(June 7, 2019) The Ocean City Surf Club will present OC Surf Fest this weekend.
Festivities will kick off tonight, Friday, at Barn 34 on 34th Street, from 6-9 p.m.
Competitions in the ocean behind Castle in the Sand hotel on 37th Street will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The event has taken place the past five years and was formerly called “Longboard Weekend Pro Surf Contest.”
“We are a nonprofit organization that raises money for educational scholarships, youth mentoring programs, environmental programs and youth volunteer programs, and we do a lot of charity and community service for the community,” OC Surf Club President Tommy Vach said. “This is one of our largest fundraisers.”
Last year, the Surf Club raised nearly $10,000 for local scholarships. Vach hopes to raise even more money this year.
On Friday, the Surf Club will host a Legends Induction and kickoff party at Barns 34 from 6-9 p.m., which is open to the public.
Surfers who have contributed to the area and were positive role models for the community will be honored. Hors d’oeuvres and drink specials will be available.
New this year, the Ocean City Beach Patrol will perform a live rescue demonstration.
“They’re going to have live victims out in the ocean and they’re going to rescue them from riptides and [demonstrate] lifeline rescues, and head, neck and injury rescue,” Vach said.
On Saturday, “Anything Goes” is open to surfers of all ages and ability. Twelve teams have already signed up.
Participants will be allowed to ride whatever board they want. There will be activities for children, giveaways handed out and Ocean City Surf Club membership discounts will be offered on the beach.
On Sunday, pro-surfing contest, “Walk Da Plank,” will showcase some of the best pro long boarders in the country, competing for prizes and up to $5,000. This year, the surf club expects 12-13 professional surfers to compete.
“These guys are the real deal … they are professionals,” Vach said. “They compete in contests all across the country and it’s very entertaining. These guys do maneuvers that are really impressive.
“It’s a great weekend,” he continued. “A lot of people like to come out. We play music all day and we do commentary on the surfing scene and so it’s just high energy, lots of fun and we encourage everybody to come out whether you’re surfing enthusiasts or not.”
Slots are still available for teams to compete. Participation costs $250 for a team of five. Teams can sign up until Saturday at 8:30 a.m. There is no fee to watch the competitions.
“We’re very thankful for all the sponsorships that come out and make this all happen,” Vach said. “It is a pretty big event for the surf community here.”