Single fin era relived in the Cosmic Creek Surf Contest

October 12, 2011 | Surfing
Cosmic Creef Surf Contest: no drugs allowed

The 12th Annual Cosmic Creek Surf Contest will return to Salt Creek, between 29th-30th October, for a California’s classic counterculture surfing competition.

Cosmic Creek is a family-friendly event centered around a retro-style surf contest, culminating in a free Donavon Frankenreiter concert on the lawn at Salt Creek with special guest Band of Frequencies and Dave Rastovich.

As always, the contest harkens back to more alternative and inventive times and embraces the surfboards and styles of the 1970’s and 80's.

Cosmic is a salute to an era where single-fins and twinnies reigned supreme and the best surfers in the world proudly sported shorts with two-inch inseams and hair more feathered than Farrah Fawcett.

Tapping into one of the most complete vintage surfboard collections known, competitors are assigned, through the luck of the draw, a classic board they must ride in each heat.

With everything from Ben Aipa stingers to MR twin fins on offer, what these throwback boards may lack in current-day performance, they make up for in style and inspiration.

Dressing the part also makes for a good show at Cosmic Creek, from beavertail wetsuits to tiny neon boardshorts, competitors get into character as they do battle at the point.

The event attracts local heroes, former pros, industry execs and a few of today’s top-rung surfers such as Dave Rastovich, Tyler Warren, Chris Del Morro, Rob Machado, Tom Curren and the ever present Donavon Frankenreiter who have make their mark riding the most unusual and forgotten surfboard shapes of decades past.

Frankenreiter, free-surfing legend turned mainstream musical success, has been a staple at the event since its inception, “My favorite weekend of the year?” Donavon asks rhetorically. “The Cosmic Creek weekend! How can you go wrong with retro surfboards and a free concert on the beach?”

The contest, open to the public, runs 8AM-3PM Saturday, October 29th and 8AM-2PM Sunday, October 30th.

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