No plans for the weekend? Check out the Switchfoot Bro-Am surf contest and concert at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas this Saturday, June 16, 2012. Now in its 8th year, this annual event was created to give back to the San Diego community while benefiting a local children’s charity through funds raised at a pre-event auction night soiree, as well as from vendors on the beach day-of, corporate surf team entries, and sponsorships. Since its inception in 2005, the Bro-Am has raised more than $515,000 for San Diego-based children’s charities.

The Switchfoot Bro-Am will once again benefit StandUp For Kids, a national nonprofit volunteer outreach organization founded in San Diego that is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of at-risk, homeless, and street kids (www.standupforkids.org). The organization’s volunteers go to the streets in order to find, stabilize and otherwise help homeless and street kids improve their lives by providing and connecting them with lifesaving services. StandUp For Kids has been recognized by both the George W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations and the U.S. Justice Department for the impact and scope of its programs. Charity Navigator recently recognized StandUp For Kids as one of the most efficient and effective nonprofits in the United States.

In addition to the surf contest, live music performances, and nerf surf jousting exposition between surf contest heats, this year’s event will welcome the newly-added Rob Machado Bro Junior. Rather than a financial donation, those ages 16 and under who collect the most donated clothing win a spot to compete.

The pre-event auction is tomorrow, June 14, at The Crosby at Rancho Santa Fe. With a “taste of San Diego” format, guests will savor signature dishes from the area’s leading restaurants including 2Good2B, Bull Taco, Chuao Chocolatier, The Crosby at Rancho Santa Fe, Crush Restaurant & Wine Lounge, Daphne’s, Del Mar Rendezvous, East Coast Pizza, Flavor Del Mar, Jake’s Del Mar, Luna Grill, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Pacific Coast Grill, Pacifica Del Mar, Pizza Port Brewing, Rimel’s, Solace & The Moonlight Lounge, and Zenbu. The evening will also include an exclusive live performance, silent and live auctions, and opportunity drawings. Tickets are limited, and are $150 per person; VIP are $225 per person, and include a VIP reception and meet & greet with Switchfoot.

On Saturday, the surf contest runs from 7am-3:30pm. Four-person surf teams secure their participation via sponsorship donation to StandUp For Kids. This year’s surf contest will feature riders representing Hurley, Billabong, Channel Islands, Transworld Surf, Surf Ride, Dragon, Surfer Magazine, the Encinitas Firefighters Association, and more, as well as surf legends Tom Curren and Rob Machado, and members of Switchfoot.

Later that day (from 12pm – 5pm), a free concert on the beach will feature performances by Brandon & Leah, Le Blorr, Dead Feather Moon, professional surfer Makua Rothman, and Jon Foreman and Friends. Past performers have included Jason Mraz, OK Go, Johnny Rzeznik, Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants Timmy Curran, Dynamite Walls, The Almost, Kate Voegele, members of Angels and Airwaves, Young the Giant, and many more.

This year’s event will also welcome The Rob Machado Foundation, which aims to provide funding and initiate educational programs focused on helping children understand their contribution towards a healthy earth (www.robmachadofoundation.org).

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And the countdown to the Summer X Games begins… The 18th Annual ESPN Summer X Games will be back at the end of this month! All the action begins on Thursday, June 28 and will continue until the big final on Sunday, July 1, 2012. ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will combine to televise 21 hours of live competition in HD, and on ESPN 3D. X Games will also be streamed digitally on XGames.com and WatchESPN.com.

Once again this year, more than 200 world-class athletes will descend on Los Angeles to compete in venues including the STAPLES Center and Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE to show off their latest moves and tricks as they compete for medals and prize money and showcase serious competition in skateboarding, rally car racing, motocross and BMX. The X Games, which started in 1995 in Rhode Island, brings the best in Action Sports. With events in the United States, France, China, and more, it’s a place where the world’s best athletes, craziest fans, and biggest brands all come together.

Here’s who stands a chance of breaking repeat records at X Games 2012:

Three-peat Possibility in 2012
Daniel Dhers, BMX Park
Matt Buyten, MTX Step Up

Five-peat Possibility in 2012
Garrett Reynolds, BMX Street

Six-peat Possibility in 2012
Jamie Bestwick, BMX Vert

Tickets are now on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster.com/xgames, and the box offices at STAPLES Center and Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE for the Skateboard, BMX, Moto X and Rally Car events.

