WHAT: Another year has passed and Big Stick Surfing Association will once again host the Logjam! contest, its 11th edition. Drawing hundreds of spectators in the course of the weekend, it is a rare opportunity to see some elegant, old-school surfing, a skillful style born of the era’s big, heavy boards. A new “wooden board” division as been added to this year’s event and history in the making can be witnessed: alaias, olos, hot curls & hollows surfed in a contest.
WHEN: Saturday April 16th: 7 AM to 5 PM; Sunday, April 17th: 8 AM to 2 PM
WHERE: East Cliff Drive and 36th Avenue; Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz, CA.
WHO: More than 100 competitors from the top Coalition of Surf Club organizations on the West Coast and hundreds of spectators.
CONTACT: Nora Brink – [email protected], 415.810.3322
The Logjam! the world renown, classic longboard surfing contest and preserves a little slice of surfing history. Contest rules require contestants to ride boards made before 1970 and no leashes are allowed. Past contest winners have included surf stars Robert “Wingnut” Weaver (a four-time winner), CJ Nelson, Joel Tudor, Bob Pearson, Jay Moriarity, Dane Perlee, Terry “Simba” Simms, and Michel Junod.
The last two years the contest saw perfection with head-high south swells hitting with a light offshore wind – perfect conditions for an “old-board-no-cord” contest and a day on the beach, enjoying the sunshine and some barbecue cooked up by local community group the Pleasure Point Night Fighters.
From it’s inception in 2001 to present, our Logjam! has raised and donated over $40,000 to worthy causes such as Ride A Wave and the Junior Guards, as well as providing scholarships to high grade point, surfer/scholars from our local high schools who are going on to college. We’re especially proud to have helped these seniors with $22,250, and to have donated around $8,000 to help needy and disabled kids have a day at the beach in Santa Cruz thanks to Ride A Wave. We are also proud to support local organizations protecting our coast. The Santa Cruz Surfrider Foundation and Surfer’s Environmental Alliance received around $5,000 over the years and, to preserve local surfing history, we’ve donated $2,500 to the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum. Junior Guards groups have received around $2,500 in ‘scholarships’ for kids who couldn’t afford to participate.
This year’s Logjam! is also fondly dedicated to the Memory of Mark Nelson, who we unexpectedly lost late last year.