A message from Venice Walking Tours’ Brandon Barney!
Ignite your competitive spirit with a Venice Beach Walking Tours VIP Venice Games Tour, tailored specifically for the participants of the inaugural Venice Beach Games Saturday July 29, 2023. As an electrifying warm-up to the 2028 Los Angeles Summer Olympics, we delve into Venice Beach’s athletic legacy, and shine a spotlight on the heroes who’ve turned this beach town and the city of Los Angeles into a global sporting Mecca.
Venice Beach Walking Tours provides an insider’s look at the legends who’ve left their mark on the Venice Beach sports scene. From global stars to local legends, we’ve followed them all, offering an exclusive look into the past, present, and future of Venice Beach’s diverse sports culture.
We have customized a special tour to immerse you in the pulse of Venice Beach’s athletic heritage. We’ve been the go-to guides for teams from prestigious universities, introducing them to the unique energy that fuels the Venice Beach sporting community.
Our tours have been acclaimed by renowned media outlets, including The New York Times, and French and Latin American television, for our authentic and original approach to sharing the Venice Beach experience.
From leading the Mayor of LA to shepherding the movers and shakers of Silicon Valley, we’ve shared the sweeping sporting saga of Venice Beach.
We start our journey on the iconic Venice Basketball Courts, where legends like Eugene Wright, Dru Turner, Mani Love, Ryan Carter, Malik Preatto, Chris Staples, Kermit Pemberton, Julien Ducree, and TikTok sensation Emeka Uzomba perfected their game.
We’ll then move on to the Venice Beach skate parks, home ground of the “Dogtown” skateboarders like Pat Ngoho, Tony Alva, Jay Adams, Stacey Peralta, Jeff Ho, Craig Stecyk, and Peggy Oki. Their legacy lives on in young sensations like Yuto Horigame and Sky from Miyazaki, Japan, the world’s youngest pro skater.
Our next stop is the world famous Muscle Beach gym, the birthplace of modern bodybuilding, where the likes of Jack LaLanne, Steve Reeves, and the iconic Arnold Schwarzenegger carved their statuesque figures.
And next we will visit the Venice Beach pier where we cannot overlook the surfers, including George Freeth, Duke Kahanamoku, Sally Field, Sandra Dee, and Kathy Kohner, who’ve etched their names into the local surf culture.
An exciting addition to our tour is the flourishing scene of skate dancing, a mesmerizing mix of athleticism and grace that has its roots in Venice Beach. We’ll introduce you to the skate dancing stars who’ve been lighting up the Venice Beach boardwalk: Mad, aka James Lightning, Jeffrey Young, Terrell Ferguson, Kyle Johnson, Larry Pitts, Dee Upshaw, and James Adkins. Their rhythm, creativity, and skill have made skate dancing a standout feature of Venice Beach’s sporting scene.
With the anticipation of the 2028 Los Angeles Summer Olympics on the horizon, Venice Beach Walking Tours is ready to lead the Venice Games community on an unforgettable journey through the annals of Venice Beach’s athletic history. Are you ready to delve into the legends’ playground? Let’s get the ball rolling!
3 Tour Times:
10am, 12pm, 2pm for groups of 15 or less
See you at the Venice Beach Games on July 29th!
About: Venice Beach Games is proud to announce its partnership with the City of Los Angeles Dept. of Rec. & Parks to produce The Venice Beach Games 2023. The event is a sun soaked celebration of sports and fitness, that brings together the entire community and beyond in a healthy, fun, day of sports, fitness, competition, and camaraderie in the world’s greatest beach front recreation center.
The entire park and its glorious amenities are full of organized activity put on by the fantastic groups of people playing here. It is a day where the public can join 40+ sports and fitness groups running free competitions and classes. Our Fitness Zone and Group Fitness Stage at Muscle Beach facilitate guest interaction with the best in group workouts, local gyms, wellness, and more.
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On July 29, 2023 come down to the Venice Rec. Center, 1800 Oceanfront Walk, and check in at the registration tent. You will sign a waiver, and get a wrist band and map/event itinerary. The wrist band is your pass to participate in the 45+ events going on at Venice Beach Games. The map and itineraries will show you where and when in the park everything is happening.
For more info: VeniceBeachGames.org
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