Surfest Also Has ISF Surfing & Bodysurfing Championships And Other Events & Activities
To many in the South Bay, the International Surf Festival – or Surfest for short – means only one thing.
And that is the Charlie Saikley 6-man beach volleyball tournament.
But there is actually more – much more – to the event. In fact, it’s an international lifeguard competition that brings in more than 1,500 competitors from around the world.
In fact, at the same time as the top-level 6-person volleyball teams will be competing Saturday on the sand at the Manhattan Beach Pier, in the water the ISP Surfing Championships and the ISF Bodysurfing Championships will be taking place.
Surfest also consists of an Intracrew relay and LA County Lifeguards running and rescue relays on Friday in Hermosa Beach (starts at 7 p.m.), a pier-to-pier swim on Sunday morning (it starts at 10th Street in Hermosa and goes to the MB pier), LA County lifeguard championships in Hermosa Beach on Saturday (starts 7 p.m.), a Dory Race at the Hermosa Beach Pier on Sunday and paddleboards races at the Manhattan Beach Pier and from Torrance Beach to the R10 buoy off Palos Verdes, both also on Sunday.
Additionally, there are youth events, including a sailing regatta at the King Harbor Yacht Club and a sandcastle contest starting Sunday morning (7:30 a.m.) at the south side of the Manhattan Beach Pier.
Unrelated to Surfest but existing because of it, there’s a sidewalk sale with live music all day Saturday on Hermosa Beach’s Pier Plaza.
So when thinking of Surfest, keep in mind that there’s more to it – a lot more to it – than just the crazy, whacky, dress-up, teams-in-themes beach volleyball tournament.
Although the fun that event has generate and continues to provide certainly makes for a fun setting and weekend in Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and even into Redondo Beach.