A Message from Linda Benson:
For the last six months many of you have supported me and the huge effort to bring the Women’s World Longboard Championship to Swami’s. Even though the city gave me a green light to proceed with the permit, there has been an unexpected turn of events that has altered my direction. Today, at the Self-Realization Fellowship, I made the following statement at a press conference:
“After several conversations with Brother Anilananda, I have decided to not go forward with my permit request for the Women’s World Longboard Championships at Swami’s Point this coming October.
I still believe that this would be a very special event for Encinitas and for the worlds women longboarders. My decision is not because of the opposition. It is not because the logistics are impossible. The logistics are very manageable for our small venue demands. It’s not because Swami’s Point is a crown jewel that is undiscovered. Believe me, it’s discovered, and often the atmosphere is not harmonious. It’s not because it would harm or damage the surf break, because it wouldn’t.
My sole reason for this decision is to keep this place where I am standing… the Self-Realization Fellowship… safe from any future jeopardy. I do not want to risk the future serenity of the Self-Realization Fellowship by others who might take advantage of the precedent set by my contest. I hope this closes and seals the door to any future events at Swami’s Park forever.
I do want to thank the many, many people who have supported me and stuck their neck out in support of this event over the last six months.
It is my intention to explore other options for this event.”
I’ll keep you posted on a future location for the event.