Surfers will compete for prizes for their ability to shred and dance a wall of moving water Saturday, Sept. 8 at Decatur Avenue beach in Margate. In the weeks leading up to the competition surfers and supporters will battle for top-fundraising honors and prizes in the Surf It Forward fundraising campaign that is currently ongoing at thedrcf.org.

Three top fundraisers will each take home a custom-designed surfboard shaped by Brian Wynn – the person who has raised the most funds in the male 17-years-old and younger, female 17-years-old and younger and adults 18-years-old and older categories.

Surf Club Vacations will also award the top fundraising middle school or high school student with a guided surfing adventure to Tamarindo, Costa Rica. This trip includes board rental, lesson, airfare, hotel accommodations, and breakfast daily. The second place fundraiser in the student category will receive a surfboard signed by Dean Randazzo.

This fundraising category was recently expanded to include middle school students and is open to all surfers and virtual fundraisers 12-years-old to 18-years-old currently enrolled in high school or middle school.

Anyone can become a virtual surfer and fundraise on behalf of the foundation and join in the event festivities. Spectators are welcome and to come out and watch the surfing, which will start at 8 a.m. and be followed by an after party and awards presentation starting at 4 p.m. presented by Ventura’s Greenhouse which is open to the public. Tickets to the after party only are $25.

Surfing contest entries are $50 per division, $15 for each additional division, and includes a ticket to the after party. Entries are free for grom boys, 11 years old and younger and gromette girls, 12 years old and younger, divisions. There are also divisions for longboard and standup paddleboard. Anyone who raises $75 will receive a Surf It Forward hat and sticker. All entries include a Surf For A Cause T-shirt and a ticket to the after party.

Surfers are required to check-in between 7-8 a.m. the day of the event and the first heat begins at 8 a.m.

Trophies will be awarded to the top three winners in each of the the following age divisions: groms 11 and younger, gromettes 12 and younger, boys 12-14, junior mens 15-17, men’s 18-24, masters men 25-34, legends 45 and older, girls 13-15, womens 16 and older, open longboard and open stand-up paddleboard.

Sponsorships and raffle items are still being accepted but will not be counted towards fundraising totals. Contact Dan Cellucci at dcellucci@copiersplus.com. See thedrcf.org for information.

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