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13th annual Dempsey Holder Ocean Festival and Surf Contest

September 10, 2016

Date: Saturday, September 10 th , 2016    

Location: North Imperial Beach Pier, Imperial Beach, CA.

Time: 7AM- 3PM 

REGISTER for the 13th annual WILDCOAST Dempsey Holder and Ocean Festival and Surf Contest, one of the largest surf contest in California. This event, which honors legendary Imperial Beach surfer and lifeguard Dempsey Holder, celebrates the local heritage of surf lifestyle and coastal stewardship of San Diego County network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

To register for this year’s Dempsey Holder Surf Contest please fill out our ONLINE FORM! 


Directions: From the 5 FWY exit Palm Avenue west, turn left on Seacoast Drive. The Imperial Beach Pier is a few blocks south on Evergreen Avenue (click here for map).

Parking: Street parking in residential neighborhoods and some public lots are also available near the pier. We do advised to get to the event early to find parking since weekends are usually busy days at the beach. 

Bathrooms & Shower: Amenities are available at the beaches around the pier.

Heat Schedule: Information on heat times will be posted on our website and at our offices on Friday, September 9th in the afternoon. If you are not able to check your heat times the night before, we advise you to get to the surf contest before 7 am to be ready to surf your waves!  

If you have any questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact our Development and Events manager Derry Cowley at or call 619-423-8665 ext 201