A surf club with soul
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As summer approaches, the Dana Point Surf Club can’t wait for some fun in the sun
By Jake Howard
Surfing is more than just surfing the waves. If we’ve learned anything over the past year, it’s that community and camaraderie are just as important. And now, as the grand reopening begins in earnest, the Dana Point Surf Club intends to bring back that spirit of solidarity.
“It’s time to get the group back together – and we’re looking for some new members as well,” says Eric Diamond, president of the Dana Point Surf Club.
While most club activities, including West Coast Boardriders events, have been halted during the pandemic, the Dana Point Surf Club on Friday May 21 will be holding a conference room registration and membership drive. Killer Dana from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to inaugurate the new season.
The mood is going to be set, a taco truck will be on hand for some epic food, and if you’ve ever wondered what the club is all about, this is a great opportunity to hang out and meet everyone. world and ask questions.
And although the surf contests and large gatherings were canceled, the club still remained engaged in the community and kept moving forward. During some of the darker days of the pandemic, he organized a food drive for the elderly and was able to distribute more than 500 bags of much-needed groceries.
He was also instrumental in adding new signs to Salt Creek explaining the ins and outs of the lineup, as well as proper surf etiquette.
“What has always been very important with the club is that we want to bring the community together, help those in need and recognize how, as surfers, we can bring positivity and light to Dana Point,” says Diamond. .
But Diamond is not a one-man army when it comes to running the club’s affairs. Former World Tour surfer and longtime Salt Creek regular Pat O’Connell serves as vice president. No doubt O’Connell will bring his passion and passion for surfing to elevate the stature of the club.
Additionally, USA Surfing Coach Brandon Phillips will be on hand to help with the competitive side of things, as well as working with the younger club members to develop their surfing series skills and strategies.
“Pat and Brandon bring a lot to the table for us. They’re both so important to the surf scene around Dana Point, and having them as influential members of the club really speaks to the future we’re going to, ”says Diamond. “Our goal is to be inclusive, but also to ride well and hopefully give the West Coast Boardriders a hard time at the start of the season.
A non-profit organization, the Dana Point Surf Club is also interested in connecting with supporters or potential donors. From its annual scholarship program for local students, to covering event costs and other outreach programs, this is a great time to support a group dedicated to supporting and giving back to their community. community.
Dana Point Surf Club already has a bunch of fun stuff on its summer calendar, and for those looking to get involved, now is the time.
“From all the groms that come down to Salt Creek every morning, to Doheny’s crew and all those surf / fisherman characters in the harbor, this club has always been about bringing the community together, and after all the oddity from last year, we’re really excited to be back this summer, ”says Diamond.
Jake Howard is a local surfer and freelance writer who lives in San Clemente. Former editor-in-chief of Surfer Magazine, The Surfer’s Journal and ESPN, he now writes for a number of publications including Picket Fence Media, Surfline and the World Surf League. He also works with philanthropic organizations such as the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center and the Positive Vibe Warriors Foundation.
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