La Jolla Shores Surfing Association (LJSSA) will host its annual Menehune Surf Contest Saturday, April 25 at La Jolla Shores beach for wave-riders, ages 18 and under.
More than 150 participants are expected, surfing in longboard, shortboard and novice divisions. The first heats will get underway at 7 a.m., lasting through the day, until the awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m.
While the young surfers “wow” spectators with their nose riding and skillful maneuvers out on the water, the beach comes alive with banners, tents and good vibes as club members sign in nervous competitors, distribute event T-shirts and goodie bags for contestants, judge heats, tally scores, and host a BBQ, raffle and silent auction for kids and their families.
There will even be a “D.O.G.” heat (Dads of Groms) and a “M.O.B.” heat (Mothers on Board) so kids can cheer on their surfing parents!
This year, the surf club added two special events:
1) Freedom Heats: Surfing veterans will be honored for their service and courage as they take the water at the end of the day. These athletes are wounded veterans from the Afghanistan and Iraqi wars, and all have found the
“stoke” that surfing brings and the healing power of the ocean.
2) Youth Art Exhibition: The top 40 entries in the LJSSA art contest, selected by a LJSSA jury, will be on exhibit through mid-May at the La Jolla Library, 7555 Draper Ave.
The $100 grand-prize winner was Adam Traubman of San Dieguito Academy. His piece embodies the spirit of original art showcasing kids having fun while surfing at La Jolla Shores and appears on 2015 contest T-shirts.
Event proceeds will be donated to Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego Junior Lifeguard Foundation, Natural High, and Friends of La Jolla Shores.
The surf contest enjoys support from surf industry insiders who donate items for the participant goodie bags, prizes, raffle and silent auction. These include Rusty Boardhouse, Surf Diva, South Coast, Sector 9, Sea Brothers Surfboards, Gordon & Smith Surfboards, INT Surf Technology, Stance Socks, Hanger 94, and Hike Bike Kayak. Other companies lending support include Scorpion Bay Hotel, La Jolla Shores Hotel, and Allegis She Property Management.