Ventura Surf Club

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2023 C Street Classic Surf Contest and Carver Skateboard Contest

2023 C Street Classic Surf Contest and Carver Skateboard Contest 1769 2560 Ventura Surf Club

Mark your calendars! The C Stree Classic returns on September 2 & September 3. More details to come, stay tuned…

Click here for the event page.

If you would like to volunteer at the event, CLICK HERE to sign up to Volunteer!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE 2023 C Street Classic and Carver Skateboard Contest!

BellRinger Surf Night

Surf Night at Bellringer Brewing Co. – “Innocnts Surf Night”

Surf Night at Bellringer Brewing Co. – “Innocnts Surf Night” 1021 1020 Ventura Surf Club

An event sponsored by the Innocnts project, great collaborators of surf/skate-related media.

On July 13th they are bringing the Ventura Surf Club and Ventura Boardriders (and friends) together for a night of surf films, live music and a Q & A with Bill “Blinky” Hubina from Ventura Surf Shop.

More details HERE

Ventura Surf Club Annual Luau 2023

2023 Luau Recap

2023 Luau Recap 1981 2560 Ventura Surf Club

The Luau held on May 20th was special in many ways. We started off by honoring Jimmy Gray for his years of dedicated support to local youths with access to surfing in the Coalition Contests among many others. Our Charter Member and Past-Treasurer, Bruce Douglass was on hand to help reminisce and remind us how very special Jimmy is. A vintage Dick Brewer Surfboard was presented to him. Jimmy’s very first Board was a Dick Brewer!

The Club’s tradition is to present awards at each Luau. Since we didn’t earn points last year, we chose to recognize our successful youth and young adult Members for their recent wins and awards beyond the Ventura Surf Club. Jimmy Gray notes that Shane Davis got 2nd and Wyatt Hoover got 4th in last month’s contest at Steamer Lane. It’s off to the WSL US Tour for Raymond Sayles who made the ¼ Finals, Malia Ilagan is in the Semis, and Luella Pace made Finals in their WSL Divisions. Luella Pace could not be reached for her list but the top five most recent wins and awards for Shayne Davis, Malia Ilagan, and Raymond Sayles are included at the bottom of this post so you can see how well they are doing while representing the Ventura Surf Club at so many events.

The final presentation was to draw the winning ticket for the donated, rare, and vintage Jacobs-Wayne Rich surfboard. The board was on display at the Ventura Surf Shop for over a year. At $20 a ticket, it took a while to reach the goal set at 150 Tickets/$3,000. Our long-time member, Donna Eyman was the lucky winner. The proceeds support Pismo Beach’s Surfing For Hope Annual Benefit and Surfing Contest held each May.

A Photo Booth was set up in the grotto at the rear of HQ with help from Trent Camera. Many guests took advantage of the fun props and opportunity to capture the moment. We had a wide variety of live music throughout the evening. We were delighted by friends and Members who played for us. Summer and friends kicked off the evening followed by the harmonies of the Ilagan Sisters. Dudley finished out the night. Pizza and more refreshments were rushed in after dinner, suggesting the evening’s lingering success. It was a fun evening spent reminiscing, meeting new people, and sharing the time with good friends.

We want to thank the team of Vince and Cynthia at the Rodeo HQ for their support and hospitality. They were a delight to work with. Our beer was generously donated by Seth at MadeWest Brewery. We had a great team working to bring the evening together. Thanks to Jeff, April, Leslie, Nancy, and Jimmy for bringing us together.

Top Five Recent Wins and Awards

Malia Ilagan

  • 2nd Place C-Street Classic
  • 1st Place WSA Open Women’s Longboard Season U18
  • 1st place Malibu Surfing Association Classic Jr. Women’s 15-19
  • 1st Place High School Scholastic Surf Series- Women’s Longboard in Team event
  • 1st Place Battle Over The Line – Highest score out of every participant

Shayne Davis

  • 2nd Place Menehune Boys 14 & under and Club Presidents – La Jolla Shores Invitational, and the
  • Tourmaline Club Classic
  • 1st Place Junior Men 14-19 C Street Longboard Classic
  • 1st Place Junior Men – Big Stick Log Jam

Raymond Sayles

  • 2nd place Surf Rodeo
  • 1st place Men’s Open Pro – Mexico Peninsula, Rincon Classic, Santa Cruz Longboard, and the
  • Logjam
  • Santa Cruz Surf Magazine’s Longboarder of the Year
  • Attending Santa Cruz Univ. Majoring in Marine Biology with a 4.0 GPA
Ventura Surf Club Annual Luau 2023

The 2023 Luau Party is ON: Saturday, May 20

The 2023 Luau Party is ON: Saturday, May 20 1981 2560 Ventura Surf Club

The Ventura Surf Club Annual Luau Party is ON!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 20, 2023. Doors open at 5pm.

