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Beach 'N Boards Fest 2014

Ron Jons Spring Break 2014 shirts will no doubt be huge sellers at the Beach 'N Board Fest.
Ron Jons Spring Break 2014 shirts will no doubt be huge sellers at the Beach 'N Board Fest.
Photo: Ron Jons Surf Shops

Spring Break is almost here and Cocoa Beach is gearing up for college crowds who will be in town for Ron Jon's 2014 Beach 'N Boards Fest. The fun takes place from March 13-16 and the event is expected to draw tens of thousands.

All events are on the beach at Shepard Park unless stated otherwise. Events are wind and wave permitting, and times are subject to change. The best place for information is on the website.

Board meetings

The Ron Jon/Vans Jr. Pro will be an ASP 2-star event and the richest competition scheduled for the US East Coast in 2014. The event is expected to draw all of the best U.S. mainland, Hawaii and Latin American surfers age 20 and under, and will offer up valuable points toward the surfers’ qualifying for the Junior Pro World Championships in Australia. The men’s contest will feature a $20,000.00 cash purse, and the women’s contest will offer a $5,000.00 cash purse. The events are equally weighted with the ASP. Those events are scheduled daily but are wind and wave dependent and times may vary.

Collegiate Skate Tour

On Thursday, March 13, from 3 - 6 p.m., the Collegiate Skate Tour will be hosting a mini ramp for students visiting from UF, USF, NC State (Raleigh, NC), and Oakland University (Rochester, Michigan).

Collegiate beach volleyball

On Friday, March 14th, the women’s collegiate beach volleyball season will kick off with the premiere East Coast beach volleyball event. UCF is hosting five East Coast Colleges: Stetson, FIU, UNF, JU, Georgia State, Warner. With five courts playing all weekend, there will be plenty of opportunity to catch a game.

Stand-up paddle boarding

On Saturday March 15, there will be board and paddle demos highlighted by a paddle clinic with Champion paddler Rob Rojas. A 1 and 3 mile race will also be held for those wanting to test their endurance and paddle skills. The Elite race, Sunday March 16, will consist of a 7-mile, $4,000 cash purse race. This is an ocean race.

Collegiate Kiteboarding

Ron Jon Kiteboarding will host a Collegiate Kiteboarding Association Contest on Saturday, March 15 and Sunday, March 16, conditions permitting. Schedule may adjust accordingly. There will be equipment and Cash Prizes of $300 per division.

Lessons will be available throughout the weekend and offer everyone the opportunity to ' test-drive ' a sport before investing in the equipment . And for those not interested in getting ' on board ' with water sports and will be content just to admire the scenery, Beach ‘N Boards Fest will include live music on Saturday evening. Skullcandy will host the top college bands and acts from around Florida.

Planners are advising those planning on attending not to expect the average festival food. Rather Beach ‘N Boards Fest will host several food trucks offering a wide variety of meals and snacks. The trucks will be serving from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Friday through Sunday.