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Organizers ramp up for SURF 24 event in Huntington Beach

Previously held in Santa Monica, the competition is expected to draw some 5,000 attendees and even a few celebrities.

By Ashly McGlonePublished: June 17, 2010 03:18 PM

The third annual Project Save Our Surf: SURF 24 event will find a new home this weekend in Huntington Beach. The event, which was previously held in Santa Monica, will boast a range of activities – and even some celebrity appearances, all will the goal of promoting clean oceans and celebrating the sport of surfing.

Some 5,000 attendees are expected to turn out to watch as 10 teams, made up of 240 competitors, ride the waves for 24 hours starting at noon on June 19. The teams will face off each hour.

Among those taking to the waves will be celebrity surfers, with two joining each team to compete from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Confirmed personalities include “True Blood’s” Sam Trammell, Dylan Bruno from “Numb3rs,” Jesse Spencer from “House,” Sean Patrick Flanery from the “Boondock Saints,” “24’s” Chad Lowe and Eric Balfour, and Brandon Boyd of Incubus, among others.

A $2,400 buy-in was required for each team, with all proceeds benefiting three environmental organizations: San Clemente-based Surfrider Foundation, Santa Monica-based Heal the Bay and Costa Mesa-based Inside the Outdoors, a program sponsored by the Orange County Department of Education.

In addition to the 24-hour surf-a-thon, live concerts, a movie showing of "North Shore," complete with a cast-and-crew Q&A, a VIP screening of the Oscar-winning documentary "THE COVE," an auction and a dinner gala will also take place.  

With all the action, local businesses are sure to get a welcome boost, according to Tanna Frederick, founder of Project Save Our Surf.

“I’m sure that it is going to bring quite a bit of money into the city. We have pretty much rented out the entire Shorebreak Hotel for four days. Duke’s is staying open 24 hours and even letting us put sleeping bags on the ground,” said Frederick. “This community is overwhelmingly supportive and wonderful. I mean its Surf City USA. I am completely overwhelmed by the city and the beach here.”

Frederick will compete with her team, the Red-Headed Furies, and co-host the event alongside world champion surfers Shaun Tomson and Peter "PT" Townend.

One competitor will walk away from the event with a SURF 24 Surfer of the Year trophy, and the winning team will receive gold-engraved Nixon watches.

SURF 24 is Project Save Our Surf’s largest annual event and coincides with International Surfing Day on June 20.

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