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12th Annual Dempsey Holder Ocean Festival And Surf Contest

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Posted: Friday, September 18, 2015 3:36 pm

Join WILDCOAST on Saturday, Sept. 19 for the 12th Annual Dempsey Holder Ocean Festival and Surf Contest, a surf contest and ocean festival honoring the memory of legendary waterman, big-wave surfing pioneer, and lifeguard Allan “Dempsey” Holder. This event has become South San Diego County’s largest surf contest, with divisions for all ages and levels. Proceeds from the event will support WILDCOAST’s efforts to protect the most iconic and ecologically important coastal and marine ecosystems in Southern California and Mexico 

Again this year, in conjunction with the Imperial Beach Chamber of Commerce, the event will include a Blues and BBQ Festival and Beer Garden, that will take place at the Imperial Beach Pier Plaza from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Don’t miss the great food and music that the whole community can enjoy. After 11 successful consecutive events, it is expected that this year’s festival and contest will be the largest yet with an estimated 1,500 attendees and participants expected.

“The WILDCOAST Dempsey Holder Surf Competition and Ocean Festival was inspired by Dempsey Holder, one of California’s most iconic watermen who helped pioneer big wave surfing at the infamous Sloughs Reef, now the Tijuana River Mouth Marine Protected Area,” says WILDCOAST Executive Director Serge Dedina. “The event continues to honor Dempsey while celebrating our shared coastline and promoting a clean and accessible surfing environment.” 

The WILDCOAST Dempsey Holder Ocean Festival has provided the first organized surfing competition experience for many young surfers. Thanks to a partnership with the United Athletes of the Pacific Ocean (UAPO), surfers from Baja California and throughout Latin America will be well represented at the Dempsey, making it a truly international event. Thanks to donations to the Dempsey Scholarship Fund, every child in need can participate in the event free of charge. Please donate to the scholarship fund so underserved youth from South San Diego County, the lowest income coastal urban area in Southern California, can experience the joy and challenge of a surfing competition.

Generous Dempsey sponsors include the City of Imperial Beach, County of San Diego, Regional Airport Authority, Unified Port of San Diego, California Water, Borden Ranches, Pacific Realty, BajaBound, Emerald City, Sterling Tours, Nextivity, Pacific Realty, Pacifica Companies, Cow-Bunga and numerous other San Diego-based companies.

WILDCOAST currently seeks additional sponsorships and in-kind support to carry out this year’s event. For more information and to make your donation please contact WILDCOAST Development Manager, Derry Cowley (619) 423-8665 ext. 201 or derry@wildcoast.net

Registration for the event is open at: www.wildcoast.net.

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