3 Ways to Experience the Surf Culture in Oceanside
Oceanside is the quintessential Southern California surf town with stellar year-round waves, an abundance of incredible surfboard shapers, and a variety of local surf shops.
Of course, one of the best ways to experience the local surf culture is to get your toes wet and take a surf lesson with a local surfer. There are a variety of aficionados who specialize in all things surf that would be happy to teach you the ins-and-outs of the local surf scene.
For those that don’t want to get wet, we have some good news for you! This summer, you can experience the thrill of the City’s surf vibe without a wet suit. From a premier surf event featuring top female pros to new exhibits at the iconic surf museum and a special evening with a legendary surf filmmaker, Oceanside’s surf-related fun goes way beyond the waves.
Here are three ways that you can experience the local O’side surf culture.
Summer Surf Contests
Nissan SuperGirl Pro – July 26-28
Catch the best female surfers in the world in action at the Nissan SuperGirl Pro held July 26-28, 2019 at the Oceanside Pier. Surfing superstars including Bethany Hamilton and Carissa Moore are scheduled to compete in the event, which is the only women’s Association of Professional Surfing (ASP) qualifying event in North America.
The event supports an eco-awareness platform that features a surf industry village with 40 vendor booths and a variety of activities including live music with headliner Natasha Bedingfield, an all-female DJ contest, a competitive video game tournament with the Super Girl Gamer Pro, and the Super Girl Skate Pro, featuring the world’s top 20 female skateboarders.
Oceanside Longboard Surf Contest & Beach Festival – August 10- 11
Celebrating the power of female surfing continues August 10-11, 2019 with the 35th Annual Oceanside Longboard Surf Contest and Beach Festival at the Oceanside Pier. This year’s event will honor Women in Surfing and celebrate female surf pioneers as well as current day competitors.
As part of the event, the California Surf Museum will have a pop-up exhibit featuring photos of female surfers in history.
World Bodysurfing Championships – August 17-18
Then, on August 17-18, 2019 four hundred of the best bodysurfers from around the country compete at the World Bodysurfing Championships at the Oceanside Pier. Visitors can watch the best in body surfing as they take off on killer waves and perform tricks to earn high scores from the judges.
Surf Spotlight at Oceanside International Film Festival
The ninth annual Oceanside International Film Festival (OIFF) returns to Oceanside’s historic Sunshine Brooks Theatre from August 7-11, 2019 and offers two special events related to the surf and action sports lifestyle. On Saturday, Aug. 10, OIFF presents an “Evening with Taylor Steele.” Steele is a North County San Diego native and award-winning surf filmmaker who has produced and directed over forty best-selling surf films starring the world’s best surfers such as Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Jordy Smith and Taylor Knox. At the event, he’ll highlight stories and scenes from his several decades of filmmaking and there may even be some special guests.
Also planned for August 10th is the San Diego Premiere of Vans’ The Tony Alva Story. Alva is considered by many to be the godfather of modern-day skateboarding and the film chronicles his humble beginnings on the streets of Santa Monica to his rise to superstardom as part of the legendary Z-Boys, his inevitable drug-induced implosion and his ultimate rise from the ashes.
Surf Exhibit: The Healing Power of Waves
Oceanside’s California Surf Museum is considered one of the premier surf museums in the country and has an updated lineup of exciting surf exhibits for visitors this summer. Museum-goers will discover a moving exhibit about the healing power of wave riding including how adaptive surfing has made a stratospheric leap both recreationally and competitively. There are also exhibits showcasing legendary surfers Kelly Slater, Eddie Aikau and Greg Noll.
Always a big draw is the permanent exhibit, Courageous Inspiration, that features Bethany Hamilton’s journey after losing her arm to a shark at age 13.