March 19, 2014
Seventh Annual Spyder Surf Fest 2014 presented by Monster Energy Drink Makes a Splash in Hermosa Beach on April 5
South Bay’s Largest Surf Festival to Honor Surf Industry, Local Businesses and Most influential Names of the Past and Present
Spyder Surf Fest will once again bring together the surf industry’s most prominent brands and surfers to Hermosa Beach on April 5 for a seventh consecutive year. The day will kick off the day with the “Surfers Walk of Fame” induction ceremony at 11:30 a.m. followed by a day of live music, fashion shows, interactive booths, giveaways and new to this year’s Surf Fest line-up - the LA Surf Awards, which will be presented at 3 p.m. at Hermosa Pier Plaza. The Awards will recognize four of the most influential standouts for their accomplishments and contributions to surf history, including Palos Verdes’ pro and “Standout Surfer of the Year” surfer Alex Gray, legendary surf photographer Mike Balzer, short board and longboard champion Ted Robinson who will be honored with the coveted “California ICON” award and Bob Hurley who will accept Hurley’s achievement for “Breakout Brand of the Year.”
“Hermosa Beach is a little rural beach community but it is truly ground zero of surf culture,” said Dennis Jarvis, founder, Spyder Surf Shops. “The South Bay breeds some of the most accomplished surfers and talent the industry has ever known, and it only makes sense to honor and unite those who have played an integral role at Surf Fest. We celebrate and honor the legends of the past and present and intend to continue working with the most influential action sport companies for many years to come.”
The City of Hermosa Beach will commemorate the surf heritage of the South Bay with the induction of two legendary South Bay surfers, John McFarlane and Sparky Hudson to Hermosa Pier’s acclaimed "Surfers Walk of Fame." The newest additions of bronze plaques will become permanent fixtures alongside fellow greats Greg Noll, Dewey Weber, Hap Jacobs, Dale Velzy and many others.
Following the induction ceremony until approximately 7 p.m., Pier Plaza will feature industry booths and musical acts, including 70's Amateur World Champion Mark Levy's band "THE BIXBY DICKS," Fallen Riviera, HOIST the COLORS as well as local favorites Kevin Sousa and Sand Section.
Participating brands of the seventh annual Spyder Surf Fest include presenting sponsor Monster Energy, Sanuk, SUN BUM, Hurley, Billabong, Quiksilver, Volcom, Electric, Rip Curl, Roxy, Toms and many more.
After 7 p.m., festivities will continue into the evening at the official Surf Fest Post Party at Watermans. VIP wristbands will be issued during the day at the restaurant for express entry and food and beverage discounts.
For more information about Spyder Surf Fest 2014 or how to get involved, go to www.spydersurf.com.
Make Waves Communications
Hermosa Beach - arguably where the surf industry really started! And once again the epicenter for all the best of the surfing world on Saturday April 5th as Pier Plaza becomes Spyder Surf Fest 7 presented by Monster Energy.
5 bands, Fashion show, Autograph Signings, Free Games and Giveaways, Live DJ, and for the first time the LA Surf Awards! It all happens from 12pm to 6pm downtown Hermosa Beach right in front of the Spyder Surf Pier Ave. store.
Check back here for a detailed schedule of bands and other events - or sign up for our email list (bottom of the front page of the website), follow us on instagram or facebook!
The rain delayed the snow by a few hours but once things got going, it was good times for all.
And your Snowboard exhibition best trick winner...
Huge thank you to Monster, Bud Light, Hurley, the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce, all of the downtown businesses and all of our vendors / partners for the support. The community appreciates it as much as we do - and it wouldn't be possible without everybody coming together to make it happen.
The King of the SouthBay Surf Championship has been rescheduled for this Saturday September 28th... See you there!
See what tryout time to show up for below.
There are various sub-teams based on skill level. To join a sub-team, all you need to do is try out and land the required tricks for that sub-team (seen below). Earn badges and points by completing tricks and learning new skateboard repair skills. See where you rank and compare with others on leaderboards. Finally, there is a place for you to have fun on a skate team. A Longboard Team is also available.
A WAIVER MUST BE SIGNED TO PARTICIPATE.
Waivers will be available at the date of the event. We will be happy to email a waiver requiring a notary signature, if your parent or guardian cannot attend the event.
How The Open Skate Team Works:
Simply practice the tricks for one sub-team. On the day of the event, a judge will watch you complete all the tricks for the sub-team you are trying out for. Once completed, you will be placed on the sub-team.
