Multi-platinum rock act Switchfoot presents 5th annual charity surf contest and concert utilizing enviro-friendly sound and staging to benefit StandUp For Kids.
What: 5th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am
When: Saturday, June 27, 2009
Where: Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, CA
Surf contest: 7AM-3:30PM
* A FREE beach event open to the public with a surf contest, concert, vendors, and many exciting new additions this year!
* A green event again this year!
* Pre-event auction night soiree to raise additional funds for StandUp For Kids
(Thursday, June 25)
* After-party hosted by Switchfoot with Special Guests: 8PM @ The Belly Up Tavern!
The Switchfoot Bro-Am surf contest and concert returns to Moonlight Beach in Encinitas on Saturday, June 27, 2009! An annual event near and dear to Switchfoot's hearts, the Bro-Am was created to give back to the San Diego community while also benefiting a local children's charity through funds raised at an auction night event, as well as from vendors on the beach day-of, sponsorships, and an after-party at the Belly Up Tavern. We are delighted to announce that this year's event will again benefit the San Diego and
Oceanside branches of StandUp For Kids, a national nonprofit volunteer outreach organization that started right here in San Diego and is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of at-risk, homeless, and street kids.
"The Bro-Am has been my favorite day of the year ever since we started it back in '05," notes Switchfoots's Jon Foreman. "To see our hometown come together to help out a deserving group of kids is an incredible experience — surfing, music, and the San Diego scene at its best. We feel truly honored to again partner with StandUp For Kids, an incredible organization serving at-risk youth here in S.D." "The Bro-Am event changed our chapter, our kids, and our volunteers last year," explains Kim Goodeve-Green, director of center operations for the Oceanside branch of StandUp For Kids. "Not only did it raise crucial monetary support that we used to expand programs for our kids, but it increased awareness of who we are, and this in turn generated more volunteers, more support, and more community involvement. We need your help now more than ever. We've seen a rise in numbers and are currently servicing 50+ kids each night (at our chapter alone). These kids deserve to be loved, cherished, lifted up, and to stand up on their own two feet."
We are now accepting participants/sponsors for this year's event. Last year's surf contest featured riders representing Hurley, Reef, TransWorld SURF, Surfing Magazine, Surfer Magazine, Surfline.com, Macbeth, Jedidiah, AKA, Anon Optics, Surf Ride, Jet Pilot, Dental Specialty Associates, Chase Payment, San Dieguito Academy, and Switchfoot with surf legend Tom Curren.
A free concert on the beach will feature performances by a number of well known local as well as national bands. Past events have featured performances by Jason Mraz, Nickel Creek's Sean and Sara Watkins, Escalera (with pro skateboarders Danny Way and Bob Burnquist), Timmy Curran, Musket, Tom Curren, Stripes and Lines, and Switchfoot's Jon Foreman and friends.
In addition, last year's event also welcomed the addition of a surf jousting exhibition, as well as live mural art painting presented by The Glue Network, Artsprojekt, and FlexFit. Last year's beach vendors included INT, Anon Optics, Surfrider Foundation, Hoven, Life Rolls On, Harney Sushi, SurfAid, Jedidiah, Generosity Water, Menehune Surf, Island Way Sorbet, Pizza Port, 91X, Amadeo Decada, Honest Tea, Kaimana Clothing, Guide On, To Write Love On Her Arms, and the Sundt Memorial Foundation.
An after-party at The Belly Up Tavern will round out the day to help raise additional funds for StandUp For Kids. There are a number of exciting new additions in the works for this year's event that we will be announcing shortly! We'll hope you'll join us in this worthy and fun-filled event!