San Clemente Ocean Festival 2013

by steve watts April 04, 2013

San Clemente Ocean Festival 2013

TheSan Clemente Ocean Festival 2013 will be held on the weekend of July 20th and 21st.  I realize it’s only March, but if you want to get organized with places to stay and have a great time down there, it is time to start thinking about planning your trip. It will get packed coming closer to the event, so get in there early.  If you only live up the road, well now you can put it in your calendar and have no excuse for missing it.

About The Ocean Festival

San Clemente Ocean Festival 2013"The San Clemente Ocean Festival is a volunteer organization dedicated to the promotion and support of ocean safety, the environment and the community by providing a quality athletic venue and enjoyable family event."  

Deemed as the "Greatest Show on Surf" it is a great day out for the family and individuals who are stoked on getting out into the ocean and having a fun-filled weekend.  Even if you aren’t into the water sports, what better way to get your feet wet with some great organized events and have a sick time with the family? There will be all sorts of ocean-minded events to get the blood flowing and the heart racing. Below is a list of the events you can take part in. Be sure to sign up early to avoid disappointment!   

List of Events at The 2013 San Clemente Ocean Festival

5K Beach Run  "Grom's Rule" Surf Contest  Sand-Sculpting Competition Lifeguards' Pancake Breakfast Fishing Derby  Children's Events  Dolphin Dash/Kids Beach Run  21st Annual Classic Woody Car Exhibit  Ocean Art Show  Family Beach Party & Free Concert  Great Rubber Duck Race 

According to the event organizers, there will be a handplane event, which we are hoping to head.  We will keep you informed of any updated information.

History of the San Clemente Ocean Festival

The festival was first called the "Orange County Beach Games" and was started in 1976 by Sheridan Byerly, Marine Safety Captain for San Clemente Lifeguards. Byerly wanted to promote the participation in the beach games, which up until then had only attracted the local lifesaving community. He saw an opening and opportunity for a fun-filled weekend that could attract families and involve them in all sorts of fun events on the beach.

Today, the event attracts nearly 50,000 people annually from Orange, San Diego, Riverside, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, as well as visitors from as far as Hawaii and Australia. With that many people coming from far and wide, it is a good idea to get involved and signed up as soon as you can. 

Sign up for the 2013 San Clemente Ocean Beach Festival here.


steve watts
steve watts

Growing up in South Africa, Steve spent his youth dreaming of far off places. After spending eight years extensively traveling to many of the great surf destinations of the world getting dengue fever, having a near death experience from a falling coconut in mexico, Surviving a 15 foot drop on a handboard on a Nias bomb, jumping from every rock he could find without adequate health insurance. and comprehensively debunking the myth there are no waves in Thailand, even if they are small. He decided it was time for a a degree. Steve Graduated from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London with a degree in product design. He missed his graduation to go surfing in Californian, found a kindred spirit with Venice and never left

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