Official Date for the 2013 Switchfoot Bro-Am Announced

The date for the upcoming Switchfoot Bro-Am has been officially announced!:

The Bro-Am page on Switchfoot’s site updated with the official press release:

The 9th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am surf contest and concert returns to Moonlight Beach in Encinitas on July 13, 2013. The daylong event features a variety of activities including a charity surf contest, a nerf surf jousting exposition between surf contest heats, The Rob Machado Bro Junior, and a live concert with Switchfoot on the beach. The evening will round out with the annual Belly Up Tavern After-Party. Additional live performances on the beach as well as the Belly Up lineup will be revealed at a later date.

Bro-Am weekend kicks off on Friday, July 12, with an auction night event at which guests will savor signature dishes from the area’s leading restaurants. The evening will also include a special live music performance by Switchfoot, stellar silent and live auctions, opportunity drawings, and an exclusive sneak peek of Switchfoot’s debut feature film, Fading West.

An annual event near and dear to Switchfoot’s heart, the Bro-Am was created to give back to the San Diego community while benefiting local children’s charities through funds raised at the pre-event auction night soiree, as well as from vendors on the beach day-of, corporate surf team entries, sponsorships, and an after-party at the Belly Up Tavern. Since its inception in 2005, the Bro-Am has raised more than $715,000 for San Diego-based children’s charities. Inspired by the success of the Bro-Am, Switchfoot created the Switchfoot Bro-Am Foundation to continue their mission of supporting local at-risk, homeless, and street kids throughout the year.

“The Bro-Am has been the band’s favorite day of the year ever since we started it back in ’05,” notes Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman. “To see our hometown come together to help out a deserving group of kids is an incredible experience — surfing, music, and the San Diego scene at its best.”

This year’s Bro-Am is proud to welcome back the 2nd annual Rob Machado Bro Junior. Open to youngsters ages 16 and under, the Rob Machado Bro Junior places a premium on the competitor having the most fun. Kids sign up to enter at the Solana Beach Surf Ride location, compete on one of Rob Machado’s boards, and stick around for the day’s festivities. Rather than a financial donation, entrants bring gently-used surf clothes to the beach on competition day as their entry fee.

Four-person corporate surf teams secure their participation via sponsorship donation to the Switchfoot Bro-Am Foundation. Throughout the years, the contest has featured riders representing Hurley, Billabong, Channel Islands, Transworld Surf, Surf Ride, Macbeth, Dragon, Surfer Magazine, the Encinitas Firefighters Association, and many more, as well as surf legends Tom Curren and Rob Machado, and members of Switchfoot.

Expanding upon Bro-Am’s relationship with Hurley H2O, for the past few years, the Bro-Am beach experience has been a “single-use plastic water bottle-free event.” Attendees are encouraged to bring a re-usable water bottle to fill up at the H2O station for free, and Hurley H2O provides stainless steel bottles with funds raised supporting nonprofit partners like The Ecology Center.

Continuing its eco-friendly efforts, the Switchfoot Bro-Am will again work with San Diego-based Alternative Power Productions to offer cutting-edge solar-powered sound and staging. Alternative Power Productions utilizes the renewable energy sources of the sun to deliver 100% pollution-free concerts. By using solar power rather than a diesel generator or grid power, the Bro-Am will avoid emitting approximately 1,000 lbs of CO2 into the atmosphere (the equivalent of not driving your car approximately 1,100 miles or the annual sequestration of 66 trees).

More information will be announced as the 9th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am approaches. also posted about the event and the upcoming Fading West film:

Jon Foreman promises that Switchfoot fans will get a different perspective on the band from its upcoming film project, “Fading West,” which will debut at the group’s just-announced 9th Annual Bro-Am surfing contest and concert.

The Bro-Am takes place July 12-13 i Encinitas, Calif. A charity auction, a performance by Switchfoot and a sneak peek of “Fading West” will take place on the 12th, while the 13th will feature a full-scale beachfront concert, a charity surf contest with surf jousting exhibitions between heats, and the Rob Machado Bro Junior competition. The Bro-Am has raised more than $715,000 for San Diego-area children’s charities during its history. More information about the event will be posted on the band’s website.

As for the “Fading Fast” film, Foreman tells Billboard that, “Our goal was always to be professional surfers — and I’m only partially kidding when I say that — and if nobody is gonna make a movie about us, let’s do it ourselves. We love surfing, so this was kind of a chance to introduce that to the rest of the world and maybe connect a few of the dots to the music as well.”

“Fading Fast” combines scenes of the band surfing at locales around the world — including the U.S., South Africa, Bali, Australia and New Zealand — with behind-the-scenes of Switchfoot on tour and in the studio, as well as on stage. “It’s about rock ‘n’ roll and the journey we’ve been on for the past eight albums,” Foreman says. “There’s a lot of special moments in the film.”

