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Bay Street bike path – Jay Gillespie skateboarding
Horizons West Surf Shop side wall mural by Doug Smith with Kobe Newell skateboarding
Friends in front of Perry’s Cafe on the bike path near T26, close to the previous location of POP/Pacific Ocean Park Pier
Horizons West t-shirt
Horizons West surf shop, owned/managed by Randy Wright, was opened in 1977 by Z-Boy, Nathan Pratt on the site of the original ‘Dogtown And Z-Boys’ Surf Shop started by Jeff Ho
Randy Wright around 1999 hosting one of the pool parties at his home
Paddle out at Venice Pier celebrating the life of skate and surf legend, Jay Adams
Jay Adams memorial paddle out
Poster for documentary film, Dogtown and Z-Boys
Poster of a young Strider Wasilewski, who earned his spot as a legendary waterman in Hawaii, as seen in this poster that had been on the wall of the original Cora’s Diner (not the one on the current spot) a block from the old Sea Castles building where Strider grew up
Nick Gabaldon Day celebrating the birthday and life of the first Black Surfer
12 Miles North, a documentary film about Nick Gabaldon
Screening of White Wash, the documentary film about the history of Black Surfing
Nick Gabaldon day surfers for the paddle out, including Rusty White with the Black Surfers Collective
Beach area between Tower 20 to Tower 22 are between Bay Street and Bicknell Avenue
The Inkwell at Santa Monica beach was historically one of the few places in Southern California where people of color were allowed beach access
Summer outdoor screening at ZJ Boarding House on Main Street
Bay Street in Santa Monica, California is a very popular spot with both locals and tourists, partially for it’s significance in surfing, skateboarding and Black History. It is next to the area of the no longer existing, Pacific Ocean Park Pier. It was also previously known as The Inkwell because it was one of the few places people of color could access the beach. Several legendary waterman, such as Nick Gabaldon, Jay Adams and Strider Wasilewski all grew up surfing this break. Local surf shops, like Horizons West, Zepher and ZJ Boarding House also served as community gathering spots.
People often say that LA/Los Angeles does not have a center and the neighborhoods are transitory, but the sense of community there is strong, despite the changing resident demographics and the enormous tourist population. There are generations of families in the lineup and there have been positive turnouts for community events supporting Nick Gabaldon Day and for the Jay Adams memorial.
I have fond memories of seeing my friends there at least once a day to surf, swim and watch sunsets together. It was always an informal gathering in the days before mobile phones… Usually just knowing when the conditions would be good meant my friends would probably be there too. Horizons West and the local surf shops were also places where people could drop in and catch up on what friends were up to. Patty would often be there doing onsite massage therapy and others would stop over after work, if they worked at all… Randy sometimes bought pizza or beer or we would get things at the heath food store next door, despite being harassed by the proprietor for not seeming like upstanding citizens. Randy also hosted various parties at his homes in Venice and later, Culver City, for Halloween, birthday parties, fight nights, swimming pool parties and pool tournaments.
Some of my best wanderlust and adventure memories began in those days, when a group of friends would informally meet up, get in a car with minimal gear and only the bathing suit and clothes on our back, and just pick a direction: north or south, follow the routes along the coast, stopping at various beach breaks, meeting new people, joining barbecues and parties and just living moment to moment, going with the flow…
Watts Towers by Simon Rodia
Art built from found objects
John Outterbridge Plaza
Watts Community Housing Project
Watts in Los Angeles, California hosts Watts Towers and Watts Towers Arts Center, with the original sculptural towers created by Simon Rodia between 1921 to 1955. (Watts Towers History.) The towers are a visual, found objects, assemblage art masterpiece, as well as motivation for self-education, creative inspiration and perseverance. There are daily tours for the towers and the Arts Center includes permanent collections by Noah Purifoy, John Outterbridge, Elliot Pinkney, Noni Olabisi, R. Judson Powell and many other artists that originated from Los Angeles.
The nearby Watts Community Housing Project brought together neighborhood locals with artists and volunteers for collaborations on a variety of community improvement projects.