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Olivia Pessanha, 13, waits for the girls under 15 final heat to start. Pessanha is one of 125 competitors to hit the waters in the inaugural Logan Lipton Memorial Surf Contest Fundraiser. Photo by Promise Yee
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Friends, family host surf fundraiser

OCEANSIDE — Surfers, friends and family gathered for a day of camaraderie and competition to honor Logan Lipton on March 26. Twelve-year-old Logan was hit by a car and killed while riding his bike to school in October 2015.

Since the fatal accident the South Oceanside community has rallied to support the Lipton Seale family and promote bike safety.

Professional surfer Jordy Collins,17, and his dad, Daren Collins, thought a surf contest would be a fitting way to remember Logan.

They gained contest sponsorship from Scholastic Surf Series and Surf Ride surf shop.

“We wanted to remember him in a great way,” Jordy Collins said.

The goal was set to have as much fun as possible.

Jody Collins described the day as bittersweet. The event brought hugs, laughs and family and friends trying to move forward while forever changed from the loss.

Firefighters who responded to the fatal accident drove up in a vintage fire truck to share in the remembrance.

The contest also brought 30 back-to-back heats of surfers from ages 8 to 50 and over to the water. Logan’s pal Mason O’Toole, 12, emceed the competition.

Other friends and supporters set up beach games and donated contest and raffle prizes.

All proceeds went to the Lipton Seale family. The family plans to use the funds to provide transportation for kids to get to the beach to surf. Greg Lipton, Logan’s dad, said he appreciated the day and community support.

“It’s a beautiful day,” Greg said. “Thank you for everyone who made the event possible.”

The week also marks the restriping of Coast Highway 101, from Morse Street to Oceanside Boulevard, to a two-lane road with 8 feet bike paths and 8 feet buffers on both sides. Road safety improvements are a pilot study for future lane reduction and marked bike paths for the entire stretch of Coast Highway.

“For everyone in the city it (the accident) opened their eyes to making it safer for everyone,” Jordy Collins said.

The pilot study was pushed forward by community demand for safer bike routes.