Enviro Friendly 5th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am To Benefit StandUp For Kids Charity

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
Concert: 11AM-5PM

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. (www.standupforkids.org)

"The Bro-Am has been my favorite day of the year ever since we started it back '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."

The Switchfoot Bro-Am will again work with San Diego-based Sustainable Waves to offer cutting-edge solar-powered sound and staging. Sustainable Waves utilizes the renewable energy sources of the sun to deliver 100% pollution-free concerts. By using solar power rather than a diesel generator or grid power, the Bro-Am will avoid emitting approximately 1,000 lbs of CO2 into the atmosphere (the equivalent of not driving your car approximately 1,100 miles or the annual sequestration of 66 trees).

We are now accepting sponsors for this year's event. Surf contest participants so far include riders representing O'Neill, Billabong, Transworld Surf, Walking On Water, Macbeth, Surf Ride, Surfcurls.com, Keep A Breast, Surfline.com, and Dental Specialty Associates, as well as professional surfers Timmy Curran and Rob Machado, and members of Switchfoot.

A free concert on the beach will feature performances by a number of well known local as well as national bands (to be announced soon). Past events have featured performances by Jason Mraz, Nickel Creek's Sean and Sara Watkins, Escalera (with pro skateboarders Danny Way andBob Burnquist), Timmy Curran, Musket, Tom Curren, Stripes and Lines, and Switchfoot's Jon Foreman and friends.

Beach vendors so far include Pizza Port, The Surfrider Foundation, The Sundt Memorial Foundation, Nika Water, Brotally, Harney Sushi, Keep A Breast, Tri Tip Torpedos, and Flat Fitty, with many more to follow soon.

An after-party at The Belly Up Tavern will round out the day to help raise additional funds for StandUp For Kids.