An epic weekend of sun, sand, surf and rockin' music awaits at the Doheny Surf Festival on August 11th and 12th, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point. An expanded version of the summer event that's been held for the last four years, the 2012 Festival will include all things surf, combined with a major music lineup and an opportunity to support Southern California state parks and beaches.
The Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association (DSBIA) and the San Onofre Foundation (SOF) have teamed up to present the Doheny Surf Festival to benefit San Onofre, San Clemente, Trestles and Doheny State Parks. Nearly 70 state parks are slated to close in 2012, and the budgets for the remaining parks are being slashed. The DSBIA and the SOF are California non-profit public benefit charitable corporations, dedicated to protecting our treasured state parks and beaches. These organizations depend on donations to preserve and operate these parks for the two million people who visit them annually.
The Festival offers a weekend filled with top-notch, live entertainment. Headlining this year's event on Saturday is Eddie Money, with Everlast taking center stage on Sunday. Fishbone, Common Sense, ALO, Honk, Paula Fuga, Le Blorr and other bands will entertain an expected 3,500 attendees throughout the weekend.
Tickets are on sale now and range from $29 for general admission to $92.70 for a VIP pass, which includes a preferred viewing area, a Rubio's buffet and two tickets for beverages provided by Kona Brewing, Longboard Winery and Peligroso. Buy your tickets early at DohenySurfFest.com as prices increase at the door.
The Doheny Surf Festival is a "green" event that will also feature surf demonstrations, surf star autograph signings, outrigger canoe & SUP exhibitions, a legends expression session, tandem surfing, nose riding, a woody car exhibit, vintage surfboards, a Kids' Corner, environmental and ocean education and much more.
There will be something for everyone in Vendor Village. Beer, wine and margaritas will be available in the Kona Brewing beer garden. Fantastic fare and beverages will be served by L.A. Gourmet Food Trucks and eateries that have supported surfing through the years.
Commissioned Surf Festival logo artist and San Clemente resident Drew Brophy shared that, "Doheny and San Onofre State Parks are some of the most enjoyed and valuable surfing areas in California and even the world. I am stoked to participate in anything that preserves these natural playgrounds for our future."
San Onofre Foundation President Steve Netherby said of the upcoming Festival, "This is a significant effort to show how much appreciation the citizens of California have for their public lands. Every dollar we raise stays right in the local parks."
Doheny State Beach became California's first state beach on May 31, 1931. Steep in surf culture, it remains one of Southern California's most famous beaches and is one of California's most popular camping grounds. The beach covers an area of 62 acres and includes a day use surfing beach at the northern end, as well as campgrounds in its southern area.
For more information and to purchase concert tickets, be sure to visit DohenySurfFest.com.