June Surf Event Challenges Youth to Clean Up Oregon Coast
(Depoe Bay, Oregon) – Otter Rock, near Depoe Bay, is the scene for a large-scale surfing event on June 19 that focuses on kids. It’s called the annual Otter Rock ‘n’ Roll Youth Surf Contest and Beach Cleanup Challenge and it happens on International Surfing Day.
Founded six years ago by the Surfrider Foundation and Surfing Magazine, International Surfing Day unites surfers from around the world in celebration of the sport of surfing. As is tradition with the annual holiday, surfers will do their part to give back to our oceans, waves and beaches through various activities and events courtesy of the Surfrider Foundation and beach lovers around the globe.
This year, the Newport, Siuslaw and Portland Chapters of Surfrider Foundation are teaming up to host the second annual Otter Rock ‘n’ Roll Youth Surf Contest and Beach Cleanup Challenge. An 18 and under surf contest, the event includes a special division for beginners who will receive a surf lesson with their registration. Event pre-registration is $10.00 and forms can be found at www.Otterrocknroll.oregonsurfrider.com.
All participants will receive prizes from local and global sponsors. Additional games and activities including the special Beach Cleanup Challenge where kids can compete for different prizes through stewardship activities are taking place throughout the day.
“This event is all about the kids,” said Newport Chapter Chair Joe Haxel. “It's an opportunity for the Oregon Chapters to provide a surf contest experience that focuses entirely on children and families, promotes beach stewardship, and encourages kids to make a personal connection with their coastline through riding waves, picking up trash, and caring about the water quality and overall health of the beach environment.”
It happens on Saturday, June 19, from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. at Otter Rock State Park.
It is sponsored by local surf shops Oregon Surf Shop, Ocean Pulse, Ossie's Surf Shop, and Coastal Outfitters and global sponsors Global Surf Industries, Vitamin Water, Surfing Magazine, and Earthpack.
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