International Surfing Day Events in California


They do it in Doheny, Dana, Bolinas to Stinson, Huntington to Seal, Long Beach, Monterey, Newport Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo and all points in between. What is that they do? They surf, to be sure. And on one special day this year (June 20) surfers will unite to clean up the beaches of California.


It's going to be an all-out effort to make an impact on the shores where surfers' boards wash up from time to time. We live our lives in the sea, said one Southern California surfer, who's a professional surfer traveling the globe for money. His participation in this world event will involve several events in Santa Cruz that include a concert, art show and more.


You don't have to surf to be involved, according to event planners. Many activities include beach clean-ups, and even a free yoga class in Monterey. In San Luis Bay (Avila Beach), people are encouraged to ride their bikes to a festival event. The Surfrider group in South Bay (Los Angeles), will donate a portion of proceeds from a special surf art event to the Surfrider Foundation.


Here are some surfing and beach related events spanning the entire coast from Humboldt County (Arcata) to San Diego.

Crescent City, CA
Time: 10 AM
Activities: Beach Clean-Up
Location: South Beach
Contact: Mike Sweeney @ [email protected]

Dana Point / South Orange County, CA (Surfrider Foundation Chapter)
Time: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM (in tandem with the NSSA contest)
Activities: Beach cleanup, Nalu's Island Grille plate lunch for volunteers and participants, Shave Ice sponsored by Gidget Worldwide, Softboard demos from INT Surfboards, Surfboard demos by T. Patterson Surfboards, Official Welcome to the Algolita JunkRide in South Orange County (approx. 5-6PM)
Raffle and contest challenge winner prizes & giveaways
Location: Salt Creek Beach,Dana Point, CA
Contact: Denise Erkeneff @ [email protected]

Dana Point, CA (Dana Point Ocean Institute)
Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm
Activities: Adults $6.50 Children $4.50 Members and Beach Clean-up Participants Free
Location: Dana Point Ocean Institute
Contact: Kristel Arnott and Jonathan Witt @ [email protected] & [email protected]

Humboldt, CA
Time: 8 AM – NOON, 8 PM – 2 AM
Activities: Beach clean-up/paddle-out/party & Bands: The Bad Lilas, Rooster McClintock, the Absynth Quintet, Dragged by Horses, surf videos, giveaways, membership drive
Location: Moonstone Beach & Arcata Theatre Lounge
Contact: Jennifer Savage @ [email protected]

Huntington / Seal Beach, CA
Time: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Activities: Join the Huntington, Seal and Newport Beach Surfrider Chapters for a beach cleanup, paddle out, free monster beverages, Surfing Magazines, Surfboard shaping, Polynesian dancing, music, give aways and more!
Location: Huntington State Beach at the mouth of the Santa Ana River, south of Brookhurst off of PCH (Enter at Brookhurst Street and go south to the end)
Contact: Tony Soriano @ [email protected]

Huntington Beach, CA
Time: 7:00 AM – Noon (7 – 9 AM complimentary parking if you mention Quiksilver beach cleanup)
Activities: Quiksilver Foundation, Surfline, Surftech and Huntington Beach Nissan partnered for Beach Clean-up, Surf demos with surftech, Taco Bell taco truck, give aways, and more!
Location: Bolsa Chica State Beach, South end by the new inlet
Contact: Ryan at [email protected]
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Long Beach, CA
Time: 10 AM – 12 PM
Activities: Free monster drinks, Complementary food and beverage with reusable containers, Live music with The George Fryer Combo & Revenge of the Sloka, Surfboard displays, Surf giveaways
Location: Marine Stadium Park
Contact: Robert Palmer @ [email protected] & [email protected]

Marin County, CA
Time: 9 AM – paddle out , 11 AM – clean-up, Noon – awards, 2 – 7 PM – reunion & 10 AM – 4 PM - Sunday 21st – Surfboard Swap
Activities: Paddle race 2nd annual Shore to Shore) from Bolinas to Stinson, paddleboards, SUP's, kayaks, outriggers, long boards, Beach Clean-Up and Clean water Paddle out, award presentation and picnic. Also @ Bolinas Museum, internationally known photographer Brown Cannon III, will be hosting an opening of his Surfboard Art and reception (he is hopefully going to photograph our race) Stinson Beach Lifeguard reunion being held. Sunday is the surfboard swap @ LiveWater Surf Shop.
Location: Bolinas to Stinson and LiveWater Surf Shop
Contact: Scott Tye @ [email protected]

Mendocino County, CA
Time: 2:00pm – 7:00pm
Activities: Beach clean up, surf paddle out, cool prizes for participating. Bring a picnic lunch or dinner and a warm wetsuit if you want to play in the ocean
Location: Big River State Beach (meet at the bottom of the stairs next to the volley ball courts at the north side of the beach)
Contact: Walt or Jackie Dooley at 707 964 5915 or 707 367 2552 @ [email protected]