Full event details can be found HERE.

Tickets are $20 in advance, or $30 at the door. Click HERE to buy your tickets now.

Hobson Halloween Costume Surf 2022

Hobson Halloween Costume Surf 2022

Hobson Halloween Costume Surf 2022 720 341 Ventura Surf Club

The Hobson Halloween event was a lot of fun! The Uke clinic was held Saturday morning with the Ukalaliens. More musicians showed up than surfers. Thanks to Gene Myers for arranging the session.

Due to the high tide, our paddle out was held late in the day at around 3:00 pm and it was a bit choppy. We had five costumed riders with a Banana, Devil, Karate Kid, Octopus, and Referee. Everyone caught a couple of waves and there were a bunch of onlookers that cheered for us. It was an enjoyable afternoon for surfers and spectators alike.

Saturday evening brought a beautiful sunset and hearty potluck. Thanks to Donna Eyman for serving up the main course with her authentic and delicious Italian cuisine. We jammed well into the evening singing along to bluegrass and rock melodies.

Pictured above, from left to right: Craig Toth, Dan Minerva, Donna Eyman, Nancy Balogh, and Jeremiah Bergman.

Video of the Week: LJ Richards 1964 MSA Contest

Video of the Week: LJ Richards 1964 MSA Contest 640 480 Ventura Surf Club

MSA / Windansea Contest 1964 with all-time surf heroes, LJ Richards being one of them. If you have 8 minutes to spare and would like to watch something which will make you smile, no matter your mood, watch LJ and Company perform on great Malibu waves.

Video of the Week: Laurie Towner – SLOW LANE

Video of the Week: Laurie Towner – SLOW LANE 1280 720 Ventura Surf Club

‘Slow Lane’ is a surf film that follows big wave surfer Laurie Towner and his family as they travel on a dream road trip exploring the vast Australian coastline in search of waves, good fishing and adventures.

This film produced by needessentials and edited by Ishka Folkwell not only showcases Laurie Towner’s surfing but also gives you an in-depth understanding of Laurie as a surfer and father. The film explores the concept of passing on knowledge to the next generation through shared experiences and good times spent together as a family.

Cinematographer Nathan Henshaw’s beautiful images capture the stunning landscape of the Australian continent and its wide variety of waves and wildlife as the family make their way from coast to coast. With an original soundtrack featuring Headland, Nick Bampton and Maanyung and additional music by Mick Turner and Musgrave Band, this film is a portrait of a young family on a simple adventure.

Produced and presented by needessentials

Video of the Week: ‘CLOUD’ A Malibu surf film by Full Moon Surf Club

Video of the Week: ‘CLOUD’ A Malibu surf film by Full Moon Surf Club 480 360 Ventura Surf Club

Our first feature full length that brings together the incredible surfing of our usual suspects and the behind the scenes look at the moments that could never be re-created at our favorite summer spot. Featuring Jack Hill, David Vizulis, Brooke Carlson, Spencer Navarro, Zian Boyd, Josh Perez, River Covey, Allen Sarlo, and Sam Heck alongside a cast of motley characters who are always with us behind the scenes. Enjoy this 20 minute long debut that was filmed in it’s entirety in just eight days, a testament to how much incredible surfing and hyjinx that goes down on a day to day basis at Malibu first point. Cheers.

Video of the Week: MAALAEA Historic Swell

Video of the Week: MAALAEA Historic Swell 1280 720 Ventura Surf Club

Highlight footage from the historic Maalaea Swell on Maui July 16 & 17, 2022. Surfers include Kai Lenny, Ian Walsh, Billy Kemper, Torry Meister, Ian Gentil, Kevin Sullivan, Makua Rothman, Shane Beschen, Tanner Hendrickson & Mark Anderson. Visit @acl_cinema for more clips. Aloha & Enjoy.

Video of the Week: Field Notes 16 Knost, Noble, Hall, Blue, Guy

Video of the Week: Field Notes 16 Knost, Noble, Hall, Blue, Guy 150 150 Ventura Surf Club

Blackie’s has long produced some of the most unique log stylists of Newport Beach and California in general. Both the waves and the lot act as a melting pot hub for the legends and grommets that call it home. It’s the kind of place where you might get the odd camera tip from Gregg Weaver or catch a glimpse of some of your favorite surfers riding their new hand shapes.

For Field Notes 16, we hopped in the truck and met the homies down at Blackie’s with an unmodified Bolex to test shoot some rolls of 16mm. Featuring surfing by Alex Knost, Grant Noble, Kris Hall, TJ Blue and Robert Guy.

16mm Cinematography & Edit: Dana Shaw
Motion Picture Film Scans: Origins Archival
Music: “Appeal” – Seventies Toobride