Surfrider Events For September

by Robb Bailey

Rip Curl Pro Team Signing BBQ and fundraiser for Save Trestles

Friday September 14th @ 4 p.m.
Rip Curl Surf Center : 3801 S. El Camino Real San Clemente , CA 92672

This event was organized by the Surfrider Foundation to raise awareness about the Save Trestles campaign and to mingle with the Rip Curl Pro Team – Mick and crew! Trestles surf break is being threatened by a toll road that would harm water quality and the wave formation at this world renowned beach. Come out to learn more about what is being done to Save Trestles, and see your favorite surfers.

What exactly is threatening Trestles?
The Transportation Corridor Agency is seeking to build an extension to the existing 241 Toll Road. If constructed, not only would this project directly threaten the world class surf break at and around Trestles (including Uppers, Lowers, Middles, Church and Cottons), the project would also result in the obliteration of Southern California’s last remaining pristine coastal watershed.

If you want to read more about how to Save Trestles, please click here to read more about the cause: or

Paddle For Clean Water – Sunday September 16th at the Ocean Beach Pier

The Paddle for Clean Water is a non-competitive event that consists of hundreds of local beach goers paddling around the Ocean Beach Pier in a joint effort to bring awareness to the pollution problem along San Diego’s coastline. This is a free event, and all ocean enthusiasts are invited to participate. As part of the festivities, there is also a free breakfast for all paddlers, guest speakers, music, a huge raffle, and a beach cleanup.

The Surfrider Foundation chose the OB Pier parking lot for the Post Paddle Party – a Festival For Healthy Oceans. The fun starts at 9:30 a.m., and lasts until 6 p.m. with great live bands, a kids art contest, dance and drum performances, and an art show at Rock Paper Scissors.

The Ocean Beach Pier is the longest on the west coast and the total paddle distance is less than one mile. The OB Geriatrics Surf Club provides a safety team in the water surrounding the pier and a lifeguard boat will be present. There is no time limit. Surfrider encourages people to pace themselves and socialize along the way. Do yourself a favor and get in the water and paddle around if you have not been wet lately!

This year there is a Post Paddle Party, a Festival for Healthy Oceans immediately following the Paddle until 6 p.m. at the Ocean Beach Pier parking lot. The event includes art, craft, and food vendors; health and wellness booths; dance performances; live bands; a kid’s art contest, and an environmentally themed art show at Rock Paper Scissors Galleria, located at 4967 Newport Ave. The art show will be at Rock Paper Scissors for two weeks after the event. In addition, Stone Brewing Co. is hosting a beer garden at the Post Paddle Party for those who are 21 and up.

Event timeline:

1. 9am Breakfast is served
2. 10am Paddle start.
3. 11am Group photo, guest speakers, raffle, etc.
4. Noon-6pm is the Post Paddle Party, a Festival for Health Oceans.

The OB Pier and Pier parking lot are located at the intersection of Newport Ave. and Abbot Ave. in Ocean Beach San Diego, 92107.