OCEANSIDE — The Oceanside Firefighters Surf Event and Surf for the
Sea memorial competition brought three days of surfing and camaraderie to the north jetty Sept. 9 through Sept. 11.
On Friday over 100 area firefighters, police officers and emergency responders faced off in team shortboard and longboard competitions. San Diego County, Riverside County and Orange County first responders also competed to win trophies and bragging rights.
“It began to get the guys together to do something off duty,” said Fire Captain Scott Prestie.
The event also took on a fundraising campaign for local charities, with the funds raised going to the Susan G. Komen foundation, Casa de Amparo children’s shelter and North County Retired Military scholarship fund this year.
“It’s fun for everybody,” Prestie said. “You get some waves and make some money for some charities along the way.”
On Saturday, the Surf for the Sea competition was held to benefit the environment and to remember area surfers who have passed away. ProAm age group heats spanned from 12-years-old to 50-years-old and over.
“It’s a good vibe; a good feeling,” said Carolyn Krammer, event organizer.
Sunday’s memorial paddle out remembered local surfers who passed away and the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.
A beach cleanup ended the three-day event. Proceeds from the Surf for the Sea event went to the Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter.
The three-day surf event has a long local history. The Oceanside Firefighters Surf Event has been held for the past 20 years and has paired with the Surf for the Sea contest since the 1990s.
This is the first year the annual event was held at the north jetty. In previous years the competition was held on the north side of Oceanside Pier.
The new location helped increase participation in the annual fundraiser event that expected to raise over $3,000 for local charities.