The Switchfoot Bro-Am surf contest and concert returns to Moonlight Beach in Encinitas on Saturday, June 26, 2010. An annual event near and dear to Switchfoot’s hearts, the Bro-Am was created to give back to the San Diego community while benefiting a local children’s charity through funds raised at a pre-event auction night set for Friday, June 25, as well as from vendors on the beach day-of, sponsorships, and an after-party at the Belly Up Tavern.
The 6th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am presented by Hurley will benefit the San Diego and Oceanside chapters of StandUp For Kids, a national nonprofit volunteer outreach organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of at-risk, homeless, and street kids. (www.standupforkids.org)
“The Bro-Am has been my favorite day of the year ever since we started it back in ’05,” notes Switchfoots’s Jon Foreman. “To see our hometown come together to help out a deserving group of kids is an incredible experience – surfing, music, and the San Diego scene at its best. We feel truly honored to again partner with StandUp For Kids, an incredible organization serving at-risk youth here in San Diego and across the country. Last year was our biggest year ever, and we hope to top it again this year.”
“StandUp For Kids is extremely proud that Switchfoot has chosen our Southern California programs as the beneficiary of their Bro-Am again this year,” notes Rick Koca, founder and CEO of StandUp For Kids. “Their dedication, support, and commitment to the homeless and street kids of Southern California is unequaled. For Jon and the band it isn’t just about raising funds, but getting to know the kids and the volunteers. Their impact in Southern California is felt long after the last surfboard is put away, the last song has been played, and the last fan has left the beach.”
The Switchfoot Bro-Am will again work with San Diego-based Sustainable Waves to offer cutting-edge solar-powered sound and staging. Sustainable Waves utilizes the renewable energy sources of the sun to deliver 100% pollution-free concerts. By using solar power rather than a diesel generator or grid power, the Bro-Am will avoid emitting approximately 1,000 lbs of CO2 into the atmosphere (the equivalent of not driving your car approximately 1,100 miles or the annual sequestration of 66 trees).
In addition to the surf contest and live music performances, the beach day will also feature a nerf surf jousting exposition between surf contest heats and an expression session.
This year’s surf contest participants so far include riders representing Hurley, Billabong, Surfer Magazine, Jedidiah, Surf Ride, Macbeth, Jet Pilot, and AKA, as well as professional surfers Rob Machado, Tom Curren, and Timmy Curran, and members of Switchfoot.
A free concert on the beach will feature performances by a number of well known local as well as national bands. The lineup will be announced June 7. Past performers have included Jason Mraz, Tristan Prettyman, Timmy Curran, Tom Curren, The New Archaic, Jane Carrey Band, Switchfoot, and many more.
This year’s beach vendors include the Surfrider Foundation, Pizza Port, Nika Water, Harney Sushi, Surf Ride, Keep A Breast, Quiver Boardworks, California Quivers, Love Nail Tree, INT, Surf Aid, Jedidiah, So Cal Kettle Corn, Walking On Water, the Belly Up, 91X, To Write Love On Her Arms, Life’s Rad, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Outside The Bowl, Le Grand Cru, Hurricane Olympics, Project7, Zinka, Water For Christmas, We Minus Me, Vitamin Water, GenerateHope, Tonic, Green Cruiser, Inc., Clif Bar, Nature’s Agave, First Light Surf, Christian Surfers Encinitas, and more. Clothing brand Hurley will also have its “Phantom Truck” on location, allowing beachgoers to customize boardshorts, win prizes, and potentially win an all-expense-paid trip to Indonesia with Rob Machado and the Hurley Team.
“The Bro-Am has always been about good times and good causes and I’m proud Hurley is a part of it,” says surfing icon Rob Machado. “Plus, it’s always interesting to surf with my left foot forward. I can’t wait.”
An after-party hosted by Teva and Switchfoot featuring Silent Comedy, The Howls, and special guests will take place that night at The Belly Up Tavern to help raise additional funds for StandUp For Kids.
“This is the event of the year,” Koca concludes. “Switchfoot comes home to tell these kids that they care about them, that the kids count, and they’ll keep talking about America’s homeless and street kids for as long as it takes.”