If you think you won't be able to complete all the tricks for the sub-team you are trying out for, because of how difficult they are, you can bring in video footage of yourself to show a judge.
Below are the street skating tricks you'll need to practice before the try out date.
Team White*: Ollie, Slalom 10 Cones, Manual 8 Feet, Ride Up Curb
Team Yellow: Kickflip, Heelflip, Frontside & Backside 180, FS 50-50 Grind,
Team Orange: Varial Kickflip, BS & FS 50-50 Grind, FS & BS 50-50 180 Out
Team Green: FS & BS Flip, FS Nose Slide, FS & BS 5.0, 5.0 Shuv-it Out
Team Blue: 360 Flip, Crooked Grind, Blind Flip, FS Nose Slide
Team Purple: FS & BS Heelflip, Switch Flip, Hard Flip, BS Tail Slide 180 Out
Team Red: Kickflip BS Tail, Switch Varial Heel, Fakie Hardflip, Switch Crooked Grind
Team Black: Reserved for elite skaters. Must be nominated.
BS= Backside, FS= Frontside, Slalom= in & out (not downhill)
BS & FS= Must complete both frontside and backside. Not one or the other.
Riding Up Curb= While riding, you must lift the front of the board up onto a sidewalk, and then lift the back of the board up onto the sidewalk.
Longboarders/Downhillers- Please bring your best video footage, or show us your Youtube/Vimeo video during the event. Come prepared to do some tricks too. We will still have sub-teams for you guys. You can check with us next week to see what the sub-teams are for longboards/downhill.
The event starts at 11:AM. Due to the limited space at our PCH location, we encourage people to show up at the correct time for the sub-team they are trying out for. You can still try out at the event if you miss your tryout time. We'll squeeze you in somewhere.
Team White: 11:am
Team Yellow: 12:pm
Team Orange: 1:pm
Teams Green & Blue: 2:pm
Teams Purple & Red: 3:pm
*Can't Make Team White?
If you don't have the skills to make it on Team White , or think you won't complete all the tricks, DON'T WORRY, you can still be part of the Spyder Skate Team. While you are practicing the tricks for Team White, you'll be on the Grom Team.
Can't Make It To The Event?
If you are unable to attend the event, you can submit your video footage to Spyder on PCH at a later date. You can bring your video footage into Spyder on PCH, or post your footage to the Spyder Facebook page. When posting your video footage on Facebook, be sure to title your post, "New Member Try Out", and say what team you are trying out for. A staff member or team captain will add you to the correct sub-team shortly after.
After The Event:
After the try out date on August 31st, there will be other future events, called clinics, where you can earn more points and badges by learning hands-on repair and maintenance skills, and information about equipment.
Hands-on skills include (but are not limited to):
• Removing grip tape
• Applying grip tape
• Custom grip tape jobs
• Removing bearings from wheels
• Making a bearing cleaning kit
• Cleaning bearings
• Rethreading a truck axle
• Replacing bushings
• Remove a broken kingpin bolt
• Fixing a chipped deck
• Fixing razor tail
We will also have additional product clinics, where you can learn more about the differences between products, and know which ones work better than others.
Points, Badges, and Leaderboards:
Every time you complete a trick, learn a new skateboard repair skill, and attend a product clinic you will earn badges and points. Compare and compete against other team members and sub-teams by how many badges and points you earn. You will be able to view all the stats and rankings on leaderboards. Your stats and leaderboards are viewed online.
Trick Badges= 100 points
Hands-on Badges= 25 points
Product Knowledge Badge= 25 points
How You Earn Badges and Points:
After the August 31st event, when you land new tricks for the next sub-team, you can bring in your video footage to Spyder on PCH, or post your footage to the Spyder Surf Facebook page. When posting your video footage on Facebook, be sure to title your post using the sub-team name you are on and the trick you landed. For example: If you are on Team White, your post would be titled, "Team White, Kickflip". Your team captain will see it and notify a Spyder staff member who will award you your points and badge.
Volunteer to be a team captain. As a Team Captain, your task is to monitor the sub-team you look after. You must check the Spyder Facebook page and make notes of your team members who have completed tricks. After making your notes, you hand them to a Spyder staff member, who will add the necessary badges and points for that team member. At the event, notify a staff member who can check to see if a team captain position is open for you.
HELMETS ARE REQUIRED.
Food and drink to be determined.
Be aware that parking is very limited. You may find plenty parking across the street.
For more info visit or call Spyder @ (310) 374-8276. A waiver must be signed to participate.