Monterey, CA
Time & Activities: 11:00am Adult Group Surf lessons from Carmel Surf Lessons (Reservation required, see website for details)
Noon - 2PM Beach Clean UP & Trash Contests/ Prizes
1PM - Free Yoga Class
2PM until? Free Lunch and Beverages, Musical Entertainment, Free use of Stand UP Paddle Boards, Kayaks, Beach Games
3PM Raffle for Great Prizes!
Location: Carmel Beach (Scenic Ave at 13th St.)
Contact: Stephen Donahue @ [email protected]

Newport Beach, CA
Time: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Activities: In conjunction with the Huntington and Seal Beach Chapter, Free monster beverages, beach clean-up, paddle-out, dancing, music, give aways and more!
Location: Huntington State Beach at the mouth of the Santa Ana River, south of Brookhurst off of PCH (Enter at Brookhurst Street and go south to the end)
Contact: Tony Soriano @ [email protected] &Robin at [email protected]

San Diego County, CA
Time: 8 AM – 11 AM
Activities: Beach Clean-up, surf session, free food, prizes and challenges.
Location: Moonlight Beach in Encinitas
Contact: Bill Hickman @ [email protected] or at 858-792-9940

San Francisco, CA
Time: 10 AM
Activities: Beach clean-up, watershed exploration walk of Lobos Creek, and BBQ. More information:
Location: Baker Beach
Contact: Jules at [email protected]

San Luis Bay, CA
Time: 10 AM – 5 PM
Activities: educational booths for kids – face painting, story booth time, paddle out, paddle board demos, 4 bands, water quality booths, food court and beer garden, encourage people to ride their bikes to the festival or take the trolley
Location: The Moral Bay Rocks parking lots (south side by the Harbor)
Contact: Jennifer Blonder @ [email protected]

San Mateo County, CA
Time: Noon – 2 PM
Activities: Beach Clean-up
Location: Linda Mar
Contact: Surfer Spud @ [email protected]

Santa Barbara County, CA
June 20: Observing Santa Barbara's Summer Solstice Parade
June 21: ISD/Father's Day event/clean-up on Sunday, June 21 at
10:00 am at Rincon County Beach Park. Refreshments and raffle or giveaway, and waves permitting, a surf after the clean-up.
Contact: Sandy Lejeune @ [email protected]

Santa Cruz, CA
Date: June 20
Time: 12 noon to 2pm
Activities: Join us for a beach clean-up and storm drain stenciling demonstration at Cowell's Beach on June 20 (to the right of the pier facing the ocean). A team will also be painting nearby storm drains within that time frame.
Location: Cowell’s Beach
Contact: Dustin Macdonald at [email protected]; [email protected]

Date: June 20
Time: 7:00 – 10:00 PM
Activities: Surfrider Santa Cruz's Surf Art, Photography & Film Fest: Art, music, photography, raffles and more!
Location: The Cosmo Factory Cosmetology Academy
131 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060,
(831) 621-6161 (
Contact: Dustin Macdonald at [email protected]; [email protected]

Date: June 21
Time: 8:30 PM
Activities: Dick Dale Summer Solstice Benefit Concert. Our ISD Extravaganza will conclude with a 21-and-over fundraiser featuring Dick Dale and band @ 8:30 pm at Moe’s Alley. Dick’s recording of "Miserlou" is the title song for Quentin Tarantino's Blockbuster movie "Pulp Fiction". To read more about the "King of the Surf Guitar", click here. Moe's Alley will be donating a portion of the proceeds to Surfrider Foundation's Santa Cruz Chapter.
Location: Moe's Alley (
Contact: Dustin Macdonald at [email protected]; [email protected]

Sonoma Coast, CA
Time: TBD
Activities: Clean-up, a BBQ and a paddle out.
Location: Dillion Beach
Contact: Michael Frey @ [email protected]

South Bay, CA
Time: 6-10 PM
Activities: Art of the Surf – Art Expedition, 10% goes to Surfrider
Location: PS Zask Gallery - 310-429-0973 or [email protected]
Contact: Craig @ [email protected]

West LA / Malibu, CA
Time: 6:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Activities: Beach cleanup on Saturday morning to coincide with the Malibu Boardriders' Surf Club's Call to the Wall surf contest at Surfrider Beach, Malibu. Our goal is to raise awareness for our Clean Water at the Bu campaign.
Location: Surfrider Beach, Malibu CA (Immediately North of Malibu Pier)
Contact: Wes Negus @ [email protected]

Ventura County, CA
Time: 10 AM – NOON and then after party @ 7 PM
Activities: Beach clean-up and paddle out and 7 p.m. Benefit Concert Featuring:
The premier of “Watershed Revolution”, Live Music, Grammy Award Winning Artist John Cruz, Sunshine Bothers, Plus a silent auction, raffle, prizes and tickets: $25 at the door, $20 advance, VIP tickets $35. Purchase tickets at Zoey’s CafĂ© and online at
Location: Surfers Point and The Lodge in downtown Ventura 11 S. Ash Street
Contact: Sean Toren and Vince Kinsch @ [email protected] & [email protected]




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