It was a fantastic gathering of the surf community at the always welcoming Rye’s and Grinds restaurant. Members of the Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club, honored guests, new members and close friends gathered near the iconic Oceanside Pier, their longboards resting in the sand, their smiles as wide as the horizon. It was a special day for the club, one that had been marked on the calendars for months: the day OLSC would donate to the local surf teams of Carlsbad High School, Oceanside High School, Sage Creek High School, and El Camino High School.
The Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club has a long-standing tradition of giving back to the community, and believe that supporting the next generation of surfers is an investment in the future of the iconic sport of surfing. As the president of the club, Bing, couldn’t help but feel a sense of pride in what the club was about to do.
OLSC had organized its 38th Annual Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club Beach Festival and Surf Contest earlier in the year, and the generous donations from its sponsors, local businesses, and hard working club members had generated enough revenue to give back to the community. With the checks in hand, Bing motioned to the representatives of each high school surf team, who had gathered eagerly at the festive event.
First, Bing with the help of trusted club Treasurer Dustin Rosa handed a check to Oceanside High School’s coach Abad, Sage Creek High School was up next, Coach Todd, couldn’t stop smiling as he received the check followed by Coach Cochran from El Camino High School graciously accepting their donation. Finally Coach Blackburn from Carlsbad High School couldn’t thank the Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club enough.
The stoke of the high school surfers was filled with enthusiasm and gratitude. The Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club had not only given money but had also given these young surfers hope and inspiration to pursue their competiton surfing dreams.
As the sun dipped below the horizon, casting a fiery orange and pink canvas in the sky, Bing looked towards the ocean. The legacy of their donation would be felt for years to come as the next generation of surfers rode the waves, carrying the energy of community and gratitude with them. The Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club had once again proven that, in this tight-knit coastal Oceanside town, the love for the ocean and the sport of surfing bound them together would carry on.