DIYefiftlM

•  Will Rogers Nikon 5200 Video:

     http://youtu.be/itFlcE1pp8A

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(All photos & videos by & © Will Maguire 2014.)

Until next time.....


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p.s. don't forget to stop and smell the roses, etc...


And God Bless America!...


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