Venice Surf-A-Thon Surf Contest
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!