On Saturday, Aug. 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Surf Happens will hold its second-annual Board Riders Surf and Skate Contest presented by Channel Islands Surfboards.
Designed to provide a fun and low-pressure surfing and skateboarding contest for local youth, the surf competition will be held at Santa Claus Lane beach, and the skating contest on the Surf Happens shop halfpipe at 3825 Santa Claus Lane.
“Movement is good for the mind, body and spirit,” said Chris Keet, Surf Happens owner and event organizer. “We believe in promoting board sports as a healthy lifestyle.” An opportunity for local youth to gather and showcase their skills, the contest also lets kids glean experience in the competitive environment and learn from the best surfers and skaters in the area.
Age categories for the surf and skate competitions are: U8, U10, U12 and U14, with a Wahines (girls) Open U14 division. Novice surfers can compete with assistance by being pushed into waves. All heats are 15 minutes long, with the top two waves counted towards advancement and judged on length of ride, size of wave, style and flow, commitment and critical nature of waves ridden, and maneuvers executed. Points are tallied on a 0-10 scale, with a maximum of 10-waves ridden.
The skateboarding component will be held on a 3.5-foot halfpipe at the Surf Happens shop. In addition to the halfpipe competition, there will be a Carver Skateboards Skate Jam/Free Skate area in the front of the shop for warm ups and fun, with a quarter pipe ramp as well. Points will be tallied from both surf and skate contests, with individual and overall board rider champions crowned the day of the event at Surf Happens. The event is sponsored by Channel Islands Surfboards, Carver Skateboards, Lighthouse skate shop, Sexwax and Scosche Audio.