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July 24, 2014 | No Comments

2nd Annual Surf @Water Event

On August 23, 2014, Surfrider Foundation Wisconsin Great Lakes Chapter will present the 2nd annual Surf @Water: a film festival and celebration of Great Lakes surf culture on the beach in Shorewood.

Come join us as we gather together to celebrate what makes our community so special: our love of the lakes, fun with family and friends, and of course, surfing! Surf @Water offers surf and SUP lessons, water safety, picnics, a MIAD sand sculpture contest, a surfboard raffle, traditional Hawaiian music, and a surf-themed film festival on the beach. Check out the itinerary below, and RSVP on our event page.


The day begins with a sunrise paddleout and beach blessing. Bring your board and paddle out from Atwater Beach as the sun emerges from the lake. This is an experience you won’t forget. The paddleout will be followed by a non-denominational beach blessing, with words of celebration and appreciation for our precious resource, the Great Lakes! Those present will be invited to participate in a brief beach clean up and coffee and pastries provided by Colectivo Coffee. After this, guests are welcome to hang at the beach, play in the water, or maybe head home for a nap! Be sure to pack a picnic, and will meet you back on the beach at 5 pm.

5-10 pm:
Catch a wave!
The fun begins at 5:00 with a chance to paddle around on a board, learn about water safety, and, weather permitting, catch your very first wave after learning the basics. If you are interested in paddling, be sure to head to one of our two tents to sign up for lessons. Make sure you bring your camera: there will be lots of “kodak moments” that only surfing can bring.

Creative Beach Culture! 
Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design will be holding their annual sand sculpture contest in designated areas across the beach. You wont want to miss the fun and creativity of this event.

Malia Chow and Milwaukee’s own Ocean Rush will be playing traditional Hawaiian music and offering ukulele lessons, so be sure to sign up for these as well!

Surf @Water guests will also have the opportunity to win one of two custom-shaped 9’6” Colectivo or Lakefront Brewery surfboard shaped by Michigan’s own Justin Bruursema of Burly Surfboards. The raffle also includes a fixed-gear bike from Fyxation Bikes, and plenty of great surf-themed swag. (You must be present at the event to win the Colectivo board, Fyxation bike, or any other raffle prizes).

The highlight of the event will be our film festival: from 8:30 until 10:00, join us on the beach for a diverse line-up of surf documentaries. Bring your blanket and lawn chair and sit under the stars for an evening of cinema unlike any you’ve ever experienced. The film event will feature the lucky winner of our custom-shaped 9’6″ Colectivo surfboard.

SurfCamp After Party!
Join us at Camp Bar in Shorewood formusic by members of Ocean Rush, surf films, raffle prizes, and plenty of fun throughout the night. The grand prize for this raffle will be the Burly Surfboards, custom-shaped Lakefront Brewery 9’6″ longboard. (You must be present at the SurfCamp Afterparty to win the Lakefront Brewery board).

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