Venice Beach, California

Venice Beach, California

I’d been offered an amazing opportunity to shoot a photo journal of a team competing in the Race Across America, one of the toughest endurance cycling races in the world. So from Morocco I hopped on a plane and flew to the state in which the tournament begins, California.

I’ve been to Cali before and it never ceases to amaze me. The attitude and way of life is so desirable, kinda makes me sick. I mean who’d want to wake up every morning and surf, then work in one of the most creative cities around the world, then watch the ridiculously bright red sunsets across the pacific *cough* not me… Yeah that’s a lie, I would. I had the luxury of arriving a week before the crew so I had 6 and a half days in Venice Beach, chilling with backpackers from my hostel and the skaters on the park in front of my hostel.

If you want to see endless beaches, beach condo’s and surfers Venice is definitely a good area to be around, although it can become a little overwhelming at times and quite an obvious holiday spot. My days mainly consisted of being a generic tourist, getting up going in the water, then lounging on the beach until about 3pm, and I’d head to the skate parks and chill with the riders taking pictures. I met Elena who was from Johannesburg, South Africa and had just graduated as an Ecologist. She was also into skating which was cool so we spent the afternoon together whilst she tried to find her long dark haired Californian man. Which we did…