Venice Surf-A-Thon Surf Contest

BwF @ Surf-AThon 2008!

I Founded the Venice Surf-A-Thon in 1993 after returning home from military service. I wished to do something for the children , young adults and the community in general that is fun and has a positive influence on everyone. For sure back in the day the contest was edgy as so was I!  Instead of handing out trophies at the beach like most contests, I incorporated the awards party to give  everyone a chance to shine. Inviting local talent as well the bikini contest was also a strategy to enhance and create a Venice culture  showcase. Well times have changed and folks have mellowed, the bikini contest is no longer a part of the event as many of the original contestants are grandfathers now! The event has a generational community expectation and Surf-A-thon has taken on a family atmosphere.   Many world class surfers, celebrities, have supported and donated to The Venice Surf-A-Thon including  Mimi Miyagi,Peter Destafino, Perry Ferral, Cr Stycek, Danny Trejo, Robert Trujillo,  Noah Budroe, Chris Ward, Tonan,Tina Cheri, DJ Muggs, Kid Frost, and Beowulf. Moreover the contest has provided a an opportunity for surfers to get a start in competition surfing. Past winners include Rick Massey, Mike Baldwin, Paul Cullen, Rusty White, Solo Scott, Justin Swartz, ,Jesse Bilauer, Max Alittorie, Noah Budroe, Tonan,  The Venice Surf-A-Thon is now in its 18th continuous year!

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4 Responses to “Venice Surf-A-Thon Surf Contest”

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  2. […] 22 years in a row! Wow I never thought the surf contest would continue into 2015! Holding a surf contest and hoping for waves on one day out of 365 is akin to throwing a dart at a calander and hoping there is surf and that particuler day. Well gues what? We finally scored!  The surf was a groomed 4 to 5 feet. We hope to see you at our funky little contest next year!  Enjoy the photos https://gerilewis.wordpress.com/venice-surf-a-thon-surf-contest/ […]

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