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Encinitas, CA: The 3rd Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am Presented by Sun Diego drew over 5,000 friends and supporters to Moonlight Beach in Encinitas on Saturday, June 2. A yearly event near and dear to Switchfoot’s hearts, the Bro-Am was created by the band to give back to the San Diego community while also benefiting a local children’s charity. This year’s event, presented by title sponsor Sun Diego, raised significant funds for Care House at a festive pre-event auction night event at When In ROME…Restaurant that included an acoustic performance by Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman, and auction items including a Taylor guitar signed by Pearl Jam and another signed by Switchfoot, an electric guitar signed by Angels & Airwaves, a custom-shaped longboard by Andy Powers, a six-course dinner with wine pairings by When In Rome’s executive chef Rosemary Ragone, and a two-hour surf lesson with Switchfoot. Additional funds were raised through sponsorships, vendors on the beach day-of, and a sold-out afterparty at The Belly Up Tavern.
As circumstances beyond our control would have it, the Encinitas beaches were closed all weekend due to a diesel spill about 3 miles off the coast. Though the contaminated waters kept everyone land-locked, the Bro-Am moved forward with a hilarious dodgeball tournament that replaced the regular surf contest. All 64 surfers that would have competed were invited to instead partake in an action-packed tournament that featured headbands, ’70s shorts, nerf armor, and even a gorilla costume worn by Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman.
The concert began at 11am and entertained an increasingly growing crowd with performances by Alex Woodard, This Holiday Life, Reeve Oliver, The Jade Shader, Escalera, Timmy Curran, Tom Curren, Jason Mraz, Jon Foreman with Sean and Sarah Watkins of Nickel Creek, and a finale by Switchfoot. It’s arguable what was more exciting — the encore all-star performance of Weezer’s “Surf Wax America, or watching Jon Foreman, Tim Foreman, Chad Butler, and surf-legend Tom Curren battle it out on the dodgeball court against Dave Kennedy of Angels & Airwaves on Macbeth’s team. The winning dodgeball team, made up of Gabe Garcia, Shey Yates, Eddie Lester, andJC Toro representing AKA Surf and Loserkids.com, beat out TransWorld SURF in the finals. Special trophy enviro-surfboards made by INT Softboards were presented to the champions onstage.
“Despite the oil spill, the Bro-am succeeded in bringing the community together for something bigger than ourselves, says Switchfoot’s Chad Butler. “To see so many great local musicians collaborating on one stage would have been enough but the excitement surrounding the impromptu dodgeball tournament was unforgettable.
No one really seemed to miss the surf contest, as in the end, the event is about giving back to San Diego, supporting Care House, and a bigger picture.
Butler affirms, “As a band we are very grateful for what we have been given and it is a privilege to raise support and awareness for Care House to help homeless kids in San Diego.
Additionally, The Surfrider Foundation was already scheduled to be present, and it seemed even more fitting, as everyone seemed to be discussing environmental issues and the importance of keeping our oceans clean. Other vendor booths included Sun Diego,SurfAid, Life Rolls On, The M Collection, The Sundt Memorial Foundation, PizzaPort, Pnatrul, 91X, Dabco, Menehune Surf, To Write Love On Her Arms, Bella Dona Designs, California Quivers, and Cobian.
The festivities didn’t end at the beach. Over 600 people then packed The Belly Up Tavern to enjoy performances by Alex Woodard, Tom Curren, Jason Mraz, and Switchfoot.
Overall, the combined events of this year’s Switchfoot Bro-Am grossed over $60,000 for Care House.
Care House is a San Diego-based nonprofit organization that assists needy children throughouut the county, including children living from hotel to hotel, in shelters, or those on the verge of finding themselves back on the street. Care House will soon open a North County facility in Encinitas. (www.carehouselife.org)
A very special thank you to our sponsors: Sun Diego, TransWorld SURF, Surfer, Surfing, 91X, AKA Surf, Loserkids.com, Hurley, INT, Jedidiah, Jet Pilot, Dental Specialty Associates/Dr. Pat Davis & Dr. Terrie Yoshikane, Rusty, Surf Ride, Volcom, Macbeth, Gifts of Giving, The M Collection, Pnatrul, JEP Boutique, Arnette, Academy Surfboards, Destination Surf, Hoven, Rivet, Rip Curl, Dakine, Etnies, Vigilucci’s, Chick-fil-A, Chipotle, The Platinum Gift, Gravity Skateboards, Ranch & Coast Magazine, Pizza Port, Rockstar Limo, H20 Audio, and Taylor Guitars.
Thank you very much for your continued support,
Mia Stefanko and Kip Locke
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