Tuesday, January 19, 2010

VSA Fund Raiser March 5th 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 venicesrfsk8@yahoo.com
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.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

VSA Trucker Hats

VSA has a limited number of trucker hats available w/membership or $10 for members $15 non members.

Best Winter since 1998!

West Oz? Backdoor Pipe? Puerto? No,Venice! Expect more big surf and up to 4ft of local snow! Surfer-Plate, Photos Ray Ray!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Unionize Venice Skate Plaza!

Hey Sk8R, film companies are exploiting you!! I have noticed this scenario time and again at Venice Skate Plaza and have seen enough of the exploitation. Film company XYZ pulls a permit to shoot at Venice Skate Plaza, they crew are all Screen Actors Guild members (SAG) yet they production crew gets a kid to skate for free for their production! This smacks of exploitation of child labor! It is time to unionize and get any skater skating in a film production a working wage scale. Hell, not even stunt men can do what these kids are doing on the wink and a promise that "They will be in a commercial or film and isn't that cool" This will only work if all skaters agree and stick to their guns.Don't sell out your brother skater, stand firm and demand a decent wage for your talents! UNIONIZE!!REALIZE UNIONIZE!

Sk8RS Civil Rights

Hello all and welcome to the new year. Well if you noticed a film production company attempted to close the Venice Polar Bear Skateplaza to film a commercial. VSA members were quick to react and lobby for keeping the skateplaza open during Sprite's film shoot. VSA advocated on behalf of skaters rights to skate at the skateplaza and succeeded in having the plaza remain open during the shoot. This is an example of VSA's direct advocacy for skateboarders. I want to speak to you directly, and for you to see the irony and hypocrisy of many of these companies that market to youth and use skateboarding as a medium to reach a target audience. Sprite for example made no effort to help out the VSA cause nor any skaters, what I specifically mean donation or youth jobs even though Sprite's hired production company contacted VSA and VSA directed them in the right direction to acquire a film permit and informed the production company as to the role VSA contributes to the skate plaza. The production company did not consider any of the skaters that use the park attempting to close the park for an entire day regardless of the actual need space for the filming. So in essence the production company attempted to take away a day of skateboarding to make a commercial using skateboarding to sell hawk their non-nutritional product.
Furthermore If you have not noticed the City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks dept. does absolutely no work maintaining, regulating or providing any programing for the patrons of the Venice Skate Plaza, the VSA does all of this free no charge to the city. We do it because we love skateboarding and our community park, we do it because it is the right thing to do. we do it so youth will have a proper example, we do it gladly. The VSA board of members understands that The City of L.A is cash strapped, yet this is no excuse to continually sell out skateboarders.Especially when the film permit receits do not even benifit the skatepark, the receits go into the general fund. It is adding insult to injury in that government continually requests citizens to take responsibility in their respective neighborhoods yet when citizens do act and volunteer we are taken advantage of.
The VSA also understands the mayors position on keeping film in L.A. However this should not and cannot come at the cost of loosing our ability to recreate at public facilities. For example when the VSA held a skateboard contest which we paid a fee to RAP just like any other agency, three quarters of the plaza remained open to all skaters all day. For these reasons and others we must remain deligent to protect our rights to recreate. Your tax dollars built the beautiful park, lets protect this great asset. In service, VSA

Friday, January 8, 2010

Calender of VSA events

VSA calender of events-
Jan. 9-10VSA Sponsoring Katin Seal Beach Surfing Championships
Jan. 15 VSA time trial@ Venice "Polar Bear" sk8prkMar.
Jan. 22 VSA supporting "Life Rolls On, They will Skate Again" event@Venice "Polar Bear" sk8prkMar.
Feb 14 Black Surfing and Skateboard pioneers recognition jam Gibert Lindsay sk8prk, L.A
Feb- 21 Black Surfing and Skateboard pioneers recognition jam Gibert Lindsay sk8prk, L.A
Mar 5 VSA FundRaiser/Membership drive/film expose/Art auction.

Hello member. supporter and intrested persons, we want your support, membership and talents! You are welcome to volunteer, pitch in, contribute, and hang out. If you are an artist please consider the Art auction on Mar 5. Funds from the sale of art work will help VSA continue the mission of advocy for the surf and skateboard community. I personally want to thank everyone for making the VSA a positive influence in Venice, L.A and the sk8/surf community world wide.
Ger-I Lewis
Execuitive Director
Venice Surf and Skateboard Association