I hope you all enjoyed our full recap of the Auction Night and San Diego Fair – if you missed it, you can read up on it right HERE! Now, we’re ready to update you on the rest of the events – the beach day first! Part 3 (coming later) will cover the afterparty and include some awesome MP3s – so watch for that!
The day started with the surf contest of course… Switchfoot got knocked out relatively early, but there were still some awesome waves caught! That was followed by the surf joust, which featured Jon donning the gorella suit and using a banana as a weapon – and then jousting with both! But you’ll read about that in a bit! Let’s recap you some articles on the event, then we’ll delve into some pictorial goodness!
On Saturday, surfers and fans of the native San Diegan band, Switchfoot, came together at D-Street in Encinitas for the seventh annual Switchfoot Bro-Am presented by Hurley. The event was held to benefit local chapters of Standup for Kids, and featured a unique surf contest as well as a live concert from the Grammy-winning hometown heroes.
The rules of the surf contest were as unorthodox as they were entertaining, as surfers in teams of four—made up of members of the surf industry and pro surfers—had to catch one wave in their regular stance and one in switch stance. Achieving victory over Transworld Surf was Hurley’s A-Team, which showcased some supreme surf prowess in both standard and switch stances.
While competitors battled for top honors in the water, beachgoers were treated to performances by the Silent Comedy, the Romany Rye, the Howls, and a headlining set by Jon Foreman, Tim Foreman, and Chad Butler of Switchfoot.
Three-time World Champion Tom Curren made an appearance at the event again this year, acting as a ringer for Team Switchfoot. Although they were still unable to take the win, they put on a great show both in and out of the water for a good cause.
Next up, pictures from Transworld Surf!:
One of the funnest events that we are involved with, the Switchfoot Bro Am, takes Moonlight Beach by storm and raises thousands of dollars for the Stand Up For Kids charity. Thanks to all who participated and congratulations to the winning team from Hurley. See you all next year!
Patch.com posted a great article and short video interview clip with Chad and Jon:
For the members of Switchfoot, who all either grew up or live in North County, the cause of homeless kids is personal.
“This isn’t an abstract thing for us,” said guitarist Drew Shirley. “This is very real. These are the kids we see when we are driving to Starbucks.”
While for many the cause of helping raise money for homeless kids was the draw of the event, for others it was more about a chance to rub elbows with their musical idols. In addition to meeting the band members, fans were able to visit a listening station at the event and hear a track from the band’s upcoming new album, Vice Verses, which is set for a Sept. 27 release.
“What other band does this?” asked 19-year-old San Bernardino resident Sarah Campbell, who woke up at 3 a.m. on Saturday and drove to Encinitas with two friends to attend the Bro-Am. “It’s awesome to be able to meet Switchfoot, hear them play a concert, watch them surf, all while helping raise money for homeless kids. It’s an awesome event.”
^ Jon’s infamous surf jousting get up!
Read the full Patch article HERE.
The Coast News Group:
Nerf-surf jousting competitions and other crazy antics notwithstanding, the seventh annual Switchfoot Bro-Am festival was backing a serious cause with the help of a crowd swelling to approximately 8,000 people.
“The Bro-Am has been my favorite day of the year ever since we started it back in 2005,” said Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman. “To see our hometown come together to help out a deserving group of kids is an incredible experience.”
Since its inception in 2005, the Bro-Am has raised more than $400,000 for San Diego-based children’s charities.
“This year we’re honored to be partnering with StandUp for Kids, a nonprofit organization helping homeless and street kids in San Diego for the past 18 years,” Foreman said. The group was the beneficiary of last year’s event as well. “The StandUp Kids are true survivors, unsung heroes who have endured so much.”
The NC Times:
The day’s events began early, with youth and adult surfers competing in decent waves on a June morning when the sun also made an early appearance.
“It’s going good,” said John Lindsley, the surfing event coordinator. “We have around 62 teams and everyone is enjoying. It’s a good atmosphere.”
The contest had corporate-sponsored, four-member teams —- including Hurley, Billabong, Surfer Magazine and Surf Ride —- with entry fees going to the charity.
Youth teams were able to compete in the junior division by collecting clothing donations.
A “Nerf surf” jousting battle featured 12 jousters.
“It’s a good mix of surfing and music,” said Barry Skinner, 42, who brought his son and daughter. “It’s a perfect day for both. We need events like this, they keep our spirits up.”
Read more HERE.
Now for the photos. View a great set of photos by John Bryant HERE or see some of my favorite shots below!:
Of course, Drew was busy MCing and being hilarious:
LOBHer Lizabeth posted some shots of Chad and Tim scoping out the waves – view her whole set of photos HERE!
Tim, Chad and Tom talking shop – view more photos HERE.
Jedidiah, the t-shirt company, was on hand to capture some of the beach moments – view the full set HERE:
GivingScene posted their own set right HERE.
More photos by VT Snapshot:
All of the above are AWESOME shots, but this has to be one of the best of the day – view the full stream of photos HERE!:
The guys put on a crazy good show as well, and didn’t let sound issues dampen their performance any, blazing through a high energy set of old and new tunes.
Check out an awesome set of concert photos by John Bryant right HERE or see some of my favorite shots below!:
^ Jon’s tribute to his surf jousting endeavor earlier!
^ Hey, I see my head… and a LOT of other people’s.
Lizabeth posted an epic close up shot of Jon’s VV guitar and a Hello Hurricane-esque Tim photo – view her full set HERE!:
More? View THESE energetic shots by Jonathan Gao:
More? VT Snapshots:
The birds flying around provided a nice backdrop for some Hurricane-ish photos:
View more photos HERE.
Wow, I think that wraps up our photo and article update – for now! We might have more to post later. If you’re in the mood for some videos, click right over HERE and watch whatever strikes your fancy! We hope you enjoyed these posts – check back better for the Auction night recap!