X Games Los Angeles 2012 ticket prices start at $10 and vary based on location and venue. All tickets to X Games include admission to X Fest at L.A. LIVE. X Fest, free to the public, is the ultimate action sports sponsor and industry village, featuring interactive skate parks, athlete appearances, demos and more. In addition to individual event tickets, several ticket packages are available. Ticket packages vary with options that include skatedecks to complete lodging packages. For more detailed information on ticket prices, times of venue operation and more, log on to Ticketmaster.com/xgames.

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Go Skateboarding Day, the official holiday of skateboarding, is right around the corner! Are you ready to blow off all your other obligations and just go skateboarding? Now going on its 10th year, every year on June 21, skateboarders around the globe celebrate the pure exhilaration, creativity, and spirit of one of the most influential activities in the world by going skateboarding. Last year, skateboarders across the world – from China, Afghanistan, Colombia, Brazil, and the U.S.A., among others – gathered to celebrate the Annual International Go Skateboarding Day by participating in over 600 events honoring the international holiday.

Continuing the tradition this year, skateboarders everywhere will show their love and support for skateboarding by holding fundraisers, contests, protests and demos. They’ll skate across cities, gather in skate parks, stream into their local skate shop and some will even revel in the solitary act of skateboarding alone at their favorite spot, all bringing together the skateboarding community in the grind heard around the world.

The day began on June 21, 2003 as an excuse for skateboarders to make skateboarding their top priority, with Go Skateboarding Day hosting a few simple skate sessions and bar-b-ques held in skateboarding’s unofficial capital, southern California. Founded by the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC), Go Skateboarding Day gives passionate skateboarders as well as those who are simply inspired by skateboarding, the opportunity to drop everything and get on a skateboard.

Today the day continues to embrace skateboarding culture and to define skateboarding as the rebellious, creative celebration of independence it continues to be. In the years since that first celebration, the holiday continues to grow, but the mission remains the same: Have fun, go skateboarding!

For more details, check out the site: http://www.goskateboardingday.org.

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This Friday, June 8 is World Oceans Day, a day when people around the globe come together to celebrate our ocean and take action to protect it. Not only does the ocean make our world liveable, we need healthy oceans for food, water, commerce, recreation, and medicine.

Unfortunately, the ocean has suffered some serious blows lately: 90% of the big fish in the sea are gone, the gyres are filled with more plastic than previously estimated, the Deepwater Horizon disaster dumped 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, and coastal dead zones from agricultural runoff are worse than ever.

Yet, most of us don’t realize the ocean is truly in danger. Most Americans think that the ocean is healthy and “too vast” for individual action to have an impact. In fact, the American public believes that ocean waters bordering the US are significantly less imperiled than are “foreign” waters. Sadly, that isn’t true.

The good news is that a record number of aquariums, zoos, and museums are providing ways on World Oceans Day for their visitors to get inspired and take personal action to help our world’s ocean.

So, let’s all transform our concern and “green-friendliness” into action and join 11x ASP World Surfing Champ Kelly Slater and take action for our world ocean. There are hundreds of events being held all over the world, so find one near you and celebrate with a purpose this World Oceans Day… the perfect day for all of us across the country and around the world to celebrate our ocean connections, do more for ocean conservation, and learn more about our ocean!

Check out www.theoceanproject.org for ideas, free materials, and event listings.

 

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The Volcom Fiji Pro started this weekend with the world’s best surfers greeted by solid swell for the opening of the event window. It has been exciting for the much-anticipated comeback of the Volcom Fiji Pro, which was brought back this year to the ASP World Tour after a five-year hiatus. The event began Sunday, June 3 and will run until the 15th.

Event No. 4 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, the Volcom Fiji Pro will recommence this season’s race for the elite ASP World Title and the world’s best surfers were eager to take on the South Pacific perfection of Cloudbreak and Restaurants.

Australians currently lead the charge, occupying four of the Top 5 spots in the world. The current ASP WCT Top 10 (Heading into Volcom Fiji Pro):

1. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 19700 pts
2. Mick Fanning (AUS) 18250 pts
3. Josh Kerr (AUS) 18200 pts
4. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 17200 pts
5. Taj Burrow (AUS) 15750 pts
6. John John Florence (HAW) 15750 pts
7. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15700 pts
8. Kelly Slater (USA) 13700 pts
9. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 12250 pts
10. Owen Wright (AUS) 12150 pts

Who do you think will come up on top? Watch the LIVE webcast at www.volcom.com/fijipro

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

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