Venice Remembers Brian Zarate with Saturday Paddle-Out

Posted February 10, 2016 by The Argonaut in News
A childhood picture of Rick Massey, Josh Klassman and Brian Zarate Photo by David Scott

A childhood picture of Rick Massey, Josh Klassman and Brian Zarate
Photo by David Scott

Local surfers and skaters will gather Saturday at the Venice Breakwater for a paddle-out in memory of Brian Zarate, who along with his trusty pit bull Marisol died in a single-car crash on Jan. 30 at Centinela Avenue and Ocean Park Boulevard in Santa Monica. He was 45.

Zarate was a bulwark of Venice’s surf and skate community who played Montoya in Stacy Peralta’s 2005 film “Lords of Dogtown.” He also wrote and starred in the 2013 film “History of Myth,” which received Best Short Film honors at The Other Venice Film Festival.

Among locals, Zarate is remembered most for his warmth and loyalty to family and friends.

“Surfing and laughter — that is what we did best together. No one could make me laugh like he could,” said childhood surfing buddy Josh “Bagel” Klassman, Zarate’s best friend for
33 years.

Zarate was also tight with pro surfer Rick Massie for decades.

“Some of our best and deepest conversations would happen on my front porch, from the time we were teenagers until now. The talks, the hanging out and the surfing are a few of the things I will truly miss about Brian,” Massie said.

Zarate is survived by mother Leticia Zarate, uncle Rafael “Buck” Romero and aunt Davette Romero. His late father Gary Dahlheimer had operated Road Skate Shop on Windward Avenue.

Saturday’s public paddle out is at 9 a.m. and will be followed by a get-together for family and friends
at The Terrace Café, 7 Washington Blvd., Venice.

— Mia Duncans


    Stephanie Donahue

    You will be missed. RIP my friend. Venice King.


    Wish I oould be there Bri. I will miss you. But Turkey is too far to come for a paddle out sadly. Someone throw out a lei from me.

    Stacy Jones

    You were my first love Brian! I knew you for 26 years, and me you and Dwayne had tons of adventures together. You will be very much missed!! Sad i couldnt get off work to go, but i will go see the painting and your spots in a week or 2. Hopefully they are still up then!!


    Brian, you will be missed. Our prayers for your family and friends. Now, you can surf the perfect wave.

    Sylvia Quintanilla

    I met Brian and his dog one beautiful day in Fresno California… He kind and invited me to coffee with him…. I was talking about how nice it was knowing he was an actor and also that he was visiting his mother and caring for her… Im happy i met him and his trustee dog 😉 i am saddened by this news may he be watching over us all…

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