Third annual event will entertain, educate, raise funds for state park

Longboarders gather on the beach for a photo at the 2013 Doheny Surf Festival. Photo: Denny Michael
Longboarders gather on the beach for a photo at the 2013 Doheny Surf Festival. Photo: Denny Michael

Dana Point Times

With their toes on the nose or tapping to the beat of a live music, thousands of surf enthusiasts are expected to flock to the Doheny Surf Festival, Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29.

Returning for its third year, the event will once again celebrate the beach and surfing lifestyle at the iconic shore where Southern California surf culture got its beginning—Doheny State Beach.

“From surf exhibitions to … the worldwide aloha vibe of surfers shared via a live Hawaiian hula show … the festival is a really great way to spend your weekend and enjoy the park,” Rich Haydon, superintendent III of California State Parks, said.

The mission of the festival is not only to entertain and educate but also to raise funds to support Doheny State Beach and the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association. The nonprofit DSBIA works to safeguard the beach and surrounding grounds and also maintains documentation of the area’s cultural and historical significance.

The family-friendly event runs both days from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free but parking in the state beach lot is $15.

The vendor village will include art, vendor booths, a kids’ fun zone, a collection of hundreds of vintage and collectible surfboards, food trucks and a beer garden. Classic woodie wagons will also be on display. The musical lineup includes performances by Common Sense, Trevor Green and Aloha Radio.

Saturday’s surf events include the Legends of the Longboard Invitational and the Tyler Warren Invitational, representing traditional longboarding’s “new school.” The Terry Martin Sport of Kings Concours d’Elegance will also be held on Saturday. Members of the public are invited to ride Terry Martin-shaped boards and surf in this expression session-style event. Pre-register at one of the Hobie booths with a $20 donation to the Sport of Kings Foundation in memory of Martin.

The Doheny Longboard Surfing Association’s ’60s Longboard Contest and the Hobie Alter Tandem Invitational take to the water on Sunday. And at sunset, a free screening of the movie Lilo & Stitch rounds out the event.

Find out more about the event at www.dohenysurffest.com.

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