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 Doheny Surf Fest organizers donate $10,000 to preservation efforts at Doheny State Beach

Steve Stirrett, right, of the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association, accepts a $10,000 check from Norman Kahn, CEO of Utopia Entertainment, the Doheny Surf Festival organizer. Photo by Andrea Papagianis
Steve Stirrett, right, of the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association, accepts a $10,000 check from Norman Kahn, CEO of Utopia Entertainment, the Doheny Surf Festival organizer. Photo by Andrea Papagianis

By Andrea Papagianis

Long-time surfers dedicated to educational efforts at Doheny State Beach welcomed a $10,000 check Monday from organizers of the second annual Doheny Surf Festival.

“This contribution will go a long way toward supporting our ongoing education and interpretive programs,” said Ed Neely, board member with the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association.

DSBIA is a nonprofit that coordinates with California State Parks to conserve the beaches, facilities, and natural refuge of the park, as well as the historical, cultural and social stories of Doheny. This year’s Doheny Surf Festival helped the association do just that, as it highlighted all things surf and directly benefitted the state beach and DSBIA.

“DSBIA, in conjunction with Utopia Entertainment, hit one out of the ballpark … by getting back to the basics and restoring the good aloha vibes,” said State Park Superintendent III Richard Haydon, who oversees operations at Doheny, San Clemente and San Onofre state beaches.

On Monday morning, members of the DSBIA board gathered at the Doheny Visitor’s Center, which has been undergoing renovations for nearly six years, to accept the donation. While the center is inching toward completion, park officials are tight-lipped on when the doors will open to visitors.

“This check, along with donations from other area organizations, have helped get the center this far, and will continue to support outreach and educational efforts for years to come,” Neely said.

Organizers are getting a jump start on planning next year’s surf festival, which will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29 at Doheny State Beach. To find out more about the DSBIA and Doheny Surf Festival, visit www.dohenystatebeach.org and www.dohenysurffest.com.

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