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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 and businesses.

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 A vendor space cost $250 and free for non-profit organizations. Vendors should contact Leslie Broude at or 652-1097 before September 1st.

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