Southern California’s best kept secret is about
to be revealed. The first ever surf contest is being held at Point Mugu
and everyone is invited.Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) surf contest
will be held on Saturday, Oct. 25. The entry fee to participate is $20
for military and $25 for civilians.
“Point Mugu is one of the best surfing spots in California so a lot
of people want to come and surf on it,” Kent Blankenship, NBVC MWR
Athletics Director said. “We are encouraging the public to either
participate or come out and watch.”
This particular stretch of ocean at Point Mugu is
such a special spot because it faces in a south direction which gives
it a unique wave. “Especially when there is a south swell coming the
wave breaks different and a lot bigger then a lot of different beaches
along the coast here,” Blankenship said.Todd Proctor, owner of Proctor
Surfboards, agrees that Point Mugu provides a world class wave. He says
everyone should come down and enjoy the ocean and socialize.
This may be the first time Point Mugu surfing break is open to the
public, but participants should remember that the point of the day is
community engagement. “I just hope that people will really keep in
perspective that it’s a contest to bring people together,” Proctor
said. “Hopefully people will realize that it is really no one person’s
The idea for the contest came from a challenge. MWR was challenged
to form more community engagement events. And who can resist a
challenge? Not Naval Base Ventura County.
MWR decided to host the surfing contest to get the community involved with their military.
Proctor says that a lot of time a gap can form between the military
and their community members. He says that opening Point Mugu will join
two groups that both enjoy the same thing. The ocean forms a common
ground. “I think the motive is really cool,” Proctor said. “To bridge
that gap will be a really cool thing.”
Blankenship says the contest will be broken up into six different
divisions. “We will have an open men and open women division, a body
board division, military men and military women division and a
professional division,” Blankenship said. “Surf contest check in starts
at 6:30 that morning and then the surfing starts at 7:30 a.m. and runs
up until 3 or 4 p.m. depending on how long the heats go.”
Each heat lasts 20 minutes and six people participate per heat.
There will be three heats per division and the top two people from each
heat will then go to the finals for that division. Each division is
only allowed 18 people so sign up fast before the spaces fill up.
“It kind of makes for a long day, but it’s also fun for people
watching the surf because we have a lot of great surfers out there,”
In order to participate in the surfing competition, participants
have to turn in a registration form. These forms will be available in
the local surf shops soon, or anyone can call the athletics department
to get a form sent to them. Contact Fred Morgan at (805) 982-3007 for
“We expect it to sell out really quickly,” Blankenship said.
If you would rather watch then participate, Blankenship says parking
will be available at the beach, but only for people that get their
names on the guard gate list. In order to get your name on the list,
again you will have to contact Fred Morgan.
If you aren’t able to get your name on the list, the base is setting
up a special shuttle van that will take people from the front gate at
Point Mugu out to the beach and back. The van will run all day so
everyone will have an opportunity to participate by showing their
support. Proctor Surfboards will be participating by giving away a
custom board to the winner of the competition. The company may even
give the winner a voucher to get their very own board custom made.
“We are also going to have a booth at the beach and be there to
explain how boards are made,” Proctor said. “We are going to have two
of our pros competing and two other guys that are ex pros.”
The two professional surfers that will be participating are Jarrah
Tutton and Danny Estes. Proctor also says that there is an outside
chance that Tamayo Perry may come out to surf. Proctor says he is one
of the best Pipeline surfers in the world.
The winners of the competition will be chosen on how well they
follow the rules of the sport. “There will basically be three different
judges out and they judge on the size of the wave, how long they ride
and what the surfer does on the ride,” Blankenship said.
“We are actually working on some celebrity judges.”
All contestants will receive a special event t-shirt, and a first,
second and third place winner will be chosen from each division.
The winners will receive either plaques or trophies.
If you can’t participate this year, you may have another opportunity to surf this rare area.
“We hope it will become an annual event but it might even become a
two day event so we can get more people surfing and more people entered
in it,” Blankenship said.
This is the first time ever that Point Mugu will be open for a surf
competition, so don’t miss out on this extraordinary event. This
competition is a great way to bring the entire community together.
“There is a delicate balance between protecting a wave that is
really cool and not over exposing it and coming together as a community
and getting to know one another and enjoying something that really God
has made and is really special in that way,” Proctor said. “My desire
is to see that delicate balance come together, where we all just enjoy
one another and enjoy the waves but don’t overexpose it.”
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