LA Stories - Kick push, kick push, coast

Good Morning America is filming at the Dolby Theatre the morning after the Oscars, and Hollywood is a crowded nightmare.  So we decide to head to Venice Beach and Santa Monica.

oth beach fronts are known as skateboarding meccas.  Check out the 1986 cult classic Thrashin' starring a young Josh Brolin and Lords of Dogtown, with Heath Ledger and Emile Hirsch.  Both are set in and around Venice Beach and give you a take on the skateboarding scene in the 1970s and 80s as well as featuring many well known skateboarders.

Venice Beach was also the start of a young Austrian called Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Check him out in Pumping Iron, which features Muscle Beach on the Venice strip, again, in the 70s.  

Both beaches are quite beautiful.  Santa Monica is aimed at the rich and famous and is investing in some funky coffee cafes and boutique shops that extend to Venice Beach. Although Venice Beach has lost some of its fame and fortune, the suburb of Venice is still a hub for artists of all kinds, whether they arrive on a skateboard or not.