'Project Save Our Surf: SURF 24' festival coming to Huntington Beach Saturday and Sunday
Project Save Our Surf: SURF 24, a two-day festival of surfing, music, film and community, will be hitting the shores of Huntington Beach on Saturday and Sunday.
Coinciding with International Surfing Day, the third-annual event will feature a 24-hour surfathon being held to benefit the Surfrider Foundation, Heal the Bay and the Orange County Department of Education program Inside the Outdoors.
Co-hosted by actress and Project SOS founder Tanna Frederick as well as world champion surfers Shaun Tomson and Peter "PT" Townend, recreational and pro surfers will be joined by television and film celebrities competing to put up the best wave each hour from noon, Saturday to noon Sunday, vying for the "SURF 24 Surfer of the Year" trophy.
Surf luminaries participating include James Pribram, Matt Beacham, Mary Osborne, Buttons Kaluhiokalani, Angie Reno, John Philbin, Courtney Conlogue and Jon Rose, with more likely added.
Celebrity surfers scheduled to attend include Sam Trammell ("True Blood"), Jesse Spencer ("House"), Galen Gering ("Days of our Lives"), Sean Patrick Flanery ("Boondock Saints"), Chad Lowe ("24"), Michael Munoz ("The Amazing Race"), Zoe Bell ("Grindhouse"), Eric Balfour ("24"), Brandon Boyd ("Incubus"), Ingo Rademacher ("General Hospital"), David Chokachi ("Beyond the Break"), Gregory Harrison ("Trapper John, MD"), Chris Bruno ("The Dead Zone") and Pat Parnell (Fuel TV’s "The Daily Habit").
The opening ceremony will be Saturday at 11:30 a.m., with events scheduled throughout the day for the whole family, including live music, guest speakers, mural painting and volleyball, plus vendors offering food and other items. A surf-film program will begin at 8:30 p.m. on the Pier Plaza, featuring special appearances from the cast and creators of "North Shore."Sunday will feature a beach breakfast at 8 a.m., with awards and the closing ceremony at noon.
To register to surf, visit www.projectsaveoursurf.org or call (424) 781-0865.
-- Kelly Burgess
Photo: Actress and Project SOS founder Tanna Frederick will be co-hosting the Project Save Our Surf: SURF 24 festival this weekend in Huntington Beach. Credit: Lesley Bohm
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