Earth Day is often seen as a “green” event, but this year Lincoln City is all about the big blue as its hosts the inaugural Surf & Earth celebration.
The Saturday, April 22, event will transform the auditorium of the Lincoln City Cultural Center into a scene straight out of “Endless Summer,” packed with vendors, food, live music and a free surf movie screening.
Organizer Dave Price said the event was inspired by the season-opening parties often found in Colorado ski towns.
“People would turn up and drink beer, eat nachos and watch a movie about some sweet powder skiing — then come right out and buy their lift tickets and a new pair of goggles and they’re ready to go,” he said. “This is the exact same idea, but for surfing.”
And people hoping to get suited up for a summer in the surf can get a head start at the event’s swap meet, which will see the cultural center’s front lawn packed with wet suits, boards, booties and more from 4 to 6 pm.
Hamburgers and hotdogs will be available by 5 pm, with volunteers including Lincoln City Councilor Kip Ward serving up $5 meals from the grill.
The swap meet will also feature booths from vendors, including Bryan Nichols of ZuhG Life Surf Shop, who has helped organize the event.
“We’re sharing the weekend with the Great Oregon Garage Sale,” Nichols said. “So people cruising the sales can check out the swap meet and then come back to join us in the evening.”
Running from 6 to 9 pm, the family-friendly evening get-together will offer guests the chance to check out surf vendors and board shapers while enjoying live music and a raffle.
In addition to burgers and hot-dogs, guests can choose from a range of beers from Rusty Truck Brewing as well as wine by the glass.
On the big screen, epic footage and still shots from local surf swells will be intermixed with slides on Ocean Literacy 101, prepared by Lincoln City environmental scientist Paul Robertson.
A host of raffle prizes will be up for grabs, including items donated by members of the local surf community, like board shaper Rob Russo, ZuhG Life Surf Shop and others.
At 7:30 pm, guests can settle into their seats for the main event, a free screening of a surf movie packed with high-adrenalin footage of some of the most awe-inspiring waves on the planet.
All the proceeds raised from raffle tickets and from food and beverage sales will be donated to KLG Adventures, a non-profit organization founded by Skye Anderson and Keith Galbraith, which supports the Tiger Sharks Surf Club. The funds from the event will help sponsor one or more day camps to help get local children the opportunity to safely enjoy the Pacific Ocean.
“With a median family income of less than $30,000, it’s a fact of life that many Lincoln City families simply can’t afford lessons and rentals,” Robertson said. “We’re out to help some of these families allow their kids the chance to safely experience the power and wonder of the ocean.”