California’s famed throwback surf festival hits Salt Creek Beach on Saturday, September 27, as Billabong hosts the 15th Annual Cosmic Creek Surf Contest presented by Subaru. A classic event with a loyal core following in South Orange County, the Cosmic Creek is a family-friendly beach happening built around a retro-style surf contest. The day’s festivities cap off with a FREE Donavon Frankenreiter held concert on the lawn at Salt Creek Beach Park in Dana Point. In the spirit of the surfing community, this year’s theme is “Local Roots.” Local shapers T.Patterson, Mark Ellis, J.Sleigh, Hobie Surfboards, the Boehne Bros, and Becker Surfboards have partnered with the event to present the winner of each division a custom shaped surfboard replicated from Cosmic Era.
The Cosmic day begins with a fun surf comp that celebrates the groovy and inventive vibe that went along with the boards and styles of the 70’s and 80’s. Competitors will be assigned different classic boards at random and must adapt with each heat. With everything from twin fins to stings to Pipeline pintails underfoot, what these throwback boards may lack in modern-day performance, they make up for in style and inspiration. We encourage people to come down and see all of the vintage boards in person to get a feel for where modern surfing got its start.
Divisions in this year’s Cosmic Creek run the gamut from the “Cosmic Children” group who may be pushed into waves by their parents all the way up to the “Rolling Stones” who must be at least 50 years of age. The list of winners emerging after a fun day in the waves is far beyond most local surf events, featuring names like Rob Machado, Timmy Curran, Chris Ward, Dave Rastovich, Yadin Nichol, Tom Curren and Kelly Slater.
This year we are giving the option to BYOB, “Bring Your Own Board.” Anyone who brings a Vintage Single or Twin Fin for the contest for use will only have to pay a $15 dollar entry fee. You also get to surf your board in your heat, and there will be a contest for the best vintage boards brought down. Dust off the old classic and bring it on down!
The contest is open to the public and runs from 7AM to 5PM on Saturday, September 27th. To enter the event, download an entry form at http://www.billabong.com/cosmiccreek, and turn in signed entry forms with payment to Killer Dana Surf Shop in Dana Point. For entry questions call (949) 489-8380.
Immediately following the Cosmic Creek awards ceremony, Salt Creek legend turned musical success, Donavon Frankenreiter will host a FREE concert on the lawn, adjacent to the contest. Set in the natural amphitheater that is Salt Creek Park and running from 5PM to dusk, the setting encourages attendees to bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy Donavon’s soulful tunes while the sun sets over the ocean.
COSMIC CREEK SURF CONTEST DIVISIONS
SEPTEMBER 27th 7AM – 5 PM
COSMIC CHILDREN PUSH IN DIVISION * VZ GREMS 16-UNDER * JUNIOR SPACE CADETS 17-24 * ROCKET MEN 25-34 * GROOVE MASTERS 35-45 * ROLLING STONES 45+ * LEGENDS HEAT
FREE DONAVON FRANKENREITER CONCERT
5 P.M., SEPTEMBER 27TH
The Cosmic Creek is made possible by the generous support of:
Tea of a Kind
Shapers: T.Patterson, Mark Ellis, J.Sleigh, Hobie Surfboards, The Boehne Bro’s
And Becker Surfboards
For more details, click on http://www.billabong.com/cosmiccreek