With its southwest facing coastline, Oceanside, San Diego's North Shore, has some of the best year-round surf in Southern California. So, it's no surprise that Oceanside attracts some of the hottest surf events of the summer, including North America's only 6-Star ASP professional women's surfing event. The best part? Visitors have a front row seat to it all.
"Oceanside has a rich surf culture and it is especially evident during the town's signature surfing events," said Leslee Gaul, CEO of Visit Oceanside. "Many of our surf events truly embrace the lifestyle by not only showcasing the sport, but also the music, products and general aloha spirit associated with surfing. Without ever having to put a foot in the ocean or even purchase a ticket, visitors can be a part of these good vibrations and experience it all for themselves."
While there are almost a dozen surf related events throughout the year in Oceanside, summer brings some of the most exciting. The most anticipated is the SuperGirl Pro, which will be held August 8 to 10, 2014 and is the only women's Association of Professional Surfing (ASP) qualifying event in America. Visitors can watch the world's best female professional surfers such as Bethany Hamilton, Carissa Moore and Alana Blanchard as they compete at Oceanside Pier to gain valuable points to qualify into the Women's Championship Tour in 2015. The event supports an eco-awareness platform that features more than 10 sustainability organizations as well as a surf industry village, live music, seminars, yoga, fashion, autographs from the pros, free hair styling by Paul Mitchell and other female-oriented activities. www.supergirljam.com
The weekend prior, August 1 to 3, 2014, Oceanside is host to the 14th Annual Guy Takayama Pro Open and Noseriding Surf Contest where surfers compete for a $5,000 purse in each event. A favorite of locals and visitors alike, the weekend includes the 30th Annual Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club Beach Festival with live music, food and variety of surf-related booths, as well as a Friday night gala at the California Surf Museum. www.oceansidelongboardsurfingclub.org
On August 16 and 17, 2014, the World Body Surfing Championships takes place and has nearly 400 bodysurfers from around the world competing in their respective age divisions for trophies and prizes. From either the beach or the pier, visitors can watch the best in body surfing as they take off on killer waves and perform tricks for the judges. www.worldbodysurfing.org
After the events, those who want more can head to Oceanside's California Surf Museum (CSM) which celebrates the rich history of surfing. One of Oceanside's most popular attractions, CSM prides itself in curating and documenting surf related artifacts. From wood plank surfboards made in the early 1900s to Bethany Hamilton's shark-bitten board from 2003, the museum actively preserves surf related items while telling their compelling stories. www.surfmuseum.org
For more information on Oceanside and all of its events and attractions, visit www.visitoceanside.org.
About Oceanside: Celebrating its 126th year, Oceanside is located along the beautiful Southern California coastline and considered the gateway city between metropolitan San Diego and Los Angeles. A classic Southern California beach town, Oceanside enjoys a rich history as an ideal place to stay and experience California's casual spirit. The city boasts a number of important historical and cultural attractions such as Mission San Luis Rey (The King of Missions), California's longest wooden pier, vintage 101 Café, 1920's era Robert's Cottages, Top Gun House, California Surf Museum and the Oceanside Museum of Art. The city has served as a film location for dozens of Hollywood productions and was once the preferred getaway of many of Hollywood's elite. Bordering Camp Pendleton, Oceanside has long enjoyed a strong relationship with the U.S. military and a deep commitment to the men and women serving the nation. Today, with 3.5 miles of sandy beach, a quaint New England-style harbor and a stellar year-round climate, Oceanside is a highly sought after location for enjoying active pursuits including surfing, stand up paddling, kayaking, boating, fishing, bike-riding, skydiving and more.
About Visit Oceanside: Visit Oceanside Conference and Visitors Bureau is the official tourism marketing organization in Oceanside, Calif; promoting travel to the city for both leisure and group visitors. The organization influences more than $60 million in visitor spending in Oceanside each year, which supports nearly 700 tourism-related jobs. Visit Oceanside also operates one of the state's official California Welcome Centers. With just one stop, visitors can find local, regional and state maps, purchase discount tickets to major Southern California attractions, make hotel reservations or shop for the perfect California keepsake. The Visit Oceanside CVB and California Welcome Center- Oceanside are conveniently located just off Interstate 5 at 928 North Coast Highway. For more information, please call (800)350-7873 or visit www.visitoceanside.org.