With California Surfing Day on the horizon Sept. 20, Southern California is set to host elite surfing competitions all month long. Hang out at this trio of Southern California surfing events while the pros hang 10.
Prefer to take on the waves yourself? Check out the top California surf spots here.
Sept. 6 to Sept. 10: US Open Adaptive Surfing Championships
Taking place at the Oceanside Pier, the sixth-annual US Open Adaptive Surfing Championships will showcase the extreme talents of para surfers, including Oceanside’s hometown hero, Liv Stone. The event is set for the North side of the pier, offering more opportunities for higher scoring and exciting waves. This year, the prize purse has been upgraded to $30,000. Oceanside hotel recommendations are available on the website.
For more information: usopenadaptivesurfingchampionships.com.
Sept. 8 to Sept. 16: Rip Curl WSL Finals
The winner-takes-all Rip Curl WSL Finals is headed to Lower Trestles in San Clemente. The top-five men and top-five women enter the competition, and after 12 must-see heats, one male and female surfer will be named this year’s World Champions. Spectators of the Southern California surfing event are encouraged to dress for comfort and heat with swimwear, sun hats and a good pair of sandals and to bring an umbrella and towels. Driving and parking tips as well as local spots to dine are available on the website.
For more information: www.ripcurl.com.
Sept. 22 to Sept. 24: Nissan Super Girl Surf Pro
Later in the month, the Nissan Super Girl Surf Pro will take place at the Oceanside Pier. The most talented female surfers in the US will head to the Southern California surfing event for thrilling competition and a spectator-friendly surf village (attendance is free!), focused on female empowerment. This large-scale all-women’s action sports, esports and lifestyle event is the only one of its kind in the world. The event features a concert series (with performances from Sean Kingston and Aloe Blacc, to name a few), fitness classes, a female leadership panel discussion, beer and wine garden, a fashion show, a food court and more.
For more information: supergirlsurfpro.com.