Don't miss the 1st Annual Regular Joe Surf Festival at Sebastian Inlet State Park on Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21, 2013 at the first to third peak, north of the North Jetty. Seasoned recreational surfers and those new to the sport will have an opportunity to show off their surfing skills and possibly win one of the custom awards in 12 divisions or the 2013 King of the Joes award.
The Regular Joe Surf Festival is designed to provide recreational surfers an opportunity to surf Sebastian Inlet's renowned First Peak, Florida's most famous wave, free from the overwhelming crowds of pro-surfers in the same way that it's predecessor Doctors Lawyers Weekend Warriors surf festival has done for 20 years. After two decades of raising funds for good causes the Doctors Lawyers Weekend Warriors festival ended last year and awarded three $1,000 scholarships in memory of local photographer Mama G, Lorraine Guthrie. The founders of the Regular Joe Surf Festival plan to continue this tradition.
The two organizations selected to benefit from this year's event are the Melbourne High Surf Team and the Sebastian Inlet Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.
Doctors Lawyers Weekend Warriors founders Harry Greenfield, Jack Kirschenbaum and Don Stewart will be joined by Bob Freeman, official wave forecaster, to open the contest with an Official Founders' Heat. East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame member Dick Catri is scheduled to serve as the Honorary Starter and will be sounding the horn to signal the beginning of the first event.
The first heat is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. Friday morning and events will continue throughout the day until 5:40 p.m. when everyone is invited to the Sebastian Inlet Surf and Sport for the Surfer Stomp. The next day the fun starts at 8:00 a.m. and continues until 6:00 p.m. when the 30-minute Regular Joe Super Heat takes place. The awards are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on the upper deck of the Inlet Grill.
For more information about the beneficiaries, entry details and history visit the Regular Joe Surf Festival website. To learn more about Sebastian Inlet State Park visit the Florida State Park website.