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By Andrea Swayne

Tandem surfers put on a show at the Doheny Surf Festival in 2012. Photo by Barry Siegel
Tandem surfers put on a show at the Doheny Surf Festival in 2012. Photo by Barry Siegel

The Doheny Surf Fest is set to ride its second wave, June 29-30 at Doheny State Beach, 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive. The event marks year two for the surf culture and beach lifestyle festival to benefit, enhance and support Doheny State Beach and the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association.

“The Doheny Surf Festival is a celebration of surf culture and all things surf,” said Bill Brooks, president of the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association. “Doheny State Beach has a rich surfing heritage, as it was one of the first beaches surfed after Duke Kahanamoku and George Freeth introduced surfing to Southern California in the early 20th century. Because of its gentle waves, Doheny is where many Southern California surfers stood on a wave for their first time.”

Proceeds from this event will be utilized by the DSBIA to support interpretive events in the park, such as the Halloween Haunt, the summer Junior Ranger program, Doheny’s whale walk, summer campfire programs and native plant restoration, Brooks said.

The festival operated as Surf-A-Rama for four years before expanding to a two-day event last year with the new name, a larger offering of entertainment and the inclusion of San Onofre and San Clemente State Beaches as beneficiaries. This year’s event is back to focusing on Doheny Beach and the DSBIA.

Festival attendees try out surf and Indo boards at last year's event. Photo by Barry Siegel
Festival attendees try out surf and Indo boards at last year’s event. Photo by Barry Siegel

Surfing demonstrations (tandem and noseriding), a stand-up paddle competition and a legends expression session will be part of the fun. The Doheny Longboard Surfing Association will also be holding their annual ’60s Vintage Surf Contest featuring competitors riding classic surfboards from the 1960s. For more information, log on to

The “Surf Village” at the event will include arts, crafts, collectibles, surfboards, SUPs, other beach gear, environmental education, food, beer garden, a free concert on Saturday (Common Sense, Trevor Green, Aloha Radio, Kevin Miso) and much more. Admission is free.

Reservations for booth space at the festival are still being taken. For more information about booking space in the Surf Village, contact Leila at the ActivEmpire at 949.280.2419 or

For more about the event, find Doheny Surf Festival on Facebook or log on to

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