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October 15, 2011

Join Us For The Dempsey Festival This Sunday!

Celebrate the coast with a surf contest and an ocean festival for all!
Thanks to all of our 2011 sponsors and donors!



On October 16, 2011, WiLDCOAST will host the 8th Annual Dempsey Holder Ocean Festival and Surf Contest from 7am-3pm at the Imperial Beach Pier. This annual family friendly charity event has become the largest surf contest in south San Diego County with over 120 competitors in eleven different divisions and hundreds of spectators, as well as live music, prizes and other entertainment.

This year, the Dempsey Holder Ocean Festival and Surf Contest is expanding internationally by partnering with the United Athletes of the Pacific Ocean (UAPO), a binational non-profit organization whose mission is to provide surfing youths in Mexico and the United States opportunities in competitive surfing and cultural exchange. UAPO will be bringing member surfers from Ensenada to compete in this year’s event.

Proceeds from the event support WiLDCOAST’s efforts to protect the most threatened and ecologically important coastal areas and wildlife in Southern California and Baja California, Mexico. Since 2000, WiLDCOAST has helped to conserve over two million acres of the most beautiful and biologically significant bays, beaches, islands and lagoons.

The festivities will began at 7a.m. with the surf contest and will also feature music from San Diego bands High Tide and The Morphs. REI will be on hand with their Outdoor School to provide demonstrations on ocean-based outdoor activities and One Earth Recycling will be hosting on-site recycling, including e-recycling. Equinox Laser Tag will be on hand for some fun for the kids. WiLDCOAST’s booths will feature environmental education and hands-on activities and games for those in attendance. There will also be a “Win with WiLDCOAST” opportunity drawing with an array of prizes, ranging from gift certificates, surf attire and books to the grand prize of two plane tickets from Southwest Airlines. 

This event would not be possible without the support of the 2011 Dempsey Sponsors.

Individuals can also sponsor local youth to compete in the Dempsey Surf Contest. This helps WiLDCOAST provide scholarships for local needy children to participate free of charge. Over the past eight years hundreds of children have participated in the Dempsey thanks to the support of community supporters and sponsors. Many of these children have gone on to become WiLDCOAST volunteers, serving as the next generation of ocean stewards for our region. To sponsor a child, please contact Lenise Andrade at 619-423-8665 x201.