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Recent event covered.12.17.11 The 18th Annual Venice Surf-A-thon. Event coverage by Kevin Hahn

December 17th, 2011 - Venice, California


A message from Venice Surf-A-Thon founder Ger-I Lewis.

Thank you one and all for making the 18th Annual Venice Surf-A-thon a success

Groms: 1st Justin Fisberg, 2nd Cameron Packem, 3rd Gary Maxwell

Jr Mens: 1st, Cameron Packem, 2nd Johnny Zaugh, 3rd Justin Fishberg Mens: 1st Sal ,T , Nuts, 2nd Off D Lipp, 3rd  Rcr Ekkks.

Longboard: 1st,Tommy C, 2nd Bryan L, 3rd Sheman Way

Master Super Heat: 1st Jeff Shelp, 2nd Johnny Zaugh, 3rd Justin Fishberg

Body Surfing: Johnny Zaughn, Justin Fishberg, Cameron Pakem.

BTW, you kids made history this year by entering in the first ever body surfing heat, way to go! In Service,Ger-I. God Bless. see ya’ll next year!

For more info:  Visit Geri- I Lewis’ blog at :


Award Ceremony photos by Kevin Hahn

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For more photos, visit Kevin Hahn on facebook

By the way, check out Ger-I Lewis book “1978″. It is a must read!


Review by Venice Paparazzi’s Alex Stowell

Ger-I Lewis, born Todd Hessel, is one accomplished guy. This Dogtown/Suicidal family member founded the Venice Surf and Skate Association, The Venice Surf-a-thon, and was instrumental in getting the Venice skate park built. An Army veteran and Judo player, Ger-I plays music in The Venice All Stars and Frontside Grind. Furthermore, he is a father, speaks fluent Japanese, is an accomplished waterman/lifeguard and holds a B.A. from CSULA. Wow! what a resume. But that is not all. Ger-i is also a published author.

Why am I telling you all this? Because I recently read a book that he wrote, and it is exceptional! I mean seriously, it is a kick ass read! It is called 1978 and is Ger-Iʼs personal memoir of the exploding LA punk rock scene. Full of Venice and Hollywood imagery and told in a candid eloquent manner, this book is a must read for all Venetians, music fans, historians and just about everyone else. So, as it is the holidays pick up a copy for someone and give them a piece of history written by someone who was there.


This Ep includes the classic surf tune “Pray for Surf” as well as the nasty outro (not on Welcome to Venice Lp) “Jap Ho” . The one the only Front Side Grind! Venice! $6.00 including shipping!

To buy a copy of 1978 or to pick Frontside Grindʼs EP “Pray for Surf” contact Ger-i at, call him at 310.902.6541 or go to





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