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The Venice Surf-A-Thon Is A Go

A few words from Venice Surf-A-Thon Founder Ger-I Lewis:

Everything about the Venice Surf-A-Thon is custom. From the trophies to the art work on the graphics.

The contest primary function is to showcase the talent of the many participants,volunteers and sponsors and have a good surfing time! The surf contest that was intended to be a one off that became not only a neighborhood institution but an international one also.

In 26 years the Venice Surf-A-Thon has increased the entry price once. The entry is a paltry $25.00. If a competitor is unable to pay, the contest waives the fee. The entry price includes a custom and limited t-shirt, entry to compete and to the award show after the contest at the Sidewalk Cafe. A super deal!

Most contests charge upwards of a $100.00 to compete for a plastic trophy. Why? because those contests are about making money. Venice Surf-A-Thon is not. It is about having a good time, staying funky and true to the roots and aloha spirit of surfing. It is the surf contest thugs, gentrification and hipsters could not ruin or kill.

I personally wish to welcome back Sector 9 to the sponsorship fold. Back in 1993 EG and Steve Lake jumped right in to sponsor the contest. A few years ago after 23 years of continuous sponsorship Sector 9 choose not to sponsor. Well EG is back at Sector 9 and on board with Venice Surf-A-Thon! We are stoked to resume a wonderful relationship!

You may notice many competing brands that sponsor the Venice Surf-A-Thon. It is unusual. The reason being Venice Surf-A-Thon is plain 'ol fun and truly a non- profit venture just to stoke folks out. You don't have to take my word for it, ask the sponsors, volunteers and competitors themselves.

Finally any funds generated by the Venice Surf-A-Thon (less production costs) are donated to MLD Christian School, Mindanao Philippines.

Executive Director

The entry fee includes the award ceremony party at the Sidewalk Cafe! $ 20 pre-entry via Paypal at $25 Beach entry.

Visit the 26th Annual Venice Surf-A-Thon Surf Contest Facebook Page for more info.

Check out the coverage of the 2018 Venice Surf-A-Thon.


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