The Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association (DSBIA) and the San Onofre Foundation (SOF) are producing the Doheny Surf Festival August 11 & 12, as a fundraising event for the State Parks. The two day event is an expanded version of the summer surf event that has been held for the last 4 years. It will include all things surf: exhibits, surf demonstrations, environmental education, surf star autograph signings, tandem, outrigger and SUP exhibitions. A major music line-up includes Honk,Common Sense, Paula Fuga, Le Blorr, and big name surprises that can’t be promoted yet due to other engagements in the area. 20,000 attendees are expected.
“We have loved producing a great event over the past four years”, says DSBIA President Bill Brooks, “We’re very excited to have Subaru as our title sponsor, 2012 is going to be an expansion to really step it up a notch.”
Nearly 70 State Parks are slated to close in 2012, and the budgets for the remaining Parks are being slashed. The SOF and DSBIA are California non-profit public benefit charitable corporations, dedicated to protecting the treasured State Parks of San Onofre, Doheny, and San Clemente State Beaches.
“This is a significant effort to show how much appreciation the citizens of California have for their public lands,” says San Onofre Foundation President Steve Netherby. “Every dollar we raise stays right in the local Parks.”
The event will be held in the peak of summer where the maximum number of attendees can enjoy the music, exhibits, surf, art and memorabilia. Beer and wine will be available in the Kona beer garden; great food fare will be served by top food vendors who have supported surfing through the years, among them Serena Mexican Grill, Daphne’s California Greek, and Nalu’s Island Grill.
“The Surf Festival’s vision is to present the surf culture as a leading edge movement in the world today,” says Jim Kempton, the Festival Director and CEO of the San Onofre Foundation. “This will be a celebration of the surf culture and an example of an environmentally sound event that is endeavoring to be 100 percent carbon neutral.”