Ocean City Helps Celebrate International Surfing Day
The South Jersey Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation uses the event to raise awareness of ocean conservation.
Hundreds of beachgoers bearing all manner of waveriding vehicles — shortboards, longboards, boogie boards, standup paddleboards, kite boards and more — gathered on the beach at 59th Street on Wednesday afternoon and evening to mark International Surfing Day.
The event was sponsored by the South Jersey chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, a national organization that describes its mission as "the protection and enjoyment of our world's oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network."
The Ocean City event was one of 200 celebrated in 25 countries on June 20 — the summer solstice.
The celebration included music, equipment demos, conservation activities and, of course, surfing.
The ocean obliged with a 71-degree temperature and two-foot waves that were friendly to crowds of surfers of all levels.
One of the biggest attractions of the event was surfing lessons — free to anybody who agreed to participate in a beach cleanup or to join/renew membership in the Surfrider Foundation.
Krissy Halkes of the Foundation had a list of 36 names waiting for lessons early in the event.