Ventura’s California Street
Classic Surf Contest returns
The “California Street Classic Surf Contest” celebrates over a quarter
century of surf stoke this September 15-16 at Surfer’s Point in
Ventura, making it, by all objective standards, the longest running
surfing contest in Ventura County, and, by many subjective standards, a
contest that epitomizes what surfing is about.
The contest, held in the waves off Ventura’s newly remodeled promenade,
isn’t just for surfers. Vendors and artisans sell everything from surf
wear to locally crafted
clothing and jewelry. The Ventura Surf Club,
which hosts the event, sells contest posters, t-shirts and offers a
raffle featuring baskets of surf related items from local surf shops
But it’s the surfers who put on the show, and this year’s contest
promises some serious saltwater pyrotechnics thanks to the recently
added, highly popular short board divisions. Cutting edge short board
performances, featuring explosive aerials and spray-throwing cutbacks
by some of the area’s most talented young surfers, were a highlight at
last year’s contest, marking a dramatic new offering alongside the
long, smooth lines drawn by stylish long board contestants.
This year’s event offers a reduced entry fee for youth.
Ventura has a rich surfing history. This contest traces its roots back
to one of the first professional surf contests held in California. Tom
Morey’s Nose Riding Contest, held in 1965, drew many of the biggest
names in surfing, including legends like Mickey Munoz, Robert August,
Donald Takayama and David Nuuhiwa.
Interested surfers can sign up online at www.venturasurfclub.org. A
vendor space cost $250 and free for non-profit organizations. Vendors
should contact Leslie Broude at firstname.lastname@example.org or
652-1097 before September 1st.
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