The Cosmic Creek retro surf festival at Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point, California, has been going strong for 13 years now, bringing a throwback vibe to one of the most high performance beachbreaks in Orange County.
The two-day festival is open to the public, and in addition to the old skool surf contest there is a free concert by the legendary Donovan Frankenreiter on the gorgeous grassy knoll overlooking the water.
More info and entry forms here.
Below is the official event press release.
BILLABONG HOSTS 13TH ANNUAL
COSMIC CREEK PRESENTED BY SUBARU
IRVINE, CA – (August 24, 2012) – California’s acclaimed counterculture surf event is headed back to Salt Creek as Billabong hosts the 13th Annual Cosmic Creek Surf Contest presented by Subaru, September 8th and 9th.
Far more than a mere surf competition, Cosmic Creek is a family-friendly beach happening built around a retro-style surf contest, all building up to a free Donavon Frankenreiter concert on the lawn at Salt Creek.
The Cosmic scene brings back the alternative and inventive vibe that went along with the surfboards and styles of the 1970s & ’80s. It’s a two-day voyage back to an era where single-fins and twinnies ruled the world and inexplicably short surf trunks were the height of coastal cool.
To ensure authenticity, competitors are randomly assigned a different classic board they must ride in each heat. With everything from stingers to fishes to Pipeline pintails underfoot, what these throwback boards may lack in modern-day performance, they make up for in style and inspiration.
Categories in this year’s Cosmic Creek run the gamut from the “Cosmic Children” push-in division all the way up to the “Rolling Stones” for those 50 and older. At the top of the charts is the professional category, which will offer a first prize of $1,000 and be hotly contested by some legends of the sport. The list of past winners making good on archaic equipment is not to be taken lightly, featuring such names as Rob Machado, Timmy Curran, Chris Ward, Dave Rastovich, Yadin Nichol, Tom Curren, and Kelly Slater.
The contest is open to the public and runs 8 a.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday, September 8 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, September 9. To enter the event, download an entry form at www.Billabong.com/cosmiccreek, and turn in signed entry forms with payment to Hobie Dana Point or Killer Dana surf shops. For entry questions call (949) 489-8380.
Immediately following the Cosmic Creek awards ceremony, Salt Creek legend turned mainstream 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 4 p.m. 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. Subaru, the presenting sponsor of Cosmic Creek 2012, will be highlighting the festivities with the donation of a check for $5,000 to the Orange County Parks system as a show of thanks for once again welcoming the event back to the beautiful shores of Salt Creek Park.
COSMIC CREEK SURF CONTEST DIVISIONS
SEPTEMBER 8TH and 9TH
COSMIC CHILDREN PUSH IN DIVISION * VZ GROMS 16-UNDER * JR. SPACE CADETS 17-24 * ROCKET MEN 25-34 * HONOLUA GROOVE MASTERS 35-49 * ROLLING STONES 50+ * PROS * LEGENDS
4 P.M., SEPTEMBER 9TH
Cosmic Creek is made possible by the generous support of Subaru, Billabong, VonZipper, Kustom, Honolua, Clif Bar, Clif Kids, Verizon, Sector 9, Contour, Chipotle, Daphne’s, Xcel, and Surfer Magazine.