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By Andrea Papagianis

Marking its third year celebrating Southern California surf culture and beach lifestyle, the Doheny Surf Festival rides a wave into Doheny State Beach on Saturday, June 28 and again on Sunday, June 29.

“The Doheny Surf Festival embraces surf culture,” said Rich Haydon, superintendent III of California State Parks. “What was once a small community of surfers has grown to what we know today as the Southern California lifestyle.

The annual summertime event is jam packed with surfing demonstrations, music performances and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Aside from all the fun, the event has a distinct mission of providing support to the beach and the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association, the nonprofit that helps conserve Doheny’s beaches, facilities and natural refuge, as well as the historical, cultural and social stories of the area.

Thanks, in part, to the surf festival, along with support from other area festivals, businesses

organizations, the state park and DSBIA reopened the doors of the beach’s visitors center earlier this spring. The building closed in 2007 due to dry-rot and mold, but through combined efforts, and much fundraising, the center is now open and touts the largest aquarium in the California State Park system.

The free event runs from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days. Parking at the state beach costs $15.

This year’s festival lineup includes tandem surfing demonstrations and nose riding exhibitions. On the stage, performances from Common Sense, Trevor Green and Aloha Radio will accompany the entertainment on the water.

In the vendor village this year, visitors can peruse an art walk, booths from surf vendors, a kids’ zone and hundreds of vintage and collectible surfboards. Classic woodies will also be on display and food trucks and a beer garden will provide guests nourishment and hydration.

Find out more about the event at

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