There will be no formal soundtrack for “Fading Fast;” a new Switchfoot album is due out in September that will include some songs heard in the film. And Foreman says the group has reached out to some friends to be part of it, including his Fiction Family bandmate Sean Watkins and his sister Sara, Karl Denson, Charlie Peacock and others.

“We want to just kind of pull on different people whop lay other instruments and can add colors to the score that we would never be able to add,” Foreman says. “It’s been a whole lot of fun to dream it up.”

Meanwhile, the group — whose latest album, “Vice Verses,” came out in 2011 — has started scheduling late spring and summer shows, including stops June 14 at the San Diego County Fair, June 21 at the Alive Festival in Mineral City, Ohio, June 22 at the Big Ticket Festival in Gaylord, Mich., and Aug. 24 at Rock the World in Santa Claus, Ind.

So….who’s going!?!

26 responses to “Official Date for the 2013 Switchfoot Bro-Am Announced”

  1. Aron

    I don’t get it. What’s it with the Fading ” Fast ” thing?

    1. Alex

      Typo :)

  2. Wes

    I thought the album was coming out the same time as the film. Only some songs from the film will be on the album? Surely they made a few mistakes there (since it’s not called Fading Fast).

    1. Alex

      I believe they were referencing the score – and the album will be released near September (according to the article) with the movie releasing after the FW tour. Looks like they’ll be showing a sneak peek at the Bro-Am.

  3. pam b

    I think I’m going :)

  4. Meg

    I’m going! That’s the plan!

  5. Julia

    Fading Fast – FF , might continue the legacy of HH, VV . Just a thought :)

  6. Brenda Hutchison

    I’m going to Bro-Am, Gaylord and South Bend! Woo Hoo!

  7. Elaine Lore

    I will be there!

  8. Hannah Heimbigner

    I want to go so bad!!! Some day, I will go

  9. Sir Charles

    wait, so the album has been pushed back officially? I just want to be sure.

  10. Peter

    Their Bro-Ams just keep getting better and better!
    On a side note, I think we should start protesting for Switchfoot to bring their podcasts back. I’m guessing they stopped because they needed to save all the touring content for the film… which may possibly be like one huge podcast.
    But either way, those podcasts did so much for me, and I’ve been waiting for a couple of years now for them to release a new season of them…

    1. Alex

      They haven’t made new podcasts because their videographer, Andy, is off touring with Foster the People. :)

  11. jam

    Basically, this sucks.

    1. Fading West is pushed back to September.
    2. Apparently, they are not releasing the soundtrack.
    3. They are’ny even premiering the movie at the Bro-am.

    And other than Sara, not too excited seeing that Switchfoot is bringing all these people onto the record. But as long as no one other than Sara sings, it will be fine I guess.

    1. i am who i am

      1. I think realistically that was expected. The guys tend to be… a little “optimistic” with release dates

      2. Thats kind of been the belief through the whole process so far

      3. I won’t be there so I guess it makes no difference to me, but it does stink for those that are going and were hoping to see the whole film

      Totally agree with the whole “collaborations” thing, if thats the right word to use. It could merely just be added instrumentation/production more so then like guest vocals or something. But i’ve never been a huge fan of there being lots of “guests”, so to speak, on a record, unless its merely a collaborations record, and not a proper record. I think a Switchfoot record should be just that, a Switchfoot record… but I suppose thats a bit cynical of me. But I do understand what you mean.

      1. jam

        Yeah, I guess I should have expected it, I just wanted to believe it a little too much.

        Maybe, but there was never an absolute “no soundtrack” confirmation, it seemed like it was sort of a toss-up at the time.

        Yeah, as long as they don’t do anything more than instrumentals, it will be fine. Rock is definitely not the genre that should have the “collaborations”. Without Jon singing they should just rename it and put it on another cd. I kind of see FW being their best cd to date, and from what I have heard so far it definitely has the chance, if they don’t ruin it by overcrowding it. But that’s just me getting my hopes up, too.

  12. Deb

    A couple of questions about the auction: Is it okay to bring kids/teens, or is this more of an adult thing? Also, by sneak peek, do they mean the entire movie or just a portion?

    1. jam

      The way they say it makes it sound like they will only show a portion. And since they use the wording “sneak peek” instead of “premiere”, it seems highly probable that it will be a 3-10 min preview.

      1. Deb

        Right, but the article also says this, “Jon Foreman promises that Switchfoot fans will get a different perspective on the band from its upcoming film project, “Fading West,” which will debut at the group’s just-announced 9th Annual Bro-Am surfing contest and concert.”

        1. jam

          To me that kinda sounds like they’re quoting something he had previously said, but who knows, they may surprise me.:)

  13. ellijordan

    Okay. I’m ridiculously excited about Fading West, but so far this has got to be one of the most confusing projects! Every post (lobh or otherwise) I read on FW seems to say something different, haha. I thought I had it figured out until this article :P

  14. dana

    The bro am is on my birthday! haha awesome