Mark Alston

Aussie Guy Turland brings a bit of his homeland to the West Coast by way of Bondi Harvest, a Santa Monica eatery that pairs healthy whole foods and killer coffee with laid-back Down Under vibes.

By Caroline McKenzie
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Morning Fare

I spend a lot of time at Bondi Harvest, but I’ll visit The Butcher’s Daughter for a long black (espresso) and an açai bowl. 

Courtesy of Mollusk Surf Shop

Surf Sensation

The Venice waves can be inconsistent, so I like to swap my boards—everything from a 9-foot longboard to a 5-foot twin. My favorite spot for gear is Mollusk. Even if you have no plans to hit the waves, a killer inventory makes it feel like a surf shop turned art exhibit.

  • Anderson Surfboards 9' Anderson Brothers Marshall Board in Blue, $1,150, Mollusk; 310/396-1969
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Must-Shop Boutique

Abbot Kinney Boulevard is my place for a little retail therapy. The Stronghold sells great handmade hats. And I like the stunning Japanese ceramics at Tortoise General Store.

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Lunch Break

Poke-Poke, a little Venice joint with a walk-up window, is always a fresh catch. I order the 16-ounce wasabi poke bowl with brown rice, and top it with hits of ginger, avocado, and macadamia nuts: delicious. 


Adrenaline Rush

Apart from surfing, one Venice activity that never gets old is taking a longboard skater up and down the boardwalk. It’s a great way to take in the coast.

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Beach Fix

Nothing comes close to sunset at Venice Beach. The colors are out of this world, and the vibe is one of a kind, with people playing b-ball, skating, and blaring music.

Shorts: Rob Culpepper, Other products: courtesy of manufacurers

Venice Beach Uniform

I wear colorful board shorts, a button-down shirt, and an Akubra hat. At night, I swap the board shorts for a pair of ripped jeans.