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Here Comes Neon: The Echo Beach Challenge

| posted on September 22, 2010
Bright colors, headbands, and radical swimwear, welcome to Echo Beach. Photo: Moir

Bright colors, headbands, and radical swimwear. Welcome to Echo Beach. Photo: Moir

Surfers of the ’80s are hard to forget. Wrapped in neon and covered in day-glo, they made certain to leave a blindingly memorable impression. But for those who may have forgotten their legacy, fret not; the Quiksilver Echo Beach Challenge hits Newport Beach September 25 -26 and promises to revive the ’80s spirit.

“The Echo Beach movement surfaced nearly 30 years ago, holding its first competitive event and securing a place in the fabric of surf history and culture,” says Bob McKnight, Quiksilver CEO. “We are proud to host the Quiksilver Newport Beach Surf Championships and Echo Beach Challenge for a new generation of surfers at this historic surf spot.”

The event includes era-appropriate contests for superlatives like “Flashiest Wetsuit” and “Most Colorful Surfboard,” and offers over $5,000 in prizes for entrants (by invitation only). To cap the weekend off, Quiksilver will be holding a private screening of the documentary, Echo Beach, directed by Jeff Parker.

“With this film, we wanted to tap into the spirit and energy of that time,” says Echo Beach co-producer Stefan Jeremias. “The Echo Beach Challenge promises to be an extension of that.”
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  • Mickey Dora

    My invite must of got lost in the mail

  • 6.9

    Looks like Jody Rowland ? Great times will nvr 4get !! RIP Donna, Jingle, Jill Gerondale, Boner, Mike Howell, Dee Marino, Lido Island. Booze cruises, woodys wharf, Ice Cream Man, Scarabs, Sugar Ray Leonard, Wild Goose, Dover Shores, Topo, Olswang, DK, 56th st, marqueritasville, GFs, tortilla flats tues, las brisas sunday, club sportswear, moker, bobby bruce, John Egan, quiksilver parties & the hot slutty aussie imports, Warehouse drunken nghts, nifties, loud swatch watches, california beach, bushmills boat racing, balboa bay club, pee balls.